by Alex Mackay
Power came out on top in a game that contained thirteen dropped catches but that produced 417 runs to win by 25 runs at Deutweg on Saturday 23rd July.
At the toss Fayaz stood in for the Freiburg captain, delayed at the German/Swiss border at Schaffhausen, and lost the call, Asad with no hesitation to bat first on an overcast & humid
afternoon and a pitch with newly painted creases.
The day started well enough for Freiburg when Asad (11) was caught behind off Nila (29-1 off 4).
But things started to go wrong when Rana K (44) was dropped off the simplest of catches in the 7th over, eventually being bowled by Rupesh in the twelth over.
By this time however, Power had moved the score on to 111-2.
Rana had been partnered in the most part by Sajid (61*) who went on to complete the innings unbeaten.
Only wicket-keeper Vijay was able to hold on to the ball that had appeared to have been coated with a thin layer of teflon, as chances in the field were missed in the 2nd, 4th, 7th, two in the 9th and one again in the 19th. Afzaal benefited the most, scoring a quickfire 67 off 27 balls, before being caught behind off Saghir in the seventeenth. Saghir then dismissed Aamar, first ball, in the same way, but he was unable to complete his hattrick, as was the case with his last over, Shashank having to complete the last four balls of the innings. Power finishing on an impressive 221-4.
Freiburg Nomads went after the total with a real sense of purpose and aggression not often witnessed from this side.
Freiburg were also to benefit from that same thin layer of teflon, dropped opportunities in the 2nd, two in the 4th, two again in the 6th, and two again in the 13th!
But it was a joy to witness the charge led by Freiburg's star of the day Fayaz (134) with his first century in Swiss cricket before eventually being bowled by Zahid. With Fayaz's wicket went
Freiburg's chances of keeping with the run rate.
Despite a gallant effort, Freiburg never really threatened the total and finished 25 runs short at the end of their allotted 20 overs.