Zurich Nomads won both their PT20 games played on Sunday 24th July in Winterthur remaining unbeaten in the league phase and in the process qualified for the semi finals.
by Cricket Switzerland
After winning by a narrow margin against Freiburg in the morning, Winterthur knew that a more disciplined effort was needed if they had to challenge a much stiffer opposition in the form
of Zurich Nomads.
Nomads won the toss and had no hesitation in deciding to bat first especially knowing that Winterthur had just fielded for 20 overs in hot conditions. Openers AzeemNazir and Lakkaraju opened the innings and immediately put Nomads on front foot with the scoreboard reading 32 of 3 overs. Azeem was particularly severe on Lakmal scoring 3 huge sixes but the bowler had his revenge in the next when he got Azeem caught at midwicket boundary.
Lakkaraju and Shafqat then set up building a platform for the middle order power hitters. They lost their second wicket in the 10 over with scoreboard reading 84 and Roganathan was the successful
bowler when he got Lakkaraju out caught at the cover boundary after a well made 43 of 28 balls.
The game was all set for the power hitters of Nomads to up the ante. Waqas scored a quick 21 of 10 balls and then FaheemNazir took on the bowling clearing the fence with ease. He scored 42 of just 24 balls that included a huge six crashing into the apartments outside the ground. He was particularly harsh on Jiten whose 2 overs went for 41 overs.
With lower order chipping in, Nomads finished on 184/8 in 20 overs. For Winterthur Rod and Umar were good, going for less than 7 per over. Rod in particular excelled in the field taking three important catches on the cover boundary.
With a huge target to chase Winterthur opened with Sameel and skipper Tom. Both the openers were out in the first couple of overs leaving Winterthur in dire straits. Lakmal and Prafull tried to
build a partnership and with required run rate going close to 12 an over briefly tried to explode but the guile of Shafqat and Nouman ensure that it was all top brief.
With 60-7, things were not looking good but Roganathan and Umar with some sensible hitting managed to restore some pride. The built up an unbeaten 62 run partnership with Roganathan remaining not out on 36 and Umar on 21. For Nomads, Shafqat was once again impossible to get away with his 4 overs costing only 10 runs and in the process picking up two wickets.
by Cricket Switzerland
Game 3 of the day saw last year finalists Power take on Nomads in the flag end of the day knowing very well that only winner of the game might end up qualifying for semi finals.
Power won the toss and after the previous evening exploits with the bat had no hesitation in deciding to bat first. They quickly lost in form Osama, one of the brightest young swisstalent in the second over of the game. However, ex skipper Sajid walked in with purpose and started attacking from ball one. Adding spice to the contest was his sledging of the bowlers and fielders during his stay. At one point the umpires had to intervene to calm things around. Moving around the crease, he started belting boundaries at will in spite of losing regular wickets at the other end.
Introduction of spin twins Sudath and Shafqat, however changed the complexion of the game completely. Sudath got Sajid caught at midwicket and Shafqat picked up three crucial wickets including that of dangerous Asad. From 90-3 off 11 overs, Power lost their way completely and could only manage 139/9 in their allocated 20 overs well short of what was the par score.
After a short break Nomads once again opened with AzemNazir and Lakakraju. An intense battle looked on cards especially if sees the history between the two clubs. But what followed next was not part of any script and beyond wild imaginations. AzeemNazir, the ex Swiss captain who was the player of tournament in ICC Div 3 tournament showed why he is still one of the best players going around circuit. He scored the fastest century recorded in Swiss Cricket off just 33 balls. His hits got longer and longer as the innings went on leaving Power completely deflated. He finished on an incredible 117 of just 40 balls with 12 maximums and the innings assumed even more significance when you notice that it came off against a team that has four national players. His hitting ensured that not only Nomads won the game but also achieved the target of 140 in mere 9 overs with all the 10 wickets intact. He was well supported by Lakkaraju who himself was a spectator at the other end facing just 14 balls and scoring 21 of them.
This victory ensures that Nomads qualified for semi finals in the top spot leaving the fight for the second place between Olten and Bern. All eyes will on be on Grundenmoos on Sunday as a victory for Bern in their final game will ensure their qualification whereas a loss would mean Olten qualifies. Power would need a huge mathematical miracle to overcome the bug run rate deficit to qualify.
League standings as of Tuesday 26th July 2016