Pickwick Twenty20 Match Report

Nomads begin with a strong win

Winterthur CC 116-ao (19.1 overs) lost to Zurich Nomads CC 122-3 (10.5 overs) by  wkts

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Defending Pickwick Twenty20 champions Zurich Nomads CC began their 2017 campaign with a convincing win against a new look Winterthur CC.

The day began with showers and by the time both teams settled down, the weather started clearing and skipper Tom Mampilly had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss. A new look confident opening pair of young Ruan Kruger and Kasun Munasinghe came into bat with aim of setting a big total for visitors to chase. A misunderstanding between the opening pair resulted in Kasun walking back to the pavilion. The cloudy skies helped the ball to move around and Farid Din exploited the conditions with excellent swing bowling and got Roga out for a first ball duck.

Ruan (43) and Lakmal (17) then started building up a partnership and Ruan looked particularly good dispatching any lose offerings to the boundary. Inspire of the stable partnership the innings never took off or gained the sort of momentum we expect from a T20 game. The introduction of spin made things even more difficult and Shafqat weaved his magic around Winterthur batsmen and picked up 4 wickets in no time leaving Winterthur struggling to get to the triple figures. Jagath was unlucky to receive his best ball though, a googly pitching out the leg stump and taking the top of the off. Slog over push by Anoop Singh and Sayan put Winterthur at 116 runs before they were all out in the 20th over.

After a quick break Nomads openers walked in and the first ball was duly dispatched to the square leg boundary by Lakkaraju (34) and Faheem Nazir (63) took on from there and started playing some classy shots. Both the openers went about the chase with great ease and by the end of the batting power play Nomads ran away with the game with the first 6 overs yielding 87 runs. Winterthur managed to get both the openers and skipper Azeem before Nomads reached the target, which they managed with more than 9 overs to spare. A big win and a solid start to their quest of defending their title.