Power 277-6 (20.0 overs) beat Zurich Lions 168-7 (20.0 overs) by 109 runs
On a beautiful sunny afternoon in Winterthur, Power CC beat Zurich Lions by 109 runs to make a great start in their 2018 Pickwick Twenty20 campaign.
The two Power openers put on a great batting display on Sunday in the opening match in the Pickwick Twenty20 league, both Sajid (94) and Shahni (114) making big individual scores against a poor
Lions bowling performance.
It wasn't until the 12th over that the opening partnership was broken, Sajid caught behind off the first ball of Sentil's first over.
Shahni had been dropped in the 4th but went on to score 114 and put the hosts firmly in the driving seat at 234-2, eventually caught in the deep by Sumant, this time Srivat striking.
Hasan (33 from 15 balls) helped the top order add another 28 runs before being judged LBW, but both Afzaal (0) and Ash (7) came out swinging & failed, while Adnan was run out to leave Izhar (13*) alone at the crease, Power posting Lions an ambitious 279 to win.
A quick turn around in the midday sunshine saw Power veteran Mubarak open the bowling, rewarded in his first over when Sentil was caught behind. What was a difficult task, became an impossible
one at the halfway point, Lions losing just their second wicket (70-2) in the 10th, Prasad finding the gloves of Hasan again.
Things could have been worse for Lions if Power had held on to their catches, Sajid lost out in his opening over after an easy opportunity was putdown and Shahni saw two chances lost to dropped catches in his opening over. A galent effort from Tanmay (45) who required the use of the cold-spray on one occasion, gave the Lions innings some respectability. But Lions had not kept to the ambitious 14 per over and with only 10 overs remaining the required run-rate had climbed to 20, Lions required to score over 200 runs in the remaining 10 overs.
Lion's cause wasn't helped whan Sara (2) lost his wicket the over following Tanmy's dismissal, Lions languishing at 79-4. Lion's didn't require over 200 any more, just 199!
Power continued to rotate their more senior players in the field who had become very static in the heat and ended Lion's hopes when a mix-up saw Sumant (24) and Shah (9) at the same end, Shah run out checkily by Izhar on the 17th.
The mid-order persevered though, Lion's Snehil (50) helping take the score to 168-7, run out on the last ball of the game to lose by 109 runs.