With less than a month to go to the Mr Pickwick T20 Cricket League Finals Day scheduled for Sunday 25th August 2019 at LA Schönau in Berne, Asvin Lakkaraju provides an update on the teams likely to qualify for the two semi-finals.
The two strongest teams of the Eastern Division, Nomads CC and St Gallen CC have made it to the semifinals of the PT20 scheduled for Sunday 25th August at LA Schönau in Berne.
Nomads CC started the season strongly and registered big victories in most of their games resulting in a massive boost to their net run rate. However, they came unstuck against the defending champions St Gallen on a hot afternoon in Embrach, their only blemish in the PT20 league campaign, where they registered 7 victories out of the 8 games played. They have topped the Eastern Division table and will play in the first semifinals on Sunday 24 August against the team from Western Division who qualifies in the second place.
Defending champions St Gallen CC, who are once again favourites for finals day showed their class and continued their unbeaten run for most part of the season. With strong batting and bowling performances they once again dominated the PT20 campaign until they surprisingly lost to Swiss United CC affecting their chance to top the table. Despite qualifying in the second position they will be once again the team to watch out and will play the winners of the Western Division group in the second semi-final.
The qualifying phase in western division is more complex with at least three teams still with the chance to take the qualifying spots.
Geneva CC has so far remained unbeaten in their campaign although they are the team who have also played the least number of games. With three matches to go they will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record and win the group. They will be looking to qualify for the semi-finals for the third year in row and will want to take the next step into the finals.
Last year finalists Berne CC looks to be the team who are more or less assured of the qualification. With 9 points from 6 games they are currently on the top of the table. To qualify they will be hoping that either Geneva XI Stars do not win all their remaining fixtures or Geneva slip up in their quest. If Berne CC qualify they will look to make use of the home ground advantage and get their hands on the trophy.
Geneva XI Stars are the third team who are in with a chance to qualify for the semi-finals. They will have to win all their three remaining fixtures to qualify. Their big game will be against Geneva CC on 18 August and will probably determine the qualifiers for the final’s day from Western Division.