Power Wintherthur take the Swiss Cricket Pickwick Cup Final

Thu, Aug 26, 2010 5:43 PM

In the weekend's Pickwick Cup final, Power Winterthur take the title at the third time of asking after beating Olten by six wickets at Fronwald.

The Olten captain, Shiraaz, and the Power captain, Mubarik, made the toss amidst the coconut matting still being stretched and pegged to the ground. Mubarik called and won the toss and after a short consultation with his team-mates put Olten in to bat, a calculated gamble given that Power lost the final last year chasing a big total.

It proved to be the correct decision as the first of the openers was dismissed LBW with Olten on just 4 runs after three overs in sweltering conditions. The second opener followed 7 runs and 3 overs later, also LBW this time at the other end.

After the rather disappointing opening the Olten batsman Murali and Afzal buckled down and laid the foundation of a good recovery. It wasn't until the 15th over, Olten on 41, that the Power bowling attack was able to inflict any further damage on the Olten openers.

A further LBW following a full toss landing on the foot while going for a sweep shot limiting the big-hitting Olten mid-order batsman to scoring just 10 runs off the 16th over. This was soon followed by two further catches a simple catch at 1st slip resulting in the dismissal of the last of Olten's recognised batsman.

And so it was with the score at 56-6 at drinks, one can only ponder what was discussed at the drinks break. When they returned Haliq took a hat-trick in his third over of the game, Raja Jacob (caught at slip), the second Zaharan Mohamed (caught at short mid on) and the third (Sathees) LBW to complete the first Pickwick Cup hat-trick.

The collapse continued and Olten were dismissed for 59 off 21.4 overs after being 51-5 in the 16th.

After a quick lunch (both teams had players respecting the traditional day-time fasting associated with Ramadan), the Olten team took to the field with a daunting task ahead of them. Power got off to an aggressive start, their big-hitting opener Sajid pushing the score to 21 off the first three overs. Meanwhile though at the other end Power had lost three wickets.

The first was a bizarre run-out off a no-ball which was dropped on the boundary and then after a great throw found the power opener Ahmad stranded in the centre of the wickets.The second was bowled by Pratees and the third excellently caught at mid-on off Olten's sling-action bowler Murali.

Power battened down the hatches, scoring just 8 runs off the next 9 overs to take the score to 29-2 after 10 overs and the first sniff of a miraculous come-back. After a short break, an energetic Olten took to the field once more and again got their reward with a excellent bowled from their West Indian first change bowler Shane Charles.

However, this marked the entry of Power's big hitting Shanawaz and just 4 overs later the winning runs had been scored to secure a 6 wicket victory for Power CC. The last shot of the game resulting in a gift to the Swiss railway company as the ball was lost on the train line after an enormous six over deep mid-on.

After a few words of thanks S.Sangam (SCA Competitions' Chairman) introduced Jon Southworth (COO of GASTRAG and owners of the Pickwick pub chain), who awarded each of the Olten team with their individual runners-up medals and a Pickwick Pub cap, before awarding the Power team with their winners' medals and a Pickwick Pub cap.

The award ceremony was then rounded up by awarding the Man Of the Match trophy to Haliq for his match-winning hat-trick and then the winning trophy to Mubarik the Power captain.

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