Winterthur CC 118-8 (20.0 overs) lost to Berne CC 120-3 (13.0 overs) by 7 wkts
Schönau, Berne - Sunday 21st May, 2017
Winterthur travelled to the Swiss capital to play Berne in the Swiss Mr Pickwick Twenty20 competition on Sunday 21st May writes Kasun Munasinghe.
After a long ride to the Swiss capital, Winterthur players reached the beautiful Berne CC ground full of hopes. All knew that it is an important match for WCC, which will decide the future of WCC
in Pick-wick T20 tournament. Captain Tom wanted to bowl first, after having a pre-discussion with rest of the team considering pitch condition and humid weather. Unfortunately, he lost the toss
and WCC were asked to bat first. Tom set a target score of 120 knowing that it will be a hard task to bat on that track.
Opening pair, Ruan and Kasun had to work hard to survive against some good discipline bowling from Berne CC while condition was favoring for seam bowlers. At one point Kasun was batting almost 1.5 meters outside the crease to avoid swinging, uneven bounce of the pitch made batting even hard. Both openers got few chances of free-hits but they couldn’t make most out of them, which could have being helpful to overcome the pressure built around. They managed to build-up the opening partnership up to 60s in 10 overs then Kasun (18) got out for a stunning yorker. Selva (5) joined the party next, but couldn’t make a much difference. Deesh, Sahan, Dipi followed the same way while Ruan(28) was holding the inning from one end. WCC were struggling to reach their target score due to some quality bowling and brainy variations from Bern bowlers. Tom (13) managed to bring WCC closer to 120 mark with few classy leg glances in last two overs with help of Mohammed from other end. Scoreboard was read as 118 for 8 wickets at the end of allocated 20 overs for WCC.
WCC started bowling with Sahan and Ruan, Bern CC got the control of the game from the very beginning despite of the wicket Sahan took in his first over. Sensing that game is going away, Tom bought Deesh (4-26-1) and Kasun (4-28-0) as first and second bowling changes, they managed to control the scoring rate, but there were no support from fielding unit, countably six catches were dropped and many more chances were missed. (Tom was the only one who didn’t miss any as Bern CC batsmen hit every ball without leaving any ball to wicket-keeper ;-) .) Same time inconsistent bowling helped Bern CC to cross winning line comfortably in 13 overs only loosing 3 wickets.
Batting unit did their job fairly well but on the field, it was one of the worst days for WCC. Poor bowling and even poor fielding effort put WCC on a situation where they must have to win both of the remaining games in next weekend to keep hopes of the Pick-wick T20 cricket tournament.