Report by Kasun Munasinghe
Winterthur 248ao in 40.0 overs (S Cheema 99, M Sameel 30, R Sherrel 41*) beat Power 174ao in 27.3 overs (S Waqar 8.0-0-52-3) by 74 runs
Deutweg, Sunday 22nd July 2018
Winterthur's challenge for a qualification spot in this year's CSPL campaign dramatically improved when they beat Power by 74 runs to move into 2nd place in the CSPL Eastern
This could be the CSPL game to date to receive most attention as it was equally important for both of the teams, WCC and Power CC, two teams that are equally competitive.
The WCC captain won the toss (as usual) and elected to bat first with hope of piling up a 220 par score to put the pressure on Power CC batting line up in the second innings.
New face of WCC, Cheema and Sohaib opened the inning. They started well punishing bad balls and not forgetting to rotate the strike. Cheema looked good from the beginning, smashed a few sixes for their 54 runs opening partnership while Sohaib (15) supporting him from other end.
Prafull, Sahan and Kasun all three fell in their slow bowling trap in same over in a moment when Cheema was seeking for a supporting role from other end. WCC score board was read as 95-4 when
Pradeep(1 8) went in, he played a gem of an innings while Cheema was on fire, dispatching Power CC bowlers all around the ground. 56 runs partnership was broken when Cheema (99) got out
unfortunately just one run short of his maiden WCC century for this season while trying back-to-back sixes. WCC was in crucial situation again when Pradeep got out in the same over, score was
read 156-6. Then came in Mohamed (30) and Rod (41), built a brilliant partnership of 55 runs to bring WCC to a comfortable position. It is amazing how they did it; Rod absorbed the pressure by
taking singles and Mohamed put the pressure back on bowlers by playing his beautiful shots over mid-wicket. In the later overs Adam (14) displayed his batting power hitting consecutive sixes. WCC
were in a demanding position at the end of their 40 overs scoring 248-9 thanks to three 50+ partnerships and match winning innings of Cheema.
WCC started bowling over the comfort which batting department put on, leaked few quick runs in first few overs as Power CC batsmen tried to stretch their arms knowing the huge target they have to chase. Sohaib (8 overs 3 wickets for 52 runs) managed to send both their openers off the ground and took another wicket in his second spell at the later part of the inning. Sahan bowled some unplayable deliveries to get their main two strikers (Sajid & Hasan) out in two consecutive deliveries, which was the turning point of the second inning. Cheema (6 overs 2 wickets for 18 runs) bowled with discipline in middle overs to move oppositions more away from the target. Shijo was brought in after break to put more pressure on Power CC, He bowled a fiery spell to finish the game taking 2 wickets for 13 runs in his 4.3 overs. All the 11 put their best in the fielding to grab a most important win, which can effect massively for their future in CSPL 2018.
Now the chances are very high for WCC to walk through to quarterfinals, they just need to make sure they will play well against St. Gallen CC in coming weekend. It is being a dramatic journey they came so far, with compared to position where they started. Players didn’t know how the feeling of a win, they have forgotten it. Almost all the players were ready to give up, they were fed up of going back homes every Sunday evening with yet another lost. But this little guy don’t know what giving up is, Mohamed Sameel, WCC captain. He deserves all the credits for bringing up the team together. WCC you saw 15 weeks ago is not here anymore, they are challenging top teams in CSPL, they fight hard. They are not just teammates, they are brothers. If one fails, another one will stand up and deliver. Their game approach is positive; confidence level is higher than any day before. This team will go places…
(as of 22nd July 2018)