Pre-season friendly v ZCCC

Report by Mohamed Sameel

Zurich Crickets 171-6 in 20.0 overs (Lance 80, Ruan 50; Morsaleen 3.0-0-14-2, Suhash 4.0-0-24-2, Shijo 4.0-0-32-2) beat

Winterthur 135-9 in 20.0 overs (Pradeep 82, Shay 15, Mohamed 7) by 36 runs

scorecard

WCC batting
WCC batting

Winterthur's pre-season preparations under new captain Mohamed Sameel took a set back as Winterthur lost to their junior neighbours Zurich Crickets on Saturday 21st April 2018.

 

WCC won the toss and elected to bowl first, WCC'S opening bowler Shijo bowled an absolute beautiful over which saw 2 chances going down one was shot but Lance straight to Morsaleen at Fine Leg on the boundary and then an absolute sitter Kasun behind the stumps which meant Lance had two lives off the first six balls and went on to destroy the WCC bowling attack scoring a wonderful 80 runs. Ruan on the other end played an absolutely beautiful supporting role with Lance. Who together made the WCC bowling attack look very average. And the line and the length were all over the place playing into the hand of the Zurich Crickets in form opening pair. Ruan also went on to score a 50. The rest of the Zurich Crickets batsmen did not make any significant contribution to the final score as they ended their 20 overs for 171/6

Chasing 172 to win in 20 overs, WCC lost 3 quick wickets Gokul (0), Kasun (5) and Vinat (0) putting them on the backfoot very early with the score 15/3. Shay joined Pradeep in the middle to put up a much needed partnership but in the process, they were blocking off to many deliveries which meant the pressure was building on WCC all the time at the end of 10 overs WCC were 35/3 chasing 172 for Victory. Once the 10th over was completed WCC's Pradeep changed gears and all of a sudden runs started to flow for WCC. Together Pradeep and Shay put on a 35 run partnership, once Shay got out for 15 runs, the Big hitting Sahan and Shijo were sent in to give some impetus to the WCC innings but they were only able to contribute 3 runs among themselves. This brought Mohamed to the crease to join an in form Pradeep, they put together another partnership of 35 runs in quick succession running hard whilst hitting hitting the odd boundary, and then in the penultimate over captain Mo was run out for 7 runs. Suhash joined Pradeep in the middle, and soon Pradeep too was out caught in the deep for a very well played 82 runs. Suhash was out bowled for 0 and the two tailenders Elyas and Morsaleen held their wickets as WCC finished their chase at 135/9 in 20 overs.

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