Summary: In a thrilling encounter of CSNL 40 overs league played between Zurich Lions CC and Winterthur CC held on Sunday, 16th July 2023 at Deutweg in Winterthur, Zurich Lions emerged victorious by 15 runs in a remarkable comeback.
Date & Time: 16 July 2023 | 1000 hrs (CET)
Venue: Deutweg, Winterthur
Competition: Cricket Switzerland National League (CSNL)
Zurich Lions won the toss and elected to bat first. However, their innings got off to a disastrous start as they lost five wickets for a mere 50 runs. The Winterthur bowlers were on fire, making it difficult for the Zurich Lions batsmen to settle in. Akash showed resilience amidst the collapse and played a crucial knock of 36 runs to stabilize the innings.
Akash & Sheshu stitched a crucial 53 runs partnership for 6th wicket but unfortunately Sheshu got out soon leaving the scoreboard 107/7. It got worse when Sam got out it was 108/8. Mayur, Amit & Omed made some handy runs putting a respectable score for Lions eventually at 149 all out in 29.3 overs. Zurich Lions ended their innings with a modest total on the board and winning this match would require some exceptional inspiring performances from the team.
What happened in the second innings of chase makes the moments we live for in sports
It's not over, until it's over" The match is always alive until the last ball is bowled or the last wicket falls"
In the pursuit of chase - Winterthur CC began their chase with confidence, looking to chase down the target set by Zurich Lions. After a shaky start in 3 overs 16/2 ; they tried to steady the ship. However, Lions bowlers had other plans. They exhibited exceptional discipline and unleashed a remarkable bowling performance to turn the match in their favor. As the match progressed, Winterthur CC found themselves into trouble with regular fall of wickets. Despite some resilient batting performances from Deesh,Crispin & Prafull, they fell short of the target by 15 runs.
Omed, in particular, was outstanding with the ball, taking three crucial wickets for just 30 runs. His contributions were not limited to bowling alone, as he also grabbed four catches, displaying his exceptional fielding skills. All other bowlers of Zurich Lions rose to the occasion as well, delivering inspiring spells and creating immense pressure on the Winterthur batsmen. Their disciplined bowling was well-supported by the fielders who held on to crucial catches, further denting Winterthur's hopes of victory. Sara from the other end ran riot wrapping up the tail with few important wickets as he finished 3/28. Senthil, Kanishk were instrumental in early breakthroughs & Mayur kept things tight as well.
Zurich Lions celebrated a hard-fought victory, having staged an incredible comeback with their bowling heroics.
Overall, it was a memorable match that showcased the determination and skill of both teams. Zurich Lions, despite a shaky start, managed to rally together as a team and secured a well-deserved win. Winterthur CC fought valiantly but ultimately fell short of the target.
The match will be remembered for Akash's resilient batting & Omed's exceptional all-round performance and the collective efforts of Zurich Lions' bowlers and fielders.
"When the lights are brightest, When the pressure is highest, The best will arrive, The strongest will survive"
While we continue to fight another day, I remember a quote - "Burn if you must, but rise from the dust", hope this inspiring team effort will give us a lot of confidence when we play our next match of CSNL 40 overs league - on Sunday 30th July 2023 against St. Gallen CC.
Until then take care and keep supporting!!!
Snehil Joshi for Zurich Lions