Nomads become Pickwick T20 champs

Sep 27, 2021 | 2021

Zurich Nomads Cricket Club won a light affected Twenty20 final match on Sunday 26th September at Embrach against Olten Cricket Club to become 2021 Swiss Mr Pickwick Twenyt20 League champions.

The final

Zurich Nomads Cricket Club 219-4 in 20.0 overs (F.Nazir 121, A.Lakkaraju† 38, A.Nazir 27; G.Navaretnarasa 4.0-0-45-1, M.Stanikzai 3.0-0-31-1, R.Pratheepraj 3.0-0-31-1) beat Olten Cricket Club 77-6 in 8.2 overs (J.Thirunakrasu 32, F.Nazir* 3.2-0-42-5) by 14 runs (D/L)

Areal Hard, 8424 Embrach – 4pm, Sunday 26th September 2021
Full cricHQ match scorecard

Captain Faheem Nazir won the toss and elected to bat in the 2021 final at Embrach that started in the late afternoon sunshine. Almost single-handedly he steered his team to a 14 run victory, starring firstly with the bat with an innings of 121 and then with the ball with a five-wicket haul (3.2-0-42-5) before the match was abandoned by the umpires S.Krishnan & O.Koilraj due to failing light.

Nomads amassed an impressive 219 for the loss of just four wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Nomads captain Faheem Nazir contributed 121 of those, caught with two balls of the innings to go by Johnmary off the bowling of Malyar. He had been well supported by the Nomads the top order: Asvin Lakkaraju (38), Waqas Khawaja (15) and Azeem Nazir (27) who all scored double figures. Faheem left it to Misheen (8) & Noman (2) to see out the innings which ended on 219-4.

Olten’s task was clear, if not daunting. With the prospect of fading light, they need to stay above the Nomads over run rate of 10.95.

With the exception of Jaso Thirunakrasu (32) the Olten top and middle order failed to impress under the pressure of trying to keep ahead of the run-rate. The Nomad’s captain, Faheem Nazir, impressed again, this time taking a five wicket haul (3.2-0-42-5).

In the ninth over the on-field officials had seen enough (or not) and closed the game due to failing light. Zurich Nomads were declared winners by just 14 runs.

Semi-final 1: Nomads v Power

Zurich Nomads Cricket Club 206-7 in 20.0 overs (F.Nazir* 74, A.Lakkaraju† 73, A.Rana 4.0-0-35-5)

beat Power Winterthur Cricket Club 176-7 in 18.0 overs (O.Mahmood 445, A.Rana 90, F.Nazir* 4.0-0-29-2) by 9 runs (D/L)

Areal Hard, 8424 Embrach – 9.30am, Sunday 26th September 2021
Full cricHQ match scorecard

The start of the first semi-final was delayed while those present for the early morning start waited for the misty dew to clear.

Semi-final 2: Olten v Cossonay

Cossonay Cricket Club 133-8 in 20.0 overs (S.Narayanan† 25, A.Vinod 27; P.Jeyakanthan 4.0-0-25-4)

lost to Olten Cricket Club 134-8 in 19.0 overs (R.Pratheepraj 52, A.Vinod 4.0-1-27-3) by 2 wkts

Areal Hard, 8424 Embrach – 1pm, Sunday 26th September 2021

Full cricHQ match scorecard

More information

You can view photos of the Swiss Mr Pickwick T20 League Final in the website gallery.
Further information on this event and the Swiss Mr. Pickwick T20 League is available from Asvin Lakkaraju.