28th July 2022 – 11am
Following Switzerland’s win against Estonia and Norway’s loss against France, this group was totally open and a win for Switzerland would take them to the top of the table. The anticipation within the team and the spectators alike was high.
Norway won the toss and elected to bat. The start was excellent from a Swiss point of view: although 10 runs were conceded in the first over, there was also a wicket. Wickets fell at regular intervals with each Norwegian going for shots, but either mis-timing them, or hitting them straight at fielders. At 14 overs, the score looked light, Switzerland having only conceded 87 for 6 wickets, despite not having held on to a number of chances. After a few quite costly overs and some loose fielding, Norway scored 87 off the last 6 overs to bring the score to 174 for 4.
The standout bowlers were Kenardo Fletcher, who conceded just 19 runs in his 4 overs for 2 wickets and Aneesh Kumar, who went for 10 for 2 in his 4 overs.
When the innings started, Switzerland started their run chase in a positive manner, opening with Faheem Nazir and Sathya Narayanan. However, with the wicket of Faheem Nazir (22 off 12) falling, the run rate slowed and when the rain came and the umpires called the players in at the end of the 5th over, Switzerland had only scored 25 for 1 off 5 overs, 12 runs behind the required DLS score.
After the best part of an hour of constant rain, the umpires and officials called the match off. As five overs of the second innings constitutes a match result, Norway were declared the winners under the DLS method