Switzerland continued their dominance in the 2018 Central Europe Cup as they won their 2nd consecutive win in as many games against Czech Republic Eagles team. There was first win in the tournament for Luxembourg as well, as they defeated the Czech Lions team comfortably.
Swiss team played a hard-fought match against the Eagles team and edged past them by 3 wickets, chasing 206 for victory. Swiss reached the target in the 47th over, losing 7 wickets in the process. Luxembourg, for the second day in succession, scored in excess of 270+ batting first, and then bowled out the Czech Lions team for 221 to win the game by a healthy margin of 56 runs.
Switzerland are thus currently on top of the log table with Luxembourg and Czech Republic Eagles team behind them with one win each. The last group matches on 17th June 2018 between Czech Republic Eagles/Czech Republic Lions and Switzerland/Luxembourg will decide the eventual winners of the 2018 Central Europe Cup.
For Switzerland, the bowlers have been setting up the wins for the team, having bowled out both the Czech Republic teams (Lions & Eagles) for sub-par scores and now face the high-scoring Luxembourg in the final group game, who have been posting scores well above 270+ in both their matches so far. But their bowling unit is not looking as strong as the Swiss and need to step up to have any chance of beating them by a big margin to win the Title of 2018 CE Cup.
Czech Republic Eagles 205 all out in 47.3 overs (Sagar Reddy 46, Laxmi Narayanan 30, Harsha Chaganty 20, Yash Salian 17, Afzaal Sikander 5/32, Faheem Nazir 2/38, Osama Mahmood 1/39) lost to Switzerland 207/7 in 46.2 overs (Aidan Andrews 56, Sajid Safiyat 47, Stefan Franklin 22 n.o, Afzaal Sikander 21, Yash Salian 3/21, Kyle Gilham 2/24, Hygreeva Namburi 1/28) by 3 wickets
Luxembourg 277/7 in 50 overs (James Barker 95, Girish Venkateswaran 50, Marcus Cope 31, Reinhardt Heyens 20, Sameera Maduranga 2/45, Sumit Pokhriyal 2/58, Paul Taylor 1/30) beat Czech Republic Lions 221 all out in 46.1 overs (Arun Ashokan 56, Edward Knowles 43, Hilal Ahmad 29, Sudhir Gladson 29, Siddarth Goud 23, Reinhardt Heyens 3/33, Vikram Vijh 2/25, Atif Kamal 2/38, Marcus Cope 1/42) by 56 runs
Both national squads of Switzerland and Czech Republic will once again be in action in the T20 format, when Poland Cricket host’s the 6-nation Europe Twenty20 Cup in Warsaw in July 2018.