Marsa Cricket Club welcomed Turville Park Cricket Club to Malta for the first time and won a closely-fought series 2-1 following an action-packed weekend of cricket.
The first game was a humdinger with Turnville batting first and scoring a healthy 165 runs from their overs.
O.Thorton was outstanding, punishing the Marsa bowlers with a fine 79 runs which included nine fours and two big sixes. He was well aided by S.Halfhead who made 34. For the home team five bowlers: Andy Naudi, Ravi Sharma, Justin Farrin Thorne, Sid Anand and Gordon Hewitt took a wicket each.
Haroon Majeed opening the batting and gave the hosts the best possible start by scoring 46 runs from 21 balls which included nine fours and a six.
Joy Ghoseroy put in a run-a-ball 30, Andy Naudi hit 12, Sharoon Lazar 36, and then 24 runs from 17 balls from Frank Spiteri set the stage for a grandstand finale.
With three balls remaining and eight runs required, enter Ravi Sharma and with absolute guile he hit two boundaries in a row to seal a fantastic win for the home team. For Turnville, N.Runkell took two wickets while S.Bearall and O.Thorton took a wicket each.
In the Saturday game the visitors turned up the heat totalling 211 from 35 overs.
J.Hunt was their hero scoring 67 at number eight. S.Beardall scored 44, S.Halfhead 35, and T.White 20. For Marsa Sarfraz Ali was the pick of the bowlers taking four wickets.
The Marsa team went into all-out attack mode and were bowled out for 98. John Grima batted well, top scoring with 28 runs and Ghoseroy chipped in with 16. O.Thorton took three wickets, P.Briffet two, J.Thorton and P.Zulueta one each for Turnville as the series was levelled.
Sunday's clash was another classic game. Turnville, for the third consecutive day, batted first. This time the Marsa bowlers, especially Ramandeep Singh and Tony Slater kept them very quiet, and just 39 runs were conceded from their 14 overs.
Turnville, through O.Thorton (72) and J.Thorton (27) managed to make 153 from their overs. The wicket takers for Marsa were Mike Caruana with four, Simon Lavendar with three and Kevin Krishna with one.
Singh (33) and Tim Wheeler (13) gave the home team a reasonable start and by the 13th over were four wickets down for 66 runs.
Mike Caruana (unbeaten on 53) and Mat McKeogh (33 not out) put on a match-winning partnership of 88 runs and with only three balls remaining, McKeogh was absolutely delighted as he hit the winning runs to claim the series.
For the visitors T.White took three wickets and N.Runkell one.
Next week sees the Marsa team playing a team from Tunisia, Carthage C.C in a two-game series, one on Thursday and the other on Saturday.
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