Marsa Beaten By Manchester University
Marsa CC hosted Manchester University this weekend but were beaten in both matches they played against the students.
In the first game the Marsa team were looking to bowl the university out when after 30 overs they had them at six down for 130 runs and were thinking of an easy victory.
What happened in the next 10 overs was an onslaught on the Marsa bowlers where 114 runs were scored, mainly from the blade of J Farquhar who fell two runs short of a century and had blasted five sixes and three fours along the way.
D Phillips also batted in the last 10 overs, just missing out on a half-century - also by two runs - and smashed four fours and two sixes along the way.
T Atlanson produced 24 runs which included two massive sixes. At the end of the 40 overs the University totalled 244 runs. For Marsa, Mike Caruna and Sarfraz Ali took three wickets each while Ravi Sharma, Gordon Hewitt and Kevin Krishna took a wicket apiece.
After such a blitz the Marsa team tried the same and were bowled out for 112 with Ravi Sharma top scoring with 22 runs off the bat - there were 24 extras.
For the visitors, J Cooley, R Donelly, M Wells and Farquhar took two wickets each while M Elcox and D Lyons took a wicket each: Manchester 1-0 Marsa.
In the second game, a Twenty20 encounter, the university batted first again and the Marsa bowlers did not find the encounter easy with the visitors making 184 runs.
Carter top scored with 61 and was well aided by M Wells (34), Phillips (25) and Rogers (20). For Marsa, Malcolm Crabbe, Joy Ghoseroy, Frank Spiteri, Daniel Galea and Chris Naudi managed to take a wicket each.
The Marsa team put up a much better showing then the previous day scoring a total of 144, although this was still not enough to win.
Frank Spiteri batted well, top scoring with 62 which included eight boundaries and two sixes. Andrew Naudi chipped in with 26.
For the visitors, Huddart, Rogers, Atkinson and Thomas all took a wicket to help Manchester University win the series 2-0.
Next weekend the Marsa team play against a new touring team, Turville Park CC, in a three-game series starting with a Twenty20 game on the Friday. .
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