Marsa CC Complete Hat-Trick Over Howitzers
Marsa CC recently took on new touring team Howitzers CC from Northhamptonshire, England, who have won the league they compete in three times since 2007.
On Sunday, the Marsa team were looking for a whitewash. For the third time the visitors batted first, this time in a 30-over game. With ground conditions wet they still made a very good score of 160 runs.
Jeremy Vella top scored with 36 and Phil Baker made 29. Iain Burkinshaw made 21, and James Scott chipped in with 17, being the main scorers.
For Marsa, Simon Lavendar took two wickets while Ronnie Sacco, Gordon Hewitt, Sid Anand and Mike Caruana all took a wicket each.
Andrew Naudi gave Marsa a brilliant start by making 57 from 44 balls which included four fours and a six.
He was well supported by John Rusher and Tim Wheeler before a couple of wickets fell cheaply and suddenly Howitzers were back on top.
Ronnie Sacco managed to take a little bit of the pressure away by making 27 and also managed to hit a hat-trick of fours along the way.
With three overs remaining the Marsa team needed to make 26 runs. Simon Lavenar (19) and Sid Anand (16) were at the crease and did not let their team-mates down, making the runs with four balls to spare.
Anand finished off the game with a marvellous six.
For the visitors Jeremy Vella and David Hinton took three wickets each while Mark Braid and Austin Schwarz took a wicket each.
This was by far the best game of this series, but Marsa won the series 3-0.
On the Saturday Howitzers managed a similar score - 162 - but this was a 40-over game.
Iain Burkinshaw top scored with 49 and Mark Braid made 22 while the wickets were shared between seven Marsa bowlers.
In reply the Marsa batsmen made the required runs in 32 overs, Simon Lavendar top scoring with 41, Chris Naudi hitting 37, Andrew Naudi 26 and Joy Ghoseroy 20.
Wickets for Howitzers were taken by David Hinton, Jeremy Vella, Matthew Eastwood, Mark Braid and James Scott.
In the first game of the series The Howitzers made a poor 75 runs in the Twenty20 match.
Iain Burkinshaw top scored with 19 runs and Austin Schwarz made 16.
The home side made the runs within just 11 overs, Zubair Raja top scoring with 28, Niraj Khanna making 16 and Bikram Arora 12.
For the visitors Dave Evans took two wickets while Jeremy Vella and Matthew Eastwood took one each.
Next weekend sees the return of Pretenders CC who will be on their sixth tour.
On Saturday the Sunoco Cricket Academy/nursery will be from 9:00 am till 10:30am.