Marsa CC welcomed Carthage CC, their first visitors from Tunisia this week and ended up sharing the spoils during a two-match series.
In the Twenty20 game that got the series underway, the visitors batted first and made 111 runs. James Waters top scored with 23 which included four boundaries, but extras were the highest score with 25.
16 runs came from the blade of Arun, 15 from John Phillips and Hemant chipped in with 13. For the home side Sid Anand and Ravi Sharma took two wickets each while Tony Slater, Chris Naudi and Ian Pendelbury all took a wicket apiece.
Even chasing such a low score the local side almost slipped to a defeat, only just making the runs with three balls to spare. Extras was second highest with 25 while Niraj Khanna steadied the Marsa innings with 35 runs.
Frank Spiteri made 15 and Pendelbury 12. For Carthage Sarat was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets, while Hwemant, Pradeep, Liam Waters and Sumesh took a wicket each before Marsa won the opener.
On Saturday Carthage batted first and put on a better batting exhibiton in the 40-over game. G.Bradley played a wonderful innings, top scoring with 49 runs which included nine boundaries. Phillips was also among the runs with 34, L.Waters made 27 not out, Sumesh 23 and D.Wilson 19.
They were bowled out for 189 runs. For Marsa, Andrew Naudi took four wickets, Sean Byrne took two, while Kevin Krishna, Bikram Arora, Ramandeep Singh and Sarfraz Ali all took a wicket each.
The Marsa team then batted poorly, against the Carthage bowlers who were bowling very well with three bowlers, Panraj, Hemant and Krishna taking three wickets each. G.Bradley took the other as only Singh put up any resistance making an unbeaten 35.
Carthage won the game comfortably to square the series.
This was the 16th touring team for the year, and there are still eight more to come, So far the Marsa team has played 36 games, winning 17 and drawing one.
Nowell Khosla is the leading run-scorer with 387 and Mike Caruana leads the way with 22 wickets.
Next Saturday will see the start of the Cric HQ MCA Cricket Summer League.
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