Marsa CC welcomed newcomers Whalers CC this weekend and squared their two-match series 1-1.
On Saturday the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. A great innings from P Nicholls of 63 provided some delight for the Whalers. He thoroughly enjoyed playing the sweep shot where he achieved 95 per cent of his runs.
R Giles (27) and D Osgood (25) also made contributions as the tourists posted 159.
For the home side Mike Caruana and Andrew Naudi took two wickets each while Niraj Khanna and Gordon Hewitt took a wicket apiece.
The Marsa reply was dominated by two different innings. First, Frank Spiteri blasted 52 runs from 35 balls which included four fours and three sixes and one from a patient John Grima who opened the innings and almost carried his bat, short of a half-century by a single run.
Andrew Naudi chipped in with 29 and the home team were easy victors. For the Whalers P English and P Luchett took a wicket each as Marsa won the opener.
The Whalers, with their backs to the wall, won the toss on Sunday and this time elected to bowl first.
They managed to keep the home side to 133 runs inside 35 overs. Derek Ali played a good innings making 54 and Sid Anand made 23. For the visitors R Eberstein and M Lucas took two wickets each while Kamal, Osgood, Luchett and Bhogal took a wicket apiece.
Thw Whalers did not want to go home without a win and C Karunaratne had plenty to say about that, making 50 runs. Bhogal made 31, Eberstein 21 and Lucas 17 to complete a convincing win.
For Marsa, Anand was the only wicket-taker with a brace as the Whalers squared the series.
Pan-European T20 Tournament
The Malta cricket team recently played in the Pan European T20 Tournament in Hungary.
This was their first games since October when they won the Malta international Cricket Tournament on home soil against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Russia.
The tournament commenced on Thursday and concluded on Sunday and Malta topped their group in the first round to earn a semi-final against Poland on the Saturday.
Managing to chase down 138 runs the Malta team made it to the final, still unbeaten, where they would face UCT (Dubai).
UCT posted a formidable total of 161 runs. Malta batted steadily and a fine innings from Chris Chellew (71), kept the team within reach of a victory.
The tide then turned in favour of Malta with an outstanding innings from Bikram Arora who took the game away from UCT in one over where he hit three sixes and a four and the rest, as one may say, is history.
This was a fine Malta win - well done to all the players and the coach.