The restructured CricHQ MCA Summer league started this weekend. This year three teams will be playing, while the Overseas CC has changed its name to the Marauders CC.
Twenty20 matches will be played during the league season, winning teams will earn 12 points, and in the event of a tie points will be split. Bonus points will also be awarded depending on how many runs a team makes and on how many wickets are taken. The local rule of batsman retiring after facing thirty balls will be applied (although he may return if all other batsman are out).
Marauders CC won the toss against Marsa CC and decided to bat first. Simon Lavendar had them off to a flyer, hitting 20 runs from 14 balls before being caught at deep mid-wicket. He hit four boundaries along the way.
Clyde Roussouw made a plucky 17 before getting caught and after such a great start, a batting slump ensued with Paul Bradley, Garret Kempff, AJ Thompson and Sean Byrne making just 12 runs between them.
Afterwards, Mike Caruana chipped in with 14 valuable runs, while Tom Atkins (7 not out) and Owen Jones (5 not out) saw out the remaining overs.
To help their cause there were 18 extras which took the total to 93 for the Marauders. For Marsa Matthew Gillard was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets. Ramadeep Singh, Ravi Sharma, Bikram Arora and Chris Naudi all took a wicket each.
The question therfore was how long would it take Marsa to make the runs. They were not banking on great bowling from Jayden Roussouw who bowled five overs, taking one wicket for 13 runs.
At the other end Sean Byrne was creating havoc with his five overs taking two wickets for 20 runs. In these first 10 overs the Marauders were definitely on top and their dominance was capped off with a great fielding effort from Simon Lavendar who swooped on a ball and threw down the stumps from 20 metres away which had John Grima (17) run out.
The second half of the innings belonged to the Marsa team with Derek Ali making 24, including two fours and a six in one over which changed the shape of the game drastically.
Andy Naudi played an unusual innings, only hitting one four on the way to 27 and retiring. His retirement came with only a run to win. Ravi Sharma (10 not out) hit the winning runs with a boundary.
The Marauders played well enough to make the Marsa team wait until the 19th over for victory. The victory earned the Marsa team thirteen points while Marauders earned one point.
Next Saturday a friendly game will be played starting at 10:30am.
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