Marsa CC won the MCA Summer League title on a dramatic final day of action which saw a triple-header which concluded in controversial circumstances.
In the first game Marsa CC played against Krishna CC with Krishna needing to win to have a chance of winning the title, but on the other hand if Marsa won it would mean the title for them.
The Marsa team batted first and thanks to great performances from Mark G.Sacco (30 runs from 30 balls which included three boundaries), Andrew Naudi (27), Chris Naudi (33 not out from 15) and Bikram Arora (17), they posted 153 - a very good total.
For Krishna, Sarfraz Ali took two wickets, while Kevin Krishna and Nowell Khosla took a wicket each.
The big question was whether Krishna would be good enough, the answer was: no.
Zubair Raja put in an excellent display making forty 46 six runs from 30 balls which included five fours and a six, and Tony Azzopardi chipped in with 16 runs. However, the final score of 122 was not enough, as for Marsa John Callus and Ronnie Sacco took two wickets each while Bikram Arora and Malcolm Crabbe took a wicket each.
Marsa won the game and the title.
In the second game the newly crowned Marsa played the Marauders CC where again they batted first.
With great bowling from the Marauders the Marsa team were held to 96 runs, Malcolm Crabbe top scored with 23 and Ravi Sharma made 17.
The wicket-takers for Marauders were Mike Caruana with two while Luke Bradley, Amy Caruana, Ian Pendlebury, Tom Newell and Ewan Perenz took a wicket each.
The Marauders, for the second time in a row, beat the Marsa team, but this time it took until the 17 over. Tom Newell, with 42 runs, was instrumental in the win while Ewan Perenz made 16 not out and Dean Arnold 12.
For Marsa, Ravi Sharma and Malcolm Crabbe took two wickets each while Dhrava and Chris Naudi took a wicket each. The win put the Marauders four points behind Krishna, so if Marauders were to win the last game they would be runners-up in the league, a huge achievement for the team.
In the third game Marauders batted first and again Tom Newell produced the goods scoring 49 runs - he was aided well by Ian Pendelbury who made a distinguished 32 runs.
The final total was of 112. For Krishna Kevin Krishna, Haroon Majeed, Amil and Sid Anand all took two wickets each while Adam Krishna took a wicket.
What was all set to be an exciting finish became a shambles after two overs had been bowled.
The Krishna captain halted the game due to a minor controversy, the umpires were consulted and the was game halted at that point.
The points, after careful examination, were given to Marauders, with the action taken by the Krishna captain being seen as not in the spirit of cricket and therefore the game was forfeited by the Krishna team.
Therefore, although not in the manner the Marauders intended, they managed to be the runners up in the CRIC HQ MCA Summer league.
Next weekend (starting Friday) sees a new touring team from Spain, the Cricket Federation of Catalunya, play in a three game series.
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