Undefeated Weekend For Marsa
Marsa played three matches this weekend against two touring teams and took a brace of victories and one draw to remain undefeated.
Marsa hosted new touring team Hammer Bottoms Butsers CC in a three-game series - two 20-over games and a timed game of 75 overs.
In the first game on Saturday the visitors batted first and made 97 runs from their overs which included 24 extras. Jeremey Scolfield top scored with 30 which included four boundaries and Richard O'Hare made 20 runs.
For the home team Paul Bradley took two wickets while Chris Evans, Matthew Gillard and Brett Smith took a wicket each.
With the home side fielding one of their stronger sides the game was over in the 11th over. Haroon Majeed made 30, John Grima 26, Malcolm Crabbe three, Brett Smith 13, there were 14 extras and Bikram Arora made 16 runs from three balls.
Scholfield was the only wicket-taker with two for HBBCC as this was an easy win for Marsa.
Game two was very similar too game one - the visitors made 96 runs with Pertwee top scoring with 19, Casper Weston hitting 17 and David Stoop 15.
The wickets were shared between five bowlers. This time it took the home side until the 17th over to win the game with Amal Sebastion making 42 runs. Marsa won the game and led the series 2-0.
On Sunday a 75-over timed game was played. Not many of the home team knew what this meant and were bewildered about the wides which would normally be given in overs cricket and were not given.
The home side batted first and with a fantastic innings from Jack Shanks, who made 72 runs, which included six fours, took the team to a good total of 182 when the captain declared after 37 overs.
For HBBCC Jeremy Scholfield took two wickets, William Hill, Richard O’Hare, James Blake, Daviv Stoop and Casper Weston all took a wicket each.
The home side needed early wickets if they were to have any impact on the game. Hardie (21 runs) and Dick White (27) kept the bowlers at bay.
A flurry of wickets then had the visitors shaken up. Scholfield was there again holding up the Marsa bowlers making a patient 28 runs.
A couple more wickets fell, overs had passed and the last over began with the home team needing two wickets to win. The visitors had been in defensive mode for the previous 10 overs not wanting to lose.
Fifth ball of the over and Blake was out for nine runs. With one ball to go, David Graham arrived at the wicket and gracefully defended the last ball. A draw was declared and the home players were still baffled at how close they were to winning and yet so far away.
Junior Suhrid Roy led the way with the ball taking four wickets, Mike Caruana took three wickets while Amal Sebastion and Joy Ghoseroy took one each.
Last weekend the Malta Cricket Association held a coaching course which was instructed by Graeme Rickman in its endeavour to create more coaches.
This coming week the National team will be playing in the Pan-European Cricket tournament which will be held in Hungary from 5th to 8th June. Hungary, Hungary A, Austria, Poland and UCT (Dubai). Malta will be in group A with Hungary and UCT.
Next weekend the Marsa team take on new touring team Whalers C.C in a two game series.
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