Arora's maiden century is the highlight for Marsa CC

The Tongham CC team
The Tongham CC team
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Openers M Sacco and M Crabbe
Openers M Sacco and M Crabbe
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Bikram Arora scored 105
Bikram Arora scored 105
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Last weekend saw the restart of the touring team season at the Marsa Sports Club. It was a successful weekend for first time visitors Tongham Cricket Club (UK) but there were also some memorable individual performances for the Marsa team which made for an interesting series.

Saturday 12th Sept, 40 overs
Tongham CC 213 for 5 off 35 overs (A Farriar 54, J Frost 32; H Majeed 1-23) beat
Marsa CC 212 for 8 (B Arora 105, H Majeed 23; S Carrington 3-30) by 5 wickets.

On Saturday, Tongham CC won the toss and elected to field first. The Marsa openers M.Sacco (14) and M Crabbe (3) fell early.

H.Majeed (23) delighted his teammates by hitting four fours and a six in only 11 balls before he was caught well by M.Carrington off L.Gadd on the boundary. S.Anand made 11 runs before being bowled by the spinner S.Carrington.

J.Grima (14) and B Arora consolidated the Marsa innings when it was needed, putting on 97 runs in the next 20 overs. Arora went on to score 105 runs, hitting nine sixes and seven fours to complete his first century for Marsa CC.

Sam Caruana finished the Marsa innings with nine not out. Marsa’s final score was 212 for eight, with the bowling honours for Tongham going to S.Carrington with three for 30.

After the lunch break, Tongham CC started their run chase with openers A. Farrier (54) and Jordan Frost (32). Both men took advantage of a Marsa bowling attack which lacked pace and precision and put on a 79-run partnership in the first 15 overs.

Eventually Frost sent a catch back to bowler S.Anand and M.Carrington (14) hit a high catch to Majeed off S.Ali to put the score at 103 for two.

Tongham CC maintained a good run rate throughout and Marsa failed to make late inroads. James Frost scored 20, B.Turnbull 14, while S.Carrington and L.Gadd both scored 25 not out. It was a convincing win for Tongham CC with five overs to spare.

Sunday 13th Sept, 30 overs
Tongham CC 155-4 off 25.5 overs (S Reynolds 51, D Walsh 45; R Sacco 2-23, K Keyan 2-26) beat
Marsa CC
154 all out (R Sacco 47, T Azzopardi 43); S Reynolds 3-25) by 6 wickets.

Marsa won the toss and elected to bat in Sunday’s 30-over match, losing openers S.Aquilina and T.Wheeler within five overs.

T.Azzopardi (43), K.Lobban (23) and R.Sacco (47) revived the Marsa innings with some sensible middle-order batting, but even a spirited 16 runs from Feroz Ahmed could only take Marsa to 154 all out in the 29th over.

The locals lost six wickets for only 12 runs in the last four overs. For Tongham CC, S.Reynolds took three for 25, while D.Walsh and D.Hullock took two wickets apiece.

In reply, the Tongham top order found it difficult against the opening bowling pair of K.Keyan and D.Arnold and scored only 33 for two off the first 10 overs.

R.Sacco’s two for 23 was the highlight for Marsa but the end of his bowling spell saw the floodgates open with S.Reynolds (51 not out) and D.Walsh (45 not out) seeing Tongham through to another easy victory with overs to spare.

Man of the Series: S.Reynolds; Umpires: Alan Swift & Les White; Scorer: M Crabbe

This weekend sees Marsa host Leo CC and Mawdesley CC from the UK with matches at the Marsa Sports Club on Friday (3pm) and Saturday, Sunday and Monday (11am).

© Cricket World 2015

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