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by John Pennington Monday 9 March 2015
Marsa CC hosted Beckenham Cricket Club as their first touring team of the season but were beaten in both matches of a two-game series by their challengers.
On Friday afternoon a 20-over game was played, a high scoring game at that. The visitors batted first, if one can say they batted when only three batsmen ventured to the middle.
The opening batsmen made a partnership of 93 runs of which Chris Isles had made an incredible 64 which included eight boundaries and three sixes. His partner ended up making 70 not out and K.Wulff made 46 runs.
14 extras made a top score of 194 runs. For Marsa, Sumair Khan was the wicket-taker while Frank Spiteri bowled four good overs and only had 17 runs taken off them.
It was great to see the Marsa batsmen fight out the game until the end. Nowell Khosla (20), Haroon Majeed (23), Spiteri (51), Bikram Arora (25) and Andy Naudi (25 not out) all had good starts, but only Spiteri was able to give hope for a win until he was run out.
Chris Naudi chipped in with 12 runs and Ronnie Sacco made four. There were 30 extras and the home side were short by five runs in the end. For the visitors, Chris Isles, K.Wulff, Jack Baritt and Terence McDowell all took a wicket each.
On Saturday Beckenham again batted first, James Evans scored a brilliant century (110) which included 13 boundaries as he batted for 33 overs.
Chris Isles was again in the runs making 76, this time batting at position number seven as Beckenham scored a total of 256 runs. Joy Ghoseroy took two wickets for Marsa while Derek Ali, Sarfraz Ali and Gordon Hewitt took a wicket each.
In reply the Marsa team were bowled out for 166. Derek Ali and extras were the top scorers with 33 apiece.
A notable innings came from the blade of John Rusher who made 30 runs which included four boundaries. No bowler is safe when they put it there for the cover drive.
Haroon Majeed made a quick 27 and Sarfraz Ali chipped in with 21. For the visitors, Duncan Spencer, J.Bilimoria, Tom Smelt and Terence McDowell took two wickets each while K.Wulff and Matt McKeogh took a wicket each.
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