The second round of the MCA Summer League in Malta produced a thrilling match between Marsa CC and Krishna CC.
The Marsa team, after being rattled the previous week by the Marauders needed to respond. Both teams were at full strength which made the game more enjoyable.
Batting first, Marsa's Malcolm Crabbe opened the innings and did pretty well scoring 24 runs which included a couple of boundaries.
Bikram Arora made his intentions clear by smashing a six off just the sixth ball he faced, but six balls later he was caught off the bowling of Suhrid Roy (one of the juniors with plenty of potential) for 14.
This game also saw the return of John Callus, who played a decent innings, retiring after making 34 in 30 balls which included two boundaries. Matthew White continued from where he left off in the previous week and made 27 from 20 which included two fours and plenty of running.
Andrew Naudi chipped in with 16 towards the end of the innings as Marsa scored 144 runs. For Krishna, Kevin Krishna took two wickets while Frank Spiteri and Nowell Khosla were the other wicket takers.
The Krishna team batted with determination with masterblaster Haroon Majeed back to his best, hitting 50 runs from 30 balls including two sixes and two fours.
Nowell Khosla hit 35 which included four boundaries, Joy Ghoseroy an unbeaten 15 and Sid Anand 12.
A brilliant penultimate over bowled by Andrew Naudi, who took two wickets and only conceded one run took the game right down to the wire.
In the end, Krishna needed four runs to win off the last ball of the innings and as Ghoseroy could only manage two, Marsa won by just one run.
Naudi ended up taking three wickets while Bikram Arora took four.
From the win Marsa earned 14 points and are leading the table with with 41 points, while Krishna earned two points and have a total of 30 points. Marauders have fourteen points in third.
Next Saturday sees the full and final third round being played with three games scheduled: Marsa v Krishna, Marsa v Marauders and Krishna v Marauders.
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