Battersea Badgers victorious over Marsa

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 21:25

Gavin Muscat

Last weekend, the Marsa Cricket Club welcomed Battersea Badgers from South-West London. The visitors were victorious with two hard fought victories.

In Saturday’s 40 over match, Battersea reached a decent tally of 208 for 8. Ben Cornish top scored with an excellent 57 runs, while Robin Mackrell (32), Peter Warman (30) and Andrew Thorpe (29) made valuable contributions. For Marsa, Sid Anand took 3 wickets, while the impressive keeper John Grima snared 3 stumpings and a catch.

In reply, Marsa were to fall just 17 runs short, with a host of batsmen failing to make a significant score. Ravi Sharma (38) and Ronnie Sacco (33 not out) were the major contributors. Rory Thomas took the bowling honours for Battersea with 2 wickets.

Sunday’s 35 over match began with Marsa batting first. Feroz Ahmed resisted the tight Battersea bowling for over 20 overs to score 33 runs. Ravi Sharma hit a brisk 18 runs, while academy player Ali Hamza scored an encouraging 10. Stewart McLuskey captured 3 wickets for Battersea as Marsa finished on a modest 139 runs all out. The visitors’ reply started well enough with Dollimore and Jinks contributing 37 for the first wicket. Nick Foord (20) and Rory Tomas (33 not out) sealed victory for Battersea with nearly 4 overs remaining. For Marsa, Ali Hamza and Ed Manning finished with two wickets apiece.

Score Summaries:
Sat 22 Oct – 40 overs:
Battersea Badgers 208 for 8 (Cornish 57; Anand 3-42) defeated Marsa CC 191 for 7. (Sharma 38, R.Sacco 33*; Thomas 2-20).  Player of the Match: Ben Cornish (Battersea).

Sun 23 Oct – 35 overs:
Battersea Badgers CC 141 for 6 (Thomas 33; Hamza 2-12) defeated Marsa CC 139. (F.Ahmed 33, S.McLuskey 3-14). Player of the Match: S.McLuskey (Battersea).

Umpires: Les White and George Honey.
Scorer: Eric Balakrishnan.

This week sees Marsa take on visitors Woodlands CC with a T20 on Friday at 2pm and a 30 over match on Saturday at 11am. The MCA Junior Academy also resumes on Saturday at 9am.

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