Cricket: Malta finish 2nd in Pan European T20

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 15:24

Note:This article has been published in both English and Maltese
Nota:Dan l-artiklu ġie miktub bl-Ingliż u bil-Malti

Gavin Muscat

The Malta Cricket team finished a gallant 2nd in the Pan European T20 tournament after reaching the final with three comprehensive victories in the group stages. Malta’s tournament started with an emphatic 9 wicket win over eventual tournament winners UCT from Dubai. Against Bulgaria, the Malta team enjoyed their most comprehensive win in T20 internationals (by 119 runs). The team then qualified for the final defeating hosts Hungary by 7 wickets.

Sunday afternoon’s final began with UCT winning the toss and electing to field first. Malta made steady progress but lost captain Nowell Khosla (8) and Vice-Captain Bikram Arora (10) within the first 8 overs. Haroon Mughal’s 38 off 24 balls took Malta to 97 for 3 off 12 overs, however his wicket saw UCT seize the initiative. Malta reached the respectable tally of 145, largely thanks to Zubair Raja who finished unbeaten on 31.

In reply, UCT lost two early wickets and scored 36 for 2 from the 6 over Powerplay. 24 runs came from the preceding two overs and shifted the momentum to the UCT team. Opening batsman Ali Azmat rode his luck and notched up an unbeaten 95 to steer UCT to victory by 7 wickets. For Malta, Agius, Bradley and Chellew shared the wickets to fall.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Malta team, especially after defeating UCT so convincingly on the opening day of the tournament. The team did Malta proud but failed at the final hurdle in their bid to defend the trophy they won so well in 2014.

Final Standings:

1st: UCT; 2nd: MALTA, 3rd: Romania, 4th: Hungary, 5th: Bulgaria

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The Maltese National Cricket Team





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