Cricket – Marsa CC played against Royal Horse Artillery

Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 14:23

Over the weekend the Marsa C.C played against returning cricket team Royal Horse Artillery who are on their third tour to Malta.

On Saturday the Marsa team won the toss and elected to bat in the forty over game. The Marsa team were in a spin losing seven wickets for fifty three runs  in twenty two overs bowled.  Luke Turrell  used the windy conditions brilliantly capturing four wickets and Belfon taking two. The other wicket was the run out of  Malcolm Crabbe who made fourteen runs. Next high score to that stage was Mark G. Sacco who had made ten runs the other scores were of five and under. A match saving partnership came from Mike Caruana and John Grima. The partnership was worth eighty three runs. Caruana made forty six runs not out including four fours while Grima made twenty two runs not out. The Marsa side managed to total 136 runs.

The RHA chased hard but fell short by  twenty six runs. Turrell capped of his bowling by top scoring for his side with twenty six runs. Belfon also did well making twenty four runs including three fours. Hall batted well for fourteen runs. Derek Ali was the main wicket taker with three while Nowell Khosla, Sam Dhandapani and Mike Caruana all took two. Anthony Slater chipped in with one wicket. One nil to Marsa.

The win was dedicated to a long time  follower of Maltese Cricket , Peter Pask who passed away last week.

On Sunday the Marsa team batted first again in a rain affected game. The game was reduced to thirty overs. The Marsa team totalled 161 runs with Andy Naudi top scoring with a fine eighty eight runs including six fours and a six. Joy Ghoseroy scored thirty one runs and Ronnie Sacco made twenty six. Belfon was again taking wickets, this time two, while Polius and Turrell took a wicket each. The RHA started the run chase well with Searle scoring twenty six runs and Tom Major making fifteen runs. The rest of the batting order tried to make quick runs but paid the price of their wicket. The visitors totalled 80 runs. For Marsa the main wicket takers were Chris Munroe and Will Nicholls who both took three wickets. Darren Grech took two wickets and Richard Rogers took one. Andy Lenard was the talk of team with the brilliant catch he took to dismiss Longbottom. Marsa go two nil up in the series.

On Wednesday the third and final game of the series will be played, starting at 3:30pm.

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