Games galore for the Marsa cricket team

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 21:11

Baerum Cricket Club from Norway

Games galore for the Marsa team, as they played four games in five days. One was against Royal Horse Artillery to finish off the series and three against premiership side from Norway – Baerum Cricket Club.

On Friday the first game was played against Baerum. They won the toss and elected to bat first.  A strong hitting Iram who scored forty six runs and thirty two runs from Hassan S helped their team to an impressive score of 157 runs from their twenty overs.  For Marsa three bowlers, Nowell Khosla, Kevin Krishna and Mike Caruana were the main wicket takers with two. One must also mention Malcolm Crabbe’s fielding where he took three catches from monstrous high hit balls which if were hit any higher could have come down with snow. In reply the Marsa team could only muster 102 runs with Andy Lenard top scoring with twenty one runs. For Baerum three bowlers Umar, Taimoor and Asif all took two wickets each. Baerum win first game.

On Saturday Baerum win the toss and bat first again. This time they scored 178 runs and at one stage were seven wicketd down for eighty four runs. One can say that the tail did wag. Hassan G top scored with fifty eight runs, Hassan S scored twenty seven and Moosa twenty runs. For Marsa Bikram Arora was the main wicket taker with three while Gordon Hewitt took two. In Reply the Marsa team were looking good through Derek Ali who top scored with forty eight runs and later in the innings with Frank Spiteri who scored thirty five runs, unfortunately the Marsa team fell short by twenty five runs with Iram taking three wickets and Asif taking two wickets.

On Sunday Baerun make it a hat trick in winning the toss and batted first again. This time they totalled 202 runs with Wazir making fifty seven, Umar forty one runs and Amir thirty seven runs. For Marsa Bikram Arora and Andy Lenard both took three wickets each as the main wicket takers, Nowell Khosla chipped in with two.

In reply Arora was in the action again scoring thirty six runs, Jim Heasman scoring twenty seven runs and Nowell Khosla twenty two runs. The pick of the Marsa batsmen was Michael Grima who impressed all the Marsa team mates top scoring with thirty nine runs. Again the run chase fell short, the Marsa team totalled 173 runs. Zhan and Umar both taking three wickets each for the visitors. Baerum are three nil in the series with one more game to be played on Tuesday. Can the Marsa team avoid the white wash.

All was not bad for the Marsa team. In the Wednesday game against Royal Horse Artillery they batted first and totalled 130 runs with Chris Naudi top scoring with thirty seven runs. M.Murphy being the top wicket taker for RHA with two. In reply the Marsa team were able to hold off RHA. I Harrop and Tom Major both scoring twenty eight runs each for the visitors. It was not enough as their team only managed 114 runs from their twenty overs.  George Agius and Andy Naudi being the main wicket takers with two a piece. Marsa win game and series two to one.

Next weekend the Marsa team takes on new team RAM C.C. their will be three games with the first to be played on Thursday.

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