Royal Horse Artillery in Malta

Monday, April 11, 2011, 17:36

Over the weekend the Marsa C.C took on returning team Royal Horse Artillery who are on their fifth visit to the island.

On Saturday the RHA won the toss and decided to bowl first. John Grima and Mark Sacco opened the batting and put on a thirty four run partnership before Grima was bowled. Grima made nineteen runs. Sacco was soon to follow and had scored thirteen runs. Dave Borg played the best innings for his side top scoring with thirty one runs including two fours and a six. Ronnie Sacco batted well with twenty nine runs as did Andy Naudi with twenty eight runs, both hit three fours in their innings. The Marsa team were bowled out before the forty overs were up, only four balls but in cricket anything can be valuable. For RHA Oates and Symons were the main wicket takers with two a piece, Hyett,Henry and Sheldon took a wicket each. With just over four runs an over needed can RHA win the game.

Their opening batsmen Hyett proved to be very good scoring fifty eight runs and Tom Major scored forty four runs. T Harrop scored a valuable seventeen runs.  Majorr who was still at the crease with two overs to go and only needing eight runs for victory, had a go at the first ball of a Gordon Hewitt over missed and was quickly and swiftly stumped by John Grima. What was more amazing was that Hewitt bowled a maiden which still left RHA needing eight runs of the last over. As situation would have it they needed one run to tie and two runs to win of the last ball. Symons who was facing hit the ball well enough but straight into the waiting hands of Javed Shah. Marsa win a thriller by one run. Andy Naudi was the main wicket taker with three while Hewitt ended with two.

On Sunday the Marsa team were batting first again, but this time not so good and were bowled out for the second time running, this time for a mere 118 runs. Bikram Arora top scored with thirty one runs including an impressive six fours. George Agius made twenty one runs, Tim Wheeler seventeen runs and Chris Naudi sixteen runs. Nadia Gosney played her first game against a touring team and managed to defend seven balls before departing the crease. For RHA two bowlers wrecked the Marsa batting , N.Hyett and M.Murphy who both took four wickets.

Funnily enough the Marsa bowlers were on fire and had the visitors well on the back foot and struggling at six wickets down for thirty five runs. Nowell Khosla and Tony Slater taking two wickets each while George Agius and Darren Grech took the other two. All seemed going well for the home side but a brilliant partnership between Tom Major (sixty six runs) and N.Climo (eighteen runs) of eighty six runs helped RHA  win their first game in Malta. The series is tied at one each with a third game to be played this coming Wednesday.

On Friday a new touring team this time from Norway, Baerum C.C , will be playing the first of a three game seris.

On Saturday the Malta Cricket Association had a demonstration/coaching session at the Point in Sliema where children and adults were able to try the game of cricket.

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