Bat­tersea Bad­gers vic­to­ri­ous over Marsa

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

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

40 overs Bat­tersea Bad­gers 208 for 8 (Cor­nish57; Anand3-42) de­feated Marsa CC 191 for 7. (Sharma 38, R.Sacco 33*; Thomas 2-20).

Player of the Match: Ben Cor­nish (Bat­tersea). 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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