Marsa CC share se­ries with Wood­lands

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Last week­end, the Marsa Cricket Club wel­comed Wood­lands Cricket Club on their first visit to the Mal­tese Is­lands. The tourists were the 25th cricket team to visit Malta this year.

Wood­lands were greeted by in­dif­fer­ent weather but man­aged three games of cricket in as many days. The tourists met Pon­te­fract Col­lege in a T20 match on Thurs­day and were vic­to­ri­ous in a very close en­counter.

On Fri­day, Marsa bat­ted first against Wood­lands and reached an im­pres­sive tar­get of 150 from their al­lot­ted 20 overs.

Ni­raj Khanna’s in­nings of 56 from 31 balls proved to be the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two teams and he was well sup­ported by Bikram Arora (28) and John Grima (22). For Wood­lands, Chris Hickey and Paul Joani­dis shared the bowl­ing hon­ours with 2 wick­ets apiece.

In re­ply, Wood­lands found it dif­fi­cult to main­tain the re­quired run-rate and fin­ished their 20 overs on 84 runs for 7 wick­ets, se­cur­ing a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory for Marsa by 66 runs. Ed Man­ning cap­tured 2 wick­ets in an im­pres­sive Marsa bowl­ing per­for­mance.

Satur­day’s 30 over match be­gan un­der threat­en­ing skies. Marsa’s open­ing bats­men found the early go­ing dif­fi­cult with Richard King and Paul Joani­dis bowl­ing par­tic­u­larly well.Mark Sacco proved to be the main­stay of the Marsa in­nings scor­ing a well-earned 51 runs. Harsh Ha­jela com­piled a use­ful 21 runs as Marsa fin­ished their 30 overs on the mod­est to­tal of 121 for 7.

For the vis­i­tors, Richard King, Joe Law­son and An­drew Joani­dis took 2 wick­ets each. In re­ply, Joani­dis (12) and Robert Smeul­ders (26) started solidly with 47 runs in the first 11 overs be­fore per­sis­tent rain forced the of­fi­cials to call off play.

Wood­lands were vic­to­ri­ous un­der the Duck­worth-Lewis method by 19 runs.

Score Summaries

Fri 28 Oc­to­ber - T20: Marsa CC 150 for 8 (N.Khanna 56*; P. Joani­dis 2-16) de­feated Wood­lands CC 84 for 7 (C.Hickey 24; E.Man­ning 2-14). Player of the Match: N. Khanna (Marsa).

Sat 29 Oc­to­ber - 30 overs: Wood­lands CC 47 for 0 (R. Smeul­ders 26*) de­feated Marsa CC 121 for 7. (M. Sacco 51; R. King 2-17, A. Joani­dis 2-17). Player of the Match: A. Joani­dis (Wood­lands).

Um­pires: Les White and Kevin Kr­ishna

Scorer: Eric Balakr­ish­nan

The drawn se­ries (1-1) brought to an end the tour­ing team sea­son for 2016 with Marsa play­ing 41 matches against vis­it­ing teams and win­ning 17 matches along the way.

Bat­ting Award: Sam Aquilina 379 runs; Bowl­ing Award: Amar Go­ra­nia 23 wick­ets.

Field­ing Award: John Grima 13 catches and 19 stump­ings (24 matches).

This Satur­day sees the re­sump­tion of the Malta Cricket Ju­nior Academy at 9am.

Marsa Cricket chair­man presents Wood­lands CC a me­mento

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