Amazing sea­son for Pi­natar Pi­rates

Costa Levante News - - LOCAL SPORT -

The Pi­natar Pi­rates Cricket team ended their per­fect sea­son back where it be­gan with a T20 vic­tory in April ear­lier this year. From there they went on to win the T20 tour­na­ment at the Pi­natar Arena, reach the fi­nal of the Last Man Stands Euro­pean cham­pi­onship, win the La Manga T20 Clas­sic tour­na­ment and in the same month, Oc­to­ber 2017, be­came crowned the ECCL di­vi­sion two cham­pi­ons. The Car­tama Oval was a spe­cial place to them where they made many new friends, so be­ing in­vited the take part in this "Sports World Spain Cricket Fes­ti­val", T20 tour­na­ment was a real honour.

Pi­natar Pi­rates were joined by three two lo­cal teams, Malaga CC and Cru­saders CC and a team from the UK, Hamp­shire Vets CC. The tour­na­ment was blessed with marvellous weather through­out the three days, and af­ter Malaga won the open­ing game against Hamp­shire Vets, it was time for Pi­natar's first game against the Hamp­shire Vets. The Pi­rates bat­ted first in this low scor­ing con­test. The Pi­rates had to be at their best in the field and thanks to a great spell of pace bowl­ing from P. Hen­nesingh (4-26) and the tricky spin from A. Pan­chal (2-20), Hamp­shire were bowled out for 108.

Later that af­ter­noon, Pi­natar were back on for their sec­ond game. Pi­natar found runs hard to come by. Poor bat­ting saw them fin­ish on 108 for 8 of their 20 overs, a re­mark­able win for the Cru­saders.

The Cru­saders reached Sun- day's fi­nal win­ning their next two games, Pi­natar Pi­rates knew they needed a com­pre­hen­sive win over Malaga CC in their fi­nal game of the group stages to reach the fi­nal them­selves. Pi­natar cap­tain, Gopi Singh, turned to his slower spin bowlers early in the game with in­stant re­sults. The Pi­rates won the game send­ing the team from Mur­cia into Sun­day's fi­nal against the Cru­saders.

Sun­day's pro­ceed­ings kicked off with the 3rd place play off, Hamp­shire Vets (198-3) beating Malaga CC (190 - 7). Vic­tory swung in the way of the tour­ing team from the UK.

Next up was the fi­nal, Pi­natar, hav­ing lost once to the Cru­saders, wanted re­venge. Pi­natar were fault­less, and ruth­less. Pi­natar's bowl­ing was su­perb, and un­like the pre­vi­ous en­counter, the Pi­rates took all their catches with the cap­tain Gopi Singh tak­ing three and the pick of the catches was from the wicket keeper Sukhi Singh tak­ing a fly­ing one handed catch low to his left. The stunned Cru­saders bat­tled to 92 be­fore they were bowled out. In re­ply the Pi­rates re­mained fo­cused to the task and cool headed bat­ting from Ravi Pan­chal (51no) Sa­jid Ali (22) and Love­jeet Singh (19no) fin­ish­ing the game in style with a mas­sive 6, won the game for the Pi­natar Pi­rates Cricket Club.

It was a fab­u­lous way to end their cham­pagne sea­son, and to do it in the marvellous set­tings of the Car­tama Oval was just fan­tas­tic. Not only were Pi­natar tak­ing home the win­ners tro­phy, but Ravi Pan­chal won the bats­man, Bittu Singh the bowler and Sukhi Singh the fielder of the tour­na­ment awards.

Pi­natar Pi­rates would like to thank all the teams for playing the tour­na­ment in a sport­ing and friendly man­ner and thank ev­ery­one in­volved and the or­gan­is­ers for do­ing a won­der­ful job.

John How­den the tour­na­ment ref­eree and his team of of­fi­cials did a marvellous job.

The um­pires, K. Healy, B. Gaynor, J. Bar­rett and smok­ing D. Ri­ley were ex­cel­lent all the way through and the scorer, LM. Rhodes was su­perb.

Spe­cial thanks also to David Cop­per owner/bar­man of the com­plex for making it all pos­si­ble, work­ing closely with Egan Dan­tis whose or­gan­i­sa­tion was much ap­pre­ci­ated.

The Pi­rates would per­son­ally like to thank Gra­ham Shel­ton from Tor­re­vieja Cricket Club for the use of their minibus.

Pi­natar wanted oth­ers to share in their good for­tune so some of the lads de­cided to go and sup­port Malaga Foot­ball club just up the road as they played host to Celta Vigo in a La Liga clash. Malaga with­out a win all sea­son and only one point to their name and sit­ting bot­tom of the league needed some of the Pi­natar charm, and would you be­lieve it, they won 2 - 1. Well done lads, and you're wel­come Malaga!

The Twelfth man

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