Marsa take on visiting team Crouch End CC in a weekend of cricket
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On Friday and Saturday the Marsa CC took on Crouch End CC, a visiting team from North London, and playing their first series in Malta.
On Friday the hosts batted first in the twenty over encounter. A great opening partnership from John Callus (twenty seven runs) and Chris Naudi (twenty six runs) of fifty runs help set the innings.
Frank Spiteri was on fire smashing forty runs from nineteen balls which included eight boundaries. Sam Aquilina chipped in with eighteen runs and Tim Wheeler made fourteen from a reasonable total of 145 runs.
For Crouch End Jack Goldberg, Mike Barely and Adam O’Shea all took a wicket.
Jack Goldberg played an amazing innings of fifty two runs not out, which included six fours and a six. His innings almost had his team over the line, unfortunately when the overs were up they were still six runs short. James Down and Adam O’Shea both made thirteen runs and there were twenty one extras.
Fine bowling from Paul Bradley had him earn four wickets, John Callus took two while Kevin Krishna, Ravi Sharma and Joy Ghoseroy took a wicket each.
Marsa go one up in the series.
On Saturday in a forty over game, Crouch End batted first, Parker who made a few runs the previous day, opened the innings and played a superb knock, making sixty eight runs which included seven boundaries.
Olly Greally who also missed out in the previous day made a gritty thirty eight runs while Root made twenty eight runs from a fair total of 185 runs, they were bowled out in the thirty ninth over.
For Marsa, Jaisel and Tony Azzopardi took two wickets each while Ramadeep Singh, Sarfraz Ali, Ronnie Sacco and Paul Bradley all took a wicket.
The Marsa team would normally be happy when chasing 185 runs and by the twenty ninth over they had 173 runs on the board. This was indeed the case, the only problem was that they were bowled out!
Sumair Khan batted well, top scoring with forty runs which include five boundaries. Nowell Khosla made twenty two runs and Ramadeep Singh seventeen. Extras were at twenty eight.
The Marsa team lost by twelve runs.
For Crouch End a great bowling spell from Jack Goldberg had him take five wickets. Josh Innes and David Wyn Bennis took two wickets each while Ali took one. Crouch End managed to draw the series.
Next Friday the Marsa team play CMS CC in a twenty over game while over the weekend they take on Eton Ramblers in a two game series.