A weekend of runs, centuries and a winning Ploughman’s team
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What a busy weekend for Malta Cricket, starting on Friday, playing against new touring team Ploughman’s CC from England. A weekend of many runs, centuries and a remarkable all round effort from Nowell Khosla.
When the teams turned up on Sunday the series was at a tie, so winner takes all. Ploughman’s batted first and P Hynes did just that for them scoring a hundred and eleven runs which included eight fours and five sixes. M Callanan made ninety runs, being Nowell Khosla’s first wicket from seven, Khosla equalled the most wickets in an innings but missed out on having the best figures by ten runs.
The visitors managed 276 runs being bowled out in the thirty sixth over.
Khosla determined to make headlines, and made a brilliant knock of a hundred and twenty runs, this being his seventh century overall and his second personal best. In the run chase he had support from Sid Anand (thirty six runs), Zubair Raja (thirty two runs) and Malcolm Crabbe (twenty three runs).
In the end the Marsa could only total 274 runs, a great run chase but to no avail.
For Ploughman’s, N Ridgeway was the main wicket taker with three. Ploughman’s win the game and the series.
Saturday was a special day for Malta Cricket with the Marsa Colts playing against Verdala School where the colts batted first and made 128 runs, while Verdala could only manage 84.
On Saturday Marsa had batted first making a 296 run total with Frank Spiteri at his best making a hundred and twelve (his twenty fourth century against touring teams). Niraj Khanna batted well and made seventy three.
For the visitors G Wolledge and Tom Lonnen were the main bowlers taking two wickets each.
Ploughman’s were bowled out for 169 runs with R.Turner top scoring with sixty seven runs. Kevin Krishna and Joy Ghoseroy were the main wicket takers for Marsa with three each.
The Friday twenty over game was over fairly quickly with the Marsa side being bowled out for 88 runs, Tom Lonnen doing the most devastation taking three early wickets. P Hynes (thirty six runs) and Steve Britto (twenty four runs) were the high scorers in the Ploughman’s victory.
Next weekend sees the return of Harrow School, who will be on their tenth tour, and Royal Grammar School Worcester, who will be on their first visit.