Hammer Bottoms Butsers CC on Malta tour to try their luck against Marsa
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Over the Weekend the Marsa C.C hosted new touring team Hammer Bottoms Butsers C.C in a three game series. Two twenty over games and a time game of 75 overs.
In the first game on Saturday the visitors batted first and made 97 runs from their overs which included twenty four extras. Jeremey Scolfield top scored with thirty runs which included four boundaries. Richard O ‘Hare made twenty runs.
For the home team Paul Bradley took two wickets while Chris Evans, Matthew Gillard and Brett smith took a wicket each.
With the home side fielding one of their stronger eleven the game was over in the eleventh over. Haroon Majeed made thirty runs, John Grima twenty six, Malcolm Crabbe three, Brett Smith thirteen, fourteen extras and Bikram Arora who made sixteen runs from three balls. Scholfield was the only wicket taker with two for HBBCC. An easy win for Marsa.
Game two was very similar to game one, the visitors made 96 runs with Pertwee top scoring with nineteen, Casper Weston seventeen and David Stoop fifteen runs.
The wickets were shared between five bowlers. This time it took the home side till the seventeenth over to win the game with Amal Sebastion making forty two runs. Marsa win the game and lead the series two to nil.
On Sunday a 75 over time game was played, not many of the home team knew what this meant and were bewildered about the wides, which would normally be given in overs cricket, and were not given.
The home side batted first and with a fantastic innings from Jack Shanks who made seventy two runs which included six fours, took the team to a good total of 182 when the captain declared after thirty seven overs.
For HBBCC Jeremy Scholfield took two wickets, William Hill, Richard O’Hare, James Blake, David Stoop and Casper Weston all took a wicket each.
The home side needed early wickets if they were to have any impact on the game. Hardie (twenty one runs) and Dick White (twenty seven runs) kept the bowlers at bay. A flurry of wickets then had the visitors shaken up, Scholfield was there again holding up the Marsa bowlers making a patient twenty eight runs.
A couple more wickets fell, overs had passed and the last over was up with the home team needing two wickets to win, the visitors had been in defence mood for the past ten overs not wanting to lose. Fifth ball of the over and Blake is out for nine runs. One ball to go, David Graham arrives at the wicket and gracefully defend the last ball.
A draw is made and the home players are still baffled at how close they were to winning and yet so far away. Junior Suhrid Roy led the way with the ball taking four wickets, Mike Caruana took three wickets while Amal Sebastion and Joy G Hoseroy took one each.
Last weekend the Malta Cricket Association held a coaching course which was instructed by Graeme Rickman in its endeavour to create more coaches.
This coming week the National team will be playing in the Pan-European Cricket tournament which will be held in Hungary from 5th – 8th June. Hungary will have two teams, Hungary, Hungary A, Austria, Poland and UCT (Dubai). Malta will be in group A with Hungary and UCT.
Next Weekend the Marsa team take on new touring team Whalers C.C in a two game series.