"The whole experience from start to finish was fantastic, from the flights, hotel, transfer arrangements to and from the venue, the fixtures and hospitality were brilliant. I would recommend any Club to go for the camaraderie amongst the players and what more could you ask than not having to worry about the weather brilliant sunshine for every game."
Marsa v Mawdesley
40 overs - Saturday 19 September:
On Saturday, Mawdesley won the toss and elected to bat first in what turned out to be a batting masterclass from start to finish. At the end of their allotted 40 overs the visitors reached an impressive 250 runs for 4 wickets. D.Whiteley top scored with 78 and was well supported by W.Lyon (54), B.Ward (31), J.Bethell (28) and captain M.Watkinson (37). For Marsa, the standout performers were R.Sacco (1 wicket for 18 off 7 overs) and Garrett Kampff, who picked up two sharp catches in the field. In reply, Marsa got off to flying start, scoring 50 runs inside the first 4 overs. D.Arnold (17) and Kampff (10) were especially severe on the opening bowling pair with 2 sixes and 2 fours. Niraj Khanna took over from where they left off as he kept Marsa well above the asking rate. He received good support from J.Ghoseroy (24) before he was finally dismissed for a swash-buckling 93 runs off only 57 balls, including 3 towering sixes. Sacco (44) was joined by the level headed John Grima (35) and their undefeated partnership of 68 runs guided the Marsa side home to an inspiring victory.
Mawdesley batsman Ben Ward was dismissed on this occasion but he was in fine form all weekend.
Marsa v Mawdesley
30 overs - Sunday 20 September
Sunday’s 30 over encounter between the same sides started with Marsa batting first. Their innings was dominated by two batsmen, Haroon Majeed and Derek Ali. Majeed thrilled the local support with 10 boundaries until he suffered a similar fate to Khanna the previous day, run out short of his century, for 90 runs. Ali signaled his intentions from the first ball he faced with a stylish 46 runs. He was in fine fettle after recovering from recent injury. Marsa were quietly satisfied with their final score of 178. A.Thompson (3 for 45) and K.Gibbons (2 for 35) were the major wicket-takers for the visitors. In reply, Mawdesley looked comfortable at 95 for 1 inside the first 15 overs with Watkinson (38) and Lyon (47) dominating the Marsa bowling. The introduction of Feroz Ahmed, Clyde Rossouw and 14 year old leg spinner Shurid Roy swayed the match in Marsa’s favour. The batting collapse of 9 wickets for 64 runs sealed Mawdesley’s fate as they were dismissed just 19 runs short of victory. Roy, Ahmed and Majeed all captured 2 wickets, whilst Rossouw took the bowling honours with 3 for 27.
Leo CC v Mawdesley
30 overs - Monday 21 September:
On Monday, Mawdesley defeated Leo CC in a one-sided match, largely thanks to another steady performance from their top order (Ward (43), Whiteley (42) and Lyon (57). Their imposing tally of 213 was a big ask for Leo CC and only Amit Chauhan (25) and Santosh Patel (17) reached double figures. Lyon was the major wicket-taker for Mawdesley with 3 whilst local boy Ethan Xuereb, making a guest appearance, added 2 further wickets to his first on Friday.
The Mawdesley group enjoyed the warm Maltese weather and 3 games in as many days.
Result: Marsa defeated Mawdesley 2-0; Mawdesley defeated Leo CC 1-0.
Player of the Series: Willliam Lyon (Mawdesley).
Umpires: Les White and Allan Swift.
Scorer: Eric Balakrishnan.
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