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Two match reports on the game last weekend between Pinatar Pirates and Sporting Alfas.

First a report from Harmit Phull of the Pirates .. 

The Pinatar Pirates put their recent poor batting performances behind them after a impressive display against their friends and league rival's, Sporting Alfas Cricket Club.

Losing the toss at home, the Pirates were asked to bat first. Losing one opener early Kevin Buckley (41) dug in and steadied the ship while Gopi Singh played some flamboyant shots to keep the score board moving.

After passing 50 he fully deserved his 100, but the curse of the drinks break took its toll as he was caught on 99 trying to reach the magical number in style. Pinatar big hitters failed to make the impact required to take them to the maximum batting points target of 250, Alfas bowlers, supported well by it's fielders restricted them to 239 for 7 of their 40 overs.

In reply young J.Perman (45) got Alfas off to a good start but after the Pirates picked up some quick wickets, K. Perman (*32) and I.Byrne (*23) settled in to see out a draw.

A good game played in the right spirit at a lovely venue on a beautiful day, what more could you ask for.

Well done to both teams, Pirates got 14 points for the winning draw while Alfas took home a deserved 8 points .....
and the Sporting Alfas perspective of the game ...

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 159 for 5 drew with Pinatar Pirates CC 239 for 7

Alfas made the trip down to Pinatar for the return match after Pinatar's resounding victory a few weeks ago, losing was not an option for Alfas with such a long trip and would do all they could to prevent it.

Pinatar batted first and made a solid start. Buckley and Panchal opened the batting and started well. However, Panchal was first to fall, bowled around his legs as he shuffled to off stump. The hope of a second wicket was beaten out of the Alfas attack however as Gopi came out with one thing on his mind, attack, and played his plan to perfection, with some help from the Alfas fielding! Buckley was next to fall, on 41 when once again this year, the change to Dell paid off. With his left arm drifters, batsmen have struggled to get him away and once again he got a quick breakthrough after coming on.

While that happened, Gopi continued to march towards his ton, helped in no small way by being dropped twice off J. Perman's bowling, first the fielder failed to pick up a straight drive which ended up going for 4 and then the next ball, the same fielder could only palm the ball over the rope for 6!

Catching was not the strong point for Alfas in the first 30 overs but then everything changed as the chances were finally taken. Gopi finally fell on 99, caught by C. Cooper, Banks fell to a C&B by Adbul who also took a confident skier from Vikash(20). However, the main story of the Alfas fielding was once again Waqer Ashraf. After dropping some easy catches this year, he roared back to his best with a stunning catch, running away and back to his left from backward point, he somehow managed to take a full length diving catch to dismiss B. Singh (9) in a truly inspirational catch. Nobody in the ground could do anything but admire the catch.

The last wicket to fall was as comical as Waqer's catch was spectacular. Safdar hit one straight to Adbul and set off like a house on fire. However, the calm head of Patel had already screamed "NO" but with his head down Safdar only had eyes for the opposite end and when he did look up, Patel was shaking his head in resignation at his fate and Abdul had the time to throw the ball back to the 'keeper to complete the most secure of run outs possible, Pinatar ending on 239/8 off their 40 overs.

A lovely tea, complete with chips, was then enjoyed by both teams before the Alfas run chase got underway. Alfas did not just go out for the draw, the new opening partnership of McKinstry and J. Perman combined well to keep the score moving at nearly 5 an over for the first 10 overs, thanks in no small part to the great friendship of L. Brown!

However, in the 11th over, jaws dropped and double takes were made as McKinstry fell LBW......yes, LBW reared it's head for the first time this year! No complaints could be had with the decision as the ball was straight, on a perfect line and hit the pad well below the knee roll, but still...LBW!?? Banks had the breakthrough in his 3rd over and Alfas were 46/1 off 11.

Perman however continued untroubled until, as predicted, batting with Abdul resulted in a run out. Abdul calling for one that maybe Young Perman was not quite ready for and his marvellous innings was unfairly cut short on 45 when he had not offered a single chance to the opposition. 82/2 off 18

Abul was next to fall when trying to hit out to move the score on, as he was given licence to do, but only managed to sky a ball that bowler Vikash was able to get under and take the catch leaving Abdul out on 26 and Alfas on 106/3 off 24.

Cooper went in next to steady the ship and steady it he did, blunting the attack with 14 dots in a row. However, as he was settling and just after a lovely cut for 4, he dragged on when on 5 off the bowling of Brown....I know, we could not believe he got a wicket either, and Alfas were 114/4. Bash was moved up the order in a last ditch effort by Alfas to go for the win but when he was caught by Vikash off Ophalant for 6 leaving Alfas on 127/5 in the 31st over, the draw had been decided.

Byrne joined K. Perman at the crease and between them they, just about, saw off the remaining overs, just about as Byrne, as is his want, gave an almighty heave at one from Vikash which went looping into the summer sky, Panchal unable to hold the catch however, for some unknown reason, and Byrne survived.

In a bid to get one last wicket, with Banks and Singh bowling well, skipper Wambeek put out the call for a Silly Mid On and, as one, every member of the ground looked to Lee Brown as the only one who could fill such a position! Lee then had a moment's confusion looking up, saw the batsman staring at him instead of watching the bowler's run up, classic psych play by the Alfas to unnerve the fielders! In the end, Byrne (20*) and Perman (32*) saw Alfas home to the losing draw and 8 points but a much improved performace over the last time these 2 teams met.

A big thanks to Pinatar for a well spirited game of cricket and best of luck to both teams in their remaining fixtures, 2 for Alfas and 3 for Pinatar.

Alfas MOM - J. Perman for a chanceless 45 opening the batting

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Many of the youngsters that took part in last year's indoor league were on show in the latest ECCL development match between La Manga and Torrevieja.

The home side batted first but were soon struggling at 19 for 5 as the Torrevieja opening bowlers ripped through the La Manga top order. A sixth wicket partnership between Rupert James (23) and Tim Walton (71 not out) restored some parity and the home side managed to bat out all their overs, finally ending with a total of 127 for 7.

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Further Update - August 22cd 2015
Neil had a little setback Tuesday morning when he had a "blackout" and had to be re-admitted to hospital. The doctors believe this was a consequence of the new medication that he has started taking. He returned home recently were he continues to improve.
Cricket Espana request at this time that you respect Neil and his families privacy and refrain from sending cricket related e-mails for the foreseeable future. The directorate will continue to keep you updated on Neil's condition.

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The Cataluyna Cricket Association are looking for teams to come and participate in the Barcelona City Cup that will take place from the 7th April until the 10th April 2016.

The tournament is limited to twelve Senior teams with former England bowler, Kabir Ali, the tournament ambassador. Tournament packages that include tour of the city, airport pick-up and a visit to the Nou Camp are available in a package deal that as been compiled.

For further details on the tournament and reservations pleae e-mail

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Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 170 for 8 beat Intellectuals CC 169 for 9

Sporting Alfas welcomed “local” rivals Intellectuals, who according to their own report were “likely to overtake both Torrevieja and La Manga” before the end of the season.

Intellectuals lost the toss and were invited to bat by Alfas hoping to restrict them to a moderate target. However, Altaf had other ideas and came out like a house on fire! In only the second over of the match, he blasted a long straight six (after offering a difficult chance in the first over) and went on a rampage in the opening overs. The same could not be said however for his opening partner who in the third over, departed for a duck, offering home skipper M. Perman a nice catch off Abdul.

Altaf however was not worried about the bowling and continued to rain boundaries until the seventh over, when, with the score on 43 and Altaf on 42, he mistimed one from Abdul and popped it up for Perman to take his second of the game, somewhat shocked at the gentle catch he had to take, given the fireworks over the last few overs. Seven overs gone, Intellectuals 43/2.

Waris came and went without troubling the score too much, falling for four ,once again skipper Perman taking the catch, this time off Ali and Intellectuals were 71/3 off 14 overs. Naveed in next but with a bowling change, J. Perman had him dropped and then caught behind in the same over, Naveed departing for seven, Intellectuals 82/4 off 18.

A long partnership then took over as the “wall” McGarry joined the Intellectuals’ skipper at the crease and brought the score on to 113 before new bowler Ashraf struck with his very first ball, a nice slow straight delivery, slowest of the day. that the intellectuals’ Skipper could not handle,totally playing all around it and being clean bowled for 35.

Ashraf’s next over yielded another wicket and another catch for skipper Perman, Ahmed falling for four and then two overs later, Dell got McGarry’s edge with the ‘keeper taking the catch and Intellectuals were 132/7 off 31. Incoming batsman Dale had one idea in his head when he came in and played it to perfection, smack everything and back up every ball. With the aid of Wasley and then Prior, Dale added a very entertaining and vital 27 to the Intellectuals’ score bringing them to a final score of 169, Wasley clean bowled by Abdul and Prior falling on the very last ball of the innings to a catch, yes YOU READ THAT RIGHT, a catch from J. Perman off his brother’s bowling. 

After tea, Alfas continued their grooming of young Perman with the experience of Ward to open the batting making this the first match in living memory that McKinstry had not opened and the plan went to plan in the early stages. Both batsmen seeing off the initial ten overs, helped in no small part by extras. However, first change bowler, Altaf, brought the fireworks with the ball as he did with the bat and with only his second delivery, got Ward to inside edge onto his stumps. Alfas 29/1 off 11. 

Abdul joined J. Perman at the crease but never really got going and finally fell, swinging at one well above his head and edging to McGarry for six. 40/2 off 15.

Alfas feared a wobble as had happened in the last few matches and their fears were confirmed when in the next over, J. Perman, after an hour at the crease and 15.3 overs, sent a tired looking drive straight to the Intellectuals’ sub fielder who held the catch easily. Two overs later, Alfas were another down as McKinstry was castled by Ahmed and the Intellectuals’ had their tails up. 59/4 off 18

However, as they say, form is temporary and class is permanent and with the team in trouble, the “mature” head of Cooper went in to join K. Perman and between them, and extras, brought the score up to 95, before Perman was caught off the bowling of Dale for twelve, 95/5 off 26.

Byrne joined Cooper at the crease but Altaf was not finished making his personal mark on the game and in his last over had Cooper caught for a valuable 20. 104/6 moving to 113/6 by the second drinks break and leaving the Alfas knowing exactly how much they needed to win the game. 

Byrne and Ashraf both moved into the 20’s over the next 8 overs in a match changing partnership, Ashraf with his custom grace under fire, Byrne offering "a few" chances to the opposition, the pick of which saw him hit one straight up in the air. While the ball was 2 feet from the ‘keeper’s grasp, the Intellectual’s skipper, bowling at the time, decided the chance was his and ran the length of the wicket only to drop the catch and allow Alfas get a second run rather than a wicket.

Byrne finally ran out of steam trying to keep up with Ashraf in the 38th Over and was run out for 30. Bash Ali went in and after another drop got 2 before his second edge was taken by the safe hands of McGarry. Skipper Perman went in and got bat on ball to leave the game balanced on the last over. Alfas were 160 chasing 169 as Wasim, seeing Alfas were not going for the draw, came in to "bowl".

Single to Perman, single to Ashraf, single to Perman, Ashraf hit 2, followed by a 4, leaving the scores tied with one ball to come. The field came in, the bowler sent the ball down and Ashraf hit….air.

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Gracia's victory over the Warriors effectively ended any realistic chance the Girona based side have of making the regional finals in a well contested Primera A fixture at Montjuic last Sunday.

Batting first after winning the toss Gracia looked to be in trouble at the interval, having only scored 110 all out from 24 of their 25 overs.

However, the usually secure Warriors batting was even more brittle than that of Gracia and they were toppled out for just 52 runs in 13 overs.

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Badalona Shaheen and Friends XI produced an exciting game of cricket in the latest Junior League contest in Barcelona, with the result in doubt until the finishing ball.

Batting first Shaheen notched up a score of 129 all out from their twenty overs. Four of the batsmen reached double figures but the star performance came from Tanveer, who took four wickets for the cost of just 11 runs.

In reply, Friends looked on course to register the win with a formidable fourth wicket partnerrship of 66 between Nabeel and Ali but the late middle order contributed very little once this pair had departed.

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Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 122 for 8 drew with La Manga 2nd´s 172 for 8

Sporting Alfas welcomed La Manga to the Woodbridge Oval on a blistering hot morning in August with both teams sending well wishes to Neil Brook.

La Manga won the toss and elected to bat and started with a fury. Simpkins and Vine opened the batting and quickly had the scoreboard ticking along at 5 an over. However, in the 8th over, Abdul finally struck, clean bowling Simpkins with one that swung all the way from the swinging 60's!

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Todo a punto en el nuevo campo de cricket de Vidreres...

Las obras del campo de cricket de Vidreres (Girona) a punto de finalizar y comenzar los partidos previstos para 2015.

Robert Masih Nahar, vicepresidente de la Federación Catalana de Cricket, y Goldy Jaswal, jugador de Gracia Cricket  Club, visitaban el nuevo campo de cricket para comprobar sobre el terreno la instalación del pitch y la zona de prácticas. 

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Torrevieja stunned league leaders Pinatar Pirates in their ECCL Division Two encounter this weekend as they registered a thirty-two run victory over the table toppers.

The home side batted first and managed 95 for 8 on the tricky Torrevieja wicket.Vishav Thakur, batting at seven, top scored with 26, in what was to prove the second highest innings for either side, whilst former Torry favourite Lee Brown took two wickets for just 11 runs in a ten over spell that included five maidens.

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