La Manga claimed a comfortable victory over Madrid United on Sunday to keep the pressure on at the top of the ECCL Division One league table.
Winning the toss La Manga decided to bat first and their fans were rewarded with a strong batting performance from the home side. Opener David Williams scored a cultured 57 and he was well supported throughout by his team mates to set a total of 257 for victory for the visitors from Madrid.
For the visitors there were good spells of economical bowling from “Jimmy” Ashraf and Mubeen who took three and two wickets respectively.
In reply, the Madrid batting crumbled under pressure from the tight bowling on offer from La Manga and they only just managed to get their score into three figures. For La Manga Munib, Akash and Farhat all bowled excellently to pick up nine of the United wickets between them.
La Manga took 19 points from the game whilst Madrid United scored 6 points.
4th May – La Manga (19 points) beat Madrid United (4 points) by 124 runs
La Manga 238 for 6 (Neil Brook 87 not out, Munib Ranjah 84) beat Madrid United 114 all out (F Mahmood 3-14, S Colbourne 3-28)
4th May – Sporting Alfas (20 points( beat Madrid (4 points) by 6 wickets
Madrid 127 all out (J Roper 2-12, M Hussein 2-13) Sporting Alfas 128 for 4 (M Spencer 60)
5th May Sporting Alfas (19 points) beat Madrid 3 points by 9 wickets
Madrid 202 for 8 (Hall 56, J Woodward 37, J Roper 3-25) Sporting Alfas 204 for 1 (M Spencer 111, C Munoz 76 not out)
11th May Sporting Alfas (19 points) beat Madrid United (5 points) by 7 wickets
Madrid United 231 for 9 (Waheed 42) Sporting Alfas 232 for 3 (P Pennick 120 not out, B Fletcher 42)
18th May Alcorcon (19points) beat La Manga (8 points) by 5 runs
Alcorcon 232 for 8 (Mazer Abbas 48, Hassan Abbas 40) La Manga 227 all out (F Mahmood 54, M Akmal 3-43)
25th May Sporting Alfas (20 points) beat Alcorcon (6 points) by 6 wickets
Alcorcon 241 all out (T Ali 51. P Pennick 3-23) Sporting Alfas 245 for 4 (M Spencer 88, C Munoz 60)
26th May La Manga (19 points) beat Madrid United (6 points) by 134 runs
La Manga 256 all out (D Williams 57, G Singh 54, A Mohammad 3-35) Madrid United 122 all out (W Aktar 46, Munib 4-31 A Panchal 3-41)
On pitch 2 the La Manga and Sporting Alfas second XI teams played a double header Twenty Twenty game.
In the first match the spoils went to La Manga. The visitors batted first and could only manage 121 all out. Davis was the pick of the bowlers notching four wickets for just 20 runs. Jamie Roper showed how much he has improved with the bat, top scoring for Alfas with 31. La Manga reached the total with just one wicket to spare to squeeze oor Alfas ver the line in game one.
After lunch Alfas came out in determined mood and equalled the two match series with a comprehensive victory. They bowled out La Manga for just 99 and then chased the total down for the loss of just one wicket. Mark Perman starred with the ball for Alfas taking four wickets whilst Jamie Roper completed a good day for him personally by scoring an unbeaten half century.