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LEVANTE PUSH SPANISH CHAMPIONS TO THE BRINK
 
6th July 2014

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 1st X1 233 for 6 beat Levante C C 229 for 10

SACC travelled up for an away day to the picturesque Valencia city centre ground, home to the ever improving Levante C.C. team.

The converted baseball ground on the dry river bed, its multi-coloured astro-turf soaking up the stifling summer heat and the constant city centre noises providing an interesting and exciting backdrop for a game of cricket, and the two teams produced a thriller.

The Levante captain won the toss and elected to bat, no doubt believing that the midday sun would serve to gently broil the Alfas fielders and sap their energy. With short spells the order of the day, the opening bowlers Roper and Laundon, jogging in off short run ups, managed with considerable sweat and endeavour to nip out a cheap wicket each.

This brought Hunt to the crease, who set about the Alfaz attack with some relish, dispatching anything off line or length. With former SACC favourite Burchell joining him soon after, they put on an excellent century stand. At the second drinks break, with Levante poised to charge at 141-3, some calm consideration was required from the away team´s captain and front line bowlers, a couple of field changes offering better protection and drying up the scoring opportunities.

The pressure told almost immediately with Hunt offering a skier to Roper, and Burchell running past a doosra from the evergreen Taylor, giving keeper Ward the second of his two stumpings to add to two well taken catches.

The end was nigh, the Levante lower order unable to handle the guile and disguise of allrounder Pennick, who mopped up the tail and trundled, grunted, sweated, steamed nd complained his way to 3-18 off seven overs.

The Alfaz chase began brightly, the openers looking largely untroubled by Levante´s bowlers. When Pennick fell LBW for the 257th time this season (a new club record), Muñoz joined Brook and the two added good runs at a healthy pace, taking their team past the hundred mark. Levante, in need of inspiration, brought on Burchell,reinvented as a mistery spinner, who immediately got rid of the dangerous Muñoz, but bringing in the equally dangerous Crompton, fresh from his unbeaten century last time out.

He began exactly as he had left off in the previous innings, piercing the field with trademark cover drives and pulls, before Fareed produced the perfect delivery to dismiss him. Firstly he set him up with a half tracker which sat up for Crompton to dispatch into the stands, before cunningly following it up with another half tracker, this time using local knowledge to find a dead spot in the strip, meaning the ball never got above ankle height and rolled along the floor into off stump.

The Levante fielders, knowing they were very much back in it, ramped up their already energetic fielding display and began exerting pressure on out of form and injured captain Fletcher, who dispite hitting his first ball back over the bowler´s head for four, was finding scoring difficult. The comedy run out of young gun Roper adding to the pressure, and when the captain was caught in the deep SACC still needed 42 to win off 5 overs with four wickets in hand.

Fortunately the lower middle order is made of sturdy stuff and have bailed the team out on numerous occasions this season. Shahzad and 16 year old Tyler Hogan-Brown strode out to the middle, calmly planted a couple out of the ground, flicked a couple off the legs like seasoned pros, and made a fairly tough chase look relatively easy.

SACC now go into the July break top of the first division with three matches remaining.

Many thanks must go to Levante, not only gracious hosts but also proved once again that they are an improving team and very much on the up.

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club

 

CRICKET ESPANA LEAGUE MATCH REPORT FORM   2014      
AWAY TEAM            
MATCH (Home Team) Levante VERSUS (away team) SACC  
Date 5/7/2014   Venue   Levante    
Toss won by Levante who elected to bat   Umpires   R   Franks Jhowden
Innungs of Levante    Scorer          
Name of Batsman How out Bowler     Total   Score
(give initial first)            
1 B Khakkad st Ward  Taylor       26
2 J Noon bowled Roper        0
3 O Sennhouse ct Munoz Laundon       6
4 G Hunt  ct Roper Taylor       95
5 S Burchell st Ward  Taylor       50
6 U Fareed ct Ward Laundon       1
7 B Eaton bowled Laundon       14
8 R Hoy ct Fletcher Pennick       16
9 Qasim ct Laundon Pennick       6
10 A   Pilkington Ct Roper  Pennick       5
11 B Nunges not out         0
extras byes 1 lb 2 wides 7 No Balls Penalty Runs        
      TOTAL SCORE (for wickets)     229 all out
      BOWLING ANALYSIS      
Fall of Wickets Name of Bowler   OVERS MAIDENS RUNS Wkts
1 2 J Roper    7 1 27 1
2 10 K Laundon   8 1 37 3
3 66 P Pennick   7 0 18 3
4 175 T H Brown   3 0 21 0
5 177 Shazad   4 1 29 0
6 190 P Taylor   9 1 47 3
7 195 G Crompton   6 0 37 0
8 217            
9 223            
10 229            
11            
RESULT       Penalty Run    
SACC win by 4 wickets            
Home team points                   Away Team Total Points      
             
Points deducted and reasons   why   Points deducted and   reason's why  
             
Points   awarded and agreed between both captain and Points awarded and agreed between both   captain        
Umpires           7   and umpires 24    
             
Form   completed by (BLOCK CAPITALS) John Howden, CE Secretary        
    Calle Eucaliptus 9, Buzon   2827  
        COLIN GRIFFITHS   03724 Moraira      
    Alicante        
             
complete and post or e-mail   to   jhowden999@yahoo.co.uk        

 

 

CRICKET ESPANA LEAGUE MATCH REPORT FORM 2014      
             
Match Home Team Levante   VERSUS (away team) Sporting   Alfas
Date 5/7/2014   Venue VCG      
    Umpires   R   Franks J Howden 
Innings of Sporting Alfas   Scorer        
Name of Batsman How out Bowler     Total   Score
(give initial first)            
1 Phil Pennick Lbw Pilkington     20
2 J Brook Lbw Sennhouse     42
3 C Munoz   Mills Bowled Burchell       35
4 G Crompton Bowled Fareed       33
5 B   Fletcher  ct Pilkington Fareed       22
6 J Roper Run Out (Fareed)       14
7 S Mohammad Not Out         36
8 T Hogan   Brown Not Out         14
9 K   Laundon  dnb          
10 G Ward dnb          
11 P Taylor dnb          
Extras Byes 2 lb 2 nb 1 wides   12   Penalty Runs        
      TOTAL SCORE (for wickets)     233 for 6
      BOWLING ANALYSIS      
Fall of Wickets Name of Bowler   OVERS MAIDENS RUNS WICKETS
1 31 Rhys Hoy   9 0 47 0
2 101 A Pilkington   4 0 20 1
3 129 Qasim   4.1 0 31 0
4 156 Bruno   Nunges 4 0 25 0
5 189 O Sennhouse   9 1 39 1
6 202 S Burchell   5 1 23 1
7 U Fareed   9 0 48 2
8            
9            
10            
11            
RESULT SACC win by 4 wickets     Penalty Run    
             
  Home team points             7 Away Team Total Points   20  
             
Points deducted and reasons   why    Points   deducted and reason's why
             
Points   awarded and agreed between both captain and Points awarded and agreed between both   captain        
umpires 7 POINTS and umpires 20    
             
Form   completed by (BLOCK CAPITALS) John Howden, CE Secretary        
    Calle Eucaliptus 9, Buzon   2827  
COLIN  GRIFFITHS   03724 Moraira      
    Alicante        
             
complete and post or e-mail   to    jhowden999@yahoo.co.uk