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A GREY DAY FOR GREEN AT THE WOODBRIDGE OVAL
 
17th May 2009

SPORTING ALFAS I BEAT VALENCIA GREEN BY 8 WICKETS

Valencia Green found the going tough in their first league game of the season when they were easily beaten by a well disciplined Alfas side. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat on a glorious day at the Woodbridge Oval.

Alfas opened the bowling with Lupson and Laundon and they continued were they left off against La Manga last week by bagging the first three wickets for only 27 runs.Things got even worse for Green when Mudassar and Azhar both went cheaply and the reigning league champions were tottering at 65 for 5.

A sixth wicket partnership of 78 between Gulzar and Yaser brought some creditability to the visitors score but when both players fell in consecutive overs with the score on 143 it looked unlikely that Green would bat out their allocated 45 overs.

So it proved, as the last few wicket fell quickly, despite a quickfire 27 off 25 balls by Hamid. When Abbas took the final wicket of Mahmood the visitors had amassed 185 runs off 33.1 overs.

Alfas responded strongly and scored quickly with Ali playing in his usual aggressive style. With Spencer looking in god nick at the other end it looked ominous for Green. With the score on 33 Ali tried one hook shot too many and gloved a simple catch to wicket keeper Nasar off the bowling of Mahmood.

Pennick arrived at the crease, and along with Spencer they began to make strong inroads into the Valencia total. Spencer was playing particularly well and he reached his 50 in 70 minutes off 69 balls. Pennick continued to keep the scoreboard ticking with regular singles and the pair put on 140 for the second wicket before Pennick was adjudged lbw off the bowling of Mahamad for 47 with the score on 173.

It was left to Crompton and Spencer to get the other 13 runs required for victory, which they did easily, and Spencer ended the day not out on 94, just six short of a well deserved century.

For the second week running Alfas took maximum points, which now sees them well established at the top of the Costa League One table.

Costa League 1
                            P    W    T    L   BP  Pts
Sporting Alfas 1            2    2    0    0   20   40
Valencia Green              1    0    0    1    4    4
La Manga                    1    0    0    1    1    1
Madrid                      0    0    0    0    0    0

Costa League 1 2009

Valencia Green v Sporting Alfas 1
16 May 2009
Woodbridge Oval
Costa League 1
Result: SACC I won by 8 wickets
Points:  SACC I 20 points Valencia Green 4 points

Toss:    Valencia Green
Umpires: R Graham, A Bacon


VALENCIA GREEN
Atiq Ul Rehman   Bowled Laundon    2                  S Lupson              5    0    27    2
Imran Fazal         Bowled Lupson    8                  K Laundon             9    1    38    2
Sajid Manzoor      Ct Crompton B Laundon   29     C Muñoz               4    0    41    1
Mudassar             Ct Taylor B Lupson    4             S Abbas               8    1    35    3
Azhar Abbas        Ct Ali B Muñoz    4                     P Taylor              7    2    35    2
Gulzar Ahmed      Ct Laundon B Taylor   29                                         
Yaser Alfaz          Ct Crompton B Abbas   51                                         
M Akmal             Stumped Ali B Taylor    8                                         
Hamid Nasar       Ct Pennick B Abbas   27                                         
F Mahmood         Ct Muñoz B Abbas    4                                         
F Mahamad         Not Out    0                                         
  Extras      (b 4, lb 5, nb 1, w 9, p )   19
  Total            (all out, 33.0 overs)  185

FOW: 1-15 (Atiq Ul Rehman) 2-23 (Imran Fazal) 3-27 (Mudassar) 4-49 (Azhar Abbas) 5-65 (Sajid Manzoor)
     6-143 (Gulzar Ahmed) 7-143 (Yaser Alfaz) 8-162 (M Akmal) 9-184 (Hamid Nasar) 10-185 (F Mahmood)

SACC I
M Spencer       Not Out   94                                    A Ul Rehman           7    1    38    0
S Ali               Ct Nasar B Mahmood   16                 F Mahmood             6    0    30    1
P Pennick        Lbw Mahamad   47                          Mudassar                1    0     8    0
G Crompton     Not Out    4                                    M Akmal                 5    0    22    0
G Howe           Dnb                                               Gulzar                     8    0    52    0
C Muñoz         Dnb                                               Yaser                      3    0    18    0
K Laundon      Dnb                                                F Mahamad             2    0     5    1
S Abbas          Dnb                                               I Fazal                    0.2    0  1    0
S Lupson        Dnb                                              
P Taylor          Dnb                                              
B Marriner       Dnb                                              
  Extras     (b 4, lb 8, nb 3, w 10, p )   25
  Total             (2 wkts, 32.2 overs)  186