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ALFAS BEAT SFL IN SEASON OPENER
 
1st March 2010

SPORTING ALFAS CRICKET CLUB V SAN FULGENCIO CRICKET CLUB

Sporting Alfas C.C. of Albir invited San Fulgencio C.C sponsored by www.flightm8.com  to  send  a team to Alfas for their first match of the 2010 campaign

This was a return fixture as S.F.C.C.  had   entertained  Alfas in our Clubs very first match on the Market Place in La Marina.  For our team it was nice to get grass under our feet again after so many weeks and months training on tarmac 

The fixture list will tell you that we played the Alfas first team in reality it was more a mixture of second teamers, midweek and Academy Players. Alfas didn’t have much choice in this as almost their entire first team squad were at the Spanish senior trials at La Manga

We did not think that there would be a more favourable time to give Alfas a close game, unfortunately  when  it came for us to select a side we too were short of a few recognised first teamers, but this gave us a chance to field some players who may not have had much of an opportunity otherwise

The toss was made and the SFCC skipper Bob Norton invited Alfas to bat. The plan was to get a few quick wickets but things never turn out how they are planned. David Climent gave Alfas a solid start and his good work was continued by Chris Cooper who scored a half century. Then ex Nottinghamshire player Paul Taylor kept the scoreboard ticking over and was unbeaten at the end with an accomplished 59 under his belt, but our bowlers kept at it and showed good promise for the forthcoming League campaign, we  restricted  Alfas to 164 from  30 overs  but at least 6 catches were dropped and if these had been held then an altogether different report would have been written, in any case congratulations must go to Adam Alger, Kieron Ward and Charlie Baker who each got one wicket

When it was our turn to bat we had our doubts because we had  never scored more than 80 in a match,  after both openers fell cheaply it was the turn of new player Leigh Blann from Gran Alacant to push the score along,  and he top scored with 29 valuable runs to keep us up with the run rate.  When Leigh fell  Gary "smurf " Williams tried some innovative shots but fell cheaply,  Graham Shelton in the middle order looks better with each passing match,  then it was the turn of Chairman Jon Alger and with some lusty blows he  hit a quick fire 28 

At the end it was down to David Riley and Michael Carter to try and bat out  the  overs  but we were bowled out for 131 our best ever score as a team, and when we reviewed the match later in Mix bar on La Marina we all agreed that the day had been a very successful one

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