ALFAS GAIN MAXIMUM POINTS IN SEASON OPENER
Sporting Alfas showed they would be a force to be reckoned with in this years league with a comprehensive 10 wicket victory in the season opener.
Valencia won the toss and elected to bat, a decision they were soon regretting when both openers were back in the pavillion with the visitors yet to reach double figures.
Alfas were dominant in all aspects of the game, but especially in their fielding, which was exemplary throughout the match. This was highlighted by Howe who took two sharp slip catches and a third equally difficult catch that was skied high into the air and came down with snow on the ball.
With skipper Laundon bowling his 9 overs consecutively and bagging two wickets in the process the visitors never looked like utilising all their overs. Waseem offered a little resistance batting at six, but with extras being the top score in the Valencia innings the visitors had it all to do at the interval stage.
Alfas put the Valencia bowling attack to the sword immediately and never looked troubled in chasing down 119 runs. Openers Howe and Spencer played with poise and class and dispatched runs to all corners of the ground.
Spencer, had one moment of luck, when he was dropped at first slip, with the game all but over, but the opener gained his composure and along with Howe saw the game through for Alfas to record a resounding result.
Costa League 1 2010 Sporting Alfas 1 v Valencia 9 May 2010 Woodbridge Oval Costa League 1 Result: Alfas won by 10 wickets Points: Alfas 20 points Valencia 1 point Toss: Valencia Umpires: Brian Pitts, John Howden VALENCIA Naveed Ct Howe Bowled Launon 5 C Munoz 5 1 18 2 Safraz Ct Crompton B Munoz 0 K Laundon 9 1 36 3 Yabbar Ct Morgan B Munoz 10 F Afzal 6 2 14 2 Nisar Lbw Laundon 10 S Lupson 3 0 21 0 T Iqbal Ct Morgan B Laundon 7 Wasim 4 1 15 3 W Waris Not Out 16 P Taylor 2 1 2 0 Qasim Ct Howe Bowled Afzal 5 Ashan Ct Taylor Bowld Afazal 10 Asif Bowled Wasim 7 Faisal Ct Munoz Bowled Wasim 12 A Ali Ct Laundon B Wasim 0 Extras (b 5, lb 8, nb , w 24, p ) 37 Total (all out, 29.0 overs) 119 FOW: SPORTING ALFAS M Spencer Not Out 69 Faisal 6 0 32 0 G Howe Not Out 43 Asad 2 0 19 0 G Crompton Dnb Asif 1 0 6 0 P Pennick Dnb Safraz 1 0 18 0 Wasim Dnb Ahshan 2 0 26 0 C Munoz Dnb Nisar 1 0 8 0 K Laundon Dnb Waseem 1 0 13 0 J Morgan Dnb S Lupson Dnb F Afzal Dnb P Taylor Dnb Extras (b , lb 1, nb 2, w 8, p ) 11 Total (0 wkts, 14.0 overs) 123