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DUTCH TREAT FOR ALFAS
 
7th May 2007

Friday 20 April

Sporting Alfas Midweek XI 201-6 The Forty Club of Holland 204-8

Following its success against the Forty Club of Spain the previous day, The Dutch side soon found itself having a difficult time as the Alfas opening pair of Pennick and Slaughter, posted a century partnership. With Slaughter (61), having completed his first half-century for the Club, and Pennick also having reached fifty, the Alfas captain retired the openers to give opportunities to other players. Only Hall (25) took some advantage of the situation as wickets fell rapidly to the bowling of Dhondai. The final score reached a reasonable 201, with the most successful bowler for the visitors being Dhondai, who claimed 4-21 from his eight overs. The reply by the Dutch side started badly as two wickets fell within the first four overs. However, Mohammed (35) played with some aggression and, in conjunction with Kruishoor, the score was taken to seventy-nine at which point both were dismissed. A fifth wicket partnership of fifty-five between Eldering and Heshusius placed their team in a strong position and, although further wickets fell, Eldering (49) held the innings together to ensure The Forty Club of Holland reached its target with seven balls of the match remaining. It had been an enjoyable afternoon's cricket played in a splendid spirit, with both captains having as a priority, the participation of all their team members.

 

Tuesday 17 April

The Forty Club of Holland 118 Sporting Alfas Midweek XI 119-2

Having won the toss and elected to bat, the Forty Club were always in trouble against the Alfas bowling attack. With Packiam claiming four wickets from his eight over stint, only Eldering (33) was able to make any impression as wickets fell around him at regular intervals. The introduction of Rose in to the bowling attack saw him claim four wickets as the innings collapsed to leave the final total standing at a meager 118. For Sporting Alfas, Rose returned figures of 4-14 and Packiam 4-25. The small total was never likely to trouble the Alfas side and Slaughter and P. Taylor took the score to fifty before the first wicket fell. After Mohamed claimed the wickets of both the opening pair, it was left to Hull, with an undefeated thirty-six, together with Hall, to see their team to a comprehensive eight wicket victory. Mohamed bowled well for the Dutch side and claimed the only two wickets to fall at a cost of eleven runs from his eight overs.