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LA MANGA WIN A THRILLER
 
16th July 2010

LA MANGA WIN A THRILLER AT THE WOODBRIDGE OVEL

La Manga (18 points) 264 for 7 beat Sporting Alfas (7 points) 262 for 6 by 3 wickets..

La Manga came to the Woodbridge Oval for the top of the table clash with Alfas, and went back down the autovia to Murcia with a win after a cracking game of cricket at the Albir ground.

Alfas won the toss and elected to bat. They braced themselves for the hostile bowling attack of Tanveer Iqbal and Talat Ali, La Manga and Spain´s opening bowlers.

La Manga drew first blood when Spencer was caught behind by Brook off Talat for only 4, but then Howe and Pennick both knuckled down and concentrated on seeing off the deadly duo from the bowling attack.

They looked to be succeeding in their mission until Howe was unlucky to get out, hitting the ball onto his pad so it dollied up for an easy caught and bowled for Ali. Pennick was next to go, again unluckily, dragging onto his stumps when he was begining to look in particularly menacing form. 

Despite these two quick back to back losses for Alfas they continued to dominate the bowling attack during the middle order of their innings and Climent (73), Fletcher (39) and Morgan (24) all made significant contributions to the Alfas total.

The end of the innings lost a bit of momentum, as the elusive fifth batting point fell out of reach, and the batting side instead concentrated on not losing any further wickets, and possibly, giving La Manga another bowling point.

La Manga went into the interval having to chase down an above par score, but it was testiment to their attitude that they were able to do this. They were given a great platform, as the openers Sajid and Joel Brook both scored half centuries and put on 91 for the first wicket.

At this point the game swung one way then the other, and it looked to have finally gone the way of Alfas when Spencer took a remarkable catch of the bowling to remove dangerman Talat for 19 with the score on 196 for 6 in the 32cd over.

However, Neil Brook had other ideas and he kept his composure to score a fine 54 not out, and hit a six for the winning run with a little more than 2 overs to spare. An excellent game of cricket ws played in a great spirit throughout, the standard of the bowling, batting and fielding was of an high quality, and the whole event was worthy of the top of a table clash between two of Spain´s premier teams. 

Costa League 1
                            P    W    T   NR    L   BP  Pts
Valencia Green             10    9    0    0    1   61  151
La Manga                    8    7    0    0    1   70  140
Sporting Alfas 1            7    5    0    0    2   60  110
Madrid 1                    9    4    0    0    5   47   87
Mojacar                     8    3    0    0    5   19   49
Albox                       8    3    0    0    5    5   35
Valencia                   12    0    0    0   12    0  -86 
Costa League 1
  • Sporting Alfas 1 (7) lost to La Manga (18) by 3 wickets.
    Woodbridge Oval, 17 July.
    Sporting Alfas 1 262-6 (45.0 overs, D Climent 73)
    La Manga 264-7 (42.3 overs, N Brook 54*, J Brook 53, S Ali 51)
  • Madrid 1 (0) lost to La Manga (20) by 10 wickets.
    La Manga, 11 July.
    Madrid 1 65 (17.0 overs, F Mahmood 3-2, M Garside 3-8)
    La Manga 67-0 (7.0 overs)
  • Valencia Green (17) beat Valencia (-10) by forfeiture, Valencia failed to turn up for the game.
    La Manga, 11 July.
  • Madrid 1 (17) beat Albox (-10) by forfeiture, Albox unable to field a team.
    La Manga, 10 July.
  • Valencia Green (20) beat Mojacar (2) by 369 runs.
    La Manga, 4 July.
    Valencia Green 462-3 (45.0 overs, Attiq 151*, Ikram 125, Zahid 68*)
    Mojacar 93 (35.0 overs, Attiq 3-12)
  • La Manga (19) beat Valencia (1) by 179 runs.
    La Manga, 4 July.
    La Manga 267-8 (45.0 overs, Sajid 57, Munib 46)
    Valencia 88 (30.1 overs, Talat Ali 3-30)Valencia deducted 4 points for having only 10 players and no scorer.
  • Mojacar (3) lost to Valencia Green (19) by 6 wickets.
    La Manga, 27 June.
    Mojacar 91 (I Malik 41)
    Valencia Green 96-4 (15.0 overs)
  • La Manga (20) beat Albox (3) by 300 runs.
    La Manga, 26 June.
    La Manga 368-6 (45.0 overs, Talat Ali 108*, Joel Brook 51, Faras Mahood 50*)
    Albox 68 (Talat Ali 4-29, Tanveer Iqbal 3-17)
  • Valencia Green (17) beat Madrid 1 (8) by 18 runs.
    La Manga, 20 June.
    Valencia Green 260-9 (45.0 overs, Shahid 95)
    Madrid 1 242-7 (45.0 overs, A Langhans 75, Z Abbas 58)
  • Madrid 1 (5) lost to Sporting Alfas 1 (20) by 6 wickets.
    La Manga, 19 June.
    Madrid 1 175 (44.0 overs, S Balani 51, P Taylor 4-32)
    Sporting Alfas 1 188-4 (40.0 overs, G Crompton 81*)
  • Valencia Green (18) beat Sporting Alfas 1 (7) by 74 runs.
    Woodbridge Oval, 12 June.
    Valencia Green 245 (42.0 overs, Shaheed 73)
    Sporting Alfas 1 171-9 (45.0 overs, M Spencer 37, G Crompton 36)
  • Albox (17) beat Mojacar (-10) by Mojacar forfeiting the game.
    La Manga, 11 June.
  • Valencia Green (18) beat La Manga (7) by 30 runs.
    La Manga, 6 June.
    Valencia Green 180
    La Manga 150
  • Madrid 1 (3) lost to Sporting Alfas 1 (20) by 6 wickets.
    Woodbridge Oval, 5 June.
    Madrid 1 202 (40.0 overs, T Doust 45, A Langhans 38, I Khan 45*, G Crompton 5-35)
    Sporting Alfas 1 203-4 (30.0 overs, M Spencer 56, P Pennick 54, W Ul Rehman 39*)
  • Sporting Alfas 1 (19) beat Valencia (2) by 156 runs.
    La Manga, 30 May.
    Sporting Alfas 1 260-7 (45.0 overs, G Crompton 111)
    Valencia 104 (26.0 overs, Navid 41, P Taylor 5-29)
  • Madrid 1 (18) beat Mojacar (4) by 91 runs.
    La Manga, 30 May.
    Madrid 1 190 (40.5 overs, D Redpath 3-31)
    Mojacar 99 (26.5 overs, M Chandarimadi 4-26, S Baker 3-11)
  • Valencia Green (17) beat Albox (- 10) by Albox forfeiting the game.
    La Manga, 29 May.
  • La Manga (19) beat Madrid 1 (2) by 203 runs.
    La Manga, 29 May.
    La Manga 258-9 (45.0 overs, Farhat 69, M Fernandez 3-53)
    Madrid 1 55 (16.3 overs, Tanveer 5-30)
  • Mojacar (18) beat Albox (4) by 7 wickets.
    La Manga, 22 May.
    Mojacar 174-7 (45.0 overs, S Ali 72, Gibbin 3-31)
    Albox 110 (29.5 overs, D Redpath 5-22)
  • Sporting Alfas 1 (17) beat Valencia Green (-10) by Valencia Green forfeiting the game.
    La Manga, 22 May.
  • La Manga (17) beat Valencia (-10) by Valencia forfeiting the game.
    La Manga, Game forfeited by Valencia, 16 May.
  • Albox (-3) lost to Valencia Green (18) by 8 wickets.
    La Manga, 16 May.
    Albox 131 (35.1 overs, D Langsford 53)
    Valencia Green 132-2 (12.5 overs, Asad 49)
  • Valencia (1) lost to Sporting Alfas 1 (20) by 10 wickets.
    Woodbridge Oval, 9 May.
    Valencia 119 (29.0 overs, Wasim 3-15, K Laundon 3-26)
    Sporting Alfas 1 123-0 (14.0 overs, M Spencer 69*, G Howe 43*)
  • La Manga (20) beat Mojacar (-2) by 419 runs.
    La Manga, 8 May.
    La Manga 461-8 (45.0 overs, Munib 177, Tanveer 117)
    Mojacar 40 (23.0 overs, M Garside 4-12)