ALFAS TAKE MAXIMUM POINTS FROM SAN FULGENCIO
On a wonderful sunny day at the Woodbridge Oval San Fulgencio won the toss and elected to put the hosts into bat.
Alfas opened with Marriner and Evans who have both posted good scores in recent innings. Today was no exception as both players looked to play positively with the fielding restrictions in place. Runs flowed freely with Evans the first to reach his half century. However, when he was on 52 he tried once too often to take on the spin of Adam Algar and found he was quickly stumped thanks to some fine work by wicket keeper Blann.
With the fall of Evans, former Spanish international Ben Fletcher arrived at the crease. It was a welcome return for the Alfas man who in recent months has been working in Italy and visiting Australia.
The likeable Brummie did not disappoint his fans on the boundary ropes and from ball one he was smashing fours and sixes to all corners of the ground. In the meantime Marriner was another stumping victim with 56 to his name and Harry Marshall was now playing a nice cameo innings supporting the swashbuckling Fletcher.
With Fletcher´s personal score on 95 he went to pull Adam Algar over deep square only to find a prowling John Algar on the boundary ropes. Algar senior took a smart catch to give his son his second wicket.
Cooper was then bowled by a snorter from Adam Algar to give the youngster a third wicket in his impressive spell. A mix up between the wickets by Marshall and Byrne saw the Irishman return to the pavillion early then Marshall was poached at square leg by Riliey off the spin of Williams for a well contributed 34.
McInnes and Mckinstry went cheaply, again to another teenager Michael Carter and when Roper pushed the ball behind to be caught at second slip all the Alfas wickets had fell with 284 on the board. Alfas received maximum batting points and San Fulgencio maximum bowling points.
Facing a formidable total SFL started off with good intent and the open partnership of Webster and Blann re-iterated what the Alfas openers had done, scoring freely and at pace.
Blann was playing an exceptional innings and all the Alfas bowlers received some harsh treatment from the stylish wicket-keeper opener.
Webster scored a impressive 24 before having his middle stump removed by another teenager, this time Jamie Roper, who will be spearheading the Spanish Under 17 bowling attack in the Isle of Man later this summer.
A middle order collapse did not help the Fulgencio cause but whilst Blann was at the crease they still had a chance of pulling off the unexpected.
When he had scored 91 he pushed a ball onto the leg side, and looked for a second run. He was rightly sent back by his batting partner but failed to make his ground so a fantastic innings came to a sad end with 92 against his name.
The game quickly went out of SFL´s reach after that but some dogged batting by the tailenders ensured the vistors passed the 175 mark to get a third batting point. Alfas finally claimed the final wicket in the 39th over when Roper took his second wicket of the match.
The game was played in an excellent spirit, and the crowd, swelled by the abandonment of the Alfas first team game were entertained throughout by some excellent cricket from both sides. Alfas ended up with maximu points and SFL can be proud of the 8 points they achieved from the game.
4 notable performances from teenagers Adam Algar and Michael Carter of SFL, and Harry Marshall and Jamie Roper of Alfas bodes well for the future of Spanish cricket, and the re-match of these two teams in La Manga in two weeks time will be a game worth watching.