Madrid turned the tables on La Manga yesterday and eased to a five wicket victory. Thanks to umpire Ron Graham for assistance with the match report.
Madrid won the toss and inserted La Manga in who struggled early doors on a wet wicket, sprinkler water had seeped under the covers. La Manga were all out for 193 with Joel Brook being the main contributor with the bat, scoring a half century.
For Madrid Thomas Murphy, a former Ireland under 19 player made a rare appearance and his quality shone through as he bagged four wickets at the end of the innings. The slippery wicket early doors caused the Irishman footing problems otherwise things could have been a lot worse for La Manga. Joss Bancroft and Sunil Balani chipped in for the visitors, taking four wickets between them.
Madrid made a cautious but sensible reply and reached 79 before the first wicket fell when captain Steven Baker skied Akash Panchal to mid off. At the other end, Jacob List, an Australian, originally from Sydney, found the lacklustre La Manga bowling to his liking and sailed past the fifty mark with some lusty hitting, which included some fine cricket shots.
Madrid progressed serenely along with additional contributions from Adam Langhans and Jaysheel Sharma. Once List departed it was left for the star of the show Tomas Murphy to see the visitors home. He punished the bad balls and kept his head when the La Manga bowlers were losing theirs and Madrid gained victory with room to spare.
Madrid CC took maximum points from the game whilst La Manga returned five points.
Madrid CC won by 5 wickets, Points Madrid 20 pts; La Manga 5 pts.
espite restricting La Manga to a draw on Sunday Madrid fell out of the Division Two title race as a result of losing to Intellectuals the day before. Levante now need two comprehensive wins in their last two games to snatch the spoils from La Manga/
Madrid are left to reflect on a poor performance on Saturday that as cost them dear. Intellectuals batted first and posted 202 for 8 with Champion and Alistar Faulkner starring for the Alicante based side.
Florence Broderick was the pick of the Madrid bowlers as she returned to the pavillion with figures of two for 17 of four overs.
The Madrid starlet also top scored with the bat with a final score of 41 but it was not enough to give victory to her side as Faulkner and Champion also proved their worth as all rounders to pick up three wickets a piece for the home side.
The Intellectuals ended up winners by 49 runs.
The eagerly anticipated game between Madrid and La Manga did not disappoint. La Mnga needed maximum points to gave them breathing space from Levante whilst Madrid needed a victory to keep their slender title hopes alive. La Manga batted first and posted a daunting 277 for 8 with Gopi Singh and Tom Vine shining with the bat. Madrid found the runs a bridge too far but did grind out a draw as the final wicket partnership of David Stirton and young Liam Clark valiantly saw out the last two overs to grind out a well deserved draw for the team from the capital.
The two games between Levante and Madrid in Valencia at the end of the month now take on added significance as either Levante or La Manga can now be realistically be crowned champions