Levante CC finally got their first victory in the ECCL Premier League when they inched over the line against Alcorcon CC last weekend.
Winning the toss, Levante elected to field and the Alcorcon batsmen struggled early on with the pace of the pitch. From the home sides standpoint the crucial moment came when they got the visitors prolific batsman Tariq Ali, batting at three, out relatively cheaply.
The Spanish international had scored centuries in previous matches against the team from Valencia, but this time he failed to make a notable contribution, as skipper Scott Burchill gleefully held on to a mistimed drive at deep square leg off the bowling of Bruno Nunges.
Alcorcon then lost wickets at regular intervals but a late cameo by Ali Akbar (45) nudged the final score to 200. For Levante debutant Nisar made an excellent start, bagging five wickets for just 23 runs.
Levante began well enough and despite losing a couple of wickets looked to be cruising to a comfortable victory with Morgan and Usman begining to develope a useful partnership that the Alcorcon bowlers were struggling to break. However, a suicidal second run from Morgan saw him back in the pavillion for 47. Usman followed shortly afterwards for 44 and the Levante nerves started to fray.
With the total score some 20 runs away Alcorcon brought back their mainline bowler Ali Akbar and he took a couple of quick wickets to leave the home needing an handful of runs with just one wicket remaining.
However, all rounder Dave Tivey remained unflappable as he first hit a four to level the scores, and then dispatched a six over the crowded infield to send the Levante fans and players delirious. A great game of cricket, with the result in doubt right until the end.
Levante entertain Madrid United this coming weekend at the VCG looking for the back to back wins that will see them move off the bottom of the table.
April 26th 2015
Alcorcon (10 points) and Madrid United (10 points)
No Result – Match Abandoned – Rain
May 2cd 2015
Madrid United (18 points) beat Madrid (8 points) by 12 runs.
Madrid United 202 all out (Wahed 75, S Baker 3-24) Madrid CC 190 all out (O Wrighton 66, Kashif 3-20)
May 10th 2015
Madrid (20 points) beat Alcorcon (5 points) by 5 wickets.
Alcorcon 187 all out (M Abbas 48 not out) Madrid 188 for 5 (A Solanki 93 not out, Naseer 3-24)
May 16th 2015
Sporting Alfas (20 points) beat Madrid United (4 points) by 6 wickets
Madrid United 138 all out (P Taylor 2-11, K Laundon 2-32) Sporting Alfas 143 for 6 (A Algar 50, F Afzal 36 not out)
May 24th 2015
Alcorcon (20 ponts) beat Madrd United (3 ponts) by 7 wickets.
Madrid United 166 all out (Wahid 58) Alcorcon 167 for 3 (Tariq Ali 123 not out)
May 30th 2015
Sporting Alfas (20 points) beat Madrid United (8 points) by 58 runs
Sporting Alfas 316 for 9 (F Afzal 70, A Algar 69) Madrid United 258 all out (Mohammad Asif 105)
6th June 2015
Madrid United (20 points) beat Madrid (5 points) by 5 wickets.
Madrid 223 all out, Madrid United 224 for 5.
6th June 2015
Sporting Alfas (20 points) beat Alcorcon (6 points) by 5 wickets.
Alcorcon 249 all out (Tariq Ali 86, Quasar Ali 75, Paul Taylor 4-63) Sporting Alfas 250 for 5 (Faran Afzal 84 not out)
13th June 2015
Alcorcon (20 points) beat Levante (2 points) by 10 wickets
Levante 154 all out Alcorcon 155 for 0 (Tariq Ali 105 not out)
4th July 2015
Sporting Alfas (18 points) beat Levante (6 points) by 39 runs
Sporting Alfas 251 for 7 (G Crompton 90, M Shahzad 56, Q Abbas 4-39) Levante 212 for 9 (G Hunt 52)
11th July 2015
Sporting Alfas I (20 points) beat Madrid I (1 point) by 9 wickets.
Madrid I 86 all out (A Solanki 24, K Perman 6-16) Sporting Alfas I 87 for 1 (J Brook 47, Shazad 30 not out)
12th July 2015
Sporting Alfas I (18 points) beat Madrid I (6 points) by 7 wickets
Madrid I 263 for 6 (A Langhans 108 not out, J Healey 73) Sporting Alfas I 267 for 3 (Shazad 124 not out, C Munoz 104)
18th July 2015
Sporting Alfas I (18 points) beat Levante (7 points) by 21 runs.
Sporting Alfas I 211 for 9 (A Algar 75, D Murphy 3-41) Levante 191 all out (Faizal 41 not out, C Munoz 3-33, K Perman 2-24)
19th July 2015
Levante (18 points) beat Alcorcon (7 points) by 1 wicket
Alcorcon 200 all out (Ali 45, Kumar 43, Nisar 5-23) Levante 206 for 9 (R Morgan 47, Usman 44, Ali Akbar 4-47)