Both the Sporting Alfas first and second teams played Tottenhoe last weekend with mixed results. Thanks to Alfas chairman Kevin Laundon for both match reports.
Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 1st X1 274 for 5 beat Totternhoe CC 129 for 10
Totternhoe Cricket Club returned for the 14 year and enjoyed the sun and cricket at the Woodbridge Oval, SACC elected to bat first and went along nicely at 5 an over until Ward fell for 17 well caught by Wray at slip. K Laundon(37) the next to go with the score on 65 caught chasing a wide one. Fletcher and Pennick took the score past 130 when Pennick(38) fell foul of a good one from Bisnel. As always 1 brings 2 and Fletcher (40) caught well by Chris in the deep again off the bowling of Bisnel. Spanish internationals Gomez Brown and Geoffery Evans the took the game away from the tourists with Gomez Brown retiring on 50 and Evans ending the day on 35, Waqar helping out with a well struck 21 off 4 overs. SACC 274 for 5 from 40.
Chasing down a big score is always tough and the Totternhoe batsmen never got in front of the game as Pennick(1-9) and Taylor(2-14) gave SACC a great start. Waqar(0-43) and Perman(3-12) also bowled well in tandem and kept the scoring opportunities very scarce, Gomez Brown after a good show with the bat proved his worth and bowled 6 overs for only 11 runs. On his return from the UK Metcalf gave an excellent example of leg spin claiming 3 for 16 from 7.
Sporting Alfas Academy captain 11 year old Leo Laundon looks to be following his father´s example and took 1 for 22 from 4.
Thanks were given to the Umpires, Mr Alan Bacon and Mr Ron Graham, who officiated with out any fuss, the supporters who enjoyed a easy Alfas victory and the tea ladies who worked hard keeping all fed and watered.
Next Weekend SACC entertain the Nomads with games on Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday a fantastic weekends cricket is in store as the opposition always bring along a strong team and will be testing SACC in all the games. 1pm is the start time, the Woodbridge Oval is sited on the right hand side of the dry river bed that runs through Albir towards the sea, sharing the facility with the golf range.
All welcome to watch.
Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 122 for 6 lost to Totternhoe CC 124 for 3
Totternhoe challenged SACC 2nds to a T20 and in a tight finished took the win.
Batting first the TCC batsmen never got going against the Alfas bowlers, plodding along at 5 an over, only Alfas player Gomez Brown doing any damage, he reached his 50 for the second time this weekend, Wood and Scott both out for 12 Chire reaching 24 and guest player Barry making 5. Extra´s on 18 the third highest scorer.
Nix And Byrne went along nicely 50 reached and no wickets then as can happen a little change of luck and Byrne missed one bowled for 27. Nix got shot out by a bewildering Lbw decision that only the Umpire appealed for.
Goodhand played one on to his own stumps. 12 needed 2 overs left an easy finish looked on Laundon on 25 managed to hit one to the grateful Gomez Brown out for 25 then Hogan Brown and Braithwaite managed to add only 10 more runs from the remaining 11 balls leaving SACC 2 short.
A fabulous finish to a good tour for Totternhoe but a sad day for the Alfas team. Totternhoe gave a lovely farewell speech, thanking SACC for the friendship shown over the 4 days, the cabin staff for the tireless work keeping all well fed. Finishing with the hope that they would be invited back next year which obviously SACC chairman Kevin Laundon responded to, stating that he hoped Totternhoe would return for more than one more year.
The Nomads are here next weekend, Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday, 1 pm start on all days.
On a sad note SACC wish to pass on their condolences to the Family of John Jones the ECCL secretary who sadly passed away on Sunday the 10th March, John will be sorely missed by all cricketers in Spain.