Match Report – T20 Southern Cricket League
Week 5 – Match 1 – 11/07/21
Written by Granada CC Vice Captain – Andy Applin
Start Time 10.00h – Cartama Oval
Malaga CC captain – Asif Tarar
Granada CC captain – Adrian Riley
Granada CC Vs. Malaga CC
Granada CC having not played since week 1 were a few weeks without any match practise while Malaga CC had just come off the back of two defeats in week 4 to the Costa Vikings so were in no mood to play second fiddle again this week.
With both teams down to the bare minimum of 11 and the humidity playing a factor this was going to be a battle of attrition thought hot day as much as tactical expertise and cricketing ability.
Granada CC had one win to their name from their previous 2 games against the Costa del Sol Crusaders while Malaga CC had won both their fixtures in week 3 against the Crusaders so were sat on 4 points at the start of play.
Malaga captain Asif Tarar won the toss and elected to bat.
Granada made early inroads with Todd Davey having Tariq Cheema caught in his first over but the following 8 overs were almost all one way traffic as Malaga were scoring heavily right up until Adrian Riley broke a magnificent partnership between Nadeem Hussain (57 off 34 balls) and Afzal Shah (34 off 17).
Once these two were separated Granada began to take wickets at regular intervals with Sam Piper ending up with 3 wickets for 60 but the run rate was already good by then and the final chase was up at 190 runs off of the allotted 20 overs.
Granada’s reply started solidly with in form wicket keeper batsman Brett Ross making a decent 57 off 40 balls, supported by Anik Laftur Rehman who notched up 33 off of 40 deliveries. This partnership took Granada to 108 without loss by the 13th over and the chase was still very much a possibility with the amount of wickets still in hand.
However, both batters were soon dismissed in quick succession and the run rate was not maintained by any of the incoming Granada players and slowly scoreboard pressure forced some unforced errors including a few close runouts and Granada were left short eventually totally a score 34 runs light of the target.
Malaga 190-8 off of 20 overs
Nadeem Hussain – 57
Afzal Shah – 34
Sam Piper – 3 for 60 off 4 overs.
Granada CC 156 all out
Brett Ross – 57
Anik Laftur Rehman – 33
Tariq Cheema – 3 for 27 of 4 overs.