La Manga Torrevieja, 2020 East Coast and Central League T20 champions (ECCL), face Minhaj, Spain’s ECL20 qualifiers, in a best of three play-off for the right to represent Cricket España at ECL21 this May and June in Spain.
Minhaj will be a battle hardened outfit, having enjoyed the benefit of playing on this same pitch under fierce T10 competition during the current FanCode ECS Spain Barcelona. That said, Minhaj will be missing their two prodigious talents in Asjad Butt and Awais Ahmed, as the hard-hitting top order duo were not registered for the club last year.
MINHAJ Key Players:
Jafar Iqbal, will have to come to the fore for Minhaj with the bat without the services of Awais Ahmed and Asjad Butt.
Khalid Mehmood, leading wicket taker for Minhaj at FanCode ECS Spain Barcelona with six wickets from four games.
Usman Mushtaq, all rounder, has picked up four wickets at an economy of 5.66 and has scored 63 runs.
Muhammad Riaz, all-time leading run scorer who can be relied upon to perform well at crunch time with bat and ball.
Alumdar Hussain, in the absence of quality batters, Alumdar will have to do some heavy scoring for his side and keep tidily behind the stumps.
Captain: Amar Shahzad
Wicketkeeper: Mubashar Ali / Alumdar Hussain
Projected Top 4 batting – Almudar Hussain – Jafar Iqbal – Usman Mushtaq – Muhammad Riaz
Projected opening bowlers: Muhammad Riaz – Amar Shahzad – Yasin Javaid – Khalid Mehmood
LA MANGA TORREVIEJA Key Players:
Paul Hennessy – Spanish international who will take the attack to Minhaj with both bat and ball.
Ravi Panchal – leads the attack and takes wickets with the new cherry.
Adam Alger – quality batsman, leads by example from behind the stumps.
Charlie Rumistrzewicz – ultra talented 15 year old left arm spinner with a bright future ahead of him.
Stuart Simpkins – powerful Aussie batsman who can destroy any attack.
Jack Perman – Spain all-rounder who bowls decent leg spin.
Captain: Adam Alger
Wicketkeeper: Adam Alger
Projected Top 4 Batting Order: Adam Alger, Paul Hennessy, Stuart Simkins, Jack Perman
Projected Opening Bowlers: Ravi Panchal, Charlie Rumistrzewicz, Theo Rumistrzewicz
Spin Option(s): Charlie Rumistrzewicz, Tom Culshaw, Jack Perman, Akash Panchal
Play-off prediction : Missing two of their most talented players, Minhaj’s biggest chance of a win will come in the opening game at 0830 CET Sunday as LMT will need time to get used to the conditions in Barcelona. Minhaj must use their “local knowledge” to their advantage early on. If MIN can win the opener, the pressure will be heaped on La Manga Torrevieja to stay alive under the “strange” conditions. On paper, LMT do possess more all-round firepower, but Minhaj have performed well in these play-offs before under the severest of pressure. It would be no surprise if this play-off went all the way and took three games to decide. A slight preference is given to LMT, due to the absence of key players for Minhaj.
Catch all the FanCode Spanish Championship Day – ECL21 playoff action LIVE on the European Cricket Network, available on the FanCode platform in the Indian subcontinent and streamed globally on the ECN – European Cricket Network YouTube channel.
Tune into the BEST OF THREE matches LIVE action from Barcelona this Sunday from * 0830 CET * 0730 GMT * 1300 IST.
EUROPEAN CRICKET NEWS – MARK LOVELL