Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 1st X1 153 for 4 beat Pinatar Pirates CC 152 for 19
Spanish and SACC captain Christian Muñoz invited Pinitar Pirates to set the score, Farhat and Akash opening for the visitors started well accumulating runs at a steady rate, until Farhat (10) was given LBW off Mohib, Munib raced to a dozen before Mohib got him well caught by Muñoz.
Sajid joined Akash who lost his way and was run out after leaving his crease for a walkabout! Sajid looked in good nick until his rash decision, after a well struck boundary, gave Muñoz a catch and Keiren Perman his only wicket on the day, when possibly he should have had more. Banks having to play a more defensive role than normal carried the innings for 45 minutes, but after a 10 minute Henessy partnership watched amazed we his partner allowed a full toss from Farans first ball smash into middle stump half way up.
Atif joined him for 21 minutes until he to threw away his wicket 4+4+ a nick to Brooks behind, again Faran bowling. Time for Sporting Alfas´s evergreen Taylor to start his second spell, mayhem taking control, Preet spanked his third ball to Bhiate at mid off, 5 overs of very subdued cricket then Banks lost all the control he had been showing, spanked a huge 6 then trying to follow it with another chipped the ball to the eager hand of Laundon in the gully. Prince walked in and out, Wambeek joined Sukkhi who had been stood at the wrong end for a while, and to the joy of the Alfas boys allowed Taylor’s fifth ball to pass his bat and come to a stop on middle peg. 152 all out, chapter 1 complete. Tea time and SACC to chase.
The score card can occasionally make the game appear differently than it is and Alfas batsmen Brooks and Laundon looked in control at 15-0 off the first over but in truth Atiff had bowled with venom but misdirected and 10 runs were indeed extra´s. second over and a short ball gave Pirates team a welcome break through when Brooks guided it to back ward square leg.
Laundon followed him back next over Atiff finding his line and the deadly LBW given.Algar and Bhiati took the score past 50 before Bhiati´s luck ran out and Atiff got his second wicket. Muñoz and Algar then enjoyed the change bowlers and took the game away from the visitors with some fine running and striking off the ball, Algar (37) giving it away, with the score on 96 he walked by a straight one from Sajid, bowled.
Captain Muñoz and his international partner Faran then demolished the resistance that remained in the Pirates and and hit the final run in the 22nd over after dispatching the ball to all parts of Albir with a show off batting skills that next week will be called on in Sweden. Sporting Alfas Cricket Club remain league leaders but are mindful that the chasing pack have games in hand.
Spanish Captain Christian Muñoz who leads his country into the international matches this week in Sweden.