Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 v Cosby C C on Sun 19 Apr 2015 at 1.00
Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Lost Alfas fall 80 runs short of target

Match report Sporting Alfas II's welcomed Cosby from the Isle of man without their captain, leading batsman or opening bowlers, making what was a difficult match from the off, a much harder one!

Irish rule came, briefly, to Alfas as Byrne stepped in for M. Perman and his first act as captain was to reduce the match to 30/30 at the behest of the Cosby players, testament to the close game they played the day before, pushing the 1st team all the way to lose by just 37 runs in a high scoring game. Winning the toss, R. Kniveton did not hesitate to opt for a bat thereby allowing some of his players much needed rest and rehydration during the day!

The Alfas team started well enough, claiming a wicket in the 4th over, Oates picking out McKinstry after hitting a shot that troubled passing aircraft due to it's height but that was about as good as it got before drinks. One other wicket fell before the break, Waqar dropping like it was hot in order to get a fingertip to a straight drive and run out Skipper Kniveton backing up at the non striker's end.

After drinks, Byrne unleashed the Alfas secret weapon and Rocketman K. Roper came on and took 2 wickets in his 1st over, dismissing Rothwell for 63 via the safe hands of Waqar and giving K. Kniveton a Golden Duck to match the duck he got the day before to complete a terrible tour with the bat. All the while, J. Rowlands at the other end was marching on to his 50 and beyond and after seeing 3 more partners fall, decided the final over was a good one to try and swing his arms and with the last ball of the game, provided an edge for Byrne to take diving full length forward off the older Roper, finally his man.

After the break, Byrne opted for experience and opened with McKinstry and Nix in an effort to remove the shine from the ball while putting runs on the board. His plan worked to perfection......for 3 overs before McKinstry feathered one from Venter to Rowlands in Gully. One down quickly became two as Jamie Roper was so taken by McKinstry's dismissal that he decided to do the exact same, same shot, same bowler, same fielder, 37/2. Nix, sticken at seeing his batting partners depart went in the next over leaving Alfas on 38/3 off 8 and staring down the barrel. Byrne, using the McKinstry review system got a life after being given out caught behind to a phantom nick off an Umpire desperate to watch Liverpool, god knows why, and made the most of the chance, not in runs but staying at the crease while others fell around him. Watching from the non strikers end he saw Waqar, Keegan and Shaz all come and go before Basharat Ali came in to light the fireworks. Byrne eventually falling edging to Kniveton behind the sticks and Ali falling to a screamer from the other Kniveton in the deep left Alfas with 5 overs to negotiate to not be bowled out. Braitewaite and K. Roper seeing the team home, not to a win but to a credible result from a disaterous start, Alfas finishing on 148/9

Alfas MOM - K. Roper - 3/38 off 5 Overs and a valuable not out.

Cosby C C Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
5nb 18w 1b 6lb 
for 8 wickets
228 (40.0 overs)
M. Oates ct  N. McKinstry Bowled J. Braitewaite 5 1
H. Rothwell ct  W. Ashraf Bowled K. Roper 63 12
R. Kniveton run out  W. Ashraf 21 3
J. Rowlands ct  I. Byrne Bowled J. Roper 74 11 2
K. Kniveton b  K. Roper 0
F. Venter ct  I. Byrne Bowled S. Mohammad 18 2
J. Rothwell b  K. Roper 9 1
G.Rowlands b  J. Roper 7 1
D. Picken Not Out  1
M. Quinn  
C. Hartman  

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Jamie Roper6.0039219.506.50
Ian Byrne4.0021121.005.25
Waqar Ashraf4.004400.0011.00
Basharat Ali4.012900.007.25
Anton Bodnarec3.003000.0010.00
Kyle Roper5.0038312.677.60
Muhammad Shahzad4.0020120.005.00

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 20w 2b 1lb 
for 9 wickets

(40.0 overs)
Bob Nix ct  Kniveton Bowled D. Picken 11 35 18 1 61.11
Neil McKinstry ct  J. Rowlands Bowled F. Venter 15 18 14 3 107.14 1
Jamie Roper ct  J. Rowlands Bowled F. Venter 3 5 13 23.08
Ian Byrne ct  J. Kniveton Bowled M. Oates 24 70 24 2 100 2
Waqar Ashraf lbw  Rothwell 6 20 19 1 31.58 1
David Keegan b  Rothwell 0 1 3 0
Muhammad Shahzad b  Rothwell 4 6 5 80.0
Basharat Ali ct  K. Kniveton Bowled Rothwell 30 40 32 4 1 93.75
John Braithwaite Not Out  23 35 33 3 69.70
Anton Bodnarec ct  K. Kniveton Bowled Rothwell 1 10 5 20.0
Kyle Roper Not Out  4 10 9 44.44

Cosby C C Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
F. Venter5.0028214.005.60
D. Picken6.0224124.004.00
G. Rowlands6.002200.003.67
M. Oates3.0117117.005.67
M. Quinn1.00800.008.00
K. Kniveton2.001100.005.50
J. Rowlands1.001000.0010.00