Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 v Madris 2nd on Sat 20 Jun 2015 at 1pm
Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Lost Madrid chase down the target set

Match report The Alfas second’s welcomed old foes Madrid to the Woodbridge for the traditional double header that would go a long way to showing where the team were heading under the new leadership with a very stern test awaiting. Last year both teams ended the weekend with a win apiece, both teams were hoping for better this year.

First task, first loss as the toss went in Madrid’s favour, and with the current rules, had no hesitation in choosing to bowl first putting the pressure on Alfas to make a score. McKinstry and K. Laundon took guard and faced a very stern opening attack from Madrid. They managed to take the shine off the ball and kept their wickets intact through the initial spell but Madrid were not giving anything away and Alfas reached the first drinks break at 15 overs for 49 without loss.
The second session proved to be a lot more hectic with the Madrid team striking in the very 1st ball of the 1st over after drinks, McKinstry (19) picking out a fielder off Babu. Abdul then joined Laundon at the crease but 4 overs later, Madrid had struck again, Laundon (29) trying to guide between the slips found them instead and Babu had another breakthrough. Evans went out to try and keep one end anchored but Babu had the bit between his teeth by now and found another catch taken off his bowling to see off Evans (4). Coming up to the end of the session, there was still time for Bancroft to get Abdul (22) stumped and by the 2nd Drinks break, Alfas were 110/4.
Heading out for the last session, Byrne and K. Perman looked to get the score moving to give Alfas some sort of target to defend. Byrne (18) struck at nearly a run a ball before popping one up from Bancroft to be easily caught. Basharat Ali then came in and brought the fireworks with him, hitting 2 6’s, one a ball replacing effort and 3 4’s in a quick fire 34* to go with Kieran’s 43* to see Alfas to a competitive total of 179 off their 40 overs.
Dinesh Babu the pick of Madrid’s bowlers with 3 for 26 off 8 Overs.

After tea, the teams took the field again and the run rate was even slower going than the first innings as both Basharat and Laundon kept their bowling tight. Laundon made the breakthrough in only the 2nd over, getting Medina to edge behind, Byrne taking the catch. Basharat, not to be left out for long, repeated the feat 5 overs later, getting Healey to give another nick behind and Madrid were 8/2 off 8. Basharat struck again 2 overs later, Seshut gloving behind to Byrne for his 3rd catch and Madrid were in trouble at 13/3 off 11.
However, that wicket brought Sangupta to the crease, who with D. Stirton put on a match changing partnership of 125 before Stirton picked out Abdul of Basharat’s bowling. However, their knock had swung the match in Madrid’s favour and by the time Sangupta eventually fell for a well played 79, Madrid only needed 27 more.
Alfas stuck at it but the game had just slipped away and in the penultimate over, Madrid hit the winning runs to give them first blood on this double header weekend and leave a dejected Alfas wondering what they might have done differently……

Tomorrow could be a chance to show…..

Alfas MOM – Basharat Ali, 34* and 3 wickets

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
8w 2b  
for 5 wickets

(40.0 overs)
Neil McKinstry ct Bowled Dinesh Babu 19 39 3 48.72
Kevin Laundon ct Bowled Dinesh Babu 29 61 4 47.54
Abdul Wajid st Bowled Josh Bancroft 22 41 2 53.66 3
Geoff Evans ct Bowled Dinesh Babu 4 15 26.67
Kieran Perman Not Out  43 39 6 110.26
Ian Byrne ct Bowled Josh Bancroft 18 20 2 1 90.0 3
Basharat Ali Not Out  34 24 3 2 141.67
Waqar Ashraf  
Jack Perman  
Mark Perman  
Andy Dell  

Madris 2nd Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
S. Hossain10.014000.004.00
R. Rao5.311500.002.73
D. Babu8.002638.673.25
M. Perumalswarny2.001900.009.50
K. Balu9.304600.004.84
J. Bancroft5.0031215.506.20

Madris 2nd Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
19w 5b 3lb 
for 6 wickets
182 (38.3 overs)
J. Healy ct I. Byrne Bowled B. Ali 7 1
V. Medina ct I. Byrne Bowled K. Laundon 0
D. Stirton ct A. Wajid Bowled B. Ali 36 1
K. Seshut ct I. Byrne Bowled B. Ali 2
R. Sengupta ct A. Wajid Bowled K. Perman 79 8 3
S. Hossain ct A. Wajid Bowled K. Perman 20 1
K. Balu Not Out  14 2
M. Perumalswarney  
D. Babu  
J. Bancroft  
R. Rao  

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Basharat Ali10.031836.001.80
Kevin Laundon7.3221121.002.80
Abdul Wajid6.002200.003.67
Waqar Ashraf5.003300.006.60
Andy Dell3.002200.007.33
Mark Perman1.002200.0022.00
Kieran Perman6.0036218.006.00