Desert Spring v Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 on Sun 07 Jun 2015 at 11am
Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Won Alfas collect Maximum points with 8 wicket win

Match report The Alfas 2nds met not so bright but very very early to make the trip down to Almanzora for their next league match looking for the win that would keep them top of the table and keep pressure on the opposition teams. With 4 of the team travelling down the night before, some at least would be well rested going into the game.

Arriving at Almanzora, we were all impressed with the pitch, lovely flat grass and a well fitted mat. With Almanzora winning the toss but only having 6 players at the start, their decision was made for them to bat and Alfas took the field but early inroads did not come as hoped. Both openers for Almanzora stood fast in the face of the opening spell and took the score past 30 before the change of bowlers started to work for Alfas.
Waqer got Winter to pop one back to him for a C&B to get the ball rolling. Second change bowler Dell then got new man Stanard to edge behind, Byrne taking it down the leg side. However, Murbasha, after surviving a strong LBW shout, got swinging and with Larkins at the other end put on another 30 before Larkins, trying to direct one with a slight dab through the slips could only end up playing on off Dell. Shoiab joined Murbasha in the middle and took a liking to the bowling, while Murbasha fell to the next change, young laundon keeping the ball straight and Murbasha picking out Bash Ali in the Covers.
This is when the game went a bit Mental……As Samran came out to bat, Shioab having come late to the game, did not know that clearing the fence was a dot ball and not a 6 as he believed. He did however manage to pick out Byrne’s car in the parking lot to lessen his frustration! At the other end, Samran was enjoying the benefits of Alfas long trip getting dropped 3 times in two overs before a catch was finally held. As the umpire raised his finger and Samran trudged off, Skipper Perman who took the catch showed Alfas play hard but fair and called Samran back, admitting that he touched the fence converting the catch to a 6 and giving Samran another life! However, after some entertaining fireworks, Leo Laundon had had enough and got Samran to edge behind where he was held and the tail began to enter the fray. Howells hit a couple of quick 4’s before edging behind for Byrne’s 3rd catch of the day. Campy was stumped off Perman for 0 and when last man, actually nº 9 for Almanzora chipped one to K. Perman off J. Perman for 0, Almanzora were all out for 141, including 25 wides!

Following a 30 minute break, Nix and McKinnstry strode out to the middle for Alfas to start the chase. Nix fell early to Murbasha for 8, clipping to Gully, K. Perman came in and played some nice shots for his 18 before he got castled by a straight one after 3 wides. McKinnstry and Waqer put on 68 for the 3rd wicket before McKinnstry got bowled by a full toss, bringing Byrne hobbling to the wicket a result of the keeper trying to trap a Dell full toss in the first innings instead of using the gloves. However, it was all Alfas needed and between Waqer and Byrne, they hit the remaining 40 needed to see the game out, Byrne nearly winning the game with a 6 but the ball was adjudged to have cleared the fence rather than, as Waqer repeatedly stated, going through it but two balls later Byrne hit a 4 to close off the match and send Alfas home with full points from the long trip

Alfas MOM – Byrne, 3 catches, 1 stumping and 23*

Desert Spring Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1nb 25w 4b 6lb 
for 8 wickets
141 (36.0 overs)
C. Winter ct  and Bowled W. Ashraf 15 2 1
D. Larkins b  Andy Dell 25 3
A. Stanard ct  I. Byrne Bowled A. Dell 1
Murbasha ct  Bash Ali Bowled L. Laundon 17 2 1
Shoiab Not Out  24 3 1
Samran ct  I. Byrne Bowled L. Laundon 14 1 1
D. Howells ct  I. Byrne Bowled Bash Ali 9 2
M. Campy st  I. Byrne Bowled J. Perman 0
D. Redpath ct  K. Perman Bowled J. Perman 0

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Kieran Perman3.00900.003.00
Basharat Ali9.0219119.002.11
Waqar Ashraf8.0221121.002.63
Andy Dell5.0124212.004.80
Leo Laundon5.0029214.505.80
Jack Perman6.0029214.504.83

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
16w 6lb 
for 3 wickets

(28.0 overs)
Bob Nix ct  Bowled Murbasha 8 19 1 42.11
Neil McKinstry b  Bowled Samran 35 64 3 54.69
Kieran Perman b  Bowled Samran 18 17 4 105.88 1
Waqar Ashraf Not Out  36 44 4 81.82 1
Ian Byrne Not Out  23 23 4 100 3 1
Kevin Laundon  
Jack Perman  
Basharat Ali  
Mark Perman  
Leo Laundon  
Andy Dell  

Desert Spring Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
A. Stanard4.002500.006.25
C. Winter1.00300.003.00