levante 2´s v Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 on Sun 06 Sep 2015 at 11am
Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Won Alfas win on a bowler's day

Match report On a wet miserable morning, Sporting Alfas secured their submersibles and packed the Pedalos and set sail through the rain up to Valencia where, upon entering the city, the clouds held off, the rain stoped and the game went ahead without any doubt ever!

Losing the toss, Alfas were put in to bat and McKinstry and J. Perman resumed their new found partnership and started well, putting on 20 in the first four overs. However, Harsha had had enough and in the 6th over, found his radar and clean bowled Perman for 10, 23/1 off 6.

Abdul came in and found it hard to get the ball away. Harsha doing a great job of digging the ball in to make it rise up on the batsman who couldn’t work it away due to lack of space. Abdul falling two overs later when Harsha varied his delivery and another bowled was the outcome, 28/2 off 8.

K. Perman joined McKinstry in the middle but in the 10th over, called for a run that was just not there and with all the backing up in the world, McKinstry was not able to make his ground and Levante had a bonus wicket, Alfas giving it to them, taking nothing away from a good bit of fielding and throw mind you, 38/3 off 10.

Laundon came in and calmed down both the game and Perman. Between them they started to build rather than panic and, while not scoring too quickly, great bowling from Nisar and Taylor was part of this, they lasted 11 overs together before Laundon could only chip Sunny to Ali, not quite getting hold of the shot, as his exasperated comment could attain to and Alfas were 62/4 off 21.

Byrne joined Perman and looked to mount another partnership but Perman fell 2 overs later when once again Sunny tempted the batsman and this time Perman found Tivey and was gone for 15, Alfas 71/5 off 23. Waqer joined the fray and took a different approach with Byrne, the partners trusting each other and taking quick singles for a few overs to progress the score until, Sunny once again put in a tempting ball and Byrne looked for the boundary only to see Noone in his way, ball watched the whole way and Noone took a great one handed catch on the boundary to see Byrne off, Alfas 90/6 off 27.

Evans was a victim of some ring rustiness and was back in the hut next over, failing to cover the stumps to Tivey’s deadline accuracy. Bash and Waqer then tried to put on some more runs and managed to add another 30 to the score before Waqer (26), looking to move the score on and reach the 150 mark was caught in the deep by Tivey off Harsha once again and things got worse for Alfas next ball when Harsha got 2 in 2by clean bowling Bash for 11, Alfas 123/9 off 36 with the last pair in.

Captain Perman had a job on his hands, not only looking to score but guiding Dell through the finer points of batting “don’t look at me, run!” instantly creating a new legendary cricketing quote! Dell, at times solid with a straight bat, at times looking like a panicking bullfighter managed to ruin Harsha’s figures with two 4’s in a row! Dell finally fell on the penultimate ball, Harsha picking up the wicket to give him a fully deserved 5for and leaving Captain Perman (9*) averageless for the league in 2015 with another not out.

After tea, both teams took the field again, Alfas feeling that their total could be a little low and Levante looking to win the match to keep pressure on the top of the table with a double header against Madrid to come next week.
However, Bash had ideas of his own and 1st ball, clean bowled opener Ali with a marvellous swinging ball and Alfas had their tails up, the worry of the low total disappearing as the bails flew.

The solid Noone joined Caesar at the crease and made sure to play carefully to see himself in after finding himself at the crease so early.
Bash made another breakthrough in the 7th over, completing his opener pair by bowling Caesar as he had done to Ali, Levante 2 down and scoring slowly, 14/2 off 7.

Taylor came in next and between him and Noone, steered Levante through the early troubled waters, both batsmen playing straight and safe, although Taylor did have one moment of worry when he looped one off Bash high into the sky that a back peddling Perman was unable to hold, granting Taylor a life. Both batsmen continued together for 7 overs before Alfas struck again.
Abdul got one to pitch and swing to Noone and clipped the top of the stumps to send him on his way for 14, 37/3 off 14. Bash then had another over that Levante would like to forget when he got Lofthouse and Nisar within 3 deliveries, both going for ducks and Levante were now in serious trouble, 39/5 and Taylor holding them together, being joined by Harsha who Alfas knew could not be taken lightly.

After Taylor helped himself to two 4’s off an Abdul over, the Alfas Brain Trust got together and decided to bring on Danger Dell a bit sooner than normal to see if his left arm could do some damage. However, it was the change at the other end that got immediate results.

With Bash bowled through and finishing with great figures of 4 for 10 off his 10, K. Perman took over from that end and got an immediate breakthrough. After dropping Taylor earlier in the innings, the full extent of his plan was laid bare as he got Taylor to repeat the shot from earlier but this time, Waqer was underneath and the catch was safely taken, Taylor departing with a wry smile at the situation. 58/6

Dell then emulated Harsha and got 2 in 2, prompting cries of ANDYYYYY throughout the rest of the game and indeed the long car ride home. Sunny clean bowled 2nd ball as Dell got some nice movement and then Tivey, coming in to shore up the batting left one that ended up coming back in late and clipping off stump! 62/8 and with the Levante Captain unable to bat due to a bad tumble earlier in the field, Levante were down to their last pair.

Bright was the last man to fall, J. Perman having a little cameo at the end of the innings and claiming the wicket, getting Bright to pop one up to his brother who this time, having got a wicket and a bowl, decided to take the catch and Levante were all out for 71, 24 points for Alfas to finish their league campaign with a win and leave the league open for 1 of 3 teams to claim it going into the last weekend.

Great thanks to Levante for another enjoyable match and here’s to resuming battle next year.

Alfas MOM – Basharat Ali, excellent bowling spell and 1 drop short of a 5for

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 23w 3b 1lb 
for 10 wickets

(39.5 overs)
Neil McKinstry Run out  12 35 34 2 35.29
Jack Perman b Harsha 10 20 8 2 125.00
Abdul Wajid b Harsha 4 5 11 1 36.36
Kieran Perman ct D. Tivey Bowled Sunny 15 46 2 32.61 1
Kevin Laundon ct Ali Bowled Sunny 8 40 30 1 26.67
Ian Byrne ct J. Noone Bowled Sunny 9 20 9 1 100
Waqar Ashraf ct D. Tivey Bowled Harsha 26 46 1 56.52 1
Geoff Evans b D. Tivey 1 5 3 33.33
Basharat Ali b Harsha 11 25 24 45.83
Mark Perman Not Out  9 15 6 1 150.0
Andy Dell b Harsha 13 15 21 3 61.90

levante 2´s Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
S. Bright9.003900.004.33
M. Taylor4.001600.004.00
D. Tivey6.0016116.002.67

levante 2´s Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
2nb 13w 3b 2lb 
for 9 wickets
73 (25.0 overs)
Ali b Basharat Ali 0
Caesar b Basharat Ali 7 1
J. Noone b Abdul Wajid 14 2
M. Taylor ct Waqer Bowled K. Perman 17 2
Lofthouse b Basharat Ali 0
Nisar b Basharat Ali 0
Harsha Not Out  10 1
Sunny b A. Dell 0
D. Tivey b A. Dell 0
S. Bright ct K. Perman Bowled J. Perman 4
Pete  Retired Injured

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Basharat Ali10.031042.501.00
Abdul Wajid9.0140140.004.44
Andy Dell3.00723.502.33
Kieran Perman2.0010110.005.00
Jack Perman1.00313.003.00