Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 v Intellectuals C.C on Sun 17 Feb 2008 at 13.30
Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Won

Match report A chilly day in overcast conditions saw the Sporting Alfas CC 2nd XI take on regular adversaries - the Intellectuals CC from Alicante - in a game reduced to 30 overs per side. The home side won the toss and chose to bat first, a decision vindicated by some brisk scoring by B.Marriner who fell for 28 in the 9th over with the score on 50. Despite another quick breakthrough, the visitors were never able to keep a lid on the run rate, with J.Sunderland blazing his way to 51 in 33 balls (before falling leg before to M.Khan) and C.Muñoz, who plundered 96 before being caught in the deep in the final over, also to M.Khan, who finished with figures of 3-35. A quickfire 23 from S.Ur-Rehman from just 8 balls ensured an imposing final total of 220-3, leaving the visitors with a mountain to climb.

In reply, the Intellectuals were soon in trouble; accurate bowling from the home bowlers and 2 quick wickets to S.Cowley (who finished with 2-17) left the score at 39-2 in 7 overs. The picture rapidly changed with the arrival at the wicket of M.Khan who, together with J.Hersh, added 97 for the 3rd wicket in 13 overs to hand the visitors a real chance of victory. The game turned once again, however, firstly when experienced campaigner P.Packiam produced a peach to uproot Hersh's off stump and remove him for a fine 38 and, secondly, when talented junior J.Roper forced Khan to pick out Sunderland at long on, removing him for an excellent 87 in double quick time with a catch as fine as the innings that it ended. At 167-4 in the 24th over, the Intellectuals had no answer to such body blows, and the home side were able to control the game and close out a hard fought victory by 38 runs.

As has become the trend for the start of the season, the juniors were once again to the fore, with Sunderland complementing his fine knock with 1-14 at a crucial stage in the game and J.Roper (1-28) dismissing the visitors' danger man at a crucial moment to tilt the balance back in the home side's favour. An excellent game of cricket enjoyed by the choice few who braved the elements produced over 400 runs in 60 overs, and thanks must go to the Intellectuals CC for the part they played.

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 4 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Ben Marriner Lbw  28 1
Christian Munoz Caught  96
Joe Williams Lbw  8
Jake Sunderland Bowled  51 2
Shafique Ur- Rehman Not Out  23
Jaime Catala Not Out  0
Steve Cowley   1
Peter Packiam  
George Metcalfe  
Jamie Roper  
John Howden  

Intellectuals C.C Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Intellectuals C.C Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 5 wickets
182 (0.0 overs)
J.Hersh Bowled  38
I.MacInnes Caught  19
S.Muhammad Caught  5
M.Khan Caught  87
M.Afzaal Caught  12
S.Hersh Not Out  12
D.Keeling Not Out  6
A.N Other  

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Steve Cowley4.001728.504.25
John Howden4.002400.006.00
Jaime Catala6.004900.008.17
Peter Packiam6.0044144.007.33
Jake Sunderland3.0114114.004.67
Jamie Roper5.0028128.005.60
George Metcalfe2.00300.001.50