Marsa defeat Melita in comfortable fashion in the end
Marsa CC take the win at home against rival Melita CC by 4 wickets in this eagerly awaited affair at the Marsa Sports Ground in Malta. After winning the toss the visiting side Melita decided to have a bat, so to enforce scoreboard pressure on their hosts in this 25 overs League match. Melita got off to a decent start from F Ahmed Akbar and J Ganapathy but after the opening stand, wickets went down at regular intervals for the away team, with some late impetus from B Arora with 28 off 19 balls, he managed to get his side upto 117 before being bowled out without using up there allotted overs. Marsa's best bowlers were S Lucas who had great figures of 3-13 from 3 overs and A Naudi 3-18 from 4 overs.
The homeside's innings was littered with players retiring for various reasons but opener N Khosla got them off to a brilliant start with 27 off 25 balls. With wickets lost at intervals due to players retiring and getting out, Marsa made it alot harder for themselves to get to there seemingly modest target but contributions from M Sacco with 16 from 30 balls, H Hajela 18 off 24 balls and A Naudi with some late impetus with 10 off 7 balls. Marsa managed to chase down the target set by Melita in the same amount of overs as their opponents 21.3 overs. Wickets were shared by the bowlers with one a piece for S Khan, A Hamza, A Chowdry and J Ganapathy.
The homeside Marsa then get the vital win that they can build momentum but for Melita they will have to pick themselves up and dust themselves down for their next fixture.