Costa del Sol cricket youngsters play in La Manga

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JAIME RILEY and Harry Scott, two young cricketers from the Costa del Sol Crusaders Cricket Club headed North to La Manga last weekend, to play in a tournament where the star attraction was the first man to score six sixes in one over of an International match.

The boys, represented Cricket España under-13’s in the competition, which consisted of two 20/20 games played over the three days of tournament play.

Both Jaime and Harry acquitted themselves very well, in batting, bowling and fielding. Cricket España finished second in the tournament, but were able to defeat a North Yorkshire academy team to finish on a winning note.

Both boys have returned to the Costa del Sol club inspired and encouraged by the experience.

Top billing at the tournament was definitely, ex-South African International cricketer Herschelle Gibbs who participated in the Spanish Open cricket tournament, turning out for LMS.

Gibbs, well-known for his exploits on the field, being both a brilliant fielder and a fantastic batsman, played against the local teams in the Murcian tournament.

His biggest claim to fame is becoming the first man to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket, when he achieved the rare feat against the Netherlands in 2007.

He also played a major role in one of the most extraordinary cricket matches in recent international history, in the grandest manner at the Wanderers in 2006 by scoring 175 off 111 balls to help South Africa clinch a one-day series against Australia.

This incredible limited overs match delivered a grand total of almost 900 runs in a day of cricket, totals of 434 for four and 438 for nine, posted by the two teams.

The stylish right-handed batsman played his last international game in 2010.

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