ALICANTE STAR 219 All Out. TORREVIEJA 121 All Out
Torrevieja Cricket Club, with a new captain, a new sponsor and a couple of new players, were in a confident mood to face Alicante Star Cricket Club in the opening match of their new season.
However, the team from Alicante had different ideas as the two sides met up for their first game in the Eastern and Central Cricket League.
Winning the toss, Alicante elected to bat and started off in a lively manner scoring 5 runs per over, until in the 10th over young Ciaran Guichard bowled Lali Singh for a quick fire 38.
This brought Nadeem to the wicket and he set about the bowling with a great deal of gusto and only a brilliant diving catch by Paul Harvey brought an end to his onslaught.
In the meantime Usman (25) and Husnain (27) moved the score along but once they had departed, Torevieja began to claw their way back into the game.
A brilliant spell of bowling from Ciaran Guichard had Alicante losing their last 5 wickets for just 38 runs and Guichard ending with terrific bowling figures of 6 wickets for 30 runs from his 8 overs.
When Torrevieja went into bat, although they managed to keep up with the run rate required, wickets fell steadily and eventually were all out for 121.
Only Pawitta Singh (25) and Rahul Maini (39 no) offered any resistance. With 3 wickets for Nadeem and 2 each for Husnain, Usman, and Walid bowling honours were shared.
Last Sunday, after the league game against Pinatar was cancalled due to pitch unavailability, Torrevieja travelled to Bonalba instead to give local friends the Intellectuals a 35 over friendly match.
Torrevieja won the toss and chose to bat first for once, managing to score a creditable 122 for 7 in their allotted overs.
The Intellectuals slumped to 113 All Out, thanks to a fantastic last over run out, leaving the away side winners by 9 runs.
A brilliant all round performance from the whole team and a first win for newly appointed captain Wood leaves the players hoping to stay on a winning streak as they head into their next home league game on May 27 against Sporting Alfas II.
Spectators are very welcome to go along and watch the game which begins at 11.00h at their Torrevieja Sports City Instalaciones Deportivas ground.