La Manga win a cricket thriller

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TORREVIEJA 235 for 4 LA MANGA 239 for 5

La Manga win by  five wickets

Torrevieja Cricket Club and La Manga CC, served up a thrilling game last week, with a total of almost 500 runs scored during the match.

Winning the toss, La Manga put Torrevieja in to bat and after hitting 12 runs off the first over, the next 14 yielded only 29.

Torrevieja then tried to up the run rate and after losing Kieran Wood for 30 and Ciaran Guichard for 18, Paul Harvey and Dave Reid put together a partnership of 108.

Paul (63) was caught on the boundary going for another big hit and Dave fell for 36 steadily accumulated runs.

Rahul Maini and Paul Michael continued to hit out and put on 40 runs in the last five overs.

Torrevieja’s final total of 235 for 4 would on most occasion’s prove a winning score.

However, La Manga had other ideas and after getting used to the wicket started to score steadily until Dave Williams was bowled.

Such was the sportsmanlike nature of the game that he had survived two earlier appeals, first a run out, given out, until the wicket keeper admitted dropping the ball before removing the bails and an LBW again given out until the Torrevieja captain, Kieran Wood said the ball had hit the bat first.

Robbie James came and went then 15 year old Charlie Hunt came in with La Manga needing 160 runs off the last 20 overs.

He and Stuart Simpkins pushed the score along until Stuart went for a well deserved 81.

Charlie continued to score and together with his father, Ian, Charlie scored the winning runs off the 38th over, Charlie finishing on 61 not out.

Torrevieja have a friendly game against a team from Bonalba on July 1. Spectators are very welcome. Further info available at torrevieja-cricket@live.com

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