Torrevieja – 148 for 7 v La Manga – 149 for 4
FOR the last game of the season, Torrevieja CC travelled down the coast to the La Manga resort.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, they found their progress slow against some very tight bowling from Tom Vine and Ramu Fletcher to the extent that after 10 overs they had only reached 19.
A change of bowling allowed Kieran Wood (41) in particular to push the score along but wickets began to fall around him, one of which was to a spectacular catch from Stuart Simpkins who appeared to defy gravity to throw himself high and to his right to take a one-handed catch to dismiss Paul Harvey.
Wood’s dismissal brought Paul Powall to the crease where he continued the increasing scoring rate before he was bowled by Vine for 42.
A quick cameo of 17 from young Robin Singh enabled Torrevieja to finish their 40 overs on 148 for 7. Pick of the La Manga bowlers were Paul Brimble with 3 for 31 and Hugh James, 2 for 17.
La Manga began their reply badly losing two quick wickets, including Simkins who after his own spectacular catch when fielding fell to an equally unbelievable slip catch from Powall. He was replaced by David Williams who quickly began to build a match winning knock of 59 not out, supported by Rupert James (17) and Ramu Fletcher (15). Second top scorer for La Manga was ‘extras’ with 47, and this embarrassing amount no doubt contributed to the visitor’s defeat and is something that must be worked on during the winter. It allowed La Manga to reach their target in the 35th over.
Even though the league season is over, Torrevieja CC has two friendly matches against touring sides during the next week. They host Fenwick from Yorkshire tomorrow (Saturday) and Rainham from Essex on Saturday October 15. Spectators are always welcome.