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FIDDLERS OUTCLASS MARSA

(from Maltasports.com 10th October)
English club Fiddlers who are on their sixth tour to Malta, since their first visit in 1988 outclassed a negative Marsa on Saturday

English club Fiddlers who are on their sixth tour to Malta, since their first visit in 1988 outclassed a negative Marsa on Saturday. Marsa won the toss and elected to bat. John Grima opened the innings and batted a marathon 40 overs being not out on eighty six runs. His opening partner Frank Spiteri made 93 runs hitting ten fours and two sixes before being caught.

Sam Dhandapani batted brilliantly smashing forty six of thirty one balls including a six before being bowled and Michael Caruana made nineteen runs not out.Marsa totaled 269 runs for the loss of two wickets.

The Fiddlers were not fiddling around chasing down the runs which they almost did needing six runs of the last ball of the match. The bowler took his run up and bowled a full toss which was hit high towards the square leg boundry but luckily there was a fielder to stop the ball and Marsa won the game by five runs. For Marsa Caruana took four wickets. Two close games but the Visitors won the series two games to one.

Meanwhile on Tuesday the second game was played and the Fiddlers batting first again posted 232 runs of their allotted overs for the loss of seven wickets. Simon Jessup top scored for the visitors with eighty one runs including eleven fours. Andy North scored thirty three runs, Chris North twenty three runs and Elroy Hull scored twenty five runs not out. Damian Willis and Glen Tavilla were the better bowlers for Marsa taking two wickets each. Marsa replied to the challenge very well only to end up five runs short and the visitors winning their second game. Glen Tavilla made a good eighty runs hitting eleven fours along the way and John Grima made 53 runs not out. Simon Jessup was the Fiddlers best bowler taking two wickets.

 

 


FIDDLERS TOO HOT FOR MARSA

(from Maltasports.com 3rd October)
The Fiddlers were in tremendous form when on Saturday they saw off Marsa in a re-scheduled three-game series after Adastrian C.C pulled out of their tour at the last minute.

The Fiddlers were in tremendous form when on Saturday they saw off Marsa in a re-scheduled three-game series after Adastrian C.C pulled out of their tour at the last minute. The Fiddlers C.C won the toss and elected to bat. Marsa struck in the second over with a fine slips catch by Michael Caruana of the bowling of Sam Dhandapani and in the next over Alan Swift bowled Chris North having the visitors two wickets down for seven runs by the third over a magnificent start one would imagine.

The next wicket fell in the twenty sixth over with the opening batsmen Pete Langford being caught in the deep by John Farrugia for a great supporting innings of thirty four runs. He supported Simon Jessup who took it up to the Marsa bowling hitting eighteen fours and one big straight six on the way to a great one hundred and twenty seven runs before he too was caught out in the deep this time by Ronnie Sacco. He played some magnificent straight drives and well timed cut shots. His wicket had the visitors at 192 runs.

With the remaining ten overs the visitors could only add 53 runs with Elroy Hull making twenty seven not out in the final total of 245 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Michael Caruana was Marsa's successful bowler taking three wickets. After last week's batting performance against Sileby Town C.C. the locals were very confident in making the total. The opening pair of Robert Krishna and Sarfraz Ali had the innings of to a flying start making twenty one and twenty six runs respectively both being out in the eighth and ninth over taking the score to fifty five runs another great start. Sam Dhandapani made eighteen runs before being caught by Steve Jessup. Wickets fell and Glen Tavilla came to the crease having last week set a record by smashing Sileby Town C.C. bowler M.Walker for six fours in an over. Unfortunately for him and Marsa he was stumped of the bowling of Mike Salmon for two runs which left the locals eighty two runs for the loss of six wickets. Caruana was next in hitting six fours in his thirty four runs before being caught behind and only Swift was able to make fourteen runs not out in the total of 164 runs. For the visitors Mike Salmon was the better bowler taking four wickets. Marsa lost by 81 runs.


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