Malta team unbeaten in Hungary tournament
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Malta team unbeaten in Hungary tournament

Whalers CC tie series at Marsa oval

The Malta team players in Hungary.

The Malta team players in Hungary.

The Malta cricket team recently took part in the Pan European T20 Tournament which was played in Hungary.

The tournament games were the first for the national team since October when they won an international competition on home soil following victories over Czech Rep., Hungary and Russia.

Play in T20 tournament was over four days.

Malta topped their group in the qualifying round and earned a semi-final placing against Poland.

Managing to chase down 138 runs against the Poles, Malta maintained their unbeaten run to make it to the final where they played UCT, of Dubai.

UCT posted a formidable total of 161 runs.

Malta batted steadily in their reply and a fine innings from Chris Chellew (71), kept the team within reach of victory.

The tides turned decisively in favour of Malta with another outstanding innings from Bikram Arora.

He practically took the game away from UCT in one over where he hit three sixes and a four for the Malta team to seal the title.

Meanwhile, over the weekend Marsa CC took on new rivals from England, Whalers CC, at the oval.

On Saturday the visitors elected to bat first after winning the toss.

A great innings from P. Nicholls of 63 runs provided some delight to the Whalers. He thoroughly enjoyed playing the sweep shot where he achieved 95 per cent of his runs.

R. Giles, 27, and D. Osgood, 25, were the main scorers in the visitors’ total of 159 runs.

For the home side, Mike Caruana and Andrew Naudi took two wickets each.

The Marsa reply came from two different sources.

Frank Spiteri blasted 52 runs as John Grima opened the innings and fell just short of a half century by a run.

Naudi chipped in with 29 and the home team were easy victors.

On Sunday, the Whalers opted to bowl first and managed to keep the home side to 133 runs.

Derek Ali played a good innings, making 54 runs, and Sid Anand added 23. For the visitors, R. Eberstein and M. Lucas took two wickets each.

The Whalers were not relishing returning home empty-handed and C. Karunaratne had plenty to say when hitting 50 runs. Bhogal added 31, Eberstein 21 and Lucas 17 in a convincing win to tie the series.

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