Creditwest 2015 Autumn Cricket League
continues with big hits!
The Creditwest North Cyprus Cricket League continued on Sunday at its spiritual home of the Pia Bella Sports Ground with two big hitting matches. Due to university teams unavailability the afternoon match was converted to a Charity match between Cyprus All Stars and TRNC Barbarians XI to raise funds for a young Pakistani girl suffering from Leukemia. Winning the toss and batting first the All Stars posted a competitive total of 152 for 8 off their 20 overs with good knocks from Bajwa (53) and Mohsin (24) – who together put on 76 for the third wicket, which formed the bedrock of their innings. A total of 12 sixes were struck and numerous balls ended up in the adjoining properties.
In reply the Barbarians soon got into difficulties with the loss of four quick and struggling to get into the thirties. None of the batsmen really got to grips with the pitch and the conditions with wickets regularly falling before the final wicket fell in the eleventh over for a total of only 71. Zafar took 3 for 10 in only two overs with Firdous taking 4 for 22 in his four over spell.
The morning’s league match between Doğanköy and Alsancak was a very big hitting affair, at least in the first innings with the opening batsmen of Saifullah, Skindard and Luqman but on 146 between them – scoring 33, 64 and 49 respectively. With useful contributions of 17 from Shair and 10 from Zahoor the final total was 199 for the loss of only three wickets. Thirteen 6s and ten 4s contributed massively to this near record breaking league total. The Alsancak bowlers persevered but a total of nine different bowlers took a hammering. In reply the Alsancak batsmen didn’t fare much better with only Malcolm, coming in at number 9, who offered any resistance with a big hitting 23, including three sixes, before running out of partners.
The league points awarded were: Doğanköy 30; Alsancak (tbc)
The next round of matches should be on Sunday 27th September with the venue to be confirmed.