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Nomads in Spain La Manga & L'Alfas del Pi October 19th -27th


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  October  19th to 27th   


 Tour Summary Won 1 Drew 1 Lost 3  

Srikanth with the Barter clan at Columbus Oval Albir          Top ground at La Manga  Hon Sec on strike 


Last year we were a party of 28 with 19 players. Somehow and for a variety of reasons this year we were  at maximum a party of 10 with never more than 7 players on tour. On Sunday and Monday we made up to 11 with locals, members of Southwick Wanderers CC also on tour and some occasional local Nomads. Unfortunately Paul Stansfield,Steve Kidgell were unavailble for the Saturday game and David Climent for the Monday one. Last minutes attempts to fly out Paul Wakefield and Michael Thewliss for two days failed due to the return flight cost.

Simon Barter and  James while left us after the Alfas section while Ilija Krunic joined us.It had been hoped that Ilija's brother and Bob Cooke would also join us in La Manga and Steve Kidgell but this did not work out leaving us a playing body of six.

It should be remembered also that three of the party were over sixty and one of those 87 in December. However five of us played five consecutive games without sustaining major injury. Nevertheless Ranjit Latchman sustaining a lip/mouth injury when misfielding off his bowling in the first game.This required stitching and deprived us of a front line batsman when we batted.James woolley a Barter cousin substituted.With a helmet Ranjit batted in the next four games but dislodged a front tooth while eating out in Altea on Sunday evening.

For the record I paid £130.00 return with Iberia, Ranjit Latchman paid £140 and Srikanth £160. Ilija Krunic who flew out on Monday and back Friday paid £120 with BMI. James While who flew BA out on Friday back Monday evening business class paid £140.00. So gentlemen it can not have been the cost of flights that deprived us of your company this autumn.

The results were disappointing.We won one match,lost three and drew one. Yet all five could, maybe should, have been won.

Results in summary

At Columbus Oval Albir L'Afas Del Pi
Saturday October 21 Twenty20 Sporting Alfas CC 183-2/4,20 overs(Shafique Ali 71 ret,L Lupson ret 27,Climent 38,Hall 20*,Howe 20) beat 
Nomads CC 112,16.2 overs(While 44,Kattaboyina 26,Piercey 23,Munoz 3-22) by 71 runs. 

The Sporting Alfas Scribe wrote-

With both Clubs unable to raise full sides, a twenty/twenty match was played as opposed to the scheduled forty over game

Sporting Alfas had the option of batting first and all their batsmen made useful contributions. Ali top scored with a rapid seventy-one before retiring and Lupson did likewise having reached twenty-seven. Climent scored thirty-eight and Howe twenty, before they fell to the bowling of While and Piercey, and Hall contributed an undefeated twenty.

The Nomads suffered some early setbacks as Muñoz soon accounted for the opening pair. Katttobayana (26) and While (249 then brought some hope to the vistors, but after their dismissal only Piercey (239 was able to make any worthwhile contribution as the team was dismissed for 112 to give Alfas a comfortable 80 run victory. For Alfas, Muñoz claimed 3-22 and Taylor 2-20. Nomads were without Ranjit at hospital being stitched up He would havee opened.

Sunday October 22nd 40/40 Sporting Alfas CC 148,38 overs(Pennick 48,Marriner 39,Lewis 26,Latchman 3-14,Seekings 2-27,Shafique Ali 2-20) lost to Nomads CC  149-6,33.5 overs(Kattaboyina 37,Johnson 33,Barter 25.Lewis 2-23.Marriner 2-43) by 4 wickets                                                                

Ranjit returned with lip stitched but we missed his batting in the 20/20 

 The Sporting Alfas Scribe wrote-    

Alfas won the toss and elected to bat. After the loss of a wicket in the second over, Pennick and Marriner (29) took the score to seventy three before the latter was dismissed. With wickets falling around him, Pennick remained resolute before he was caught and bowled two short of his half-century. With Lewis (29) the only other batsman to reach double figures, the Alfas side was dismissed for a very modest 148 in the thirty-eighth over. For the Nomads, Latchman was the most successful bowler, claiming 3-14, while Alfas players guesting for the Nomads also performed well, with Ali claiming 2-27 and junior players Seekings and Daley respectively taking 2-27 and 1-26. Shafique ali had played three times for Nomads before joining Alfas! James While bowled very accurately without reward 8 1 17 0.   

Although the Nomads lost two early wickets, Kattaboyina (39) and Johnson (33) took the score to seventy-one before the former fell to a diving catch by Pennick from Marriner's second delivery. With all the remaining batsmen making useful contributions, the Nomads ran out comfortable winners with seven overs of the match remaining.    

For Alfas, Lewis and Marriner each claimed two wickets and Matthews and Griffin made some boundary catches look easy.

Monday October 23rd Time/Declaration Nomads CC 234-9 dec,47 overs(Kattaboyina 54,Hyde 72,Barter 32,Braithwaite 2-40,Stammers 2-10,Vaughan 2-62,Copeland 2-60) drew with Forty Club of Spain CC   130-9,47 overs(Cooper 51,While 3-13.Kattaboyina 3-46)      

                 On the hunt for restaurant in Altea                                Nomads at dinner on a warm night ,Ranjit lost a tooth here as well  

At La Manga Resort Top Ground 
Tuesday October 24th 40 overs/No bowling limits   Costa Blanca XI   183-7,40 overs(Rose 40,Brooke 32,Kattaboyina 6-62) beat    Nomads CC 154,38.3 overs(Kattaboyina 51,Latchman 41,Esses18*,Wambeek 4-16,    Sherrey 3-70) by 29 runs       

                                    Tea Break at La Manga  


Wednesday    October 25th 8-a-side   Nomads CC   136,29 overs(Kattaboyina 71,Latchman 24, Davies 2-38, Smith 2-16)  lost to   La Manga CC 140-2/3,20.2 overs(Parker 57ret,Shafique Ali 37*) by 4/5 wickets       


 Player Of the Tour:Srikanth Kattaboyina Scored 241 runs average 48.2 and bowled 54-4-206-11. A bit more effort from him and we may have won all five! 

We were staying in Alfas (19)/20/21/22/23 Hotel Albirgardens Aparthotel  and played at Columbus Oval Sporting Alfas's Ground. The hotel had added a Jacuzzi and Sauna (Free for Guests) since our last visit. In La Manga Resort at the Los Lomas Apartments.