A winning start!
Graces win the first tour matc
On a glorious morning in Malta Dom won the toss and batted. Our innings was held together by Dean -45 NO and Newton 23 as Baldock had been enjoying the nightlife and were slow starters with a generous 29 wides as their bowlers all had a go.
Graces restricted them to 99 in reply with Manish picking up 3 wickets and a fine catching and fielding display.
Malta tour is on!
The morning’s exertions appeared to catch up with Graces as Marsa got off to a roaring start. However a fight back followed and the hosts were pegged back to 117 for 7 in their 20 overs – it was looking to be a much highr score at one stage but Graces bowling tightened up. Newton picking up 3 wickets.
27 extras conceded were to prove crucial in the loss.
Graces fell short by 11 runs after looking in control but finally running out of beans – the last 3 wickets falling to a hat trick! Leo was run out at the non strikers end by the bowler deflecting Dean’s drive on to the stumps!
Local character Gordon (MCC member / millionaire / 3 times wed!) summed it up nicely by asking how the F*** Graces lost!