Day 3

11th April – Day 3 – GAME DAY

The evening of the 10th saw our group of merry men (and Rolphy) explore a few of the watering holes that Malta had to offer for a few peppermint teas. We stumbled across a karaoke night hosted by ‘DJ Joseph’. Bobby got proceedings underway with a rendition of ‘You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling’.

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This was swiftly followed by a Sam Astley number and a group effort of Oasis and the Backstreet Boys.

IMGP1020An early breakfast call left the punctuality of some team members to be desired – fines were dished out accordingly. A rapid transfer to Marsa Sports Club ensued, which was to play host to our intense morning training session and early afternoon T20 match against Marsa CC.

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Blue skies and a welcoming reception greeted us at the beautifully-maintained grounds, where Bobby was put through a late fitness test by coach Jho due to an aggravated groin. Unfortunately, he failed miserably and joined coach Holt Senior on the sidelines as social media guru.

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Skipper Tricky opted to bat, and Sammy and Biggy took to the crease to get proceedings underway.

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After a few early reprieves, Biggy struck several lusty blows (including some BIG sixes) losing their new ball in the undergrowth. Sammy went early to a superb catch in gully, having his bat (one of only four that we brought with us) broken in the process from one that reared up off a length on the astro pitch. That brought Billy to the crease, suffering from a nosebleed due to his elevated batting position.

Biggy departed for a quick-fire 30 to a stunning catch on the boundary, bringing C Booker to the crease.  Some big hits from Ballcock, and a majestic innings from skipper Holt (an unbeaten 50 which included some monster maximums) were highlights of the day.

A brief cameo from the Rolphinator (which included a streaky 6 over cow corner) nearly took out a member of our newly-formed RCC Belgian supporters club.

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A total of 165-5 off 20 overs was very respectable. A quick changeover saw Baby D rolling back the years to open the bowling, producing a wicket in his first over. With David Badrock skiing in France, we were left with the lesser twin, but James proceeded to hold a hat-trick of catches to make inroads into the opposition.

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Excellent spells by numerous players saw Marsa bowled out for 65 with tight fielding a key plus, which included run-outs from Holt and Booker.

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Some cold Cisks (these may appear behind the bar at RCC this year) were sunk in the bar post-match with our opposition, who provided excellent hospitality throughout.

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MOM goes to skipper Tricky.

Baby D-ism of the day; ‘I’ve never heard that song before’, ‘But Dave, you were singing along to it last night when Sammy belted it out on karaoke?’ ‘O yeah,’ replied Dave.

A quiet night tonight ahead of our Tri T20 tournament tomorrow at 9am x

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