Calpe CC won the toss, opted to bat first and Young was soon putting the PGCC attack to the sword. He raced to his fifty in just the thirteenth over, whilst at the other end, young Chipolina was happy to provide the necessary support. It was much the same story after the 17th. over drinks break as Young sped to his century, scored off only 85 balls, whilst Chipolina moved steadily into the thirties. When the second drinks break came at 34 overs, Young had moved on to 170 and Chipolina was only nine runs away from his maiden half century. Young duly reached his double century (scored off 143 balls) and Chipolina crawled his way through the nervous forties to eventually achieve his goal. There was to be no respite for the PGCC attack once Young had retired and Chipolina had been bowled by Gautam Prabhu for 53 as Chris Phillips struck 34 runs off 31 balls and Kabir Mirpuri scored 22 not out off fifteen balls. Calpe’s final total after the allotted fifty overs stood at 359/4.
PGCC fight back
Undaunted by the task facing them, PGCC, who it must be said are a far better batting side than they are a bowling one, fought back gamely despite losing their first two wickets with only 31 runs on the board. Krishna Raghav and Manish Grover then put on 78 runs for the third wicket before the latter was caught by that man Young off the bowling of thirteen year-old Rahul Daswani for 29. Daswani struck again four overs later, bowling the dangerous Prabhu before PGCCC skipper, Shah Hetal, kept Raghav company whilst a further forty runs accrued for the fifth wicket. Raghav’s long vigil at the crease eventually cam to an end as Mirpuri disturbed his stumps when the batsman was on 81, and although Shah went on to make 36, his side fell well short of the mammoth total facing them, being all out for 255 in 44.4 overs. For Calpe CC., Robbie Skinner returned figures of 3/63, Karan Sadhwani took 2/59 and Daswani 2/21. Calpe CC took 21 points from the game to PGCC’s seven. It had turned out to be a long day as proceedings got under way at 11.40am. and did not end until 6.51pm.
Grammarians romp home against UKCCC.
Meanwhile at Europa, Grammarians and UKCCC were contesting their Wiggins Shield match postponed earlier in the season. Grammarians batted first and posted a total of 260/2 off their allotted thirty overs, Ian Farrell scoring 92, Ross Harkins 78 and Richard Buzaglo 78 not out. UKCCC were never in the hunt chasing this total and were eventually dismissed for 160, only Steve Cary with 49 making a worthwhile contribution. For Grammarians, there were two wickets apiece for Harkins, Raj Kochhar and Nicky Gordon. Grammarians went home with 20 points to UKCCC’s two.
There are three Senior League matches scheduled for next week-end. On Saturday, Calpe CC take on GCC at the Victoria Stadium whilst Grammarians and UKCCC meet for the second week running at Europa. The Sunday fixture features PGCC and Combined Colleges at Europa. All matches are scheduled to start at 11.000pm.