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maltatoday, WEDNESDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 2015 Sport 23 Answers to the MaltaToday crossword will be published next Wednesday WEATHER: Mostly cloudt with showers locally thundery, heavy and gusty at times, but isolated at first and later on VISIBILITY: Good locally moderate to poor in showers WIND: East to Southeast force 3 to 4 locally force 4 to 5 becoming force 4 to 5 locally force 5 or 6 at times and veering Northerly in the evening SWELL: Slight to moderate becoming generally rough SEA TEMP: 28°C A B C D E F G H 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 White to play and mate in four moves A B C D E F G H 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Last week's solution Sudoku rules are extremely easy: Fill all empty squares so that the numbers 1 to 9 appear once in each row, column and 9x9 box. THUNDERY SHOWERS 28 º C / 23 º C UV INDEX: 8 Today's Weather Chess Sudoku Pursuits Across 1. Constituent of vinegar 8. Golf clubs 9. Loudly 10. Cushion round a wheel 12. Small bed for an infant 14. Instant 17. In addition to 21. Exhausted 22. Large marine mammal 23. Artificial gemstone Down 2. Church singers 3. Nonsense 4. Seat 5. Throng 6. Evade 7. Grime 11. Organ of sight 13. High mountain 14. Engine 15. Thank you (French) 16. Gentle push 18. Get to know 19. Search 20. Hit sharply b8=Q f2 Qb7+ Kd6 Qc7+ Ke6 Qc4+ d5 Qc6+(Qc8+) Ke5 Qc7+ Ke6 Kd4 f1=Q Qc6# CRICKET Krishna CC saunter to summer league title FRANK SPITERI MARSA CC 165 all out (T. Az- zopardi 32, L. Azzopardi 22; N. Khosla 2 for 9) beat Krishna CC 102 for 3 (S. Aquilina 27*, N. Khosla 21) 63 runs. Sunday's final match of the Malta Cricket's CricHQ Summer League at the Cricket Ground of the Marsa Sports Club saw Krishna CC face Marsa CC in what was a league decider. Marsa not only needed to win the game but pick up more bonus points than their opponents to take the title. The match at the Marsa Sports Club started with Krishna win- ning the toss and electing to field first. Marsa captain Tony Az- zopardi (32) and Mark Sacco (20) made a brisk start, putting on 39 runs in the first 6 overs. Sher Khan (21 runs off 12 balls) and Liam Azzopardi (22 off 21) kept the momentum going dur- ing the middle overs. A cameo by Ronnie Sacco (13 off 11) saw Marsa finish their allotted 25 overs on 165 all out. For Krishna, Nowell Khosla (2 wickets for 9 runs), Sid Anand (2 for 30) and Kevin Krishna (2 for 37) were the major wicket-takers. Arora and Khosla also picked up crucial run outs to see Krishna pick up 4 bonus points for dismissing the Marsa team. They would be in- valuable in deciding the outcome of the league. To win the title, Marsa now needed to bowl Krishna out. Krishna's chase of 166 started impressively with man of the moment Sam Aquilina remain- ing unbeaten on 27 runs off his allotted 30 balls. Captain Nowell Khosla (21 off 17) and Bikram Arora (15 off 13) were both dis- missed just as they started domi- nating the Marsa bowling attack. Krishna reached 41 runs in their first 7 overs but Ronnie Sacco and K. Kartik pulled back the run rate with a combined 10 over spell for only 29 runs. It effectively ended Krishna's chances of winning the game but meant they only needed to keep wickets in hand to win the league title. John Rusher's 1 run (not out) was arguably the most valuable of his career as he occupied the crease for his entire allotment of 30 balls. Justin Farrin-Thorne and Sharon Lazar saw Krishna CC to the end, as they finished on 102 runs for 3 off their 25 overs. Marsa picked up 13 points for their victory but fell tantalisingly short of capturing the league ti- tle. It brought to an end a very suc- cessful CricHQ Summer League with final standings as follows: Krishna CC 67, Marsa CC 65, Melita CC 54, Marauders CC 25. Leading performers were Bikram Arora (Krishna), Haroon Mughal (Marsa), Andrew Naudi (Melita) and Dean Arnold (Ma- rauders). Bikram Arora won the league's Most Valuable Player and the Batting Award (175 runs), while the Bowling Award went to Sar- fraz Ali (10 wickets). This weekend sees the resump- tion of Malta Cricket's touring team series with Tongham Crick- et Club visiting from Surrey, UK. They will face the Marsa Repre- sentative side on both Saturday and Sunday with matches start- ing at 10:30am. Celebrating the end of a successful CricHQ Summer League

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