Marsa opener Nowell  starred for the home side with 91 including  7 fours and 4 sixes but had little support chasing Grasshoppers 213 for 4 in the 30 over match. 

Calum Atkinson and  Andrew Beattie both picked up 2 wickets for the Grasshoppers as Marsa finished on 173 for 8.

Earlier the Grasshoppers batsman all achieved double figures with no less than 3 retiring early to protect their averages.  NCU Cricket Development Officer Calum Atkinson top scored with 54 not out whilst fellow opener Michael Turkington  fell 5 runs short of a deserved half century.

So the Grasshoppers finished their Malta tour unbeaten.

Veteran Michael Turkington  is now just 11 runs short of 500 runs in his 29 matches but still lags well behind  Alan Waite's aggregate of 1498 runs.

Leading runs aggregates for Ulster Grasshoppers, 29-Dec-1981 to 01-Oct-2017

# Name Club Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s Runs
1 A Waite UGrassH 69 65 11 1498 101* 27.74 - - 1 8 7 - - 1498
2 S Beckett UGrassH 31 30 4 774 69 29.77 - - - 5 2 - - 774
3 I Rankin UGrassH 26 24 1 566 93 24.61 - - - 4 1 - - 566
4 G Hunter UGrassH 19 18 2 522 98* 32.62 - - - 3 1 - - 522
5 N Russell UGrassH 15 15 2 494 91 38.00 - - - 4 1 - - 494
6 M Turkington UGrassH 29 25 4 489 60* 23.29 120 66.67 - 2 3 8 - 489
7 A Semple UGrassH 21 19 - 472 61 24.84 - - - 3 - - - 472
8 C Magowan UGrassH 21 20 1 439 100 23.11 - - 1 - - - - 439
9 B Cooper UGrassH 14 14 1 398 79 30.62 - - - 3 3 - - 398
10 J Terrett UGrassH 12 11 4 392 117* 56.00 - - 1 2 1 - - 392

Since their first match in 1981 the tourists have now played 123 matches winning 61 and losing 56. One match was drawn , one was tied and in 4 matches there was no result.        
   
Scorecard

Marsa Vs Ulster Grasshoppers
1-Innings Match Played At Marsa CC, 01-Oct-2017, Malta 2017
Ulster Grasshoppers Win by 40 runs

Round 123
Toss won by Ulster Grasshoppers
Umpires I Callender
Scorers C Goodall - M McCord - L Irwin
Home Side Marsa

Ulster Grasshoppers 1st Innings 213/4 Closed (Overs 30)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
M Turkington   b Michael N 45 67 4 0
C Atkinson Retired Not Out   54 41 6 1
P Bates   b Jack 11 11 0 0
A Beattie Retired Not Out   29 19 4 0
G Halliday Retired Not Out   26 18 1 1
S Colgan run out   16 16 1 0
Matthew McCord c Jack A b Varun 10 3 1 1
L Irwin not out   4 3 1 0
B Anderson not out   0 2 0 0
C Storey dnb          
extras   (b2 lb1 w15 nb0) 18      
TOTAL   4 wickets for 213      
FOW
1-114(M Turkington) 2-128(P Bates) 3-195(S Colgan) 4-210(Matthew McCord)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
Mark 6 0 33 0 - -
Varun 5 0 34 1 - -
Alamein 5 0 25 0 - -
Michael N 6 0 41 1 2 -
Jack 4 0 30 1 - -
Ethan 2 0 29 0 - -
Sharmin 2 0 18 0 - -

Marsa 1st Innings 173/8 Closed (Overs 30)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
Nowell   c&b A Harrison 91 0 7 4
Jack A c P Bates b B Anderson 1 0 0 0
John R   b C Storey 7 0 1 0
Michael N c P Bates b Matthew McCord 7 0 0 0
Alamein   b A Beattie 10 0 2 0
Mark c C Atkinson b A Beattie 6 0 1 0
Varun   c&b C Atkinson 5 0 0 0
Sharmin c P Bates b C Atkinson 12 0 1 0
Ethan not out   13 0 1 0
Jack not out   8 0 1 0
extras   (b3 lb2 w7 nb1) 13      
TOTAL   8 wickets for 173      
FOW
1-4(Jack A) 2-40(John R) 3-54(Michael N) 4-90(Alamein) 5-93(Mark) 6-112(Varun)
7-140(Nowell) 8-152(Sharmin)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
B Anderson 6 0 38 1 - -
A Harrison 6 2 34 1 - -
Matthew McCord 6 0 26 1 - -
C Storey 4 0 14 1 - -
A Beattie 2 0 19 2 - -
G Halliday 2 0 19 0 - -
C Atkinson 2 0 6 2 - -
S Colgan 1 0 10 0 - -
L Irwin 1 0 2 0 - -