Mexico's representatiive season kicked off mid-November with two matches against old friends, the British & Dominion Club, Los Angeles. Mexico's 2nd XI was soundly beaten in the first match but the 1st XI cruised to a 56 run win the day after.
In the first match Mexico crashed to be all out for just 80 (Howard taking 4 for 31) in reply to B&D's modest of 122 for 9. Admittedly the wicket was green and lively but B&D's McGroggan (44) and Armstrong (35) handled themselves well.
The following day, however, brought hot conditions and the Mexican 1st XI made hay, racking up 200 for 4 in just 36 overs. Carr (61*) and Cartledge (49*) smote 90 runs from the last 10 overs. In reply, B&D never really got going and were dismissed for 144 (Cawdron claiming 3 for 16).
In the domestic season the ball has dominated the bat dramatically. Some rather low scores have been recorded as the club's quality of bowlers has improved. Recruiting was a definite priority during the off-season and it's pleasing to note the playing membership has grown appreciably.
Corinthians, ably led by Aussie Dean Ilott, have swept all before them with four wins. Reforma is second on the table with two wins while Aztecs have notched just the solitary victory.
Ilott has taken 8 wickets to date at an average of 9, Reforma's Max Cawdron 12 wickets at 8 and veteran Deb Choudhuri 12 wickets at 10. Only Charlie Carr (208 runs at 52) has performed with the bat thus far.
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