Malta, which lies to the south of Italy, remains very British, down to driving on the left and using the same plugs as in the UK. Steeped in history, it combines Italian and African influences in its architecture, food and history.
All cricket on the island is played at Marsa Sports Club Oval where the facilities are of a high standard. The pitch consists of an artificial grass mat, laid on a concrete base, with an automatic water sprinkler system to maintain the grass outfield.
Matches are played against Marsa CC, a side of varying quality which contains a fair number of expats. The popularity of the island means that clubs are advised to book fixtures well in advance. The busiest months tend to be mid-March to early-May for pre-season outdoor match practice and late-September to early- November for post-season social matches.
The nightlife on the island is reasonable, but the variety is limited. Despite being in the Mediterranean, there are few beaches as much of the shoreline is rocky, but the weather is pleasant throughout the year. There are many historical sights for the more adventurous.
A great place for most club sides to spend a long weekend, but the standard more suited to smaller clubs.