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Sporting Alfas CC v Ibiza CC -

SACC batted first and progressed to 45/3 off 10 overs with Braithwaite(12) and Pennick (17) hitting several boundaries. Then the run scoring increased with useful innings from Sunderland (20), Metcalfe (26), Stephens (38), skipper Fletcher (14) and the evergreen Geoff Evans (10 not out) to push the score up to a competitive 177/9 off 30 overs, aided by several misfields from the hosts.

The Ibiza bowlers to take wickets were J. Parmenter (2), Dudding (2), R.Parmenter (3), Partridge (1) and Amos (1).

Ibiza began their reply with skipper Andy Holmes changing around the batting order to give everyone a turn. Thus Hadlow struck a rapid 33, supported by Partridge (14), before the hosts lost several wickets going for big hits straight to fielders. At 70/5 off 13 overs, things looked bad for Ibiza, but Stacey hit a defiant 54, supported by R.Parmenter (24). They added 80 together, but with 28 runs still needed off 2 overs, the former was caught and the latter allowed several dot balls to make the task even harder! As it was, Ibiza fell to 162/8, 15 runs short.

SACC bowler Phil Pennick stood out with 4 wickets, along with Rob Shankman(2) and Rich Stephens(1) in a topsy turvy and good natured encounter.

Thanks as ever go to tour organisers Phil Pennick and Ben Fletcher for bringing over their friendly group of players, not forgetting the ever present veterans Geoff Evans, John Braithwaite and Neil Mckinstry.