Mallorca elected to bat first. Menorca's bowling attack once again very accurate although Mallorca's batsmen went hard at the ball from the off and had racked up a pretty impressive 72 from 12 overs when Vickers was caught for 48 off the bowling of Hagger. The Menorca bowlers turned the screw as wickets fell regularly, Hagger taking 4/27 and the irrepressible Catterall continued his rich vein of form with 2/19. Mallorca's 139 would be described as below par under normal circumstances.
However, Menorca's reply got off to the worst possible start Hagger trapped in front offering no shot to one that bent back in from Vickers and Catterall leaving a straight one which clipped the top of off reducing the hosts to 3/2. There was dogged resistance from the estate agent pairing of Sturgeon and Tysoe who put on a partnership of 42 to help get the locals back on track. Both Vickers and Walker bowled with good pace and accuracy to make every run hard earned. Menorca's middle order floundered somewhat and despite Tysoe's valiant attempt to see them over the line, he was dismissed in the final over with 3 required to win.
That left Brayne and Hayden with 3 runs to score from 3 balls Brayne squeezed a 2 to bring the scores level before Walker bowled a dot ball with the penultimate delivery. The tension around Biniparrell was incredible, Brayne made contact with the final delivery but Hayden was harshly adjudged to have not made the ground. Scores tied at 139.
Following lengthy consultation with both captains and umpires, the game was declared a draw and the intricacies of the laws to find a winner overlooked. This was a fitting and very sporting conclusion to a wonderful weekend of Balearic island cricket. The mutual respect amongst the teams and shown to the officials most commendable.
With kind permission of Menorca CC member Jeffrey Barker.