Incogniti CC v Ibiza CC -

Ibiza batted first, and scored steadily with Andy Holmes (25) and Chris Prentice (32) looking solid in the first match of 2019. After they both fell, Ken Johnston (45) and Robin Parmenter (30) continued accumulating runs at 5 per over. When they departed however, Ibiza collapsed from 138/3 to 146/8 and a modest target seemed inevitable. But Paul Cruttwell struck a defiant 22 not out, enabling the hosts to finish on a competitive 181 all out in the last over. Incogniti constantly tested the Ibiza batters with varied and accurate bowling, especially Afghan Imran Khan (really!) who skittled the lower order with 5/24. Phil Arnould contributed 2 wickets, while Ben Wakeford and Nav Saeed got one each.

The visitors, the third oldest touring side in the world who were established in 1861, then batted and struggled early on the slow pitch against accurate seam bowling from Jim Harvey (2/15) and Paul Cruttwell. They had only reached 63/2 at the mid-point of the innings, still needing 119 off 18 overs at over a run a ball, when Phil Arnould opened up with some robust boundaries in his rapid 62, well supported by opener Ben Birtels (48). When they departed however, Incogniti lost several wickets and still required 43 runs off the last 5 overs, so Ibiza felt confident. But then allrounder Imran Khan struck 3 sixes in one over before being bowled, bringing the target down to 9 off the last over. Bowler Jonathan Dudding kept calm however, not conceding a boundary, so the last wicket pair could only scramble 2 runs off the last ball, and Ibiza scraped home by one run in a pulsating contest. While Ibiza spinner Mike Amos achieved his best figures for the club with an impressive 6/19, this was a great team effort against a good touring side.