Ibiza agreed to bat first and openers Stacey and Holmes began their innings against accurate opening bowling. The former fell early, but Holmes settled in and scored a deserved 53 before retiring. R.Parmenter (42 retired), Prentice (18), Saffer Reid (20) and the ebullient Partridge (33 retired) all scored runs, allowing Ibiza to close on a challenging 239/4 off 30 overs.
The visitors’ bowlers did well for the first half, but then some loose overs cost them, due also to skipper and stag Joe Bettell giving several teammates a go. Drew(2), Walsh(1) and Gadston (1) got the wickets to fall.
The locals had a strong total to defend so stand in skipper Andy Holmes set an aggressive field and gave some seasonal Ibiza players a bowl. The visitors had a few players who had not batted before, so were given a chance to hit out, resulting in a defiant 38 from Kieron Davies and 18 from Trevor Smith. Others scored some useful boundaries, with Ibiza player Gooda also batting for the opposition and scoring a rapid 26. After his departure, the visitors managed to finish on a creditable 139 all out, Ibiza coming out winners by 100 runs.
Ibiza bowlers Shahid (2), Reid (2), Slater (3) took the wickets, with Amos (1) and Partridge (1) also contributing.
Congratulations go to stag Joe Bettell for his fast approaching wedding and let’s hope his wife to be supports cricket! Thanks go to Ben Walsh for organising this trip with a few Old Wimbledonians, as well as Lyn Carpenter (as always!) for her wonderful teas and to Disco Dave Reynolds for coming to score on a Sunday.