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Battersea Badgers v Ibiza CC -

Battersea Badgers opened the batting this time and began aggressively, scoring at over 7 runs per over, with openers Pete Cade (23) and especially Ben Cornish striking the ball to all corners. He went on to score an unbeaten 120 in a destructive display rarely seen in Ibiza and then retired, only allowing 2 hard chances to send him back. The scoring continued with Robin Mackrell (45) and skipper James Hamblin (29), and the visitors finished on a daunting 247/5 off 32 overs. For Ibiza bowlers and fielders, it was hard work to contain the flow of runs, while Mills (3), Harvey (1) and R. Parmenter (1) contributed wickets.

Ibiza began their innings positively, with Mills scoring rapidly in his 49, supported by Prentice (29), but the hosts faltered when the former was out. However, Dudding then hit out in an entertaining 68, his maiden ½ century, and skipper Gooda hit a determined 42, to bring the locals to within 29 runs of the target with 3 overs left, when both were out going for big hits. Ibiza finally managed a creditable 234/9, falling short by 13 runs with the Badgers winning a high scoring contest totally different from the previous encounter!

The visitors’ most successful bowlers were  Mackrell (3) and  Shone (3), while they took some good catches to restrain Ibiza at important moments.

This is the first visit to Ibiza by the enthusiastic and sociable Battersea Badgers, and so many thanks to tour organiser Stuart Barker and skipper Jimbo Hamblin for bringing them here with family supporters. We look forward to their return in the near future!

RPHood