09/04/2016 Ibiza C.C. vs Old Wimbledonians C.C. 30 overs per side San Agustin football ground.
Ibiza were asked to bat first in their first match of 2016, which also marked the return to the astroturf surface of San Agustin football ground. They were soon 12/2 before Sam Gooda (31) and Pete Essex (67) stabilised the innings with a steady stand of 75 runs. In fact their batting was the mainstay of Ibiza's total and allowed them to finish their 30 overs on an under par 146/8, due also to the accurate bowling of the visitors and their alert fielding. Their bowlers Max Jacobs (2/33), Robbie Whelan (2/15), Tim Seals (1/34) and Ben Marsh (2/20) contributed to the wickets.
Old Wimbledonians then batted and, despite losing several wickets in the middle of their innings, never looked under pressure while scoring at a steady 6 runs per over, and they reached 148/5 in the 22nd over, winning by 5 wickets. Several batsmen were involved, notably Jim Davies (18), John Culley (43), Alan Gardener (22), Evan de Silva (18 not out) and Roger White (18 not out).
Of the Ibiza bowlers, Paul Cruttwell (1/20), Johnno Gordon (2/16), sportingly loaned to Ibiza for the day, and Jezza Parmenter (2/19) were amongst the wickets, but Ibiza showed their rustiness in the field with several dropped catches and missed boundaries.
10/04/2016 30 overs per side.
The Old Wimbledonians batted first this time, and their innings was highlighted by a spectacular 103 retired from skipper and tour organiser Johnno Gordon who hit Ibiza's bowlers to all parts of the ground. Otherwise, only Ben Marsh (25) and John Gardener (14) reached double figures, and the visitors finally finished on 175/9 in 25 overs. Of the Ibiza bowlers, Pete Essex showed his all round abilities with a miserly 3/7, while skipper Graham Boe (2/22), Robin Parmenter (2/47) and Mike Amos (1/47) also took wickets. The visitors very kindly contributed a couple of fielders to make up the numbers for Ibiza.
Ibiza began their innings disastrously and were soon on a precarious 5/4, several batsmen falling rapidly to ill judged shots! It was only a robust innings from Paul Cruttwell (36), and once again Pete Essex (36) that made the score more respectable, before the first 3 batsmen were allowed another turn to try and complete the innings. Thus Sam Gooda (48 not out) combined once more with Pete Essex, and then Mike Amos (10) to bring the scores level on 175/9, before the latter nobly sacrificed his wicket going for the winning hit in the 28th over! So a tied match was the end result, which fittingly ended a friendly and sporting weekend of cricket. The visitors used 9 bowlers, of whom Tim Seals (2/3), Roger White (2/18), Will Markham (1/37), Ben Marsh (2/12), and Johnno Gordon (2/16), obtained the wickets.
Many thanks to Johnno Gordon for organising this first trip of Old Wimbledonians to Ibiza, and we hope to see them back again next year!
As for Ibiza C.C., this was the first of several consecutive weekends of cricket leading up to the Balearic Cup from 13-15 May in Menorca, so all supporters and players are most welcome!