Ibiza CC vs South London Oddballs CC (SLOBS) 23/04 30 overs each
Ibiza were asked to bat and started very well with openers Sam Gooda (38) and Martin Cooper (46) putting on 93 for the first wicket.
Once they departed, Ibiza lost several wickets and then found themselves on 108/5, with the run rate slowing, when skipper Graham Boe (45) and Robin Parmenter steadied their innings with a useful 67 run stand that brought the score to 175 before both lost their wickets trying to hit out. Ibiza finally completed their 30 overs on a competitive 188/7.
SLOBS stand out bowler was Matt White with 5/32, while Roger Cannon and Stich Richie obtained a wicket each.
The visitors' innings began disastrously with wickets falling in the first few overs, so that they were soon on 1/4, then 6 for 5, which reminded Ibiza of their batting the previous weekend! Then Stich Richie (24) and Paul Taylor (12) stayed together for a few overs before more wickets fell and they finally succumbed to 61 all out in the 17th over, Ibiza winning comprehensively by 127 runs.
Ibiza bowlers Pete Essex took his first 5for with 5/25, Mike Amos supported him with 3/21, and Paul Cruttwell contributed a wicket.
24/04 30 overs per side
The SLOBS batted first today and were determined to improve their performance, led by skipper Kevin Ebbutt (22) who put on 36 for the first wicket with opener Tom Goodwin (20). After they went, newcomer Raven Subramahany scored an aggressive 42 and Roger Cannon added 19, but wickets fell regularly. At 135/6 with 9 overs to go, Ibiza felt they could restrict the visitors to around 180, but newcomer and all rounder Will Chappells did not let this happen, blasting a spectacular 79, including 10 sixes, and allowed the visitors to finish on a daunting 215/8, also helped by 16 not out from Jason Underhill.
Ibiza bowlers Paul Cruttwell (3/25) and Graeme Cooper (2/41) had the best bowling figures, but Ibiza felt they now had a real challenge to test their batting.
Ibiza openers Graham Boe (25) and Sam Gooda, continuing his good form with 50, scored runs steadily, followed by Pete Essex with 28, but Ibiza were always behind the required run rate until Sam Feasey came to bat. He then produced an superb and unexpected 73 which brought Ibiza very close to their target, finally departing with the score on 209/6 and only 7 runs needed off the final over! Unfortunately the visitors' best bowler Will Chappells bowled the last over and only conceded 3 runs off it, so Ibiza finished on 212/7 and the SLOBS ran out winners of an exciting contest by 3 runs only!
The visitors' bowlers Roger Cannon (2/54), Tom Goodwin (2/39) and Will Chappells (2/26) were the main wicket takers, with Paul Taylor contributing one more.
This is the third consecutive year SLOBS CC have visited Ibiza, so many thanks to captain and tour organiser Kevin Ebbutt and Chairman Stich Richie for bringing their friendly bunch of unusual cricketers back again. Long may their trips continue!
Until next week then when Sporting Alfas bring over their XL team for another weekend double header for the 4th year running.