Ibiza CC vs London Mercenaries 7/05/16 T20 (20 overs per side)
As the visitors were a group of over 20 players, they decided to play a short 10 over match between themselves to determine who would then take on Ibiza. However, as their game ended in an entertaining tie, with 91 runs scored by each side, the more regular cricketers were picked to form the new team to face the hosts.
Ibiza then batted first and set about scoring runs in the shortened version. Openers Sam Gooda (14) and Adam Johnston (23) began well but then departed to sharp catches, so that at 50/3 after 10 overs, Ibiza needed to increase the run rate. Graeme Cooper (28) and Robin Parmenter (19) managed to hit some welcome boundaries before both fell in quick succession too. With only 5 overs to go, and at 98/5, fresh impetus was required and suitably provided by the returning Justin Manville, who hit a spectacular 68 not out, including 28 off one over, which allowed Ibiza to finish on a challenging 161/5. The visitors' bowlers Elliott Rowe (3/12) and Richard Tarrey (2/14) took the wickets to fall.
The London Mercenaries began their reply badly and were soon on 4/2, but stabilised their innings with 13 from Elliott Rowe, and then Richard Tarrey (21) and Guy Stringer (33, including 4 consecutive sixes) improved the score to 81/5 before departing in the 12th over. From there, it was always going to be tough to score another 81 runs off 7 overs, and, despite cameos from Pete Tomley (15 and on his stag weekend) and Ben Marlow (15), they finished their innings on 114 all out, Ibiza winning by 47 runs. Ibiza bowlers Mike Amos (3/27), Graeme Cooper (2/8), and skipper Graham Boe (2/11) had the most success.
Once again, this group of cricketers were a sporting and friendly bunch, and participated wholeheartedly in making this a great day of cricket. Many thanks to Elliott Rowe for organising the trip for the London Mercenaries and we hope to welcome them back again in the future.
As for Ibiza C.C., this was the last competitive game before the Balearic Cup matches in Menorca (13-15 May), so good luck to the squad of players and bring the cup back, after the shared competition last year!