24/09 30 overs each. Allenton 159/5 beat Ibiza, 157/8, by 5 wickets.
Ibiza were put in to bat first and openers Sam Gooda (66) and Tim Stacey (34) set up a useful partnership of 83 runs, before the latter was caught, leaving Ibiza on 86/1 off 15 overs. Then, as so often happens after a drink’s break, several wickets fell, including Sam Gooda, and it was only Pete Essex (20) and Robin Parmenter (13) thereafter who reached double figures. Ibiza’s innings finally closed on 157/8, which was at least 20 runs short. It was also a destructive spell of bowling from Chris Dawson, with an impressive 5 for 6 runs, that caused the hosts’ rapid loss of wickets. Bowlers Jamie Guthrie and Halley Porkess contributed a wicket each.
Allenton then batted steadily, despite losing two early wickets, to reach 63/2 off 15 overs, so below the required run rate, with a solid 38 from opener Mark Webster. They still needed just under 100 runs to win, and, after losing another 3 quick wickets, it seemed they would fall short. But Jamie Guthrie then opened up and took advantage of some loose Ibiza bowling to increase the scoring and help the visitors to 159/5, winning in the 28th over. He finished just short of a deserved century, on 96 not out, in an unbroken stand of 73 runs with skipper Phil Coxon (12 not out). Of the Ibiza bowlers, Mike Amos stood out with 2/15, ably supported by Jim Harvey and skipper Paul Cruttwell with a wicket apiece.
This match was in fact a close contest and showed how quickly a game of cricket can turn, as well as Ibiza’s rusty batting and bowling, after the lengthy 3 month summer break.
25/09 30 overs each. Ibiza,147/8, beat Allenton, 146/4, by 1 wicket.
Ibiza chose to field first and were determined to put pressure on the visitors from the start. Thus, in spite of some lusty blows from all rounder Chris Dawson (40), Allenton were kept to 70/1 off the first 15 overs. A couple of wickets then fell, bringing Allenton’s star batsman Jamie Guthrie to the crease. He resisted well once again with 36 not out, but could not score as fast as the day before, and was well supported by Halley Porkess (17), and Srini Murali (24 not out). However, the Ibiza bowling was controlled and the fielding alert, so that Allenton were restricted to a conservative 146/4 off their 30 overs. Mike Amos (2/27) and Pete Essex (2/24) had the most success, and were assisted by tight bowling throughout.
It was then Ibiza’s turn to bat, and they had to make do without either opener this time, losing several quick wickets as a result. Indeed, only Kiwi newcomer Chris Pratt (15) reached double figures, with Ibiza on 22/4 and in some trouble. However, the returning Graeme Cooper then struck an aggressive 65 and shored up the hosts’ innings. When he was eventually bowled, the score was 97/7, and Ibiza still needed 50 runs off 12 overs, with only 2 wickets remaining and one player unable to bat. The stage was set for lower order batsmen Jim Harvey (19 not out), Mike Amos (12) and skipper Paul Cruttwell (14 not out) to negotiate the tricky target, and it was fitting that the latter hit 2 boundaries in the 29th over to ensure Ibiza made up for their defeat the day before, and win an exciting contest by one wicket!
Many thanks to Allenton skipper Phil Coxon, and Rob & Karen Guthrie for bringing their team and several wives and families to Ibiza for a most enjoyable and friendly weekend of cricket. We wish them all the best as their club is being wound up after 40 years, and hopefully this will not prevent them returning to Ibiza in the future!