Ibiza (208/8) beat SACC (183 all out) by 25 runs
It was Ibiza's turn to bat first and they started positively, with opener Tim Stacey scoring a stylish 43, combining well with the dependable Andy Holmes (47). When they fell, the score was a respectable 80/2, then the irrepressible Paul Partridge struck a robust 43 in his best innings for Ibiza, ably assisted by Charles Bromley (34 not out), both doing well to score rapidly off a tiring bowling attack. Jeremy Parmenter joined in with a rapid 13, allowing Ibiza to post 208/8 in 35 overs, one of their best scores against Alfas. The visitors' bowlers shared around the wickets, with Darren Walker having the most impact with 2/17, but it was evident that some were suffering from consecutive late nights, just as Ibiza do in the November trip to Benidorm!
SACC batted cautiously at first, seeing off accurate Ibiza bowling to reach 32/3 off 11 overs. But then all rounders Kieran Perman (68) and Jamie Roper (him again!) with a consecutive half century (54) increased the scoring rate with an 85 run stand. When this was broken with the score on 112/4 off 20 overs, 97 runs were still required to win. Jamie Roper was then caught going for another big hit and the task became harder. Danny Prior (17) and Jake Sunderland (15- given 2 lives from dropped catches) resisted briefly, but the required run rate climbed, and SACC finally succumbed for a fighting 183 all out in 32 overs, losing another entertaining encounter by 25 runs. Ibiza bowlers Paul Cruttwell and Paddy Slater began the early pressure and contributed a wicket each, while Mike Amos (4/22) once again, and the emerging Jonathan Dudding (3/43) finished the game off with their wickets at crucial times.
Many thanks, as always, to SACC and their players, especially their returning and evergreen veterans Geoff Evans, John Braithwaite, Phil Pennick, Ben Fletcher and Neil Mckinstry, who have continued this regular and much appreciated early season tour to Ibiza. We look forward to seeing them all again at Albir in November!