Balearic Cup 2018 - Ibiza CC v Menorca CC -

Result : Ibiza 194/6 beat Menorca 166 all out by 28 runs

Ibiza were asked to bat by Menorca captain Simon Cotton and moved cautiously to 41/2 off 10 overs in the face of accurate bowling. By then, experienced batsmen Andy Holmes (58) and Johnno Gordon (51) were together and they put on exactly 100 runs. After they were out, the hosts also lost their skipper Sam Gooda, and had scored 158/5 off 30 overs, knowing that they would need to set Menorca’s strong batting line up a target of at least 200. Jim Harvey then struck several welcome boundaries in his 32 not out to move the final score to 194/6, a defendable target.

Menorca’s stand out bowler was newcomer Julian Hagger with 4/27, supported by James Davies and Simon Cotton with one wicket each.

Menorca then batted and faced consistent pace bowling from Ibiza openers Paul Cruttwell (1/23) and Jim Harvey (1/44) and alert fielding, so gradually fell behind the required run rate. Julian Hagger (27) and James Davies (20) tried to cut loose, but when they were out, several other wickets fell too, and the visitors went from a steady 48/1 in 12 overs to 82/5 off 20. Then veteran Jeff Barker retired hurt and only no 8 Nick Roussel threatened  a big score before getting caught for a defiant 54. Menorca still needed 50 runs off the last 5 overs with 2 wickets remaining, and then 35 off 3, so despite a rapid 14 from Roy Sturgeon, were all out for 166, Ibiza winning a hard fought encounter by 28 runs.

All the Ibiza bowers performed well, especially  the emerging Jonathan Dudding with 4/14, while the openers, Mike Amos, Jeremy Parmenter and Johnno Gordon contributed one wicket each. Notably, this year marked the 30th anniversary of the long term rivalry with Menorca, so Ibiza made home advantage count with an impressive team performance, not having beaten the visitors since 2015.