Result: Ibiza 251/3 beat IBZ Renegades 85 all out by 166 runs
Ibiza were asked to bat first by Martin Makepeace, skipper of the IBZ Renegades, in this historical derby featuring 2 teams mainly from Ibiza for the first time in the 30 years of the Balearic cup. The Renegades exerted immediate pressure by removing Ibiza captain Sam Gooda, but then Tim Stacey and Andy Holmes combined in an impressive and composed partnership of 182 runs, which effectively blunted the Renegades’ bowling attack. Tim Stacey scored his maiden half century for Ibiza with 72, and Andy Holmes survived 2 chances to anchor the innings and score an unbeaten 135. Chris Prentice also chipped in with a rapid 24 and Ibiza were able to post a daunting 251/3 off their 35 overs. The Renegades bowlers worked hard, but could not slow the flow of runs, and only Paddy Slater (2/37) and Johnny Leighton, with 1 wicket, managed a return for their efforts.
The Renegades then batted and Adam Johnston, fresh from just missing out on a century the day before, struck several trademark boundaries, before getting caught in the deep for 30. However, the Ibiza bowlers applied constant pressure and wickets continued to fall, with only Bob “the Vicar” (11 not out) and Charles Bromley (13) reaching double figures, the Renegades slumping to 85 all out in 24 overs. Ibiza’s bowlers Paul Cruttwell (4/13) and Jim Harvey (1/29) made it hard to score, and this was continued by off spinner Mike Amos (1/14) and returning veteran Robin Parmenter (4/21), allowing Ibiza to close out a comprehensive win by 166 runs. Ibiza had finally won the 2 matches required to earn the Balearic cup on home turf, with their 3 previous tournament victories coming in Menorca only!
Sincere thanks are extended to Menorca Captain Simon Cotton and his friendly team, umpire and supporters, Martin Makepeace for organizing and captaining the IBZ Renegades team, Lyn Carpenter, Debbie Lanthier and Sarah Parmenter for making the players’ lunches for 3 days, all the umpires, not forgetting a concentrated Paul Partridge who completed 2 days, and last but not least, Disco Dave Reynolds for scoring all 3 days. Finally, congratulations to Sam Gooda and team for this win!