35 overs per side Result : Ibiza (214/3) beat Butterlords (213/8) by 7 wickets
Stand in Captain Steve “Hadders” Hadlow won the toss and put the visitors into bat first. They advanced steadily to 45 before opener Robby Grob (24) was finally caught in the deep, but partner Jas Riley continued to strike boundaries and the score increased steadily at over 5 runs per over. When Jas finally fell for an aggressive 91, the score was 150/6 with overs to spare, but Ibiza felt they could keep Butterlords to around 180. However, their languid skipper Max “Dr Dream” Hildebrand (31) and the impressively hirsute Dev Mcgill (19) decided otherwise and added over 50 runs with some rapid boundaries, allowing the visitors to finish their 35 overs on an above par 213/8. The Ibiza bowlers tried hard to control the flow of runs, but were facing several left handed batsmen, and allowed too many boundaries on the leg side. This, along with rusty fielding and several dropped catches (including a dolly from yours truly!) allowed the visitors to post an impressive target. Skipper Steve Hadlow (2/25) and veteran Jez Parmenter (2/17) had the most success, while Chris Prentice, “Bernie C” Dudding and Mike Amos shared the other wickets.
Ibiza then batted and openers Tim Stacey (62) and Paddy Mills (79) combined in a fluent and unprecedented opening stand of 154 runs in 18 overs, which effectively set the hosts well on their way. Then, with about 60 runs required off 17 overs, they both departed quickly and the visitors brought on their usual opening bowlers Riley and Grob, who bowled several maiden overs and applied intense pressure on the new batsmen to reduce the scoring rate to a trickle. Once they had been seen off, however, the ever dependable Andy Holmes (42 not out) was able to open up and help Ibiza reach 214/3 in the 32nd over, winning a competitive and high scoring game by 7 wickets. The visitors’ bowlers Jas Riley,Robby Grob and Tom Moran obtained the wickets to fall.
Ibiza CC thanks Butterlords’ skipper Max Hildebrand for bringing his friendly and eccentric team to play us, and, given that one of the visitors owns a villa on the island, we look forward to welcoming them back on a regular basis in future.