Beamers' skipper Aussie Mark Pittman asked Ibiza to bat first to see how the astroturf pitch played, and what a decision! Ibiza were missing a couple of regular players,and had lent Paddy Mills to play with his former teammates from the UK, but they still could not have expected what was to follow. The hosts never got settled against consistently accurate bowling, and struggled to 38/3 off 10 overs and then 75/6 after 20. Only the experienced and determined Andy Holmes batted through the innings for 47, and received support from Mike Amos (16) at the end, leaving Ibiza on a sub par 98 all out in 26 overs. The visitors' bowling was consistent throughout, with their evergreen 75 year old veteran Ralph Edney standing out with 3/11 and 4 maidens, well supported by Mark Pittman (3/16) and Tim Oon (2/11). The Beamers then batted, and with their Aussie opener Andrew Nietschke scoring an unruffled 49, helped by a slightly streaky 31 from wicketkeeper Alan Howard, they chased down the target with 10 overs to spare, winning comfortably by 7 wickets. Ibiza bowlers Mike Amos and Jon Dudding got the only wickets to fall in a game where Ibiza never looked comfortable.
The visitors, strengthened to 9 members by the late addition of 2 Ibiza players Sam Gooda and Paddy Slater, batted first today, and opener Andrew Nietschke (24) with Tim Oon (29) gave them a solid 51 run start, as well as seeing off the probing Ibiza opening bowlers. Sam Gooda (27), Joseph James (26) and Andrew Crole (27) then made important contributions, allowing the Beamers to finish on a competitive 152 all out in the 28th over in a game reduced to 9 players per side. The Ibiza bowlers performed better than the day before, with Jon Dudding (3/42), Robin Parmenter (2/9) getting wickets, and stand-in skipper Paul Cruttwell and Martin Makepeace contributing one each.â€‹ It was now up to the Ibiza batters to step up, but this was always going to be a challenge with regular opener Tim Stacey departing cheaply and Sam Gooda lent to the visitors! So, once again, Andy Holmes did his best with a defiant 37, but, unfortunately only Robin Parmenter (15), Jim Harvey (17) and Mike Amos (12 not out) reached double figures after his departure. The hosts thus crumbled for the second day running to under 100, finishing on 92 all out, 60 runs short and losing twice in a row for the first time this season, although, to be fair, against regular league players from the UK. The Beamers' bowlers again performed well, constantly applying pressure on the scoring rate, with skipper Mark Pittman and Tim Oon picking up 2 wickets each. Ironically, however, it was the Ibiza players who also contributed to the tumble of wickets, Sam Gooda showing his all round ability with 2/7, and Paddy Slater returning 1/21! Ralph Edney obtained the other wicket to fall. Thanks go to Beamers' tour organiser Ralph Edney and Ibiza's own Paddy Mills for bringing this talented group of North London league cricketers to Ibiza, without forgetting regular Ibiza skipper Sam Gooda and his mother for organising the teas on both days. RPHood