8 /11/14 Ibiza C.C. vs Sporting Alfas 1st XI 30 overs per side
Ibiza skipper Graeme "G-man" Cooper, in his last match as skipper after 3 successful years, won the toss and decided to bat on an overcast day. The openers scored runs steadily until rain stopped play after 7 overs and the play was stopped for 30 minutes. When play could resume, Sam " Smiler"Gooda (43) and Brad "Castaway" Van Byleveldt (40) set up a fluent 64 run partnership before falling in quick succession to leave Ibiza on 116/4 with 8 overs remaining. Graeme Cooper (16) and then Robin " Dopey" Parmenter (20 not out) added some more runs to allow Ibiza to finish on a competitive 169/8. Alfas bowler James "Piwi" Perman bowled tidily with 3/36, while Phil Pennick, Christian Muñoz, Paul Taylor and the elder Perman brother contributed a wicket apiece.
Sporting Alfas then batted, and with their strong and experienced line-up, the target was not expected to test them too much on their home ground.However, Ibiza opening bowlers Paul "BskyB" Cruttwell (1/14) and Stuart "Bradford" Browne (2/28) made early breakthroughs, along with a spectacular direct hit from Brad van Byleveldt, running out the Alfas skipper Ben Fletcher, which reduced the hosts to 36/4 after 10 overs. But, while Ibiza did their best to apply more pressure, the Alfas batting strength showed with a steady and unbroken partnership pf 134 runs between David "Armani" Climent (65 not out) and Asian Mohammed Shazad (61 not out), and this stand finally won the match for Alfas by 6 wickets with 3 balls remaining. This was a highly competitive game of cricket, unfortunately marred by the rain delay and dark skies which made it last until 6pm, and the fielding side's task that much harder towards the end. It is very rare that Ibiza have an opportunity to beat the Sporting Alfas 1st XI in the Andrew Bond cup, so well done to the team for playing so enthusiastically and making the match go down to the wire!
9/11/14 Ibiza C.C. vs Sporting Alfas 2nd XI. 30 overs per side
Today was Ibiza's new captain, Graham "Bose" Boe's, first game in charge, and he also chose to bat on another cloudy day. He and fellow opener Sam Gooda had to weather some accurate opening bowling so runs came more slowly than the day before. Graham Boe (20) and Brad van Bylevelt (21) got off to good starts but when they fell, it was left to Graeme Cooper to show some typical aggression in his lusty 59 which boosted Ibiza's score to 141/8 at the end. Sporting Alfas bowlers Abdul (2/26) and Jamie Roper (3/18), the latter strengthening the hosts after playing in the Saturday game as well, bowled well and prevented Ibiza from posting a higher score.
It was the hosts' turn to bat, and they also started slowly, reaching only 32/1 after 10 overs, but with wickets in hand. Although Ibiza managed to grab several more wickets, all rounder Jamie Roper was given a couple of lives and went on to score a match winning 90 not out, guiding his team to 145/5, once again in the last over. Of the Ibiza bowlers, Robin Parmenter took 3/30, with Stuart Browne contributing one wicket too.This was the second consecutive game that Ibiza lost when seemingly in a winning position, so commiserations to all their players who nevertheless contributed to a great weekend of cricket and did their best!
Finally, many thanks to Sporting Alfas players and clubhouse for their usual welcome and hospitality, and also to outgoing skipper Graeme Cooper for his efforts over 3 years. Welcome now to Graham Boe and good luck next year!