10/05/2019 The Balearic Cup

10/05/2019 Menorca vs Ibiza

Friday saw hosts Menorca take on the cup holders Ibiza first up.
Menorca were asked to take to the field following the toss. They soon had Ibiza in all sorts of trouble. Tim Stacy got a ball that spat from back of a length in what could be described as Toomeyesque, realtor Sturgeon taking a fine catch diving forward from Wilson's 4th ball. Things didn't get any better for the boys from the white isle as they were reduced to 18/4. James Harvey 33 offered some resistance in the middle order and was supported by Paul Cruttwell 26*. Menorca's bowling attack was very consistent throughout there were 3 wickets for Hagger and 2 apiece for Hayden, Wilson and Catterall. The latter of the 2 wicket trio bowling an incredible 7 consecutive maidens he conceded 5 runs in his final over to finish with superb figures 8-7-5-2 the call up for Lancashire over 60's clearly justified. Ibiza mustered a paltry 98 from 37.1 overs which was never really going to be enough to threaten the locals.
Despite losing Sturgeon lbw early doors after he'd peppered the infield, that was the only blip as fellow opener Hagger 44* was accompanied by team leopard Jake Cockroft. They batted superbly to reach the target in the 21st over Cockroft hitting a 6 to win the game and also take him to 50*.
A comprehensive 9 wicket victory for Menorca.

11/05/2019 Ibiza vs Mallorca

Saturday saw the two visiting sides lock horns and unfortunately there wasn't to be any improvement from the Ibiza boys. Regrettably I don't have the scorebook to give you all of the detail but I do know that despite a hard working 50 from opener Adam Johnson Ibiza posted only 77. Mallorca reaching the target for the loss of 1 wicket.
The Ibiza contingent particularly subdued following two heavy defeats. Club mouthpiece and cliché connoisseur Paul Partridge unusually quiet throughout the tournament alongside authority on all things Ibicenco Martin Makepeace. The absence of Cheshire set high flyer Johnno Gordon impacting massively on Ibiza's chances.
So to Sunday's winner takes all final.

12/05/2019 Menorca vs Mallorca

Mallorca elected to bat first. Menorca's bowling attack once again very accurate although Mallorca's batsmen went hard at the ball from the off and had racked up a pretty impressive 72 from 12 overs when Vickers was caught for 48 off the bowling of Hagger. The Menorca bowlers turned the screw as wickets fell regularly Hagger taking 4/27 and the irrepressible Catterall continued his rich vein of form with 2/19. Mallorca's 139 would be described as below par under normal circumstances. However, Menorca's reply got off to the worst possible start Hagger trapped in front offering no shot to one that bent back in from Vickers and Catterall leaving a straight one which clipped the top of off reducing the hosts to 3/2. There was dogged resistance from the estate agent pairing of Sturgeon and Tysoe who put on a partnership of 42 to help get us back on track. Both Vickers and Walker bowled with good pace and accuracy to make every run hard earned. Menorca's middle order floundered unfortunately and despite Tysoe's valiant attempt to see us over the line, he was dismissed in the final over with 3 required to win. That left Brayne and Hayden with 3 runs to score from 3 balls Brayne squeezed a 2 to bring the scores level before Walker bowled a dot ball with the penultimate delivery. The tension around Biniparrell was incredible Brayne made contact with the final delivery but Hayden was harshly adjudged to have not made the ground unfortunately.
Scores tied at 139. Following lengthy consultation with both captains and umpires.
The game was declared a draw and the intricacies of the laws to find a winner overlooked. This was a fitting and very sporting conclusion to a wonderful weekend of Balearic island cricket. The mutual respect amongst the teams and shown to the officials most commendable.

Match reports courtesy of Jeffrey Barker

04/05/2019 Big West CC

Saturday saw frequent visitors Big West return. They predominantly hail from Oxted Surrey which is at the foot of the north downs.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat on a bright yet blustery day.
Menorca's opening partnership of Wilson and skipper Cotton kept the run rate down with some tight bowling. Menorca's hardest working estate agent particularly miserly conceding less than 2 an over from his allotted 8.
Big West's opener Bowes made a steady 42, P Westcott top scored with 48 and K Westcott contributed a useful 39.
Menorca's bowling unit combined impressively to restrict the visitors to 173/6 from their 40 overs Cotton's 2/15 the highlight.
Menorca's reply was laboured initially. Sturgeon and Hagger finding runs hard to come by. Former trader Sturgeon's innings anything but bullish as he was dismissed for 11 in the 11th over. The drudgery continued as Tysoe struggled to pierce the infield also. Hagger fortunately did find some fluidity before he was caught for 30.
Enter Cockroft senior who set about the opposition attack with belligerence and contempt of anything resembling line and length. His innings along with a useful knock from M Ali put the hosts firmly in the driving seat. A couple of lusty blows from the skipper following Cockrofts dismissal for 54 helped get Menorca over the line with 4 wickets and 4 overs to spare.


Sunday's game was once again played in blustery conditions. The tramontana wind unrelenting over the weekend and still very much prevalent as I scribe.
Menorca batted first and followed a similar pattern to Saturday's innings with openers Roussel and Dow struggling to make an impact at the top of the order. Thankfully there were useful contributions in the middle order from Akter Husain 35 and the wily Wilson who top scored with 44. Menorca accumulated 183/8 in their allotted 40. New 3/33 and Hall 2/28 the pick of the opposition attack.
Big West's reply was anchored superbly by Phil Westcott who top scored with 64 to cap off a good weekend for himself. He was ably supported by New 44 and Hall 27* There were a couple of wickets apiece for debutant H Ali and stalwart Brayne. Big West reaching the required target with 3 overs remaining and 5 wickets to spare.

27/04/2019 Mavericks CC

Saturday saw cricket resurrected at the spiritual home of Balearic cricket following the Easter recess.
The Mavericks based around the Repton area of South Derbyshire and Menorca tour virgins were the opposition.
Skipper Simon (Pete) Cotton duly elected to bat first following another successful toss.
Menorca's batsman got us off to a steady yet careful start. Sturgeon in particular erring on the side of caution. When Hagger tickled one behind in the 10th over for 29 and the score on 40 Menorca needed to accelerate to post a competitive total. Joe Brayne contributed a useful run a ball 30 before he was caught and bowled by Bond. What followed was a batting masterclass by Cockroft jnr as he punished the Mavericks bowling hitting 67 including 9 4's and 3 6's. It was in stark contrast to Sturgeon's more turgid and laborious occupation of the crease. Although, he did anchor the innings superbly to finish unbeaten on 74. Menorca posting 253/6 from their 40 overs.
The Mavericks reply never really got up with the required rate as they lost wickets steadily. There were useful contributions from opener Meynell 27, Gilby 38 and Wagstaff 37. Miserly opening spells from Hayden and skipper Cotton had the Mavericks middle order under pressure. Hagger picked up 3 wickets for 6 runs and there was a couple each for Cockroft senior and local clergyman Strudwick who was drafted in to the Saturday squad at short notice. Quite an achievement by the patella pounding preacher coming off the back of the busiest weekend in the ecclesiastical calendar.

Sunday saw a new format concocted where both sides batted twice their first innings being 20 overs and the second innings 11 overs scores were then combined.
Mavericks totalled 190 in their innings with good scores of 30 (ret) for Gilby and Everall. Menorca batted well in response and comfortably chased down the opposition total there were good contributions from Roussel snr, Wilson, and Husain who retired on 30.
Another terrific weekend at the home of Balearic cricket , lovely to welcome and make new acquaintances amongst the cricketing fraternity also.

13/04/2019 Shepway Stragglers CC

We entertained the Shepway Stragglers this weekend. They're a wandering side from Kent made up with a fine blend of youth and experience. The younger element far outweighing the elder unfortunately for Menorca.
The weather was a marked improvement on last weeks chilly start to the season.
On Saturday Menorca won the toss and elected to take to the field. Both Wilson and skipper Cotton bowled economically at the offset with the latter removing Shepway's opener Baker - White for a second ball duck. After that we saw some superb hitting from both Jasper Smallwood and Ben Simpson. Simpson hitting a 64 ball ton including 8 sixes. Smallwood also hit 8 sixes in his 87. Menorca had bowled reasonably economically but the middle overs were punished with Sturgeon and Day coming in for some punishment. Shepway amassed 248/8 in their allotted overs which at this stage of the season with the outfield nearly as slow as some of the movement in the field is quite an achievement.
Menorca's reply got off to the worst possible as last weeks leading run scorer Hagger slapped a rank long hop straight to cover in the first over. Things went from bad to worse when youngster Jake Cockroft was castled second ball. Menorca 0/2 after only 5 balls. The lest said about our batting display in general the better which was such a disappointment following last weeks success. There was some dogged resistance from Sturgeon and Tysoe who scored 35 and 40 respectively. Menorca all out for 148 in the 33rd over.



Sunday's game followed a similar pattern with Shepway batting first. Opener Baker-White well and truly made up for his failure on day one with a magnificent 73 ball ton. He carried his bat to finish on 126* and was ably supported by Hilton 73 and Allport 70. Shepway's total of 283 proved way too many for the locals who were comfortably beaten by the opposition from the garden of England. Nico Ball and Nizamul Hossan joint top scored with 24. Hugo Snape the pick of the bowlers with 5/27.
It was particularly pleasing to see local clergyman Paul Strudwick at the ground following the palm Sunday service. A useful warm up for him prior to his biggest gig of the season next Sunday.

06/04/2019 Rampside CC

The season began on Saturday at a blustery Biniparrell. Menorca taking on Rampside Village CC from the Cumbrian hills.
Rampside won the toss and elected to bat. Its probably a start that Paul Clarke would prefer to forget as he was dismissed in the second over without troubling the scorer. From then on it was pretty much the Dom Chambers show as he clattered a better than run a ball ton including 20 boundaries half a dozen of which being maximums. There were also useful contributions fron Matt Butel, Paul Wilcock and the irrepressible Chris Brookshaw.
Just when it looked like Rampside were going to lay it on thick, the enigmatic Sturgeon inexplicably picked up 4 wickets. He was well supported by Julian Hagger who bagged a couple, reining in Rampside to a competitive above par for early season 193/8
Menorca's reply was steady and measured with the spin twins Hagger and Sturgeon demonstrating their determination and resilience at the top of the order. The latter being the first to fall in the 9th over for a hard hitting 3.
Enter the fray our new acquisition Adam Lavin who batted with great composure accompanying Hagger to a 125 run partnership. Hagger eventually fell for a superb 86, new boy Lavin carried his bat 68* and Lancastrian veteran Catterall helped Menorca over the line in the 39th over.
A cracking start to the season for Cotton's men and special thanks to the hardy spectators who braved the chilly conditions.

Sunday's game was also affected by the unstable weather conditions. It was a credit to both sides who braved the wind, hailstones and rain to get a T20 game to a conclusion.
Rampside batted first and managed to post 192/2 which was just 1 run less than they managed in 40 overs the day before.
Paul Wilcock blasted a 62 ball 100 and Dom Chambers capped off a fine weekend with 65.
Menorca were never really up with the rate posting 140 in reply. Sunday skipper Nick Roussel top scoring with 60 and John Chipperfield contributing a useful 32.
Both games over the weekend were played in excellent spirit. Rampside will always be welcome at the home of Balearic cricket.