Menorca v Ditchling Saturday 40 overs
Menorca 269/7 J Hagger 119, R Sturgeon 70, F Foley 3/37, P Cooke 2/42
Ditchling 174, DJ Singh 62* D Osterbery 3/18,A Mujahid 2/34, R Day 2/42
Menorca won by 95 runs
Menorca v Ditchling Sunday 40 overs
Ditchling 254/2 A Eastman 124*, DJ Singh 67*
Menorca 254 a/o A Mujahid Sultani 69, J Davies 57, Q Shah 6/50
Saturdays game against Ditchling finished with the hosts comfortably beating our regular visitors. A big hats off to Julian Hagger on his maiden ton for the club. Also, a uncharacteristic hard hitting 70 including 10 boundaries from Roy Sturgeon. It was described on the side lines as astonishing.
Ditchling were never up with the run rate following some particularly tight bowling first up from Pawan Nerella and Grant Wilson. What we saw later in the innings could only be described as extraordinary from Dan Osterbery. Not only a shadow of his former self. He bowled superbly to clean up the tail taking 3/18.
Sundays game was one of the best we've seen at Biniparrell. The visitors posting a pretty impressive 254/2 with Eastman smashing a ton backed up well by Singh's 67. The home side sprinted out of the blocks in reply losing our first wicket in the 11th over with the score on 87 Mujahid Ali out for 69. At 20 overs Menorca were 169/3 James Davies with a quickfire 57. Menorca continued to flail the ball to all parts of the ground but were losing wickets regularly. When the 9th wicket fell 11 runs were still required. The experience of Dow and Roussel wasn't quite enough to get us over the line, the latter spanking a rank long hop straight to backward square leg with the scores tied in the 34th over. Cue jubilation from the visitors as there'd been some confusion in the score box. Following a lengthy consultation both scorers and umpires agreed to declare the game a draw.
Both games were played in great spirit and a presentation was made by yours truly on behalf of Menorca CC to commemorate Ditchling CC's 200th anniversary. Quite an achievement and long may they continue to thrive and visit the home of Balearic cricket where they will always be welcomed.