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.