21/09/2019 Trengilly Wartha

Menorca v Trengilly Wartha

Sat 21st September 40 overs

Despite some stormy weather being around the game started at the scheduled time although it was very overcast and humid. Trengilly opting to put Menorca in the field following yet another failure with the coin by Cotton. They soon lost opener Griffiths caught behind by Tysoe from the bowling of Wilson. It was the last significant contribution from Wilson with the ball as the Cala en Porter fiesta took its toll.

Scott Kellow batted superbly for the Cornishmen hitting exactly 100. He punished anything remotely off line hitting 7 fours and 8 big sixes in his 69 ball innings. Charlie Campbell sporting a new DIY haircut made a useful 40 and Luke Jarvis hit 46 to help the tin hewers to a substantial 250. Menorca’s attack went pretty much for a run a ball Cotton 3/48, Sturgeon 2/39 although your correspondent bowled frugally 1/22.

Menorca’s reply got off to a good start. Sturgeon uncharacteristically outscoring his opening partner Lavin. Perhaps the previous criticisms of his performances had the desired effect, giving the estate agent a new lease of life. He batted particularly well to top score with 54 and cap off a fine all round performance. Adam Cockroft 31 and captain Cotton 40 looked as if we might get over the line but unfortunately we lost momentum at vital moments throughout our innings and fell agonisingly 8 runs short of the required total.


 

Sunday 22nd v Trengilly 40 overs

Trengilly once again opted to bat first although they were rapidly rueing that decision as the boys from Palma Pavan 3/21 and Haydar 3/31 had them in all sorts of difficulty Skinner top scored with 38 and Scott Kellow 22 to cap off a fine weekend for him. Roussel bowled tidily 2/19 as did Ali 1/25 and veteran John Long 1/16 restricting the visitors to 145 all out in the final over.

The hosts got off to a solid start despite losing Ali early. Wilcock 39 and Pavan Nerella 27 looked to be in control. However they were both dismissed by Griffiths in quick succession he then went on to systematically dismantle the locals batting line up taking an excellent 6/22. It was particularly pleasing to see the return of local vicar Paul Strudwick partnering John Long at the end of the Menorca innings following his recent pilgrimage to Canada. Called up at short notice the cartilage crunching clergyman shot to Biniparrell directly from the pulpit. Moses may have raised an eyebrow at the gap between bat and pad displayed at times but the exuberant enthusiasm shown by our final pairing outshone their combined ages.

Menorca falling 24 runs short and were well beaten in the end by our friends from Trengilly. It has to be said that the camaraderie between the sides which dates back to 1996 was exceptional once again and we´ll be delighted to see them in 2021 when they return to the home of Balearic cricket.