25/09/2019 The Ivy Restaurant

Blower’s Birthday bash Menorca CC v Ivy Restaurant X1 Weds Sept 25th

They do say that the sun shines on the righteous and how lucky we were on such an auspicious occasion. The good name of Menorca CC given some extra special kudos by hosting legendary cricket commentator and raconteur Henry Blofeld’s landmark celebrations. Henry’s agent Ralph Brunjes taxed with putting a touring X1 together duly obliged. Their previous tour was to Vatican City against a team of trainee priests. It is rather astonishing to hear the stories of cricket being played in unusual places. Perhaps our very own meniscus mashing minister could look in to getting us a fixture there.

Cotton remarkably won the toss following a poor run and elected to bat first. Hagger and Sturgeon started cautiously against some tight bowling from Cathcart and Lee. Hagger fell in the 7th for 15 which brought Adam Lavin to the crease. The remainder of the locals innings was pretty much all about him as he hit his maiden century for the club. It has to be said that there is nothing more gracious than watching a stylish left hander elegantly dispatching the ball to the boundary. He did this 14 times in total in his run a ball ton. There was solid support from Sturgeon 32 and Sunday skipper Nick Roussel 33* who was drafted in to the fold Adam Cockroft hit 28 in typically rapid fashion. Menorca posted a very competitive 266/5 from their 40 overs. Cathcart 2/28 and Carey 2/45 the pick of the Ivy bowlers although Carey did concede 9 runs per over.

Ivy’s reply got off to the worst start possible as Nadir was snaffled in the slips by Hagger off Wilson’s second delivery with the new pill. Munton made 40 before becoming the first of Haggers 4 victims 4/25 the middle order failed and it was left to Carey 71* and Philips 49 to put on a partnership of 122 for the 7th wicket but it was too little too late as the visitors fell well short 226/9 from their 40. Wilson 2/30 and Lavin 2/26 capping off a man of the match performance.

Following the game catering supremo Peter Wignall duly assisted by his wife Fiona and a host of volunteers laid on a magnificent BBQ and spread befitting of such a notable occasion. Henry himself was most complimentary about the work put in by the MCC as he addressed the guests in his own unique style, reflecting on his career and continued love affair with the Island and in particular the home of Balearic cricket