Saturday 28th September v Buckhurst Hill
Buckhurst Hill were first time visitors to Biniparrell this past weekend. John Chipperfield and Dave Rofe who regularly guest for Menorca bringing their local team from Essex. Following on from his turn of fortune midweek with the coin Cotton elected for runs on the board. Menorca struggled to get going and had only 40 on the board when the first wicket went down in the 12th over. It was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show for Lavin as he and then Wilcock were dismissed cheaply. Fortunately Adam Cockroft and Andy Tysoe held Menorca’s innings together well posting 82 and 41 respectively. The tail didn’t wag unfortunately as Menorca posted 208/9. Yusef 2/23, Patel 2/30 and South African Puchert 3/14 doing the damage for the Essex boys.
Menorca bowled very well initially with Cotton 2/13 from his 8 overs particularly miserly. It was a shame that yours truly pulled a fetlock after 5 overs 1/14 and was unable to continue. Sturgeon picked up a couple of useful wickets in the middle order but was punished mercilessly when off target. Saf Hussain top scored with 49 and Hendro Puchert hit 46* from only 23 balls and swung the game right at the death. John Chipperfield 13* from only 4 balls also made a good contribution as the Londoners got over the line with 2 balls to spare. It was a tough one to take for the hosts but it was a great spectacle for the healthy crowd of onlookers.
Mrs Dow threw in a bit of a curve ball at tea with a healthy option flapjack. It was well received by most although the regular cake connoisseurs were slightly aggrieved at the lack of sustenance on display.
Sunday v Buckhurst Hill 40 overs
Buckhurst Hill batted first on another beautiful day on Paradise Island. They were soon in trouble losing Pelham and Bini cheaply. It was left to Dave Rofe 57 to steady the ship. He was assisted by Patel 30 and Hussain 45 as the visitors posted 171 all out with only a ball to spare of their 40 overs. N Hossan 3/26 Pavan Nerella and stand in skipper Joe Brayne 3/21 doing the damage for Menorca.
The hosts reply was led very much from the front by regular guest Paul Wilcock. He was in superb touch as he made his maiden century for the club hitting 14 fours and 3 sixes in an unbeaten 110* Riaz 23 added useful runs but it was veteran John Long recently christened the S’Algar Stokes who accompanied Wilcock to his ton. The Barrow in Furnesss boys getting Menorca over the line against the barrow boys from Essex with more than ten overs to spare.
Yet again a great atmosphere over the weekend at the home of Balearic cricket. Congratulations to all those of you who took part and contributed.