Menorca v BBC Bushmen 5th October 40 overs
This week’s visitors predominantly work within the BBC world service which is broadcast from Bush House hence the “Bushmen” title.
The visitors had the luck with the coin and elected to bat first. They struggled from the off against the accuracy of the local attack. Once again the opening pairing of wiry Wilson 1/23 and not so wiry
Cotton 1/10 restricted the visitors to only 36 runs from the first dozen overs. The tight bowling continued Lavin 1/13 from his half dozen and Ali the pick of the hosts attack with 3/26. Skipper in waiting Joe Brayne continued his rich vein of form with the ball picking up 2/17. Three of the Bushmen got in to the 20’s skipper Whitehead, Paropkari and Ancil but none of them were able to go on and make a score of note. The Bushmen limping to 140/8 from their 40 overs.
Menorca made light work of the chase. Adam Lavin 65* in good nick again. Martin Willis 18, Joe Brayne 14 and Dan Osterbery 11* helping Cotton’s men to a comfortable 6 wicket victory in the 30th over.
Menorca v Bushmen Sunday Oct 6th 2019
It was Menorca’s turn to bat first on Sunday. Skipper Roussel 14 and Dow 36 getting the locals off to a steady start before the former was skittled by Dabby who picked up 4/57 there were useful contributions from Day snr 18 and disco Joe Steen 18 but it was guesting debutant Harry Standing 85 who showed great technique in his better than run a ball innings. Paropkari picked up 3/53 for the visitors as Menorca posted an imposing 228/8 at tea.
Speaking of tea. There were 3 magnificent contributions presented by Ally Duchin. Her and husband John have offered unwavering support to the club for many years and Mrs Duchin is to be commended for her champions league quality citrus drizzle, orange and sultana and a show stopping carrot cake. A real contender for the title alongside the Lady Chairman’s fresh cream Victoria sponge. Only 3 more weekends of cricket before the golden rolling pin is awarded!!!
Once again there were starts for a number of Bushmen. Hasting 34 top scored and Ancil made 28 for the broadcasters although their innings was more akin to listening to Norman Collier than the dulcet tones of a BBC news reader. They fell way short of the required total 164/7 with Roussel 4/27 excelling with the ball. Another victory for the hosts by 64 runs to cap off a fine weekend at the home of Balearic cricket