Saturday v Crowhurst Park 12th October
Another beautiful day at Biniparrell on Saturday. The weather for the second half of our season has been as good as one can remember. This week’s opposition Crowhurst Park are one of our regular touring sides and hail from Sussex.
Skipper Cotton won the toss and put the visitors in to bat unusually. The opening pairing of Flanagan and Harley put on 24 for the first wicket before Harley 20 became the captains only victim 1/31 from his eight over spell. Wilson conceded only 19 from his six. The visitors were restricted throughout their innings as all of the Menorca attack bowled tidily. New sexagenarian Catterall 3/30 turning the clock back accompanied well by son in law Tom Smith 1/22 from their respective eight over stints. Adam Lavin 3/27 returned the best figures of the day as Crowhurst were restricted to 165/8 from their allotted 40 overs. Flanagan made his half century 55 and Hobbs helped out with a useful 33* but it was a well below par score in the end.
Menorca’s reply got off to a flier. Lavin and reinvented property consultant Sturgeon following heavy criticism (unwarranted some say) at the early part of the season put the hosts firmly in the driving seat. The opening stand of 55 against some hostile bowling one of the best seen this season. Lavin in particular showed great bravery after being sconed twice during his innings. He carried his bat 93*, birthday boy Catterall 23 chipped in and 9* from Archie Day got us over the line with more than 11 overs to spare giving us a 7 wicket victory.
Sunday v Crowhurst 40 overs
It was a very different story on Sunday as the local attack toiled against the top order. D Flanagan and Naylor both making exactly 50. M Flanagan top scored with 61* as they amassed an imposing 237. The score was embellished by a glut of extras 35 in total thanks to some wayward bowling, giving nimble stand in keeper Kenny Johnstone a torrid time behind the sticks.
Menorca´s reply stuttered 22/3 after 7 overs. N Hossain must´ve had something in the tandoor as he blasted a quick fire 35 but the innings was then anchored and managed superbly by Sunday skipper Roussel 82. Wilson contributed a useful 29 and Johnstone played a couple of nice strokes in his unbeaten 15*. Menorca however fell 50 short. The extras proving to be the difference between the sides.
Penny Taylor provided a stunning glazed sponge topped with fresh berries on Saturday. The skippers much better half pulled out all the stops using her northern French influences to woo the judges. Undoubtedly a title contender.
Sunday´s offering was generously presented by nutcracker Katherine Rowberry. The luxury yacht skipper and Port Mahon lush serving up a chocolate rocky road which went down particularly well at the interval. Not sure if it’s a title contender but perhaps an outsider worthy of consideration.
Another well attended and successful weekend at the home of Balearic cricket-