27/10/2018 Celtic

Menorca v Celtic
Despite valiant attempts to concoct some form of a game on Saturday,regrettably the elements ran out winners with play abandoned mid afternoon.
Sunday however, did see a 30 over game completed between some torrential rain storms. As I write this it has rained incessantly since stumps were drawn and more than half the island has been without electricity for over 24 hours.
Menorca 171/7 N Roussel 43 J Barker 31* J Cockroft 29 J Stone 2/31 C Back 2/23
Celtic 110 C Back 38 W Jackson 24 J Cockroft 3/15 N Ball 2/34 G Wilson 2/16
Menorca won by 61 runs

It was the end of an era at Biniparrell yesterday. Following 25 years of continuous tours to the home of Balearic cricket Celtic announced that they have reached the end of the road. A mixture of father time and family commitments have finally caught up with the Kent stalwarts.
Presentations were made at the close of play by Celtic legend Micky Back to Menorca skipper Simon Cotton who reciprocated by presenting them with a engraved glass shield thanking them for their continued support over the last 25 years.
It was a fitting end to another successful season for Menorca CC. The club continues to go from strength to strength and thanks were given to all who've contributed in whichever way shape or form.

20/10/2018 The Haymakers CC

Menorca v Haymakers Oct 20th 40 overs

Haymakers 98 J Morpeth 44 F Clode 29 G Wilson 3/18 SG Cotton 3/19 D Osterbery 2/41

Menorca 99/3 A Lavin 39 J Brayne 25
Menorca won by 7 wickets

Menorca v Haymakers Sunday 40 overs
Menorca 216/8 N Roussel 88 M Dow 47 W Roussel 31 J Morpeth 4/36
This game was rain affected and the visitors were set a total of 120 to chase in 20 overs.
Haymakers 122/5 19.2 C Newman 33 N Ball 3/26
Haymakers won by 5 wickets

13/10/2018 Temple Grafton CC

Menorca v Temple Grafton
Saturday 40 overs
Temple Grafton 168/8 J Holt 72 J Hagger 2/14 D Catterall 2/25 G Wilson 2/14

Menorca 171/6 R Sturgeon 74* G Wilson 33* A Holt 3/37 M Harvey 2/37

Menorca won by 4 wickets

Menorca v Temple Grafton
Sunday 40 overs
Menorca 215/9 N Hossan 82 W Roussel 38 J Holt 3/9 M Onens 2/25 M Harvey 2/29

Temple Grafton 199 M Harvey 54 M Ashfield 41 T Benjamin 31 T Smith 3/17 N Ball 2/9 N Roussel 2/55

Menorca won by 16 runs

Sunday saw Former Lancashire CCC captain Tom Smith make his debut for Menorca CC. He was presented with his club cap by Sunday skipper Nick Roussel at the home of Balearic cricket.

06/10/2018 Shamley Green CC

Menorca v Shamley Green Saturday 40 overs

Menorca 202 R Sturgeon 42 D Catterall 33 J Cummings 2/24 T Kimmins 2/34

Shamley Green 173/9 S Elliott 59* J Cummings 33 J Davies 3/31 G Wilson 2/32

Menorca won by 29 runs

Menorca v Shamley Green Sunday 40 overs

Shamley Green 219 T Kimmins 60 J Farr 55 J Cummings 42 P Nerella 6/35 N Roussel 3/27

Menorca 119 A Mujahid 49 T Kimmins 4/28 S Elliott 2/17 J Farr 2/5 M Tamous 2/2

Shamley Green won by 100 runs

08/09/2018 Ditchling CC

Menorca v Ditchling Saturday 40 overs

Menorca 269/7 J Hagger 119, R Sturgeon 70, F Foley 3/37, P Cooke 2/42

Ditchling 174, DJ Singh 62* D Osterbery 3/18,A Mujahid 2/34, R Day 2/42

Menorca won by 95 runs

Menorca v Ditchling Sunday 40 overs

Ditchling 254/2 A Eastman 124*, DJ Singh 67*

Menorca 254 a/o A Mujahid Sultani 69, J Davies 57, Q Shah 6/50

Match drawn

Saturdays game against Ditchling finished with the hosts comfortably beating our regular visitors. A big hats off to Julian Hagger on his maiden ton for the club. Also, a uncharacteristic hard hitting 70 including 10 boundaries from Roy Sturgeon. It was described on the side lines as astonishing.
Ditchling were never up with the run rate following some particularly tight bowling first up from Pawan Nerella and Grant Wilson. What we saw later in the innings could only be described as extraordinary from Dan Osterbery. Not only a shadow of his former self. He bowled superbly to clean up the tail taking 3/18.

Sundays game was one of the best we've seen at Biniparrell. The visitors posting a pretty impressive 254/2 with Eastman smashing a ton backed up well by Singh's 67. The home side sprinted out of the blocks in reply losing our first wicket in the 11th over with the score on 87 Mujahid Ali out for 69. At 20 overs Menorca were 169/3 James Davies with a quickfire 57. Menorca continued to flail the ball to all parts of the ground but were losing wickets regularly. When the 9th wicket fell 11 runs were still required. The experience of Dow and Roussel wasn't quite enough to get us over the line, the latter spanking a rank long hop straight to backward square leg with the scores tied in the 34th over. Cue jubilation from the visitors as there'd been some confusion in the score box. Following a lengthy consultation both scorers and umpires agreed to declare the game a draw.
Both games were played in great spirit and a presentation was made by yours truly on behalf of Menorca CC to commemorate Ditchling CC's 200th anniversary. Quite an achievement and long may they continue to thrive and visit the home of Balearic cricket where they will always be welcomed.