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IBIZA CONCLUDE SUCCESSFUL TOUR OF SPORTING ALFAS
 
14th November 2012

Last weekend Ibiza CC came across the water to play their two annual fixtures at the Woodbridge Oval. Sporting Alfas chairman Kevin Laundon reports on both days.

Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 1st X1 254 for 2 beat Ibiza C.C. 168 for 10

In spite of the bad weather forecast, the sun in fact appeared and we could play the full match. Ibiza skipper Jeremy “Silver Jez” Parmenter, appearing in his last match as club captain, won the toss and chose to field first. Alfas skipper Kevin “Rawhide” Laundon put out a very strong team in memory of Alfas cricketer John Morgan, who died tragically earlier this year, which included several cricketers who have played for Spain, and they wasted no time in showing their batting aggression.

Openers Christian “Moonie” Muñoz and Shafiq “Shavash” Ali both struck classy half centuries before retiring, only to be replaced by Kevin Laundon and Mark “Basher” Spencer, who also struck robust half centuries. Ibiza bowlers and fielders, coming from their smaller San Jose pitch, were made to work hard bowling and fielding, and did their best, but only Graeme “Gman” Cooper and “Robiño” Parmenter contributed to taking a wicket each. Alfas finished their 35 overs on 256 for 2, with 3 batsmen having retired, leaving Ibiza with a tough challenge to repeat their unprecedented Saturday win of Nov. 2011.

Sure enough, Alfas did not let up in the field and it was always going to be difficult to maintain a run rate of over 7 runs per over, in spite of determined innings from Johnno “Flash” Gordon (28), Graeme Cooper (30), Stuart “Bradford lad”Browne (22) and “Desperate” Dan Brennan (14). Wickets fell regularly thanks to tight Alfas bowling, and all Ibiza players got a chance to bat, including well known Ibiza playboy Stephen “Cocktail” Wilson, who struck a couple of boundaries in his undefeated innings at no.11!

Ibiza were finally all out for 142 in the 33rd over, losing by 114 runs to a disciplined Alfas side. All their bowlers kept up the pressure, with particular success for Christian Muñoz (3/21), Ben Fletcher (2/15), 74 year old Paul “Grandad” Taylor(2/16), and Phil “Billy” Pennick who obtained 1 wicket.

After the match, all players and supporters attended the BBQ at the clubhouse, where Kevin Laundon said a few words for John Morgan and his family, in memory of his enthusiasm for Sporting Alfas C.C. and love of entertaining others.

Sunday 11 Nov. Ibiza C.C. vs Sporting Alfas 2nd X1. 35 overs per side.
 
After a minutes silence for both the Service´s men and Michael Garside who sadly passed away at the tender age of 21, the game started.
This time, Ibiza batted first under menacing dark clouds, but the rain that fell was only a drizzle at first, which then ceased , allowing cricket to be played, albeit in harder conditions than the day before. Today was the first game in charge for new skipper Graeme Cooper, for, as has become a tradition the new Ibiza club captain takes over on the Sunday match at Sporting Alfas.
 
Thanks to a strong second wicket partnership of 84 runs between Johnno Gordon and Brad “Rambo JJ” Van Byleveld (31), a good platform was set for Ibiza to set up a competitive total, and indeed Johnno retired after a well struck 119. Thus, in spite of losing several middle order wickets rapidly, Ibiza maintained a good run rate of over 6 runs per over, with everyone getting the chance to bat again, and another useful and undefeated innings of 28 from Graeme Cooper, with Ibiza completing their 35 overs on 236/7. Alfas bowlers all contributed to the wickets, notably Kevin Laundon (2/34), J. Braithwaite (2/63), and Jamie Roper, Waca Ashraf and Tyler Brown all with one each.

Ibiza felt that this was a defendable total but, unfortunately, after only 8 overs of play in a steady drizzle, it became evident that conditions were deteriorating fast and would not improve, so both captains decided to settle for an honorable draw, with Alfas on 43 for 1. “Jolly” Joe Swinburne obtained the only wicket to fall in that time, Congratulations were given to the SACC seconds for standing out in the rain and allowing Ibiza the chance to bat. Ibiza do retain the Benidorm cup and SACC are determined to bring it back home when the sides meet in April.