16th October 2016 at San Augustin, Ibiza
Ibiza bite back
Ibiza CC 155 for 8(30 overs) (G.Boe 34, P.Cruttwell 32, P.Phillips 3-32, A.Long 2-12)
Lodsworth 115 for 9 (30 overs) (J.Lamb 34 O.King 30, A.Rix 16 not out, P.Cruttwell 4-13, S.Hadlow 2-16)
Lost by 40 Runs
Man of the Match: Paul Phillips
Following much laughter and rehydration in Ibiza town the previous evening, which also included a guided tour by John King- a sightseeing trip which took in some extremely interesting sights! And what goes on tour stays on tour- therefore no elaboration required…, the second match of the tour was again played at the same venue and under beautiful blue skies once again.
Al Rix took over the captaincy, Andrew Mills made a debut for Lodsworth and Ollie King returned to the side. Fergus stepped down and opted to score. Lee Mulcahy fielded for both sides, which was probably the last thing that he felt like doing, however did get to face a few balls at the end.
On to the cricket and a stunning start by Lodsworth, reducing the home side to 55 for 6 at the halfway point, Messrs Phillips and Long bowling brilliantly and supported by stunning catches by both Lee and Rob. However, perhaps down to local knowledge and some superb batting, the home side took 99 runs from the final fourteen overs and posted a very good total given the situation they were in.
Lunch followed with Spanish sandwiches again and after a thirty minute interval, the teams took to the field and Loddy collapsed to 24 for 5, thanks to Mr Cruttwell with some excellent bowling up front. Justin and Ollie added fifty-one for the sixth wicket and the skipper a determined 16 not out. Loddy could not replicate Ibizas lower order batting and fell short by some margin.
Well played Ibiza CC, thanks to Al Shaikh for umpiring both matches and also to the VPs who provided much needed support for the tour. The biggest thanks of all goes to John King for months of effort and determination in organising this weekend.
A complete success, fair results overall and the organisation for next years tour will surely start soon.
The team is off to hibernate for the winter now but with an end of season tour like this, we would like to encourage new players for next season and beyond.
15th October 2016 at San Augustin, Ibiza
Loddy shine in Ibiza
Ibiza CC 167 for 9(30 overs) (C.Bromley 40, R.Parmenter 29 not out, W.Hannam 4-16, M.Hall 2-24)
Lodsworth 169 for 8 (30 overs) (W.Hannam 41, P.Phillips 34, P.Cruttwell 4-21, S.Hedlow 2-23)
Won by 2 Wickets
Man of the Match: Will Hannam
After weeks of eager anticipation and a twenty-one strong touring party, the White Isle provided an absolute thriller for the first game of Lodsworths inaugural overseas tour. With the previous day providing some sightseeing, swimming in the sea, good food and a few drinks, Loddy were all fit and raring to go.
Winning the toss and opting to field first on this artificial pitch and under sunny skies, tight bowling by Will Hannam and Andy Long kept the home side to under three an over for the first ten. Six of the first seven Ibiza batters reached double figures before Will came back and mopped up the tail, aided by two excellent catches from Justin Lamb. A total was posted which was considered extremely competitive. Lunch followed and Spanish baguettes replaced the usual plethora of cake and sausage rolls(surely a good thing!)
In response, the returning Jim Hickey hit a couple of glorious shots but it was Will Hannam who kept the innings together with a fine knock. Ably supported by Matt Hall(21) and arguably the allrounder of the season(Paul Phillips) the target was easily within range with three overs to go. Andy Long blasted a quick 15 but some tight bowling left three runs needed off three balls. Andy was bowled leaving three off two. In came Fergus and mistimed the first ball, dropped by Andrew Mills(Loddy landlord turning out for Ibiza on this occasion), leaving three to win off the final ball.
His final act as captain was to pull the last ball of the innings for four, giving Loddy a famous victory and thus ended what personifies a friendly game of cricket, played in great spirits and friendly banter all round. Beer followed! Thanks to Martin for arranging the final score to be posted outside the Hollist that evening.