This page covers general information about the 2019 cricket tour to Barcelona with matches on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October against Barcelona International Cricket Club.
Currently – BCN International are confirmed for the Saturday and provisional for the Sunday.- this is due to a ground booking issue which should be resolved – we are waiting for their fixture secretary to get back to me for the Sunday match.
Accommodation is provisionally booked for 11 people with the option for a few more… Its adequate, relatively cheap, very central and close to tourist area, not luxurious but gives us a lot of flexibility with regards to eating and drinking arrangements.
Travelling around Barcelona is really easy with great public transport (underground, bus, train, bikes for hire). Getting from the airport into the centre is a doddle. Eating and drinking – lots of options. Sites and things to do – whatever floats your boat – history, art, culture, or more salubrious activities if desired…
People will need to book their own flights – currently very cheap so it would be good if we can sort out who’s going (impacts accommodation) and when.
Questions – please feed back in the comments below….
1. If we can’t play the Sunday what do we want to do? Still go and play 1 match? Alternatives – Visit Nou Camp for a tour? Last time we toured we were all pretty bushed on the Sunday (something to do with over exuberant celebrations the night before perhaps?).
2. What days do people want to arrive and leave? This has an impact on accommodation arrangements and costs so we need feedback.
Even Steven before Rain Rain Rain…..
Lodsworth Sunday 10th Sept 2018
played a shortened version game of 25 overs each against a strong local side in Wonersh.
Played 3 lost 3 was the record against this side who had a smattering of young blood and some canny old boys.
After being put into bat, Loddys openers of Hall and old boy favourite Justin put on 40 before Matt departed.
We then saw new face Junaid come in and with some deft shots and power hitting by these 2, the score raced onto nearly 100 runs in what some wags had said was the best batting partnership of the year.
Once these 2 went, regulars PP, Mike W and King went cheaply and it was left to newby Doctor Dave and El Gringo Manuel Ally Rixxo to steady the score to a respectable 137-6 in 25 overs.
JUSTIN 52. JUNAID 35. DAVE G 15NO. HALL 19.
After a lovely tea, Loddy opeend up with Junaid and Long on now a pitch that was getting softer and drizzle in the air.
Wonersh got off to a steady start until Junaid got a wicket bowled and then Long got 1 by being superbly caught by Dave G at mid-wicket. Hall got in on the act – only after some frutuious generous fielding by Rixxo who conceded 4 but next ball getting a plum LBW. Game was set at 45-3 but then the rain started to come down more heavier.
Another 3/4 overs went on until at 68-3 after 13 overs the game had to stop as it was pouring down.
After waiting half an hour it was decided we all go down the pub where Skipper Long promised all and sundries that he was going to buy a round!!! And then being a taxi service to Al and Justin who were catching a train to London.
JUNIAD 1-10. HALL 1-14. LONG 1-19.
MOM…. A LOVELY KNOCK BY JUSTIN WHO GETS ALL THE PLAUDITS.
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.
During a small gathering to empty a barrel to make way for the forthcoming cider pressing, we received a call late on Saturday night informing us the Chairmans’ XI had cancelled. With a fine wicket prepared and a cake or two in hand it seemed a shame to waste a sunny Sunday. The remnants of the team boosted by some rare appearances plus wives daughters and girlfriends gathered together and a seven a side game was hastily organised. With some a little green round the gills, we picked teams and took to the field.
Phillips’ Pie Chuckers opened with a solid partnership between Ben Law(13) and Sammy Dean (19) and the baton was ably taken up by Neil Pearman with a career best 33. Maiden players Coral Phillips and Samantha Greet came next with seasoned players Will H (18) and Paul P cruising home to set a challenging total of 103. The pick of the bowling Al Rix 8 for 2 but Tom’s first ball since school taking out The Law was a highlight.
With the hall kitchen undergoing renovation Mrs P laid on a fine buffet spread including Rob’s delicious sausage rolls, Matt’s famous cheese and pickle sarnies and a cracking marmalade cake from the Church Fayre. All very yummy.
Colins’ Creaky Cricketers began well with Joel Phillips (8) and Tom (11) who finally fell to Neil Peaman’s first ball in several years. Lee Mulcachy (18) top scorer and Young Josh Colins (10) proved difficult to shift. Deanna Garriga (5) Rob Colins (9) fell to some good bowling by the Law (9 for 2) and Sammy (11 for 2). Veterans Al Rix and Matt Hall were left to push the total of 94 with two overs to go. The pie checkers looked in trouble. Will runs in, he bowls, Matt scoops him to leg and Samantha plucks it from the air to seal the win for the team and lady of the match for herself.
Every body bowled and all scored at least a run….A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Thanks to all who turned out.