Club news: Harold Wood Cricket Club return to Mallorca
PUBLISHED: 16:10 26 November 2014 | UPDATED: 17:09 26 November 2014
Tom Clarke from the Harold Wood Cricket Club writes about their recent trip to Mallorca.
As the season ended in England Harold Wood, still had two fixtures to complete, but in a slightly different location.
In the last week of October the club jetted off to the Balearics to face Mallorca Cricket Club in two fixtures and to enjoy a week in the sun. The touring party was 20 strong with the youngest being four years old and the oldest over 60.
This was the ninth overseas tour the club had been on having first gone out to Mallorca in the club’s centenary year in 1996. One of the reasons for returning to this beautiful Mediterranean Island was the friendly and very hospitable welcome given to the club from Mallorca CC and on this occasion it was no different.
In the first match played on Sunday 26 October Harold Wood proved too strong for their opponents as the side racked up 300 all out in 29.4 overs.
The second game came on Wednesday October 29 and with the teams hoping for a good match I won the toss and elected to field in a 35 over match. Mallorca batted solidly putting in over 100 for the first wicket. Before some good death bowling restricted then to 205 for three. Wood did not enjoy themselves as much with the bat this time and after Chris Bennett fell for 34 were struggling at 100 for six.
However on a ground where scoring quickly can happen Sewell and Ellis put on a big partnership before Sewell fell for 48.
Thirty runs were needed from the final five overs and Ellis was joined by Chris Clarke and between the two of them they got the scores level with one ball remaining.
With the field up, Clarke squeezed that ball through point for four and a wonderful match was over with Ellis finishing unbeaten on 49. A fitting finale for the lovely Mallorca ground.
Ross Ellis was named man of the series for his excellent batting where he scored 123 without being dismissed - not bad for someone who didn’t play during the summer. The rest of the week was left to relax and party. Plans are already afoot for another tour in 2016.
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