CERN travelled to play in Spain for the first time ever, in the beautiful grounds of the Hotel El Montanya, high in the mountains 60 kms from Barcelona. The cricket field was slightly larger than the well kept football field on which the mat was placed diagonally. On the first day, CERN played last year's Spanish League and Cup winners, Barcelona, and were made to toil in the hot sun as the ball raced regularly to the boundary. The fielders were able to find some shade whilst regularly looking for balls lost in the woods alongside the ground, as Ali hit 14 massive sixes in his innings of 134 not out. CERN lost more balls in a day than they would normally in a whole season! Barcelona eventually reached 280 all out off their 40 overs. CERN did well to keep them down to this score, especially as in the league play-off at the end of last season they had scored a massive 507 for 2 in 40 overs! In reply, CERN scored steadily, putting on 61 for the first wicket, but at the half way stage still had to score 190 in the remaining 20 overs. Off the next 10, only 44 were scored, by which time the match was beyond CERN's reach. The final score of 187 for 8 meant that CERN lost by 93 runs. Davenport was CERN's top scorer with 36, earning him the "Man of the match" award from the opposition, at the dinner in the evening.
Report by CERN CC http://cricket.web.cern.ch/cricket/1996/reports/960525.report.txt