This weekend promises to be a big weekend of sporting action in the Balearic Islands with cricket, sailing, cycling and athletics all on show.

The sound of leather on willow will be heard in Magaluff this afternoon where the Mallorca Cricket Club take on Marcham Cricket Club in the second limited overs match. Mallorca won the first test on Wednesday after some excellent bowling from Mal Leggett and will today be looking to put the series beyond reach of the tourists from Oxfordshire. The match starts at 1pm and entry is free. The ground is situated behind the Magaluff sports centre.

Meanwhile, in the Bay of Palma, British boat Danish Blue will be looking to hold onto her lead in the II Mediterranean Cup in the Dragon Class. Danish Blue finished first and second in yesterday's races to maintain the overall lead. Catarina II from Portugal is in second place overall, while British boat Elusive is not far behind in third.

Over the sea in Ibiza cycling takes centre stage with the Third Annual Challenge Pitiusa in Sant Josep. The Challenge will see six races in both road racing and mountain bike racing with age categories ranging from youth to veterans of 60 years-old.

Back in Palma over 700 runners will take to the streets for the Tenth City of Palma half-marathon, while over a thousand will participate in the First El Corte Ingles Race over 3'800 metres. The half-marathon, which starts on the Paseo Maritimo at 10.00am on Sunday, features some of the world's top runners including Kenyans Moses Kemey and Laban Kipngetich and Tanzanian favourites Jumanne Tluway and Margaret Irro.

Also in Palma over the weekend is the Seventh Spanish Special Olympics for Athletics featuring over 300 athletes from all over Spain. The Olympics started yesterday after Mallorcan swimming hero Xavi Torres carried the torch into the opening ceremony at Son Moix stadium. The mascot for the Olympics is “Carlota” a dynamic tortoise, symbolizing strength, patience and the persistence needed to complete an objective. Age groups are from eight years-old and up, with events in 100, 200, 400, 800, 1'500, 3'000 and 5'000 metres, long jump, pentathlon, high jump and shot put. The Olympics are being held at Son Moix and the Principes de Espanya sports complex in Palma.