Headingley CC made the short drive to East Leeds CC on what started out a surprisingly sunny day. Debutant captain Mike Knight
lived up to his reputation as a prime tosser and decided to have a bat. HCC opened with Simon Ward
and new recruit Robert Smyth
, Ward unusually batting out the first over for a maiden against the impressive bowling of lines. Simon Ward
was clean bowled by lines for a fros, Dan Fletcher
and Tom Poulter
also fell in similar fashion, the latter for a golden. Tony Williams
joined Smyth at the crease with the score at 2-3 and steadied the ship. After seeing off the dangerous opening bowlers Smyth began to impose himself, totting up the ones and twos as well as utilising the short boundary to smash an exquisite 6. Smyth departed for 32, allowing overseas star Jeremy Everett
some time at the crease. Jezza scored quickly, scoring the majority of runs with boundaries in his first over before falling LBW for 18. 2nd XI skipper Rob Willey joined Williams, adding 8 before being clean bowled. Joe Gazzard
joined Williams, and set about despatching the opposition to all parts with an impressive show of destructive hitting. Tony Williams
was retired after reaching 50* on his club debut and will no doubt be in contention for selection for the first XI in the coming months. "Little" Joe Franklin joined Big Joe but fell for a fros, with "Spanish" Tony Boucher
coming in at number 10. Big Joe Gazzard
finished on 44, being clean bowled by the returning opener lines. 2 overs from the end Mike Knight
came to the crease, but added no runs to the total before walking after an absentee finger from Fletch at square leg. Steve Bindman
joined Boucher, batting out the final over. Boucher ended on 4*, with Bindman on 0* and Headingley reaching a very respectable 173.
After the break HCC opened the bowling with Team Joe, Gazzard taking a wicket in his first over – caught at fine leg by other Team Joe member Joe Franklin. Franklin added the pressure, allowing Gazzard to pick up another wicket in his second over as Jeremy Everett
caught the East Leeds number 3, aided by his mangina. Franklin finally got his deserved breakthrough, clean bowling farnell for a fros. Gazzard added his third soon after, taking the wicket of dangerman Atkinson, with the assist from resident WG Grace lookalike Robert Willey
. The skipper changed things up bringing on Jeremy Everett
and Tom Poulter
, the latter being in a less than generous mood after his golden fros in the first innings. Everett held up the other end, conceding just 8 runs from his 4 overs. Steve Bindman
was brought on to replace Poulter and took a wicket in his first over just as he did at East Leeds in 1985, the catch being taken by Knight after a slight juggle. Poulter swapped ends and continued to add the pressure, ending up with 2 wickets for 5 runs from 6 overs, 4 of which were maidens. Bindman ended up with 1 wicket for 16 from 4 overs. Knight and Willey came at the next change, both bowling good lines and picking up wickets from the lower order; knight finishing with 2 wickets for 9 runs and Willey with 1 wicket for 12 – both coming off 4 overs each. Wicket keepers Dan Fletcher
and Simon Ward
saw out the last 5 overs between them, Ward taking one wicket and Fletcher taking 2 – both showing their versatility.
Headingley win by 75 runs over 10 wickets.