After another rained off game on Saturday, Headingley 2nd XI were hoping for better conditions on Sunday 17th June, where they faced Division 5 South Milford A in the Quarter-Final of the Hare Cup.
Headingley CC arrived, and were slightly worried by the lack of opposition, who finally turned up at 1.25PM, 5 minutes before the scheduled start.
Skipper Willey lost the toss, but still got the outcome he wanted, South Milford A deciding to bat on a somewhat green looking wicket.
Big Dave Wyatt
and Tom Poulter
opened the bowling for HCC, who started with 10 men due to the absence of Joe Gazzard
Big Beardy Dave Wyatt
struck with his 4th ball, bowling opener Andy Brown for a Fros.
The next wicket came in the 10th over, Tom Poulter
finding the edge of Pete Batty's bat, Ian Rogers
taking the catch to leave South Milford on 25 for 2.
South Milford added 12 more before Venkatesh Iyer
fielded smartly and got the ball into Ian Rogers
, running out Martin Bramley for 5.
Headingley started to turn the screw, and took 3 wickets for 4 runs, firstly Nick Saunders
taking a decent catch off his own bowling, before Dave Wyatt
struck in his final over, Gary Liddle going for a big heave, and skying one to Tony Williams
who took a decent catch. Ian Crutchley
then struck with his 2nd ball, bowling Gary Brown for 1. South Milford at this point were 41 for 6.
Saunders was bowling at his usual economical rate, and struck again, bowling skipper Dewi Thomas for 8.
then struck again, bowling Bob Kirton for 17, South Milford on 65 for 8.
Skipper Robert Willey
then brought himself and Joe Gazzard
on, looking to finish things off.
Willey should have had a wicket in his only over, Bob Kirton falling in to the trap, only for safe pair of hands Tony Williams
to drop a catch whilst half injuring himself, to no sympathy from skipper.
, who was now fully awake after his little lie-in, and only just arrived before the umpires cut-off, snared the last 2 wickets, Dave Wyatt
catching Bob Kirton for 17 and Jack Hebden bowled for 1.
South Milford all out for 85.
Headingley started with Rob Smyth and Ian Rogers
The first wicket fell in the 6th over, Rob Smyth caught at point for the 4th time this season, much to his dismay.
Runs were hard to come by on a slow outfield, and Headingley lost 2 wickets with the score on 24.
went for 15, caught by Bob Kirton off the bowling of John Cain, and Dan Fletcher
LBW for a Fros, despite it looking high, going down leg and Fletch getting a stride in. The sort of ball that Whicker classes as 'plum'.
Headingley added another 14 before Tony Williams
fell to another questionable LBW decision for 8, Headingley on 38 for 4.
It was at this point that Headingley needed a bit of stability, and that is just what they got, Tom Poulter
and Dave Wyatt
adding 36 for the next wicket, before Dave Wyatt
was caught by Sam Thomas off a slow full toss that should have been despatched to the Original Oak in Headingley.
This left HCC on 74 for 5, just 12 short of victory.
came to the crease, and quickly left the crease, bowled by Ben White for 1. Perhaps it was time for another nap.
came to the crease and wasted no time, hitting 6 off 2 balls to see Headingley home, 86 for 6.
It was a hard fought win, perhaps lacking the usual finesse seen in previous weeks, but the reward is that Headingley advance in to the semi-final.
Next up will be a game against Barwick in Elmet A or current cup holders Leeds Police A.
Man of the match - Tom Poulter
(more for his batting than his bowling, and definitely not for his bowling advice to fellow bowlers).