Debutant Juniors save the day! - by Andy McIntosh
Sunday the 8th of June marked Hunslet Nelson’s Sunday team's 2nd competitive match of the season.
Captained by the ever enthusiastic Joe Schofield optimism was high that they could record their first victory of the season. Joe Schofield was quickly finding out the troubles of captaincy as at 10am on Sunday morning he currently had only 9 players, but thanks to a few helpful faces he managed to get 11 men out on the field. Nelson though lacked some well known faces, Dave Hobson out with a persistent knee injury commonly associated with old age, Jonny Cockcroft on his 4th pint at a wedding and Ollie Maitland out due to a combination of commitment issues and he was found throwing up outside one of Morley’s local drinking establishments at 9pm on Saturday evening, a youthful and new look Nelson Sunday team turned up to the ground. With 5 players making their debut, only time would tell if they could cope with being thrown in at the deep end.
Joe won the toss and Nelson went into bat, buoyed by the arrival of Nelson’s Sunday teams’ star batsman Joe Plater, who walked out to the middle with Jean. Nelson’s innings got off to a disastrous start with the East Bierley bowlers taking quick wickets as Nelson’s batsmen just couldn’t cope with the combination of pace and swing. As wickets tumbled Jean took charge and scored 27 but the rest of the team struggled with 4 of Nelson’s top 7 getting ducks. These included Sam Haigh, caught and bowled by Stacey Gill who finished with 3-20 off her 3 overs, although I’m in no doubt that as Sam was walking off he was chuntering to himself saying it was a no ball and he shouldn’t have been out. Stacey and Carl Robinson ripped the heart out of Nelson’s batting line up with 3 wickets apiece leaving Nelson in a disastrous position at 39-7. Out to the middle walked Tom Brooke-Mawson and Chris Plater, between them they rescued the Nelson innings with scores of 18 and 38 respectively. Nelson finished on 117 all out but questions must be asked about the batting performances.
After one of Nelson’s famous buffet teas, the lads took to the field knowing it was going to take a big performance to win the game. Joe Schofield himself took the new ball with his new opening bowling partner Tom Brooke-Mawson. Tom took over new ball duties at the end of last season after a devastating injury to Andy McIntosh, whose ankle gave way after one too many pies one sunny Saturday morning. Tom and Joe made an excellent start with Joe taking the early wicket of Charlie Gallagher and Tom being his ever economical self. However, the performance of the day came from one of Nelson’s debutants Luke Ferriday. Luke came on 1st change and immediately made an impression, eventually finishing with figures of 5 for 16 from his 6 overs. Luke bowled brilliantly in tandem with fellow debutant Daniel Brooke-Mawson as he outshone his older brother Tom with figures of 2 for 25 from his 6 overs. Nelson eventually bowled East Bierley out for 67 with only Ben Barraclough and Andy Gallagher making it into double figures.
Joe and the lads put in a strong performance in the field and with the ball, and proved they have a bowling attack that will soon become feared throughout the Mid Yorkshire Sunday League Championship division. All the lads deserve praise for a strong team performance but special commendations have to be made for the debutants Luke Ferriday, Dan Brooke-Mawson, Ethan Ellis, Keiron Sanderson and Chris Plater. Nelson’s juniors continue to strive for success and under the watchful eye of the coaches and captains they are proving that in the years to come they will be forces to be reckoned with in Nelson’s senior teams.
Nelson’s next match is on the 22nd of June away at the batting paradise that is Pudsey St Lawrence. The lads will be hoping for another strong performance with the ball and an improvement on their performance with the bat. Let’s try getting a big turnout to support the next generation of Nelson stars.