Fourths fall to defeat in Petes final game
Newly promoted Fourths fall to defeat in close game
We went into Sunday's game v. Ingleton with two main objectives - to celebrate our promotion to Div 3, and to acknowledge Pete Ack's retirement from 50 years of senior league cricket. To this end, Pete opened the batting for us, and ran out onto the pitch through a guard of honour from both teams, and a few spectators.
Pete soon lost his opening partner, Harry, but then shared a 10 over partnership with Reece before edging to slip and walking off to a standing ovation. He was replaced by Ben Stafford, Reece still going along nicely. These two picked up a few runs together, and, thereafter, there were fruitful partnerships involving Josh Shorrock, Charlie, George, and Jack. At tea, we closed on 105 for 7, a modest target for the visitors, but quite respectable in view of the very slow outfield, and some sustained, accurate bowling from the Ingleton attack.
In the interval, we indulged in a team photo with Pete, and presented Harris Wood with the season's bowling trophy - Charlie Nichol's having won the batting award.
To keep the festival spirit alive, we employed 9 bowlers to defend our total, and the Ingleton batters by no means had an easy task. Charlie struck immediately, Jack bowled with fierce pace, and Josh, at first change, snapped up two wickets. Callum and George bowled a tight 4 overs each for minimal runs. Reece and Ben picked up a wicket apiece, and half the opposition were back in the hutch with plenty of runs required. It was a forthright knock of 46 by J Duke which steadied the visitor's ship. Another wicket fell to Harry Smith, who finished with admirable figures - 6 overs, 1 for 5, and Vaughan Samson bagged the prize wicket of Duke, who, attempting a boundary for his 50, holed out to Charlie, his 3rd catch of the innings. Moments later our target was overhauled, and Ingleton emerged the victors.
A wonderful afternoon. Thanks to Pete for being Pete. And to Rob Hogarth and his team for entering into the spirit of the occasion.
Match report courtesy of Mick Notley, Photographs courtesy of Justin Wood