1s Miss Out In Last Ball Thriller
Batting the winner on a hard fought day
Another home game brought Collingham to Arthington Lane on a warm day. Charlie Bell lost the toss and Pool were asked to field first on a beauty of a track that would surely have plenty of runs in it.
Dave Amos and Sam Wilkinson took the new ball and Wilkinson found the first break finding some swing and a sharp catch from Skipper Bell at 2nd slip did the rest. Amos bowled well and was unlucky to have several LBW appeals turned down. Wilkinson struck again with the batsman shouldering arms and finding just enough in swing to clip the pad for the LBW leaving the score 14-2.
Harrison and Jacklin dug in after some steady pressure and forged a partnership together and made the most of the hard surface and the fast outfield. Will Pallister changed up from Wilkinson and Jake Zsilinszky from Amos. Despite a tight set of overs from the 2 bowlers and a bit of an Olly Boggie spell inbetween, the Collingham batters played well and pushed the score past 100. It was Billy Whitford who made the break having Jacklin caught at point by Zsilinszky and the score now 122-3.
Amos returned for his mid overs burst and made the next break having Syers caught at cover by Dave Paynter at 167-4 which was sharply followed up by the fast bowler with another LBW 3 balls later. Harrsion continued to play strokes and reached a well made hundred. Wilkinson Returned and had Harrison caught at cover by Adil Mehmood for 107. Another one for Wilkinson bowled in the latter overs however the score kept ticking over. A fine piece of fielding by Zsilinszky with a direct hit from the boundary was the last wicket to fall and Collingham made 274 off 50 overs. Wilkinson 4-45 Amos 2-56 Whitford 1-36.
Dave Paynter and Mark Gilliver opened the batting for Pool and started off in fine fashion. Paynter in particular dealing in boundaries and keeping up with the large run rate. Pool raced on to 50 in the first 9 overs and 100 in the 20th. Paynter passed 50 in no time and Gilliver played the anchor role to great effect. just after half way Paynter reached his first hundred for the club at better than a run a ball. The score quickly went by 150 still without loss and the Collingham bowlers were having meetings left right and centre. The stand was broken at 185 with Paynter bowled for an excellent 125 off just 110 balls.
Pool needed just over 5 an over with 17 overs left when Gilliver was adjudged LBW for 47. Charlie Bell and Jake Zsilinszky the new men in They hit a few boundaries between them before Bell was caught for 17 and Zsilinszky was bowled for 11. A slight wobble mid order but stalwart John Goldthorp dug in to try and tighten the screws. Olly Boggie in 6 and the rate was ever so slighty creeping up. Boggie was stumped for 2 and Sam Wilkinson was in at 7.
Goldthorp ran well but the runs dried up. Wilkinson was stumped for 2 and Billy Whitford in at 8 had a task to help Goldthrop over the line. The rate up to 8 an over with 5 left and it was getting more tense in both camps. A couple of lusty blows from Goldhtorp gave hope but he was caught for 33. It got down to the last over and Whitford needed 3 off the last ball but was unfortunately bowled and Pool were left a few runs short. Adil Mehmood 0no.
9 points taken however the team will feel 10 points missed out on. These points will be crucial on the way over the season and a trip away form home for the first time to North Leeds next week will be a big game.
Pool MOM: Dave Paynter