2's bag their first win of the season
Cooey's army roll over reigning champions Otley in close-run thriller at Arthington Lane
Old rivalries were renewed with the welcoming of neighbours Otley. A defeat to Rawdon on Saturday meant that the 2nds were so far without a win this season. The perfect match up to right some wrongs. Otley lost the toss and in a change of tact Cooey elected to have a bat first.
Opening up for Pool were Richard Carlton and Henry Boggie, both settling in to the task in hand well. The initial breakthrough for Otley came when Henry was caught behind off the bowling of Mullins for 4. Trev the new man at the crease. Keen to follow on from his 50 on Saturday Carlts picked up where he left off by hitting a couple of lusty blows before being undone by an inswinger off Hanson, bowled for 10. Two balls later and the skipper Cooey fell in the same fashion, getting a big stride in to drive down the ground only to be beaten bat/pad for 0. Pool soon found themselves 23 for 3. Trev and new man at the crease Cam would have the job of rebuilding the innings. Cam however was not to last long after deciding to go after the wiley bowling of Mick Gray, he only succeeded in skying one to mid on. 23 for 4 and it seemed to be a familiar story for Pool. Jimmy Carlton occupied an end allowing Trev to get in to full flow hitting some lovely boundaries along the way. Jimmy departed for 6, caught at mid wicket going for a biggie. Buz the next man in showed his intent early doors hitting Gray for a maximum only to bowled not long after trying a repeat to the bowling of Huntley. Huntley was back in the action again bowling Trev for a well made 33. After a mini recovery the innings had taken another turn. Two new men at the crease in Rupert and Josh. Both battled hard and played their shots when on offer, rotating the strike at every opportunity they were able to push the score above 100 when Josh was bowled by Huntley. Dan Hewer next to the crease and after a run of low scores was a man determined to contribute. An excellent display of how to move your feet to spin bowling allowed Dan to pick off the bowling of Huntley at will, after a succession of boundaries and a mighty 6 Dan eventually fell for a quickly made 25, bowled by Huntley. The last man to fall was Jack Wood trying to gain a single that would bring up Pool's 150 and more importantly a 2nd batting bonus point. The partnerships at the end of the innings between Rupert, Josh and Dan had really given the team something to bowl at.
Sharing the new ball for Pool was Buz and Dan. Graeme Wolfenden got off to a quick start hitting boundaries at will until going for one that wasn't quite there he chopped on to his stumps giving Buz the early breakthrough that he has promised to deliver. The two bowlers soon sured things up and some tight bowling followed. Runs were hard to come by and both were patient with there line and lengths. Dan was to make the next breakthrough bowling Huntley for 11 and not long after Charlie Davy was delivered the same fate bowled for 0 by Dan. The Pool lads sensed the tide was turning and were looking to stay on top. 3 down soon became 4 when Buz had Shields pinned in front LBW for 0. Hanson and Mullins the batters at the crease now and looking to forge a partnership. After a good opening spell from Dan he was replaced by Henry. Bowling particularly quick, the change brought instant success with Henry getting Hanson caught in gully by Cooey. 54 for 5 and Pool were really on top now and keen to take a stranglehold of the game. Mullins and Lister were to start somewhat of a comeback for Otley though. Mullins whilst riding his luck and nearly standing on his stumps a few times, played some good shots and picked up runs on offer whilst at the other end Lister set his stall out early and showed that he was to bat aggressively. A frustrating period of play ensued for Pool and patience was required. Trev had replaced Buz by this point and Rupert for Henry. Neither were able to provide a breakthrough after maintaining the pressure on the batters. Buz was brought back on and with his first ball had Mullins caught behind for a well made 32, two balls later Buz cleaned up Toulson for a duck. Dan was brought back on at the other end and the two together were swaying the game back to Pool. Laurence Smith was batting well with Lister and looked like it could have been a game winning partnership until Lister called for a run, underestimating the speed of Carlts who swooped low and rolled the ball to the non strikers end, a direct hit saw the end of Smith. The game finely in the balance with Otley captain Gray joining us in the middle. He wasn't to last too long when Dan bowled him for 2. Last man in, 12 year old Oliver Wolfenden and with Lister stranded at the other end the writing was on the wall. Wolfenden was bowled by Dan for a 2nd ball duck and Pool were finally able to celebrate a well deserved victory that had felt a long time in coming.
Buz finishing with 4 for 23, Dan 4 for 31 and Henry 1 for 29.
Top work from everyone involved yesterday. This has given us a platform to build on going in to Saturday's game at home against Steeton.