Rain scuppers run chase
Let off for league leaders as rain scuppers Pool's chances
This weekend saw Pool 2’s welcome North Leeds to Arthington Lane for what could prove to be the home side’s toughest challenge of the season so far.
Humid conditions, with the promise of rain later in the day, meant there was a degree of uncertainty as to how much of the game would be completed, but after a bit of on-off choreography with the covers the match commenced on time. Cooey won the toss, and invited North Leeds to have a bat.
Jamie Wilkinson opened up from the river end, and was unlucky not to see off the left handed Khan with one that nipped back and went over the top of the stumps in his first over. Dan Hewer took the honours at the clubhouse end and settled into his stride quickly. With just over 2 overs completed, the rain started to fall and play was suspended. Unfortunately, this ended any hope of getting the ball to swing when play was eventually resumed. Dan was unlucky not to claim the wicket of Khan, who guided one down the leg side into the waiting mitts of Richard Carlton behind the sticks only for the umpire to turn down the confident appeal. At the other end, Jamie was unlucky not to have a ‘W’ in his figures too, after a sharp legside stumping by Carlts was also turned down. The first breakthrough eventually came when Jamie trapped Stevens in front for 21. This brought Barry Singleton into the middle, and he soon got about his business, along with Khan who moved past 50 with some decent stroke play. Rupert Wyard replaced Dan at the clubhouse end, and brought about the demise of both Khan for 72 and Singleton for 23, the latter well supported by a good, low catch at point by Will Cooper. Mark Wilkinson replaced Jamie at the river end and after a very creaky start settled into his rhythm, despite a further break for rain. The number 4 batsman, G Wales, was set and on 32 when Trev cleaned him up. This was the first of 4 for Trev, who saw off S Wales, Grey and Summerscales before any of them could cause much damage to the total. Harland, in at 8, showed more defiance, working his way to 22 before being bowled by Rupert. With 18 overs lost to rain, North Leeds needed to declare after 41 overs to keep things equal. Their plan was clearly to get to 225 and gain maximum batting points but some accurate bowling a decent fielding pinned them back. In the end, it became a race to reach 200, which they did on the last ball of the 41st over before promptly declaring.
201 required in 41 overs. As has been said before, not in itself a gargantuan task. But it would require some application and partnerships. Will Cooper opened up with Richard Carlton, and the paid looked to be settling in quite nicely until Coops feathered one from the bowling of Summerscales into the gloved hands of Grey to depart for 3. David Murphy was in at 3, and this experienced pair set about building a total. Best laid plans soon failed as Murph chipped one up to mid on, and Carlts followed soon after thanks to a decent Yorker from Summerscales. The skipper, in at 4, was looking in good shape, and along with Trev was doing a steady job of rebuilding and getting the run chase back on track. Trev was the next to go though, bowled by Summerscales. Dan came & went for 0 and when Cooey went for a big shot that wasn’t there things were starting to look a little precarious. Rupert and Jimmy Carlton were trying to steady the ship when the clouds came over and the rain started to fall. Rupert fell on what turned out to be the last ball before the covers came on, and play was suspended with the game finally balanced with Pool on 59-7. This was to be the last of the action as the rain continued to fall, and in the points were shared 7-10. With 3 wickets still in hand, the game was Pool’s for the taking so North Leeds probably felt relieved in the end.
A double weekend coming up, with a visit to Rawdon on Saturday followed by Otley at home on Bank Holiday Monday. Points on offer in both games as Pool look to kick start the campaign.