2's fall just short at home
The seconds come close to making it 4 in 4 against
With 3 wins from the last 3 games, the 2’s were fired up for a Guiseley side that recent form suggested were there for the taking. Guiseley won the toss and elected to bowl first in overcast & humid conditions.
Will Cooper and Oliver Eaves opened up for the home side, keen to pick up where they left off last week. However, this was not to be as Eavesy played all round a straight one from Barker to depart for 1. Dibby joined Coops in the middle and a decent partnership started to develop, taking the score on to 50 before Phil could only sky one up in the air to gift Whittaker a simple caught & bowled. The skipper was in at 4, looking to build another partnership but just one run later Will Cooper was back in the pavilion, flicking one backwards of square only to pick out the man to be caught from the bowling of Whittaker for a well played 30. Richard Carlton joined Cooey with 51 on the board and made a positive start with a couple of early boundaries. A promising partnership was cut short when Cooey holed out for just 6, and when Cameron Duncan ran himself out without scoring a promising start had become a twitchy 73 for 5. Rupert Wyard was in at 7, and along with Carlts made a good job of rebuilding the innings. When Rupert fell for 28, advancing down the track to Woodley and stumped accordingly, the score had moved on to 123. Buzz was in at 7 and was a little unlucky to pick out the man on the boundary with his first shot in anger, depoarting for a duck, and when Dan Hewer followed suit the following over, Pool were teetering on the brink of being bowled out with a pretty low total. Jamie Wilkinson came in at 9 and supported Carlts well with some decent running and the pair moved the score on to 160 before Jamie sliced one to backwards point to depart for 11 in the final over. Looking
for a final couple of big shots, Carlts fell in similar style, finishing with a half century to his name and giving Pool 160 to defend.
Knowing the strength of the bowling attack, and the slowness of the pitch, Pool were pretty confident of defending the total subject to getting off to a good start, and that’s just what they did. The first breakthrough came from Jamie forced a false shot from Jackson who could only find Rupert at mid on. The next over, 4 for 1 became 4 for 2 when Helme left one from Buzz that nipped back and cleaned up his timbers. Keen not to be outdone, Jamie followed up in his next over, finding the edge of Fisher’s bat into the safe right hand of a diving Richard Carlton at first slip. Guiseley were reeling at 8 for 3 and Pool were firmly in command. A bit of a partnership then developed between Whittaker and Reed before the former was undone by a cunningly delivered grizzler from Jamie that had him trapped bang in front. 27 for 4 and all going to plan for the home side. Reed and the new man Reeve started a rebuilding job playing a few lusty blows before Jamie claimed his 4th of the match with a straightforward LBW decision for the standing umpire as Reeve departed for 18. 59 for 5. 11 runs later the big wicket of Reed came curtesy of a decent catch on the boundary by Cooey from the bowling of Phil Dibb who had come on in place of Jamie at the clubhouse end. T 70 for 6, the game was still Pool’s for the taking. Woodley came in at 8 to join the Guiseley skipper Fraser in the middle, and was lucky early on when he skied one to Woody at deep backward square from the bowling of Dan Hewer. Jack was unable to hold on and this proved fairly pivotal as a partnership moved the score on. Woodley was socring the majority of the runs but Fraser contributed too, grafting his way to 25 before Buzz, in his second spell, knocked his castle down. At 117 for 7 the game as still there for Pool but despite the best efforts of the bowlers the remaining 3 wickets just wouldn’t come. In the end Guiseley scraped home with just under 5 overs to spare.
Not enough runs on the board, but a disappointing result in the end. Pool are starting to show that they are more than capable of holding their own in the top division and need to bounce back this weekend against bottom team Horsforth.