Buzz batters batsmen as Pool cruise past Horsforth
Cooey's men beat the weather and their hosts to cement a mid-table position at the halfway point
After the disappointment of last weeks’ defeat to Guiseley, Pool were looking to bounce back against bottom placed Horsforth. The weather looked certain to play a part on the day’s proceedings so the order of the day was to win the toss and look to get some early wickets.
True to recent form, Cooey called correctly and invited the home side to have a bat. Opening up for Pool as usual were Matthew Naylor and Jamie Wilkinson, both in decent form this season. The first breakthrough came in the 5th over with 8 on the board, Buzz forcing Binks to nick off into the safe hands of Mark Wilkinson at second slip. The following over should have brought a wicket for Jamie too, but the skipper inexplicably chose to palm the ball down at gully rather than gobble up a pretty straightforward chance to remove Collie who scored a ton against Pool in the cup earlier in the season. Was this to prove an expensive mistake? The number 3 Janghir didn’t stick around long, with Buzz providing an action replay delivery that once more brought Trev into the action, taking a decent low down catch at second slip to leave the home side on 8 for 2. 4 balls later it was 8 for 3, again thanks to an edge from Buzz that was grabbed at the 3rd or 4th attempt by Richard Carlton at first slip, even with the distraction of Trev laughing at him flailing around & juggling the ball. A relative partnership then developed between Collie and Bowman, with the latter in particular looking quite well organised. Once more, though, it was Buzz who was to cause the damage, bowling Collie for 14 and letting the skipper off the hook for his earlier indiscretion to see Horsforth in a spot of bother at 16 for 4. Not wanting to let up, Pool continued on the attack led by a fired up Naylor. Next for the chop was Thomas, caught behind by Cameron Duncan for 4 with Buzz claiming his 6th of the match. The home side were in huge trouble at 20 for 7, and with Pool keeping an eye on the gathering clouds there looked to be the chance of grabbing an early victory. After a decent but wicketless spell, Jamie gave way to Dan Hewer at the road end, and in his second over, Dan snatched away Buzz’ chance for a ten-for, bowling the number 8 Whincup for 3. The final nail in the coffin came shortly afterwards with Buzz forcing Bowman to nick off to Cam for 9, in a patient innings that lasted over an hour. The writing was on the wall by this time, and it was Dan that brought the innings to a close, first of all forcing Wainwright into a chip to mid wicket that Oliver Eaves tried his best to drop and then knocking over Hartley’s middle stump to finish the innings with Horsforth all out for 39 in under 26 overs. Matthew Naylor with incredible figures of 7 for 8 from 13 and Dan contributing well with 3 for 4 from 2.5 overs.
With the rain clouds gathering, it was agreed to turn straight around for the second innings. Will Cooper and Oliver Eaves led the way for Pool, looking to complete a comfortable victory. Both got off to a positive start, with Coops finding the boundary twice in the first over, but with 17 on the board Myers found a way through Eavesy’s defence and sent him on his way for 6. Trev was in at 3 and worked well with Coops who was playing a particularly positive innings. The pair took Pool to within one run of victory before Trev advanced down the wicket to Wainwright only to turn a half volley into a Yorker and see his timbers topple. It came down to the skipper who’s contribution so far, other than winning the toss, had been questionable, to drop the ball and run through for a single that saw Pool to victory in under 7 overs, just as the rain was starting to fall. Coops finished unbeaten on 30. The finishing time was recorded as 15:17.
With the weather playing a part in quite a few other games around the league, Pool find themselves comfortably mid-table, perhaps rueing some early season results. Next week sees the lads travel to Otley, looking to do the double over last year’s champions.