An understrength Under 17 side were defeated by a strong Northowram Fields side on Friday night in the semi-final of the Collinson cup. Missing a number of players due to holidays, it was an impressive effort that we could get a full eleven out, and thanks to everyone who helped out to ensure that this could happen.
Fields went at 10 an over with each of their top three making 50, with Leo taking the solitary wicket to fall. In reply Henry had 50 and Rishav 19, but they were the only players to make double figure scores as our youthful and inexperienced lower order was shown no mercy by the opposition and we were bowled out for 99, some 107 short of our target.
A disappointing end to what has been a great season and my personal thanks to Lewis for running the Under 17’s side this season. It hasn’t been an easy task in getting a team out each week, and with mixed messages coming from the junior league around a whole manner of things it has been quite frustrating at times, but well done Lewis, and additional thanks to all those who have helped out behind the scenes.
It was the Wood and Benson show on Saturday afternoon up at the Astleys with Rishav also taking his first senior wickets in a big win over Mytholmoyd.
We batted first and made an impressive 271 for 5 off our 45 over. 214 of those runs came from Tom and Simon Wood, who continue to trade blows when it comes to most runs scored and end of season averages. They put on 167 for the second wicket before Tom was run out for 108 in the 34th over, as a weaker than usual Royd’ attack. Simon scored 106 and with Chris (17), Rhys (10) Dan (9*) and Adam (9*) providing valuable support we were able to add 91 in the final ten overs to set a daunting total for Royd to chase. It was also the first time that Tom, Simon and Mick have shared taken to the field together in 2018, so great that they could put on a batting masterclass for Sir Michael watching from the sidelines.
S Wood-760 runs @ 47.5
T Wood- 689 runs @ 45.9
Mytholmroyd were blown away for 98 inside 25 overs as the win was sealed in double quick time. OB was tormentor in chief with 5 for 44 off 11 overs (his first 5 for of the season) and edges ahead of older brother Ross in the wicket taking stakes for the season. Four of Ollie’s wickets were clean bowled with the skipper pouching yet another catch behind the wickets. Ross took 2 for 42 with both of this wickets taking care of two of the Royd top order batsmen. Dan Sykes in his final match before he gets married next Friday threw in a wicket maiden for good measure, but the biggest smile of the day belonged to Rishav Tandon who took his first ever first team wicket. Just for good measure, he then took another one to record figures of 2 for 6 and finished the game off by having the Royd number 10 trapped in front.
4 weeks left of the season and 48 points to play for. We currently sit 21 points above the drop zone, so still have work to do, but bearing in mind we lost our first seven games of the season, it has been a great turnaround by everyone involved to get us in the position we find ourselves today.
Two consecutive and disappointing defeats in as many weeks for the 2’s against opposition sides involved in the relegation battle. We let slip our stranglehold with the ball having had Bridgeholme 192 for 7 with nine overs left and then collapsed in our pursuit of 285 for the win with five players failing to trouble the scorers.
Stand in, stand in skipper Brad got stuck in traffic, so his stand in successfully called heads and we elected to have a bowl on a mysterious looking track! Both Rob Larkin and Hampy bowled extremely well, but as is the game of cricket, without any reward and both their figures do not do them justice in respect as to how well they bowled.
As can be the case, a change of bowling also brought about a change of luck and Keasty took over from Rob at the pavilion end and took 5 for 80. Henry took a smart catch in the slips to assist with the first wicket to go and 66 for 1 became 66 for 2 as Matty cleaned up the other Bridgeholme opener. We were also keeping the opposition down on a small ground and it wasn’t until the second half of the innings that the run rate went over 4. Keasty added another three wickets to his tally, one courtesy of a catch behind the timbers from Dan and Matty had removed all five of the Bridgeholme top order. Dan was involved again as Leo took a wicket to leave our hosts on 192 for 7 with nine overs left. It was here where the game turned as 92 runs were added inside 9 overs with the ball being sent over the fence too frequently for our liking. Fair play to Henry and Mike for bowling their leg-breaks at the end of the innings and figures of 3 for 38 and 1 for 16 respectively are more than acceptable given the ground and match situation. Despite going at 10 an over for the last nine overs of their innings, we felt that the Bridgeholme total was around par.
Unfortunately, it proved to be 160 ish above par as we lost our last five wickets for 22 as we were bowled out for 126. A rather bizarre looking scorecard in that all of the top four got starts. Mike had 19 before being well caught in the slips, Dave 12 and Henry 26. Tony has had a welcome return to form in the last few weeks and top scored with 39 before smashing one back to the bowler which just stuck in the bowlers hands. The pitch wasn’t without its demons and some deliveries shot through whilst others scooted along the deck, but just to add to the confusion, the bounce at the opposite end of the wicket seemed to be playing true.
104 for 5 rapidly became 126 all out as our middle order and tail scored 14 runs between them with 12 of those coming off two shots from Leo.
Still, 42 points above the drop zone with 48 to play for, BUT with a tough run in with Warley and Sowerby Bridge still to visit the Stute and games on the road at Booth and Copley. Let’s hope we return to winning ways next week and have a fine end to what has been a decent side for our second team.
This week’s fixtures
First team v Bridgeholme (a)
Second team v Warley (h)
Sunday team v Luddendenfoot (a)