END OF SEASON PRESENTATION
Our end of season presentation will be held at the club on Friday 28th September with a 7:30 start. This is being held earlier than usual this year due to the 125th anniversary ball in October. Prizes for batting, bowling and fielding will be handed out to all our senior sides as well as for the Under 17 side. Everyone is more than welcome. The bar will, of course be open and we are hoping to get outside caterers in to do a curry buffet for us. Can players please let your respective captains know as soon as possible if you will be attending, along with numbers for parents/ wives/girlfriends.
Disappointment for our first team as we lost to bottom of the table and already relegated Bridgeholme as we came up 30 odd runs short in pursuit of the 302 we needed for victory.
Fair play to Bridgeholme I suppose here in that all of their top order with the exception of one of their openers, all got in and scored runs. There were just four wickets to fall during our hosts’ innings and OB, Rob, Tyson and Lewis took one wicket each. Sam had no luck in his nine over spell.
Following a similar pattern to the previous week when the 2nd team were at Bridgeholme, it was the last 10 overs that swung the game in the home side’s favour. With 60 deliveries remaining, Bridgeholme were on 174 for 3. Fast forward 40 mins and that score had rocketed to 301 for 4, including 73 off the last 6 overs. Not unexpected on such a small ground, but the momentum had definitely started to swing in the home team’s favour.
And the total of 302 proved to be 30 ish too many for us to chase down, despite having gotten into a promising position to win at the halfway stage. We were 195 for 4 with 14 overs left in the game meaning that we just needed two boundaries an over to see us home. Tom and Sam were the main contributors in our innings with Tom top scoring with 87 and Sam making 77. Tom’s runs take him back above Simon in the average stakes, but still 10 runs behind when it comes to runs scored in the season. Simon had 26, but Tyson (16) and Robin (17*) were the only other players to make double figures as we fell from 213 to 4 to 252 for 8 and eventually to 270 all out.
Not the best start to a bank holiday weekend, but we have three weeks remaining this season and 36 points to play for.
We currently sit 20 points above the drop zone, so still have work to do to guarantee our Premier Division survival. A few more faces will be back for the remaining fixtures, so we should head into those games fielding our strongest possible team.
A weakened 2nd XI were always going to be up against it at home to Warley (or Jimmy Sarwar CC as they shall be known from now on in) and we were all done by 5:50 having been bowled out for 111 and then Warley knocking the required runs off for the loss of three wickets. Many thanks to Messrs Boocock and Brown senior for umpiring this game as Warley didn’t bother to send an umpire and also to Verity Hyland for scoring both books for the first 15 mins of the match before the opposition scorer decided to show up. #Village.
Not a great deal to say regarding the match itself. Dr Smith had 21 and Brad 30 with SHampy and Browny the only two other players to get into double figures. Tom and Brad were unlucky in getting leading edges which fell, pretty much into the hands of short square leg and Jon creamed one to mid-on who only saw it about half a second before it got to him and (in fairness) took a sharp and smart catch. Jez saw us to our only batting point of the day with a glorious cut in front of square and that was about that.
111 was always going to be about 30 runs short, but we felt we had a chance if we could get rid of their first five or six batters. Well, we removed three of them with Hampy taking two wickets, courtesy of two catches in the slips off Brad and Leo had the other wicket, courtesy of some smart glove work behind the sticks from Dylan, who was excellent in keeping wicket- even after having had two weeks off. Warley rode their luck and shots that found fielders hands when we were batting, flew into gaps or just out of our reach when our visitors batted, on a track that dried out during the match and gave them the better of the conditions to bat in. We were done before we could have a half-time drink with Warley scoring the runs needed with 31 overs still left in the game.
Still, results went for us elsewhere meaning that our top flight status is secure for another year. 36 points still to play for. We’ll be hoping for three big wins in September to leave us in a final position that our season performances merit. Let’s hope that the return of captain Greenwood will bring a return to winning ways next week.
It rained and we called it off at 11:45, and it’s still raining some seven hours later!!
This week’s fixtures
First team v Warley (h)
Second team v Booth (a)
Sunday team v Illingworth (h)