Unfortunately all the facts that need to be relayed about the match at Dringhouses cannot be told. Joe White and Ali Rigby have taken out a super-injunction that prevents the story concerning the sleepiest run-out witnessed. Quite sensible as no one would believe what happened so lets keep it a secret.
This aside Bolton Percy underperformed across all spheres – the first time this season. They were outbatted, outbowled and out fielded by Dringhouses and struggled to hang on for a draw. It comes to something when the main topic of conversation after the oppo had scored 227 for 6 was whether an unnamed member of the 1s had dropped 2, 3 or 4 catches (it was 4) – all admittedly difficult.
The positives were Joe’s keeping and Danny’s and Tom Malloch’s batting.
That’s it. I am certain that the 1s will be back to normal against Londesbrough Park next Saturday.
BP seconds took 26 points in an advantage draw aainst a strong Civil Service side.
Capatain Furze lost the toss again and BP were put in to bat on a damp wicket. Openers Hodge and Rossington toiled away but survived to do their job and see off the Civils openers adding a very creditable 48 for the first wicket before Hodge perished for 14 to be followed quickly by John Rossington for 30. This left the way for 14 year old Jacob Green, making his debut, to show that he is a star in the making as, sound in defence and clinical in putting away the bad ball he began to build a score. Ben Hepworth found some form before the ball found his pad making 32 and then Henry was rushed from one end to the other in making 18 by Jacob as the hammer came down for the final overs. At one stage Percy were 80 off 25 overs but Jacob , in company with James Rossington who batted with some style in crashing 32 n.o., made his Senior League debut half century and raced to an excellent, well crafted and highly entertaining 74 n.o. as Percy finished on 217-4 taking 137 off the last 20 overs. It looked a decent score and owed much to the hard work of the openers and to Jacob for showing what shot selection and good running can do.
Civils made an extremely good stab at the score with opener Garside making a rather odd looking 80 which included some splendid blows mixed with some not so splendid. In partnership with Noble they added 90 for Civils third wicket and although they were chasing 8 an over for the second part of their innings Percy were worried at one point as the runs were flowing. Tom Rossington stemmed the flow and showed the merits of bowling straight, as did Andy Brewster who again finished with a creditable 2 for 15 off 8 whilst Tom took 4 for 37 off his 12. Civils called a halt to the chase with 5 overs left and finished on 168 for 7. Percy’s fielding was in the main good with credit to Hodge and Brewster for some excellent ground fielding.
All in all this was a thoroughly good game of cricket which did credit to both teams.
Raffle tickets for our GRAND SUMMER DRAW are now available and will be handed out to players and members to sell over the next two weeks or so. Players will be given an allocation of £20 to sell. Please ask for more if you can sell them!
Junior member parents will also be asked to help and will be offered £10 of tickets
Please try and sell all that you can as this will be a major fundraiser for the club and we aim to make over £1000 profit if we can.
First prize is £100 cash with a number of additional prizes. The draw will take place at our Cricket Festival Summer Barbeque and Family Evening on Saturday 9th July. Look out for further details of the Cricket Festival on the website.
Tickets will also be on sale over the bar in the pavilion.
Percy Seconds had a comfortable win against a plucky, enthusiastic but very young Cawood team. Fielding nine junior players Cawood were always going to struggle against an experienced Bolton Percy team. Batting first though Percy made slow progress as the young Cawood bowlers bowled fairly straight with lack of pace off the wicket making timing the ball difficult. Alistair Booth was first to fall trying to force the pace with 29 on the board. John Rossington chose to watch incoming batsman Peter Atkinson then stroke the ball to all parts of the ground as they add 143 for the second wicket. John eventually perishing for yet another league half century making 61. Ben Hepworth helped himself to some loose bowling before playing around a useful inswinger and Ed Noble did likewise (helped himself that is) much to the disgust of the Percy players who were willing Peter to his hundred before the inevitable declaration. Peter eventually played on for 93 in the 38th over and captain Furze called them in with the score 222-4
Cawood faced a fairly innocuous opening spell from Pears and Ferguson who both struggled to find their line against the left hand right combination and it was left to Percy’s own youngster Andy Brewster to wreak havoc. His first spell of 6 overs gave him his first ever 5 wicket haul in senior cricket and he even had to return 12 overs later to pick up the 9th wicket giving him figures of 8 overs 4 maidens 6 wickets for 5 runs. Testament to bowling straight and full and figures I suspect may take some beating this season. A little bit of application from the last Cawood pair made Percy work for the last wicket which fell at 69 to Martin Pears and Percy could celebrate their second 30 point haul of the season. This meant the game finished in time for the Cawood team to get back home before it got dark and bedtime and the older Percy players time to try and remember when they were that young. Seriously, we wish Cawood the best of luck. If they can keep their juniors together for a few years their fortunes will rise again. Meanwhile Percy must reflect on the fact that they have now played the three bottom teams at least once and sterner tests lay ahead.
BP seconds had the better of a windswept home fixture against Carlton Towers gaining 24 points in a winning draw.
Towers put BP into bat on a strip feeling a bit soft in places and offering the bowlers plenty to work with. It was hard going early on with batting hard work and all the early order falling without being too convincing with the exception of stalwart John Rossington whose pre match instructions from Captain Furze was to just bat long and see what happened. Well, it was the 38th over before anything happened when John eventually connected with one and started to hurry the score along. Henry Houseman also found the going hard before he also just about got the pace of the wicket before a grubber got him. Nevertheless the pair had added 95 on a difficult wicket. The score doubled in the last 12 overs moving from 89 for 3 after 33 to a commendable and unlikely at one point 178 for 5 innings closed. BP enjoyed tea rather more than Towers I fancy.
In reply Towers started slowly after decent opening spells from Tom Rossington and Andy Ferguson. After the fall of the first two wickets Towers dug in, hit the bad balls but never really manouvred into a winning position.Towers were the only ones who could win the game as the wicket dried out and BP looked unlikley to bowl them out but the big push from Towers never came and the last three wickets which fell came in a successful effort to make the 90% target whilst never really threatening BP’s total. James Rossington and Peter Atkinson both bowling tight spells at the end.
A turgid encounter not helped by the cold wind but a useful points haul for Percy.
Watch out, there is a raffle about!
One of our major fundraisers this year is to have a grand summer raffle draw to be held at the Cricket Festival on 9th July. £100 cash prize for the lucky winner plus a number of additional exciting prizes!
We will be issuing all members, seniors and junior parents alike, an envelope with raffle tickets which we hope you will sell over the month before the grand draw. I am sure a number of members will sell more than their allocation but if everyone sells just £10’s worth of tickets we will make hopefully £1000 towards the new pavilion extension so please everyone please sell, sell and sell!
Tickets should be availalble in about two weeks and will be available for purchase in the pavilion on match days.
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