BP Seconds retained their top spot with a convincing win at Carlton Towers. Electing to bat on what looked a real good wicket Percy made a steady start through Hodge and Rossington before Hodge fell with the score on 26. Ferguson and Rossingtook the score through to 70 before Ferguson was out for 22. Ed Noble and John Rosso then put together the defining stand taking the team on through past 150 in decent time with Ed making another 50 and John completing a very fine 62. The later middle order failed to fire a little bit and some impetus was lost although Percy were grateful to another aggressive 36no by James Rossington who saw the team through to maximum batting point and 214 – 9. Percy felt they should have got a few more but it always seemed likely to be too much for a Towers side lacking a few players due to the inevitable first team call ups.
This proved to be true. After Tom Rosso had made the early breakthrough, Matt Howden continued his good form with an impressive stint bowling with real pace. One wicket for him was not really a fair return. It was left to Martyn Ferguson to pick up 3 for 18 and a very imressive spell from 14 year old Tom Anderson, who, apart from clanking Towers best player on the helmet with a genuine bouncer, picked up a richly deserved 4 for 6 with Towers closing all out for 77.
30 points for Percy and the possiblity of guaranteed promotion next week if the results go the right way. This was an as impressive fielding performance seen for some time with Mike Furze, Matt Howden and Andy Ferguson all taking a pair of superb catches each and generally everyone else looking sharp.
More team changes due for next week but Cawood to come and the anticipation increases.
Scenes from the recent Summer Festival Family Evening and Barbeque.
The first annual sponsored cycle ride from Bolton Abbey to Bolton Percy took place on Sunday 17th July and was a huge success. Fifteen intrepid souls decided to make the journey to help raise funds for the proposed extension to the club pavilion.
The weather was wet which makes the efforts even greater. For some the vaseline was required, for others the journey was a piece of cake. first home was veteran cyclist Ian Russell who forsook a pit stop at the Oddfellows Arms in Sickilinghall and decided to keep going. Some say it was because he wanted to see the end of the Tour De France on the TV.
Others found the going a bit tougher.
All got back safely to BP and early indication are that a sizeable sum has been raised for the club. An absolutely brilliant Well Done to those who took part, to the back up crews and to Lesley Peter and Tom Atkinson who organised the event.
Lets all look forward to next years event Bolton town centre to Bolton Percy town centre.
The 1s won v Tadcaster to record their first double of the season while the 2s got much the better of a draw v Rowntrees.
At Tadcaster Danny White and Tom Atko took 6 wickets for 24 runs due to a mixture of good bowling, poor shot selection and a spongy pitch where it was almost impossible to score runs without hitting the ball in the air. Then all of a sudden the bowling went off beam. Good lengths and line were replaced by half volleys and long hops enabling Richard Cattle (38) and Rob Hill (47) to put on 79 for the 7th wicket. Tom’s eventual return to the attack wrapped up Tadcaster’s innings at 132. The wickets were shared by Danny (5-51) and Tom (5-18).
Astute judges (me) thought a blast with the heavy roller would make it easier to bat. It certainly would not have made it more difficult. The less blessed (everyone else) thought differently – no roller.
Batting remained hard-going with a lot of early runs coming from edges. While never looking likely to lose BP took almost 40 overs to win by 5 wickets. Tom Malloch again looked good but got a ball that did not bounce, Matt and Jacob missed straight ones, and Peter Houseman got one that popped off a length. Danny ended a personally good day with 30 no.
Percy seconds increased the gap over third place Civil Service to 86 points with six to play after a 27 point haul against Rowntrees. Captain Furze lost the toss for the 11th time out of 13 attempts and inevitable Percy were asked to take first use on a slightly damp wicket. True enough there was a bit of lateral movement for the bowlers with the ball also stopping in the pitch a bit making driving the ball difficult. James Hodge made 9, Matt Howden 10 and Ed Noble 4 with John Rossington holding it all together until he too perished for 13. Percy enjoyed drinks rather less than Rowntrees at 59/4 after 23 rather scratchy overs.However cometh the hour cometh the man and Ben Hepworth played his best innings so far this year, and with Mike Furze just sitting in, Ben raced to a fairly rapid 55 to effect the start of the recovery. Martin Pears joined Mike and the captain started to pick off at will the bowling. Martin perished in the 39th over as Percy chased full batting points. Trees were hit then by an avalanche of runs as Mike and James Rossington added 70 in the last 8 overs to destroy any spirit left in Trees with James’ 36 coming off 19 balls. Captain Mike finishing on an excellent unbeaten 69 and Percy taking full batting points yet again at 239/7.
After an excellent tea Rowntrees were never in the hunt although a bright opening start of 46 suggested better things to come they never seemed really interested in chasing and were content ultimately to play out time and settle for two batting points sat 139/8. For Percy Matt Howden bowled a fiery impressive spell which hinted at some good future potential and equally Ed Noble tossed a few up with both players taking three wickets.
Your correspondent felt though that the bowlers generally failed to locate the stumps and far too many balls did not reuire any input from the batsmen. No catches dropped but quite a few misfields so room for improvement here too. Having said that Percy again showed their resilience and depth of batting to post an intimidating score and effectively secure the win draw points by the tea break. A little more penetration or guile perhaps is needed to turn these in to outright wins. Promotion is now looking like Percys’ to lose with perhaps only another 100 points needed from the last six games to make it certain.
Thank you to all those who supported our Grand Summer Draw which was held at the Festival Summer Barbeque and Family Evening. A list of winners is shown on the link below.
Saturday gave us another reason for being thankful for playing cricket at Bolton Percy. Only 11 of the 42 matches reached any form of conclusion. Both our teams did and took almost full advantage.
The 1s always looked in control v Whitkirk and never in danger of losing. but could not get the last wicket – as a result 27 pts were won and as Malton were off took them back to 2nd.
Tom Malloch scored an elegant 77 and then got out to an airy fairy push to mid-wicket. He had smashed an identical ball for 6 earlier in the over. The same should have happened to the out ball. Matt again scored a 50 and has returned to his early season form. Rain shortened the innings to 200 for 6 in 38 overs. On a slow outfield this looked a big total and it was.
Three things of note in Whitkirk’s innings of 153 for 9. Danny bowled his best spell since his return. Another 5 wickets brings him to 33 league wickets. It has been a long time since Jamie took a leg-side stumping. At long last when many of the white-haired brigade in the team had given up hope – it came. Fund raising idea – take lots for the next one. But don’t expect a pay out soon. There have been lots of bizarre dismissals this season – all of them suffered by BP. The most strange of the lot happened on Saturday. A Whitkirk batsmen smashed a half-volley down the wicket. Their captain took evasive action at the non-strikers end. The ball hit his shoulder or back and ricocheted to mid-on where Karl took a decent catch.
Two final things. Regular readers will be shocked to read that the fielding was excellent. They will be even more shocked when they realise that this feat was achieved without Coun Musgrave. Jim Rossington had replaced him. It is regretful to report that the home umpire was the subject of some barracking from the noisiest member of BP 1s. The umpire had asked that the scoreboard displayed at least one (pref all 3) of the total, overs and wickets correctly. Luckily the barracker did not bat.
The 2s “strolled” to a 2 wicket win in chasing Tadcaster’s total of 62. Martin and Tom Rosso took 5 and 3 wickets. 18 extras (9 wides) proved to be Tads top scorer. Tad did reach 41 for 1 then lost 9 wickets for 21. Two heroes in the BP batting. Hodge scored 29 of the 63 and Wilko scored the winning bye.
The weekend leaves the 1s at the top of a close 4-club run in for the second promotion place. The 2s sit at the top – a long time since this has happened – and are 79 points ahead of the 3rd club.
The Grand Summer Raffle Draw was held at te Summer Cricket Festival Family Evening & Barbeque on Saturday.
The weather was fine and a good night was had by all. The raffle results are listed on the attached link. Thanks to all those who bought tickets
BP seconds had the better of a cracking game against a strong Drax side to take 26 points and go level top with Magnets.
Put in to bat on a decidedly damp wicket Percy made the expected poor start. Your correspondent noticed a distinct lack of preparation in the thirty minutes before the toss with no player bothered to even have a few throw downs on the outfield before the start. Wickets fell regularly as players failed to adapt to the damp conditions until Andy Ferguson and Andrew Brewster joined forces in a splendid stand taking the score from 48 to 119 before Andy fell for a fine 41. Young Brewster, who twice deposited the ball over the ropes into the cowfield for six made and an excellent 44 but there was still work to be done. With Martin Pears at the crease anything could have happened and with several overs left Martin elected to bat out a few overs, taking the strike and nurdling the score along. Joined by last man Tom Rossington with the score on 166 Martin, with good support from Tom running a few quick singles, finally cut loose and cleared the boundary several times to take the side to 205 for 9 and maximum batting points and MArtin himself finishing on 46 n.o. A very good effort by BP middle and late order which shows that BP are developing some real strength in depth which bodes well for the future.
The bowling performance though was not as impressive. Drax had the benefit of a much dryer wicket and whilst progress was slow they conserved wickets and were always just about in the hunt whilst BP could just not quite strangle Drax out of the game. Andy Brewster took three wickets across his two spells and at least bowled fairly straight. It was left to Martin Pears to bowl the decisive over, running up the hill from the pond end for the first time in 20 years, taking the decisive wicket which meant Drax were playing for 90% rather than a win. James Rossington strangled them in the last over and they finished just short on a very creditable 183 for 6
Whilst BP had much to be pleased about the poor aspects were the indifference shown at the start and a poor fielding performance. No catches were dropped but the ground fielding was poor with several attempts to juggle the ball, run outs missed and several overthrows given away. BP need to be much more professional if we are to overtake Magnets and claim the title.
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