Quite a Weekend!
It was rain, pain and then finally gain for BP seconds on Saturday.
Facing a weak Stillington team BP expected a comfortable victory and, with the league winners title up for grabs there was all to play for. Predictably losing the toss, BP were inserted on what was a very wet wicket and outfield. Openers Hodge and Rossington made steady progress working on the principle that BP always score heaps of runs in the last 10 overs. After being on and off several times for rain breaks the game was finally called off with both openers sat on 53 n.o. and Percy 122-0 after 35 overs.
Nine points each was a disappointing outcome as, if Tadcaster Magnets got the better of Drax, it could have reduced the lead to just three points with one game to come.
Everyone retreated back to the clubhouse at Bolton Percy to see the Firsts gain a vital win over Osbaldwick (friendly bunch). This result also left the Firsts on tenterhooks as they needed Malton to drop points to guarantee them promotion with three games left.
With the Race Night, (what a success and congratulations to Danny and family and Mike and family for organizing the event and the food) to distract thoughts for a while it was still a tense evening.
Then, Firsts captain Matt Westwood made the call which confirmed Malton had lost and the Firsts were promoted to Division 1 next year. Wild scenes ensued and there was much backslapping and merrymaking. To cap it all shortly after the full results were on the web which showed Magnets had lost at Drax gaining only 3 points from the game which meant Percy seconds needed only one point from the last game, a formality, to be league champions (That will be league champions rather than runners up!!)
So, a great and memorable night for the Club with promotion assured for both teams and much money raised for club funds.
It will have been a long time since the final matches of the season can be played in the sure knowledge that the hard work had been done. Congratulations to all involved.
All players, members and supporters please remember the Race Night this Saturday at the Clubhouse
A lot of effort has gone into ensuring we will have an entertaining night. All eight races are fully sponsored but there will be ample opportunity to bet on the outcomes of each race on the night
The night will consist of 8 or more races.
There will be a mid races interval where there will be hot food
available for a small price.
During the interval there will also be a raffle for a signed Yorkshire
Cricket Bat and a Wardies Navvies Breakfast!
Hopefully we will be celebrating 60 points with the div 7 champs and
possible promotion into the 1st division for the ones.
Thanks very much to people that have sponsored the races too!! Much
appreciated and will make for a successful night!
The 1s had a comfortable win against Londesbrough Park although after 15 overs it did not look as though that would be the final result.
BP were asked to bat and after a couple of overs it became obvious that the wicket was slow – just like home. Jamie and Tom Malloch struggled to penetrate a circle field and the score was only 36 after 15 overs. 228 runs were scored in the remaining 30 overs. Most of them came from Jamie and Tom in a stand of 197 before Tom was caught and bowled to a stunning catch for 94. Jamie went on to score 105 before collapsing of exhaustion and getting bowled.
The final total of 254 looked a winning score. The wicket had quickened up but was still on the slow side.
Danny continued his prolific form and took 5 of the first 6 wickets leaving the opposition on 26 for 6 after 13 overs. Bizarrely at this stage Londesbrough Park had scored more runs than BP. Peter Houseman, clearly still affected by the site of the biggest tractor in Yorkshire driving past the ground, got 2 for 38 in not very many overs and Jacob got his first 2 wickets leaving LP 87 all out in 28.4 overs.
The wins puts the 1s 81 points clear of the 3rd placed team leaving a total of 40 points being needed from the 120 available to gain promotion to division 1.
A quick summary of the 1s performances so far.
Matt 717 runs at 44.5, Jamie 579 at 44.5 and Tom M 426 at 35.5
Danny 53 wkts at 16.3 (6 x 5 wickets), Tom A 22 at 18.6 and Ali at 16.3
Full stats can be got from play cricket.
BP seconds clinched promotion in a cracking game against a useful Sheriff Hutton outfit who came with hopes of chasing down Tad Magnets to gain promotion themselves.
Captain Furze again lost the toss and Percy had first use of a decent looking firm wicket. James Hodge enjoyed the ball coming on and set of at a cracking rate. When stand in opener Andrew Brewster soon departed Hodge and Furze rattled along. When Hodge departed for a well struck 45 Ed Noble and And Ferguson soon fell and 78 for 4 became 94 for 5 after 21 overs. The inning hung in the balance but Matt Howden hung around for a while with Furze who eventually fell for a good captains knock, holding the innings together for 39. It was left to Karl Martin to add a more than useful 30 with Tom Anderson (7) but at 160 for 8 with only 5 overs left the score looked a little short of what was needed. however, Karl, with usefule support from M.Ferguson (15n.o.) went on to a fine 47 no. and inched Percy over the 200 mark and maximum batting points, closing on 202 for 8. This was far better than expected at one stage but again showed the strength in depth of the Percy batting. But was it enough?
Hutton began steadily but very solidly. Brewster and Howden had useful opening spells, (Brewster 7 overs for just 8 runs and Howden 7 overs for 29 and at 55 for 0 Hutton looked well placed. M Ferguson slowed the rate down with a spell of 6 overs for 22 but it was James Rossington, bowling a superb line who gained reward. Finishing with 4 for 33 off 8 overs he set Hutton back and at the end of his spell they were 139 for 5 with 11 overs left. With 64 wanted off 11 Hutton went for it but with Karl bowling tight at one end young Tom Anderson again stole the show. Bowling with pace and a line that never varied fron off stump he shattered Hutton with 4 for 10 off his 6 overs and eventually Hutton put the shutters up with 2 overs left to finish on a creditable 163 for 9. Karl had 2 for 37 off 11. Critically, and the exact opposite of last weeks loss at Civil Service, Percy bowled to their field, cut out the four balls, and Mike Furze was able to set a field, a 7 to 2 off side field at times, which meant that Percy just about, were in control of the game.
So, 27 points was enough to clinch promotion with Percy now 78 points clear of the third place club with two to play. Work is still need to clinch the league title though and with holidays etc biting in to availability next week the league winers fight could go to the wire.
Commiserations to Sherrif Hutton, who were a grand set of lads and played in a great spirit, who are now probably out of the promotion running with Magnets requiring only 7 points from two games to ensure promotion.
Congratulations to all involved with Percy Seconds as promotion has been richly deserved this year.
Bolton Percy Cricket Club are grateful for the match day sponsorship provided by SWAT Security Services of Selby and we hope Geoff and Steve enjoyed their day out at the match.
BP seconds lost their long unbeaten run in a thriller against Civil Service.
Put in on a damp pitch BP failed to see off the openers and were soon 21 for 3 however Captain Mike Furz (55) played a real captains innings and along with Peter Atkinson (29) repaired the damage with a stand of 62. Mike then added a further 55 with James Rossington (35). Andy Ferguson (3 sixes in his 33) and Matt Howden (2 sixes in 19) thrashed 63 off the last 9 overs and saw Percy through to 210-7 and five batting points.
Percy enjoyed their tea more than Civil Service perhaps and when Service began slowly being 68 for 1 at the half way mark, Percy were eying up win points. However 61 off the next 12 overs put them in with a shout as Percy could not bowl any tight overs with four balls being too plentiful. Peter Noble played a superb captains innings with 58 no and with 9 wanted off the last over they made it off the last ball with a single to condemn Percy to just seven points from the match and a very well deserved win for Civils.
Danny White was just a little involved in Bolton Percy (82 for 1) 1s 9 wicket win against Dringhouses (81 all out).
It was a good toss to win on a pitch still damp after the monsoons earlier in the week.
Danny’s day started with the first ball of the match which was a beauty hitting middle and off – but it was a no-ball. He did not take too long getting his first wicket with the 4th ball of the game. From there Dringhouses were quickly 28 for 5. Ian Wilson scored 35 before getting one of the balls of the season – a fast in-swinging yorker from Danny that hit off. Danny had dropped Ian first ball, any reasonable commentator would say it was a dolly. Being completely unreasonable – it was an absolute sitter.
At the other Tom Atkinson continued his return to form with 3 for 33. He also got 2 catches at short mid-off. The second dislocated a finger. He pulled back into place and then remembered how you are meant to react. He followed the example set many weeks ago by the senior pro and left the field to receive love and care from his mother and sister – how sweet.
Other notable mentions were Jamies’s 4 catches and 27 no, Matt’s rapid 41, Peter Houseman’s match winning spell – 1 ball, 1 wicket, and Ali deciding he had bowled enough when he got smacked for 2 4s. He then handed the ball over to Peter Houseman mid-over while rubbing his back.
Bill Preacher – 14/08/2011
Charlie Taylor makes debut
Both 1s and 2s had comfortable wins and remain in line for promotion, with the 2s looking good for winning the league.
At Pocklington Jamie made a match-winning contribution. Getting his towel out and mopping up water near the pitch allowed the match to get started at 26 overs per side.
Danny and Tom bowled out Pocklington for 70. BP hit off the runs in 11 overs to take 30 pts. A number of good catches were taken.
Everyone knows that BP is finding its social voice. A lot of time has been spent with the youth but last week our efforts turned to keeping the more-mature active and off the streets. This resulted in Bruce enjoying his day out in the Pocklington score box. Any ideas for our social programme are welcome.
To complete a good week Charlie Taylor made a brief debut for the Leeds Utd 1sts against Bradford in the Carling Cup. Those expecting the ball to disappear towards cow corner were disappointed. Good luck, Charlie, the first of many matches.
UNDER STARTERS ORDERS
SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST 8.00PM
The Club are hosting a race night on the above date to raise funds for the proposed club house extension.
If you wish to sponsor a race, name a horse or jockey please contact Danny White on 07824465809
Cost of sponsoring a race £10
Cost of naming a horse £ 3
Cost of naming a jockey £ 3
If the Club can find sponsors for all Eight races in advance and name all the horses and jockeys we will raise nearly £300 before the race card even starts!
There will be chance to take any untaken slots on the night as of course there will be chance to bet on the outcome of the races. All winning sponsors receive a prize if their horse wins.
Please support this event as it will be our last major fundraising activity this season. The first race is at 8.00pm and the last race at 11.00pm
BP seconds took 30 points off Cawood in a rain foreshortened game to 29 overs per side. The covers did the job and kept the wicket playable and Captain Furze won a vital toss to ensure BP were always in control. Cawood made a sluggish start on a slow wicket and, with Martin Pears bowling 10 overs for just 30 runs, ably supported with tight spells from Tom Rossington and Andy Brewster, Cawood never got going and mustered 96-4 in their alloted overs.
BP set off on the run chase as the clouds were still about. Openers Noble and Ferguson added 39 in just 8 overs before an unfortunate run out saw the back of Ferguson. Henry Houseman and Ben Hepworth soon perished and it was left to Ferguson the Younger to accompany Ed, who by this time was striking the ball well, to see the team home with a stand of 49 as BP knocked off the runs in only 14 overs. Andy Ferguson finishing on 17 n.o. and Ed Noble yet another accomplished and hard hit 56 n.o.
30 Points for Percy Seconds on a day when a number of teams did not get a game in. BP are now 50 points clear at the top and 86 points clear of the third placed side. Things are looking good with Percy’s points haul of 432 points only bettered by one other side in the Senior League.
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