The final game of what everyone thinks was the club’s best ever season was the best game of the year. Albert Pattison visited BO for the second Saturday in a row to present the league trophy to Sewerby and the runners-up shield to Bolton Percy. Sewerby arrived unbeaten – 6 hours late they were beaten.
Sewerby were asked to bat on a fast-drying (where did that water come from) wicket and lost two early wickets to Danny White. There then came a 95 run partnership between Chris Chapman and Russ Robinson. The bowling struggled to keep on top and was not helped by some less than athletic fielding. Cries from the record crowd asking that Rosso should come on as a sub were both cruel and accurate – but it would have been difficult to decide who went off. At 35 overs it looked likely that BP would be chasing 280 or so on what was by now a benign pitch but regular wickets in the last 10 overs applied the brake and Sewerby finished on 255 for 8 with Danny adding 4 more wickets to give him an exceptional total of 67 wickets.
Should the club ever introduce a boob of the year list there were late entrants for dropped catch of the year and slowest piece of fielding of the millennium. Both were magnificent and unbelievable efforts.
Bolton Percy lost Jamie 4th ball of the innings. He was due a fail after some superb innings – 697 runs and 3 centuries. Matt and Tom Malloch scored quickly and put on 83 in 15 overs before a mini collapse reduced BP to 101 for 5 in 20 overs. Matt scored 57 to finish the season with 889 runs and 2 centuries before trying to look elegant (highly unlikely scenario) and guide the ball to third man. He was caught behind. Tom M scored 39 highly elegant runs before playing a Matt-type shot through mid-wicket. He missed it and was bowled.
The recovery was lead by Peter Houseman and Tom Atkinson in a stand of 79 in 11 exciting overs. After Peter (29) got out trying to hit a long hop out of the ground Tom was helped by Ali and Jacob who both scored useful and quick runs while Tom continued to smack the ball to all parts – well all parts called mid-wicket and mid-on. Jacob was out with only 8 needed in 2 overs. Sewerby sniffed a chance and were heard to say – lets make sure we keep the no. 10 on strike. Wrong – it was Jon Anderson who was surrounded by fielders trying to stop a single in the final over so he hit the ball straight back over the bowler for 4 to win a superb match. The crowd were ecstatic.
Tom Atkinson ended up with 89* – the best innings of the season and one of the best by a no. 7 for a long time.
A final word on the crowd. It was good to see so many wives, kids , retired, partially retired and ex-cricketers watching as well as almost all the 2nd team. It was also incredible that Sewerby brought so many supporters and many of the players stayed to chat after travelling such a distance. The result was a superb atmosphere and healthy profits for the bar and Tad curry house.
Percy went into the last game of the season requiring just one point against a useful looking Drax side. Whilst Percy had a somewhat experienced team with (at least) five players well over the 50 years mark and three others comfortably into their 40’s but what could possibly go wrong?
Acting captain John Rossington improved the season average of tosses won by electing to bat on a firm but greenish wicket.
A lightning start ensued as the surge towards the 100 run mark began and the batting bonus point that would seal the championship. Althought John went chasing a wide one James hodge and Henry Houseman, taking a break from cutting wheat, rattled the score along to 66 before Hodge perished for 32. Pete Atkinson, Andy Ferguson and then Henry all went in rapid succession with a prediliction for hitting a full toss straight to fielders cursing them all, albeit Henry’s by way of being run out after being called for a suicidal two by Karl Martin. Karl looked as though he may steady the ship but soon departed as did Tom Anderson and suddenly Percy were 92 – 7. League Chairman Albert Pattison made an appearance on the ground, Divisional trophy in hand ready to pass to Percy but tense moments followed. Martyn Ferguson joined Dick Brewster, Dick playing his first game of the season, with eight required for the critical point. Ferguson clipped the first ball he faced, a full toss, to the backward square boundary, took a single off the last ball and then, first ball of the next over on drove handsomly for four runs and the hundred was up, the point gained and the League Champions trophy was Bolton Percy’s. A few clenched fists, a couple of cheers and, nicely, congratulations from the Drax fielders, Albert was able to make the presentation to John Rossington and be on his way to his next destination.
Meanwhile Percy still had a game to complete. Cometh the hour cometh the (old) men and whilst Dick stood firm Martyn Ferguson played a rather splendid innings driving the ball with ferocity and at times some grace as he struck 13 boundaries in a stand of 95 for the 8th wicket before Dick went with a couple of overs left for an invaluable 18 runs. Percy closed on 189-8 and enjoyed their (splendid) tea very much.
Drax started their inning rather the oposite of Percy as Karl and Tom Anderson bowled tightly. A sharp stumping from Andy Ferguson and a regulation catch behind were early successes, both off Karl but with limited bowling resources John introduced some spin to take the pace off the ball and Ferguson saw off the burly opener who had started to hurry the score along. Drax continued to make reasonable progress and at one point middle order batsmen Green (41) and Vickers(15) added 56 and took the score to 135 leaving 55 wanted off the last 10 overs with 4 wickets left. Young Tom Anderson came back and took a vital wicket as he located off stump and Karl returned to bowl a tight spell as Drax became a little becalmed. With Percy not sure of Drax’s intentions Ferguson came back on in the 41st over and with the help of some flight, a deathly slow wicket, and three excellent stumpings from Andy Ferguson he cleaned up the last few wickets, the vital wicket falling the third ball of the last over of the game, to finish with 4 for 40 off 10.3 overs as Percy finished the season with a 30 point haul. Karl had the very creditable figure of 4 for 26 off his 12 overs.
So, there we have it for the 2011 season. Champions of Division 7 and certain promotion. We await to see what format the league takes next year as it is known several clubs are struggling. Whatever happens we know that, with a number of very young exciting players and a few rather more not so young and not perhaps not quite so exciting but nevertheless capable players who can still contribute to the game, Bolton Percy will be in good shape to take on the 2012 season and all it brings.
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