Bolton Percy travelled to Sewerby on Saturday for a day at the seaside. The pitch looked hard and fast, a dream for batsmen. Sewerby batted first and made hay in the midday sun. They made 45 runs off the outside edge in the first few overs which meant the day had that sinking feeling early on. The wicket gave our bowlers no room for error and Sewerby made a monumental total of 333-6. Jacob Green was the pick of the BP bowlers; he successfully tied up an end for a consistent period of the game.
In reply Matt and Jacob got off to a good start with some delightful shots before Matt miscued one and was caught at mid-on for 26. Tom Malloch joined Green in the middle and faced a series of wides and full tosses. BP wickets then started to tumble. Jacob fell followed by Peter, then Joe, then Danny. The batmen will be disappointed with their dismissals. No outright good bowling but poor shots played across the line which gave the umpire no other option.
An injured Tom Atkinson came in late on and made a well calculated 45n.o. Tom may have learnt a lesson the hard way in that it’s often best to try and field the ball with your hands rather than stick your leg in the way. James Rossington dovetailed attack with defence very well in the later stages of the game to leave BP on 197-8 at the close. Match draw in the loosest sense of the term.
Percy continued their good form with a convincing win over Osbaldwick
Electing to bat on a steamy afternoon on what looked like a good track, Percy made a poor start with both Hodge and Ferguson senior falling with just 8 on the board. This however brought in two of Percy’s young guns in Andy Ferguson and Jonny Pollick. They put together a magnificent stand of 148 with Andy making a maiden half century and it took a controversial catch to get him out for a superb 94 containing 9 4’s and three 6’s. Jonny batted exquisitely, working the ball around and picking off the bad balls to finish with 60 not out and was supported by Ben Hepworth and Henry Houseman with both making 18 as Percy finished on 212 for 4 wickets. A very good effort and splendid to see two young players really making their mark.
221 always seemed to look like too much for an inexperienced Osbaldwick eleven and so it proved with Andy Brewster making the early inroads to finish with 2 for 20 off 6, Tom Anderson bowled at a lively pace taking 1 for 9 off 6 but it was that man Pollick again, bowling his vicious dipping yorker right on the spot to take 6 for 31, all of them bowled as Osbaldwick finished on 105 with Peter Atkinson taking the last wicket to finish with 1 for 6.
This was an impressive performance from Percy who improved dramatically in all aspects following the disappointing draw last week. Percy have serious title credentials on this form and will be confident as a couple of big matches approach.
BPCC have launched our new Monthly Draw with the first draw planned to take place on Festival night Saturday 7th July and thereafter on the first of the month through to June 2013.
The draw is required to pay out in prizes a minimum of 40% of the income each month.
At a cost of just £12 per year for one number in each of the twelve draws it represents very good value and the Club are hoping that if enough entries at £12 each are received it will become a significant source of revenue for the club, particularly during the winter months.
All players, junior and senior, and their families are encouraged to buy a number for the twelve month period and a letter and standing order form can be downloaded by following the links below. Payment can be made by cheque and again details are in the link below.
Please help support the club and sell as many draw entries as you can. Twelve pounds a year is not a lot of money and will help the club support the development of junior cricket and assist in providing much improved facilities. The club is conscious of the current financial restraints however and this year the club will not be organising a grand monthly draw in recognition of that.
Please use the following links to download a letter and standing order form.
Bolton Percy lost the toss once again against a ten man Pickering side. Unsurprisingly, we were put into bat. BP got off to a pedestrian start due in part to the slow pitch and some straight bowling. It’s still not much fun as a batsman at the moment! Matt and Joseph batted well with Matt falling to a good caught and bowled. Joseph was joined by Tom Malloch in the middle who struggled early on with the ball being pushed across him.
Joseph was adjudged LBW after a solid looking start, Malloch was then joined by Joe White. First ball 4, second ball bowled through the gate. Peter Houseman made his way out to the middle meaning business and he batted very well for his 31 runs. Malloch eventually fell for 78 after getting some bat on a yorker but not enough. Tom Atkinson came in at six at started exactly were he left off against Sewerby last season. 36 runs followed from what must have been only 12 balls which sent the playgroup contingent near the club house running for cover. Danny White provided top quality support and hit the shot of the day, an almighty six. BP closed on 195-7 having cracked over 90 runs off the last ten overs.
The second half started well with Pickering finding the going tough. Tom Malloch got another catch early on. Veteran Pickering batsmen dug in and provided some stern resistance. Good bowling was supported by some quality fielding from Joe White and Matty Howden to name just two. It was poorer balls which took wickets full tosses and half trackers doing the business. Tom Atkinson bowled two good spells ending with 3-30 and Peter Houseman picked up another three wicket return. Jonny Pollick bowled well and caused the opposition some real difficulty. Another sharp piece of work from Charlie Greenwood saw him take his second stumping in as many weeks to bring the game to an end. BP win by 40 runs well played lads.
BP seconds remained unbeaten after narrowly missing out on outright victory at Rowntrees. On a cold windy overcast day with a wicket that was thoroughly soaked through BP put Rowntrees in to bat first. Rowntrees made a careful start and continued on to post an opening stand of 70 but it took up over 26 overs which should have given some indication of how difficult it was to force the pace when batting. Credit to Tom Rossington, Andrew Brewster and Andy Ferguson for bowling decent spells and giving very little loose to hit. It was Martin Peasr however who made the breakthrough and went on to finish with 2 for 32 off his 12 overs, a very good stint. Rowntrees threw the bat in the last 10 overs but could just not get going. Andy Brewster came back to finish with 3 for 17 off 10 and Tom Anderson gave some indication of his potential with an impressive 6 over spell of 2 for 9, bowling with searing pace at times. 125 for 7 was the closing score but it has to be said that whilst the bowlers performed well BP’s fielding was abysmal with 5 chances going down, several run out chances missed and the only highlight a stunning catch from Mike Furze taken somewhere between first and second slip, a great effort.
At tea Percy would have fancied their chances of knocking off the runs. Hodge and John rossington got the score to 18 before James fell and was soon followed by Ferguson senior and then Ferguson junior. 23 for 3 and Percy under pressure. Ben Hepworth and John steadied the ship and saw off the openers taking drinks after 23 overs at 44 for 3. John fell soon after for 15 but Steve Temple with a few judicious strokes got Percy back in the game making a fine 22. The critical moment came though when Ben was given out, unluckily as the ball seemed to fly off his upper arm rather than his glove. With Percy needing 6 an over Martin Pears and Mike Furze got Percy closer to the target and over the 100 run mark but with overs running out Martin was bowled and it was left to Mike, ably supported by Andy Brewster to see Percy through to 119 for 7 at the close and a 90% points gain.
Perhaps disappointing Percy could not chase down 125 but credit to Rowntrees for defending it and a bit of a lesson to some on how hard it can be to bat on these type of wickets. The fielding needs to improve if Percy are to continue to press for promotion this year but they remain unbeaten and still in the mix.
Bolton Percy started the day against Thirsk on a negative note by losing the toss and being put into bat on what looked like another bowler friendly track. The coin toss was the only negative note of the day. Matt Westwood powered forth with some expansive shots and Jacob cruised along serenely with some classy drives and trademark cut shots. Matt fell for 47 after picking out the cover fielder and Jacob will be disappointed to have run himself out for 39.
Joseph Hallam looked good and got stuck into some now wayward Thirsk bowling. Tom Malloch joined him in the middle but Joseph fell soon after. Joe White came in at five and pinged the shot of the day out of the park for six. Shortly after he played down the wrong line and was bowled. Malloch was joined in the middle by the evergreen Peter Houseman who batted with real purpose. The pair finished on 36 n.o. and 44 n.o. respectively giving BP a credible first half return of 219-4.
Danny White opened the bowling and looked in devastating form. Movement was prevalent from ball one which served to torment the Thirsk top order. Batmen tried to feel their way around off stump. Big mistake! Wickets were forthcoming with Danny taking one in the first over and then another shortly after, a good catch from Charlie Greenwood. Saturday marked a welcome return for Tom Atkinson who has spent the last year getting on the lash in Manchester and doing some cricket practise in between hangovers. Tom bowled full and up to the bat, which made it hard to score. The cauldron of intensity created in the field meant Thirsk finally took the bait and Tom got two crucial wickets.
Peter Houseman then bowled two devastating overs taking a wicket with what seemed like every ball. He ended the day with a return of 4 for 2 (no that’s not a typo 4 for 2). Praise is due to everyone on an excellent fielding display with some excellent catches. Jacob took two beauties in the covers and Charlie completed the day with an incredibly sharp stumping leaving the visitors all out for 50.
On a general note it was good to see so many friends of the club and second team players showing their support at another great day down at BP.
More photos of the Firsts win over Thirsk on the club facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.354063884659483.83215.256382474427625&type=1
BP Seconds maintained their good start with an impressive win over TABS (Thorp Arch & Boston Spa) with a 4 wicket victory on a cold grey day as BP staged the first home game of the season.
Put in to bat TABS made a painfully slow start in the main due to very impressive bowling from Tom Rossington and Matt Howden who really turned the screws with few loose deliveries and supported with some good ground fielding. Toms’opening spell of 7 overs going for nothing and Matt bowling through to finish with 1 for 33 with 12 coming off his last tired over. Peter Atkinson kept up the good work with a 10 over spell and 2 for 28. Jonny Pollick tied the top end up bowling through to finish with a creditable 3 for 27 and again 12 off one over hardly spoiling his figures. Tom Anderson bowled a couple of lively overs with 1 for 11 before Tom Rossington finished off at the Pond end with figures of 10 – 7 -6 -2. Superb figures. Tom also added a good catch off a steepler and with other good outfield catches from Tom Ando, James Hodge and Jonny Pollick it sealed a very good impressive session in the field. TABS never recovered from a slow start and the pressure was maintained throughout inducing rash strokes as overs were eaten up with the complement of overs being used in two and a half hours. The slow soft outfield and very slow wicket contributing to the snail like pace of the innings. 120 – 9 did not feel like enough runs although if perhaps 150 had been set it may have been different
Percy sent out Hodge and Ferguson snr. to get the reply underway and after a slow first few overs Ferguson started to find his timing punishing a number of short deliveries with powerful back foot drives interspersed with the occasional front foot shot. Hodge supported well and runs came quickly with 51 being posted before Ferguson played on for a fine 31 with six boundaries. Hodge soon followed, holing out at point for 15 before Ali Booth and Jonny Pollick settled things with a stand of 22 before Ali ran himself out for 1 run, although as a partnership it was important stand. Jonny timed the ball exquisitely at times when all before had struggled and was disappointed to hole out at at extra cover. Ben meanwhile got a few overs under his belt making 23 and almost seeing BP home until leg before. There was time for Pete Atko to fail to a good catch at square leg and it was left to Matt Howden, 7 no, and still without an average, and James Rosso, 3 no to see Percy home in the 28th over.
30 points sees BP at the top of the league and deservedly so. Almost everyone has contributed to the last two wins and with a large pool of players to pick from it shows the potential strength in depth the club has. Well done to all and here’s hoping for some firmer wickets and warmer weather!
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