The Festival Weekend beckons for Bolton Percy with games scheduled from Friday through to Sunday. Everyone is welcome to the Festival evening on Saturday. Bring some barbeque food and enjoy the evening of live music, entertainment and good conversation.
The proposed new Monthly Draw also beckons. The deadline for getting the forms back was today and I can advise that at the moment we have about 35 numbers sold.
Some members have indicated that they were bringing their forms and money down on Festival night next Saturday. Whilst these will now of course be very welcome, due to the lateness of any forms coming in we will not be able to hold the first draw on Saturday night. There is just too much administration to do to get the numbers onto the computer, all the address and email details sorted and the standing order forms checked etc. Additionally we need to be sure that the draw is viable and to this end we need to sell a minimum of 80 numbers. If we are unable to do so then all draw entries received so far will be returned. If we sell enough numbers we will have two prize draws on 1st August. Members are reminded entry is £12 for one number in each of the twelve monthly draws.
BP seconds earned a creditable losing draw against a useful Hornsea side taking 16 points for a 90% run chase.
Hornsea despite being in a good position at one point were hampered by their innings being reduced to 36 overs when they had already completed 26 overs with the inevitable rain breaks acting in Percy’s favour. The last 10 overs illicited useful runs but Percy dismissed them for 130 with an over to spare. Pick of the bowling again was Tom Rossington with 3 for 33 off 9 and Andrew Brewster an economical opening spell of 1 for 14 off 6 overs. Martin Pears however bowled well in the middle and at the death finishing with 3 for 45 off 11. BP’s fielding was outstanding with youngsters Cyril Farrar and Matt Orr giving superb performances saving several runs which, in the final analysis were crucial.
With Percy fielding a somewhat depleted side in terms of experience, chasing 130 off 37 overs against a very good Hornsea attack was never going to be easy. Hodge opening with Martin Pears got the score moving but it was Pears, opening as he needed to be in Scotland this evening!! taking the attack to Hornsea. But with James Hodege and then Ferguson failing to add too much to the score, Martin fell for a more than useful 30. Percy were 50 for 3 with Andrew Brewster and Captain Mike Furze needing to hang in and keep Percy in the hunt. They did not disappoint as principally Andrew with support from Mike took the score to 111 before Andrew perished run out attempting a second run. An innings of 40 from Andrew during which he played some fine shots, ran well and showed great temperment. With Percy now struggling to make the 130 the target was 118 for extra draw points. The last over came with the score on 114 and Mike on strike only to fall first ball. Matthew Orr then holed out also first ball bringing in seasoned pro John Rossington. With four wanted off four balls John calmly took 2 through backward point, defended the next, took a single to mid off and left Olly Brook to strike a beautiful on drive over mid on for four runs to take Percy to 121 for 6 and extra points, which , with the first innings bowling points totalled 16 for the game. A more than useful haul in the circumstances.
Percy lead the division by 21 points from Woodhouse Grange and by 34 points from third place Cawood. It is all very tight with the weather meaning teams can gain on opponents by getting wins in whilst others are rained off. Percy need to get back to winning ways and create a gap to give a little breathing space a the top of the division.
Yes, BPCC is to hold another Race Night on Saturday 11th August. Bookmark the date in your diary.
As per previous years there will be chances to bet on the races with sponsors also required for the jockeys and horses as well as overall race sponsor. Download the sponsor form via the attached link below.
This is one of our major fund raising events of the year and following on from the fantastic success of last year I am sure it will be a great night.
Tom Rossington was the hero, ably supported by Andrew Brewster as BP Seconds gained maximum points at Tadcaster when at one point all seemed lost.
Inserted on a decent looking strip BP made a woeful start. 16 for 4 and 50 for 7 at the half way mark indicated either a lively wicket or inept batting. Sadly it was the latter as batsman after batsmen succumbed to the bait laid by Tadcaster and catch after catch was offered up in the ring. Only a fine rearguard action, mixed with some aggressive shots, and a selection of at least three bats, by Captain Mike Furze, saw Percy through to 112 all out in the 37th over. Peter Atkinson being the only other contribution of note with 21.
Whilst Tadcaster may have enyoed their teas a little more your correspondent was quietly confident that 112 may be difficult to chase down although another 30 runs would have been good.
It certainly was a game of two halves however as the young BP attack of Tom Rossington and Andrew Brewster absolutley tore into the Tadcaster batsmen who were soon reduced to 16 for 4 and 29 for 9 before both openers had completed their spells. Seven batsmen bowled and two LBW told its own story and was a testament to the line and movement gained by the tearaway couple. Tom Anderson finished things off in his second over with another LBW and Tadcaster were all out for 31. Tom Rossington finishing with career best 7 – 1 – 9 -6 and Andrew Brewster 6 – 0 -15 – 3. Terrific performances.
30 points for BP and with only Woodhouse Grange forcing a result BP, Cawood and Woodhouse look like being the three teams fighting for promotion. BP need to replicate the runs they scored last year though as the bowlers cannot always carry the side as they have done recently. Nevertheless a fine win and one to lift the spirits in this long hot summer.
The First Eleven game due to be played today at BPCC is off. Ground Waterlogged.
BP Seconds game is off due to standing water on the square. The Firsts are still on at Bridlington if anyone fancies a drive out there!
BP Seconds didn’t enjoy their jaunt to the coast and were grateful for rain bringing the game to an end after just 10 overs. There was no doubt the pitch was playable at outset and predictably Percy were inserted. Early wickets fell as the ball nipped about a bit. The first interruption for rain reduced the innings to 40 overs a side and Percy were on a hiding to nothing really batting first as their innings could have been curtailed at any time once the 25 over minimum innings length was reached. However, despite Andy Ferguson looking assured, the early wickets meant Percy were on the back foot and at 24 for 3 after 10 overs were grateful for the monsoon to descend and put an end to the game. Percy would be satisfied with nine points and as other results were similarly affected the status quo remains with Percy still topping the division.
BP Seconds enjoyed a superb victory against a strong Cawood side previously unbeated this year to move clear at the top of division 6.
Electing to bat on a wicket that had a little bit in it BP totally failed to see off the more than useful Cawood openers collapsing to 19 – 5 with some indifferent batting against splendid new ball bowling. It wasn’t until Mattie Howden joined Peter Atkinson in an innings steadying stand of 51 that a crumb of hope arose. Peter fell at 70 – 6 but firstly Mattie, supported by James Rossington saw the team almost to the 100 mark and a hardly believable bonus point before he fell for a fine 42 including two sixes and six fours. Andrew Brewster joined James in a suberb, scintillating and totally demoralising stand of 84 before James perished for a magnificent 61 including two sixes and five fours. A really fine effort which Andrew Brewster, last out for 36 played his part and unleashed a series of drives and pulls that showed real class. The innings closed on an almost unbelievable 185 and four bonus points. Riches indeed from the depths of 19 for 5. Cawood probably did not enjoy the excellent teas quite a smuch as BP did!
Cawoods innings began relatively quietly although Tom Rossington found a beauty that nipped away and clipped the off stump to remove one opener early on. Cawoods captain came in and was faced with at least four fielders all fielding somewhere near point or backward point. A plan perhaps? After steady but unspectacular progress, Andy Brewster bowling a tidy six overs, it was the Tando who came on and, after a rather spectacular first ball when he tripped and nearly arrived at the batsmans end before the ball did, he settled and bowled with some hostility. Cawoods captain duly played his part and the first square cut he played sailed in to the hands of one of the point fielders. A big blow delivered by BP. However the change bowling let Cawood back in to the game with two experienced batsmen at the crease. Firstly Peter and then Mattie gave too many four balls which were duly despatched and Cawood were well in the game and up with the rate with eight overs from the pond end costing 53 runs. Andy Ferguson, after a poor start settled to bowl his last five overs conceding only one boundary and with a bonus gift run out in the middle of his spell the game swung back to Percy. Tom Rossington was recalled and immediately prompted a false stroke as Cawood were going for the runs but Mattie could not hold the difficult chance. Moments late though he redeemed himself with a direct hit to run out Cawoods last remaining threat and from now on it remained to be seen whether Percy could force the win. Tom located the stumps to pick up his third wicket and finished with a fine spell of 3 for 18 off 12 overs.Tom Anderson came back on to pick up his second wicket first ball, finishing with 2 for 11 off 8 and Andy Brewster wrapped things up in the 43rd over as Cawood subsided to 151 all out and Percy took 30 points out of a game that some thought could have been finished by 3.00pm.
This was a splendid effort, good ground fielding and tight bowling following a batting performance that demonstrated the depth of quality BP now have. BP open a small gap at the top of the league but with player shortages forecast for the trip to Hornsea next week yet more difficult times lie ahead.
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