Continents apart he may be but your corrspondent is delighted to report that Percy seconds made the most of the bad weather, which fouled up Woodhouse and Hornsea, but failed to dampen Percy as they nailed another tight victory and 30 points against neighbours Tadcaster.
Guessing that Percy were inserted, they were indebted to Ben Hepworth, running into late season form with 37 and another solid 36 from Matt Howden for totalling a slightly suspect 136 all out. Whilst this was a similar score to the earlier season clash with rivals Tadcaster would the outcome be the same? Well, Magnets made a better fist of it but it was Andy Brewster, who is having a mighty season with the ball, taking 5 for 13 that ripped the heart out of Magnets to leave them adrift at 101 all out and a magnificent wonderful 30 point haul, worth double given that both Hornsea and Woodhouse were both rained off. Percy now lead the table by 19 points and the championship decider is this coming Saturday where a draw should be enough to see Percy champions for two seasons in a row.
Well done from your correspondent, basking in 38 degree heat, and it is good to know that the good old english weather is useful for some things. Well done Mike and all the team. Lets now make it Champions again.
All numbers bought by members and supporters of the club have now been notified to the respective purchasers and the first BPCC Monthly Draw, for August, has been made by our computerised Random Number Generator.
The first winning number is 36 and a cheque for £20 is winging its way to the Orr family.
The second prize, for number 53, and a cheque for £5 is on its way to Richard Hepworth.
Thank you to all those who have bought numbers for your support. To those who did not buy a number hang your heads in shame.
Look out for the September prize draw winners to be announced soon.
Anyone wishing to purchase a number, now £11 for the year to and including July 2013 please get in touch.
Top spot lost as the pressure at the top finally told as the chasing pack have hauled in BP Seconds as Hornsea go top and Woodhouse narrow the gap. BP failed to take full wickets as a placid Cawood wicket allowed them to bat out time with 8 wickets down and only 27 points claimed by BPCC.
Inserted on a softish greenish wicket Percy got off to a flyer with Hodge (22) and Anderson (27) putting some poor bowling away and racing to a 57 opening stand in less than 10 overs. When both fell however the usual collapse followed and the words headless and chicken seemed appropriate as Percy found themselves 88 for 6 off 19 overs. It was left to Martin Pears, who quite clearly was on sedatives, and Andrew Brewster, to post a magnificent stand of 101 before first Andrew, cruelly run out for 57 (a York Senior League debut half century) and then Martin next ball for 34, left Percy chasing 200 and a fifth batting point. Captain Furze duly saw them home and Percy finished on a creditable and highly unlikely at one point, 203 for 9.
Would Cawood go for the runs? No. That was apparent after 10 overs when Cawood had scored 9 runs and after 20 overs when they had scored 27 runs. The bowlers were switched around, seven used in all but the wicket had long since lost its’ spite and was now as flat as a witches chest. Despite the best efforts of Mike Furze taking 6 for 26 and Jon Anderson 2 for 24 Cawood remained defiant with their opener batting through for 45n.o. and the innings closed on 101 for 8
Disappointing for Percy but it could have been worse. A full points haul next week against Magnets is essential to ensure Percy remain in a promotion place before the likely title decider at Hornsea in two weeks.
Good look next week lads as your correspondent now takes a well earned break in the Greek Islands.
BPCC Seconds had their lead at the top of division 6 cut to 1 point over Hornsea as they failed to force a win against a weakened Osbaldwick side on a good batting wicket taking 25 points from the game. Inserted to bat, as usual, Percy got off to a steady start being 116-4 off 30 overs. the innings came to life in the last fifteen overs as Ben Hepworth completed a fine half century, Ed Noble and Andy Ferguson adding quick runs, 37 and 24 respectively and finished with a flourish as Matt Howden raced to an exhilarating 50 n.o. taking Percy through to 232-8 with 90 coming off the last 10 overs.
The wicket was the truest and quickets played on this year and it soon became clear the Osbaldwick batsmen would have to be winkled out. They dug deep and despite switching the bowling around and the best efforts of Andrew Brewster 1/21, James Rossington 1/24, Andy Ferguson 2/17, Peter Atkinson 1/10 and Martyn Ferguson 2/9 Osbaldwick closed on 102/7 off their 45 overs.
With three games left Percy need 65 points from a possible 90 to ensure promotion with Cawood next, then Tad Magnets followed by what seems likely to be the title decider at Hornsea.
This Saturday sees the annual BPCC Race Night at the ground.
Apart from the races there will be an opportunity to sample the famous Chilli prepared by Mrs White. Along with a raffle there will be chance to bet on the races and there may still be chance to sponsor a race or a horse and jockey. Anyone interested in sponsoring a race please contact Danny White on 07824 465809
Why not come on down to the ground and enjoy a great evening. With several specimen beers on sale and the marquee erected next to the clubhouse the atmosphere will be fantastic and last year proved to be one of the club’s most enjoyable fundraisers.
BP Seconds needed to get back to winning ways against lowly Rowntrees and did so in emphatic style.
Inserted to bat the innings was soon shortened to 39 overs after a thundery shower. After losing an early wicket Phil O’Donnell and John Rossington added 57, altough taking in 20 overs it ensured Percy would have a score and no dangers of a silly collapse, John finally going for 34. Andy Ferguson then joined Phil in adding 49 in quick time with Phil falling on 47. Andy powered his way to 45 off 38 balls sacricing a fifty in team interests. Ed Noble and Ferguson snr. powered the team through to 180 with some lusty blows at the end. 180-5 off 39 was considered a decent score and would take some getting.
This proved the case as the Percy openers made inroads with Andy Brewster and Tom Rossington both taking wickets to add to a run out by Karl Martin with a direct hit. Rowntrees basically stopped scoring as Percy rattled through the wickets. Karl weighed in with a splendid 4 for 10 off 10 overs, James Rossington 1 for 5 off 6 overs and Tom Rossington coming back to dislodge the infamous Tony Christie to ensure Percy took 30 points as Rowntrees folded for 57 all out in the 32nd over.
The Golden moment? Possibly two diving catches by Mike Furze behind the stumps, both of them superb and worthy of the moment, but no, it had to be the look on Andrrew Brewsters face when, posted to second slip, two balls later he held a screamer of a catch. He will never know how the ball stuck or indeed how he could move fast enough to take the ball. A true golden moment and it capped a thoroughly professional display by Percy who are back on track.
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