A fine day’s cricket is anticipated for tomorrow as BP seconds welcome Stamford Bridge. Regular patron JOHN CONACHER is match ball sponsor and our grateful thanks to him for his continued patronage.
Joe Root brightened an otherwise miserable day for BPCC with both teams crashing to defeat with somewhat inept performances.
The first eleven set 158 to win on a bright sunny day with a decent wicket and fast outfield were dismissed for 100 with only Alistair Rigby digging in for 28. The home side were just 15 balls from earning losing draw points when the last wicket fell and the first defeat of the season.
The second eleven did not fair any better. Suicidal batting as player after player heaved at the ball giving catching practice with only James Hodge lasting 25 overs for his 25 runs. Bowling did not engender any sort of improvement as a young Castleford side, probably favourites for the league, sailed to a comfortable win.
36 years since Geoffrey Boycott waited until everyone was home from work before completing the inevitable 100th century at Headingley. BP seconds granted your correspondent the same luxury by allowing him to get home to see Joe Root complete a momentous moment for him, Yorkshire and England (In that order).
More steel and application is required BP. The bowling is fine but with the batting failing to get runs on the board they have nothing to work with.
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27th April Seconds v Welton and Brough Lance Rowntree
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11th May Seconds v Yapham Sheila and Graham Atkinson
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It was a somewhat disappointing weekend for the two BP teams in the third round of this years fixtures.
The Firsts playing at local rivals Tadcaster escaped with a losing draw. Batting first Tadcaster, after being restrained for much of their innings cut loose in the last few overs and totalled an impressive 183-7 off 38 overs, rain having foreshortened the match to 76 overs. BP in reply made a reasonable start with Green and Atkinson, combined age 35, adding 25 but once Tom had gone wickets fell regularly, although the BP cause was not helped by “enthusiastic” umpiring. Nevertheless scratching along to finish 1110-8 was not an impressive performance. BP must remember that they remain unbeaten and well placed. The batsmen have got to start firing though.
The Seconds entertained Yapham who fielded a youthful side in comparison to BP who didn’t. Asked to bat on a pitch that took seam BP struggled to score and at 55-6 seemed doomed to post a sub 100 score again. As the wicket dried out Mike Furze saw the team through to 110 all out. This was never going to be enough even though another valiant 5 wickets for Jon Anderson gave hope, poor catching and lack of runs meant defeat when victory may have been so possible with a little more application with the bat.
Honours this weekend to the First Eleven who took maximum points again and will sit proudly at the top of league 2 tonight. Welton and Brough batted first and failed to make good use of the wicket as they collapsed after a steady start at the hands of Jacob Green with 5 – 17 mustering only 96. A simple enough target made difficult by Percy’s early batsmen. Acting captain Danny White was rather unimpressed by his batting colleagues performance and, at 5 wickets down, decided enough was enough striking 26 off 10 balls and that was that. Well done and a good start for the Firsts.
The Second Eleven were disappointing at Heworth throwing away an excellent position at 83-3 off 25 overs collapsing timidly to 120 all out. Only James Hodge with 24 and Giles Anderson with an impressive 21 showed any mettle as too many players gave their wickets away. Heworth got off to a flyer when they came to bat scoring at 7 an over until the openers were parted after adding eighty odd. Two late wickets for a bonus point were little consulation for Percy who need to add a bit of nous to the batting particularly as the wickets are firming up.
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