Percy firsts continued their superb league run with a sixth straight win after beating local derby rivals Tadcaster Magnets.
138 all out was a sub par score and Percy owed much to Peter Houseman with 3 – 10 and some excellent fielding again including a stunning Joe White catch. Joe continued his contribution to the game with a serene knock of 46 no seeing Percy home along with 23 from Peter Houseman as Percy rattle up another 30 points and jumped into third place.
Percy seconds sadly could not match their first team counterparts as after Yapham made 192-7, Tom Anderson 3 – 30, in reply, losing two wickets in the first over did not help. Reportedly the ship was steadied by Ed Noble and Peter Atkinson but once Peter went Ed lacked any sort of support at all and despite his fine 63 the team folded to 114 ao. Four points from the game meant the seconds are now well embroiled in a relegation tussle and need to pick up wins against the teams around them in the coming weeks.
BPCC firsts continued there all conquering run with a 10 wicket victory at Welton & Brough placing them fourth in the league but with only 23 points covering the 2nd 3rd and 4th clubs. Jacob Green had a fine all round game picking up 4 wickets and a half century ably supported by Jonny Pollick with the ball and Tom Atkinson with the bat, with Welton being dismissed for 112 and Jacob and Tom knocking off the runs without loss. With the top clubs to play it is in the hands of the Firsts to really push for promotion as the last third of the season starts.
The seconds suffered a heavy defeat to a handy Heworth side. Fielding first BPCC were lucky to get away with containing Heworth to 225-5 on a bouncy Percy strip. It was always enough though for a side lacking in confidence with nobody making runs at all at the moment. 118 all out was just about a fair reflection on the teams capability at the moment although Martin Pears with 25 did his best to delay the inevitable. Its difficult with an ever changing team as the firsts have the pick of the younger players but relegation is not a foregone conclusion as all the teams battling with Percy are still to play. Confidence will pick up and the points will come.
BPCC Firsts had a comfortable win against Thirsk making it four wins out of four and a rise to fourth place in the table. Thirsk were completely stifled by Tom Atkinson and Peter Houseman who sustained the pressure with long spells. They were then complemented by the spin twins Jacob Green and Suranga Uragaha who picked up the wickets, Jacob 4-27 and Suranga 3-39. 119 was never enough although Percy made heavy weather as three wickets fell with a handful of runs required eventually getting home with 6 down, being grateful to Tom Atkinson, Jacob and Captain Tom Malloch who all made it into the 20’s. This was a very impressive performance with the ball as the ground fielding and catching were absolutely top class.
The Seconds continued to find life difficult, mustering only 10 players after a misunderstanding. Shot out for 98 at Welton and Brough the home side made it easily with two wickets down to give Percy a measly point from the game.
BPCC are grateful this week to ANNE MUSGRAVE for her kind match ball sponsorship.
The Firsts are on a roll and take on Thirsk on what promises to be a scorching day. Why not come down and sink in to a deck chair with a drink in hand and enjoy a cracking game of cricket in a beautiful setting?
The Firsts made it three in a row with a comprehensive home win against TABS. Limited to 135 thanks to a keen bowling and fielding performance with Pete houseman the pick of the bowling with 4 – 29, tabs could not contain Percy for whom Jacob Green made 53, Joe white 33 and Ali Rigby 35 as Percy romped home by 7 wickets. The seconds suffered in the heat though at Stillington. Asked to field first by their sadistic skipper Stillington Firsts made 228 – 8 which was something of a result for Percy as it could have been a lot worse. To Percy’s credit they stuck at it and didn’t quite wilt in the heat whilst field which is more than can be said for the batting which sank without trace. Only Keith Spittle, the most senior of cricketers held out for an undefeated 24 as Percy folded to 79 all out and only 4 points. Percy retained 9th place but only 20 points off relegation. The firsts rose two places to 5th as their good form is starting to have an impact on league places.
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