Crap and crapper!
Something of a pisspotical weekend for both Percy teams. The firsts crashed to 76 all out an a sticky dog with Sessay taking the points with only 4 wickets down. The seconds, after doing the hard work and getting Dunnington out for 99 crashed to 87 all out after being 36 for 0 and 60 for 5. Only Captain Ed Noble with 44 featuring. Jon Anderson and Adam Mosley helped themselves to 3 wickets each but an early dropped catch and then letting the last Dunnington pair add 25 proved costly. Must do better all!
Both teams came away with points and importantly were unbeaten on a hot summers day. BP Seconds led the way with a comprehensive victory at local rivals Copmanthorpe. Both teams were fielding weakened sides however, after putting Cop in to bat, BP’s ground fielding was really excellent. Top spells from Adam Mosley, 2 for 22 off 12 and Tom Rossington, a miserly 2 for 5 off 8 kept Cop under the cosh and M.Ferguson with 4 for 12 off 8 and 14 year old Duncan Robertson an impressive 2 for 8 off 3 overs cleaned up the rest. BP didn’t hang about and an opening stand of 36 went a long way to settling the match. Ed Noble continued his superb form seeing the team home with 56 n.o. and has now scored 206 runs for once out this year. Long may that continue. 30 good points for BP but credit to both teams for getting full sides out.
BP firsts came up what looked a useful Whitkirk outfit. Some sloppy fielding let Whitkirk off the hook a bit as one of the beneficiary’s , Simpson went on to make 121. Whitkirk amassed a more than useful 258 for 8 off their allotted 48 overs an probably enjoyed their tea more than Percy did although Andrew Brewster with 3 for 48 and Peter Houseman, 3 for 46 should be credited.. It needed a good start for Percy and sadly it was not to be with wickets tumbling regularly. A good 6th Wicket stand between Buddy Mirando and Andrew Ferguson looked as though it would see Percy to safety as any hope of chasing the score down evaporated in the heat. After Buddy perished for 28, soon followed by Suranga, the last 12 overs were a nail biter. Andrew Brewster got a daisy cutter after looking so comfortable. James Hodge didn’t get much benefit of the doubt with his decision and it was left to Andrew Ferguson with an assured and at times powerful 35 n.o. and Charlie Gregory hanging on for the last two overs, seeing off the spin attack. Charlie provided the moment of the match, when coming in with strict orders to bat out the last two overs immediately swatted his first ball for a splendid four. This brought Percy another batting point and a new perspective on the defensive prod! Nevertheless, Percy picked up 8 points against a strong team and were unbeaten at the end. Well done all this weekend.
BP Firsts ran in comfortable winners against local rivals Acomb after restricting the visitors to a modest 124 – 9 with Andrew Brewster and Tom Atkinson each with four wickets. Tom followed up with 50, Jacob Green 31 and Tom Malloch seeing the side home for full points with 28 n.o. Tom’s match winning performance did not overshadow Atkinson seniors performance at Woodhouse Grange however! Inserted on a beautiful looking wicket captian Ed Noble continued his good form from the first weekend striking a powerful 110.no including 12 fours and two sixes. Peter Atkinson joined in the fun compiling an excellent 100 n.o. with Ed declaring with the score on 242 – 2 off only 37 overs. the pair added 219, probably a BP third wicket record and was the first time that two players have registered a hundred for the team in the same innings, unless anyone can remember otherwise.
Woodhouse were never in the hunt being blown away for only 19 off 20 overs with Jon Anderson bagging 4 for 7 off nine overs, Tom Belt 1 for 8, Mattie Howden 3 for 3, Adam mosley 1 – 0 and Mattie producing a direct hit run out.
Woodhouse were handicapped when two players had to leave early to attend Beavers and two had to go home as it was tea time!! Joking aside credit to Grange for putting a team out. They had several very young players who performed with credit and some bravery and they should hold their heads high. Stick to it lads.
Nevertheless a good weekend for both BP teams as win points gets both teams back in the mix. With the leagues seemingly being altered again next year a high finishing position is needed to ensure some quality cricket next season so all win points are very welcome.
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