It was a bit of a mixed weekend for BP teams with the firsts, having strung two consecutive wins together coming to grief at Sessay. Pip Malloch had 3 – 43 as Sessay finished on 200 – 6 but BP failed miserably in their run chase. Despite 36 from Tom Malloch the innings folded at 94 and only 3 points collected. Malton hung on for a draw picking up 8 points and Selby had the better of their match at Pickering picking up 27 points. BP remain 28 points clear of the relegation spot.
The seconds faired much better, picking up win points against Dunnington. Put in to bat Dunnington got to 53 – 2 at one point but Maaz Ashraf and Martyn Ferguson doing the damage with 3 – 20 and 3-12 respectively Dunnington subsided to 94 all out. Jon Anderson helping out with 2 – 29. Debutant Chris Megone and Giles Anderson made a watchful start posting 40 before Giles was run out. Nevertheless the solid start laid the ground for some relatively pressure free batting as, following 21 from Giles, Jonny Green hit a breezy 22 and Martyn Ferguson saw the team home with 16 .no. A very good team performance with 30 priceless points. BP sailed up the table to 6th, and whilst now only 3 points off fifth spot, 22 points covers teams from 4th through to 7th.
BP firsts met fellow relegation strugglers Malton in a 60 pointer. Predictably asked to bat on a pudding wicket – credit to all for getting the game on after the heavy rain – BP slumped to 84 all out. Potentially disastrous against a team BP need to put distance between over the last few games. BP if nothing are not fighters now and an absolute wicked bowling performance from Andrew Brewster, 5 – 17, supported by Jacob Green, 3-27 saw them hustle out Malton for 78. Closer than it should have been perhaps as Malton were 45 – 9 at one point. A real nail biter and credit to all for a great fighting performance. They are now 33 points clear of Malton and with 30 points separating 7th place and BP in 10th still lots more to play for.
BP seconds, despite having a quite strong looking, or at least relatively youthful team out, took only 6 points from the visit to Pocklington. Poor, indeed buffet bowling, across the first 12 overs saw Pock get off to a flyer and it was always hard work to pull them back. The opener and number three both made half centuries and despite a very promising bowling debut from Mas Ashraf 4-23, James Rossington 3 – 39 and some excellent catching from messrs Ferguson (senior!) Furze and Rossington, Pock were dismissed for 199. It always looked a tall order with no BP batsmen in any real sort of form and only Andy Ferguson with 39 challenged what was not particularly great bowling from a team who are chasing Hemingbrough at the top of the league. The innings closed on 105 with Jon Anderson at least securing a further bonus point. With other teams gaining 9 points for being rained off BP actually ended up dropping a place to 9th but with only 5 points covering four teams 6th place is still achievable with a little luck and some more fight in the batting department.
BP took win draw points in a tight game against local rivals Copmanthorpe. When the rains came BP were well poised at 41 – 1 off 17. The heavens opened and the game was in the balance however the super sopper worked its magic and when play resumed the game became a 70 over affair with BP having used 17 of them already. The minimum overs Copmanthorpe could bat to enable a result was 28 overs so BP batted through to the end of over 42 with the last wicket falling on 142. A decent par score with Cop having 28 overs to go for them. They did so with some intent maintaining 5 per over up to the 20th over after fireworks from M.Morton 53. However a superb spell of 4 for 41 off James Rossington pegged Cop back and with M.Ferguson 1/26 and James Wilson 1/12 putting in tight spells Cop called off the chase with 28 wanted off three overs and two wickets to fall, finishing on 117 – 7 Given the game looked in doubt at one point it was credit to both teams for producing a match that could have gone either way right up to the end. 23 points for Percy takes them up to 7th but only 5 points off fourth spot. It’s very tight.
BP firsts did the business in some style at Whitkirk with captain Danny White putting in a real captains all round performance. 50 with the bat, supported by Tom Atkinson with 38, Matty Howden 48 and Andrew Brewster 21 BP saw it through to 182-9. Danny then capped a fine day with 5 wickets, supported by Pete Houseman with 3 and Andy Brewster with 2 as Whitkirk were skittled for 60 and 30 very welcome points which lifted BP above Malton. Well done and a great team performance.
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