BP firsts lift gloom with nail biter win
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.