Season ends on high note for both BP teams
The 2014 season ended on a fine Septembers evening with victory for both BP teams.
The First Eleven squeezed home at lowly Selby. After electing to bat Selby posted a modest 154 all out. BP were indebted to opener Jacob Green who stood steadfast as wickets tumbled eventually falling for 76. Only Captain Tom Malloch, with 26, contributed anything of significance but BP edged home with seven down off 47 overs to record 30 points and confirm 7th place in the table. With 6 outright wins and several draw points this was a creditable return over a somewhat truncated weather affected season. Looking at the form guide over the last 5 weeks BP firsts were third with their points haul so a good strong finish to the season. Building for next year starts now though.
The seconds had a most enjoyable afternoon against higher placed Carlton towers and a great deal of joy is had in reporting the contribution made by our younger team members. In fact they took all 10 Towers wickets between them and all four made the ball swing and cut and well deserved their rewards. Stand up James Wilson with a spectacular exhibition of swing and seam bowling, 6 over 4 maidens 3 wickets for 4 runs. Exceptional.
Charlie Gregory continued the good work with 1 for 16 off his 6 overs, Keiron Gargan with 6 overs and 1 for 20 and star of the day James Tucker who wiped out Towers with 6 overs, 5 wickets for 26 leaving Towers in tatters and his father £50 worse off after a rather rash promise made in the morning to reward a five wicket haul!! Backed up by some energetic fielding and solid catching Towers were tipped out for 104 off 35 overs.
Chris Megone and Giles Anderson opened with a solid partnership of 33, Giles 22 before the old timers got a look in and John Rossington with 30 and Peter Atkinson with 31 seeing the team home to a very comfortable 8 wicket victory and 30 points.
This, apart from being a good win, indicated a great deal of promise for the future. A good blend of youth and experience with the younger members all making significant and telling contributions. If the club can keep these six or seven youngsters interested in the game, with support from the older members the second eleven future looks bright.
30 points ensured BP finished in 7th position with a very respectable haul of 333 points. The form guide showed BP fourth in points gained over the last five matches so again a decent solid finish to the season. With 5 games abandoned and two games where we could not field a side, it seems we have only played two thirds of a season, nevertheless 7 outright victories in the 15 games we did complete is a good record and the club looks forward with confidence to next year.