The bank holiday weekend was productive for BP First Eleven who took maximum points across two games and moved into second place with three to play. Playing at Hull on Saturday they avoided the weather and gained a march on their rivals. Tom Atkinson starred with a stunning 126no. to see the team through to an impressive 243-6. Pip Malloch with 3-54 helped see off Hull for 169. The second win was wrapped up at home against Woodhouse Grange and Jacob Green starred with bat and ball, 98no was a good start to the day and was finished off with remarkable bowling figures of 7-15 as Grange subsided to 131. With three games to go against relatively weak opposition Percy have a chance of winning the league as well as ensuring promotion.
BP Seconds fared less well. Rained off on Saturday when winning points was vital was followed by a dismal batting performance on Monday. After bowling out fancied Sheriff Hutton Bridge for 110 with a good all round bowling performance on a damp pitch, the batters continued the trend of poor application and inevitably much over a hundred proved again to be beyond Percy with the close coming at 89 all out. Percy lie bottom of Div.5 48 pts from the third bottom club with three to play and 90 points to win.
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.
It was a somewhat disappointing weekend for the two BP teams in the third round of this years fixtures.
The Firsts playing at local rivals Tadcaster escaped with a losing draw. Batting first Tadcaster, after being restrained for much of their innings cut loose in the last few overs and totalled an impressive 183-7 off 38 overs, rain having foreshortened the match to 76 overs. BP in reply made a reasonable start with Green and Atkinson, combined age 35, adding 25 but once Tom had gone wickets fell regularly, although the BP cause was not helped by “enthusiastic” umpiring. Nevertheless scratching along to finish 1110-8 was not an impressive performance. BP must remember that they remain unbeaten and well placed. The batsmen have got to start firing though.
The Seconds entertained Yapham who fielded a youthful side in comparison to BP who didn’t. Asked to bat on a pitch that took seam BP struggled to score and at 55-6 seemed doomed to post a sub 100 score again. As the wicket dried out Mike Furze saw the team through to 110 all out. This was never going to be enough even though another valiant 5 wickets for Jon Anderson gave hope, poor catching and lack of runs meant defeat when victory may have been so possible with a little more application with the bat.
Bolton Percy travelled to Sewerby on Saturday for a day at the seaside. The pitch looked hard and fast, a dream for batsmen. Sewerby batted first and made hay in the midday sun. They made 45 runs off the outside edge in the first few overs which meant the day had that sinking feeling early on. The wicket gave our bowlers no room for error and Sewerby made a monumental total of 333-6. Jacob Green was the pick of the BP bowlers; he successfully tied up an end for a consistent period of the game.
In reply Matt and Jacob got off to a good start with some delightful shots before Matt miscued one and was caught at mid-on for 26. Tom Malloch joined Green in the middle and faced a series of wides and full tosses. BP wickets then started to tumble. Jacob fell followed by Peter, then Joe, then Danny. The batmen will be disappointed with their dismissals. No outright good bowling but poor shots played across the line which gave the umpire no other option.
An injured Tom Atkinson came in late on and made a well calculated 45n.o. Tom may have learnt a lesson the hard way in that it’s often best to try and field the ball with your hands rather than stick your leg in the way. James Rossington dovetailed attack with defence very well in the later stages of the game to leave BP on 197-8 at the close. Match draw in the loosest sense of the term.
Bolton Percy started the day against Thirsk on a negative note by losing the toss and being put into bat on what looked like another bowler friendly track. The coin toss was the only negative note of the day. Matt Westwood powered forth with some expansive shots and Jacob cruised along serenely with some classy drives and trademark cut shots. Matt fell for 47 after picking out the cover fielder and Jacob will be disappointed to have run himself out for 39.
Joseph Hallam looked good and got stuck into some now wayward Thirsk bowling. Tom Malloch joined him in the middle but Joseph fell soon after. Joe White came in at five and pinged the shot of the day out of the park for six. Shortly after he played down the wrong line and was bowled. Malloch was joined in the middle by the evergreen Peter Houseman who batted with real purpose. The pair finished on 36 n.o. and 44 n.o. respectively giving BP a credible first half return of 219-4.
Danny White opened the bowling and looked in devastating form. Movement was prevalent from ball one which served to torment the Thirsk top order. Batmen tried to feel their way around off stump. Big mistake! Wickets were forthcoming with Danny taking one in the first over and then another shortly after, a good catch from Charlie Greenwood. Saturday marked a welcome return for Tom Atkinson who has spent the last year getting on the lash in Manchester and doing some cricket practise in between hangovers. Tom bowled full and up to the bat, which made it hard to score. The cauldron of intensity created in the field meant Thirsk finally took the bait and Tom got two crucial wickets.
Peter Houseman then bowled two devastating overs taking a wicket with what seemed like every ball. He ended the day with a return of 4 for 2 (no that’s not a typo 4 for 2). Praise is due to everyone on an excellent fielding display with some excellent catches. Jacob took two beauties in the covers and Charlie completed the day with an incredibly sharp stumping leaving the visitors all out for 50.
On a general note it was good to see so many friends of the club and second team players showing their support at another great day down at BP.
A disappointing start for the Firsts as they got ambushed in the wet at Acomb. Losing the toss did not help as inevitably they were put in to bat on a pudding wet wicket. Acomb bowled to a plan, bowling off cutters and slow medium keeping the ball up to the bat with the fielders in the “V” pushed slightly back. The plan worked as scoring became very difficult and eventually the frustrations came out with a rash of poor strokes, some indifferent running, and produced the collapse and instead of setting out their stall to make perhaps 140, a good score possibly on this wicket, BP crashed to 89 all out. In response, BP did not bowl to a similar plan as Acomb, employing two slips, a gully and a third man when perhaps a little pace off the bowling would have allowed more fielders in front of the bat and would have slowed the straight hitting of the Acomb batsmen, who hit through the ball with relative safety, even though many of their shots were aerial. Taking three wickets did mean the first point of the season though.
Credit to Acomb for getting the game on and stealing a march on everyone else. BP will need to have a little steel and be more savvy in coming games.
BP seconds were rained off. The chemist in Tadcaster has refused to take back the large quantity of ice spray and heat spray sold to several members of the team last week. Worry not, it will come in.
The final game of what everyone thinks was the club’s best ever season was the best game of the year. Albert Pattison visited BO for the second Saturday in a row to present the league trophy to Sewerby and the runners-up shield to Bolton Percy. Sewerby arrived unbeaten – 6 hours late they were beaten.
Sewerby were asked to bat on a fast-drying (where did that water come from) wicket and lost two early wickets to Danny White. There then came a 95 run partnership between Chris Chapman and Russ Robinson. The bowling struggled to keep on top and was not helped by some less than athletic fielding. Cries from the record crowd asking that Rosso should come on as a sub were both cruel and accurate – but it would have been difficult to decide who went off. At 35 overs it looked likely that BP would be chasing 280 or so on what was by now a benign pitch but regular wickets in the last 10 overs applied the brake and Sewerby finished on 255 for 8 with Danny adding 4 more wickets to give him an exceptional total of 67 wickets.
Should the club ever introduce a boob of the year list there were late entrants for dropped catch of the year and slowest piece of fielding of the millennium. Both were magnificent and unbelievable efforts.
Bolton Percy lost Jamie 4th ball of the innings. He was due a fail after some superb innings – 697 runs and 3 centuries. Matt and Tom Malloch scored quickly and put on 83 in 15 overs before a mini collapse reduced BP to 101 for 5 in 20 overs. Matt scored 57 to finish the season with 889 runs and 2 centuries before trying to look elegant (highly unlikely scenario) and guide the ball to third man. He was caught behind. Tom M scored 39 highly elegant runs before playing a Matt-type shot through mid-wicket. He missed it and was bowled.
The recovery was lead by Peter Houseman and Tom Atkinson in a stand of 79 in 11 exciting overs. After Peter (29) got out trying to hit a long hop out of the ground Tom was helped by Ali and Jacob who both scored useful and quick runs while Tom continued to smack the ball to all parts – well all parts called mid-wicket and mid-on. Jacob was out with only 8 needed in 2 overs. Sewerby sniffed a chance and were heard to say – lets make sure we keep the no. 10 on strike. Wrong – it was Jon Anderson who was surrounded by fielders trying to stop a single in the final over so he hit the ball straight back over the bowler for 4 to win a superb match. The crowd were ecstatic.
Tom Atkinson ended up with 89* – the best innings of the season and one of the best by a no. 7 for a long time.
A final word on the crowd. It was good to see so many wives, kids , retired, partially retired and ex-cricketers watching as well as almost all the 2nd team. It was also incredible that Sewerby brought so many supporters and many of the players stayed to chat after travelling such a distance. The result was a superb atmosphere and healthy profits for the bar and Tad curry house.
The 1s had a comfortable win against Londesbrough Park although after 15 overs it did not look as though that would be the final result.
BP were asked to bat and after a couple of overs it became obvious that the wicket was slow – just like home. Jamie and Tom Malloch struggled to penetrate a circle field and the score was only 36 after 15 overs. 228 runs were scored in the remaining 30 overs. Most of them came from Jamie and Tom in a stand of 197 before Tom was caught and bowled to a stunning catch for 94. Jamie went on to score 105 before collapsing of exhaustion and getting bowled.
The final total of 254 looked a winning score. The wicket had quickened up but was still on the slow side.
Danny continued his prolific form and took 5 of the first 6 wickets leaving the opposition on 26 for 6 after 13 overs. Bizarrely at this stage Londesbrough Park had scored more runs than BP. Peter Houseman, clearly still affected by the site of the biggest tractor in Yorkshire driving past the ground, got 2 for 38 in not very many overs and Jacob got his first 2 wickets leaving LP 87 all out in 28.4 overs.
The wins puts the 1s 81 points clear of the 3rd placed team leaving a total of 40 points being needed from the 120 available to gain promotion to division 1.
A quick summary of the 1s performances so far.
Matt 717 runs at 44.5, Jamie 579 at 44.5 and Tom M 426 at 35.5
Danny 53 wkts at 16.3 (6 x 5 wickets), Tom A 22 at 18.6 and Ali at 16.3
Full stats can be got from play cricket.
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