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.
The Firsts made it three in a row with a comprehensive home win against TABS. Limited to 135 thanks to a keen bowling and fielding performance with Pete houseman the pick of the bowling with 4 – 29, tabs could not contain Percy for whom Jacob Green made 53, Joe white 33 and Ali Rigby 35 as Percy romped home by 7 wickets. The seconds suffered in the heat though at Stillington. Asked to field first by their sadistic skipper Stillington Firsts made 228 – 8 which was something of a result for Percy as it could have been a lot worse. To Percy’s credit they stuck at it and didn’t quite wilt in the heat whilst field which is more than can be said for the batting which sank without trace. Only Keith Spittle, the most senior of cricketers held out for an undefeated 24 as Percy folded to 79 all out and only 4 points. Percy retained 9th place but only 20 points off relegation. The firsts rose two places to 5th as their good form is starting to have an impact on league places.
The firsts kept up the good work with a comprehensive win at Hornsea. Andy Brewster with 4 -15 and Suri with 3 – 32 ensured the home said never got going and 114 was never enough as Tom Malloch, 52 no and Joe White made sure of the 30 points. Only 7th place was maintained however in the league which shows how tight it is with 40 points covering the 6 teams around Percy.
the seconds gained some much needed points with winning advantage draw against last seasons title rivals Hornsea. Put in to bat the Hornsea fielding was less than impressive as after a steady start Karl Martin flailed 62 and in support Mike Furze with 47no as Percy raced to a above par 205-6. Despite an opening stand of 75 Martyn Ferguson and Karl Martin squeezed Hornsea, each picking up two wickets and apart from a two over slog at the end to get additional draw points the visitors were never in the hunt and Percy eventually settled for 22 points. 9th place was maintained and again in a tight league only 35 points cover the bottom 6 clubs.
Both Percy teams put in absolute cack performances today, double cack in fact, as neither side managed to post 100 and only the first eleven somehow taking a wicket. James Hodge is the only person worth a mention making a bright and enterprising 36 for the seconds in an opening stand of 55 with John Rossington. 10 wickets then fell for a further 35 runs as cack, his brother cack and cousins cack all failed to make any impact. Sheriff Hutton Bridge knocked off the runs without breaking sweat as the seconds failed to register a point. The First fared little better falling for 92 as Woodhouse Grange ran out 7 wicket winners.
Everyone appears a little cacked off at the moment and one wonders how many are actually taking the games seriously and giving their beleaguered captains some support and loyalty. A little attitude is required or it will be a very long uncomfortable season for both teams if anything by todays performances are to go by.
BP Firsts continue to grow in confidence as Tom Malloch, 49, Jacob Green, 49 and Joe White 52 all made a little hay in the sun as BP amassed 188-8 after taking first use of a decent dry batting strip. Nevertheless this was a sub par score and another 30 runs would have been the target at outset. Hull never really got in the game though as Danny White with 4-12 ensured that BP would take win draw points and put another 23 points on the table. Confidence and a belief that BP are a good side in this division is returning and wins are forecast!
BP seconds enjoyed a good days ultimately disappointing cricket at Selby. A very youthful Selby side made good use of a strip that resembled the M1 and certainly had less pot holes! 219-6 was ultimately a disappointing score after being in a good position at the half way mark A good fight back by the Percy bowlers with Matt Howden and Martin Pears keeping the lower batting in check at the end. Percy’s gallant bowlers were though let down by 5 chances, none easy, being spilled. Ultimately they had a major bearing on the games’ outcome. Percy’s reply began steady enough and on a lightning fast outfield stopping runs scoring was never easy. Good contributions from several batsmen, notably Ed Noble with 40 and Matt Howden, 29 kept Percy in the hunt. With Martin Pears selling his wicket dearly and Jon Anderson threatening to bring Percy home 36 were wanted off five overs with three wickets in hand and Selby, noisy throughout, were rattled. Sadly Jon fell quickly and Martin Pears soon after for 23 meaning Percy were never going to make the winning score threatened just a few balls earlier. The last pair holed out with three overs left and disappointingly Percy were unable to add well earned draw points to the seven bonus points so at the end, after a cracking good game it felt like 5 points lost.
BP Seconds took the honours this weekend with a convincing home victory against Stamford Bridge. Mike Furze with 4 for 21 and Mattie Howden, 3 for 39 restricted Bridge to 153 all out off their 45 overs. Some fine fielding supported the bowlers and the Bridge score seemed a good 30 below par. Disciplined batting followed on a benign wicket as Ali Booth with 51 n.o. with support from Ed Noble, 36, Giles Anderson with 22 and James Hodge with 16, guided Percy to a comfortable 4 wicket victory, the runs coming off 38 overs and 30 points in the bag. A much better performance with Ali’s innings providing the stability missing in earlier games.
The Firsts could not match the Seconds this week as they lost a close fought encounter at Londsboro. Percy posted 175 batting first but dropped catches proved vital as the home side knocked the winning runs in the last over with five wickets down. Nevertheless an improved batting performance from the Firsts which should give them all a bit more confidence going forward
BPCC Seconds started the season with a comfortable win againt Welton and Brough. In bitterly cold conditions Jon Anderson was rampant and supported by Tom Rossington they reduced the visitors to 28 for 8 before a late recovery saw them through to 77 all out with Jon finishing with six wickets. Some fine catching supported the bowlers and the home side enjoyed a most superb tea.
The visitors made Percy work hard for the victory though with Giles Anderson, Jon Anderson, Captain Ed and Ben Hepworth falling cheaply. Alistair Booth sold his wicket dearly though and almost saw the team home before leaving it to Mike Furze to steady the ship and new club member Dinuk Mirando to close out the game with some classy looking shots.
A first class start to the season.
BP Seconds gave a champion performance in the title decider at Hornsea winning by 33 runs and ensuring that for the second consecutive season they topped their league and gained promotion to division 5 next season.
Inserted as usual BP made a solid start but wickets soon fell and at 38 for 4 it looked ominous. However not for the first time this season Martin Pears and Andrew Brewster combined taking the score towards respectability as Martin made 23 and Andrew top scoring with 32. It was left to the Anderson duo though to steer BP towards a decent score with Jon making 23 and a fine 24 from Giles Anderson, an innings that should great maturity, much promise and not a little amount of skill and technique. Keith Spittle, making a guest appearance, saw off the final ball to ensure Hornsea did not take all the bowling points as Percy finished on 163 for 9.
Hornsea, needing 5 points themselves to guarantee promotion and with 4 in the bag from the first innings, got off to a rapid start and whilst good fielding from Jon Anderson brought about Percy’s first success from a run out Hornsea were well placed at 54 for 1. Tom Rossington struck the critical blow though bowling their star batsman for 37. Steady inroads were made as Mike Furze and Jon Anderson quelled the scoring rate but it was Andy Ferguson who went on to star with the ball picking up 5 for 27 as Martin Pears had 1 for 4 and Mike finishing with 2 for 35, Hornsea rolling over for 130.
This was a really fine team effort with good fielding and catching and the bowlers starring for Percy again. Next season, if the harder wickets return, the batsmen should start hitting consistent form again but seeing the league make up for Division 5 there is nothing to fear for Percy who are nurturing some outstanding young talent at the moment. One thing is for sure is that Percy are grateful for a large pool of players, the envy of many clubs, most of whom made at some stage significant contributions throughout the season.
Well done to all. Champions two years in succession. You can’t argue with that.
Top spot lost as the pressure at the top finally told as the chasing pack have hauled in BP Seconds as Hornsea go top and Woodhouse narrow the gap. BP failed to take full wickets as a placid Cawood wicket allowed them to bat out time with 8 wickets down and only 27 points claimed by BPCC.
Inserted on a softish greenish wicket Percy got off to a flyer with Hodge (22) and Anderson (27) putting some poor bowling away and racing to a 57 opening stand in less than 10 overs. When both fell however the usual collapse followed and the words headless and chicken seemed appropriate as Percy found themselves 88 for 6 off 19 overs. It was left to Martin Pears, who quite clearly was on sedatives, and Andrew Brewster, to post a magnificent stand of 101 before first Andrew, cruelly run out for 57 (a York Senior League debut half century) and then Martin next ball for 34, left Percy chasing 200 and a fifth batting point. Captain Furze duly saw them home and Percy finished on a creditable and highly unlikely at one point, 203 for 9.
Would Cawood go for the runs? No. That was apparent after 10 overs when Cawood had scored 9 runs and after 20 overs when they had scored 27 runs. The bowlers were switched around, seven used in all but the wicket had long since lost its’ spite and was now as flat as a witches chest. Despite the best efforts of Mike Furze taking 6 for 26 and Jon Anderson 2 for 24 Cawood remained defiant with their opener batting through for 45n.o. and the innings closed on 101 for 8
Disappointing for Percy but it could have been worse. A full points haul next week against Magnets is essential to ensure Percy remain in a promotion place before the likely title decider at Hornsea in two weeks.
Good look next week lads as your correspondent now takes a well earned break in the Greek Islands.
BP Seconds needed to get back to winning ways against lowly Rowntrees and did so in emphatic style.
Inserted to bat the innings was soon shortened to 39 overs after a thundery shower. After losing an early wicket Phil O’Donnell and John Rossington added 57, altough taking in 20 overs it ensured Percy would have a score and no dangers of a silly collapse, John finally going for 34. Andy Ferguson then joined Phil in adding 49 in quick time with Phil falling on 47. Andy powered his way to 45 off 38 balls sacricing a fifty in team interests. Ed Noble and Ferguson snr. powered the team through to 180 with some lusty blows at the end. 180-5 off 39 was considered a decent score and would take some getting.
This proved the case as the Percy openers made inroads with Andy Brewster and Tom Rossington both taking wickets to add to a run out by Karl Martin with a direct hit. Rowntrees basically stopped scoring as Percy rattled through the wickets. Karl weighed in with a splendid 4 for 10 off 10 overs, James Rossington 1 for 5 off 6 overs and Tom Rossington coming back to dislodge the infamous Tony Christie to ensure Percy took 30 points as Rowntrees folded for 57 all out in the 32nd over.
The Golden moment? Possibly two diving catches by Mike Furze behind the stumps, both of them superb and worthy of the moment, but no, it had to be the look on Andrrew Brewsters face when, posted to second slip, two balls later he held a screamer of a catch. He will never know how the ball stuck or indeed how he could move fast enough to take the ball. A true golden moment and it capped a thoroughly professional display by Percy who are back on track.
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