The 2nd team hosted Whitley Hall on Saturday – the first game in our run against the so called big sides. Few changes to the team from previous week, notably Butts going up to the 1st team and Simmo/Lister being omitted. All in all – the dressing room looked considerably young.
Whitley Hall won the toss and opted to bat on a decent looking deck. Bully opened the bowling, and had the best possible start. Regulation catch for Charles Langdale (fresh from appearing in the Secret Millionaire) at first slip – DROPPED. I don’t want to spoil the report too much, but that drop only cost us 117*. Rambo opened up with Bully, and bowled fairly well, without threatening. He did create one chance for us though, when the other opener hit a drive at mid-off, unfortunately straight to, yes, you have guessed it, Charles Langdale – DROPPED. At 40-2, you never know how things could have panned out!
Our first wicket eventually came with 71 on the board, with Benji (who had replaced Bully) getting one with the help of a) Colton and (more importantly) b) the umpire. The next partnership put on 168!!! Hancock (superhero), Riaz and Bartles all persevered without success, and it was left to Bully and Staley to come back at the end to try and restrict the score. Century for Siddall and 80 for Yorkshire Academy player Sharp on debut.
300 looked possible at one point, but few tightish overs at the end and a few wickets along the way meant Whitley could only manage 253-4. Bully picking up a deserved wicket, and Riaz finishing with 2. Opener finished on 117* – did I mention he was dropped on 0?
For once, in a very very long time, we made a great start to our innings, which was helped by Donovan not being able to bowl due to bad back. Danny and Khuram batted superbly, running well, not taking risks and putting away the bad ball. We did not lose a wicket until 46 was on the board, which must be the highest opening partnership we have had of the season. The man to go Danny Walton – stumped again, when he needn’t have been. Ben Fielding was next in……..and next out for 0, caught behind and their average spinner soon had 2. Riaz next in, and although played some lovely shots for a quickfire 21 – he soon holed out for the 2nd time in the season against Whitley at deep midwicket. Khuram went straight after drinks for 27 (missing a straight one) and at 83-4, it was looking like our innings was going to go it’s usual way. Charles Langdale and Tom Bartles set out about repairing the damage, with Secret Millionaire playing freely with Bartles supporting nicely.
However, Bartles soon went (bowled) with score on 107. Benji came in next, and supported Langers jnr nicely. Charles was set for a well earned and much deserved 50, but was unfortunately out for 48, bowled by Jaco C. Enter Bully at 149-6 – with the instructions that was 178 was required for a point. Benji and Bully going nicely towards this target, until word reached us that it was in fact 190 needed. We upped the anti, but lost Benji for 24 in the process. 11 required off 2 overs, became 7 off 6 balls. The over went as follows, Bully on strike:
1/W (colton run out coming back for 2nd)-1-2-w (staley)-1-1
We finished 189-9, one run away from a point – gutting. Lots of positives though, and good fighting performance. Treeton away next week – don’t drop their big players lads!