Wickersley were the visitors to Abbeydale on Saturday, with big game for both sides. Wick needed to get 7 points to get pressure on Elsecar, and we needed the same margin to move us away from Shiregreen. Neither happened.
Trower won the toss, and opted to bat. At 75-0, it looked to be a good move, but it could have been a little different. Bully was unfortunate not to get Butt out lbw without score and after he was replaced by Colegate, he too was unlucky not to get Trower twice. First, with a ball that went through vacated slip position and secondly with a sharp chance that fell to Longers at short extra cover. Fielding bowled very economical spell again, without looking too dangerous.
Anyway, wicket did come as Colegate got Trower out on the drive caught by captain Richards. It soon became 81-2, as Longers picked up his first wicket with Heathcote the man out – caught behind for 3. This came after Colegate had him dropped on 0 by Riaz at second slip – I am led to believe the 7th drop of the season by “safe-hands” Riaz! Longers then got his 2nd, with the other opener Butt holing out to Hancock at mid-on who looked terrified with the ball coming towards him.
84-3, game on as wicket playing very well. Riaz replaced Colegate, and after a lull in the game, picked up our 4th wicket, with their WK Bentley slipping on his stumps with 114 on board. Longers continued at the other end without success, and it was down to the returning Colegate (replacing Riaz) to pick up the next 3 wickets. First, Holt was caught at long off by Israh, half centurion Lund was caught by Riaz for 58 and Asher was caught by Bully at backward point for 0. Bully had come back into the attack for Longers, and picked up the final wicket of Wickersley innings, a good catch by Bartles, unfortunately few blows accompanied it and they ended up on 215-8 off 50 overs.
Danny and Israh opened up, and disaster struck early for Walton as he was run out by Inzy for 1 run. Riaz came and went quickly, with Israh soon following him. 30-3, and we were up against it from the start. Target quickly became 2 points, as Wick were bowling very economically and we just get not get any pressure on. Bartles batted really well for 26, but his demise brought a few quick wickets – namely Josh and Colton. At 64-6, we were staring down a heavy defeat.
Thankfully, Bully was joined at the crease by Ben and they both batted positively and took the score to 105 with a good partnership of 41. Bully the man out for 23 – giving Davies his 3rd wicket of the day. Enter shoulder victim Colegate, who together with Ben carried on the hard work and took the score to 165-7 – giving us a vital point with a great stand of 60. Colegate (29 not out) showing his 1st team experience, and Ben (48 not out) giving him more than ample support with some lovely shots.
The final 2 wickets of our innings put on 101 – grit, determination and positive shots got us a valuable point. We go to Elsecar next week, where lets be honest, nothing is expected of us – could we make it 3 wins there in 4 years?