After some lovely weather last week it was back to English normality with a complete washout on Saturday. Some games started but none of them finished as Abbeydale looked more like a lake than a cricket pitch by Saturday evening!
On Sunday however we had 2 completed games, unfortunately both ended up as losses.
Our 1st XI were beaten by a good Harrogate CC side in the ECB National Knockout. Playing on an uncovered pitch due to it being more fit to play than the covered one ba…tting was always going to be tricky. An early breakthrough from Henry Eldred that rose from a length proving this almost instantly. However Harrogates captain appeared to be batting on the M1, bludgeoning 57 from 26 balls with some seriously big hits. He fell to a fantastic catch from Danny Walton, having been deceived by a Josh Varley slower ball. After the explosive start our lads fought back brilliantly, claiming regular wickets. Spinners Billy Root and Matt Dixon claiming 3 wickets a piece thanks to some wonderful outfield catches, Henrys full length dive at deep midwicket the pick of the bunch. Harrogate bowled out for 217. Unfortunately our batting couldn’t quite get over the line, as we lost crucial wickets at bad times. A lack of a big score, Billy top scoring with 57, saw us fall behind the run rate towards the end, eventually being bowled out for 183. A good effort all round, but a powerful and destructive innings the difference in the end.
Our Sunday XI travelled to Kexborough CC with the usual mixture of a few adults and several juniors looking to make their way in mens cricket. Bowling first we restricted Kexborough to 198-9 from their 40. With a very short boundary on one side Kexboroughs opener took advantage scoring 79. Our young bowlers doing well to take fairly regular wickets, with only 3 Kexborough batsman passing 10. With the bat we fell agonisingly short losing by 10 runs. A gritty 43 from Matt Tyas and a more fluent innings from aussie Aidan Neilson of 72 looked to put us in a good position, but we fell away towards the end, asking a little to much of our very youthful tailend. Yet again some very encouraging performances from our Juniors, more wins than losses will come for this team.
Bank Holiday weekend next week, so hopefully some suitable weather and a chance for a few more wins comes with it! â€ª#â€ŽUTCâ€¬