IT wasn’t just gloomy weather that plagued South Holderness Cricket Club last weekend, as this colourful report from Keiron Metcalfe reveals:
AFTER the previous weekend’s perfect weather yielded no cricket AT ALL, this weekend was a fairly miserable time for the Club on the field.
At the University Ground on Inglemire Lane (and on a damp pitch and furry outfield which, no doubt, the absent ground staff will be none too chuffed the home team declared fit!), the An XI stuttered their way to 76 all out from 36 overs against Foxtons C.C’s decent bowling attack. Paul Brooks top-scored with 23 from 84 balls, struggling to time the ball on the turgid wicket and, thus, attempting to grind his way through the innings from the top of the order. And Ryan Oliver made 17 from 48 balls – but, after he’d got himself in and played some nice shots, he should’ve gone on. After that, though, only Foxtons’ extras got into double figures!
In response (and in increasingly wet conditions), Foxtons (unbeaten last season) smashed their way to a 7-wicket win before the end of the 16th over, with Andrew Berry finishing with figures of 8-1-30-2 and Danny Blood, in his first game of the season, taking the only other wicket.
For Foxtons, Ibrar Ali top-scored with a fairly gruesome 31 and Tauseef Ahmed finished unbeaten on 27. And their bowling was led by Mohammad Waseem, coming on third change and finishing with figures of 5-2-6-4, whilst Rafay Iqbal took 3 wickets for 24 runs from his 10 overs.
In all likelihood, another 50 runs MIGHT’ve seen South Holderness have a fairly good foothold in the game, considering the style of Foxtons’ batting. But, it wasn’t to be and the An XI remains in 7th place in the Eastern Conference Division 3 table (thanks, mostly, to all four other games being abandoned – which, had Foxtons been chasing much more than 77, this game would’ve been).
Meanwhile, back in Hedon, the 1st XI made complete fools of themselves, contriving to be bowled out for just 47 (yes, FORTY-SEVEN!) by Sutton-on-Hull C.C. inside 26 overs! (And the senior players were left to wonder whether that might, in fact, be the lowest EVER League total by the team!) Lew Duell top-scored with 8 (yes, EIGHT!), with Captain Rich Ingram making 7! Not for the first time, Lee Sinclair was the pick of Sutton’s bowlers, bowling 27 balls, conceding 2 runs and taking 4 wickets!
In defence of his team’s pathetic total, Ian Ces Harrison salvaged a microscopic slice of pride by offering a catch to young Jack Riley, thus securing South Holderness’s only wicket and, therefore, preventing the total shame of a 10-wicket defeat.
Like the An XI, the 1st XI remains in 7th place in the York & Disctrict Senior Cricket League Division 4 East table; and now they must pick themselves up in time for their trip to Kings Mill Lane on Saturday.
Cricket Preview for Saturday 31st May 2014 By Malc Ripley.
Away: South Holderness CC 1st XI are on their travels again on Saturday in a division four tussle with a trip to Kingsmill Road on Driffield Town CC fourths beautifully manicured ground. A victory should be on cards for the Hedon based side?
Home: Conversely, the SHCC An Xl have their second home game in the Conference to date out of a total of only nine, when Skidby CC make the journey for a 40 overs apiece encounter to Middle Lane Cricket Ground, on Ted Stamford’s lovingly prepared pitch.
The visitors proved to be a handful in both their matches last season, and could just start as favourites this time.
Both games start at 1.30pm.