WE CHECKED the meaning of ‘sublime’ after receiving Keiron Metcalfe’s latest cricket report. We use the saying ‘from the sublime to the ridiculous’ that much, it’s sometimes worth reminding ourselves what we mean.
Sublime: majestic, Inspiring awe, impressive, supreme… not to be excelled!
So we can safely say that South Holderness Cricket Club did very well last weekend (31st May/1st June) according to Keiron!!
After last week’s ridiculousness, this week saw South Holderness Cricket Club produce the sublime: THREE winning results in two days!
On the back pitch at Driffield Town C.C. on Saturday, the 1st XI racked up (possibly a Club record) 356 runs in 45 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets on a good track against Driffield’s 4th XI, with Craig Michael McFadyen recording a Personal Best (and, it is thought, the Club’s third highest individual score) of 152 and Richard Rosindale going berserk and finishing unbeaten on 119. Together, McFadyen and Rosindale put on 240 for the 2nd wicket – one of the Club’s biggest partnerships (37 shy of the record set by Mike Oliver and Rich Ingram against Eastrington C.C. in 2008) and, almost certainly, a record 2nd wicket stand. And, it should not be overlooked that earlier, Captain Rich Ingram scored 62 in a 1st wicket partnership with McFadyen that was worth 116.
It soon became clear, however, that chasing down such a mammoth total was never really on the cards for Driffield and that, instead, they would look to accumulate as many runs as possible, preserve some wickets and, as such, get out of Dodge with a losing draw. So, South Holderness decided to stop bowling and start chucking pies in an attempt to buy wickets through the inducement of some careless big shots from the home team. However, on such a good pitch, the big shots yielded only runs and no wickets; and, in the end, Driffield batted out their 45 overs and finished on 211 for 4, depriving South Holderness of 5 points from the 30 that an outright win would’ve brought. (For Driffield, Kevin Walker top-scored with 89 whilst John Goldsworthy finished unbeaten on 52.) But, nonetheless, this was obviously a much improved performance from South Holderness after the indignity of being all out for 47 the previous week.
Meanwhile, back at the Middle Lane Cricket Ground, the An XI recorded their first ON-FIELD win of the season, defeating the potentially dangerous Skidby C.C. by 7 wickets.
After an early breakthrough, Captain and key man, Carl Bevan (top-scorer with 43) started compiling runs; and, with FOUR catches being missed, it started looking like South Holderness might be about to shoot themselves in the foot. But then Ian Ces Harrison induced a big shot which went no further than Steve Crane at mid-off – and, at the fifth time of asking, a catch was held and the home team was back in the game. After that, South Holderness never let the visitors settle; and, after the earlier missed chances, the team got a grip and didn’t pass up another potential catch, with Keiron Metcalfe (an earlier culprit) avoiding a near-collision with Eddie Samphire to bag a dolly and Scott Crane and wicket-keeper, Gary Chapman, both taking very good catches low down. The sum of the excellent bowling performance and improved fielding was the dismissal of Skidby for 101 after 2 balls of the 38th over, with Andrew Berry finishing with figures of 18-7-39-5 and Harrison finishing with 5 for 35 off his 14.2 overs.
After the early dismissals of Ryan Oliver (4) and Steve Crane (11), Paul Brooks and Scott Crane put on 42 for the 3rd wicket before Crane was unluckily dismissed, playing a ball from Bevan that kept low on to his stumps. But Gary Chapman Gary Chapman (16*) finished the job with Brooks (41*), putting on an unbeaten 43 for the 4th wicket.
On Sunday, a 10-man An XI entertained 9-man Skirlaugh C.C. at the M.L.C.G. in their re-scheduled 1st Round tie of the ‘Dave Conner Memorial Trophy’ – the 20/20 knock-out Cup competition for the top three divisions in the Eastern Conference.
After losing the toss and being asked to bowl first, Captain Keiron Metcalfe let his junior and fringe players lead the way – and he was rewarded with a fantastic display with the ball which saw Skidby bowled out for just 59 after 2 balls of the final over. Opening the bowling, 15-year-old Jack Riley took 3 wickets (including that of the potentially dangerous Skirlaugh Captain, Chris Dale ) for just 7 runs from his 4 overs; and despite serving up one buffet ball from each of his 3 overs, the under-bowled Phillip Hill performed well, finishing with 1 wicket for 16 runs. Coming on first change the NEVER-BOWLED (!) Eddie Samphire bagged a wicket and conceded just 4 runs from his 2 overs whilst Metcalfe lobbed down 14 filthy deliveries and 1 jaffa which induced a stumping from Jamie Walkley.
Special mention, though, goes to 13-year-olds Tom Reeves and Harry Giles who bowled 2.2 overs for 5 and 2 overs for 1 respectively, with Giles bagging his first senior wicket. (Both of these youngsters will now be embedded in the Captain’s thoughts going forward.) The final wicket was courtesy of an incredulous run-out from Lee Baker, playing his first game for the Club in 2 years.
In pursuit of their target, Dave Gatti (in only his third game since September, 2009) opened the batting with Metcalfe (1) and top-scored with a run-a-ball 29 before Jack Riley (10* from 23) and Eddie Samphire (18* from 17) saw their team over the line after 4 balls of the 13th over to finish on 63 for 2, after Samphire nonchalantly pulled a short ball over the short Far Bank boundary for 6.
By Keiron Metcalfe
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Next weekend’s Preview Saturday 7th June 2014 – Malc Ripley
Following their good performance at Driffield Town, the South Holderness CC first Xl entertain high flying Cottingham CC at Middle Lane (1.30 pm), on Saturday. But the home side face an uphill task as their visitors top the York division four East table, with four victories out of the five played, consequently the home side will face a better all round outfit than they did at Driffield IV.
The An Xl, stand 16 points adrift of the other Cottingham team being their number Two, who lead the Eastern Conference division Three, in what has been a fine start for these West Hull teams, the Hill Top ground at Willerby is the venue, following the Hedon sides successor over Skidby CC, seven days ago.
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