OUR South Holderness cricket coverage continues with this report of last weekend’s matches with the first team doing well and a real strategic battle fought by the seconds! Thanks to Keiron Metcalfe:
Saturday (21st June 2014) was a good day for our seniors………………….
At the Middle Lane Cricket Ground, a good crowd made the most of the weather and watching the Holderness Derby between our 1st XI and Patrington 2nd XI.
Having won the toss and inserted Patrington, Rich Ingram’s South Holderness bowled out the visitors for 143 with two balls of the 45 overs remaining. Opening the bowling, Stuart Towse bowled an excellent spell of 12-3-20-1; but the innings was wrapped up by Lew Duell (9-2-33-4, coming on 2nd change) and Lee Darby (5.4-0-28-3, coming on 3rd change). For Patrington, Captain Glenn Ratcliffe top-scored with 39.
After a few hours in the sun, a brand new pitch that had been fairly lively for Patrington’s innings almost died for South Holderness’s run-chase which, as such, was fairly steady and unspectacular. Rich Ingram top-scored with 55, Mike Oliver made a fairly quick 23, Adam Towse made 22 and Craig Michael McFadyen made 19 – and South Holderness crossed the winning line on 144 for 5 with 20 balls to spare.
The win sees South Holderness and Patrington 2nd XI swap places in Division 4 East of the York & District Senior Cricket League, with just ONE point separating South Holderness in fifth place and their Holderness neighbours in sixth.
At Marist Sporting Club in Hull, the An XI were ‘hosted’ by Bransholme and Kingswood ‘C.C.’ on a barely prepared outfield and pitch. And, after losing the toss, being asked to bat and then being reduced the 17 for 3, it looked like it might be a fairly miserable day all-round for South Holderness. But then a 37-run stand between number 3, Ian Ces Harrison and Gary Chapman, righted the ship and allowed Captain Keiron Metcalfe to think about posting a total of about 125 – which, he was thinking, might be a good target on that ‘pitch’. But, with Harrison mis-timing a cut straight back to the bowler and then Tom Verity looking to cut a ball that was nowhere near wide enough and getting bowled, things started to look iffy again at 59 for 5.
But then (cue the triumphal fanfare!!!) Phillip Hill moseyed to the crease and proceeded to get after the home team’s change bowlers, plundering 51 runs off 33 balls in a 6th wicket stand with Chapman that was worth 91 and which, when Hill was dismissed, moved the total on to 150 for 6. And now, with Hill having nudged the game in South Holderness’s favour, it was up to Chapman and the remaining batsmen to bat sensibly for the remaining overs and add to an already testing total. And that’s what happened, South Holderness closing on 171 for 7 after their 40 overs, with Chapman carrying his bat having compiled a turgid – but necessary – 38 off 104 balls. For Bransholme & Kingswood, Lewis Hales was the pick of the bowlers with final figures of 9-2-19-5.
In defence, 14-year-old Luke Ingram made an early breakthrough before opener, Andy Fernie, started heaving across the line at anything which was full and straight.
Kris Rumble instigated the next breakthrough with a run-out; but Fernie was still at the crease and showing no signs of reigning himself in. And now he was joined by the equally aggressive James Crombie who was looking to get after anything wide of off stump. And, when Scott Crane spurned the chance to remove Fernie by inexplicably shelling a regulation chance at deep mid-wicket off Ian Harrison’s bowling, it looked like it really might be one of those days!
But, South Holderness hung in there, never letting their ‘hosts’ get right on top, despite the aggressive batting. And, after a wicket-less – but not chanceless – 9-over spell from Rumble, Metcalfe brought Ingram back into the attack and told him to bowl full and straight to Crombie and back of a length and wide of off-stump to Fernie. And, indeed, the runs slowed before Master Ingram got the crucial breakthrough when Fernie mis-timed a lofted straight drive into the grateful hands of Phil Hill at deep-ish mid-off and was dismissed for his team’s top score of 72.
And then, despite Crombie’s efforts, the run-rate DID slow. And, with the home team needing 51 runs off the final 5 overs, Metcalfe decided discretion would be the better part of valour when, not wanting to risk a potential final onslaught against an attacking field, he adopted a more in/out field, deciding to sacrifice a couple of points and get the hell out of Dodge with a winning draw at worst. And, despite Ingram capping a fine performance with the ball (his second spell especially) by clean bowling Crombie for the second highest score of 34 and with Harrison’s 20-over spell eventually being rewarded with 2 wickets, the winning draw is what the visitors got, claiming 24 points out of the available 30, restricting the opposition to just 10 points and moving up one place to 5th in the Eastern Conference Division 3 table, 2 points behind Cottingham 2nd XI in 4th (with Bransholme & Kingswood dropping down 1 place to 8th – only 13 points above the relegation zone). For South Holderness, Ingram finished with final figures of 11-2-30-3 whilst Harrison toiled away to finish with figures of 20-4-57-2.
This was an excellent performance with both bat and ball by South Holderness. Coming back from 17 for 3 to post a total in excess of 170 was a great effort; and the way they hung in around in the game when runs were being plundered by the opposition was also commendable. But, that they did not risk losing the game by getting sucked into trying to win it after the dismissals of the home team’s chief protagonists showed great composure.
Next Saturday 28th June 2014: The An XI are home at Middle Lane from 2pm playing the Kirkella second team. The first XI are away at Kirkella playing their firsts.
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