Good Team Performance - (Scorecard is available here)
A second winning draw when requiring just one wicket was achieved when we travelled to Beverley this week.
After losing the toss yet again we were put into bat. Tight bowling and good shots finding fielders meant the innings started slowly, although the loss of no early wickets set a good platform for what was to follow.
With the score at 49-2 Simmo and Murphy were brought together at the crease. These two put on 118 in 18 overs for the 3rd wicket before Murphy was bowled for 59. Simmo (108) continued and, with a little bit of luck in the 90s, completed a well deserved 100 before unselfishly giving up his wicket looking for quick runs in the late overs. Good momentum in the final overs from Tubby (14) and the out of the retirement Phil Handley (15no) meant we finished on 228-5, our highest total of the season so far.
228 at most grounds would be a matching score but at Beverley is maybe only par.
The second half started well with an early wicket, Parker taking his first of 3 catches this time off the bowling of Danby (2-26. The bowling was again tight from all and with the fielding again at a high standard the required rate started to increase. After Bateman (1-51) got the second breakthrough at 65 regular wickets fell with Mark ('Dale' - only time the incident will get mentioned) Murphy (3-33) and Mikey O'Brien (3-19) keeping the game in our favour. When Danby took the 9th wicket in the 46th Over, a tense finish was instore. When a huge LBW appeal was turned down off the last ball of the match, the Beverley innings finished on 181-9. 24 points out of a possible 30.
Good performance from all, those who didn't contribute with bat or ball all played a part in the field.
Another good team performance and after a slow start to the season we are now hopefully turning the corner.
Next week Driffield at home.