(Scorecard will be available here
With a number of potential first team players unavailable for different reasons we went into the game against mid table Driffield with the opportunity to show the strength we have in the squad this season.
Belly and Kelly came into the first team and Simon Danby and Jimmy Lee returned after a couple of weeks off so whilst the squad was stretched, the team was not weakened.
With rain around, another important toss was lost and for the third week in a row we were asked to bat first. For the third week in a row we were up to the task and set a match winning score, losing the toss could be a tactic going forward.
Despite Simon returning, the decision was made to leave the opening pair the same following 2 solid starts in the previous weeks. This pair again set us on a good course with a rain interrupted opening stand of 69 before Simmo departed on 47 after some trademark drives. Mikey was joined by Murphy and continued to collect runs whilst Mark upped the run rate with his trademark hits over the clubhouse. Mikey was caught and bowled for a well played 40 (or double 16+8.) and after Parker was done by sharp turn, caught at slip, we had lost 2 quick wickets and needed to re-build.
This job was done by Simon (30) and Mark (51) adding another 41 and giving the lower order the opportunity to go for quick runs. Belly (10*) and Kelly(16) did that and a 2 off the last ball meant we finished with full bonus points on 201-6.
Previous weeks had seen us defending similar totals with a mix of quality bowling and high standards by all in the field, although both weeks were unable to take the final wicket and this so far has cost us a total of 13 potentially valuable points.
Ben Danby(1-21) and Bateman (2-50) opened and immediately got us on top of the run rate. The first wicket fell for Bateman when Parker took his 1st of 3 catches behind the stumps.
Danby soon removed the Driffield number 3 and the scene was set for Jimmy Lee to take over.
His 12 overs returned match winning figures of 5-37 but similar to others', deserved to be better.
Josh Kelly took his maiden 1st team wicket and returned very good figures of 1-29 off his 9 overs of spin, an option we have been short of this season.
The much needed last wicket fell with the Driffield score on 120 and so a well deserved 30 points, first maximum of the season.
Hopefully several players return next week and so although selection is going to be difficult its not a bad position to be in ahead of an important game against Harrogate.