Whitkirk Cricket Club

Member of the York & District Senior Cricket League Premier Division

1st XI vs Heworth - 29/06/13

After 4 positive results in a row we welcomed Heworth who were looking to continue their promotion push.
Parker, Bateman and Mikey were missing from last week's win but Johnno, Pete and Ben Danby were all able to return.
The toss was lost again and again we were put into bat, not a problem as in recent weeks we have set good targets which we have defended well.
Simon Danby (4) returned to the top of the order and was unfortunate to fall early to a fine one handed slip catch. Murphy came to the crease and although the scoring started relatively slowly the scoreboard kept ticking and set a good platform. When Simmo (25) eventually fell the pair had put on 101 with some good running and big hits, including a broken tile on top of the scorebox.
Murphy (84 and 4th consecutive 50+) fell to the first delivery with the spare ball but the momentum continued for the rest of the innings with Phil scoring 36 at quicker than a run a ball and Pete and George (26) sharing a 60 run partnership to push us to 236-4 off 48 overs.
Special mention for Pete whose 50 not out was his first half century for the club after joining from Beverley.
Danby returned to open the bowling, with Simon keeping wicket, and if Johnno had been watching the game at fine leg could have picked up a wicket in the 1st over.
Fortunately we didn't have to wait too long for the wicket when Jimmy Lee continued his wicket spree, Simon taking the one handed catch for his first of the day.
Potentially dangerous partnerships started to form but timely wickets from Jimmy (2-47) and Kelly (2-36) meant we always stayed on top of the game.
The game changed with the score on 111 -3 with Murphy and Kelly taking 3 wickets in 2 overs putting us firmly in control. 2 more wickets for Murphy (4-27) meant we had plenty of runs and overs left to hopefully claim full points.
Unfortunately it wasn't to be as the Heworth 9th wicket partnership saw out the remainder of the innings without giving any real opportunities and deservedly reached the 75% score in the last over.
Special mention for Simon taking 3 catches and a stumping, keeping for the first time for us.
Another quality performance although work needed in the field after a couple more drop catches this week.
With everyone available for next week's trip to Brid some tough choices will have to be made after Thursday's training. Good numbers expected for training.

1st XI vs Harrogate II - 22/06/13

Following 3 positive results in a row we travelled to bottom of the table Harrogate 2nd XI looking to continue the momentum.
With more players returning than missing from the previous week some difficult decisions were made at selection. The only change was Phil for Ben which meant a strong 2nd XI could be fielded.
The toss was lost again (5 in a row) and again we were put into bat. The pitch looked good and with obvious rain around it was always going to be stop start innings.
Simmo and Mikey opened again and with some solid but steady batting the innings was set on a solid platform. After a couple of rain delays their partnership ended on 67 when Mikey was bowled for (27.)
Similar to last week, Murphy and Simmo then set about upping the run rate, adding 85 before Simmo was judged LBW for a well played 64. Phil hit his 1st ball for 4 but this was his only scoring shot before an early lunch was called after a 3rd rain delay.
At this point George (15*) and Murphy (66*) were looking to build a big partnership and team score but the extended delay meant our innings was cut short at 188-3 off 36 overs.
With Danby missing, Jimmy Lee was given the new ball following his 5 wicket spell last week. Again he didn't disappoint and followed last weeks 5-37 with an even better 5-22. At the other end Bateman (1-37) was unlucky to see several edges fly between the slips and gully as well as a couple of dropped catches off his bowling   .
At 42-6 after 15 overs the game looked like finishing well within the 36 overs Harrogate had available.
However a combination of resolute defence and dropped catches meant we had to wait until the 28th over before Mikey picked up a wicket in his first over, Parker taking his 3rd catch for the 3rd week in a row.
A sharp run out between Simon and Parker picked up our 8th wicket and when Kelly (1-6 off 6 overs) picked up his first we had 3.5 overs to get the final wicket which we failed to get in 2 of our last 3 matches.
When Murphy got to his mark for the last over the match it looked like we may miss out again. The first ball was defended for 1, the second ball swung, nipped away and knocked over the top of off stump.
30 points again and a well deserved 2 pints each for the players courtesy of the Chairman.
Next week we play Heworth at home again with 3 or 4 players missing due to holidays etc so it's a chance to show squad strength.

1st XI vs Driffield Town II - 15/06/13

(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.

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