Yorkshire CCC beat Dunnington by 96 runs (D/L)
Round 3 of the ECB Yorkshire League North brought us another frustrating wet spring day as we entertained the Yorkshire CCC Academy at the Pryers Solicitors Cricket Ground. Unfortunately, heavy rain on Thursday and Friday got under our covers and sheets to leave the pitch sodden and extremely soft; not exactly ideal with the calibre of bowlers in their side! During a brief period of sunshine, Captain Jack Bolam won the toss and elected to field to try and make best use of the wet track.
Persistent heavy rain meant that we couldn’t start the game until 14:30, and after a short period of play where the Yorkshire Academy raced to 28-0 from 4 overs, we had to come off for rain again and take an early tea. After the rain finally subsided and the square was of an adequate condition, proceedings were resumed in a reduced overs 20 over bash with the Academy having 16 overs remaining.
Academy batsmen Brown and Ainsley got off to a flyer, making scoring look easy despite the pitch condition. Kadeem Edwards struggled for some consistency and the YCCC boys capitalised, despatching loose balls with relative ease. With Yorkshire racing to 73 from 9.4 overs, the introduction of Dave Brent’s spin slowed the momentum and brought about the breakthrough as Dan Barrett picked up his first stumping of the season in a somewhat unusual fashion.
Ainsley and YCCC skipper Matthew Waite continued on at a good pace; the highlight of Ainsley’s innings being a sweetly timed pull shot into the field as he pounced on a short delivery from Tom Loten. Unfortunately our fielding left much to be desired as we dropped multiple catches; an area that must be improved dramatically if we are to be successful in this league.
Coming back for his second spell, Jake Murphy bowled excellently and mixed it up well to make scoring difficult, as Dave Brent continued picking up wickets from the other end. Murphy and Brent removed Yorkshire’s middle order as they struggled towards the end of their innings; Brent finishing with superb figures of 5-35 and Murphy 2-27. Yorkshire’s innings ended on a whimper to leave them on 137-7, which was subsequently increased to 148 by Duckworth Lewis. Needless to say we were happy with this total and felt we had a good chance to chase this score down as the pitch dried out later in the afternoon.
Sutcliffe and Loten opened the batting against Yorkshire’s recently signed junior professionals Jared Warner and Matthew Waite, and the step up was immediately noticeable. The Yorkshire boys swung the ball and bowled good areas at excellent pace, a far cry from the cricket we had played in the York Senior League in previous seasons. Neither opener could make any impact as we struggled to score any runs, let alone keep up with the required 7.5 runs an over to chase down their score.
Eventually Loten fell caught behind from Jared Warner for 2, bringing Olly Sherwood to the crease at number 3. Sherwood and Sutcliffe continued the struggle against the YCCC seamers, before Sutcliffe put himself out of his misery and was run out for a disappointing 8 from 25 balls. Olly Sherwood brought about some temporary relief to the scoreboard pressure as he broke the shackles and launched Matthew Waite into the neighbouring field over mid-wicket. This, however, brought about the introduction of spin as left-armer James Logan and off-spinner Jack Shutt tied down the DCC middle order with some accurate tweakers from both ends. Logan removed Jack Bolam and Olly Sherwood in quick succession for 11 and 14 respectively.
By this point Dunnington were well behind in the game, leaving our lower middle order of Mubtada Akhtar, Harwood Williams, Jake Murphy and Dan Barrett the near impossible task of trying to rescue anything from the game, which unfortunately they were unable to do as all four were removed with the score on 51. This left Collis King and Kadeem Edwards to block out the game at the end to stop us from being bowled out for the third consecutive league game. We finished on 51-8, dramatically short of the 148 we needed for victory and leaving us with zero points from our first three league games.
It’s a long season, however, and we are looking forward to the run of games coming over the next month which starts with Woodhouse Grange away on the 7th March.