The Red Lion sponsored Londesborough Park’s second XI season commenced with an away fixture against Selby second XI, staged at Escrick Park.
Tom Williamson’s men were asked to take first knock and, despite the early loss of Ian Hodson, the higher order batsmen all chipped in with useful scores, in particular Steve Dawson (48) and Sammy Dodd (35). Unfortunately, the middle and lower order failed to capitalise on a promising score of 118 -4 as only Dan Howard with an unbeaten 30 aided the score to 168-8 at tea.
The contest was effectively won by the Selby openers Oliver and Smales who enjoyed a century partnership before skipper Tom Williamson intervened to dismiss Smales for 67.
Williamson then claimed his second victim and Tom Sowersby bowled Whisker cheaply but Oliver remained undefeated on 64 to steer Selby to a seven-wicket victory. MW Windows kindly sponsored the match ball.
Londesborough Park 2nd XI: 163-8 (S Dawson 48, S Dodd 35, D Howard 30; J Nurden 3-32, M Smales 3-33) Selby 2nd XI: 164-3 (M Smales 67, E Oliver 64 *)
Londesborough Park second XI hosted Hornsea second XI on a blustery day at the Park last weekend. With skipper Williamson retaining his 100% loss record at the toss, the Park was yet again invited to bat first. A watchful start resulted in the loss of openers Hodson and Noble with the score on 11, resulting in the in-form batsmen Steve Dawson and Sam Dodd paired again at the crease early in the innings. Building on their previous week’s 70-run partnership, the pairing punished anything short and wide and ,by the drinks break, had pushed the score onto 102 with Dawson reaching his half-century.
The partnership reached 110 before eventually being broken when Dawson fell lbw to Bottom for 57. Sam fell shortly afterwards, one run short of a deserved half-century. The Park were looking for a score of 200 but several bad shots and some tight bowling meant wickets tumbled at a regular rate with only Ben Shingles (16) and 13 year-old Tommy Hudson (nine not out) contributing anything of note. The Park’s innings closed on 175 in the last over which also saw the10th wicket fall.
The second innings got off to a brilliant start for the Park when opener Tom Sowersby bowled opposing skipper Savage off the third ball. Sowersby then took his second wicket in his next over, leaving Hornsea 0-2.
With Sowersby bowling with good pace and accuracy, well supported by Joe Shingles, Hornsea reverted to resolute defence, the score reaching 22 in the 13th over.
The introduction of Dan Howard then lulled Evans into a false shot, Willliamson taking the catch. However, Hornsea opener Bottom was still at the crease, intent on not losing his wicket. At drinks, the visitors were 40-3 and frustrating the Park’s bowlers. Skipper Williamson brought himself into the attack and, using local knowledge and plenty of flight, bowled Walker for an aggressive 14. The skipper used the helpful conditions to remove three more of Hornsea’s batsmen as the score rose slowly but surely to 88-7.
With the Park sensing victory, opening bowlers Sowersby and Joe Shingles were reintroduced. Joe was unlucky not to remove the ever-present Bottom but Sowersby gave the Park a glimour of hope when he took his third wicket. In the end, the bowlers couldn’t break Bottom’s resistance and Hornsea finished on 127-8 courtesy of Bottom with a Boycottesque 58 not out from 45 overs. Thanks to the match ball sponsor Hagstons Carpets.
Londesborough Park 2nd XI: 175 (S Dawson 57, S Dodd 49; T Catley 3-44, I Bottom 3-38) Hornsea 2nd XI: 127-8 (I Bottom 58 * T.Sowersby 3-21, T.Williamson 4-20)