Pocklington CC first XI hosted Sheriff Hutton on Saturday, following the previous week’s disappointment to revel in the euphoria of a 500-run thriller resulting in the home team prevailing.
The game was dominated by Andy Inns’ 112-run innings that led the Pocklington run chase of a very competitive 253 runs.
Credit must go to the groundstaff for working hard on the wicket in the closed season, as the surface looks to be back to its best with near on a thousand runs being scored in the last two home matches.
Pocklington won the toss and asked Sheriff Hutton to bat on the warm, dry afternoon. The wicket looked good and the outfield surprisingly fast for the time of year. The Pocklington opening bowlers, Ash Warner (1-33) and Alex Downey (4-52) quickly got into a good rhythm and created great pressure, reducing the visitors to 37-3 inside 15 overs. A confident Moorhouse (1-37) then entered the attack and further increased the pressure.
However, Joe Schofield (79) and Tom Harrison (51) built confidence on the true surface and began knocking the home bowling to all parts of the ground. Nick Schofield (41) then followed with a short-armed knock. This rally meant that Sheriff Hutton amassed a very impressive 253-7 in their allotted overs. At the time, it felt that they had 50 runs too many, however the wicket was true and the outfield fast.
In response, the Pocklington openers, Andy Inns (112) and Rich Readman (29) got off to a healthy start with runs coming freely from an average bowling attack. Readman fell with the score on 69-1 and Jackson (17) joined Inns and the pair continued to chase down the imposing target. All the time, Pocklington were scoring at six an over and keeping track of the target.
Jackson fell with the score on 97-2 and Atkinson (31) joined Inns and the pair continued with runs coming freely. Atkinson left to a sloppy shot to long on, then Alex Downey was removed early to leave the response teetering.
Up stepped Andy Foreman (19) and Geoff Woodward (20) to support Inns, before he was removed for 112 with the score on 234-6.
With overs not a problem, it was left to Ash Warner (eight not out) and Chris Saltmer (five not out) to guide the team home to victory in the 44th over.
Following the disappointment of being on the wrong side of a 500-run thriller last week, it was fitting that the team succeeded this week. The players put in the extra effort to demonstrate their ability and they were rewarded.
Sheriff Hutton: 253-7 (45 overs), J. Schofield 79, T. Harrison 51, N. Schofield 41; A. Downey 4-52.
Pocklington CC 1st XI: 256-7 (43.2 overs), A. Inns 112; N. Schofield 2-49.
This week, the team hosts Duncombe Park in what should be another competitive fixture. Should you wish to join Pocklington Cricket Club, contact Matt Atkinson on 07714 448364 or follow the links from Pocklington.play-cricket.com.