Pock recover well after shaky start to record a winning draw

Pocklington seconds, sponsored by Sweetmove Estate Agents, were at home this week against Tadcaster Magnets seconds and, after losing the toss, were asked to bat first.

Pock started badly losing two quick wickets as Chris Bullock and Josh Britland were removed with the score only 4-2 after eight overs.

Pock captain Dan Croft (89) was next in and helped steady the ship with Gary Milner (18) and they upped the scoring and moved on to 42 inside 18 overs before Milner was trapped lbw.

Geoff Woodward (12) added some quick runs but was caught after only a few overs following the drinks break.

Cal Quarton was next in but was unable to stay with Croft as he was stumped the next over with Pock reeling at 72-5 at 25 overs.

Adam Thomas (19) joined Croft and played an important innings as the two built a key 62-run partnership with Croft in particular starting to find the boundary on regular occasions to lift Pock’s run rate again whilst passing his 50.

The partnership was eventually broken in the 36th over and Thomas was caught behind off the impressive bowling of K.Shefta (4-29), Pock now 136-7.

Pete Powel chipped in a few runs before unluckily playing onto his stumps which brought the returning Mark Croft to the crease, showing no signs of rustiness when he stroked his first ball to the boundary.

The two Crofts added 15 before Dan’s innings came to an end in the 42nd over after being well caught in the gully.

After Mark Croft was caught in the next over the score was 172-8 and Huw Jones added a couple of extra runs before Robin Miller was run out without facing a ball in the last over with Pock finishing on 177.

After tea, Pock started strongly in the field with Pete Powell (0-17) bowling tight at one end and Dan Croft (2-15) doing much the same at the other. The persistent straight bowling paid off for Croft who claimed two early lbw decisions to remove both Tadcaster openers with the score 24-2 after ten overs.

Woodward (4-25) came on first change and bowled a wonderful opening spell to take the game away from Tadcaster claiming three wickets before the drinks interval with the score 53-5 after 22 overs.

Woodward was well supported by Quarton (1-17) on second change from the other end and the pair each claimed a further wicket after the break to leave Tadcaster struggling at 63-7 off 28 overs.

Jones (0-6) and Miller (0-16) were next into the attack for Pock and both bowled well but without any luck until the batsmen tried to run a quick single to Jones who claimed a great run out with a direct hit, the score now 89-8. With eight overs remaining, Pock threw everything at the batsmen but were unable to make the breakthrough to claim maximum points as Tadcaster nudged their way to 114-8 from 45 overs largely thanks to the efforts of K.Shefta (34 not out).

A good winning draw for Pock and 26 points claimed sees them push further up the league table and they will hope to carry on this good form next week when they travel to Cawood.

Congratulations to the Toddy’s sponsored man of the match Dan Croft for his knock of 89 and a big thank you to John Green for umpiring and Dave Mason for his help with the pitch.

A resurgent Pocklington thirds thrashed Selby by 10 wickets at Sandhill Lane.

Selby elected to bat first on a reasonably dry pitch but were soon in trouble as Pete Eastwood bagged 6-19 from 12 overs and Jed Vale 3-19 from nine. Selby were skittled for 51 in 24.3 overs.

Pock’s openers Elliot Newby (33 not out) and James Baker (19 not out) after a watchful start saw them home with 26 overs and four balls to spare.

A great result and thanks to Martyn Baker for scoring and providing transport.

Next week, the third team play Ovington thirds at home