Pock seconds keep their heads in nervy finish to claim the win

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Pocklington seconds, sponsored by Sweetmove Estate Agents, were hosts to Dunnington seconds this week at Burnby Lane and, after winning the toss, Pock captain Dan Croft put Dunnington in to bat.

Pock opened with Chris Saltmer (1-21) and Pete Powell (0-42) who bowled a terrific opening spell to keep things tight early on with Saltmer making the initial breakthrough just before the first drinks break when he bowled Mike Millington (22) with Dunnington 40-1 from 15 overs.

It was much the same after the break from Pock with more good bowling from Saltmer and Powell who were unlucky not to make a further breakthrough. Geoff Woodward (1-25) and Sam Parkinson were introduced (0-15) to the attack at the 20-over point and they kept the pressure on Dunnington with excellent line and length which was well backed up by the close fielders cutting out the easy runs.

The next wicket finally came just before the second drinks break in the 27th over when pressure forced Dunnington captain Dave Wilson (24) to try to take a second run which was not on, and he was run out, thanks to a brilliant direct hit in the deep by James Saltmer, Dunnington now 80-2. Another wicket fell quickly after drinks with Woodward claiming Josh Tattersall lbw.

Dunnington then recovered well as Simon Dwyer (60) and Jay Snowden (16) put on a 40-run partnership before John Chaplin (1-37) claimed a huge wicket, trapping Dwyer lbw to end a well-played innings.

At 131-4, with only seven overs left, Dunnington looked to press on and their younger batsmen ran particularly well between the wickets to pick up a lot of late runs, led by Alex Wilson (21). They were only halted by Simon Hill’s (3-24) five-over spell which claimed three wickets to stem the flow of runs and bring the innings to a close at 171-7.

After the tea break, Pock’s openers Gary Milner (22) and Chaplin (33) started positively and found the boundaries easy to come by as they played their way to 57 without loss before Milner was bowled by J.Tattersall (2-27).

Ben Stephenson (48) joined Chaplin and they moved onto 70-1 before Chaplin was trapped lbw by J.Tattersall. Croft (24) was in at four and settled in quickly with Stephenson as the pair put on an important 54-run partnership to move the score onto 124-2 before Croft was bowled by the impressive Snowden (5-31) just before the second drinks break.

Woodward (13) was next in and made some quick runs before he was unluckily bowled as one kept low from Snowden. After a brilliant innings, Stephenson was caught out quickly after Woodward’s dismissal and he was then followed back by Chris Satlmer who was trapped lbw by S.Tattersall (1-39).

With Pock 151-6 on 35 overs there was plenty of time to get the runs, but it proved to be a nervy finish as Simon Baty and Powell couldn’t stay in with James Saltmer (18 not out). Saltmer kept his head, though, and saw the game through for Pock with Sam Parkinson, who hit the winning runs in the 41st over to give Pock a two-wicket victory.

This was a great team display by Pock to claim their first win of the season and congratulations to the Toddy’s sponsored man of the match Ben Stephenson for his knock of 48. Thank you to Ted Baty for scoring and John Green for umpiring. Pock are away next week when they travel to Bolton Percy.

Pock thirds entertained Thorpe Willoughby seconds on a warm sunny afternoon on the second pitch at Burnby Lane. Thorpe Willoughby won the toss and decided to bat first a decision they may have regretted with the score on 36-6 after 12 overs with Jed Vale 4-44 and Pete Eastwood 2-21 doing the early damage.

Steve Beach (69 not out) then played the innings of the day combining with R Haigh in a stand of 76 for the seventh wicket and eventually steering his side to what seemed a competitive 156-8 after 40 overs. Jack Watson showing promise with his off spin taking 1-27 from 6sixovers and HuwJones 1-13 from five.

In reply, Pock lost both openers early on but then Callum Quarton (26 not out) combined with man of the match Jed Vale (32) and Charlie Dodds (31) to take Pock to victory by four wickets with 12.5 overs to spare.

This was Pock thirds’ first win, apart from a conceded game, since 2012.

Well done to everyone and thanks to all who helped at tea.