Solid batting by Pocklington

Malton and Old Malton 76-6 (Downey 3-9)

Pocklington 190-6 (Inns 56)

Pocklington travelled to Malton and Old Malton on Saturday to take the better of a draw (25 points) against their hosts.

Pocklington, whose matchball was sponsored by Wolds Engineering Services Ltd were inserted by their hosts in the reduced over game (38).

The performance by the entire team showed a significant improvement on previous weeks and Pocklington never looked in danger against their opponents who prop up the table.

A strong opening partnership of 69 between Andy Inns (56) and Ian Camwell (28) created the perfect platform for the game, before Camwell was removed trying to push the score along in the 21st over. Inns was then joined by Neal Jackson (12) and then Ted Donkin (eight) in quick succession before he himself was finally run out with Pock teetering on 112-4 in the 29th over.

With 10 overs to go, a strong rally from Rich Readman (24) and Ed Gallagher (30 not out) saw Pocklington recover to 164, before Readman was removed. Alex Downey was out for a duck, and Ash Warner then joined Gallagher to see the visitors through to 190-6 from their 38 overs.

Malton and Old Malton then took to the crease and came under immediate pressure as Pocklington’s pace attack of Alex Downey (3-9 from 12) and Ash Warner (1-14 from eight) set the tone for the response. The introduction of Freddy Parry, Nick Hill and then Pete Powell encouraged the hosts to play some shots, however there was no real attempt to chase down the runs.

Malton and Old Malton seconds eventually reached 76-6 in their allotted overs, but the gulf in class was evident from early on. The bowling unit provided a much tighter response and the team pulled together in the field to add real pressure, which backed up the earlier solid batting performance.

Pocklington 122-8

Wheldrake 130 (Lockwood 3-31)

Top of the table Pocklington third XI were unable to build on last week’s victory when they hosted Wheldrake seconds.

Pocklington elected to field first and made the most of suitable bowling conditions when Pete Eastwood removed D.Cockrill early on for a duck. Pock’s ground fielding was tight, leading to two run outs and, combined with precise bowling, Wheldrake were restricted to 48-3 at drinks.

Wheldrake looked to pick up the tempo in the second half of their innings and were helped when Pocklington put down a couple of catches but Pocklington stuck to the task and dismissed Wheldrake for 130 in the 39th over.

Ryan Lockwood again bowled well to take 3-31, Charlie Dodds grabbed a couple of wickets and Eastwood was miserly and metronomic only going for seven runs off his 12 overs, bowling seven maidens in the process and picking up the one wicket.

In many ways, the Pocklington innings mirrored Wheldrake’s as they lost an early wicket and then had to contend with accurate bowling, but Charlie Wilson and Eliot Newby accrued runs in a sensible fashion, building strong foundations to chase down the required runs.

However, Pocklington stumbled once Wilson was bowled for 29 and lost two more quick wickets, which put them on the back foot. Going into the final overs it was evenly poised but Wheldrake picked up the key wicket of Newby for a very well made 40 and, despite a swashbuckling 22 from Dodds, Wheldrake held their nerve and won by eight runs as Pocklington finished on 122-8.

Despite the loss, there were good contributions from Eastwood and Lockwood with the ball, plus impressive batting from Newby, Wilson and Dodds against tight bowling. Thanks go to Martyn Baker for scoring and all those who helped at tea.

Ripon: 161-7 (Warters 36, Kettlewell 39; Nesbitt 3-33)

Pocklington: 207-8 (Inns 53, Warner 36, Atkinson 24; Warters 3-27)

Pocklington hosted Ripon on Saturday and took the better of a draw (26 points) against their visitors. Pocklington, whose matchball was sponsored by WS2 Coatings Ltd, were inserted by their hosts on an overcast afternoon and delivered another improved performance against their competent opposition.

Ted Donkin (22) and Andy Inns (53) opened and made another strong start for Pocklington, building the score to 49 for the first wicket before Donkin was removed. Neal Jackson (16) then joined Inns to continue building the innings before being dubiously removed lbw with the score on 104.

Matt Atkinson (24) then joined Inns, with the pair looking to push on in the 25th over. At this stage, there was a mini collapse, with Inns, Greg Nesbitt and Atkinson being removed, leaving Pock scarred on 109-4.

Ash Warner (35) joined Joss Room (14) and played some lovely strokes to continue building the innings, eventually taking the score to a very impressive 207-8 from 45 overs.

In reply, Ripon started well and C. Warters (36) and R. Taylor (23) took the first wicket to 61 in 18 overs. However, the pressure exerted by the pace trio of Ash Warner (1-18), Alex Downey (2-32) and the ever-improving Nick Hill caused Ripon to creak.

Greg Nesbitt (3-40) entered the attack to firstly remove Taylor, then the dangerous Warters, who was brilliantly caught one-handed by Nick Hill in the gully in the 20th over.

This changed the course of the game. Nesbitt continued to add pressure and was supported by Pete Powell (1-33) and the returning Downey to take wickets at regular intervals. A brief recovery rallied Ripon to 156-6, however the bowling performance again applied excellent pressure to close out the game.

This week’s ‘Black Bull’ man of the match was Ash Warner for his cameo 35 with the bat followed up by his solid 1-18 from 10 overs.

Pocklington 127

Acomb 118 (Lockwood 4-34, Dodds 3-27)

Pocklington third XI fought back to defeat a strong Acomb outfit by 10 runs, and hold on to top spot in the table. Acomb won the toss and asked Pocklington to bat first on a damp wicket.

Elliot Newby and Andy Walker put together a steady opening partnership against some good bowling, ensuring Pocklington did not suffer an early setback, as they have in recent games.

Top scorer Walker fell for 29 just after drinks and this brought James Baker to the crease, who played some attacking shots in an entertaining innings of 27. Once Baker was out, Pock lost a little momentum but managed to see out the majority of the overs, finishing on 127 halfway through the final over.

This score has been par for the course in the damp, cold conditions in recent weeks but Pocklington knew they would have to bowl well against an Acomb side who were two divisions above them last season.

At drinks, with Acomb at 75-2, it appeared Pocklington would be heading for defeat. However, once Pete Eastwood removed opener Littlewood for 34, thanks to one of three smart catches by Newby, Pocklington started to edge their way back into the contest.

Acomb lost four wickets whilst adding only 10 runs, and tight bowling from the Pocklington bowlers threw the game back in the home side’s favour. Ryan Lockwood returned to remove the tail, to see that Acomb were all out for 118 and that Pocklington claimed an impressive victory that many onlookers would have believed to be out of their reach.

There were good contributions from Walker and Baker with the bat and Lockwood (4-34) and Charlie Dodds (3-27) with the ball, but more than anything it was a good all-round team effort in the field to pull off what seemed, at drinks, an unlikely victory.

Thanks to Martyn Baker for scoring, all those who helped at tea, and Steve Relf for preparing a playable wicket despite the overnight rain. Next week Pocklington are in Cup action away to Thorpe Willoughby.

This weekend sees a full programme for the club with the first XI travelling to Carlton Towers, the seconds hosting TABS II’s, with the thirds in the HPH Cup. The teams for this weekend are:

First XI vs Carlton Towers (A): A Downey, A Inns, A Warner, G Nesbitt, T Donkin, J Room, N Jackson, N Hill, N Readman, P Powell, R Readman. Scorer: B Potter. Meet at 11.30am.

Second XI vs TABS II’s (H): A Thomas, B Bold, B Stephenson, C Saltmer, D Croft, F Parry, G Milner, G Woodward, H Attwood, S Hill, W Cooper, S Baty. Scorer: G Baty. Meet at 12pm.

Third XI vs Thorpe Willoughby (A): A Walker, C Bullock, C Quarton, C Wilson, E Newby, J Baker, J Craven, J Vale, P Eastwood, R Lockwood, S Relf. Scorer: M Baker. Meet at 12.30pm.

Pocklington Cricket Club is hosting a family day and six-a-side cricket tournament on Sunday 3 June. Teams from Bishop Wilton, Driffield, Dunnington, Ellerton, Londesborough Park, Pocklington, PIXI’s and Woodhouse Grange will be competing for the Pocklington six-a-side invitation trophy sponsored by Procters.

They encourage everyone to visit the club to enjoy the cricket and take part in some of the activities that are occurring at the ground. The first match starts at 12.30pm and entry is free. If you wish to join Pocklington CC, please contact Matt Atkinson on 07714 448364 or follow the links from Pocklington.play-cricket.com.