After three waterlogged weekends, Woodhouse Grange finally got their cricket season underway in sparkling style.
On Saturday, the first team visited Beverley Town and bowled out their hosts for 97. New fast bowler Richard Mann got his Woodhouse career underway by hitting the stumps in his first over and went on to claim an impressive 4-30. Tight support bowling by Steve Burdett (2-25 in 13 overs), Nick Hadfield (2-23 in 13.5 overs) and David Suddaby (2-10 in seven overs) kept up the pressure on Beverley, for whom only Andy Burton (43 not out) showed any stout resistance. Woodhouse’s fielding was sharp as Mike Burdett claimed three victims and Andrew Horner took a startling diving catch.
Woodhouse’s reply contained plenty of boundaries, but also plenty of wickets. They slipped to 39-4 despite cameos from Chris Bilton (21), Steve Burdett (20) and Mike Burdett (18). Andrew Horner (18 not out off 20 balls) finally saw them to a four-wicket win at 99-6 in 21.5 overs.
The second team batted first against Hovingham and, after a neat innings from Luke Cattle (21), they plundered the visitors with a 143-run stand for the second wicket. Jonathon Bean led the way with 120 off 109 balls, including seven big sixes. He was well supported by 17 year-old Matthew Hattee, who scored 72 not out. Such fast scoring meant that skipper Paul Grewer could declare two overs early.
In the field, Woodhouse used seven bowlers as Hovingham got nowhere near their target and were bowled out for 101. Only Richie Brown (30) really contributed after main man Stuart Prest was bowled by Scott Shepherd. Three bowlers, Richard Hollingsworth, Ryan Pepper and Matthew Shepherd, took two wickets each as Woodhouse won by 137 runs.
In their first ever game in the York Senior League, the third team entertained Osbaldwick Seconds, but could only make 134-8 in their 45 overs. Alex Burton took 3-14 as Russell Bilton scored 24 not out and Stuart Craven 19. Osbaldwick replied with 30s from Mark Risdale and Adam Butterfield and, although Dudley Cooper and Russell Bilton took two wickets each, the visitors reached 138-6 to win by four wickets.
On Sunday, the first team visited Thackley, champions of the Aire-Wharfe League, in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions trophy. Batting first, Woodhouse struggled to 111-5 in 35 overs with the only meaningful contribution coming from Chris Bilton (32). Then followed an amazing turnaround as Mike Burdett and Tom Young crashed 138 in an unbeaten stand in only 15 overs, 109 coming off the last 10 overs alone. Burdett was quite magnificent, his 114 not out coming off 108 balls with 11 fours and four sixes. Young matched him shot for shot reaching 53 not out - his first first team half-century.
Woodhouse finished on 249-5.
Thackley’s reply was never in contention as, despite 29 from Paul Naylor, they were bowled out for 116. Tom Quinn took 3-26, David Suddaby 3-30 and Andrew Horner 2-31. Woodhouse are now in the last four of this competition and will play at home to Whitley Hall (holders) or Elsecar (South Yorkshire League).
Next Saturday sees all four teams in league action. The first and third teams are at home with 1pm starts, while the second and fourth teams are away.