Woodhouse gain early silverware

Woodhouse Grange picked up the first silverware of the 2014 cricket season when they beat Dunnington by five wickets in the York Senior

League’s President’s trophy match on a breezy Easter Sunday afternoon at Sutton on Derwent.

The day started with both sides and a sizeable crowd observing an immaculate minute’s silence for the late Woodhouse stalwart Alasdair Swann.

Invited to bat first, a very young and inexperienced Dunnington side were bowled out for 98, with only three batsmen reaching double figures. Adam Iyer top scored with 25, while Kevin Bradley and new skipper Jack Bolam each made 18.

The major wicket-taker was off-spinner Chris Suddaby with 3-13, which included two running catches by Steve Burdett.

Seamers Andrew Horner, David Suddaby and Tom Young took two wickets each.

When Woodhouse replied, they initially found batting no easier as JoshBarrett contributed 3-24 and executed a run out.

The match was ostensibly won by Tom Young who hit the day’s highest score with 42 not out from 49 balls with five fours and a six as Woodhouse Grange reached 99-5.

On the day before, Easter Saturday, the Woodhouse second team played a pre-season friendly at Osbaldwick.

All the batsmen got a good hit as they raised a lively total of 203-7 in their 40 overs. Top scorers were Chris Suddaby with 38 and newcomer Matthew Durkin with 40.

When Woodhouse took the field, they used nine bowlers as Osbaldwick were bowled out for 130.

Most successful was skipper Paul Grewer with 3-4.

Meanwhile, back at Sutton on Derwent, a good turn-out of players enjoyed an internal practice match between the third and fourth teams.

The new League season starts next Saturday with Woodhouse Grange welcoming three new players – Patrick and Matthew Durkin from Stockton and Hopgrove, and Gary Chapple from Welton and Brough.

For the first time, the club will be fielding four teams in the newly reorganised York and District Senior League. The First team open the defence of their title at Clifton Alliance at 12.30pm, the second team are at home to Sheriff Hutton at 1pm, the newly promoted third team visit Drax at 1pm, while the fourth team play their first ever YSL game at home to Drax Seconds at 1pm.

On Sunday 27 April, the first team start the first step on the National Village Cup trail when they visit Fairburn at 1pm, while the intermediate side are at home to Sheriff Hutton Bridgeat 2pm.