A beautiful day for cricket ended in disappointing fashion for Yapham’s first XI this Saturday as they lost to Civil Service in the last over of the game.
Yapham took to the field for the first innings and looked to have made a good start with both openers dismissed for single figures. However a strong innings for J. Chisholm (49) for Civil Service put them in control until Yapham fought back with Scott Hardwick and Stuart Wainwright bowling well for four wickets each.
At tea, Yapham were set the target of 174 to win the match. They started well with Barry Pearson (43) and Michael Plevin (21) making good progress. But the middle order contrived to get themselves out after looking well set and Yapham looked to have lost the initiative.
Martin Pearson (23) came to the crease and hit some big shots to bring the match back into Yapham’s favour and, with three runs left to win in the final over, victory looked assured.
However, as Pearson and Hardwick attempted a quick single, Hardwick was run out with two balls left, leaving Yapham three runs short of victory.
Yapham second XI finally got their season underway at home against top of the table Hemingbrough and, after winning the toss, Yapham went in to bat.
A good start by Yapham was enhanced by Tom Connell (54) and Alex Brown (23) which looked to have put Yapham in control of the match. However, with the lower order failing to get into double figures, Yapham finished 136-9, which looked 40 runs short of a good score.
As Hemingbrough came out to bat, Eddie Hutchinson tied them up, allowing only 18 runs and taking two wickets in his 12 overs. He was well supported by two of Yapham’s junior bowlers Jack Foster and Stephen Hutchinson who took five wickets between them. Foster had Hemingbrough’s number four caught out when he was looking dangerous, and Hutchinson bowled out their captain with a superb middle stump yorker.
With Hemingbrough struggling to make the runs, it was left to Tom Connell to take two wickets in his penultimate over to win the match.