Cricket: Londesborough Park first start season with a loss and a win

Londesborough Park’s first XI, kindly sponsored once again by Britcom International Limited, made its 2013 season debut in a tricky home encounter against Hornsea first XI.

Skipper Charlie Rook was invited to bat and sent out John Williamson and James Beevers to face the seasiders’ opening attack of Medforth and Trice.

The first wicket to fall was that of Williamson, caught for 21. Beevers held firm as Greg Drewery and the skipper came and went. The dismissal of Beevers for 26 left the Park tottering on 64-4 but a fine 56 from Ben Lewis, aided by debutant Nathan Saltmer (10), eased the total towards respectability.

A satisfactory tea time score of 175 was achieved as Michael Drewery and vice-captain Darren Moody held the lower order together with unbeaten scores of 26 and 10 respectively.

The Hornsea openers saw off the initial attack of Moody and Rich Foster without too much alarm, but the introduction of Mark Tissiman reaped rewards for the Park as he removed both openers courtesy of catches by the Drewery brothers. Hornsea stalwarts Paul Johnson and Rich Medforth then enjoyed a third wicket partnership of 63 to put the visitors in the driving seat and, despite the loss of Johnson for 26, Medforth’s unbeaten 53 and a red inker from Wallis (33 not out) saw the seasiders cruise to a seven- wicket victory.

The first match ball of the season, which didn’t quite spice up the Park’s performance, was kindly sponsored by Bengal Brasserie.

Londesborough Park 1st XI: 175-9 (B Lewis 56, J Beevers 26) Hornsea 1st XI: 179-3 (R Medforth 53 *, B Wallis 33*, P Clappison 31, P Johnson 26, R Hornby 25)

Last weekend, the Park caught up with their old friends at Hull CC.

Charlie came up trumps with the toss and led his Britcom sponsored troops into the field. Opening bowler Mark Tissiman struck early, bowling Jennings for three.

Hull’s second wicket fell with the score on 34 when Ben Lewis’ catch saw the demise of Powdrell and a first wicket for Darren Moody. His second and third followed in rapid succession as Hull tumbled to 43-4.

A mini revival was the halted by Rich Foster who claimed the key wicket of Martin Watkin (32).

The Hull tailed wagged intermittently courtesy of Hellwig (22) and Andrew (31) but four further wickets for Tissiman ensured the Park would face no more than 138 for victory.

The reply started inauspiciously as James Beevers made a rapid return to the sheds. John Williamson and Greg Drewery calmed the nerves with a partnership of 44 before the former was caught for 17.

The youngsters then took control as Greg contributed a solid 30 and James Hanley a mature 34. Form batsmen Ben Lewis’ 39 ensured a first victory for the Park as they crossed the finishing line with 12 overs to spare.

A ‘valuable’ result utilising a match ball sponsored by R Hornsey & Sons.

Hull 2nd XI: 137-9 (M Watkins 32, L Andrew 31; M Tissiman 5-40, D Moody 3-32) Londesborough Park 1st XI: 139-5 (B Lewis 39, J Hanley 34, G Drewery 30; C Hellwig 3-32)