Cricket: Losing draw for Pocklington 2nds in high scoring away game at Brandesburton

After a good opening start to the season, Robin Miller led his Pocklington side away to Brandesburton.

Miller won the toss and chose to bowl first. The first wicket didn’t fall until Dan Croft took a good catch on the boundary off Miller’s bowling to remove Sharp for 43 with the score 83-1. Brandesburton moved to 153-1 before the next two wickets fell in quick succession.

Atkinson, though, continued to attack the Pock bowlers though and made the most of a lifeline when he was dropped on 70 and carried on his way to 105 before being bowled by Donkin (1-43). With five wickets down for 235, the batsmen continued to attack throughout the last ten overs and finished on an astonishing 315-9.

A disappointing day with the ball left Pock facing a mammoth 316 to win. It was a big ask but openers Milner and Eli Newby started with intent.

The first wicket fell when Milner was trapped lbw for 12 after missing out on a full toss. Ben Stephenson joined Newby and continued Pock’s attack and the two pushed onto 85 off 15 overs before Stephenson was caught for a quickfire 38. Donkin joined Newby and although struggling with a finger injury picked up in the field made 17 before being caught and bowled.

Croft was the next man in and he and Newby kept nudging the score along and were 109-3 off 18 when Newby was bowled for a very well-played 44 trying to keep the run rate moving. Simon Baty joined Croft and supported him well before being caught on the boundary for 18. Croft continued to press on and pushed Pock over the 200 mark and also passed his 50 before being caught the very next ball for 53.

The win now seemed out of reach but there was still extra points to play for and Simon Hill batted aggressively in the final overs and edged Pock over the 75% score needed to gain the extra points and ending as Pocks top scorer in the process with 55 not out. The team finished on 257-6 to cap off a good batting display. Pock came away with a losing draw on an afternoon which saw 572 runs scored.

Pock make the short journey to Woodhouse Grange on week three of the league season. Thanks to George Baty for scoring.