Pocklington CC first XI hosted newly-promoted Acomb seconds on Saturday, and had to settle for the worst of a draw on a beautiful day.
After a very good opening spell in the field, Pock could not close out the game for victory; instead they struggled with the bat against a very competent Acomb bowling attack.
Pocklington won the toss and asked Acomb to bat on the best day of the season so far, with the wicket looking good and the outfield typically fast. The Pocklington opening bowlers, Ash Warner (1-40) and Alex Downey (2-24) quickly got into a good rhythm and created great pressure, reducing the visitors to 29-3 inside 12 overs. Another great start, and Chris Saltmer (2-44) and Iain Moorhouse (1-36) continued to build pressure which eventually Acomb were reduced to 54-5. The addition of Isaac Green and Ben Rees provided a boost to the fielding, which lifted the entire Pocklington performance.
A brief rally between Leon Sacks (42) and Chris Green (77) rebuilt the innings, before Saltmer removed Sacks. Andy Foreman bowled seven very tidy overs for 18 runs and deserved wickets, but added the required pressure. However, Green continued with support from James Byford (32 not out). This period saw the Acomb batting get on top of the Pock bowling and this spoilt the figures of Warner and Saltmer.
The pair, built the score to 169-7, before Green was removed by Stevie Adams (3-28) and the Acomb batting slowed to eventually reach 199-9. From such a promising start, the Acomb recovery created a good score, but it was thought a little short on such a good day.
In response, the Pocklington openers, the ever-consistent Andy Inns (65) and a recalled Gary Milner (nought) found it tough early on, with Milner removed with the score on 12-1. Then the top order of Ben Rees (13), Matt Atkinson and Isaac Green struggled against the bowling of John Beech and were reduced to 63-4 inside 17 overs. Andy Foreman (19) came to support Inns, before Inns was removed for another very good knock, leaving Pocklington reeling at 96-5. Alex Downey (22) joined Foreman, before Foreman was removed with the score on 102-6. The Pocklington tail then went in to damage prevention mode and vice-captain Downey shepherded the team home to 134-9.
A disappointing failure from the Pock top order, following a promising start with the ball.
If Pock can become more consistent in the middle to latter portion in the field and improve their batting, then they will be a force for anyone.