Cricket: Pocklington seconds struggle at Whitkirk

Pocklington seconds travelled away to Whitkirk seconds, lost the toss for the fourth game running and were asked to bat first.

They lost James Saltmer and Ben Stephenson cheaply in the first few overs. Josh Britland, making his Pock return, joined Freddy Parry at the crease and the pair managed to move the score on past 50 before Parry was bowled, to leave Pock 54-3 after 12 overs.

Dan Croft joined Britland, who was showing no signs of rustiness on his return, with an excellent array of shots. The pair put on a brilliant 107-run partnership before Britland fell for 84 caught on the long boundary. Croft was next to go, when he played onto his stumps after making 44, leaving Pock 164-5. Pock needed to make the most of their good start and James Baker duly obliged with a blustery 32 before being caught going for another big shot. Pock finished their innings on 241-9, with Pete Powell contributing 20 not out. Ashley Bell, the pick of the bowling for Whitkirk, finished with 3-49.

Pock had set a challenging target but Whitkirk came out all guns blazing in their chase and moved on to 70 without loss off the first ten overs. Captain Robin Miller eventually made a breakthrough, removing opener Walker for a well-played 86. Freddy Parry also picked up the wicket of fellow Whitkirk opener Massey for 45 to bring Pock back into the game with Whitkirk 135-2 off 25 overs. Although Pock took it down to the penultimate over, Whitkirk eventually knocked off Pock’s total to take an impressive eight-wicket victory thanks to Kelly (54 not out) and Inoson (48 not out).