Pocklington CC 1st XI got their season underway on Saturday 23 April with a loss at home to a strong Sewerby side.
Sewerby won the toss and elected to bowl first.
This looked to be the wrong decision as Pocklington built a solid foundation.
New skipper Alex Downey and Ted Donkin took the score to 20 before Downey was caught for 15. Andy Inns joined Donkin and together they put on 82 until Donkin was caught for a fine 48.
This brought about a notorious Pocklington collapse as 101-2 became 174 all out, Inns being the only man to hold the innings together with a fluent 62.
Spinner Lewis Beasley finished with 6-57 for Sewerby.
In reply Pocklington bowled well without much luck. Alex Downey had a plumb lbw shout turned down by the away umpire, however justice was done a few balls later as he had Lewis Beasley caught for 33. Downey then removed Sewerby’s leading batsman for only five and Pocklington were on top.
Sewerby’s new signing Chris Chapman was dropped from his first ball and looked nervous throughout. A caught behind was dubiously turned down off Chapman but three balls later Chris Saltmer had him caught.
At 113-4 the game was in the balance. It could have gone Pocklington’s way but two dropped catches in two overs cost them as Sewerby then went on to knock the runs off with ease. Ben Dobson finished with 62 not out for the away team.
Pocklington made the long trip away to Ripon on Saturday looking to bounce back from that defeat.
The day started badly as Pocklington were forced to travel without an umpire and knew they would have to field with 10 men, with a player as umpire.
Ripon won the toss and put Pock into bat on what was a vey slow and low track. Ian Camwell (27) and Ted Donkin (22) started steadily and built a good partnership.
But with the run rate starting to rise, Donkin was caught off a top edge. Camwell was then bowled in the next over with a horrific swipe.
Once again Pocklington found themselves in free fall and 60-0 soon became 86-5. Jamie Kember (37) managed to apply himself and stuck around with the tail to lift Pock to 173 all out.
Skipper Alex Downey was left stranded on 17 not out.
After tea, Pocklington started well in the field. Captain Downey was fired up and he struck with two early blows, bowling one opener and pinning the other lbw as things were going well for Pocklington despite having only ten fielders.
It could have been even better, but away captain Chris Warters was dropped twice in single figures. Having been let off, Ripon began to build and despite tight bowling lifted the score to 107 when Geoff Woodward had Nick Harland caught for 42.
Despite the breakthrough the missing fielder was starting to show for Pocklington and the Ripon batsmen were taking full advantage.
They reached the target with seven overs to spare and without losing any more wickets.
Although Pocklington lost the game the team can take great heart from the way they battled all the way to the end in the field.
If anybody is interested in scoring or umpiring for the First XI, please contact either Alex Downey on 07887 944732 or Andy Inns on 07790 243703.
THE Scarborough and District Cricket Development Group Joe Lumb XI claimed a 58-run win against Pocklington School in a Twenty20 friendly match at North Marine Road (pictures right).
The Joe Lumb side posted 154-8 and the top Pock bowlers were Tim Brader with 3-28 and J Sowers with 2-6.
In reply, Pock made 96-6, Ian Green hitting 33 and Dan Atkinson 27no.