Londesborough Park CC misses out on victories

L'boro' Pk 2nds Welton & Brough - Jonathan Croft in action
L'boro' Pk 2nds Welton & Brough - Jonathan Croft in action
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The Britcom-sponsored Londesborough Park first XI came mighty close to securing their first victory of the season at Bolton Percy, but the run chase ran out of steam at the death to leave them just six runs short.

Set a target of 217, the little and large combo of youngster Greg Drewery and Neil Stephenson set off briskly before Greg was bowled for 11. Skipper Charlie Rook, now back to his best form, paired up with Stephenson to advance the score to 97 when the latter was trapped lbw for 34.

Another sound partnership of 62 between Rook and Sam Medley (28) had the Park well set and 13 from James Beevers aided the cause before he was run out by a direct throw.

The required equation was 33 from five overs with six wickets in hand. 16 runs from the next two overs put Park in the driving seat, but the next was a wicket maiden - not quite what the doctor had ordered. Despite his best efforts, Charlie’s superb knock came to an end on 102 in the final over, leaving Londesborough Park high and dry on 211-7.

The home side’s score of 216-7 was dominated by the hard hitting of Musgrave (72), supported by Danny White with 39 and four other contributions in the 20s. Dazzler Moody continued his encouraging form with the ball, with two further wickets. Sam Medley also picked up a brace but the Park, having fought back to avoid a possible 250 score, will look at the 43rd and 44th overs - in which a total of 30 runs were conceded - and consider what might have been.

It was another satisfying performance with a victory surely in the offing, hopefully against strugglers Dringhouses this weekend. Match ball was sponsored by Hagstons Butchers.

Londesborough Park’s second XI went close to recording their fifth victory of the season but were unable to prise out Welton & Brough’s 10 and Jack and had to settle for a 26-point winning draw.

Taking first knock, the Red Lion sponsored Park hit the buffers early as Michael Drewery and Tom Noble made almost instant returns to the hutch. At 2-2, Sam Dodd and returning student Callum Robertson had work to do which they achieved in a partnership of 62, Robertson contributing 31 before being caught by the aptly named Gavin Wickett.

Skipper Jonathan Croft (44) accompanied Dodd in another productive stand of 76 before Tom Foster made inroads for the visitors with three quick wickets. The tailenders chipped in to support Dodd who was eventually bowled for a solid 76 as the Park accumulated a respectable 182, despite failing to use all the overs available.

Following top nosh, the Welton openers struggled to make a significant impact against the tight bowling of Rob Sawyer (12 overs for 24 runs) and Jack Sowersby who made the first breakthrough.

Veteran Dave Fairbank was then run out by an excellent throw from the boundary, bringing Steve Bedford and former Park player Shaun Wilson to the crease. They put on 57 before ‘son of skipper’ Stephen Croft’s leg spin made a complete mess of the Welton reply, removing Bedford (46), Wilson (21) and the rest of the middle order in a devastating spell of 6-12 in six overs, ably supported by some excellent close-in catches.

Ben Lewis contributed with 12 accurate overs and Tom Noble bowled Chapple to set up a tense finale with the score on 121-9 and two overs remaining. However, Wickett and Clark stood firm to deny the Park maximum reward.

Thanks to match ball sponsor Leakes Butchers. Bottom of the pile Dringhouses second XI are this week’s opponents so a return to winning ways may be on the cards.