Londesborough Park under the cosh

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Both Londesborough Park fixtures succumbed to the less than glorious weather last Saturday.

Whilst it did little to dampen the spirits of the second XI champions, an opportunity for the first XI to gain some breathing space between themselves and one of their rivals Dringhouses was lost.

The Park claimed two early wickets courtesy of Dazzler Moody and Rich Foster, but Chris Storey and Ian Wilson combined to put the hosts in a strong position at 137-3 before the heavens opened after 26 overs and it was game over.

The match ball sponsorship slot was kindly ‘filled’ by Market Weighton Dental Practice.

The Red Lion sponsored second XI barely got started against Hornsea 2nd XI who batted first and mustered 25-1 in six overs when play was abandoned.

The low mileage match ball was provided courtesy of Michael Roe Motor Engineers.

On Monday the Britcom sponsored 1st XI hosted another lower table rival in Ripon who came out tops in the coin toss and elected to field.

The Park, strengthened by the return of Big Bird, Neil Stephenson and skipper Charlie Rook, lost the services of Stephenson early on, but Sam Medley produced his best form in a fine knock of 92, initially supported by Big Bird (16) and then by youngster James Hanley who batted well for 34.

The ‘Ginger One’ (17 not out) propped up the remainder of the innings as cheap wickets fell and at tea the score had curtailed on 187-8, third change bowler Kettlewell taking the visitors’ bowling prize with 3-27.

The ‘Ginger One’ deputized for absentee Rich Foster to team up with Dazzler Moody (3-21) and, with the combo taking four wickets inside the first 11 overs, the visitors were in peril at 20-4.

Dazzler’s third and one for skipper Rook further enhanced the Park’s chances of victory as Ripon subsided to 58-6.

However, veteran Peter Squires had other ideas and, with Pope offering divine support, held the innings together.

Stephen Croft’s (3-30) dismissal of Pope (25) and Kettlewell in the same over rekindled hopes of a points maximum but Sorby’s 18-minute vigil without scoring a run put paid to that as, despite Croft finally removing Squires for 48 in the last over, the visitors survived on 125-9.

A fine effort from the Park in the field with Tissiman conceding just 56 runs in his lengthy 21 over spell.

With two games remaining half the league is still battling to avoid relegation.

The Park entertain Whitkirk this weekend – maybe their best players will be playing football.

Thanks to match ball sponsor Southgate Stores.