After the previous week’s wasted trip to rain drenched Osbaldwick, Londesborough Park’s first XI faced the difficult task of overcoming league leaders Sewerby last Saturday.
The opportunity to bowl first in damp but drying conditions meant the flip of a coin would prove decisive.
So it was, as the visiting skipper struck the first blow, calling correctly, and consequently the Britcom sponsored Park struggled to generate any momentum in bowler friendly conditions.
Skipper Charlie Rook battled valiantly for 33, Ben Lewis made a start before being run out for 14 going for a third, the Ginger One struck four boundaries in his 24 and Ian Hodson contributed 17, but the bowlers held sway as, despite batting into the 44th over, the Park could only muster 106.
The Sewerby reply started in much the same vein, as Rich Foster and Dazzler Moody reduced the visitors to 25-3.
However Russ Robinson failed to read the ‘it’s difficult batting out there’ script and merrily went on his way, dominating the innings whilst surviving an lbw decision which Sir Geoffrey Boycott would have described as ‘pretty plumb’.
Rook’s first over was rewarded with the wicket of Artley, but that was as good as it got, as Robinson checked in with 78 not out to cruise the seasiders to a six-wicket victory.
It is a result which appears worse on paper than it was on the day as luck and favourable decisions were in short supply.
The Park entertain second-placed Bolton Percy this weekend, whom they almost beat earlier in the season and hope to go one better.
Thanks to Henleys Nurseries for sponsorship of the match ball.
The Park’s second XI moved to within one point of being crowned champions of division six, following their fixture against Thorpe Arch and Boston Spa’s second string which proved to be a significant milestone for Tom Eaglan as well as for the Red Lion sponsored team which secured promotion.
Skipper Jonathan Croft lost the toss as usual, resulting in the ‘formality’ of the Park batting first.
A brace of Toms, Eaglan and Noble, found the surroundings to their liking, posting a century partnership before Noble just failed to record a deserved half-century, bowled for 46.
Sam Dodd (26) and Eaglan continued to dominate proceedings, adding a further 66 for the second wicket, Eaglan passing 50 in the process.
Liam Barlow missed out on the run spree but partnered Tom to his maiden century off just 98 balls.
TABS continued to haemorrhage runs at an alarming rate as Michael Drewery (41 not out) maintained the momentum in an unbroken stand of 117 with Tom, whose straight hitting included one that cleared the boundary rope and a rather large detached house before landing somewhere near Tadcaster.
His magnificent undefeated 173, which included 17 fours and eight sixes, was the second highest individual score in the league this season and a club record.
The Park’s total of 321-3 was also the second highest team total this season in the league.
The TABS batsmen, intent on survival, found scoring difficult as openers Michael Drewery and left-armer Joe Shingles gave little away.
The introduction of Yogi Youngman’s swingers then created action in the wickets column whilst Liam Barlow removed opener Joe Atkinson (31), caught by Tom Noble.
Williams chipped in with a flurry of boundaries but the skipper’s 13th catch of the season ended his cameo on 19.
Foulkes held the innings together with 44 until Tom Williamson trapped him lbw to set up the Park’s 13th potential victory of the season, requiring two wickets off the last over.
However they could only manage a run out off the last ball and had to be content with 27 points.
As well as Eaglan’s momentous knock, Yogi excelled with the ball, taking 6-41 and the Park produced another excellent fielding display, epitomised by debutant Ben Shingles.