Pock stutter against last season’s champions

Pocklington Cricket Club first XI suffered a loss at home to the hands of Duncombe Park on Saturday. On a day which saw plenty of sun, the toss was won by Pocklington who elected to bat.

Unable to continue his form from last week, opener Andy Inns fell in the first over without scoring a run. Andy Anderson joined Neil Readman at the crease and between them added 110 for the second wicket with Anderson scoring freely with some lovely shots to the boundary before he was caught on 63. Readman continued to add to the score with the assistance of Lambert until he too fell for 48 in the 30th over. After this, all that can be described was a major batting collapse as the next five wickets fell for the loss of only 18 runs. Some big hitting from Connaire Brattan and Freddie Parry added a few extra runs for the final wicket to leave Pocklington bowled out for 188 after 44 overs.

Fielding did not come easy for Pocklington with no fewer than five dropped catches allowing Duncombe Park’s Brian Leckonby to somehow get to 92 before being superbly caught by Isaac Green in the deep. He was assisted by Paul Wilkie (34) who himself was dropped numerous times. Park got to their target for the loss of five wickets with eight overs remaining. Well bowled to Connaire Brattan who bowled his longest ever spell to take 3-41 of 11 overs.

Room for improvement for next week but Pocklington can take positives from the performances of Black Bull man of the match Andrew Anderson and the bowling of Connaire Brattan.

Pocklington CC would like to thank the club sponsors Sweet Move Estate Agents, and Mike and Sheila Smith for the provision of an excellent tea.