Pock take the upper hand

Carlton Towers: 193 (Greaves 63, Holmes 48; Downey 3-45, Donkin 4-13)

Pocklington: 194-6 (Inns 53, Warner 34*, Readman 27; Barnes 3-45)

Pocklington travelled to Carlton Towers on Saturday and won by four wickets (30 pts) on a very hot and sunny afternoon.

Pocklington, whose matchball was sponsored by The Grey Horse, Elvington, were invited to field first due to the extremely hot weather conditions as Carlton Towers looked to make use of the excellent batting surface.

Warner (2-27) and Downey (1-45) made a good start, applying good controlling pressure in the early stages of the game. The talented Dilks (20) was trapped lbw with the score on 42 in the eighth over.

Small partnerships then formed as Spetch (10) joined the crease until he was removed by Greg Nesbitt (1-20) and then Ellin (16) was caught at the wicket off young Nick Hill (1-27) leaving Carlton Towers 91-3 from 24 overs.

The middle part of the innings saw a partnership between the stubborn Greaves and Holmes (48) build the score to 180-4 before Greaves was removed by Downey. Carlton Towers then collapsed with Ted Donkin (4-13) finishing off the innings tidily.

The energy-sapping weather could have demoralised Pock, but the team stuck to the task well and kept Carlton Towers to 193 all out in the 42nd over, on a track that should have needed 220 to be really safe.

In response, Pocklington’s evergreen opening pair of Andy Inns (53) and Neil Readman (27) built another impressive opening stand of 85 before Readman was removed pulling.

Neal Jackson (21) joined the crease, then a tired Inns was bowled shortly after to leave Pock on 90-2.

Ted Donkin (22) then joined Jackson to rebuild the innings to 123 in the 29th over, before Jackson was removed. Rich Readman and Joss Room came to support Donkin until he was removed with the score on 139-5 with Pock potentially teetering on the edge of a failed run chase.

Up stepped Ash Warner (34) to compose the innings with Room and build the platform for Downey and Warner to close the game out in the 44th over.

In summary, a resilient performance by Pocklington away from home in the extreme heat and sun demonstrated their desire to win cricket matches.

This week’s ‘Black Bull’ man of the match was Andy Inns for his solid 53 to set the platform for the impressive team run chase.

Pocklington: 271-7 (Attwood 130*, C Saltmer 50, Thomas 34)

TABS: 251-6 (C Saltmer 2-51, J Saltmer 2-51)

Pocklington seconds welcomed Thorpe Arch and Boston Spa (TABS) to a sunny Burnby Lane, kindly sponsored by H&N Haulage.

On a perfect batting track superbly made out by Steve Relf and co, Pocklington took the best of a draw (26 pts) in extremely hot weather conditions.

TABS won the toss and elected to field, openers Hugh Attwood (130*) and Chris Saltmer (50) started brightly, scoring boundaries and keeping the run rate going at five an over. The century partnership came up with both openers reaching brilliant fifties before Saltmer holed out in the deep for a straight 50. This brought captain Adam Thomas to the crease and the rate increased before he went in similar style for an attacking 34.

Wickets fell steadily but Attwood reached a controlled and brilliantly-grafted century which saw him bat through the 45 overs for a superb 130 not out and Pocklington reaching a massive 271-6.

The reply saw Pocklington open with a pace and spin combo, 15-year-old Freddie Parry and Chris Saltmer (2-51), the latter getting an early wicket caught behind by Stephenson. Then returning brother James Saltmer (2-51) and Dan Croft replaced the openers in the boiling heat and James showing no rust in the close season with identical figures to his brother, with 11 overs, 2-51.

The TABS batsmen shut up shop until a late flurry in the later stages reaching 251-6. But well done to Pocklington in the field in such hot conditions, in particular Will Cooper as the stand out Jonty Rhodes figure.

Next week the seconds hope to continue this winning draw with a tricky game away at Dunnington.

Pocklington: 158-6 (Walker 61, Newby 40, Bullock 24)

Thorpe Willougby: 128-8 (Vale 3-27)

Pocklington thirds are through to the next round of the Presidents’ Cup after beating Thorpe Willoughby II by 30 runs.

Pocklington were asked to bat first and, as in last week’s game, openers Elliot Newby and Andy Walker got the side off to a steady start.

At drinks, Pocklington were 60 without loss and the opening partnership continued to 73 runs when Newby was out for 40. Walker continued about his business but, at the other end, wickets were falling regularly until Chris Bullock hit back with a brisk 24. Walker fell soon after for a very well made 61 and Pocklington finished their innings on 158-6.

Pocklington felt that they had sufficient runs on the board and this proved to be the case as they picked up wickets at regular intervals. With Thorpe Willoughby 54-4 at drinks, Pocklington were in a satisfying position, and they continued the good work, restricting the opposition to 128-8 after 40 overs.

Jed Vale bowled with good pace on his return from injury, picking up 3-27, and Charlie Wilson showed that not only can he bat and keep wicket, but also bowl, by claiming his maiden wicket in competitive cricket. Callum Quarton also bowled well, pitching the ball in good areas without reward, as edges from the bat fell in between fielders.

A good batting display from Walker and Newby and a tight bowling performance saw Pocklington comfortably through to the next round. Thanks again to Martyn Baker for scoring, and to those spectators who travelled all the way to cheer the team on.

Next week Pocklington return to league action, playing host to Bishopthorpe II at Burnby Lane.

This week the first team host New Earswick at home, the second team travel to Dunnington and the thirds host Bishopthorpe seconds at home. The teams are:

1st XI vs New Earswick from: Matt Atkinson, Alex Downey, Andy Inns, Ash Warner, Ted Donkin, Greg Nesbitt, Ian Camwell, Josh Room, Neal Jackson, Neil Readman, Nick Hill, Peter Powell. Umpire: G Thurlow. Scorer: Ben Potter. Meet 12pm at the club.

2nd XI vs Dunnington 2nd XI: Adam Thomas, Ben Stephenson, Brad Bold, Chris Saltmer, Hugh Attwood, Geoff Woodward, Ed Gallagher, Freddie Parry, James Saltmer, Simon Baty, Simon Hill, Meet 11.30am at the club.

3rd XI vs Bishopthorpe 2nd XI from: Andy Walker, Callum Quarton, Charlie Dodds, Charlie Wilson, Chris Bullock, Elliot Newby, Iain Moorhouse, Jack Craven, Jed Vale, James Baker, Pete Eastwood, Ryan Lockwood, Steve Relf.  Umpire: M Baker. Meet 1.30pm at the club.

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