Pocklington win trophy named in honour of former team mate

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Pocklington faced Yapham at Burnby Lane on Sunday in the Neil Green Memorial Trophy game. The match is a 30-over game played between two of Neil’s former clubs, where he is fondly remembered by all.

Yapham, the holders of the trophy, lost the toss and were asked to bat first.

They started well, moving to 44 without loss from 10 overs before Andy Inns (1-15) made the breakthrough removing opener J.Foster (17). George Baty (3-20) joined the attack in the 12th over and immediately made his mark with a superb caught and bowled.

Baty went on to take the next two wickets for Pock as Yapham moved to 80-4 from 18 overs.

Chris Saltmer, Dan Litherland and John Green all bowled decent spells but were unable to make a breakthrough as Yapham moved to 124-4 thanks to a 58-run partnership between B.Laire (41) and C.Moore (13).

The partnership was finally broken in the 29th over when Moore was bowled by Chris Bullock (1-23). Only one more wicket fell in the final over, as Laire was bowled by Freddie Parry (1-20) as Yapham finished their innings on 137-6.

After a short tea break, Pock openers Gary Milner (59 not out) and James Baker took to the crease and started the innings well putting on 35 for the first wicket before Baker was caught off the bowling of Foster (1-19).

Parry was the next man in but was removed after only three overs by B.Cox (1-25).

Alex Downey (32) then joined Milner and the pair took the game away from Yapham as they put on a 59-run partnership to move the score onto 108-2 before Downey was caught off the bowling of Holman (1-21) in the 17th over.

Green and Dan Croft both came and went within an over which brought Saltmer in to join Milner who moved passed 50 with a well-timed boundary. The pair levelled the scores before Saltmer was well caught and bowled by Moore (1-1). Bullock was next in for Pock and only took two balls to hit the winning run, in the 27th over.

It was a good four-wicket win for Pock who regained the Neil Green trophy after a great game of cricket.

A big thank you to all the players from both teams as well as Simon Baty and Cefin Parry for umpiring. The trophy was presented after the game by Neil’s son John to the winning Pock captain Dan Croft.