Rabbits nearly postpone Park’s game

Pock v Sewerby - Andrew Inns batting for Pock
Pock v Sewerby - Andrew Inns batting for Pock

Londesborough Park CC

Warm, sunny conditions for the first game of the season – unheard of.

Well the new cricket season is well and truly upon us and Londesborough Park’s 1st XI travelled to ‘Watership Down’ to commence their Division 2 campaign against Tadcaster. An influx of rabbits had put the game in doubt but strenuous efforts by the Brewers ensured the contest went ahead – the Park probably wished it hadn’t!

Skipper Charlie Rook selected a mix of youth and experience and opened the innings with the willow courtesy of Big Bird and Neil Stephenson. A steady start belied the carnage that was to follow.

The first wicket fell with 24 on the board before Clark’s spell of 5 for 19, supported by Downey with 3 for 31, ripped through the Park’s attack with only meagre resistance. Only Stephenson, the returning Ben Lewis and Dazzler Moody recorded double figures as the innings capitulated to 85 all out, the home side benefitting from some indifferent umpiring on occasions.

A wicket apiece for Mark Tissiman and Dazzler in the first 2 overs of Tadcaster’s reply offered a glimmer of hope as did Tissy’s second wicket which had the Brewers rocking at 14 for 3. However Day and Smith ensured no opening day shock as they reached their target inside 20 overs.

A bad day at the office for the Park who will be looking to bounce back against Malton & Old Malton.

Londesborough Park 1st XI 85 (P Clark 5-19, P Downey 3-31) Tadcaster 89-4 (E Day 48 no, M Tissiman 3-26)

In sharp contrast the 2nd XI enjoyed a wonderful start to the season in their home fixture against Hornsea 2nd XI. Michael Drewery and James Hanley opened the innings in immaculately prepared surroundings with not a rabbit in sight. After the departure of Drewery for 13 Hanley and James Beevers laid the platform for a big score, stroking the ball to all corners in a partnership of 85. Hanley achieved his 50 before departing but new batsman Sam Medley maintained the momentum. Beevers was bowled for a well earned 46, to be replaced by Dan ‘the man’ Howard. Medley (62) and Howard (63) then plundered the Hornsea attack with 19 boundaries in a partnership of 121 for the 4th wicket. The innings finally closed on 274 for 5.

The usual high class home made tea clearly boosted the Hornsea openers as they posted 42 for the first wicket, Hornby returning to the hutch with 32 to his name. However that was as good as it got for the visitors as 42 for 1 became 45 for 6 in no time, Dan ‘the man’ being the chief destroyer with 4-4 from just 3 overs. Skipper Jonathan Croft took the opportunity to share out the bowling duties, the main beneficiary being youngster Jack Sowersby with 5-20 whilst Beevers and Hanley backed up their success with the bat with tidy spells and young keeper Chris Mitchell had a promising debut.

The 2nds’ next encounter is against Osbaldwick when they will be hoping to build on this impressive start.

Londesborough Park 2nd XI 274-5 (D Howard 63, T Medley 62, J Hanley 52, J Beevers 46) Hornsea 2nd XI 81 (R Hornby 32, J Sowersby 5-20, D Howard 4-4) .