Runs flow in Pocklington CC defeat

Pocklington CC 1st XI: 211-5 (45 overs), (A. Inns 46, N. Readman 41, N. Jackson 37, T. Donkin 43*)

Sessay 2nd XI: 214-2 (41.5 overs), (P. Flintoff 46, P. Wass 98*, L. Ramsey 38*)

Pocklington lost by eight wickets.

Pocklington travelled to Sessay on Saturday to compete on a very wet surface, only to be defeated by eight wickets. Pocklington were able to post a very competitive total of 211.

However some ill-disciplined bowling in the bitterly cold conditions saw the hosts reach their target in the 42nd over.

The game highlighted how these conditions require controlled bowling performances supported by intelligent fielding to defend a competitive total.

Pocklington, whose match ball was sponsored by Michael Readman, Horticultural Engineering, lost the toss and were asked to bat. Andy Inns (46) and Neil Readman (41) made an excellent start to the innings, guiding Pocklington to 62 for the first wicket.

Readman was then joined by Neal Jackson (37), the pair continued to build a useful total, before Jackson was dismissed with the score on 116. Richard Readman joined his father, but was dismissed with the score on 126. Neil Readman was then joined by Ted Donkin (43no) as they continued to build the score to 160 before Readman was removed trying to accelerate the scoring.

Matt Atkinson was removed for a duck with the score at 160-4, then Ash Warner (13no) joined Donkin to finish the innings. Both finished strongly, posting a healthy and defendable total of 211-5 from 45 overs.

Sessay then took to the crease and made a reasonable start with Paul Flintoff (46) and R Fountain opening against Ash Warner (12 overs for 18) and Pete Powell. An early run out with the score on 24, brought P Wass (98no) to the crease.

This pair then built a 106-run partnership before Flintoff was removed by a smart catch from Pete Powell from the bowling of impressive debutant Nick Hill with the score on 130. Wass was then joined by L Ramsey (38no) who closed the game out against some improved bowling from the Pocklington attack within the 42nd over.

Ash Warner and Nick Hill were the pick of the Pocklington bowlers, who demonstrated some controlled length bowling which was exactly what was required in the damp conditions. The cold weather conditions made it very challenging for the spin attack.

Newly-promoted Pocklington third XI maintained their good form from last season, winning against Ovington second XI by a margin of 18 runs. 

Following last week’s washout, Pocklington were inserted by the opposition and got off to a shaky start losing two early wickets. Andy Walker and youngster James Baker steadied the ship and put together a useful partnership until Baker went for a well-constructed 21.

Walker and teenage debutant Ryan Lockwood then formed a resolute partnership to keep the Ovington bowlers at bay, but it looked as if Pocklington would be heading for an early tea once Walker was bowled on 28 and then three wickets fell with the score on 77.

However, Pete Eastwood and Sam Vale scored vital lower-order runs to take Pocklington to 125 all out, which gave the bowlers something to work with.

Ovington set out to reach the Pocklington total in a steady manner but Lockwood removed opener Whale for four when Relf took a sharp chance behind the stumps. Ever reliable with ball in hand, Eastwood then removed dangerman Smith thanks to a fine diving catch by Newby in the covers.

Debutant Lockwood continued to impress by picking up a wicket with the first delivery of the next over. Walker then utilised a surface ideal for his style of bowling by taking two wickets in his opening over and putting a stranglehold on the Ovington batsmen to finish an inspired spell with 4-16 from six overs.

As in the Pocklington innings, the Ovington tail wagged but Lockwood returned to cap a striking first outing for the club by getting the final wicket as Ovington fell short on 107, with Eastwood taking 3-29 in his allotted 12 overs. 

A good team effort by Pocklington, who managed to defend a modest total with only 10 players able to take the field in the second innings, with notable all-round performances from Walker and Eastwood plus telling contributions from Baker and Lockwood.

Thanks go to Martyn Baker for scoring and Gail Baker and Dave Mason for their help clearing up the mess left by 22 hungry players at tea. 

Pocklington will hope for more success next week when they host Wheldrake second XI.

This weekend sees a full programme for the club with the first XI travelling to Malton & Norton, the second XI hosting Tadcaster Magnet second XI whilst the third XI host Wheldrake. The teams for this weekend are:

First XI vs Malton & Norton Second XI (A): A Downey, A Inns, A Warner, T Donkin, F Parry, I Camwell, J Room, N Jackson, N Hill, P Powell, R Readman. Scorer: L Potter. Meet at 11.30am.

Second XI vs Tadcaster Magnet Second XI (H) from: A Thomas, C Saltmer, C Quarton, D Croft, E Gallagher, G Milner, G Nesbit, G Woodward, H Attwood, S Hill, W Cooper, N Sherwood, R Miller, S Baty. Scorer: G Baty. Meet at 11.30am.

Third XI vs Wheldrake Second XI (H): A Walker, C Bullock, C Wilson, E Newby, J Baker, J Craven, J Vale, J Parsons, J Richmond, P Eastwood, R Lockwood, S Relf. Scorer: M Baker. Meet at 1.30pm.

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