South Cave extend their lead

South Cave and Brantingham first XI entertained Yapham CC second XI at the Bully Field on Saturday. Yapham were second in the table behind Cave, so the prospects were good for a tight game.

Yapham won the toss and asked Cave to bat on what looked like a bowler’s wicket. The Yapham openers of Hardwick and Edwards bowled well in the early overs and Hardwick accounted for Hanson in his second over.

Cave could only score at three an over for the first 10 overs as both batsmen Franks and Scorah struggled to score against the Yapham attack.

Scorah was caught by Holman off the bowling of Hardwick for eight, bringing Paddy Mountifield to the wicket. The scoring rate was lifted by Mountifield, who scored a brisk 39 in 43 balls before he was caught at extra cover by Brown off the bowling of Edwards.

Edwards bowled well in his 12 overs and he ended with figures of 1-39 from his 12 overs, which didn’t really show how difficult he made it for the Cave batsmen.

After Edwards had finished his spell, Yapham struggled to keep a hold on the scoring rate as Franks began to attack. He hit a four over square leg off Wainwight’s second ball, which was repeated a ball later when he hit him for six in the same place.

Cave lost the wickets of Burgess and Veeramani for 10 and eight respectively, which brought Jonny Davies to the crease with Franks.

Davies continued to increase the rate as did Franks, and Cave moved on to 153 before Franks was bowled for 45 by Stubbins. Davies batted well for a quickfire 26 from 21 balls and he was well supported by the rest of the Cave lower order.

Cave finished their innings on 204-9, leaving Yapham a difficult challenge to score at just over five an over.

S Hardwick was the pick of the Yapham bowlers, ending with deserved figures of 4-30 from 10 overs.

Yapham started their innings in a good way, with Farey and Holman looking untroubled against the Cave opening bowlers, Griffiths and Gorbutt.

Gorbutt managed to take the wicket of Holman after Selva Veeramani took a stunning catch low down at midwicket.

Corkery joined Farey and they looked untroubled even though they struggled to keep up with the run rate. Griffiths and Gorbutt kept the runs to a minimum, but they failed to bowl enough balls that troubled the Yapham batsmen.

A bowling change by the Cave captain, Alex Riley brought changed Cave’s fortunes. Jonny Davies bowled a good line which made the batsmen play and he was rewarded with figures of 4-22 from his nine overs.

Selva Veeramani replaced Gorbutt and was immediately in to the wickets, with two in his first over.

As Davies had shown, the way to bowl on the wicket was at the stumps and Veeramani followed his example, ending with 3-17 from eight overs.

Cave’s bowlers took hold of the innings and Farey was the only batsman to really look like he could win the match.

He was well supported by 20 runs from Wainwright but fell to Veeramani who bowled him for 45.

Cave tried all they could to take the final wicket of Edwards and Brewer, after Riley removed Wainwright, but the final pair batted well and ended up getting Yapham their second batting point. Yapham finished their innings on 126-9, giving Cave victory by 114 runs.

Next week, Cave first XI play Dunnington away on Sunday and the second XI travel to Hornsea on Saturday.