Nawton Grange 2nd XI v Seamer & Irton Cricket Club Seamer & Irton CC 2nd XI on Sat 08 Jul 2017 at 1.30pm
Seamer & Irton Cricket Club Won by 8 wkts

Match report After a meeting in the clubhouse before we left, 4 of our squad were retained by the 1st team. However, we were able to take with us Tuna Luke on loan from Flixton after contacting the league registrations secretary. It was a beautiful hot sunny day as we were sent out to field for the umpteenth time as Nawton had won the toss. Openers John Moxon and Neil Ward got off to their usual cautious start against the pace of Connor and Hax. It wasn’t long before the 1st wicket fell, the 4th over, when Moxon got a tickle to a rising Hax delivery into the safe hands of keeper Dazzler. That was 4 for 1. 3 of the next 4 deliveries conceded 8 wides before Joe Sails cracked a square cut to the point boundary off Connor. In the 7th over, Ward was given a life when he was dropped in the gully. Next over, Sails drove Hax to the long off boundary, before he too fell victim to a rising delivery and another catch by Dazzler. That was 22 for 2. In the 9th over, young George Hodgson patted Connor through the gully for 4, then got a nick through the slips for another 4 to 3rd man. 5 wides followed in the 12th over before Ward turned Hax down to the long leg boundary. Jake replaced Hax for the 14th over but more wides followed before Ward steered the last delivery to the gully boundary. Phil replaced Connor at the top end, and with his 3rd delivery got rid of Ward. The ball flew off the opener’s bat head high towards Tuna at 2nd slip, and putting his hands up goalkeeper style to save his face, the ball spooned up in the air to be snaffled up by Connor in the gully. Tuna was sprawled on the ground and it was 55 for 3. Hodgson nicked the last delivery again through the slips to the 3rd man boundary. Following this action, there followed a period of calm, with Jake and Phil bowling tightly restricting their batsmen to the odd single and 2. It wasn’t until the 23rd over that a boundary was conceded with Hodgson sweeping Phil to long leg. Captain Terry Ellis and Hodgson were being made to work hard for runs in this next period, and it was the 29th over before Ellis fell. He top edged Phil, and the ball spooned up in the air over Dazzler where Hax running behind from 1st slip took a simple catch. That was 87 for 4 and the partnership had realised 32 runs. Ben Stamp was next to go in the 34th over, when he stepped in front of a Connor seamer and was adjudged leg before, and 95 for 5. The next breakthrough came in the 39th over with the score on 108. Archie bowling the last delivery of his 4th over tempted young Hodgson into a lofted off drive where Tommy Greenwood was waiting to take a sound catch. He made 26 and had been at the crease for 3 minutes short of 2 hours. Young Liam Wood was next in, and was soon sent packing when Connor pegged him for 0 in the next over. That was 109 for 7. It quickly became 109 for 8 when Dazzler stumped Byron Marshall in Archie’s next over, a wicket maiden. It looked like Nawton would deny us maximum bowling points with 2 wickets to get as Archie started to bowl the last over. But our young talent had other ideas. Off the 2nd delivery, Archie tempted Paul Wilson into a lofted on drive which was caught by Hax in the deep at mid on. Last man Jon Wheeldon succumbed to Archie’s 5th delivery, a quick one which knocked back the stumps, and Nawton were all out for 114 with 1 ball to spare. Another 4 wickets for Archie at a cost this time of 10 runs in just under 7 overs.
Dazzler and Connor were in confident mood after tea as they set off for the middle. Sails was despatched to the cover boundary by Daz in the 1st over, and Connor cut Wilson to the gully boundary in the 2nd over. Daz drove to long off for 4 in the 3rd and Connor to extra cover for 4 in the 4th over. Sails then conceded 5 wides in the 5th over, before a period of consolidation hampered the run scoring. It was 27 for 0 after 5 overs and 37 for 0 after 11 overs. Then our opening pair got going again, finding the boundary every over. Connor sweetly drove to cover in the 12th, then Daz hit a 6 over wide long on in the 13th. Connor cracked a 4 to long off in the 14th and Daz to long on in the 15th. Connor then powered a mighty 6 over long off into the wood, and that sent the fielders, batsmen and fellow scorer scampering to find the ball, which took a good 3 minutes. Following a wide by Sails, it was 80 for 0 at the end of the over. Next over, the 18th, and Daz looking to plant Wilson over the boundary again took a big yahoo and found his off peg knocked back for a confidence boosting 33 runs. So it was 80 for 1, just the start we were looking for. In came young Tommy to partner his captain with an encouraging arm around his shoulder. Next over, the 19th and Connor attacked Sails once again. He clipped one to square leg for 4, and followed up with a 6 to long off. A single off the next ball brought him his 50, and the team 100 came in the 20th over. Young Hodgson was brought on to replace Sails for the 21st over, and Tommy drove the 1st delivery sweetly to the cow corner boundary. However, he mis-timed the 2nd delivery and the ball spooned up in the air to be caught by the bowler for 8 with the score on 105 for 2. Liam Love came in but the batsmen had crossed, and Connor sweetly drove the next ball through extra cover for 4. He finished it off 2 balls later with another big 6 over long on, and it was 115 for 2, and an 8 wicket win. He remained 62 not out, a captain’s innings.
Considering we lost 2 main bowlers and a batsman to the 1st team, this was a remarkable victory under the circumstances. It was remarkable considering we gave away 32 wides……..yes, can you believe it!!! With only half of them conceded, we would have dismissed the opposition for less than 100 and would have collected the maximum 20 points. Even with the wides, our bowlers bowled quite economically, and still had too much in the tank for them. Archie finished them off in style with another 4 wickets. An opening partnership worth 80 runs was the ideal start, and both Dazzler and Connor deserve credit for the way they stuck at it despite several near misses. This would be a big confidence booster for Dazzler with 33 runs, and Connor with 62 showed like Tiff last year that he has fire in his belly. The 16 points we gained from this game increases our lead at the top of the table. Marching on together!! UTS!!

Nawton Grange 2nd XI Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1nb 32w 7b 3lb 
for 10 wickets
114 (44.5 overs)
J Moxon ct  Lewis b Haxby 0 12
N Ward ct  Myerscough b Metcalfe 13 61 2
J Sails ct  Lewis b Haxby 9 18 2
G Hodgson ct  T Greenwood b Graham 26 117 4
T Ellis ct  Haxby b Metcalfe 11 52
B Stamp lbw  b Myerscough 3 19
B Marshall st  Lewis b Graham 7 19
L Wood b  Myerscough 0 1
P Wilson ct  Haxby b Graham 2 16
H Wood Not Out  0 14
J Wheeldon b  Graham 0 1

Seamer & Irton Cricket Club Seamer & Irton CC 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Connor Myerscough12.0330215.002.50
Jamie Haxby8.0027213.503.38
Jacob Moore9.031800.002.00
Phil Metcalfe9.031929.502.11
Archie Graham6.511042.501.46

Seamer & Irton Cricket Club Seamer & Irton CC 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
9w 3lb 
for 2 wickets

(20.5 overs)
Darrol Lewis b  Wilson 33 71 5 1 2 1
Connor Myerscough Not Out  62 88 6 3 1
Thomas Greenwood ct  & bowled Hodgson 8 14 1 1
Liam Love Not Out  0 1
Phil Metcalfe  
Jamie Haxby   2
Luke Horton  
Jacob Moore  
Archie Graham  
James Greenwood  
Richard Lawty  

Nawton Grange 2nd XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
J Sails10.026000.006.00
P Wilson10.0038138.003.80
G Hodgson0.5014114.0016.80