WEEK 1: 26-27 April 2014

 

Despite an inauspicious morning the first season started on schedule for most teams. The notable exception was at Braithwaite where home captain Gilbert Pyke bemoaned yet another first match abandonment, for the umpteenth season in succession. What did transpire was a typical mixture of comfortable wins, or, dependent upon your view, disappointing losses mixed with some tense finishes. Probably the most significant result in the Premiership was Caldbeck’s defeat at Stainton where ball held sway over bat. Or, to be more precise, left armed bowlers were dominant; Caldbeck’s Greg Tickle taking seven followed by Stewart Marshall with six. The difference between the teams was Stainton’s crease occupying patience in utilising all their allocation of overs. They may not have reached three figures, but, in difficult batting conditions, it was sufficient. Appleby avenged last seasons’ home defeat by Culgaith with a comfortable ten wicket victory, making short work of the required target. Newly promoted Temple Sowerby will now be aware of the task ahead as they lost to Carlisle II. In Division One their colleagues, Carlisle Academy, will be in a similar position as they lost by a wide margin to Shap for whom Gavin Sisson scored one of the two centuries recorded over the weekend. Whilst Kirkby Stephen beat Longtown by seven wickets a different scenario unfolded at Wigton II. A wicket spiced by overnight rain made batting difficult from the home side, but they persevered to use all their overs. Keswick II did the same, and at the games conclusion, with the last pair at the wicket, were twelve runs short. In Division Two Patterdale hosted “calendar boys” Threlkeld, both of whom were this division apart last season. The relegated side beat the promoted side, but there was sufficient encouragement for the latter to believe that they can compete in this company this season. Great Corby lost heavily to Lowther, but can be pleased with the contributions from some of the younger players. Whilst Nunwick beat Penrith III by two wickets in Division Three, there were two matches with even narrower conclusions. In a reverse fixture Caldbeck II managed to gain some recompense for their first teams’ defeat with victory over Stainton II. The game, in the balance throughout, reached its climax in the penultimate over, with the scores level and Caldbeck three wickets in hand. With all the fielders crowded around saving one, that wily old dog John Forrester bowled Rid Hellon with his first ball, then Connor Merone with the fifth. That brought Andy Pattinson to the crease with the intent of defending the last ball. This he did, fortuitously not perfectly, but the edge allowed them to scamper a single, much to the enjoyment of the home crowd. A similar situation in Division Two at Lanercost II where the home side beat Appleby II in the final over. Again the over previous was the crux as Phil Cook bowled one and then, with last pair at the wicket, induced an inside edge and bowled another which beat the batsman and went over middle stump. By contrast to all this Penrith Academy beat Irthing Vale by the widest margin, a record which may last the season. Irthing Vale, playing a weakened side with only nine men found themselves facing Greg Hall, who didn’t disappoint with the second century of the weekend, and the target for all those batsmen eyeing the trophy for the highest score of the season.

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Carlisle II (a)

188/7

40

beat

Tem Sowerby (h)

128

38

 

Nick Whitfield

Matthew Trickett

50

53

 

 

James Farmer

44

 

 

James Farmer

10-4-29-2

 

 

Nick Whitfield

Stephen Johnson

10-0-28-2

9-1-28-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Stainton I (h)

98

38.4

beat

Caldbeck I (a)

71

25

 

Jonny Ridley

37

 

 

 

 

 

 

Callum Donald

Greg Tickle

Jack Proudlock

Kevin Pattinson

10-5-15-2

9.4-1-29-7

10-4-22-0

9-1-25-0

 

 

Stewart Marshall

Martin Ruddick

10-3-17-6

10-2-18-3

 

Jeff writes: The first game of the season was always going to be an interesting one, typically much of the concern prior to the game had been about the weather. The warmest day of the year last Saturday was typically replaced with a cool, wet day for the first competitive game of the season, with the prospect of a game very much in the balance. Preparation for the home side had been indifferent, varying from those keen enough to attend all indoor practice sessions through to those who hadn't even seen a bat since September, played the rain card the night before and commenced pre-season training with some shadow batting in the mirror at 11:45 following the news that the game was definitely going ahead.
With the inclement weather and some mower related misjudgements pitch preparation hadn't exactly gone to plan, therefore with difficulty judging what a good total would be it looked a good toss to win. Something which Stainton's new skipper promptly failed to do; Pattinson called correctly and invited Stainton to bat. Caldbeck started well, keeping things tight and claiming two wickets with only four on the board. Further good bowling and fielding from Tickle, Donald and Proudlock saw Stainton get to drinks having just lost the fourth wicket for 35. Highlighting the slow and difficult nature of the pitch. However the patience began to pay off thereafter with Ridley gradually becoming more expansive in a partnership with Jakeman (19) pushing the score along to a more respectable 83 before Tickle bowled the former. With eight overs remaining and five wickets in hand Stainton looked in position for a big final push, eyeing 120 as at least having something to bowl at. However aside from a couple of lusty blows, good bowling from Pattinson and Tickle meant that Stainton fell just short of three figures having lost their last three wickets for no runs, highlighting the difficulty in scoring on the slow pitch against good bowling as well as Stainton's impetuous approach down the order. Special mention should be given to Tickle who showed no signs of early season rust in claiming seven wickets from two probing spells of left arm swing bowling.
In reply, Caldbeck started well, moving at a good rate to 21 before Blake was bowled by Stew Marshall. A flurry of wickets followed with to leave the away side on 27-4, all the wickets falling to Marshall including a first-baller for Strong. Tight bowling from both ends saw the need for discipline in the batting with Barge showing particular stoic application. Two balls before drinks the game looked to be in the balance at 50-5, however Marshall struck with his final two balls to take the wicket column to seven and finish with a career best six wickets - clearly a day for the left armers. Some aggressive intent from Tickle (19no) suggested there was potential for him to be Caldbeck's batting hero following his bowling exploits, particularly after Fawcett had only just failed to hold onto what would have been a blinder at midwicket. However tight bowling from Ruddick and Ridley saw two wickets fall at the other end before Ruddick finished the game in the 26th over, bowling Dickinson with the last ball of his 10 overs.
Stainton were glad that the worries over the weather that started the day had dissipated, with the game finishing in glorious sunshine having been played in good spirits throughout on a trying early season surface and then in the pub afterwards. Best of luck to Caldbeck for the rest of the season, I'm off to practice left arm bowling as it seems to be the way forward...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Culgaith (a)

89

31

lost

Appleby I (h)

91/0

11

 

J O’Brien

32

 

 

Phil Brabbins

Adam Knowles

62no

23no

 

 

Mark Ousby

Chris Scarr

9-4-13-5

8-3-22-4

 

 

 

 

 

Phil writes: After Culgaith’s victory at Appleby last season the home side were keen to turn the tables and did so with a convincing ten wicket victory. Mark Ousby and Chris Scarr did the damage with the ball as Appleby dismissed Culgaith cheaply with only O’Brien showing any resistance with 32. Appleby cruised to wicket victory early as Culgaith used six bowlers to try, in vain, to stop the flow of runs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Braithwaite (h)

 

 

rain

Staffield (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ground unfit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Wigton II (h)

128/7

40

drew

Keswick II (a)

116/9

40

 

 

Ged Jackson

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie d’Leny

Charlie Robson

Keith Richardson

10-2-21-1

10-2-27-4

10-1-49-1

 

 

Will Robinson

Tom Peile

Stuart Ward

Dean Thomlinson

10-0-31-0

10-0-24-2

10-1-28-2

8-3-13-4

 

 

Stuart writes: A good competitive game to start the season with. Keswick won the toss and decided to field. Wigton went two down in the second over but a great partnership between Jack Peile and Ged Jackson steadied the ship. Runs were hard to come by all day with the pitch being a little spicy after the overnight rain. A couple of decent lower order partnerships, involving Percival, Jackman and Holliday amongst others, got Wigton to a challenging total.

Keswick began their reply and lost a wicket in the second over, however Clark (19) and Moss (24) batted well and looked steady against Wigton opening bowlers Tom Peile and Will Robinson. Wigton began to pick up wickets in the middle overs and kept the scoring shots to a minimum. Young Dean Thomlinson being the pick of the bowlers with 4-13 from his eight overs. In the end Wigton couldn't nick the last wicket and Keswick couldn't get the fluency to knock off the total; a good game had by all.

Keith writes: The sun shone, the breeze was warm - for the most part - and two teams fought out a nip and tuck battle on a Lowmoor Road strip that was, to say the least, sporting. Overnight rain on an uncovered pitch resulted in the inevitable lottery with the ball taking out divots on impact and the batsmen having to suffer blows to the body, arms and, in a couple of instances, the chin. At other times the short pitched ball ballooned dramatically way over the batsman's head. Keswick's Andy Clark took a particularly painful blow to the elbow which was still giving him grief on the way home.
This was arguably as strong and experienced a Keswick 2nd XI that they will hope to field this season so for a youthful Wigton team to take the larger share of the spoils was all credit to them and their endeavour. They lost the toss and were put into bat on 'the lottery'. Early indications were that the game might be over by teatime with Wigton losing two quick wickets, both to young Charlie Robson, bowling up the slope. Keswick might have put fielders closer to the bat (as opposed to no man's land) but did not and chances went begging as both Peile (24) and Jackson (40) were able to settle and establish a partnership of more than 40 that proved important in the overall context of the game. They were also fortunate that lofted balls always seemed to evade the fielders. Percival and Holliday added invaluable runs in the middle to late order as Robson claimed four wickets while Richardson and Jamie D'Leny bowled tightly but only managed one wicket apiece for their considerable efforts. Joe Grisdale made a difficult catch in the deep look comfortable to dismiss the dangerous Jackson while Peile  fell to a catch at mid-on from debutant young Will Atkinson.
The Keswick XI was a mixture of youth and experience and, unfortunately, a vastly experienced middle order fell like a stack of cards for only 12 runs and this, along with other factors, proved decisive. Young Steve Moss (24), batting at No3, showed signs of what is to come  while Andy Clark (19), at the top of the order, before gloving one of many that stuck in the wicket down the leg side and into the diving keeper's mitts. Twin brother Steve, added 17 but was given out, run out, by Andy at square leg as he attempted to run a couple up the hill. This is a slope that does not get any easier with age. 
Despite the middle order aberrations Keswick kept in the run chase almost to the end. Young Robson (11) and Keith Richardson (6 not out) put on 20 for the ninth wicket before Robson fell and then Richardson and No 11 Atkinson did their best until the former finally settled for the draw with four balls remaining and on the shouted instructions of his captain from the pavilion as the batsman blazed away in an attempt to win 'the lottery'.
All in all a good opener for the season. Moral victory for Wigton, a draw, room for thought and an avoidance of defeat for Keswick.
During and after the match it was good to catch up with old (less of the old, they'll say) Wigton cricketers including former batsman with a flourish Dave Morewood who has done so much for the entire sporting facility at Lowmoor Road and who has not enjoyed the best of health in recent years. But he soldiers on and is quietly proud of all that has been achieved at Wigton CC. Like me he shares the view that there should be a pyramid structure for cricket in Cumbria embracing, but not losing the identity and administration of the various leagues, with Northern League clubs coming back into the fold at the pinnacle to add to the strength of the game in the county and creating a league that could actually be stronger than the Northern League and at long last do our county justice in the cricketing sense.
It is something that is long overdue but will it ever happen? Cricket in Cumbria is, with respect, more fractured than the geology of the Lake District and, unfortunately, it seems destined to stay that way; but I digress from Saturday's game.
After the match and in the bar, old (less of the old) adversaries in John Sparks, a great former 1st XI captain at Wigton, and his mate the talkative but always amusing and amicable wicket keeper "Taffy" stayed behind for a shandy (we were driving) and the crack with the Squawkies (that's the Clark twins), Dave Kearns, our resident Aussie, Captain Graeme Dixon, Wigton's captain Ward, Glen Liddle (who had returned with a vanquished Wigton 1st XI from Cockermouth) one or two young uns who had to wait for a lift home (cue Albert Clapperton) and myself for the crack. Among a wide range of cricket-related paraphernalia even Olly Alcock, rock musician and spin bowler, got a mention. So things must be looking up and the cricket season really must be underway. Or, as no less a writer than William Shakespeare once put it, in the immortal words of Henry V: "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more . . ."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Longtown (a)

93

38.2

lost

K Stephen (h)

96/3

25.4

 

 

Tony Steele

39

 

 

Rob Hook

52no

 

 

 

Rob Hook

Sam Bell

Alex Dixon

Ross Davies

7.2-4-8-2

9-3-17-1

8-1-23-0

10-4-26-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Shap (a)

243

 

beat

Carlisle Acdy (h)

56

 

 

 

Gavin Sisson

136

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting score sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Edenhall (a)

176/9

40

beat

Carlisle III (h)

103

31.5

 

 

Jonathan Kidd

Andrew Gate

Mark Taylor

33

41

38no

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Gate

Martin Gate

Jonathan Kidd

6-2-12-3

10-1-30-2

3.5-0-11-3

 

 

Ian writes: On what turned out to be a lovely sunny day Carlisle III’s were able to begin the season on the opening day for the first time in three years. Having won the toss and on a reasonable wicket they inserted Edenhall in the hope of finding early season batting rust. Unfortunately it was not to be, with Edenhall starting slowly but solidly reaching the drinks brake on 68 for 1. The III’s openers bowled well without taking a wicket and Edenhall’s Kidd began to accumulate runs steadily. With the fall of the first wicket Andrew Gate came to the crease and immediately injected some impetus scoring freely before walking to a feather to the keeper. A very important undefeated innings Taylor ensured Edenhall finished on a healthy score, probably 30 or 40 runs more that the III’s would have liked.

The III’s batting alas was contained by some good swing bowling by Andrew Gate and it was always going to be difficult to recover from 12 for 3, but young James Dawson (23), batting very steadily, and Jordan Oultram (23) put the home side on a better footing. The skipper(27) entered the fray and following a few blows was able to at least cause concern to Edenhall, but following the fall of his wicket, the III’s subsided quickly to finish on 103. A good solid win for Edenhall and plenty of room for improvement for the thirds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Patterdale (h)

136/9

40

beat

Threlkeld (a)

102

29.1

 

 

Jon Young

Malcolm Beaty

34

51

 

 

Dan Thompson

30no

 

 

 

James Price

10-5-16-5

 

 

Dean Kelso

Malcolm Beaty

6.1-2-15-4

9-2-25-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Appleby II (a)

162/3

40

lost

Lanercost II (h)

163/9

38.2

 

 

Terry Askew

Martin Brakewell

Stephen Morphet

46

35

33no

 

 

Kieren Foster

David Ferguson

53

44

 

 

 

Nick Scott

7-4-4-0

 

 

Stuart Swann

10-0-35-4

 

 

Ant writes: Credit to Lanercost’s groundsmen for producing such a good cricketing wicket. Despite the usual April slowness, their excellent pitch produced a fine game of cricket to start the season, a game that could have gone either way.

Lanercost won the toss and elected to field. Openers Brakewell and Askew both batted solidly. Lanercost rotated their bowling and was good to see them using plenty of their young lads in their attack. The opening partnership lasted 25 overs, and Appleby were in good shape when the 2 openers departed in reasonably quick succession, bringing the more aggressive Morphet and Swann to the crease. Swann managed to trickle one 6 before being well caught in the deep attempting a second.

After last year’s game at Lanercost, Appleby knew they must get Bill Foster out early, Swann had him caught at deep mid-wicket early and it was game on. Three more wickets fell quickly, including young Jimmy Hullock bowling Neil Foster with a lovely yorker. At 40-4 Ferguson and skipper Kieren Foster built an excellent partnership as Lanercost looked to have taken control of the game, but when both were caught in the deep by Brakewell, Appleby were back in it. Swann quickly accounted for two more leaving Lanercost at 161-8, needing two to win. Cook bowled Scott with the first ball of the 38th over, giving him five balls at Lanercost’s last batsman Hewitt. A ball over the top of middle stump and an inside edge for one could have gone Appleby’s way, but it wasn’t to be. Hullock no balled to give Lanercost victory with ten balls to go.

Well played Lanercost, a good close game. Both teams had some fine young bowling talent on show on a day that was made for more senior batsmen. Appleby will be stronger in coming weeks, and hungrier for our opening win in this division.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Gamblesby (h)

104

29.5

beat

Wigton III (a)

25

18.1

 

 

J Mason

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keegan Hull

6.5-1-13-3

 

 

J Mason

Steve Watson

9-5-10-4

3-1-10-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Lowther (a)

172/9

40

beat

Great Corby (h)

55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting score sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Baggrow (h)

 

 

rain

Carleton (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ground unfit

 

 

                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Penrith III (a)

99

31.1

lost

Nunwick II (h)

100/8

32.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Carrick

33no

 

 

 

Mark James

6-1-19-4

 

 

J Hunter

Ella Telford

Will Holliday

10-1-26-4

8-0-27-1

8-1-17-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Lanercost III (h)

111

36.2

lost

Wetheral (a)

112/1

23.1

 

 

A Crabtree

46

 

 

Marco Oliver

Andy Oliver

30no

62no

 

 

 

Lee Readitt

Graeme Campbell

Marco Oliver

M Downey

10-1-35-2

8-3-12-1

10-0-41-4

8.2-2-18-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Penrith Acdy (h)

313/2

40

beat

Irthing Vale (a)

66

23.1

 

 

Greg Hall

Ben Crouch

165

93no

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Corrie

10-3-31-0

 

 

Ben Crouch

7-2-10-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Stainton II (a)

132 / 8

40

Lost

Caldbeck II (h)

132/9

39.0

 

 

 

John Forrester

Chris Harrison

 

 

25

21

 

 

 

Scott Wetheral

Craig Pattinson

Leigh Todhunter

26

23

21

 

 

 

 

Craig Pattinson

Phil Richardson

Sean Merone

4 -1 -10 -4

10 – 0 -29 -3

7 -1 -10 -0

 

 

Jude Hodson

John Forrester

10 -1 -26- 4

10 -1 -33 -3

 

 

A thrilling game that was played in brilliant spirits, and went right to the wire.  Stainton were asked to bat on the artificial, and with overnight rain and longish grass it was plain to see that scoring was not going to be easy.  Stainton lost both openers, and then skipper Jackson shouldered arms and was bowled to become Richardson’s third wicket.  At 36 for 3, the home side were on top, but a dogged 59 run partnership between Harrison and Forrester saw the visitors gain some ascendency.   The introduction of Craig Pattinson saw both depart in the same over, and in his next over a further two wickets had seen Stainton lose 4 wickets for 9 runs.  Thomas Graham added some extra runs at the end of the innings to see the visitors reach 131 for 8.    In reply, Caldbeck started brightly, and lost Tudhunter with the score on 34.  Burbury and Wetheral reached drinks with the score on 62…. 70 needed off 20 overs, with nine wickets in hand.   74 for 1 became 82 for 5 as Hodson ripped through the middle order.  Pattinson and Hellon edged the home side to 113, before Pattinson was caught, and when Richardson departed on 125, the home side needed 7 to win off 4 overs.   Sean Merone joined Rid Hellon and pair got the score to 131 at the end of the 38th over.   The 39th, bowled by old dog John Forrester was eventful to say the least.  With all fielders saving one,  Hellon was bowled off the first ball… Connor Merone joined younger brother but perished for a duck on the 5th ball, bringing crowd favourite Andy Patt to the crease with one ball of the penultimate over to go.  His aim was to defend and let young Merone try and win it off the last over, but his defensive shot edged past the keeper and a home victory  ensued.  As the players shook hands and headed to the bar, the heavens opened.  A tremendous game that could have produced any off the five results!