WEEK 12: 12-13 July 2014

 

 

A tightening of the points difference in the Premiership means that those in the middle, eyeing a top two finish, need to keep a careful watch on what is happening behind them. The bottom two teams, Scotby and Staffield, beat Nunwick and Braithwaite respectively, and, with Culgaith losing to Appleby, they are replaced in the basement by Culgaith and Braithwaite. However, only five points separate the four teams. They can be heartened by the exploits of Carlisle II, who, with four successive wins, have moved out of relegation place to third place. Actually they are joint third with Temple Sowerby, whom they beat in a low scoring encounter at Edenside. Batting was difficult, but Carlisle set themselves a decent platform, only to squander the opportunity as the last six wickets fell for nine runs. In a second innings that saw the advantage swing like a pendulum it was the unlikely figure of Dave Redfern who fell under the limelight. Asked to bowl because of an injury to an opening bowler, he took the last three wickets in nine balls to ultimately wrest advantage for the home side. And, in this division, saving the best to last, the top two saw leaders Stainton visit Caldbeck in a match which lived up to expectations. On a lively wicket Stainton took advantage of any loose deliveries, typified by Callum Fawcett hitting the last ball of the innings over the pavilion for six. Like adverts on a riveting TV drama, three brief rain interruptions stalled proceedings, although two wickets fell during this period. Matthew Burbury and Daniel Bargh scored, but found, to their personal cost, that the rain had spiced the wicket even further. Both departed, Bargh trying to up the run rate, and Burbury following a painful blow to his elbow the previous over. But they had played their part, leaving the final five wickets to score thirteen in five overs. In the previous three matches between the teams Caldbeck have failed to win from a position of strength, and this match proved no exception. Like rabbits in the headlights they departed, trying to slog themselves to victory. Callum Fawcett played his part with a breath-taking catch off boundary bound delivery. Six required off the last over with the last pair at the wicket. Jonathan Ridley didn’t lose his nerve in bowling in such tense conditions; no fours conceded, two dot balls included as Caldbeck scrambled a leg bye of the last ball to tie the match and points, so close in going to either side, were shared. In Division One the other three in the promotion race took advantage of the fact that the rain intervened at Longtown where Kirkby Stephen were in a good position to win. Rockcliffe, Edenhall and Shap beat Langholm and the two Carlisle teams comfortably to consolidate their positions with Rockcliffe moving smoothly into a promotion place for the first time this season. With Keswick II winning the following day there are no shortage of candidates close behind keen to usurp them. Baggrow will be disappointed with the outcome of their match at Wigton III. In a strong position to gain the points to move out of a relegation spot in Division Two, the rain came and they had to settle for a few points less. The bowling performance of the day came at an unlikely venue, Threlkeld’s compact ground; even more so when you mention that the home side accumulated nearly two hundred and fifty. That would have probably been a lot more but for Patterdale’s evergreen Richard Kelso, who took seven wickets. Whilst Caldbeck and Stainton were doing battle at Caldbeck, their second teams, the top two teams in Division Three, locked horns at Stainton. With Caldbeck winning the previous encounter by one wicket this was always going to be close. And so it proved, but not as close as their senior teams. The game seesawed throughout, with the final equation being Caldbeck requiring twelve off six. Chris Harrison was up to the task, conceding just five and taking two wickets in the process as the points Stainton gained took them to the top of the pile. Meanwhile Wetheral’s eight wicket win over Keswick III takes them to the top. Six points between the three, and with games in hand for some, the situation is far from settled, the only certainty is that one of them will be mightily disappointed come the end of the season.

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Stainton I (a)

179/6

40

tied

Caldbeck I (h)

179/9

40

 

Dean Johnston

63

 

 

Matthew Burbury

Daniel Bargh

59

38

 

 

Kevin Pattinson

10-2-43-3

 

 

Stewart Marshall

Jonny Ridley

Scott Lancaster

10-5-19-2

10-0-46-3

5-1-25-3

 

Matthew writes:  The top two teams met at Caldbeck, with both teams aware of the forecast impending rain.  Stainton won the toss and decided to make first uses of the hard bouncy wicket.  The openers found the going tough, although anything loose was dispatched to the boundary on the quick outfield. Johnson remained watchful and took a number of deliveries on the arm for his trouble. By drinks, the visitors had eased to 70 for 3.  Ridley helped get Stainton to three figures, but was well caught by Ben Tickle in the deep (one of Tickles three catches).  Jakeman and Callum Fawcett both scored at better than run a ball, with Fawcett depositing the last ball of the innings for a big six over the pavilion, to set the home side 180 for the win.

The forecast drizzle arrived after two overs, and the teams were on and off for three other times. During the overs in between, Stew Marshall removed both Benn and Wilson. When brother Jeff had Ben Tickle well caught, the home side were on 51 for 3 after 15 overs.  Bargh joined Burbury and the pair punished the odd loose ball, and consolidated the innings so at drinks the home side were on 82 for 3. Immediately after drinks, Ridley and Martin Ruddick tightened up and runs were hard to come by.  The rain had spiced up the wicket, and Burbury took a number of blows to the body (a big target admittedly). The home required 60 off the last ten, and Bargh perished trying to up the rate.  A savage blow to Burbury’s elbow off Lancaster took its toll and he departed in the following over.  At 167 for 5, the home side required 13 to win off 5 overs.  Like rabbits in the headlights, the home batsmen tried to win by slogging boundaries and perished as Stainton held onto skied balls.  When Callum Fawcett dived full length to remove Edmondson for a duck, the home side were 174 for 9.  Six required off eight balls.  Number 11 Donald saw off the final Lancaster over - a wicket maiden - so skipper Pattinson faced Ridley for the final 6 balls.  A dot was followed by a two, then two singles leaving two to win off two balls. A dot ball was followed by a scrambled bye to leave both teams on the same score; four points each, and neither team quite knowing who had got out of jail, in this bruising encounter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Braithwaite (a)

125/9

40

lost

Staffield (h)

129/2

27.2

 

Dan Pyke

36

 

 

Richard Bamber

Steve Thomlinson

63no

46no

 

 

Terence O’Neil

Geoff Brown

Rob Dawson

Richard Bamber

Chris Tuer

10-2-21-0

10-4-44-4

4-0-18-3

10-6-22-0

6-1-15-2

 

 

Dan Pyke

9-2-16-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Scotby (h)

232

38.2

beat

Nunwick I (a)

151

35.3

 

James Swann

Mo Nyamunga

Peter Denston

41

44

31

 

 

Ross Collin

Alistair Mawson

41

49

 

 

Alistair Mawson

Dan Little

9-2-47-5

10-2-47-3

 

 

Nick Rigg

Mark Vasey

Peter Denston

 

10-2-34-3

9-1-31-2

7-1-25-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Carlisle II (h)

126

39.2

beat

T Sowerby (a)

102

32.3

 

Nick Whitfield

35

 

 

Carl Hinckley

33

 

 

George Burne

Adrian Thompson

Glen Atkinson

10-3-17-2

10-3-23-0

10-3-21-4

 

 

Gareth Weber

Nick Whitfield

James Bell

Steven Johnson

D Redfern

5-4-6-1

10-4-25-0

10-1-38-4

6-0-19-2

1.3-0-3-3

 

Andy writes: After losing the toss and being invited to bat we were unsure of what would be a good score on a tiring looking deck. Burne opened up well for Temple Sowerby bowling great lines at good pace, getting his reward getting Andrew Trickett caught behind. The arrival of experienced Whitfield saw him and young Harry Grant keep the score ticking over. A fine spell of bowling by Thompson saw him return with good figures. Looking to accelerate the score Grant edged behind chasing a wide one just before drinks. 61-2 at drinks looked to be a good foundation. Atkinson came into the attack and bowled tight lines. Temple Sowerby fought back admirably and talk of 160 and 170 soon changed to 140. We couldn't even manage that losing the last six wickets for nine runs.

Weber and Whitfield bowled tight in the opening overs and an early wicket boosted the hopes of Carlisle before the rain arrived. A delay of around 40 minutes meant some groundwork was to be done before play could begin again. Craig and Hinckley settled in well however Carlisle began to take regular wickets. Atkinson came in and looked to take the game away from Carlisle with some clean hitting but that was to be his downfall. Hinckley batted superbly on a tricky deck and his wicket always held the key and it was only a sharp piece of work from Burnett behind the stumps that saw his dismissal. As the light faded, all three results were still possible. Redfern came onto bowl to make up some overs for the injured Weber, and he finished the match.

On a team note, a good win for us to make it four in a row. Post-match beers were very much needed as a mixture of despair and relief between the teams. They were sunk in good spirits with a fine mix of young and old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Culgaith (h)

94

 

lost

Appleby II (a)

97/1

 

 

Chris Walker

34

 

 

Phil Brabbins

Chris Scarr

59no

28no

 

 

Mark Ousby

7.5-4-10-5

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Rockcliffe (a)

218/4

40

beat

Langholm (h)

107

36.4

 

 

John Wharton

Graeme Cross

89

77

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duncan Elliott

10-2-45-2

 

 

Jimmy Freebairn

Danny Braithwaite

David Colombi

10-3-21-4

10-3-22-1

8.4-3-24-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Longtown (h)

156/6

40

drew

K Stephen (a)

72/2

17.1

 

 

Nicky Piszczykiewicz

David Steele

85no

32

 

 

Rob Hook

Chris Curr

30no

34no

 

 

 

Rob Hook

Ross Davies

10-6-22-0

10-3-26-2

 

 

Tony Steele

David Steele

9-1-27-0

7-1-25-2

 

 

Match abandoned - rain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Edenhall (h)

217/3

40

beat

Carlisle III (a)

126/8

40

 

 

Matthew Wilson

Johnnie Kidd

70

100no

 

 

Peter Walker

43

 

 

 

Jordan Oultram

10-2-39-1

 

 

Andrew Gate

Rob Bland

Johnnie Kidd

10-5-24-3

8-0-25-3

10-3-26-1

 

 

Andrew writes: A fantastic innings from Johnnie Kidd as he completed his first century for Edenhall in his first season helped post a big score. Kidd and Wilson put on 128 for the first wicket and then the two Gate brothers carried on the momentum. Carlisle were guilty of bowling too short on a wicket offering pace and bounce when pitched up.

Andrew Gate used all his experience pitching the ball up, exploiting the bouncy wicket, bowling some unplayable deliveries and removing the top three in the process. Bland bowled well and as rewarded with three wickets to reduce Carlisle to 50 -6. Walker batting at no.7 played well to top score. A burst of rain took the players from the field and it looked like the points would be shared. However it cleared and the game was completed with Carlisle batting out hoping for more rain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Shap (h)

208/5

40

beat

Carlisle Acdy (a)

116

39.5

 

 

John Blue

Archie Darroch

Dave Stringer

60

45

44no

 

 

Dave Wittred

32

 

 

 

Ruaridh Barker

10-1-33-2

 

 

Archie Darroch

Mike Allen

9-5-5-3

8.5-1-25-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Keswick II (h)

203

39

beat

Carlisle III (a)

93/8

40

 

 

Greg Cameron

53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Bell

Hamzah Dhalech

10-0-51-5

10-3-55-3

 

 

Dave Kearns

Keith Richardson

Sam Barrett

10-2-17-4

10-1-22-2

6-2-21-2

 

 

Keith writes: There were times on Sunday afternoon when the pavilion and its surrounds at Lower Fitz Park resembled the set of an episode of Casualty. Picture the scene: Carlisle's occasionally prolific all-rounder Lee 'Hogie' Hogarth is sitting in pain, ashen-faced, feeling nauseous and extremely sorry for himself on a chair at the boundary edge. He had trod on the ball in the outfield and went down like a Uruguayan footballer looking for a penalty, rolling around in agony and striking his arm repeatedly against the turf in that gesture designed to indicate a serious injury. Unfortunately this was for real and not a Suarez moment. Lee said afterwards - over a pint I hasten to add - that he actually heard his ankle ligament snap as he went over. He was carried from the field by four players who were greatly relieved when Lee decided to attempt to hobble the last few yards as, let it be known, this lad is no lightweight. And so there he was, ensconced on a green plastic chair nursing the ankle. Dr Richardson (a qualified First Aider trying valiantly to remember anything and everything he had forgotten after a British Red Cross three-day course) removed sock from badly swollen ankle and applied ice as 'Hogie' quickly gulped down some pain killers. The poor lad was white with pain (especially as I removed said sock). More glasses of water were sent for while matron, our tea lady, Mrs Sheila D'Leny, decided it would be a good idea to send out a packet of Jaffa cakes to aid Hogie's recovery. I think the idea was to give him a sugar burst or to take his mind off the agony in his ankle as Hogie does like his food; but not as much as Ian Oultram. I resisted the temptation to apply a Jaffa cake with a bandage to the injured area.
At this point who should hove into view but Keswick 3rd XI captain Les "Knocker" Shaw, his left hand and wrist heavily bandaged after he had deeply split the webbing in attempting to take a catch in defeat at Wetheral the previous day. They are apparently still wiping up the blood. The wound required a trip to the Cumberland Infirmary where nine stitches and lots of bandages were needed to patch 'Knocker' up. The injury-stricken pair were soon swopping stories about their respective cricketing wounds on the boundary edge at Keswick. 'Hogie' was feeling slightly better at this point (the Jaffa cakes had clearly worked a miracle) but still had to make a tea interval visit to Keswick Cottage Hospital courtesy of the MCAS (Mark Cameron Ambulance Service) only to be told that he had better go to the Cumberland Infirmary first thing on Monday once the swelling had gone down; cue the usual joke.
While all this was happening the game continued in the middle where Keswick II’s, having eventually decided to bat first if they won the toss (KCC's Graeme Dixon lost the toss and was asked to bat first in any event) were accumulating, in fits and starts, a useful score on a much-used and rock hard track that offered the bowlers some assistance. Carlisle's attack was accurate in the main and Willie Bell claimed a richly deserved five-for. Greg Cameron top scored for Keswick with a half century while Steve Moss was not far behind as the pair (both members of Keswick's Under 15 county championship winning team - they beat Kendal at Kendal in the final last Thursday evening) put on 50 exactly for the third wicket. Karl Link (17) Dave Kearns (16 not out) and Albert D'Leny (19) added useful runs down the order to leave Carlisle chasing 203.
The City Slickers (their name not mine) never got anywhere near despite a positive opening from Craig Manchester (25) and Michael 'The Pub Landlord' Vose (29). The Australian Kearns, yours truly, and off spin bowler San Barrett, the latter another KCC Under 15 player, took the wickets as Carlisle were reduced to 93/8. Needless to say 'Hogie' did not bat which is perhaps just as well because his team mates would only have had to carry him to and from the crease.

As the sun set in the West (one of these days it will sink in the east and I'll not notice) senior players from both teams sat on the patio and shared a few beers and a lot of laughs, most of them at the expense of 'Hogie' his ankle and related topics while inside the pavilion on the television footballers played out the final part of some minor competition that, apparently, has been taking place in Brazil over the course of the last few weeks. Good as they are at diving, no one on the World Cup stage hit the deck quite as spectacularly as Hogie last Sunday. We do hope he makes a quick recovery, that the injury is not as bad as first appeared, and that it has not put a premature end to his season so that he is fit and well for the return fixture at Edenside.

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Appleby II (h)

260/8

40

beat

Lanercost II (a)

185/6

40

 

 

Terry Askew

Chris Beckwith

Andrew Knowles

Martin Brakewell

61

49

38

35

 

 

Keiren Forster

David Ferguson

82no

77

 

 

 

Conor Doust

10-0-60-3

 

 

J Hullock

9-1-26-2

 

 

Ant writes: After the previous week’s poor choice to bat first at Lowther, Appleby had no hesitation in batting first in their own more familiar conditions against Lanercost II. Brakewell and Brabbins made a strong start but three quick wickets left Appleby on 70-3. Terry Askew steadied the ship with a finely constructed innings, and was helped with some strong hitting from Adam Knowles and Chris ‘Lucy’ Beckwith. The latter was unfortunately informed from his brother on the side-lines that he had reached 49, hence doing enough to put him off reaching his first half century for Appleby as he fell next ball. Lanercost admirably tried to use several bowlers but none could halt a destructive last 10 overs which brought 109 runs as Appleby ended strongly.

Lanercost’s innings began poorly for them with Appleby’s Jimmy Hullock removing both openers quickly. After some fine resistance from youngster Murray, the reply then got on track with a fine partnership between Ferguson and skipper Forster. Despite a large total to chase down, these looked capable of getting Lanercost something from the game. Ferguson was finally dismissed but Forster remained undefeated. Rain threatened to bring the players off with about five overs to go but fair play to Kieran for staying out and seeing the game through. A lot of respect to Lanercost for the way they played the game, great attitude from all.

And also a quick mention to Dave Lightburn was great to see Dave back down at Appleby umpiring, he has been informed of our willingness to see him for all our remaining second team games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Great Corby (a)

28

14.3

lost

Lowther (h)

32/1

5.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuart Birkett

Roger Townsend

7.3-3-14-3

7-1-14-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Threlkeld (h)

247

37

beat

Patterdale (a)

109/9

40

 

 

Ben Jefferson

Richard Bannister

James Price

97

64

49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Kelso

9-0-50-7

 

 

Ben Jefferson

Ollie Dunn

James Price

10-4-17-1

7-2-16-2

10-4-24-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Baggrow (a)

257

 

drew

Wigton III (h)

74/4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match abandoned – rain (awaiting scorecard)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Stainton II (h)

210/5

40

drew

Caldbeck II (a)

203/8

40

 

 

Roger Holliday

Martin Hall

Tim Jackson

44

49

32no

 

 

Scott Wetherell

Chris Hellon

40

33

 

 

 

Phil Richardson

9-3-26-1

 

 

Nick Lancaster

Chris Harrison

10-3-14-0

4-0-17-3

 

 

Tim writes: With these sides playing out a close game in the first weekend of the season, where Caldbeck won by one wicket, this was always going to be a game that went the distance.

Caldbeck captain Kyle Brough won the toss and invited Stainton to bat first. Openers Martin Hall and Roger Holliday got Stainton off to a great start putting on 78 for the first wicket before Holliday was caught off the bowling of Phil Richardson. Hall continued on and was assisted with good innings from John Forrester (20) and Nick Lancaster (27). When Hall was out in the 37th over he had put Stainton in sight of a 200 plus total, and some late runs from Tim Jackson (32 not out) including 22 off the last over saw Stainton finish past that target. 

Caldbeck set about their chase in positive fashion and openers Ewan MacFadzean (28) and Craig Pattinson (16) scored at a good rate early on until Pattinson was caught by Tom Graham off the bowling of Ben Clementson. At the other end Nick Lancaster produced a tight spell, unfortunate not to finish with a wicket. Caldbeck continued to chip away at the total with some big hits from Scott Wetherell and Chris Hellon. However Stainton kept taking wickets just as it looked as the game was going away from them, and one good tight over seemed to be followed by a big scoring over from the batsmen as the momentum swung back and forth. As the game drew to its close a good spell at the death from Chris Harrison proved to be the difference. With Caldbeck requiring twelve off the final over Harrison took two wickets and conceded only five runs to ensure that his side took the lion’s share of the points 

As both teams discussed after the game how close the two games between the sides had been, news filtered through from Caldbeck that the respective first teams had taken 'close' to a whole new level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Keswick III (a)

124

31.5

lost

Wetheral (h)

125/2

21.2

 

 

Karl Link

48no

 

 

Andy Oliver

John Miller

47no

32no

 

 

 

Michael Downie

8-1-27-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Penrith Acdy (a)

209

40

beat

Lanercost III (h)

179

35