WEEK 16: 9-10 Aug 2014

 

 

With four weeks to go results this weekend’s results have left most divisions in an unpredictable state. Typified by the Premiership where there are two distinct groupings; five within five points at the top, and four vying not to be in the second relegation place, also separated by five points. The two leading teams, Stainton and Caldbeck collected a solitary point between them. Stainton were comprehensively beaten at home by Temple Sowerby, who were guided to safety, after losing six early wickets, by the son and father combination of Carl and David Hinckley. Stainton were in a similar situation following a devastating spell from George Burne, but had no saviour. Scotby need their chances of staying in the division no harm collecting the majority of the points as Caldbeck settled for a point. Carlisle maintain their interest at the top with a four wicket win at Nunwick, who, despite early season form are now more interested in survival. Culgaith are adrift at the bottom, and an eight wicket loss to Braithwaite compounds their problems, but breathes life into Braithwaite’s desire to ensure life in the Premiership is not a one year affair. In Division One second placed Rockcliffe entertained leaders Edenhall. At the end of the day their positions had changed as the home side won a tense match by three wickets. Edenhall’s second wicket pairing of Matthew Wilson and Jonnie Kidd scored the bulk of their side’s runs, but the team collapsed after their departure. Rockcliffe didn’t find it easy, but, unlike Edenhall, most contributed a few to the cause, typified by Derek Forster’s twenty odd not out. Kirkby Stephen remaining in contention, but the best of their draw against Keswick II has probably put paid to any promotion possibilities for the latter. Likewise for Shap away at Langholm, for whom an eight wicket victory keeps them clear of the three relegation threatened teams; Longtown, Carlisle III and Carlisle Academy. Whilst Longtown were losing at Wigton II, the other two fought it out at Edenside. And, much to the delight of the junior side, the Academy beat their more senior team by one wicket. After Paul Wittred had put his team within touching distance of victory Will Bell took three wickets, and when Wittred fell to Lee Hogarth it was left to young Charlie Walker and not so young Karl Wall to score the five runs required, to the delight of their team mates.  In Division Two Carleton are the only side in any division with a lead of any substance, but this took a knock after Threlkeld visited and took the majority of the points. With Appleby II winning at Baggrow three teams; Appleby, Threlkeld and Gamblesby are separated by a single point behind Carleton. Patterdale arrested an alarming slide towards the bottom with a comprehensive home win over Lanercost II. This was almost a family affair; Dean Kelso top scored, but more importantly it was his, and his father Richard’s wicket taking prowess which swung the game in the home teams favour. Richard’s seven was the best return of the day, nine between them, before Malcolm Beaty broke the sequence. In the only match played in Division Three Caldbeck II squandered the opportunity to take the role of leaders as they lost to Penrith III. Instrumental was Penrith’s Jack Winter, who was one of only two in double figures, and later, in tandem with Nick Hall, destroyed Caldbeck’s reply. So they remain one point behind Wetheral and three behind Stainton II. This was a red letter day for some young Wigton batsmen. James Holyoake, an under 15 player, scored his maiden century for Wigton II against Longtown. It wasn’t without some nervous moments, especially when a sharp return chance was missed four short of three figures. Meanwhile, at Great Corby, Wigton III’s Cameron McGuiness and Theo Manihera were putting the home bowlers to the sword in a second wicket partnership approached two hundred. Seventeen year old Cameron reached his personal milestone, but thirteen year old Theo was agonisingly close. A leg break from twelve year old Paul Harrison evaded his bat and clipped off stump two runs short of three figures. One of the more senior of the home side, impressed with the talent shown, remarked that a century wouldn’t be far away.

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Scotby (h)

165/8

40

drew

Caldbeck (a)

125/7

40

 

Andrew Teasdale

Peter Denston

43

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

Callum Donald

Greg Tickle

Daniel Bargh

10-1-30-2

10-2-29-1

10-2-33-2

 

 

Nick Rigg

Dan Swann

Andrew Teasdale

9-2-24-2

7-1-8-2

7-1-23-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Nunwick I (h)

133

39.1

lost

Carlisle II (a)

134/6

39.1

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Trickett

41no

 

 

Simon Plevin

Nick Whitfield

Steve Johnston

10-3-25-2

10-2-28-1

9.1-2-22-5

 

 

Graeme Bain

Pieter Venter

Alistair Mawson

10-1-29-0

10-4-19-1

10-3-24-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Culgaith (h)

61

20.3

lost

Braithwaite (a)

65/2

9.2

 

Dan Pyke

Gilbert Pyke

Andrew Muir

Lee Zaninetti

8-4-9-6

7-0-42-2

3-2-2-1

2.3-1-4-1

 

 

Tom Smith

25no

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

T Sowerby (a)

169/7

40

beat

Stainton I (h)

102

32.3

 

Carl Hinckley

David Hinckley

71no

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewart Marshall

Jonny Ridley

10-4-27-4

10-3-32-0

 

 

George Burne

Adrian Thompson

Glen Atkinson

Steve Hodgson

10-1-34-2

10-3-19-1

6.3-1-30-4

6-0-16-1

 

Anon of Stainton writes: A well-deserved win for Temple Sowerby who recovered from being six down for less than 60 in the first innings. Stainton were left to rue the missed, relatively straightforward run out chance to remove Carl Hinckley early as he went on to make a match changing innings, no doubt helped by some generous fielding by the home side.

In reply Stainton's top order didn't offer much resistance to Burne meaning that the home side found themselves in a similar position to the away team at sixty odd for six. After a hardworking partnership between Ridley and Richardson was broken by one of the few balls to lift off the pitch all day. Unfortunately for them there was to be no equivalent game changing performance, the innings petered out to register a comprehensive loss, despite a couple of blows from the tail and Martin Hall showing the rest of the team how to bat to make the score look semi respectable at least.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Edenhall (a)

118

38.4

lost

Rockcliffe (h)

120/7

37

 

 

Matthew Wilson

Johnnie Kidd

53

40

 

 

Derek Foster

27no

 

 

 

Danny Braithwaite

Graeme Cross

James Freebairn

William Freebairn

9.2-2-30-1

9-2-28-3

10-3-17-4

10-1-40-1

 

 

Jamie Armstrong

Martin Gate

Roger Binks

8-2-25-1

10-3-14-3

7-2-17-2

 

 

Colin writes: Another good day for Rockcliffe at the St Mary's oval, the home side winning the toss and putting league leaders Edenhall in to bat. After dismissing Armstrong with the score on 5 the Swans were made to wait for their next wicket a stand of 91 between Mathew Wilson and Johnny Kidd. Wilson’s was a great effort on a testing pitch; he took his time to build his innings and I have to say the guy is quality top draw batsmen. After saying that he then edged twice in three balls Jimmy Freebairn two drops then Jimmy collected a catch off his own bowling. With the wind in his favour old war horse began to make inroads to the Edenhall batting collecting Mark Taylor and Lisa Fleming in quick succession. In the meanwhile, sandwiched in between, William son of the legend Jimmy, bowled Kidd with a full bunger. Cross then ran out Hetherington collecting middle stump from mid-on, an excellent piece of cricket. Cross then took the wickets of Gate and Binks and Edenhall were collapsing big time. When Hale was bowled by Braithwaite Edenhall had lost nine wickets for 22 runs. An great team response, highlighted Dave Lister who managed to adjust his glasses before crocodile snapping up his chance quality catch.

Tea was taken and it was a fine one just to show at that standards have improved both on and off the pitch these days. The Rockcliffe innings got off to a promising start with Wharton junior hitting nine off the first over. However, Freebairn junior was out in the fourth over for yet another duck, his sixth of the season.  Cross (13) and Wharton (16) both fell to Martin Gate, no doubt wishing he played on a soft wicket every week. And when Wharton senior (40 on Tuesday) was bowled by Bland, this game was tighter than anyone could of thought. Braithwaite (24) and Forster then put on 38 before Braithwaite held out to square leg. Sewell (13) contributed but was caught behind, walking making it easy for the umpire and showing the spirit of the game is well and truly alive at St Mary's. Colombi went for a duck, and, with the home side needing five, Forster was still there as the game ended with a wide.

This puts the swans top of the first division a great game and a good solid team effort with everybody contributing to the eight points, both teams then retiring for liquid refreshment in the Crown and Thistle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Longtown (a)

192/8

40

lost

Wigton II (h)

195/5

35

 

 

David Steele

Ben Hetherington

40

30

 

 

James Holyoake

105no

 

 

 

Dean Thomlinson

Stuart Ward

10-0-33-3

10-2-42-2

 

 

David Steele

10-1-36-0

 

 

Stuart writes: After three cup rain-offs and one in the league, Wigton and Longtown finally got to play each other this season. Conditions were good considering there was a bit of rain put down the day before. Wigton won the toss and inserted Longtown. This looked to be a poor decision from the home side as Longtown raced away in the first 10 overs, reaching 51, after some loose bowling and some heavy hitting. On what has been pretty much a batting track all season, wickets were not easy to come by. Both teams had to chip away and work hard all day to get rewards for bowling. Notable batting performances came from Duggan (28) and Piszczykiewicz (27)early on and, when they departed, David Steele and Hetherington continued the good work. A mention to under 15 player, Dean Thomlinson who has been one of the best bowlers for Wigton Seconds this year and he continued with his good form.

The Wigton reply got off to a good start with runs coming freely, although they lost two wickets in the opening overs to match the Longtown score of 51 off 10. This, however, had brought another under 15 to the crease, James Holyoake, who would turn out to be the deciding factor in the game. A big hitter, he did so from the off and got the score ticking along nicely by managing to pick the gap. When the Steele brothers were bowling in tandem, the scoring rate slowed down for a few overs before Holyoake, ably assisted by Fleming (11) and Lau (14) caught up with the run rate with a few big hits. For anyone to reach a hundred is an amazing feat, but to do it at the age of 15 is a special moment. It wasn't without a scare as a tough caught and bowled chance for David Steele went begging when Holyoake was on 96. He reached his century with a pull for four in the 35th over and then finished the game with the very next ball; a brilliant innings from a talented young man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Carlisle III

147/8

40

lost

Carlisle Acdy

148/9

33.4

 

 

Tom Earl

Dominic Wall

35

30

 

 

Paul Wittred

45

 

 

 

Cameron Westmorland

10-2-38-3

 

 

Will Bell

9.4-1-46-3

 

 

Carl writes: On a warm Saturday afternoon in the shadows of the castle at Edenside Carlisle Academy hosted the thirds in what was set to be a competitive encounter. The Academy won the toss and elected to field; which led to regular Academy opener, Morris, having to face his usual teammates immediately. Morris was accompanied by the third team skipper Ian Oultram to the crease with Morris in particular getting off to a flyer, scoring 13 off 7 balls before Ruaridh Barker had him caught behind in the third over. This brought a fresh looking Tom Earl out to bat; who, with Oultram, began to bat sensibly until the skipper was caught at square leg off Cameron Westmorland, leaving the thirds 30/2 off 10. 

Earl was joined by Vose and batted well until drinks, with the third team slightly edging it at 70/2. However, this changed in the 21st over when Walker had an advancing Earl (35) bowled; and then repeated the feat in his next over, bowling Vose. This brought the Academy back into the game at 73/4. Two further cheap wickets of Powell and (the not so prolific) Hogarth were taken by Nair, taking the thirds to 99/6 and the Academy side were on top after 30. Although, a strong partnership between Dominic Wall and Will Bell (27) seen the thirds through to what seemed a respectable score with the young Academy side bowling well against the more experienced thirds.

After tea, Wittred and Westmorland took to the crease for the Academy against the left arm attack of Bell and Oultram; with Oultram striking early getting Westmorland caught at gully by Wall. This meant an early entrance for Nair, who, with Wittred, saw the Academy to 36/1 after 10. A change of bowling brought spin king Hogarth into the attack, who took the two quick wickets of Nair (25) and Ruaridh Barker both caught by the experienced Laidlaw. A third quick wicket left the thirds in trouble at 63/5. But, with Wittred holding the innings together at one end; the quick scoring of Andrew Barker (26) and young Henry Walker - who was surrounded by the thirds in an attempt to stop the single (which they achieved as his innings of 21 contained only 2s, 3s and 4s) - brought the Academy well back into the game. The tabled turned again however, when Bell picked up three wickets and Hogarth getting the prize Wittred wicket. This left the Academy needing five runs for the last wicket. This job was left to the young Charlie Walker, and not so young Karl Wall. The pair took four runs from Hogarth's over, and, with Wall squeezing a single off Bell, the Academy got home with 6.2 overs to spare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

K Stephen (h)

201/7

40

drew

Keswick II (a)

194/9

40

 

 

Ross Davies

Dan Todd

Ian Cousins

65

40no

31

 

 

Ben Sharp

82

 

 

 

Dave Kearns

Jamie d’Leny

Ben Sharp

10-2-46-2

7-1-26-1

10-2-28-1

 

 

Rob Hook

Matt Branthwaite

10-1-51-3

6-0-29-3

 

 

Keith writes: First of all, immense credit to Kirkby Stephen Cricket Club - home to several thousand macaws and the lesser spotted Thornborrow - for the great improvements they have made to their ground by the upper reaches of the River Eden, a good stone's throw from the mystical Nine Standards on Hartley Fell.  The entire ground, including the practice nets area, has been surrounded by a tidy and robust wooden fence that would probably keep out marauding Border Reivers, but, unfortunately, has not proved any deterrent to raiders who recently broke into the cricket pavilion (twice) caused a lot of damage in the process and came away with a year old scarifier. After all the hard work they have put in Kirkby Stephen's dedicated band of volunteers will feel doubly fed up at this invasion of their territory and the impact on the club.
But they should not despair. The long term good the club is doing for the game of cricket in the town and in the wider Eden Valley far outweighs any short term damage caused by burglars / vandals and hopefully the police will manage to track down the culprits. The new fencing was ostensibly put in place to keep out an unintentional vandal, namely the local rabbit population which is growing and breeding, well . . . like rabbits. Tables and benches inside the fencing but outside the white line have added to the appeal of this lovely little ground by the Eden, a river that rises only six miles away in the peat bogs below Hugh Seat - I thought you ought to know that.
Okay, to the cricket. Both sides needed a victory to keep alive their hopes of promotion to the Premier Division.
Kirkby Stephen batted first in beautiful sunshine after heavy overnight rain had almost put paid to the match. The hard hitting Hunter did not hang around and made 21 (including five boundaries) before being bowled by Ben Sharp's leg spin. Fellow opener Rob Hook (26) was busy putting down his roots at the other end. Ross Davies was heading for a century before he was bowled by Richardson attempting one too many shots across the line. Richardson picked up Hook with a sharp slip catch off the bowling of the Australian Dave Kearns but Todd carried his luck and his bat as the home side amassed 201. Postman Paul (Thornborrow) reckoned that 240 is par for the score at Kirkby these days. It was a good wicket and the neatly cut outfield was very fast.
Keswick have not chased down a score in excess of 200 all season but they should have done so on Saturday. They were 154/2 at one stage but then crashed to 194/9 as batsmen went for the well protected boundaries rather than push for the ones and twos that would probably have got them over the finishing line. Even so, only 13 were needed off the last two overs and Keswick contrived to fall eight runs short of a vital win. On far too many occasions this season Keswick have lacked the ability to hold their nerve and work steadily towards a win. Some slip shod fielding during the Kirkby innings certainly did not help the cause but the main problem was the batting and its accompanying sense of panic after Ben Sharp had hit an immaculate 82 before being yorked by surprise package Branthwaite who dramatically swung the pendulum of the game back to Kirkby with three wickets in the closing stages. Kirkby also fielded like demons, flinging themselves here, there and everywhere in a bid to prevent runs. Between them they must have saved at least 30 to 40 runs in the field, although dropped catches - an early one at deep square leg off the bat of Sharp in particular - did not help the cause. But in the end Kirkby got the result they needed and Keswick were left rue yet another missed opportunity in a season of tightly-fought encounters that have gone right down to the wire.
Once again it had been a brilliant day's cricket in the Eden Valley and it ended with two sets of players and supporters and the umpire, Ernie Brabbins (who had an excellent match) in the pub enjoying the post-match banter.  On this occasion we all trooped off to The White Lion for chilli with chip butties (a local delicacy) and a pint or two (for those who weren't driving) of the amber stuff. We swopped cricketing stories and Ernie, of course, had a number of interesting anecdotes from Appleby in Westmorland, the majority, it has to be said, concerning the one and only Brian Jones - not the Rolling Stones drummer - who once, if my memory serves me correctly, was the proud owner of a boxer dog called Ralph which was actually registered to play Eden Valley cricket for Appleby CC. For some strange reason, Ralph never officially did so. At least not so that Uncle Norman would know.

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Shap (a)

131/8

40

lost

Langholm (h)

133/2

24.1

 

Gavin Sissons

Dave Stringer

72

30

 

 

Gregor Park

Gregor Masterton

53no

47no

 

 

Duncan Elliott

Graham Park

Jack Pool

10-1-28-2

10-1-23-2

9-2-40-3

 

 

Lee Stockdale

6-3-16-1

 

 

 

Div 1

Carlisle Acdy (h)

 

 

rain

Wigton II (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

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Div 2

Appleby II (a)

211/9

40

beat

Baggrow

151

35

 

 

Morgan Fothergill

Andrew Little

58

49no

 

 

John Raven

81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Patterdale (h)

214

39.3

beat

Lanercost II (a)

84

22.4

 

 

Dean Kelso

49

 

 

David Ferguson

34

 

 

 

Nick Scott

C Blagden

9.3-1-35-4

10-2-30-2

 

 

Dean Kelso

Richard Kelso

7-3-8-2

8.4-0-29-7

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Threlkeld (a)

139

31

drew

Carleton (h)

116/7

40

 

 

James Price

53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Smith

Ray Cunneen

10-0-41-4

6-1-22-3

 

 

Ben Jefferson

S Robinson

Ollie Dunn

James Price

10-6-17-0

10-3-27-3

9-1-33-1

10-2-22-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Wigton III (a)

253/4

40

beat

Great Corby (h)

107

33.3

 

 

Cameron McGuiness

Theo Manihera

113no

98

 

 

Neville Lishman

48

 

 

 

Neville Lishman

9-1-45-2

 

 

Elliott Armstrong

Will Robinson

Cameron McGuiness

10-0-25-4

8.3-2-25-3

8-2-25-1

 

 

Mike writes: Great Corby and Wigton were alongside each other in the league table at the start of Saturday’s game with a win for either team likely to play a big part in their fight to stay in the division. Squads were seriously stretched by holidays and Corby fielded three debutants including an 11 and a 12 year old. Corby won the toss and put Wigton in to bat on a damp wicket from the previous days deluge. The opening pair got off to a brisk start with 13 year old Theo Manihera standing out eyeing gaps in the field and punishing anything short. When the first wicket fell (Ray Lloyd 10) from a sharp catch behind from Adam Harrison the Corby bowlers were then put to the sword as Cameron McGuiness ran riot. Whilst his innings wasn’t without aerial chances his maiden 50 was quickly followed by his second and he totalled 113 not out including 6 sixes and 8 fours. The scorebook isn’t accurate enough to record the second wicket partnership but it is likely to be around 180. At the other end Theo’s innings was more measured but equally effective, by the time the young bowlers Adam Tiffen (11) and Paul Harrison (12) were thrown the ball he was eyeing his maiden ton too. When Harrison’s loopy leg spin clipped the top of his off stump he was devastated to fall two short.

Corby’s hopes of pulling Wigton into the relegation mix looked slim chasing 253 and so it proved with only Nigel Harrison (18) and Neville Lishman putting up any fight. Lishman was almost steered to his first half century in many moons by the resistance at the other end of youngsters Harrison and Tiffen but they couldn’t hold out and all the points went Wigton’s way.  Congratulations to Cameron (who bowled really well too) and commiserations to Theo but with talent like that it is only a matter of time until the century is secured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Gamblesby (h)

 

 

beat

Lowther (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lowther unable to raise side

 

                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

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RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

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Div 3

Penrith III (a)

106

34.3

beat

Caldbeck II (h)

72

19.3

 

 

Devon Cromar

Jack Winter

28

29

 

 

Phil Richardson

31

 

 

 

Sean Merone

Phil Richardson

Chris Hellon

8-1-15-0

10-3-12-4

1.3-0-2-2

 

 

Jack Winter

Nick Hall

9-0-15-4

10-3-43-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Keswick III (h)

 

 

rain

Nunwick II (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Lanercost III (h)

 

 

 

Irthing Vale (a)