WEEK 18: 23-24 Aug 2014

 

 

After the latest round of matches, and just two weeks to go, the Premiership placings look claustrophobic. There were to main losers over the weekend; Stainton and Nunwick. The former lost a tense, engaging encounter at Braithwaite where the match nearly went the distance and the run rate never climbed above three an over throughout the match. Despite yet another spell of swing bowling from Stewart Marshall Braithwaite won with an over to spare and three wickets in hand to boost their chances of survival. Stainton, as a consequence of this defeat, are nudged aside from the leadership pedestal by Caldbeck who won emphatically at Appleby. With Temple Sowerby winning by five wickets at Nunwick they move into second place, a point behind Caldbeck with Stainton three more adrift. With Culgaith’s late season decision to not play their remaining three matches confirms one relegation place, the other is uncertain. With Scotby this week being the beneficiary of Culgaith’s largesse, Braithwaite’s win, and Staffield defeating Carlisle II by a comfortable margin, five points separate these three teams and Nunwick. Only Carlisle and Appleby, marooned in the middle, appear safe, although mathematically they are vulnerable to the drop.  The results in Division One set seal on what has been a miserable season for the top Carlisle clubs; both lost twice. Carlisle III’s defeats were both emphatic, away at Rockcliffe and then home to Keswick II. Defeat for the Academy against Wigton II was not unexpected but it would be the failure to overhaul Langholm’s meagre total which would have hurt the most. Rockcliffe, by contrast, have one match remaining and a win this coming weekend at Edenside, against the Academy side, would confirm promotion as champions. The other promotion spot will probably not be decided until the last match of the season when Kirkby Stephen host Edenhall; a point currently separates the pair. In Division Two leaders Carleton despite beating Lowther by nine wickets lose top spot to Threlkeld who won at Great Corby on Saturday and again on Sunday in a high scoring encounter with promotion rivals Gamblesby. Consequently both have pulled away from the pack, and have some leeway, although Threlkeld’s visit to Appleby II this weekend, now their nearest rivals, will be crucial to both parties. Only one match in Division Three where Caldbeck II had the misfortune to find Ben Sharp in the Keswick III side. The youngster, dropped at his own request following a prolonged run of poor form in the first team, didn’t disappoint his followers with his maiden century. It turned out to be the highest score of the weekend leaving Caldbeck with a sizeable mountain to climb. Matthew Burbury led by example as Caldbeck proved up to the task. They paced their innings impeccably, winning by four wickets with the first ball of the final over. With two matches remaining they are one point behind leaders Wetheral whilst Stainton II are a further four points back, but with only one match to play. Consequently the quest for promotion is in the hands of the two teams in the promotion places. And, as a footnote, the century seemed to have energised Ben Sharp; he scored an unbeaten half century two days later in Keswick II’s nine wicket win at Edenside.

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Caldbeck I (a)

161/8

40

beat

Appleby I (h)

71

31.1

 

Steve Blake

Mike Wilson

53

77

 

 

Joe Davidson

31

 

 

Mark Ousby

Chris Scarr

Tony Ousby

10-4-18-3

10-2-22-1

2-0-16-3

 

 

Robert Benn

Sean Merone

Greg Tickle

Daniel Bargh

6-2-9-2

6-1-19-2

9-3-13-3

3.1-1-5-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Stainton I (a)

109/7

40

lost

Braithwaite (h)

110/7

39

 

Jonny Ridley

40no

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Pyke

Gilbert Pyke

Andy Muir

Phil Knight

10-5-15-2

10-0-28-1

10-4-29-2

10-1-28-2

 

 

Scott Lancaster

Stuart Marshall

Martin Ruddick

Jonny Ridley

10-3-26-0

10-6-6-1

10-4-27-2

9-0-37-3

 

Gilbert writes: Braithwaite’s penultimate home game of the season was against league leaders Stainton. The home side, still reeling from the aftermath of Culgaith’s recent decision to be unable to raise a side for their remaining three games of the season had meant that the teams immediately above and below in the league were in effect gifted eight points, each with only three league games to go. Realistically a loss against Stainton would go a long way towards relegating the village side. Certainly recent results against Stainton did not bode well with Stainton comfortable winners on the last two meetings between the sides.

Stainton were invited to bat first on what looked a good pitch. An immediate breakthrough for the home side saw Andy Muir take a good catch at short mid-off.  Tight bowling from a pair of Pyke’s saw Stainton struggling to get a scoring rate above two an over; that in itself was starting to build significant pressure. Key saw Andy Muir take two wickets in his first over as Stainton had slumped to 28/4. With pressure continuing on the Stainton batting line up. Opener Arran Pamphillon (27) although looking solid was starting to run out of partners as Braithwaite realised that Ridley and Pamphillon would be the key to any Stainton recovery. Dan Pyke was immediately bought back on to bowl with the desired effect removing Pamphillon with his third delivery. The slow left arm bowling of Knight proved decisive as Ridley in particular was not sure either to stick or twist. Braithwaite continued to hold their nerve with the ball as Stainton could only muster a little over a hundred, with Ridley remaining unbeaten. All four Braithwaite bowlers made significant contribution all backed up by some excellent fielding as Stainton managed only five boundaries throughout their entire innings.

Stainton would draw solace from the fact that they had successfully defended lower scores than 109 this season and key would again be Stew Marshall, who made the perfect start removing Tom Smith in his first over.  A rain shower came to the help of the batting side as a wet ball would certainly negate some of Marshall’s late swing. Certainly Braithwaite had also three left hand batsmen which they were fully aware of reducing Marshall’s effectiveness still further. Oswald and Plant then appeared in little trouble as the pair eased Braithwaite into the thirties, the inevitable ability of the home side to shoot themselves in the foot came to the rescue of the visitors as a run out got Stainton back in the game. An impressive bowling spell from Marshall, although key was the wicket column as his ability to rip through a batting line up has got Stainton out of the mire on several occasions this season. Really runs should not be an issue as long as the home side batted the forty overs. Certainly the game was in the balance as Stainton took three wickets at a cost of ten runs, including the key wicket of Jason Pyke (23). As Braithwaite were stuttering on 77/6, the main danger now for the home side would be their lack of self-belief coming from a very tough season. Phil Knight took the pressure off hitting ten in one over before becoming Ridley’s second wicket, but by then only 11 were needed. With nine of Braithwaite players having league fifties was significant in that everyone could contribute, especially with Braithwaite’s highest run scorer batting at no9 as Andy Pepper and Dan Pyke (16) reached their target with an over to spare. An extremely hard fought game , well played by the two sides and well umpired by John Simpson and Peter Henderson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Nunwick (h)

140/5

40

lost

T Sowerby (h)

141/5

37.3

 

John Mounsey

51

 

 

Alistair Craig

Carl Hinckley

Ross Jackson

34

38

36

 

 

James Farmer

10-2-22-3

 

 

Pieter Venter

Alistair Mawson

10-4-28-2

10-2-34-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Staffield (h)

155/8

40

beat

Carlisle I (a)

105

32.1

 

Steve Thomlinson

Richard Bamber

Terence O’Neil

30

35

52no

 

 

Jordan Oultram

47

 

 

Simon Plevin

Phil Frazer

Gareth Weber

10-4-23-2

10-3-36-4

10-3-25-2

 

 

Paul Jeffrey

Geoff Brown

Terence O’Neil

Richard Bamber

6.1-0-27-3

10-2-27-2

6-1-22-3

10-4-14-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Longtown (a)

157/9

40

beat

Langholm (h)

90

31.5

 

 

Edward Faulder

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duncan Elliott

Jack Pool

10-2-29-2

8-0-35-4

 

 

Steve Dickinson

David Booker

8.5-1-26-4

10-4-18-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Rockcliffe (h)

215/6

40

beat

Carlisle III (a)

53

21.2

 

 

John Wharton

Will Freebairn

Danny Braithwaite

47

44

53no

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Bell

10-2-57-3

 

 

James Freebairn

Graeme Cross

Danny Braithwaite

10-0-27-5

6-0-12-2

4.2-1-5-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Carlisle Acdy (a)

130/8

40

lost

Wigton II (h)

132/5

20.3

 

 

Cameron Westmorland

44

 

 

Kieran Little

53no

 

 

 

Jake Twentyman

Tom Peile

Stuart Ward

7-1-23-2

10-0-33-3

10-1-31-2

 

 

Cameron Westmorland

4-1-17-3

 

 

Stuart writes: Wigton won the toss and decided to bowl. They began brilliantly with a wicket off the very first ball, but it then took a good few overs before another wicket fell. An excellent second wicket partnership between youngsters Westmorland and J Davidson (20) got Carlisle on to a steady score until Davidson perished a couple of overs before drinks. Wigton kept chipping away at the young Academy team picking up wickets here and there as the away side's steady progress took them to their final total.
The reply began with Wigton losing two wickets early on, but not without a few runs being struck in the process; Matthew Percival taking 21 off the fourth over before perishing two balls into the next. A good partnership between Kieran Little and James Holyoake (29) got Wigton well ahead of the run rate. Good bowling by Westmorland got its rewards when he had a double wicket maiden after taking Holyoake's wicket the previous over. The experience of Ged Jackson (16no) and the top batting of Little saw Wigton home as Little brought up his half century with a four.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Langholm (a)

88

29.1

beat

Carlisle Acdy (h)

62

24

 

 

Colin Turk

28

 

 

Paul Whittred

27

 

 

 

H Walker

Cameron Westmorland

5-2-7-4

3.1-0-9-2

 

 

Stephen Johnstone

Gregor Park

9-5-10-6

8-2-14-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Carlisle III (h)

116/9

40

lost

Keswick II (a)

117/1

21

 

 

Will Bell

32

 

 

Ben Sharp

Andy Clark

66no

36no

 

 

 

Dave Kearns

Ben Sharp

Charlie Robson

Keith Richardson

9-0-34-4

8-2-21-2

8-2-13-1

10-0-29-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith writes: A comprehensive win for Keswick II’s at Edenside on a cloudy, breezy and very occasionally sunlit Bank Holiday Monday
saw the visitors remain within shooting range of the second promotion place from Division One. KCC is now just three points adrift with two games to play but need to win both those matches and rely on Edenhall and Kirkby Stephen each slipping up once; an unlikely but possible scenario. Keswick captain Graeme Dixon - amazingly none the worse for his excesses at his club's highly successful T/20 tournament at Fitz Park the previous day - won the toss and elected to field first in the hope of blowing the opposition away before any possible deterioration in the weather. The bottom club survived the 40 overs on a hard, true but slow wicket but mustered only a few in the process with Willie Bell top scoring. The Australian Dave Kearns produced the best figures for Keswick with his varied off spin while Ben Sharp's leg spin and Charlie Robson's medium pace away swingers also paid dividends. Keswick took all their catches (five) in the outfield while Steve (The Chatterbox) Moss was effective standing up and claimed a stumping. I must confess that between deliveries I was guilty, at first slip, of enlightening Mossy about the dubious tactic, used by a former KCC wicket keeper, the one and only Mike McNichol, who, when he collected a ball down the off while standing up, would occasionally nudge the bails off with his knees and claim very loudly that the batsman had in fact been bowled by an absolute beauty, the ball barely clipping the outside of off stump. This, of course, would never happen today.
Keswick knocked off the winning runs quickly with Ben Sharp (dropping down at his own request after a prolonged spell of poor form in the first team) regaining lost confidence with an unbeaten innings add to his first ever century made at Caldbeck II’s on the Saturday. Andy Clark, at No1, anchored the innings, whilst Steve Moss (19) stomped off to the pavilion in high dudgeon. As you do, unless you're 62 and then it ceases to matter so much.
While Carlisle CC are facing relegation on three fronts this season (the 2nd XI in the EVCL Premier being the exception) there is still very much that is positive about this historic and proud club on the banks of the River Eden. There are plans to extend the pavilion, the interior of which is impressive with its ranks of paintings, photographs and beautifully framed team pictures. The teas, as ever, are great with home-made chocolate brownies and chocolate covered crispies to die for; not literally, I hope.
Under the chairmanship of Mike Rayson - who also did a stint behind the bar before joining us for the post-match crack - I sense that the club is working hard and enthusiastically to achieve success and I wish them well. How times have changed in the world of cricket and sport in general down the years is illustrated by an old black and white photograph to the top right of the bar. It is of an image taken from the pavilion side of the ground and shows a game of cricket in progress in 1951. It was only (I say only) a local knockout final between two city works teams but the grass bank at Edenside was packed with thousands of spectators, the likes of which they would love to see at Brunton Park these days, never mind a cricket ground.  On Sunday there was just one spectator on Edenside's famous bank.

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Great Corby (h)

115/8

40

lost

Threlkeld (a)

116/5

17.5

 

 

Nathan McStay

36

 

 

Richard Bannister

Ollie Dunn

38

30

 

 

 

Sam Robinson

Ollie Dunn

Dan Thompson

7-1-14-0

7-1-19-1

4-0-9-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Lowther (a)

136/5

40

lost

Carleton (h)

139/1

 

 

 

Ed Tallis

Dewalt Berger

49

35

 

 

Alex Smith

Ben Grieg

47

76no

 

 

 

Ben Smith

Ian Field

Ray Cunneen

10-2-27-1

10-4-17-2

10-2-38-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Lanercost II (a)

91

38.4

 

Baggrow (h)

92/6

26.1

 

 

Kieren Foster

43

 

 

Luke Skilbeck

D Walker

40no

22no

 

 

 

Luke Skilbeck

John Raven

Michael Peile

8.4-4-9-2

8-4-12-3

10-2-23-4

 

 

Nick Scott

8-4-14-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Threlkeld (h)

236

36.4

beat

Gamblesby (a)

185

36.5

 

 

S Robinson

Richard Bannister

35

84

 

 

Dan Martin

Pranav Nagendron

38

30

 

 

 

Ben Cave

Dan McCormick

8-2-41-2

4.4-2-32-4

 

 

James Price

10-2-48-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Keswick III (a)

199/8

40

lost

Caldbeck II (h)

202/6

39.1

 

 

Ben Sharp

121

 

 

Matthew Burbury

Phil Richardson

Chris Hellon

68

32

37

 

 

 

Megan Wetherell

10-1-48-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith writes: Congratulations to Caldbeck II’s on winning an exciting game in the lower reaches of the Eden Valley League - and potentially promotion from Division Three into the bargain - with a high scoring run chase against Keswick III’s. Had it not have been for a first ever century by Keswick's Ben Sharp, who had been playing 1st XI cricket at Keswick this season until personally requesting a switch to lower teams in order to regain lost form and confidence, this would undoubtedly have been a much easier task for Caldbeck. It would also have been a lot less memorable. As it was the one and only yellow-capped Mathew Burbury led the run chase with a perfectly executed 68 at the top of the order until his captain asked him to achieve the impossible, a single that even Carl Lewis would have struggled to make let alone the more rounded athlete that is the one and only Taz - mania or otherwise.
Megan Wetherell produced excellent bowling figures for the home team, always to be applauded on a ground where the close proximity of the pavilion and, on the far side of the field of play, The Howk and the beck await the half tracker or the full bunger. With the exception of Messrs Richardson (Bill), Karl Link (injured but gamely battling on), Charlie Robson and Ben Sharp, (captain "Knocker" Shaw was on holiday with his tribe in deepest Brighton) the visitors were extremely youthful but Scott McGown, Will Atkinson, Scott Maxwell and Ronan Kingsbury, the latter took two wickets, all bowled well. Richardson and Hellon scored invaluable middle order runs and Dalgeish completed the task as Caldbeck got to 202/6 with an over to spare as the game reached a thrilling finale, not even Ben Sharp's leg spin able to stop the winning charge. And, for Caldbeck at least, all was well that ended well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Stainton II (h)

 

 

beat

Irthing Vale (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irthing Vale unable to raise side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Lanercost III (h)

 

 

lost

Penrith III (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Nunwick II (h)

 

 

beat

Penrith Acdy (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penrith Academy unable to raise side