WEEK 19  -  30-31 Aug 2014

 

 

The situation at the conclusion of week 19:

Premiership

Caldbeck will be champions if Temple Sowerby achieve a tie or less and Stainton fail to win outright

Temple Sowerby will be champions with a win or winning draw

Stainton will be champions if they win and Temple Sowerby fail to achieve winning draw (Stainton have better run rate than Caldbeck)

Scotby need to win and either Appleby or Nunwick to lose to avoid relegation

Nunwick need to tie or better, Appleby need one point to avoid relegation

Division One

Rockcliffe are promoted as champions

Edenhall will be promoted if they win at Kirkby Stephen

Keswick will be promoted if they achieve win or winning draw against Wigton and Edenhall lose or losing draw

Wigton II will be promoted if they win at Keswick and Kirkby Stephen beat Edenhall

Kirkby Stephen need to win and Wigton II achieve winning draw at Keswick (then decided on run rate with Edenhall)

Carlisle III and Carlisle Academy are relegated

Division Two

Threlkeld (two points ahead) and Carleton are promoted; Threlkeld need to equal Carleton’s result to be champions

Great Corby and Baggrow are relegated

Division Three

Wetheral (one point ahead) and Caldbeck II are promoted; Wetheral need to equal Caldbeck’s result to be champions

 

You can thank the fixture complier, Matthew, for what is probably the most convoluted finish to a season ever.

 

Two of the Premiership matches this weekend encapsulate the tense, overheated nature of the season as it draws to a close. Caldbeck did have the opportunity to confirm their credentials as Premiership winners but failed to do so in the most agonising of manners in a tied game with Carlisle II. Set a modest total, and with a half century from Steve Blake, they were well on the way before nerves started to fray and wickets fell. The final equation was six to win off the final over with two wickets in hand. That became one wicket left after the first ball, followed by a dot ball. Belief was revived with three and then a two, before Kevin Pattinson, going for glory was bowled by Dave Redfern. With the benefit of eight points next weekend due to Culgaith’s withdrawal the four points gained is insufficient to take them clear. With Stainton beating Nunwick, and Temple Sowerby winning narrowly by one wicket at Scotby, both have the opportunity to overtake Caldbeck in their final games this weekend. Braithwaite won their last home game of the season by two wickets, with the last ball of the match, in their fixture with Appleby II. Braithwaite’s captain, Gilbert Pyke, can finally relax as his team have won their last three and the spectre of relegation expunged.

It looked as though it was going to be far more comfortable as Appleby slumped, losing seven wickets for less than a half century before Morgan Fothergill entered the fray and scored an unbeaten half century of his own, assisted by Mark Ousby as Appleby added a century for the loss of only one wicket. For the second match in succession Braithwaite’s nerves were frayed as they won by two wickets off the last ball of the match. Three teams now have the dubious opportunity in joining Culgaith in being relegated; Nunwick, Appleby II and Scotby. None of the four remaining matches in this division are dead rubbers; all have one or both teams striving to achieve their ambitions. In Division One congratulations to Rockcliffe who comfortably beat Carlisle Academy and are thus promoted as champions. As to who will be joining them remains opaque, but four teams have the opportunity, and are, by a quirk of the fixture compiler’s pen, playing each other. Edenhall can claim that place if they win at Kirkby Stephen, but Keswick II and Wigton II will be taking a keen interest. If Edenhall fail to win both have the opportunity to take that place, as does Kirkby Stephen. The game at Edenhall was preceded by a minutes’ applause for Martin Gate, a well-respected cricketer, known throughout the league who would have been pleased with the performance of his brother, Andrew, and the rest of the team as they comfortably beat Shap by seven wickets. The season can probably come to a conclusion sooner rather than later for the two Carlisle clubs in this division; both are relegated despite the thirds beating Langholm. In Division Two both Threlkeld and Carleton are promoted. Threlkeld took the majority of the points at home to Appleby II on the back of an unbeaten century from James Price. However, Appleby can gain some credit for their reply as they gained a point off the last ball of the match. Carleton’s win at Lanercost II came with only two wickets remaining. Baggrow and Great Corby are relegated, but the latter went down fighting with only their third win of the season against the previous league leaders, Gamblesby. A half century from Mark McAlindon proved crucial here. Division Three finds Wetheral and Caldbeck II a point apart, with promotion assured. Penrith have an important role here as they provide the opposition to both teams at season’s curtain fall.

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Carlisle II (h)

138

40

tied

Caldbeck I (a)

138

39.5

 

Matthew Trickett

37

 

 

Steve Blake

50

 

 

Robert Benn

Kevin Pattinson

Greg Tickle

7-1-25-2

10-2-31-1

9-1-31-3

 

 

Gareth Webber

Nick Whitfield

Steve Johnson

Dave Redfern

10-2-24-3

10-0-31-1

10-2-32-3

9.5-2-43-3

 

Andy writes: Such an incredible game deserves a report. A grand total of 276 and 20 wickets where shared equally at Edenside on a sunny Saturday in an amazing tied game with one ball to spare. Caldbeck won the toss and inserted Carlisle to bat. Andrew Trickett and Oultram got Carlisle off to a steady start before Trickett patted back a full bunger straight back to Benn who juggled before holding on. Oultram and Whitfield almost saw Carlisle to drinks without any further damage despite scoring at a slow rate. Oultram fell on the stroke of drinks for 20. This brought Matthew Trickett to the crease where he was slow to get going. Whitfield and Trickett began increasing the scoring rate but when Whitfield was bowled, the young talent of Dawson came to the middle where he and Trickett began picking off singles and scoring fluently as Trickett began reaching the boundary and the rate was going up and a target of 150 looked well within their reach. However when he was strangled down the leg side by Pattinson the rate plummeted thanks to good bowling from the Caldbeck quicks. Wickets fell on regular intervals and Carlisle limped along to be all out from the final delivery.
Caldbeck began the chase in an experienced way, scoring at a solid rate whilst taking few risks. The Carlisle bowlers began to build pressure and Johnson finally got the breakthrough shortly before drinks. Blake and Tickle kept the scoreboard ticking over and Blake scored freely from a couple of Redfern overs which really helped the equation. However it was a half century and out for Blake who skied one from Johnson and was caught at point. Johnson bowled with great accuracy and a nagging length which was not easy to score from. Carlisle began to squeeze and despite the scoring rate never going over five an over it was tough going. Regular wickets fell and a nervy end was certainly in store. Needing sixteen from the final five overs the visitors certainly looked favourites however the large outfield meant boundaries were hard to come by and the home side were still in the game. Bowling the penultimate over Weber bowled superbly, taking a key wicket, need 12 from eight  balls with one wicket remaining, the new batsmen clipped a four from his legs and pinched a single. Seven to win from the last over with the last pair at the wicket was the equation for Caldbeck to win the game and the league. A three to deep cover got the skipper Kev Pat on strike, he pulled a ball for a couple and the scores were tied; one required from two balls. Redfern who bowled superbly throughout held his nerve and the old adage you miss I hit came firmly into contention. With the field up Kev swung away to repeat the previous ball but with less success - clean bowled.
A truly amazing end to a great game played in the finest of spirits. Carlisle’s delight to scramble a tie was clear to see as was the disappointment from the opposition, but what a game.
The day was rounded off with both teams taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket challenge with tea money being donated to the charity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Stainton I (h)

173/8

40

beat

Nunwick I (a)

125

37.2

 

John Greenwood

30

 

 

Paul Glascott

59

 

 

Graeme Bain

Pieter Venter

Alistair Mawson

9-2-44-3

10-5-21-0

9-3-30-2

 

 

Stewart Marshall

Jeff Marshall

Jonathan Ridley

8.2-2-23-4

10-2-29-3

10-3-20-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Scotby (h)

126/9

40

lost

T Sowerby (a)

129/9

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Appleby II (a)

144/8

40

lost

Braithwaite (h)

145/8

40

 

Mark Ousby

Morgan Fothergill

49

50no

 

 

Jason Pyke

36

 

 

Dan Pyke

Gilbert Pyke

10-4-15-5

10-1-24-2

 

 

Mark Ousby

Chris Scarr

Ryan Davidson

Tony Ousby

10-2-27-1

10-3-38-2

8-1-24-2

10-1-25-1

 

Gilbert writes: Where has the summer gone? The final home game of the season saw Braithwaite entertained Appleby . With two weeks left of the season a bizarre situation meant that only the top three sides in the Premier Division were safe.  Therefore both sides had everything to play for fearing the dreaded trap door.

A good toss to win for the home side saw Appleby batting first. Dan Pyke playing his last game for the season (before taking up his new role as Head of Strength and Conditioning at Denstone College), made the perfect start for the home side as Butterworth was removed in his first over, followed by Davidson soon afterwards. With dad matching his son’s early success Appleby were reduced to 8/3. Things got even worse for the visitors as 8/3 quickly became 36/7 as Dan Pyke certainly bowled his best bowling spell of the season and the Pyke household returning bowling figures of 7/40 from the first 20 overs. Braithwaite then  certainly missed a trick and became pre occupied in farming the strike away from Mark Ousby and in the process gifted Appleby too many cheap singles. Fortunately, for the home side they soon realised the error of their ways and reverted back to getting both batsmen out. However, by then both Ousby and Fothergill were well set and began to pick of the bad ball, which came at too regular of an interval for the Braithwaite’s skippers liking. Tom Smith relinquished the wicket keeping duties and proceeded to bowl a first over of filth as Ousby was more than happy to pepper the leg side boundary. Appropriately it was Andy Pepper throwing the ball back from the dyke each time. Braithwaite’s early dominance was quickly evaporating as Appleby eased past a 100. Ousby finally fell one short of a well-made half century as Parnaby took a juggling catch. Significant was that both Ousby and Fothergill had shared in an eight wicket stand of 80 runs.   Appleby certainly were not stopping there realising that they could now set a defendable target. Davidson blasted a quick fire 18 and Fothergill remained unbeaten with 50 not out, as the Appleby innings came to a close; a substantial recovery.

As with Braithwaite, Appleby made the perfect start to defending their score as Ousby removed Smith in his first over. The second wicket soon followed as Appleby were certainly back in the game. At 25/3 Appleby certainly were well on top as 145 now seemed a distant target for the home side. Parnaby and Jason Pyke eased nerves slightly adding 45 runs for the fourth wicket before Pyke removed by Hill from his second delivery. It looked that home sides chance of winning the game was quickly disappearing as the run rate was increasing rapidly with few overs remaining.  The realistic target was now 130 for two batting points and appropriate instructions were sent out with mandatory bottle of water to Dan Pyke. However to quote “I am seeing it like a football I am waiting for Ousby’s last over” was the message sent back to the pavilion.  Well the aforementioned over went for ten. The final over, seven required to win , which became three off three as Andy Muir slapped a four through mid-wicket. Scarr then removed Andy Pepper leaving two from two. Pyke senior survived an lbw appeal and ran through to tie the score. It was disappointing that at point; respect for the game and in particular the umpire, evaporated. However, with the scores now tied a chest high no ball sealed the game for the home side, although they had scampered through for the single in any case.

The hardest of fought game between both sides, where both sides did not press home their advantage with the ball. Braithwaite will now have a chance to equal their fourth place finish of last year when they travel to Nunwick for the final weekend of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Wigton II (h)

187

37

drew

K Stephen (a)

154/9

40

 

 

Tom Fleming

39

 

 

Chris Curr

73

 

 

 

Rob Hook

Ross Davies

Bryn Davies

9-1-41-4

8-0-32-2

10-1-42-2

 

 

Steven Murdock

Dean Thomlinson

Jake Twentyman

7-4-12-1

9-1-32-1

9-1-33-2

 

 

Stuart writes: Wigton entertained Kirkby Stephen for their last home game of the season. Kirkby won the toss and elected to bowl, a good decision as Wigton were soon two down in the fourth over. A good partnership between Twentyman and Holyoake (23 for both) steadied the ship, before they both fell in the same over to Hook. Another good partnership, this time between Percival and Fleming, kept the runs coming until fell in the twentieth to leave Wigton on a precarious 98-5. The home side would have hoped to reach over 200 at the run rate they were going, but a lot of batsmen got in then out before managing to make a big score. When Wigton were all out in the 37th they felt they had a good score on the board, but probably 30 runs short of what they would have liked.

The Kirkby response began steadily after some great opening bowling from Murdock and Thomlinson. With only one wicket falling in the first 10. Kirkby lost Davies (26) and then Hook who was ran out in a mix up three overs later. Wigton still had to maintain pressure to keep the score down and, at 73-4 at halfway, the game was perfectly poised. A good innings by Curr was holding one end up, but Wigton were chipping away at the other end. When the game came to down to looking like a tie was the only result, Kirkby lost three wickets in consecutive overs to make it a nervy finish, especially when, in the penultimate over, a tough chance to wrap it up was put down behind the stumps. All in all, though, a good tough game of cricket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Shap (a)

150/7

40

lost

Edenhall (h)

151/3

36.3

 

 

Gavin Sissons

Lee Stockdale

55

38

 

 

Matthew Wilson

65

 

 

 

Andrew Gate

Johnnie Kidd

Jamie Hetherington

10-5-21-1

10-2-37-3

10-1-35-1

 

 

Archie Darroch

Simon Palmer

8-2-24-0

10-3-32-1

 

 

Andrew writes: Thanks to both teams for the minute’s applause in remembrance of my brother, Martin, and all the messages my family and I have received from the Eden Valley cricket community.

Edenhall maintained their promotion hopes; however it looked like the Shap openers would post a big score, putting on 90 in 18 overs. However both Sisson and Stockdale both fell in the space of four overs and Edenhall managed to tie down the other batsmen. Kidd and Wilson put on 64 for the first wicket, a couple of dropped catches helping Edenhall, Wilson top scoring. Shap were short of bowlers and used nine players to try to take wickets, but to no avail as the target was reached with four overs to spare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Keswick II (a)

145/9

40

drew

Longtown (h)

116/7

40

 

 

Graeme Dixon

Greg Cameron

30

32

 

 

Tony Steele

56no

 

 

 

Tony Steele

Steve Dickinson

David Steele

David Booker

10-0-42-2

10-2-22-2

10-2-34-2

10-2-38-3

 

 

Charlie Robson

Keith Richardson

10-4-17-5

8-2-11-0

 

 

Keith writes: The promotion issue is going down to the wire in this division thanks to this result at Longtown and Kirkby Stephen's faltering steps against the dark horses of Wigton. To cut to the chase Keswick II’s are still in with a chance of taking the second promotion place at the final hurdle but their hopes now rest on defeating or getting the better of a rapidly improving Wigton II’s at Fitz Park this Saturday and Kirkby Stephen (at home) outgunning Edenhall. Whatever the outcome this has been an excellent campaign in Division One in the largely golden summer of 2014 when the teams have enjoyed the cut and thrust of their cricket and the bonhomie and hospitality between the different clubs - on and off the field - has been very much a part of that enjoyment.
At Longtown, Keswick were asked to bat first and produced a somewhat stunted batting performance after losing opener Andy Clark in the first over as he pushed forward tentatively and the ball took the edge of a Tony Steele delivery. Clark, to his credit, walked without any hesitation and without even a glance in the direction of the umpire. Longtown bowled and caught effectively throughout with no fewer than seven catches being taken, two by wicket keeper Duggan who also claimed two stumpings. The Steele brothers, Tony and David, are always a handful with the latter capable of getting the ball to jag back alarmingly from off to leg, pinning the batsman to the crease, occasionally by the throat. Stevie Dickinson's accuracy produced the most economical figures for the home team while Davie Booker, as ever, made the batsmen wait (and then wait some more) until the ball arrived. Booker it was who took the wicket of No5 Greg Cameron who had batted supremely (one on drive was the shot of the day) before he contrived to pop one up to mid-wicket for a dolly. Ben Sharp, similarly, was batting like a dream until he got a top edge to an attempted pull shot off the bowling of Dickinson who spent most of the afternoon in a (friendly) exchange of verbals with the chatterbox Steve Moss who is in a Champions League all of his own when it comes to cricketing conversations or, for the most part, what are now known as The Mossy Monologues. They were still at (Tony Steele having given up the ghost long ago) in the Longtown Social Club after the match where not even the giant chip butties could shut Mossie up for long in his capacity as Chairman and Head Arbiter of the Fines committee (CHAF) or Chiffchaff in Mossy's case.
For the record, Mossy works part time (when he is not studying for a degree in Conversational Science) at KCC wicket keeper Steve Clark's Kingfisher fish and chip emporium in Keswick's Main Street - Colin 'The Big Chip' Carter, from Rockcliffe CC by the Sea, knows it well). We always thought that it was blue Smarties which gave Mossy his high, occasionally manic, energy levels but I can exclusively reveal that apparently it's a not so healthy mix of Tuttie Fruity Mentos and a regular diet of scraps from the fish fryer.
Young Charlie Robson (22) contributed down the order as Keswick finished with a modest total before took out five home batsmen in quick succession as the Longtown top order fell like lemmings off a cliff top. Tony Steele (Steele by name and steel by nature) was the exception batting at No4 and prevented a collapse of epic proportions. In partnership with Stevie Dickinson they got the home side to a much more healthy looking 116/7 and a richly deserved point from the draw. Steve Jeffery, who came out after Dickinson's eventual demise, and looked as though he did not know which end of the bat to hold, cut loose at the end and smashed a six out of the field and over the road. It came like a bolt out of the blue and what it lacked in style it certainly made up for in power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Rockcliffe (a)

181

39.3

beat

Carlisle Acdy (h)

75

28.2

 

 

John Wharton

53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruaridh Barker

H Sawdon

10-0-29-2

9.3-0-37-3

 

 

Jimmy Freebairn

Danny Braithwaite

Graeme Cross

Will Freebairn

10-4-30-2

10-7-10-2

4.2-0-11-2

4-0-16-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Carlisle III (h)

 

 

beat

Langholm (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Threlkeld (h)

264/7

40

drew

Appleby II (a)

198/9

40

 

 

James Price

132no

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Great Corby (h)

127

39.1

beat

Gamblesby (a)

118

37

 

 

Mark McAlindon

50

 

 

Andrew Benson

48

 

 

 

Andrew Benson

7.1-4-9-4

 

 

Neville Lishman

Sam Pagan

8-1-22-2

9-2-33-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Lanercost (h)

142

40

lost

Carleton (a)

144/8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Wigton III (a)

47

20

lost

Lowther (h)

48/4

10.2

 

 

J Reid

17no

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewart Birkett

Roger Townsend

David Salkeld

Dewalt Berger

7-0-14-4

8-1-14-3

3-1-14-1

2-1-3-1

 

 

J Reid

2.2-0-10-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Patterdale (h)

 

 

 

Baggrow (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baggrow unable to raise side

 

 

                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Nunwick II (h)

 

 

beat

Lanercost III (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Keswick III (h)

111/7

40

lost

Penrith Acdy (a)

112/2

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kieran Spurrell

Henry Marshall

36no

33

 

 

 

J Marshall

J Parker

7-2-12-2

5-2-14-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith writes: A largely one-sided contest at Fitz Park had very few positives for the home team other than the fact that young Oscar Link discovered that the birthday investment he had made on a brand new bat only days before was well worth every penny. Oscar, 13 year old son of captain on the day Karl Link, came in at No5 and hit a determined 25 not out, mixing selective defence with some wristy cuts and positive drives, partly the result of the one-to-one tuition he has been receiving from Keswick's Sri Lankan professional Geeth Kumara, not to mention a million and one throw downs from his dad in the Keswick nets.  Geeth is returning to KCC in 2015 for his fifth successive season as a player/coach at the club. He is also responsible for switching Oscar from medium pace to leg spin and this, like Oscar's new bat, looks a positive move. In fact, from a KCC perspective, this was very much the Link show because Karl produced a remarkable one handed diving catch at cover to dismiss the Academy opening bat Cramer for 21 and then claimed a wicket (one of only two to fall for the Academy) clean bowling Marshall for 33. Unfortunately the Link combination could not prevent Penrith from an easy win on a lovely sunny afternoon at Fit Park where the Penrith players and their band of parental supporters enjoyed the experience.
Among those visiting supporters was former KCC Chairman Neil Swainson and his wife Pam whose son Nick now plays for Penrith after moving from Great Corby in the close season. Neil ended up with the task of operating the control panel for the electronic scoreboard during the Academy innings and, as a keepsake, went away with one of the old wooden board numbers (white lettering on a black background) out of the groundsman's shed that were previously used long before electricity arrived whilst his wife, Pam went away with a good crop of brambles from a not so distant hedge as she is, apparently, an incurable bramble picker. Nick for the record, took a wicket and hit 14 not out; so, one way and another, a good day all round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Wetheral (h)

 

 

beat

Irthing Vale (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irthing Vale unable to raise side