WEEK 2:  3-4 May 2014

 

 

For the second week in succession Stainton, at home on this occasion to Carlisle II, lost the toss and were asked to bat first on another bowler friendly pitch. The game continued in the same vein as the previous week as Stainton struggled to score against a some parsimonious bowling from Gareth Weber and Nick Whitfield who took the first two wickets without a run on the board. The third fell whilst still in single figures, but a patient innings from Jonny Ridley assisted in them slowly accumulating a modest total. Matthew Trickett and Craig Manchester started serenely, scoring a third of the required total before Stewart Marshall brought a glimmer of hope with the first hat-trick of the season. At the drinks break Carlisle required sixteen to win with five wickets in hand before Ridley took centre stage again, bowling six consecutive maidens and taking two wickets in the process. Some suicidal running ensued with the inevitable result, trying to take advantage of a wicket keeper’s fumble. With the last pair at the wicket, and seven required for victory, Chris Blythe hit a low full toss back to a grateful Jeff Marshall. The other three matches in the Premiership featured teams for whom this was their first outing, with differing results. Scotby beat Appleby I mainly on the batting exploits of James Cain, although whilst Appleby’s opener, Phil Brabbins, was still at the crease his side still had the opportunity of gain some advantage from the game. Maybe it was fate that the two main protagonists decided the result of the game as Cain took the final wicket, bowling the indefatigable Brabbins. Braithwaite, on the other hand, lost at Caldbeck. Having lost the toss maybe they were expecting the worst as five batsmen were padded up before the first ball was bowled. With some prodigious seam movement their expectations were realised and it didn’t take long for them to enter the fray, and, in some cases, just a fleeting one at that. Any chance of victory was soon extinguished by a half century opening stand from Matthew Burbury and Daniel Bargh. For Staffield and Nunwick this was their first game of the season, again in trying conditions. In the first innings only Staffield’s Steve Thomlinson could come to terms with the testing pitch. Cricket is described as a team game, but Nunwick almost defied that convention as captain, Paul Glascott, won the game for the away side with a priceless innings scoring over four-fifths of the winning total. Batting practice required for the five who failed to trouble the scorers. In contrast to these meagre returns Temple Sowerby and Culgaith found batting more to their liking at the latter’s home ground. Especially so James Farmer who scored the only century of the weekend in fine style. Jamie O’Brien tried to emulate him in Culgaith’s reply, but was dismissed ten short of three figures. Early season, but in Division One Shap and Kirkby Stephen won again. The latter beat Langholm by a wide margin; a rude awakening for the team with back-to-back promotions, who may find matches far more competitive than in previous seasons. Unfortunately for them they came across Rob Hook in imperious form, top scoring by a wide margin and then taking six wickets for not many runs. Another fine individual performance at Keswick from Rockcliffe’s debutant Danny Braithwaite. It was that he that ensured that his side didn’t lose as the drawn match which ended with Keswick still requiring two wickets and Rockcliffe eight runs. It’s not often one can make the comment that the highest aggregate score of the weekend came at Gamblesby, but it was thus, as the home side managed to chase Patterdale’s daunting target thanks to Dan Martin and Prasad Nagendron. With the talismanic Andy Oliver returning this season, after a broken leg curtailed last season’s activities, Wetheral maybe early season favourites for promotion from Division Three as Oliver was prominent in their five wicket win against Caldbeck II.

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Staffield (h)

88

27.1

lost

Nunwick I (a)

91/7

26.4

 

Steve Thomlinson

37

 

 

Paul Glascott

74no

 

 

Graeme Bain

I Millman

Peter Venter

Adam Pattinson

7-3-15-2

7-0-17-0

7-2-22-4

6.1-0-34-4

 

 

Paul Jeffrey

9-1-24-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Stainton I (h)

80

39.5

beat

Carlisle II (a)

74

32.5

 

Jonny Ridley

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gareth Weber

Nick Whitfield

Chris Blythe

10-6-10-2

10-3-16-0

7-2-5-3

 

 

Stewart Marshall

Martin Ruddick

Jonny Ridley

Jeff Marshall

10-3-22-4

10-2-16-1

6-6-0-2

2.5-1-4-2

 

Jeff writes: Stainton welcomed Carlisle to the Rec on a chilly day which had many searching the depths of bags, cars and cupboards for extra layers. Whilst there was little to no sun there was also no hint of rain which meant that we were set for a full game. The pitch and outfield looked in good order though recent weather had seen it remain relatively soft; Adam's claims that he'd been able to prepare a road this week looked a little rose tinted to say the least, though it wasn't for a lack of effort on his part. All this meant that once again, it looked an important toss to win, once again Jeff failed to do so despite a week of intensive practice. Trickett called correctly and elected to field.

After last week's batting the home side were conscious of getting a solid start and building from there, Holiday getting himself run out without facing and Kay falling to his second ball before a run had been scored wasn't what the rest of the team had hoped for. Roger at least consoled himself with the knowledge that he'd been able to tick another form of dismissal off his bucket list, new recruit Ben Dixon happily pointed out that at this stage we were on to beat Birkenhead's effort last week of 3 all out. He was to be disappointed though as the score rattled along to 5 before the next wicket fell, Johnston chopping on. All this was a result of some indifferent batting but also good, tight bowling from Whitfield and Weber. Patient batting from Ridley and Hall got Stainton to drinks without further loss although the scorers weren't too busy either with 26 on the board. Gentle acceleration from Ridley with help from some of the lower order got the score up to 70 before he was ninth out trying to force the pace. A couple of boundaries from the last wicket pair Hodgson and Stew Marshall took the score to 80 before Hodgson was bowled with one ball of the 40 remaining. The home table at tea was sombre to say the least, with the feeling that even considering the conditions that we were some way short of par.

That feeling was confirmed when Trickett and Manchester got the visitors off to a solid start, being 29-0 after 7 overs. The game turned in the next over as Stainton's headline act stepped up to the plate, Stew Marshall taking 3 in 3 balls to claim a hat-trick (having claimed at the start of the over that he needed to come off as he wasn't getting any wickets) Trickett, Whitfield and Brown the victims. With Ruddick also keeping it tight at the other end Stainton were still in the game, albeit still second favourites as the score progressed to 50 before the fifth wicket fell, Ruddick picking up his first and Marshall his fourth. However at drinks and 63-5 Carlisle seemed to have weathered the storm with Wall looking untroubled and Redfern employing his inside edge in increasingly finer measures to somehow avoid getting out. An enforced bowling change brought Ridley on and a change of fortunes ensued as he bowled Wall then Redfern in consecutive overs. Again though the game looked up for the home side at 73-7 after some suicidal running had paid off for the visitors, snatching singles wherever they could. However the tactic backfired as Johnson looked to take advantage of a Johnston fumble behind the stumps, having set off he was sent back by his partner as Stainton's keeper retrieved the ball and hit the stumps, whilst lying on the ground. Weber fell LBW to Stainton's skipper (brought on as he'd run out of other people to bowl, not that he fancied it) meaning that one wicket or eight runs would decide the game. A couple of scrambled singles and a missed chance of a run out only added to the tension before Blyth hit a low full toss straight back to Marshall who gratefully clung on to cue wild celebrations for the home side in a game they looked out of on several occasions.

The final analysis makes good reading for the bowlers; Stew Marshall’s four and Ridley’s run less return were particular highlights for the home side; Weber’s and Blyth’s the pick of some good bowling for the visitors. Whilst perhaps not a great spectacle for neutrals until the fag end of the past two weeks have shown that low scoring games can produce far more intensity, tension, stress and ultimately enjoyment or disappointment than any high scoring game. Thanks to Carlisle for a cracking game played in good spirits once again and to Mike Sparks for umpiring on a chilly day for those not running around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Braithwaite (a)

97

40

lost

Caldbeck I (h)

98/2

34

 

Phil Knight

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

Callum Donald

Daniel Bargh

Rob Benn

Kevin Pattinson

10-2-17-1

8-3-12-1

10-4-27-2

7-0-13-4

 

 

Dan Pyke

Lee Zaninetti

9-2-27-1

8-1-19-1

 

Gilbert writes: The inevitable wash out from the previous week saw Braithwaite’s campaign finally get underway. Surely, there must be a strong case that village cricket in Cumbria should start in May and finish the second weekend in September. Braithwaite were the visitors to play the mighty Caldbeck. Unfortunately Wednesday nights heavy rain had took its toll as a very bowler friendly strip greeted the arrival of both sides. A crucial toss saw Braithwaite invited to bat first. Certainly the prodigious seam movement off the pitch was probably no surprise to either side. A point emphasised from the watching Braithwaite players as there appeared little expectation of a solid start as the entire top five batsmen appeared padded up. Oswald soon holed out with the score on 10. Knight tried to counter attack with Jack Proudlock either bowling dot balls or dispatched into the river , Knight’s (31)cameo inevitably came to a similar end to his opening buddy as Caldbeck were soon well on top . Bargh bowled a telling eight over spell as the pitch made batting very difficult. Key moment saw Ben remove Jason Pyke, whose patience with pitch finally appeared to run out. Wickets then fell at regular intervals as Braithwaite were unable to muster a three figure score from their allocation; Kev Pattinson made sure that there was no wagging of the tail as Braithwaite where three short of three figures as the final wicket fell off the final ball of the innings.

 Early wickets would be key to the visitors as a level of optimism still remained as the gremlins should still be in the pitch for the forthcoming Caldbeck reply. However both Burbury (29) and Bargh (26) gave the Braithwaite a lesson on how to bat by using what lies between both ears. Watchful of any ball remotely near the stumps and waiting for the chance to put the bad ball away. Both batsmen blunted the Braithwaite bowling attack as there was no scoreboard pressure to concern them. The pair added an opening and match winning stand of 56. A glimmer of hope saw both batsman removed on the aforementioned score, with Mike Strong fortuitously surviving a king pair to start his season off. Both Strong and Wilson then quickly took the game away from Braithwaite as the visitors were put out their misery. A very comfortable eight wicket win for Caldbeck who had plenty of batting to come. The spirit as ever between the two sides was impeccable with two sides that simply enjoy playing against each other. Braithwaite certainly have to regroup quickly and have to address a batting attack that appears worryingly toothless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Scotby (h)

174/9

40

beat

Appleby I (a)

144

38.5

 

James Cain

Mo Nyamunga

74

31

 

 

Phil Brabbins

58

 

 

Chris Scarr

Josh Bellas

10-3-28-1

10-2-38-4

 

 

Dan Swann

Nick Rigg

James Cain

10-4-10-3

9-2-26-1

6.5-0-28-3

 

Nick writes: On a dry, but grey overcast day, both teams met for what was Scotby’s first game of the season.  The toss was won by Appleby and promptly but Scotby in to bat with the home skipper not minding one bit as only seven players aligned our pavilion...thankfully late arrivals bolstered the team as we watched the first 50 opening partnership of the season with Farrer and Cain playing well. With Farrer out the scoring rate wasn’t affected as both Jefferson (18) and Cain enjoyed what was a good cricket wicket, bit for the batter and a bit for the bowler.  Young Josh Bellas was introduced to the attack and bowled a brilliant line whilst extracting some good turn; he produced excellent figures. With a solid foundation laid by the top order, Nyamunga – or shall we call him nine lives? -  helped second top scored, well supported by others around him helped us bat the full allocation and post a decent total. 

Appleby began their reply with debutant Swann opening the bowling as he and Rigg bowled great tight lines and kept Appleby’s response quiet taking a couple of wickets along the way until a double change of attack.  These changes initially saw the scoring rate climb as Dixon and Farrer worked to get some rhythm to their bowling.  A wicket just before drinks kept up the spirits of the bowling attack.  On resumption Brabbins continued to frustrate the bowlers with a typically controlled innings.  The bowling changes worked throughout the innings as the Appleby batsmen struggled to inflict too much damage.  After passing the 75% mark Iniff (18) departed, and, with it, their hopes of all the points and so dropped anchor.  With Brabbins still at the crease the home side were still wary of a late assault but regular wickets and batsmen unsure whether to stick or twist. Man of the match Cain took the final wicket with Phil Brabbins almost seeing his side through to some points.  A special mention to Swann on debut who’s excellent bowling set up a good victory Jefferson’s nephews for some excellent fielding. 

An excellent game played in a sporting and social manner by both teams that went right to the wire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Temp Sowerby (a)

230/2

40

beat

Culgaith (h)

159

 

 

James Farmer

130no

 

 

Jamie O’Brien

90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting score sheet

                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Wigton II (a)

109

32.2

lost

Shap (h)

110/4

22

 

 

Josh Dixon

59no

 

 

James Horrocks

John Blue

34

33no

 

 

 

Lee Stockdale

Alex Darroch

9-3-17-3

7.2-2-30-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

K Stephen (h)

174/7

40

beat

Langholm (a)

34

12.5

 

 

Rob Hook

79

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duncan Elliot

Steven Johnstone

10-2-32-1

10-2-27-1

 

 

Rob Hook

Sam Bell

6.5-3-8-6

6-3-127-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Keswick II (h)

142/7

40

drew

Rockcliffe (a)

134/8

40

 

 

Graeme Dixon

40

 

 

Danny Braithwaite

56no

 

 

 

Danny Braithwaite

Graham Cross

Jimmy Freebairn

10-2-33-3

6-2-10-0

10-3-33-1

 

 

Dave Kearns

Jamie d’Leny

Keith Richardson

10-3-25-3

10-0-31-2

10-3-17-1

 

 

Keith writes: On a cold, grey afternoon Keswick welcomed Rockcliffe to Fitz Park and it was soon apparent that not only Penrith CC have been busy on the recruitment front last close season. Rockcliffe have secured the services of none other than former Wigton North Lancashire and Cumbria League premier division player Danny Braithwaite, a competitive and accurate medium pace bowler and a middle order batsman who does not give his wicket away easily. Danny will, I am sure, make a significant difference to what is developing into a more than useful Rockcliffe team this season.

Keswick captain Graeme Dixon lost the toss (or at least I think he did) and the home side was asked to bat first on a wicket that had been used twice previously this season by the club's 1st XI. But it was hard, true and played well despite over 200 overs being played on the surface. Make that 280 now. The home team made a slow start in the face of an accurate Rockcliffe attack with Graham Cross (former Workington CC starlet of the 1960s) and Jimmy Freebairn (a bowler who most definitely knows a rabbit when he sees one) conceding little in the opening exchanges. John “Bugs Bunny” Webster went to a wild yahoo off Freebairn in his third over while a patient Steve Clark innings came to an end when Colin Carter took a collector's item catch off the bowling of Braithwaite. Young Steve Moss, only 15 and batting at No3 again scored a useful 20 plus before missing a Braithwaite straight one. Jamie D'Leny (28) joined his captain at the crease and the pair entered into the most productive partnership of the game. Karl Link (23 not out) spoiled Jimmy Freebairn's figures in the last over with a beautifully struck six over square leg as Keswick reached a modest total. Would it be enough?

The answer was in the affirmative but Keswick were unable to press for the outright victory because of the resilience of Braithwaite who came in at No6 and was unbeaten at the end. For the most part Keswick's bowling was consistently accurate with the Australian Dave Kearns’ change of pace and looping spin enjoying most success. Some old git was at his most miserly at the other end of the universe apart from two boundaries conceded in his last over could have been prevented; so, nothing new there then. Rockcliffe concluded their innings with Colin Carter joining Braithwaite at the crease and ensuring that Rockcliffe got two points from the draw to Keswick's six. This was a hard fought and enjoyable game, despite the shroud-like weather, and I get the distinct impression that Division One is going to provide some excellent competition for all the teams involved this season.

The crack at the bar afterwards was entertaining with Colin Carter rolling out the impersonations and the largesse. Best laugh of the night, however, came when Colin and the aforementioned Graham Cross were talking me through the best ways of nullifying the numerous aches and pains that afflict cricketers of a certain vintage. And yes, you will be amazed to learn that I do fall (quite literally sometimes) into that category. Any way it transpires that Carter and Cross -sounds faintly like a pair of comedians, ala Morecambe and Wise - are now taking medication before they venture onto the field as well as afterwards. And their preferred choice of pain relief? This redoubtable duo has purchased a season's supply of packets of little round pills while on assorted escapades in Spain. You will, of course, have heard of Ibuprofen. Well, the Spanish variety, I kid you not, is actually labelled Ibuprofeno, and Crossy produced a packet at the bar to prove the point. Let's hope that the sun beams down this summer and gives us all plenty of opportunity to use that other well-known Spanish phrase: "`El Scorchio"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Longtown (h)

130/7

40

beat

Carlisle III (a)

108

32

 

 

Stuart Duggan

Nicky Piszczykiewicz

53

39

 

 

Jordan Oultram

34

 

 

 

Connor Macleod

Lee Hogarth

10-4-16-2

5-0-13-2

 

 

Tony Steele

David Steele

10-2-2-6-4

9-2-27-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Patterdale (a)

195/9

40

lost

Gamblesby (h)

197/6

35.2

 

 

Malcolm Beaty

Richard Kelso

59

62

 

 

Dan Martin

Prasad Nagendron

76no

68

 

 

 

Steve Watson

Ben Cave

10-4-30-2

10-2-26-3

 

 

Alex Housby

4.2-0-23-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Baggrow (h)

 

 

beat

Lowther (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting score sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Wigton III (h)

162/6

40

beat

Great Corby (a)

59

 

 

 

Matt Gardner

60no

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keegan Hull

Sean Millican

Nathan Cozens

8-3-15-2

5-0-13-3

7.2-1-21-3

 

 

Awaiting score sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Caldbeck II (a)

87

 

lost

Wetheral (h)

88/5

21.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy Oliver

40no

 

 

 

Graeme Campbell

Marco Oliver

Liam Purdham

Andy Oliver

10-3-15-2

10-2-30-2

3-0-19-3

2.1-2-0-2

 

 

Sean Merone

Leigh Todhunter

7-2-17-2

3-0-9-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Eden Wanderers (a)

115/4

40

beat

Lanercost III (h)

95

34

 

 

Andrew Davidson

46

 

 

A Smith

36

 

 

 

T Reay

B Allen

O Allen

Barnaby Robson

7-2-13-0

10-3-21-1

9-2-31-2

10-3-26-1

 

 

Jamie Armstrong

Rob Bland

Jonny Kidd

9-3-16-3

6-3-13-3

8-1-27-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Keswick III (h)

130

 

 

Penrith III (a)

131/8

 

 

 

Karl Link

67

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Hunter

Will Holliday

7-0-38-3

10-0-28-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith writes: Keswick's 3rd XI, under the captaincy, of Les "Knocker" Shaw, is a mixture of youth and experience and on Sunday the team included not one but two father and son combinations, which was great to see. In the team were Les and his son Adam and Karl Kink and his lad Oscar who, I am sure, is going to win a major award sooner or later. Oscar and Adam both play for Keswick Under 13s. 

Keswick batted first and made 130 all out. The scorebook, consulted two days after the event, was a nightmare to decipher but J Hunter appeared to take 3/38 from 7 and W Holliday 3/28 from 10. In reply Penrith 3rds eventually got over the winning line in a closely fought contest to reach 131/8 with Nick Hall top scoring on 29 and other useful contributions from batsmen who appeared to be Ed Sim (27) Will Holliday (23) and Cromar 22. I hope I got that right lads. If not, shoot the scorer and not the messenger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Stainton II (h)

 

 

beat

Pen Academy (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match conceded by Penrith Academy