WEEK 8: 14-15 June 2014

 

 

In the long history of Border Reivers the beginning of another chapter was observed as Langholm made the short journey across the boundary to play Longtown. A glance at the scorecard illustrated the fact that the families involved in past bloody conflict were involved in a less aggressive contest. The spoils from the eagerly anticipated match went to the home side as captain Tony Steele excelled in both innings. First top scoring, then, with Langholm threatening, having the dangerous Gregor Park caught behind before ending in style with a hat-trick. Although this was probably the most significant game in Division One, in current season to date, the most important saw Kirkby Stephen beat Shap to overtake them at the top of the table. Daniel Stringer had helped Shap to a double century score, but Kirkby’s captain, Rob Hook, underlined his influence on the team as he guided them to victory. Victories for Edenhall, at home to Keswick II and Rockcliffe at Carlisle III keep them in the promotion equation. In the Premiership Stainton remain clear of the pack with a victory over Braithwaite, their lack of match batting practice showing in their performance. The pack huddled up behind them as a consequence of Temple Sowerby beating Nunwick and Appleby’s victory at Caldbeck with a mere three points covering the four teams. With Carleton surprisingly losing at Lowther, Gamblesby return to top spot by one point. It could have been five, for they were halfway towards Patterdale’s modest total without losing a wicket. But the change bowlers, Jon Young and Alex Housby, turned the game on his head as Gamblesby’s batsmen succumbed to their wiles resulting in the first tied game of the season. Like their senior team, Stainton II lead the table in Division Three. If ever there was an example of patiently occupying the crease then this was it. Irthing Vale’s Phil Corrie and Andy Hunter had effectively dismantled Stainton’s batting to the point of 47-9 before Andrew and Jude Hodgson stuck around, hit the occasional bad

ball and virtually doubled their teams’ score. Buoyed by their efforts it gave their bowlers some leeway, enough to ensure victory. With Caldbeck II winning at Keswick III, and Nunwick defeating Penrith Academy five points separate the four teams below them. Sunday saw the quarter-finals of the Senior Cup with Appleby, Kirkby Stephen, Caldbeck and Scotby progressing. Victories for the first two were fairly straightforward, but the others were not. Scotby found themselves forty runs adrift after the completion of the first innings in their match against Stainton, but at the conclusion winners by twenty odd runs as Stainton collapsed in their second innings. Nick Rigg took five wickets whilst Dan Swann conceded just four runs in the nine overs he bowled over the two innings. At the halfway stage of the Caldbeck were that far ahead they as Temple Sowerby to follow on. A much improved performance put Caldbeck on the back foot in their second innings, although they managed to cross the line with two overs to spare to win by five wickets.

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Nunwick I (a)

88

25

lost

T Sowerby (h)

89/6

34.5

 

Adam Collin

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Farmer

Johnny Howard

George Burne

6-1-14-2

7-2-33-4

7-1-16-4

 

 

Alistair Mawson

10-4-22-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Culgaith (h)

151

30.4

beat

Scotby (a)

143

27

 

Josh Hall

Dickie Errington

Ted Walker

49

38

34

 

 

Scott Taylor

38

 

 

Nick Rigg

Dan Swann

8-2-34-2

8-2-29-2

 

 

Jamie O’Brien

10-2-37-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Caldbeck I (h)

132/9

40

lost

Appleby I (a)

136/4

27.2

 

Steve Blake

Kevin Pattinson

38

26no

 

 

Joe Davidson

Phil Brabbins

Mark Ousby

34

41

24no

 

 

Mark Ousby

Chris Scarr

10-2-28-2

10-4-12-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Stainton I (h)

147/9

40

beat

Braithwaite (a)

71

33.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Shap (a)

201/6

40

lost

K Stephen (h)

202/4

36.3

 

 

Daniel Stringer

A Darroch

75no

39

 

 

Rob Hook

Sam Bell

Phil Hunter

89no

44

29no

 

 

 

Rob Hook

10-3-28-2

 

 

Alex Darroch

10-2-35-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Longtown (h)

157/4

40

beat

Langholm (a)

119

36.1

 

 

Tony Steele

Ben Hetherington

84no

35no

 

 

Gregor Park

59

 

 

 

Steven Johnstone

Graham Park

10-1-23-1

10-2-28-1

 

 

Steve Dickinson

David Steele

Danny Booker

Ton Steele

8.1-0-13-4

10-1-31-1

10-1-30-0

8-0-30-5

 

 

Stuart writes: The long anticipated EVCL game between the two most northern league sides finally took place on Saturday. The teams have had close links for many years and both sides had been looking forward to this fixture since Langholm joined the league.

Langholm won the toss and put Longtown into bat. They took the early wicket of Byers before rain enforced an early tea. Following the break, Longtown batted cautiously against the accurate attack of Elliot and Johnstone and had reached 68 when Pool took the wicket of Duggan. With wickets in hand, Longtown began to increase the scoring rate and despite the loss of Dave Steele and Nick Piszczykiewicz, a commanding innings from Skipper Tony Steele, well supported by young Ben Hetherington, took Longtown to a respectable total.

After a quick turnaround, Longtown started brightly, with the sprightly Dickinson removing Park, Stewart and Masterton in his first four overs. Skipper Elliott joined the dangerous Gregor Park at the crease and they took the score to 45 before a pacy inswinging yorker from Dave Steel proved too good for Elliott. Gregor however continued to score quickly, despatching the bowlers to the boundary and making his way to 59. Captain Steele had said in his team talk that we only needed one bad shot or one great ball to remove the danger man;  the bad shot was dropped at mid-wicket before the great ball came from Tony Steele which Park could only glove behind. Johnstone and Hall then provided some dogged resistance as Langholm started to edge toward the target. A moment of Longtown magic was needed and it came in the form of a stunning Tony Steele hat-trick, Hall was bowled, Pool caught by Birrell before Gordon played back to a straight one and was given LBW.  Dickinson returned to bowl Fletcher with the first ball of his second spell to wrap things up and give Longtown the win.

A good game played in great spirit by both sides and I'm sure Langholm will already be planning revenge when Longtown cross the border for the return match in August.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Keswick II (a)

164

40

lost

Edenhall (h)

168/4

38.1

 

 

Graeme Dixon

55

 

 

Jamie Armstrong

Matthew Wilson

36

34

 

 

 

Andrew Gate

10-2-29-5

 

 

Dave Kearns

10-0-35-3

 

 

Keith writes: Keswick 2nd XI's challenge for promotion suffered a blow at Edenhall where the home side were comfortable winners by six wickets. There was a greater sense of determination about the home team's play and their ability to use a slightly spongy track on which the ball tends to grip and hold also stood them in good stead. Keswick, for their part, did not for the most part bowl well, failed to take chances and perhaps felt that defending a target of 164 was going to be relatively easy, especially on such a wicket and with a lush outfield reducing the amount of boundaries.
Keswick were much changed from a fortnight ago due to holidays and martial arts contests (I kid you not) and, therefore, stronger on paper.
They made a poor start with opener Andy Clark run out and then John "Jonty" Webster and Steve Moss going cheaply. At 13/3 the signs were not good. But then big Graeme Dixon played a captain's innings and struck a beautiful half century off 67 balls and, in partnership with wicket keeper Steve Clark (28), put on virtually 100 runs for the fourth wicket. Dave Kearns (21) and James McGown added a late flurry and Keswick reached their total as the last wicket fell to the last ball of the innings, Andrew Gate's considerable efforts from the water works end were rewarded with five wickets.
Keswick's young opening bowlers failed to make any impression, other than conceding wides as Wilson and Armstrong gave Edenhall a solid base of 53 for the first wicket. Phil Holliday (24) carried on the good work, and, with Andrew Gate and home captain Tim Holliday saw the task through in the penultimate over.  Congratulations also to Lisa Fleming, of Edenhall, who did not bat, did not bowl but fielded with great enthusiasm, enjoyment and a strong arm.
It was good to catch up on the news from the Holliday clan and learn that the big lad, former Workington Reds and Carlisle United player and Edenhall and Wigton cricketer John Holliday is doing well (especially with his golf) and is now a father in deepest London. 
After the match we all found our way to the Edenhall Hotel where the complimentary chicken curry and chips was well worth the wait. I think I even saw umpire Howard Moon beam out a smile; well, maybe not.
Condolences to young Harry Holliday, son of Tim, who forecast a 2-2 draw in the England v Italy game that followed and pledged his pocket money on the outcome. His prediction came oh so very close but, just like Keswick 2nds at Edenhall, they too fell short.
Both teams meet again at Fitz Park, Keswick, this Saturday when fish and chips could easily be on the post-match menu in the clubhouse.
It's important to get your priorities right when it comes to Eden Valley League cricket and I remain rather partial to the haddock from Steve and Andy Clark's 'Kingfisher' fish and chip empire on Main Street. All washed down with a can of Vimto and occasionally something a little stronger that reaches the parts Vimto simply cannot reach.

 

Div 1

Rockcliffe (a)

198/3

40

beat

Carlisle III (h)

148/8

40

 

William Wharton

Robert Wharton

John Wharton

89no

49

27no

 

 

Mike Vose

Ben Blain

42

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Freebairn

Graeme Cross

10-3-17-0

10-4-17-2

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Wigton III (a)

48

25.5

lost

Appleby II (h)

52/0

6.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Brakewell

33no

 

 

 

Josh Bellas

Morgan Fothergill

Dean Hartley

7.5-2-14-4

4-0-6-3

9-2-13-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ant writes: A game that unfortunately just happens in cricket, with the weather being a significant factor. As Wigton won the toss and batted, the heavens opened with almost torrential conditions, leaving the start delayed by half an hour. At the start bowling conditions perfect, Hartley and the ever improving Jimmy Hullock proved difficult to score from, only the experienced Ward provided lengthy resistance. The introduction of young spin twins Bellas and Fothergill forced a quick succession of wickets. Wigton had lots of promising young talent but were bowled out cheaply. Appleby reached their target inside seven overs with Martin Brakewell and Josh Brabbins (15no) stylishly bringing Appleby home without the loss of a wicket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Patterdale

91

35.4

tied

Gamblesby (a)

91

28.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Benson

36

 

 

 

Ben Cave

Andrew Benson

Steve Watson

8-2-10-3

7.4-2-8-2

10-4-19-1

 

 

Jon Young

Alex Housby

5-0-10-6

5.2-0-21-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Threlkeld (h)

 

 

beat

Great Corby (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

Div 2

Carleton (a)

66

30.5

lost

Lowther (h)

67/3

15.5

 

Lee Field

32no

 

 

Ed Tallis

26no

 

 

Stuart Birkett

David Salkeld

Ed Tallis

8-1-13-4

7.5-1-15-5

6-1-15-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Stainton II (a)

97

37

beat

Irthing Vale (h)

70

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Corrie

     Andy Hunter

     Neil Corrie

10-2-20-5

10-2-22-4

8-1-6-0

 

 

Graeme Silburn

Nick Lancaster

 

10-4-6-4

10-5-17-1

 

 

Alan writes: Stainton where eventually to come out on top, in this top of the table clash at Brampton, but the result could very easily have gone Vale’s way. Batting first Stainton set off in a confident manor with Lancaster and Roger Holliday looking comfortable, Lancaster went with the score on 18 having scored 12, and then Holliday edged one off Phil Corrie only to be dismissed by a superb diving catch by Vale keeper Duncan Miller. From then on Corrie and Hunter dominated the proceedings as the ball swung in the warm overcast conditions, and Stainton batsmen headed back to the pavilion at regular intervals, and by the halfway stage, Stainton looked in deep trouble on 47 for 9. After drinks Andrew Hodgson (23no) dug in for Stainton, supported by Jude Hodgson (13) at the other end. Doing nothing spectacular they slowly pushed the total upwards, as the Vale bowlers failed to create any chances to take the last wicket until Alistair McKenzie, caught and bowled Jude Hodgson.

The Vale reply started in a slow manor as Silburn found a lot of movement of the seam, and Lancaster found some lift. Runs started to come and Vale looked easily in with a chance. However Stainton held some excellent catches, which put them on top. First Hunter perished on the boundary at long on to an excellent running arms at full stretch catch, then Matthews went having hit the ball hard and clean backwards of square, only for the fielder to manage to get his hands on the ball as he fell backwards with the ball heading straight at his face. Then Miller went soon after trying to hit a boundary towards long off. At drinks Vale where in a similar position that Stainton had been in, but with more wickets in hand. But playing with only nine men the Vale tail where unable to come up with a match winning knock like the Hodgsons.

Tim writes: Captain Jackson won the toss and elected to bat, a decision that was heartily questioned by members of his side when the away side were 47 for 9 after 16 overs due to excellent bowling from Irthing Vale openers Phil Corrie and Andy Hunter. Jude Hodgson (13) batting at 11 joined Andrew Hodgson, who is proving to be Stainton CC's man for a crisis, at the crease and they set about seeing off the opening spells. The Irthing Vale change bowling was less threatening and the last wicket pair started putting runs on the board and when Jude Hodgson was out in the 36th over the pair had got the score up to nearly a hundred.

This seemed to give Stainton the momentum and they came out fired up, Graham Silburn and Nick Lancaster bowled five5 maidens in the first six overs and the score was 1 for 1. Hunter (12) came to the crease and looked to blast Irthing Vale to the total however he hold out to Jackson off the bowling of Silburn. Wickets then fell at regular intervals as Silburn finished with four wickets, Tom Graham two – which included a sharp catch from Hodgson at square leg, and one wicket a piece for Lancaster and John Forrester who took the final wicket when Robinson was caught by Callum Forsyth at the second attempt.

A low scoring game that had plenty of twists and turns played in a good spirit by both sides, and proof, as Hodgson and Hodgson showed, that if you value your wicket and stay at the crease then anything is possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Keswick III (a)

106

39

lost

Caldbeck II (h)

110/4

 

 

Karl Link

51

 

 

Graham Wetherell

Kyle Brough

43no

27no

 

 

Scott Wetherell

Sean Merone

Phil Richardson

10-2-24-4

9-3-16-2

10-1-23-3

 

 

J Wilson

5-2-10-2

 

Keith writes: Taz - the Wild Man from Tasmania - took to the field sporting the brightest yellow cricket cap that has ever been seen on a cricket field anywhere in the universe. Unfortunately it made for an excellent sighter and I reckon that young Tom Suddaby zoned in on the Burbury budgerigar as it attempted to make its ground for a quick single at the pavilion end. The young fielder made a direct hit with only one stump to aim at and Taz was gone, given out by his own umpire although the batsman clearly felt he had made the line.
Still the league's greatest supporter, along, of course with Andy Baker, Norman Shuttleworth and Dougie Farmer, of EVCL management fame, enjoyed the consolation that his Caldbeck team went on to win the match comfortably by six wickets as Keswick were bowled out for 106 on the same strip on which the 1st XI had conceded 200 plus to Cleator the previous day.
Karl Link, in the team so he could play alongside his son Oscar, led the way for Keswick. Young Scott Maxwell and Oscar Link were the only other players in double figures in a team that relied heavily on youth playing alongside four players marginally older. Although there have been one or two problems with player availability earlier this season the club is now confident that it can field a 3rd XI for the remainder of this season.
On Sunday Caldbeck got their easily enough in the end with Messrs Wetherell and Brough smashing bowlers young and old to all parts.
Taz and I enjoyed a beer and the crack during and after the game and put the world to rights. Fortunately he had put his cap in his kit bag by this stage and I was able to focus on what he was saying rather than be being blinded by the light.

Keith: as a footnote, the cap, brought at great expense from Sydney and described as “Australian gold”, was generously donated to Matthew via Dickie Spruce and me…ed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Nunwick II (a)

202

39

beat

Penrith Acdy (h)

108

23.2

 

Jackson Fletcher

52

 

 

Nick Hall

43

 

 

Ben Davidson

Jamie Parker

10-1-39-3

5-0-46-5

 

 

James Worsick

Mark James

7-1-19-2

4-0-17-3

 

 

 

Div 3

Penrith III (h)

224

37.1

beat

Lanercost III (a)

131

34.4

 

Greg Hall

Keiran Trevaskis

Nick Hodgson

51

75

38

 

 

Nathan Brown

37

 

 

A Crabtree

10-1-40-2

 

 

Greg Hall

9-1-38-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cup S

Wigton II (h)

118/4

18

 

K Stephen

141/2

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wigton (inn 2)

65/9  183

18

lost

K Stephen (inn 2)

44/5  185

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

Cup S

Scotby (h)

53

18

Stainton (a)

90

18

 

 

 

 

 

C Fawcett

58no

 

 

Martin Ruddick

Stuart Marshall

C Fawcett

J Fawcett

4-1-11-1

5-3-4-2

5-1-11-5

3.1-0-19-2

 

 

Dan Swann

Nick Rigg

4-3-2-1

4-1-17-2

 

Scotby (inn 2)

119/7  172

18

beat

Stainton (inn 2)

54  144

17.1

 

Ollie Driver

Mark Vasey

27

38

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Ruddick

Stuart Marshall

5-0-15-3

4-0-11-0

 

 

Dan Swann

Nick Rigg

Mark Vasey

5-3-2-2

5-1-11-5

4.1-0-16-1

 

 

 

Cup S

Langholm (a)

46

13.3

 

Appleby I (h)

92/7

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Langholm (inn 2)

64/9  110

18

lost

Appleby I (inn 2)

19/0  111

5.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

Cup S

Caldbeck I (a)

150/7

18

T Sowerby (h)

102

17.2

 

Jack Proudlock

Mike Strong

Jamie Brownrigg

31

33

28

 

 

G Atkinson

Johnny Howard

45

26

 

 

Johnny Howard

4-0-19-2

 

 

Daniel Bargh

Kevin Pattinson

4-0-17-3

3.2-0-14-3

 

T Sowerby (inn2 f/o)

144/7   246

 

lost

Caldbeck I (inn 2)

97/5   247

16.4

 

G Atkinson

R Jackson

48

35

 

 

Jack Proudlock

32no

 

 

Kevin Pattinson

4-0-31-5

 

 

George Burne

Steve Hodgson

5-0-20-1

5-0-14-2