WEEK 9: 21-22 June 2014

 

 

In their cricketing careers most will only aspire to scoring a century or taking a hat-trick, but to do both in the same match is outstanding. Vivid memories of the occasion of either feat linger with a seasoned player, more remarkable for each additional telling. At thirteen Will Atkinson will have plenty of time to embellish the day he scored a maiden century for Keswick III at Penrith Academy. So, in relating the story fifty years from now, and mentioning the hat-trick in the same match, maybe the listener will have some doubts as to his mental state, but he can refer them to this report and the photographs taken of the extraordinary event. In the Premiership Stainton maintain their points difference between themselves and the pack with a comfortable win over Nunwick courtesy of an excellent all round performance from Jonny Ridley. Adam Collin responded to the challenge, in marked contrast to the rest of his team. Temple Sowerby move to the head the chasing pack with a narrow one wicket win at Scotby. George Burne, who had earlier taken three wickets, was the unlikely hero. In a low scoring match he ended the game in style with a six which cleared the goalposts, a swing and a miss followed by another six. At the other end of the table Carlisle II’s victory over Staffield resulted in them swopping places in the basement. In Division One Shap must be thoroughly sick of facing Kirkby Stephen, successive defeats have temporary taken them out of the promotion places and emphasised Kirkby’s position atop the table. Second place has been taken by Edenhall as a consequence of winning an absorbing encounter with Keswick II. The latter batted first and set the home side a stiff target as opener James Benson scored an unbeaten century, with captain Graeme Price weighing in with a half century. Edenhall opener Matthew Wilson followed in the same mode as his fellow centurion, pacing his innings to perfection, as his side won with four balls remaining. In Division Two Gamblesby were the league’s highest scorers over the weekend, at home to Great Corby, but it was heartening to see that Baggrow, after a miserable period, were not too far behind them in that regard as they defeated Patterdale. In contrast Lanercost II failed to reach three figures with Carleton moving back into second place with an eight win victory. In Division Three Stainton II, like their senior partners, remain in pole position after a four wicket victory over Penrith III. Ben Dixon took three wickets in Penrith’s innings and was at the crease to see his side home. With four of the last five Stainton wickets falling to female bowlers Ben was no doubt anxious to ensure both the victory and that he would not become another victim of his sister, Karin. After a recent dip in form Wetheral would have been heartened with a nine wicket victory over fellow promotion aspirants, Irthing Vale. Two Junior Cup quarter final matches brought six and eight wicket victories for Appleby II and Threlkeld respectively. Although they sound comfortable, appearances can be deceptive. Nunwick II matched Appleby throughout finally losing out in the penultimate over. After their first innings Lowther and Threlkeld scores were level. The difference in the second innings was Ben Jefferson as the away side accelerated clear to win with seven overs unused.

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Scotby (h)

85

29.4

lost

T Sowerby (a)

89/9

32.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Farmer

Steve Hodgson

George Burne

Adrian Thompson

5-3-10-0

10-0-30-2

10-5-11-3

4.4-0-26-5

 

 

Nick Rigg

Dan Swann

Andy Teasdale

James Cain

10-6-14-2

9-2-22-4

7-2-14-2

6.3-1-28-1

 

Nick writes: A week of phone calls, texts and emails ended with a superb weather forecast, the outfield cut and eleven versus eleven. Thompson won the toss and decided to insert a depleted Scotby line-up (not for the first time).  Some excellent bowling from all Temple Sowerby bowlers restricted the Scotby innings to just 84 with extras being the highest scorer with 17.  The batsmen to their credit looked to occupy the crease for long periods and put away any bad balls that came their way. Unfortunately these were few and far between and sometimes a mind-set can get you bogged down.  Only Dan Swann showed any intent but his youthful enthusiasm got the better of him and only lasted for seven balls for his top score of thirteen.

At tea Scotby knew they were likely 20 runs shy of a competitive total but went out knowing that sport can produce some entertaining spectacles.  The Sowerby innings started well enough with two fours off the second over along with byes had them 15 off 2.  Regular wickets were the only way Scotby would have any chance of victory and in the sixth over the pressure of some excellent bowling took its toll with the first wicket falling.  This was a false dawn in terms of wickets and it was only the eleventh over did another fall with the score on 30.  Temple Sowerby still had Derek Gate at the crease who plugged away to top score with 19 despite the obvious frustration of the Scotby bowlers as he played and missed more times than Andy Cole.  Regular wickets kept Scotby interested until the returning Dan Swann took three wickets in two overs to leave Sowerby nine down and Scotby dreaming of a ridiculous win.  It wasn’t to happen as hoping for one more over off Dan Swann at the tail didn’t come about as George Burne facing his first ball connected with the ball sweetly to plummet a six over the football posts leaving two to win. After a play and a miss he struck another six to win the game in style.

A relieved and deserving winning team enjoyed their pint back at the pub with some good banter amongst the teams.  A great game played in great spirits yet again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Stainton I (a)

154/7

40

beat

Nunwick I (h)

117

38.2

 

Jonny Ridley

42

 

 

Adam Collin

67

 

 

Adam Collin

Pieter Venter

Alistair Mawson

10-2-39-2

7-2-9-1

10-1-32-2

 

 

Stewart Marshall

Martin Ruddick

Jonny Ridley

10-3-14-0

7-2-18-2

10-3-13-5

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Appleby I (h)

189/7

40

beat

Braithwaite (a)

140/7

40

 

Joe Davidson

George Moore

Mark Ousby

30

89

31

 

 

Mark Oswald

48

 

 

Dan Pyke

Phil Knight

10-1-30-2

9-0-44-3

 

 

Mark Ousby

Phil Cook

Chris Scarr

Josh Bellas

10-0-26-1

10-4-7-0

10-0-38-2

6-1-39-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prem

Carlisle II (h)

155/7

40

beat

Staffield (a)

84/7

40

 

Andrew Trickett

Matthew Trickett

Olly Bradley

48

33

30

 

 

Terence O’Neil

34no

 

 

Geoff Brown

10-2-48-5

 

 

Gareth Weber

Nick Whitfield

Alex Raybould

10-5-13-0

10-6-7-3

10-1-29-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Rockcliffe (a)

174/8

40

lost

Wigton II (h)

176/8

36

 

 

William Wharton

Graeme Cross

41

30

 

 

Jack Peile

Lewis Little

55

31

 

 

 

Tom Peile

Stuart Ward

10-0-31-1

10-2-30-3

 

 

Graeme Cross

Derek Forster

10-4-27-2

10-2-42-2

 

 

Stuart writes: Wigton took on Rockcliffe for the second time in a fortnight. In a complete turnaround from the game at Rockcliffe, the weather gave us a lovely day for cricket on a great wicket for batting. Wigton lost the toss (again) and Rockcliffe decided they would have a bat. Wigton were made to work hard in the heat, as the away side started well and only lost one wicket at the half way stage, to reach 66 off 20 overs. Some good spells of bowling from Wigton's younger players kept things tight, and it wasn't until the second half of the innings when the scoring accelerated. Wigton took most of their wickets in the last six overs, when Rockcliffe were playing their shots a bit more freely. By the end of the innings the total seemed to be a good score that would take some chasing down.

Wigton began their reply well, with Kieran Little and Mark Evans both making a bright start. When Evans fell, with the score on 24, and Little to fall four overs later, on the same score, it didn't seem the start Wigton wanted. When another two wickets fell in the fifties, it looked as though the Wigton reply was faltering. The Rockcliffe bowling was persistent and, although Wigton were ahead of the run rate, they always looked threatening. When Wigton lost their fifth wicket in the 19th, with the score on 70, this brought Lewis Little (Kieran's younger brother) to the crease to join Jack Peile. This turned out to be the decisive partnership of the game with Lewis making his way into the thirties before he was caught and bowled by the Rockcliffe skipper. Peile went on to make his half century before he also fell. Wigton's lower order managed to get the team home with four overs to spare. An enjoyable day to play cricket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Keswick II (a)

203/2

40

lost

Edenhall (h)

204/5

39.2

 

 

James Benson

Graeme Dixon

104no

52no

 

 

Matthew Wilson

103no

 

 

 

 

Andrew Gate

 

 

10-1-27-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith writes: For the second successive Saturday Edenhall got the better of Keswick II in closely contested Division One league games that, in truth, could have gone either way. On this occasion Edenhall crossed the finishing line with four balls to spare: the previous Saturday it was eleven. However, what marked out both games is that they were wonderful examples of Eden Valley League cricket at its best. Two teams taking part in extremely competitive matches played in great spirit and with both enjoying post-match complimentary meals in each other’s company over a few drinks, on Saturday it was fish and chips on two trestle tables set out on the billiard table outfield at Fitz Park as the dying sun slanted across the ground from the west.
I must admit that my fish and chips would have tasted better had we managed to win for a change! But at the same time you had to congratulate Edenhall's opening bat Mathew Wilson on a match winning innings which almost single handedly enabled the visitors to overhaul Keswick’s double century. So, over 400 runs scored, nothing between the teams, high adrenalin cricket throughout and, to cap it all, a great wicket and a smooth, cropped outfield and a good number of spectators to enjoy this feast of 'village' cricket on 'The Loveliest Cricket Ground in the UK' (quote from Wisden) It does not come much better that this.
Yes, we at Keswick are wondering whether we have been caught up in some kind of nightmare world of continual defeat while for the second successive weekend Edenhall were in dreamland. Left hand opening bat James Benson hit an excellent unbeaten century containing seven fours and a six whilst captain Graeme Dixon weighed in with a half century. Andrew Gate toiled under the sun and again produced superb figures without, for once, enjoying any success. You should try bowling here every Saturday Andrew . . . there's little or no room for error and a super-fast outfield, while the ball accelerating away down the slope towards the pavilion, does not make life any easier. But then I've only myself and a revitalised Atco to blame for that. Not to mention some serious heavy rolling in its wake when the ground was more accommodating to the application of a little weight.
Keswick might have been profligate in the extras and dropped catches department but you could not deny Mathew Wilson what must have been his finest hour. A brilliantly determined innings containing eight fours and a six that brought Edenhall safely home to a famous victory that will linger long in the memory. And not just for an outstanding individual performance but also for the camaraderie that has built up between two clubs over two weekends in the heat of what hopefully will continue to be a wonderful summer of cricket in the Eden Valley.
And finally my commiserations to Johnny Kidd who was run out at the non-striker’s end after I accidentally deflected a Wilson drive onto the stumps . . . the first time that I have ever done this in a long career of cricket; if only I'd caught it we might well have won the match.
Oh well, C'est la vie. Keswick CC had plenty of room for consolation on Saturday, the club fielded three teams, of which two won, and there were four centurions for the first time in the history of the club. Sri Lankan professional Geeth Kumara, for the first, the aforementioned James Benson and also two for the thirds, but more on that below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 1

Shap (h)

114

36

lost

K Stephen (a)

118/3

24.1

 

 

James Horrocks

36

 

 

Rob Hook

Ross Davies

47

35

 

 

 

Rob Hook

Sam Bell

Scott Allinson

Ross Davies

9-2-13-3

8-2-32-0

10-2-35-4

10-3-23-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Gamblesby (h)

271/9

40

beat

Great Corby (a)

177/8

40

 

 

Prasad Nagendron

David McCormick

Jevon Mason

91

83

63

 

 

Mike Tiffen

Mark McAlindon

Neville Lishman

57

36

30no

 

 

 

Nathan Riley

9-1-40-3

 

 

Steve Watson

Andrew Benson

Steven Hodgson

10-3-35-0

10-2-27-0

10-0-50-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Lanercost II (a)

66

22.5

lost

Carleton (h)

68/2

11.2

 

 

David Ferguson

36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Field

Ian Field

Ray Cunneen

Ben Smith

5-1-10-1

7-1-23-1

6.5-0-21-5

4-0-11-2

 

 

Conor Doust

6-1-18-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 2

Baggrow (h)

211

38

beat

Patterdale (a)

124/9

25.1

 

 

 

John Raven

Paul Benson

Jonny Busby

Malcolm Pattinson

 

45

33

31

30

 

 

Malcolm Beaty

34

 

 

 

Alex Housby

9-2-46-6

 

 

Jonny Busby

6.1-4-10-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Irthing Vale (a)

101

35.1

lost

Wetheral (h)

104/1

11.5

 

 

Alistair McKenzie

47

 

 

Marco Oliver

Andy Oliver

54no

48no

 

 

 

Graeme Campbell

M Downie

Mark Sykes

10-4-14-0

7.1-3-17-2

8-2-25-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Penrith III (a)

100

31.2

lost

Stainton II (h)

104/6

19.4

 

 

Keelan Spurrell

59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Dixon

10-4-28-3

 

 

Karin Dixon

3.4-2-7-2

 

 

Tim writes: Penrith captain Lizzie Sykes won the toss she elected to bat first. Penrith Opener Keelan Spurrell started aggressively and dispatched the ball to the boundary at regular intervals but he couldn’t find anyone to stay with him as Stainton opening bowlers Ben Dixon and Graham Silburn took a share off the early wickets. Callum Fawcett eventually bowled Spurrell after an excellent innings. This, and some solid resistance in particular from Poppy Schofield helped Penrith up to three figures before John Forrester took the last two wickets without conceding a run.

In reply Roger Holiday (22) and Nick Lancaster (12) scored some early boundaries before Dan Morland bowled Lancaster. Tim Jackson (20) and Holiday then pushed the score on before Holiday was run out. The change bowling for Penrith brought them success as Sarah Smith, Karin Dixon (sister of Stainton's Ben Dixon) and Poppy Schofield all took wickets for very few runs to make for an interesting conclusion to the game. However, Ben Dixon and John Forrester saw Stainton over line just inside the halfway stage with four wickets remaining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3

Keswick III (a)

321/4

40

beat

Pen Academy (h)

68

 

 

 

Will Atkinson

Karl Link

116

107no

 

 

Nick Hall

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith writes: Young Will Atkinson announced that he always eats six Weetabix for his breakfast on the morning of every match day. Goodness only knows what he will achieve if he ever eats twelve because on Saturday, 13 year old Will hit his first century and then took a hat-trick. This, as far as I know, is most definitely the first time anyone has ever achieved this particular feat in the long history (we go back to 1880 or thereabouts) of Keswick Cricket Club and it came on the same weekend that no fewer than four players across all levels of the club's teams hit centuries. Keswick amassed 321 from their innings with Will hitting 116 (including 19 fours) and Karl Link, now playing regularly alongside his son Oscar for Keswick 3rds, hit 107 not out (14 fours and one 6). It was all too much for the Penrith team in the hot afternoon sun and they were dismissed for 68 with Atkinson and team captain Les "Knocker" Shaw's son Adam doing most of the damage.

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM BATTING FIRST

SCORE

OVERS

RESULT

TEAM BAT. SECOND

SCORE

OVERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cup J

Nunwick II (a)

104/5

18

 

Appleby II (h)

100/5

18

 

 

Jackson Fletcher

43

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nunwick (inn 2)

108/9   212

18

lost

Appleby (inn 2)

114/4  214

16.3

 

 

Mike Carrick

38

 

 

Liam McCarron

Andrew Lightfoot

38

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting scorecard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cup J

Lowther (h)

124/7

18

 

Threlkeld (a)

124

18

 

 

David Salkeld

62

 

 

Richard Bannister

61

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Robinson

Laurie Tallis

4-0-11-1

4-0-23-4

 

 

Lowther (inn 2)

95/8   219

 

lost

Threlkeld (inn 2)

101/2   225

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Jefferson

74no

 

 

 

Oliver Dunn

Ben Jefferson

Dan Thompson

5-0-25-2

4-0-18-2

4-0-23-4

 

 

Paul Robinson

5-0-11-1

 

 

 

 

 

Cup J

Caldbeck II

 

 

beat

Penrith III

Match conceded

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cup J

Wetheral

 

 

beat

Eden. Wanderers

Match conceded