Funnily enough it was raining again as we entered the top two match today against Beckwithshaw. Everyone was optimistic and buoyant in spite of the recent losses. The battle of the warm ups ensued as Don Summersgill, me and the other scorer presided over the proceedings! If it wasn’t a battle it certainly looked like one!

We won the toss and chose to stick Beckwithshaw into bat. Jamie Hinchcliffe was back in his opening bowling ways having not bowled last week; he made his presence felt with a maiden over too.  Things started out well, Paul Bennett stuck out for me with some nice diving catch attempts and two lovely early catches. As the innings progressed the bowling got more expensive and we let Beckwithshaw, and P Jeffrey, get a much bigger score than intended. Nevertheless we managed to get Beckwithshaw 6 down with the wickets coming from James Watson (2), Liam Mulligan (3) and Joe Williams (1). Jeffrey was on 143 when he batted one of Liam’s slower balls right back to him to catch. That score alone tells the tale of the innings a colossal score, very well batted though despite how he got out! His score and his batting over shadowed anything else really for me; we just couldn’t stop him until it was too late. Finally, Beckwithshaw ended their innings on 274 for 6. It’s a tough score to catch any day.

So, after a Liam Mulligan tea, the dream team of Ed Thirlwell and Liam went out to open our batting. It started out promisingly with 4s and 6s being hit but it didn’t last quite as long as we would have liked as both were bowled in quick succession. No sooner had Liam been dismissed than Ed was gone too, something this scorer isn’t too fond of too much work in too little time! After those two in came Sam Dobson and Paul to steady our ship and give us some much needed runs, or so I hoped as they came to the crease. I wasn’t wrong either as their partnership proved to be effective their 50 partnership was scored over 65 balls and 40 minutes. They both batted very well but no sooner had Paul scored a deserved 50 than he was out with the only LBW of the day, an unfortunate and unlucky outcome of his innings. Sam on the other hand went on to score 112 not out and be the rudder our ship needed to keep us from a defeat. He steered us on as wickets fell around him. Joe Williams scored a lovely 31 and was out too prematurely in my opinion, with a caught and bowled, as he could have scored a lot more runs. Steve Watkins and Sam made sure we didn’t suffer a defeat and we ended on a score of 237 for 8.

We struggled today with our batting – the impact wasn’t as we wanted and we relied upon a few people as a pose to the collective but nevertheless we hung on in there and kept ourselves in the match which is impressive and we didn’t suffer a massive collapse either so silver linings and all that!!

Onwards and upwards as they say, we are still sitting very pretty at the top of the league, long may it remain!! Knaresborough away next week, bring them on…