Knaresborough 1sts 146-8 (30.1) beat Ben Rhydding 145o (40)
Knaresborough firsts got themselves up and runnning as they edged past Ben Rhydding. The visitors won the toss and chose to bat, but only Kervon Christmas got going for Ben Rhydding as he hit 51*. They totalled 145 all out, as Dave Girling took 5-28 for Knaresborough. In response, the home side struggled, but eventually got over the line with two wickets to spare, largely thanks to 53 from Sam Davies batting at seven.
New Rover 172-10 (41.3) lost to Knaresborough 2nds 173-1 (41.4)
Knaresborough won the toss and invited New River to bat, opener Sean Stevenson (88) accepted the challange with little support other than Andrew Stoddart (26) as the bowling of Tom Baines (3-30) and Ben Cutts (3-25) prevailed.
Knaresborough then completd a 9 wicket win in the 42nd over as opener David Artindale (96 no) and Henry Perham (48 no) strolled to victory
Knaresborough 3rds 204-9 (40) beat Green Lane 61 ao (12.1)
A red hot sunny day in Yorkshire brought everyone to Aspin Lane in high spirits; Green Lane once again bringing a good crowd with them. After a lathering of sun cream by some of the paler members of the team, Knaresborough’s 11 proceeded to the outfield for some light fielding practice before the toss.
Green Lane won it and elected to field. The deck looked hard, and yesterday’s comments from the first team filled Knaresborough with confidence in batting first. J Tear and N Cutts took to the crease and started the innings well. N Cutts batted well but was bowled by a C Long Yorker for 5 and B Cutts joined J Tear at the crease. B Cutts made 11 runs before being bowled by a good nut from C Long. J Payne then joined J Tear at the crease, making his 3rd team debut. J Tear was the next batsman to fall after 49 runs, bowled by B Hallas. T Baines then joined J Payne at the crease, but was also bowled by B Hallas for 5. J Payne was then dismissed for 10, and Knaresborough looked in a spot of bother. J Reynolds was caught behind for 2 and Knaresborough found themselves at 90-6, a situation we have been in before and one that hasn’t ended well. T Wilson made an important 19 runs before being stumped; he set a good platform for D Howard and D Weatherill to make some much needed runs. And that they did. They both supported each other and ran extremely well. D Weatherill smashed a 4 through the covers until he was caught for 18. S Baines then joined D Howard at the crease but was bowled for 3. D Howard still going strong and batting smartly. J Proctor joined him for the last few overs and finished on 5*. D Howard batted superbly, finishing on 59* and ending Knaresborough’s innings with a 6 (the only one of the innings). Knaresborough finished on 204 for 9 after 40 overs, a brilliant effort, especially from 90-6. Much credit goes to D Howard for the way he batted, giving us a solid figure to defend.
After a light roll and sweep of the wicket, Knaresborough took to the field. T Baines and J Tear opened the bowling as usual. They knew that the deck was good, but bowling in the right areas brings rewards. With a plan to attack the stumps from the off set, T Baines bowled the first over and made it a maiden. His other 5 overs brought him 3 wickets in quick succession; he bowled Green Lane’s opening pair and their number 5. He finished on figures of 6-2-20-3. J Tear’s wickets came slower to start with, but finished of figures of 6-1-22-6. Green lane were 61-9 after the first 12 overs and after T Baines and J Tear took a spell. D Howard replaced T Baines and took a wicket with his first ball to finish the game, an absolute jaffa I was told. Green Lane were bowled out for 61 in 12.1 overs. Knaresborough bowled and fielded with good intent and aggression; it was much easier to bowl at a side chasing 200 rather than 100. With plenty of bowling to come in J Proctor, B Cutts, N Cutts, T Wilson, D Weatherill and S Baines, Knaresborough had won comfortably. They left the field in high spirits and enjoyed some beverages in the sun.
Another class performance from the lads; we are getting stronger with each week. Onto the next round. (A report by Jordan Tear, Captain).