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Youngsters shine for Patrington





Cottingham CC         202 all out

Patrington                         204-6


ONE OF the youngest First XI’s in recent memory completed an excellent win against Cottingham at Southside on Saturday. Bob Eldon-Smith had a dream first team debut, and he was one of five that were picked that were 18 or under.

Having elected to bowl first yet again, Jack Todd (1 for 15) and Matty Dixon picked up an early wicket each as Patrington were on top. Danny Moss and Danny Furlong then put on an excellent partnership, aided by a lightning quick outfield and some fairly average fielding that took the visitors to 83 for 2 from 20 overs. With change bowlers Jacob Duffill and usual wicketkeeper Stew Guy (0 for 50), being asked to play a role as a spinner in the absence of Danny Collinson, the Patrington bowlers were punished for anything wayward.

Furlong was dismissed for 36 thanks to a catch from Craig Foster off the bowling of Duffill, but Masood Balouch then provided support for Moss who soon passed 50, with Cottingham reaching 143 for 3 when Dixon returned to dismiss Balouch for 35 thanks t a smart catch from the impressive Danny Fincham behind the stumps.

Moss was then dismissed by Ian Buss (1 for 50) for a well-played 73 as the innings stuttered slightly. Dixon was superb and led the attack at the end of the innings and picked up four wickets for just 39 runs in a 12 over spell as Cottingham eventually finished on 202 all out in the final over, with Buss and Eldon-Smith both completing run outs, with the latter also taking two catches.

Patrington were not at their best in the field or with the ball, and with the pitch deteriorating they knew the run chase would be hard work.

Marc Pollard and Ian Buss opened up and found it difficult against the new ball, with both being dismissed for 10 with the run rate not being particularly good. Duffill and Connor McKinley began to rebuild, and Patrington found themselves at 56 for 2 from 25 overs, needing 147 from 20 overs.

When McKinley was dismissed for 18 and Dixon soon followed for one, the First XI looked to be in real trouble and potentially struggling to pick up a draw, never mind a win. Duffill however had other ideas and smashed 79 from just 66 balls.

He was superbly assisted by Eldon-Smith, batting with the composure of a seasoned first teamer on his debut, who hit 40 from just 34 balls as Patrington suddenly realised that they were in with a real chance of registering a fifth victory on the trot.

The hosts hit 80 inside eight overs with Danny Fincham hitting 27 not out from just 18 balls as Patrington completed the victory, remarkably with two overs to spare. Duffill, Eldon-Smith and Fincham managed to score at eight an over for a period of 18 overs to win the game, incredible, with Duffill being the eldest of the three, having only turned 18 last week.

Patrington collected 30 points and continue to put pressure on the sides at the top of Division Two, and now travel to Pocklington, the league leaders, this week, hoping to continue their excellent form of late.

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