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‘Captain Marvel’s all round effort secures victory
    Brandesburton 161-8
Patrington II 163-7
 
       
   
ON A WARM and pleasant day at Southside, Patrington won the toss and elected to bowl first. Glenn Ratcliffe bowled from the school end with pace and aggression and Harman at the opposite end bowled with pace and late swing.
Both bowlers bowled with control and accuracy, conceding no more than three runs an over. However, as economical as they were, both would end up unfortunately wicketless on the day.
Mark Todd was brought into the attack and was quickly into the action, taking the vital wicket of Robinson, whose mistimed drive was comfortably caught by Jason McKinley at mid-off. Captain Jamie McKinley had also brought himself into the attack picking up two quick wickets and bowling with miserly precision.
At the other end, Todd had a couple of horror overs and only a large slice of Katy’s rejuvenating chocolate cake and his captain’s faith kept him in the attack. With his energy and vigour returning his captain’s faith was rewarded with Todd taking three more wickets to finish with figures of 4 for 57 from his allotted 12 overs.
In contrast at the other end McKinley barely bowled a bad ball and finished with outstanding figures of 4 for 19 from his 12 overs. This was an excellent all-round bowling performance with Will Ineson chipping in with some useful death bowling. The fielding was competent but sloppy at times, with the exception of Bri Butler, who in difficult conditions for wicketkeepers held his catches, took a good stumping and threw his bruised body all over the place as the visitors finished on 161 for 8. The accompanying grunts and groans were wittily compered by Blanchard: “As like listening to women’s tennis”!
In reply, Patrington lost Fincham early for nine as he unluckily played onto his stumps. Captain McKinley then joined Todd at the wicket and shared a crucial stand of 82 to take the hosts to 100 for 1.
Todd played the anchor role while his captain mixed solid defence with his typical flair and dare. A sumptuous off-drive and a scintillating cover drive were just two memorable strokes in a boundary-studded innings of 62. Only misfortune defeated him. A short ball almost certainly destined for the trees kept cruelly low and the skipper was helplessly trapped LBW. Todd then bottom edged a cut shot to the keeper and departed for 18. Jason McKinley, Butler and Blanchard all fell cheaply and all of a sudden - from a position of dominance - Patrington were wobbling and Brandesburton knew it.
It was Ratcliffe who steadied the ship. He batted responsibly and assuredly for an excellent 31 not out. Will Ineson scored a valuable 14 and a nervous looking Chris Smith hit the winning boundary with a delightful leg glance to take Patrington to the top of the league.
All in all, this was a cracking game of cricket, played in the right spirit by two very evenly matched teams.
The Patrington third string travelled to Brantingham Park to play H.I.C.E and on a bright blustery day...Patrington lost the toss and batted first.
Opener Ben Butler hit his stride straight away dominating the H.I.C.E bowlers but Patrington’s wickets fell all around him apart from Russ Edwards who got back into the runs with a good 38 before departing.
Ben would go on to score an excellent eye-catching 95 on what was hard work with no pace on the ball and a slow outfield. Patrington finished on 174 all out from their 40 overs.
The first half of the H.I.C.E innings was all Patrington as H.I.C.E struggled to reach 57 for 5 after 20 overs with Liam Murrey and Ben Butler snaring all five wickets to fall with some fine bowling.
However, H.I.C.E came back into it as some experienced batting saw them through to victory with just two overs to spare.
This was a fantastic effort from everyone concerned...an awful lot was learned in this game in many ways...roll on next week where they entertain the current champions North Ferriby II.
The winner of this week’s bonus ball was Matthew Purdon with number 52.
 
         
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