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McKinley century not enough as Zingari edge home in a thriller


IT WAS A top of the table clash this weekend at Southside, with the Patrington first eleven taking on a Hull Zingari second team, which prior to Saturday where sitting at the top of the table, with captain Matty Dixon’s men sat just behind them in second place.

It was a beautiful summer’s day and the stage was set for what promised to be a fantastic game of competitive cricket and it was a game that certainly lived up to expectations. Patrington won the toss and opted to bat on what was another batting paradise served up by the groundsmen.

Patrington got straight to work with bat in hand and tucked into the opening bowling of Hull like Connor Mac devouring a pizza on a Saturday night after a few shandys!

It was the aforementioned Connor McKinley alongside Jason McKinley, who have now cemented their positions at the top of the order that got Patrington off to the perfect start. Jason was the first batsman to be dismissed for a wellconstructed 35 following an 84-run partnership with Connor.

Liam Murrey, promoted to three after consistently impressing at training, departed shortly afterwards and Dixon entered the game. It was both Dixon and McKinley who again would string together a threefigure partnership and apply serious pressure to the bowling attack of Hull Zingari.

Both Connor and Matty passed the 50 mark, both batting eloquently, expertly manoeuvring the ball around the field. It was evident that the good lord was shining down on ‘McKinleyland’ as another 100 was written in the stars following the Hull fielding outfit dropping three catches.

This wasn’t a case of poor fielding, but testament to the power within young McKinley’s arms as he was striking the ball incredibly hard, making the catches almost impossible to hold on to. Dixon was eventually dismissed for 62 from 64 balls, trying to force the issue as the Patrington innings drew to a close.

Jamie McKinley joined Connor but unfortunately for Partington, Jamie hadn’t had his Weetabix and struggled to get the ball off the square. He did however finish unbeaten on 13 with Connor also finishing unbeaten on a magnificent 126.

Another century for Connor who again demonstrated his class and maturity with bat in hand. Patrington finished on 246-3 from their allotted 45 overs and it was over to Hull Zingari to muster up a response.

Hull got off to the perfect response in the attempt to chase down the total and the opening Hull pair strung together a partnership worth 125. Jack Todd was the pick of the new ball bowlers, bowling an accurate line and length and should really have picked up a wicket had the Patrington fielders been able to hold on to their catches.

The game was certainly in the balance and it was the introduction of Danny Collinson that would swing the game back in the favour of Patrington. Collinson had bowled his initial overs with little reward, but three very quick wickets put the home team back in the ascendency, but the home side knew that they needed to dismiss the Hull opener Daniel Mould, who was still there on 62.

Hull continued to chip away at the runs as the outstanding and stubborn Mould simply continued to go about his business, despite some clever bowling from both Collinson and ‘The Snake Whisperer’ Craig Foster. Collinson finished his spell with figures of 4-44, which in the context of the game was simply invaluable and Foster also finished his allotted 12 overs picking up 1-58.

Hull still required 44 From the last four overs and it would be Jamie McKinley and Jacob Duffill who would look to close the game out for Patrington. Daniel Mould had other ideas, surpassing his 100, the Hull batsman continued his batting exhibition and hit two consecutive sixes in the last over, before he was run out on 125 leaving Hull needing five runs to win from two balls.

The pressure was on and the game could have gone either way. Unfortunately for the hosts, Usman Khalid hit a six, meaning that the visitors had won the game with a delivery to spare. It was a disappointing end to what was a fantastic game of cricket, leaving captain Dixon rueing the costly mistakes which cost his side the game.

Dixon’s men must bounce back this week as they head off to face third-placed Middleton and North Dalton CC in what is another big game.

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