Woodhouse Grange beat Dunnington by 7 wickets
Round 4 of the Yorkshire Premier League North season took us to Sutton-Upon Derwent to play local rivals Woodhouse Grange; both sides without a win in their first three games.
On a typically green Woodhouse Grange track and heavy outfield, Jack Bolam once again won the toss and elected to bat first after our disastrous run of losses batting second. For the fourth game running our opening partnership changed, Adam Sutcliffe this time joined by Collis King in a more familiar position for the West Indian legend.
With some movement in the air and typically accurate bowling from Andrew Horner and Steve Burdett, Sutcliffe remained watchful whilst Collis King looked to be back to his old self, hitting through the line of any ball in his area. Together, they got off to an excellent start taking us to 50 without loss in the 12th over; King the aggressor with some excellent shots including a lofted driver for 6 over cover from ex-skipper Steve Burdett.
They fell in quick succession though; King (36) the first man to go caught at mid-off as he attempted to launch his second six from the bowling of Andrew Horner, and Sutcliffe (6) was bowled a ball later attempting an audacious lofted straight drive.
Olly Sherwood and Jack Bolam attempted to consolidate the innings but struggled to score against some classic attritional Woodhouse Grange bowling. Sherwood (5) fell in the 19th over caught at gully from Dave Suddaby, and Mubtada Akhtar (4) and Tom Loten (4) soon departed both caught and bowled from the same bowler.
Jack Bolam held the innings together from his number 4 position and he looked to have found a partner to bat time with in Jake Murphy. However, Murphy fell for 12 after chipping Suddaby to mid-wicket after looking in good form. Harwood Williams (13), Dan Barrett (19) and Dave Brent (13*) all showed some resistance in the latter stages, but could only get us up to 184-9 as Jack Bolam was eventually ran out for 40 trying to get us up to a respectable score.
This never looked to be enough on a glorious day as some inconsistent bowling got Woodhouse Grange off to a flier. Jake Murphy and Josh Barrett struggled to build pressure on Andrew Bilton and Mike Hattee and they scored with relative ease, up until the introduction of spin where Dave Brent removed Hattee (15) as he attempted to push along the scoring rate.
At drinks, Woodhouse Grange were sitting pretty on 120-1 with brothers Andrew and Chris Bilton both looking settled. However, the drinks break seemed to cause a lapse in concentration as Andrew Bilton chipped one straight to Sutcliffe at deep mid-wicket from Dave Brent’s bowling.
Despite a fired up Tom Loten removing Mike Burdett for a rare duck, we never really made enough inroads to challenge Woodhouse for the win as the impressive Chris Bilton (77*) manipulated the field extremely well and Tom Young (16*) ticked the scoreboard over to take them home for a 7 wicket win within 37 overs.
Another poor performance for the DCC boys leaving us winless in four Yorkshire Premier League North matches.