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17th May 2016, Tuesday

Harrogate beat Dunnington by 110 runs

Round 5 of the ECB Yorkshire Premier League North put us up against an extremely strong Harrogate CC outfit at the Pryers Solicitors Cricket Ground on the 14th May 2016. In a decision akin to Nasser Hussain’s at the Gabba in the 2002/03 Ashes where Australia scored 364-2 on day 1, Skipper Jack Bolam once again won the toss and reluctantly decided to bowl first, hoping to allow our bowlers first chance to extract anything out of a placid looking pitch.

Jake Murphy, nursing an ever-worsening back injury, and Kadeem Edwards opened the bowling on a cold day, much alike the opening few weeks of the season where multiple jumpers were an absolute necessity. Harrogate opener Matt Good looked extremely comfortable from the get-go on what very quickly looked to be the most docile of tracks. With Harrogate off to a solid start and with the Dunnington bowlers struggling with consistency, Harrogate overseas Dion Sanson gifted us a wicket as he hit a Jake Murphy length ball straight to Jack Bolam at mid-off.

As ex-Yorkshire Academy batsman Jonathan Tattersall joined Matt Good at the crease, what followed was an outstanding display of chanceless batting where they managed to score extremely quickly but took minimal risks. Kadeem Edwards was replaced by Dave Brent into the bowling attack who also struggled to make an impact with us finding it impossible to stem the flow of runs. With both Tattersall and Good approaching centuries, Tattersall was eventually removed by Jack Spofforth for 83, giving Dan Barrett his second stumping of the season in an unusual fashion.

A visibly gutted Matt Good followed soon after for 94, caught by Jack Bolam on the deep-backward square leg boundary as he attempted to slog sweep his way to his century. He was replaced by ex-Yorkshire Academy man George Ross and what followed was an outstanding display of destructive hitting from the left hander. With help from David Foster (40 from 30 balls), he smashed his way to 100 from 51 balls, including 7 fours and 8 sixes, to take Harrogate to an incredibly imposing score of 355-8 from their 50 overs.

In response, Adam Sutcliffe and Collis King opened the batting and got off to another good start, reaching 37 before King chipped Tom Geeson-Brown up to mid-off for 21 from 16 balls. Olly Sherwood looked good for his 16 which included a straight six from the left-arm spin of David Foster, before departing caught at point from the bowling of Yorkshire CCC professional Ben Coad.

Sutcliffe followed soon after for 29, before the middle order steadied the ship with Jack Bolam (45), Harwood Williams (29) and Mubtada Akhtar (26) all chipping in with useful runs. We were never really in the game, however, with the target looking too steep from the outset. As Harrogate proved, it would have taken 2-3 players to score centuries to be in with a chance and none of our top order could capitalise on their good starts.

It took some lusty blows from wicket-keeper Dan Barrett to get us up to a respectable score of 245-9 from our 50 overs, as he scored 48* from 46 balls including 2 large sixes and 6 fours. We would no doubt have taken this total batting first with our recent batting woes, but unfortunately it left us 110 runs short of Harrogate’s 355.

This result also means that we are still pointless from 5 games so far with the coming few weeks looking crucial as we look to kick start our season before it’s too late. We play Castleford CC at home on Saturday in a must-win encounter for both teams.

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