Saturday, 10th September 2016
The last competitive Saturday of the cricket season saw Woodhouse Grange’s four League sides deliver just one win and three defeats, but then enjoy a great Senior Presentation night in the Sutton upon Derwent Clubhouse.
The only winners were the Second team who beat Tadcaster Magnets by one wicket with just four balls left. Tadcaster raised 202 all out, but in reply skipper Rob Daniel opened the innings and hit 92, his highest score of the season. Marcus Smith assisted with 26 while Paul Grewer made 25, but when they reached the last over four runs were still needed to win with the team’s youngest two players at the crease. Tom Burdett stroked a classic boundary off the second ball to reach 203-9. The Second team finished just outside the promotion places in third, but their champagne moment of the season was winning the Readman Trophy – a great effort. Their most improved player was Ben Burdett and the Players player was Matthew Durkin with 577 League runs at an average of 64.
The First team visited Acomb and once again their batting owed much to the Bilton brothers. Andrew made 37 to bring his total League runs to 701. His brother Chris made 90 not out to reach exactly 700 League runs for the season. The side finished on 189-8, but Acomb made short work of this to finish on 190-3 with six overs to spare. Matthew Dale and Aiden Burton contributed half centuries while Joe Dale was 43 not out in their seven wickets victory at 190-3. Woodhouse finished ninth in their first season in the ECB Yorkshire Premier League North and retain their status for next season. Their best performances came in the 50 overs Cup where they reached the semi-final. Both awards for the First team, Most improved player and Players Player went to Josh Jackson as much for his 40 League wickets as for his commitment and attendance at practice.
The Third team got a solid beating at Huby and slipped to a fifth place finish in their Division. A pity, because for much of the season they had been challenging for promotion. Huby scored 222-9, but Woodhouse subsided to 91 all out. Leading run scorers have been Stuart Craven with 363 League runs and Des Wyrill, 260 League runs and they received joint Players Player of the season, as much for their wise counsel and support of younger players as for their runs. Luke Wilson [251 runs] was the most improved player while Tom Burdett won the champagne moment.
The Fourth team have won five League matches this season, a vast improvement on recent years. On Saturday they scored 151-8 against Cawood Seconds. Matthew Robertson top scored with 43 not out, supported by 29 from Trevor Britain. Cawood reached this target for the loss of seven wickets as Nasir Shefta guided them home with 64 not out. Britain’s short stay with the Fourths has seen him score 337 runs at an average of nearly 50, but the Players player was the developing young batsman Ewan Miller. The most improved player award went to Harry Shipley – two very popular choices.