Match Reports: 4th May 2019

Ton-up Tennant turns it Woodhouse’s way in York triumph

Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North at Clifton Park, York

Woodhouse Grange (10 points) 257-8 (SR Tennant 114, M Burdett 49, Young 41; Moxon 4-43)

beat York CC (0 points) 116 all out (Snell 25; SR Tennant 4-31, Finch 3-30) by 141 runs

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An all-round performance of the highest substance by Simon Tennant inspired Woodhouse Grange 1st XI to a resounding victory over defending champions York.

Grange, having decided to bat first, were soon in trouble at 32-2, with both Bilton brothers dismissed by York’s opening attack. The away side then fought back in the shape of Tennant and Tom Young, the latter adding a quick-fire 41 from just 38 balls before falling lbw to end their 75 run alliance.

Another wicket quickly fell, and at 109-4 the Woodhouse innings appeared in the balance. Mike Burdett then joined Tennant, with sensible accumulation initially the order of the day. The experienced pair did so with aplomb, reaching a 50 partnership off 81 balls; Tennant’s own half-century being raised from 94 balls.

Decently placed at 159-4 with a quarter of the innings remaining, the fifth wicket pair accelerated so swiftly that their hundred partnership was raised from only 120 balls, before Burdett perished just one short of a deserved fifty; an invaluable innings made from 65 balls.

Tennant then reached his first century for Woodhouse, a crucial one against the only team to finish above them last season. He was finally dismissed for a perfectly paced 114 from 151 balls (12 fours, 1 six). Despite Jonny Moxon returning to claim three late wickets, Grange closed their innings at a very competitive 257-8.

Skipper James Finch then opened the bowling with his off-spin, a decision vindicated with two early wickets. Fellow twirlyman Josh Jackson then claimed the prize wicket of Duncan Snell for 25, a second stumping for Mike Burdett, to leave York in trouble at 51-3; a position from which they never recovered.

Finch then rotated his bowlers, with Simon Tennant adding further spin victims, and Tom Young claiming an important wicket in a brief burst of seam bowling. Jackson then claimed his second victim and Finch returned to take his third.

Fittingly the final wicket – and ninth of the innings to the spinners – fell  to Tennant, lbw, who completed a memorable day with 4-31 to leave York 116 all out; and Woodhouse very much back on track following a difficult opening week.

Seconds scrap hard in victory over Driffield 2s

Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League Division One at WGCC

Woodhouse Grange II (30 points) 158 all out (Stubley 31, M Durkin 30; Goldsworthy 4-21, Hudson 3-34)

beat Driffield Town II (7 points) 131 all out (Busfield 44; Burton 4-33, Shingles 3-26) by 27 runs

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The Woodhouse Grange 2nd XI made it two wins out of two in their strong start to division one cricket.

Grange looked well placed at 71-1 thanks to a half-century partnership between Matt Durkin (31) and Rob Daniel. However the loss of 3 quick wickets – including both set batsmen – left the middle and lower order with plenty of work to do to achieve a competitive total.

Tom Stubley (31), Ben Burdett and Mathew Shepherd all chipped in with handy contributions, however Woodhouse continued to lose wickets. By the time the last of these fell to opening bowler Hudson, Grange were all bowled out with four overs of their allotted 48 unused. With only 158 on the board, it seemed that the only way Woodhouse could prosper would be to bowl out the opposition.

Runs flowed early on in the Driffield innings, leading skipper Alex Burton to make a decisive bowling change to bring himself into the attack early. This quickly bore fruit as he dismissed the dangerous Kevin Woodcock with the score on 34.

All-rounder Shepherd, fresh from his 5-for last week, then entered the attack in tandem with his captain. Both of these medium pacers applied the brakes before claiming important wickets to leave the contest interestingly poised at 74-4.

Veteran Paul Grewer then took the fifth wicket in the midst of a fine display of bowling that yielded just 22 runs in nine overs. Burton then took his fourth wicket to make it 98-6; and having completed his 12 over allowance, then replaced himself with Shepherd, whose second wicket made it 106-7.

Despite this, Driffield remained very much in the contest whilst number 3 Carl Busfield remained at the wicket. It took a terrific catch by Dan Durkin at deep square leg to remove him, Joe Shingles the successful bowler. Left-arm seamer Shingles then cleaned up the tail to finish with 3-26 on his 2nd XI debut, with Driffield all out for 131.

This was a hard-fought victory for the Woodhouse 2s, and richly deserved, having battled through various phases of the match where they appeared second favourites.

Fours battle hard in defeat by Drax

Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League Division 4 Ebor at WGCC

Woodhouse Grange IV (1 point) 83 all out (Vickers 4-20, Worley 4-23)

lost to Drax (30 points) 87-3 (Edwards 47*) by 7 wickets

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This was always going to be a challenge for a young, bowler-heavy, 4th XI line-up against a first team, especially when losing the toss.

Woodhouse found run hard to come by early on, but appeared solid in the form of Trevor Britain and teenager Freddie Bowers, who between them raised the score to 51-2. Britain’s wicket then triggered a collapse, but Bowers continued to fight before falling for a well-made 24.  

Unfortunately the 4s then subsided to 83 all out, Paul Vickers and Ben Worley taking 4 wickets apiece for the visitors.

After enjoying tea the 4s knew that wickets were required, and the opening bowlers tried hard to force a breakthrough; Joe Britain was particularly unlucky during his 6 over spell.

Alex Hay (7-0-15-1) and Harry Shipley then bowled very well in tandem, with Hay forcing the breakthrough on 56. Shipley then took two wickets for 17 runs in his seven over stint before Drax completed a 7 wicket victory, opener Luke Adamson unbeaten on 47.

At times on days like these, all the 4th team can ask for is to take heart from some good performances from young players. In the shape of Bowers, Hay and Shipley in particular, they achieved their objective. Wins with a more tangible outcome will come in due course.

The 3rd XI's away fixture at Selby was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances for the home side. We intend to rearrange this match for later in the season.