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Saturday July 28th v. Thornhill & Westborough (away)

Win again with Finnigan

Third placed hosts, bound for the Central Yorkshire League next season, chose to take first innings on what was probably the first genuine batting track of the summer and it was soon obvious that they were not going to let the opportunity pass them by. For eleven overs Dan Cheeseborough and Nick Finnigan played themselves in as both Lee Booth and Sam Wright began with accurate spells. Eleven overs saw the total reach 29 before Sam was hit for a six and two fours by Cheeseborough and suddenly the floodgates were open and not closed again in spite of the best efforts of all the bowlers.

The total rapidly advanced to 74 before Joe Law, bowling in place of Sam, caught and bowled Cheesborough for 45, just when it seemed a half centry, and possibly more, was in the offing.  In his next over he had home captain caught behind by Nathan Appleyard for two but any thoughts of a revival in Thurstonland?s fortunes soon took flight. For the next twenty overs Martin Griffiths and Nick Finnigan scored almost at will as Joe and then David Rishton, Greg Holmes and Tom Broom toiled to stem the tide. Ninety-seven runs were added in that time which saw Finnigan to his fifty.

Tom Broom broke the stand when Griffiths (32) lofted a catch to Lee Booth in an unaccustomed position at long on and when Mackereth was caught behind for two off Greg Holmes the score was 177/4with nine overs to go. They produced 78 more runs as the ball disappeared to all areas of the ground against a persisting but unavailing Thurstonland attack. S Patel (37*), making his debut for the home team, looked a good batsman as he drove fluently on both sides of the wicket and helped Nick Finnigan to his century before the latter was dismissed for 115 in the last over, caught at extra cover by Joe Law off the returning Sam Wright. The target set was 255/5.

It looked a daunting task, particularly given the vagaries of the batting form this season. Chris Flanagan had two powerful pulls for four in the first over but was given out caught behind off the final ball. The decision may have been influenced by the loud appeal and also by Chris?s usual two steps to square leg after each non scoring shot  but it did not seem a clear cut dismissal. Nathan Appleyard savaged a short off side delivery for four to to square cover boundary but fell soon afterwards to a catch in the cover by former Flockton team mate Richard Smith. In the meantime Russell Mottram had departed lbw to Mackereth for a golden duck and Tom Broom was comprehensively bowled by Harrison. The score of 19/4 made a sorry contrast to the home team?s effort.

Neil Booth battled hard for nearly an hour, scoring just nine runs and Josh Booth looked the part in a short stay. He hit two well struck leg side fours from successive deliveries but soon afterwards fell to a sharp chance in the slips for 10. His was the only double figure score by a visiting batsman. David Rishton and Lee Booth joined forces at 47/9 and at least delayed matters for nine overs and got the score to 61 before the former was caught for five at mid on and Lee not out on six. The defeat was, to say the least, comprehensive.

Team: Chris Flanagan Nathan Appleyard (w/k) Russell Mottram Tom Broom Neil Booth Sam Wright Josh Booth Greg Holmes Joe Law David Rishton Lee Booth.


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