U11’s Secure League Title with Best Result of the Season

Monday evening saw the visit of Thorner to TABS and the sun was beating down as the boys took to the field. No chance of the weather scuppering this years title challenge.
Oliver Walsh was Captain for this one and after winning the toss, opted to bowl.
Ever reliable, Alex Hall, opened up with devastating effect securing 4 wickets for the loss of only 6 runs partnered by Matthew Ferguson who very reluctantly gave away 6 runs after 2 very fine overs. But for a wide each, they could both have had maiden overs to boot.
Max Olbison and Thomas Marriott didn’t allow the Thorner side any breathing space with 2 wickets from Olbison & 1 from Marriott, only losing 13 runs in the process.
Walsh, Joe Young and Ben Jarvis bowled overs 9-12 with Walsh claiming a maiden over as well as a wicket in his second over losing only 4 runs. Young bowled a 3 wicket maiden in his first spell, narrowly missing out on a Hat-Trick, while Jarvis claimed 2 wickets for himself losing only 6 runs. Young and Jarvis bowled out the remaining 4 overs against Thorners strongest pairing (including our own Finn BROOKS) with Thorner picking up 23 runs pinned back by a further 2 wickets from Jarvis in the final over. Once again, Westmoreland was solid with the gloves. Thorner all out for 188 with TABS picking up their biggest wicket haul of the season with 15.
Bat in hand, Hall and Ferguson continued their good work by putting on a combined 13 runs, allowing Young to swing freely with a top score of 30 runs, backed up selflessly by Olbison who added a further 4. Jarvis and Marriott compounded Thorners troubles with a combined 25 runs and it was left to Walsh & Westmoreland to blast a combined 39 with Westmoreland scoring 26. TABS all done on 336, both our best bowling and batting figures of the season.
Well done to Finn Brooks who stepped up to help out Thorner with them being a man down and picking up 2 wickets and 11 runs. Although playing against his mates, It is just that sort of competitive instinct that has been in our team all season.
With 1 match to come I have to say that I have had a fantastic time coaching & watching these boys develop from game to game, and in truth, and without bias, they have been by far and away the best and most consistent team in the League.


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TABS Thirds just short in last over thriller at Burn

TABS third team travelled to Burn on Saturday and were just pipped in a high scoring game. The basic facts Burn 272 for 3, TABS 268 for 6.
It is always difficult for a club third team to take on another club second team at this level particularly as Burn had the luxury of 7 spare players such is the strength of their playing staff.
TABS junior players as always stepped up to the mark and produced great performances. We also fielded what I think was a first for the club. We have had brothers, dads and sons, dads and daughters but thanks to Tony, Keren and James Walsh we had dad, mum and son and son number 2 Oliver in charge of the scorebook!
Burn won the toss and elected to bat. Conditions were difficult for bowling- a great wicket, a quick outfield and the wicket on a slope meaning at one end the bowlers had to run uphill in to a stiff wind.
Burn got off to flyer despite a great opening spell from James Walsh who deserved better reward for bowling a super line and length. Rowan Bentley managed to put the break on with 12 overs up the hill, 1 for 59. Keeping up the family feel his wicket coming from a catch in the deep from his dad. A late Burn onslaught carried them to what looked like an impregnable total. Henry Pritchard again standing out and bowling intelligently. I should also mention the fielding. We dropped a couple of catches but our ground fielding, throwing and backing up was excellent.
TABS went for it from the start. Richard Laver departed at 75 for 1 for 16 but that brought in Edward Westmoreland who played his best senior innings of 47, a couple of drives through mid wicket would have brought oohs and aahs if they had come off the bat of Joe Root! He provided great support to Matthew Bentley in a stand of 113 before the skipper perished in the deep for 145 with score at 187.
If Burn thought that the game was over at this point they were wrong as Ed in partnership first with John Orrell and then David Ryder kept up the momentum. James Walsh came in and hit a massive 6 as the juniors sprinted for the line. Henry found the boundary from the first ball of the last over and with Rowan ran for everything to keep hope alive but 6 off the last ball was a tall order and Rowan only manage to squirt a single, leaving us 4 short in a 550 run game.
As disappointing as it is to get so close and miss out this was a great game of cricket played in good spirit. We stepped up and I couldn’t have asked anymore of anybody.
Thanks to everybody who came and played, particularly Tony and Keren. I hope you enjoyed your afternoon. Thanks also to Oliver Walsh for scoring and to Burn for their hospitality. Lastly thanks to our travelling support for their encouragement and to Evan Bentley for keeping the board up to date as the game got close.
Matthew Bentley


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U18 WJCL runners up

So near and yet so far for TABS under 18 team.

Following a terrific unbeaten run in the league dating back to April the luck ran out against a strong Colton side who had only lost once this season.

TABS batted first and with Luke and Ollie setting a good pace we started well. Ollie the first to depart for a useful 26, George joined his sparring partner Kilby at the crease and for a while it looked promising, however, facing a tight 10 ball spell we lost George and Ned in successive balls, quickly followed by Luke, run out on 46.

The wickets tumbled and despite a scramble at the end 126 was going to be tough to defend. After a pep talk from the manager we took to the field.

Runs soon flowed and despite Will Powell and Ollie taking wickets and a couple of near misses it wasn’t to be. Tough catches were dropped, however, the damage was done.

TABS played in the spirit of the game without questioning the umpires. The way all teams should play every match!

It’s been a terrific season, had the first game not been decided on debatable decisions the title would already be in safe keeping. The boys have been a pleasure to manage and have developed a close bonding which is so important in any team win lose or draw.

Runners Up by one point was a fantastic effort over the season. Thanks to everyone for giving up their time especially during exam revision, and to all parents for their help in transporting them to venues.

Special mention to ace scorers; Elsa Kilby, Gaby and Ian Morrison, Adam Tomlinson and Paul White and those who have helped with the tuck shop and raffle.

We say goodbye to Ned and Charlie who we hope to see in the seniors on regular occasions.

Finally thanks to Andy Jones and Mark Mason for producing some excellent wickets and to all our sponsors who have helped us improve the ground this year.

Well played team.


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Senior nets, Thursday 14th July 6.30pm

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Win for U9 v Ledsham

The U9s captained by Oliver FS welcomed Ledsham for their next encounter.

On arrival,  the Ledsham manager apologised for being let down by a couple of their players who didn’t show but we loaned them Will Gawthorpe, who for a 6yr old,  was AMAZING!  Onto the game,  Tabs lost the toss and we’re asked to bowl first.  Pleased to say we bowled with great discipline taking 3 wickets in total restricting Ledsham to 219. Not many runs were conceded by our bowlers,  Gabby Hall with great figures of 2 overs, 1 wicket for just 2 runs.   Excellent bowling too from Olivia & Harneeka (girl power!).

On to our innings,  we got off to a great start with Max and James Hall cracking 39 with the loss of just two wickets,  James hitting an impressive 23.  Gabby and Harneeka then came in and put on 18,  Gabby in the wars a bit taking a few blows but hung on to make 12. Our third pair,  Olivia and James Long hit an impressive 23 only getting out 3 times and finally Oliver and Finn came into and battled to hit 31 again with the loss of three wickets.  Tabs managed to make 271,  a comprehensive victory in the end!  Well done team,  let’s keep the momentum going into our next game!

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U13s Wetherby League Champions

Following on from last seasons successes the U13’s ensured that this year the league title was not decided by the weather gods. Friday saw the 13’s beating Shadwell and therefore securing enough points to be crowned league champions with one game yet to play.

Having beaten title challengers Oulton and Whitkirk earlier in the season the three points gained on Friday put the U13’s five points clear at the top with an unassailable lead.

Friday see the team travelling to Church Fenton where they will be seeking to maintain their unbeaten record in the Wetherby League.

A well deserved title and just reward for some fantastic cricket that has been played over the season by a fantastic team of players. Each and every single player has contributed towards this achievement, giving their best for their team and club.


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TABS under 15s travelled to Harrogate in the Nidderdale League play-off semi-final. Harrogate won the toss and elected to bat. After a quick team talk, TABS set to the field with intent. Tight bowling from Riley and Morrison saw Harrogate 7-2 after the first 4 overs. 1 wicket for Morrison and an excellent run-out from Larkin. Runs weren’t coming easy for Harrogate but they managed to get to 76-5 with 5 overs left. Runs started to flow but wickets fell regularly as Harrogate finished on 116-7. Tight bowling from the two Morrison boys and Riley, with overs from Larkin, Pritchard and Westmoreland. In addition to this, 3 well worked run-outs helped to restrict Harrogate.

TABS went into half time content and Westmoreland and Riley strode to the crease. However Westmoreland fell early bringing Will Morrison into bat who piled the runs on with Riley before falling for 28. TABS 70-2 after 14 overs. Riley retired on 50 after a great innings which saw Walsh and Kilby at the middle together. Late cameos from those two including controversy as Walsh appeared to be ran out, however the umpire was laid out on the floor avoiding the ball, therefore Walsh wasn’t given. He proceeded to hit 2 boundaries from the next two balls, meaning TABS were 110-2 needing 7 from 11 balls. However 2 wickets fell for one run meaning TABS needed 6 from 9. A great sweep for 4 from Pritchard meant TABS went into the last over needing just one run to win. However 3 dots from the first 3 balls built the tension but cool heads meant TABS scrambled a single to secure victory.

TABS will now face Beckwithshaw on Sunday 4th September in the final at Studley Royal.

Thanks to Steve for scoring and Charles Westmoreland, only 9 years old, for filling in for missing players and producing a great fielding display.

Well done boys!

D Kilby

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U11’s, Dignified in Defeat

TABS U11 travelled to Whitkirk for the 2nd time in a week to play in the final of the Cup.
Winning the toss and opting to bowl, TABS performed fantastic in the field and bowled out Whitkirk for 243, including 7 wickets picked up by Alex, Finn, Max, Joash and Ollie. Run outs at either end from Joe and Ollie set TABS up for a very achievable run chase.
TABS batting, kept the scoreboard ticking over but ultimately lost their wicket too often and it felt a little like 2 steps forward and 1 step back at time.
TABS finished on 235.
I want to say to all “MY” boys. I am immensely proud of you all. You have been on a Cup journey this season that I could never have expected at the start of the year and you have all given me everything you have. You were a credit to your club and your parents, and you accepted the result in a very dignified manner.
We win and we lose as a team and we will all bounce back stronger from this experience.

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Win for U18 v Wetherby

TABS entertained local rivals Wetherby at the tutor2u oval.

The new covers saved the game. With both teams keen to play and poor light forthcoming, the game was reduced to 16 overs. Losing the toss TABS were put into bat, Ollie was first to go bowled for 11.

George joined his partner Luke at the crease in the third over and between them added 100 in ten overs. Luke retiring on 52, George retiring on 51. Good stuff again guys. Benedict and Will Powell pushed on quickly with excellent running between the wickets.

Total 158 off 16.

With clouds gathering and the news that Tad had conceded to Colton we had to push the overs through and that we did. First delivery of the game brought a wicket for Luke Kilby, caught by James Walsh. Demon opener Riley responded with a wicket in his opening over, Wetherby in trouble at 6/2. Despite a brief recovery the bowlers soon took command with Rowan taking another two wickets thanks to stumpings from George. James Walsh finished things off with a wicket caught by that man Kilby again. Tight bowling too from Ollie Larking, Jack Price and Ed Westmoreland

A comfortably win played in good spirits, again showing the team to have the right attitude. Wetherby 90 off 16 overs.

3 massive points in the bag ready for the title decider at home next week to Colton.

Sky News may send a reporter…

Thanks to Elsa for scoring, Julie with the tuck shop, Andy and Mark for the groundwork and all parents who supported us again.

Well done team.


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Win for U9 v Whitkirk

Quite a close game against the top of the table team Whitkirk, we had to play well to have a chance of winning and that was just what we did. Captained by Fin, we won the toss and elected to bowl first restricting Whitkirk to 231. Great bowling by Max (1 wicket for only 2 runs) and Joash (2 wickets for 7 runs) really made it difficult for the visiting team backed up by Edward who also managed 2 wickets only conceding 3 runs! Sometimes pace off the ball is effective and Edward certainly did have Whitkirk in trouble! We managed two run outs so overall, Whitkirk lost 5 wickets; a really good effort by TABS. When we came out to bat, Max & James got us off to a great start hitting 27 between them with boundaries shared between them, Fin and Seb then came in and put on 14, Fin hitting a big 6 on the leg side – a great shot! Edward & Harneeka then came in and put on 11 and then Joash and Charles finished off the game smashing 43 as the final pair. Charles top scoring with 25 hitting four boundaries in a row! In the end, it was a comfortable 33 run victory, a really good effort by the team. Well done all, roll on the next week!!

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