The second team entertained Knaresborough at the oval. On a brand new strip and with a green outfield TABS were looking to reverse the defeat earlier in the summer.
After a warm up Captain Williams won the toss and elected to bowl first. With the opening pair looking solid we struggled to find a wicket, indeed with fielders flagging and bowlers finding it tough to tie the batsmen down the scoreboard ticked over.
At 150/0 off 25 there was a half chance as Gibson attempted a sharp one handed pick up and throw at the stumps which narrowly missed. We finally got the breakthrough with the score on 230 when Captain Williams grabbed his first wicket with Andrew Ward Senior stumped by Matt Wilkins for 112, with the other opener breaking down on a ton he fell LBW Williams for 97 – much to his annoyance. We managed to keep the last few overs damage to a minimum with a run out by Steve Raine following a mix up and a well deserved wicket for the excellent Andy Heaps. 267/4 the total to chase, which included 22 wides and at least another 30 given away from sloppy ground fielding.
After a much needed tea at The Pax we took to the task in hand. Jim opened with Mark to see if we could get off to a fast start. However, that did not happen as Baines cleaned up Mark second ball and continued to ball with zest on occasions. Jim fell next over and suddenly we were in trouble. At 8-2, despite a useful couple of boundaries from Binnie, Gibson fell cheaply too.
Rarely this year have we started poorly, however, credit where it’s due to the opposition. Chris Binnie batted with real sense getting to a superb 52 prior to being dropped at gully and then being run out after the drop.
With wickets dropping with regular occurrence it was left to the Captain to get TABS to a respectable 166 all out with 37 including support from Matt Wilkins on a career best ( for TABS) 12 not out.
Well played Knaresborough. Thanks to Phil for umpiring and those who helped score with Emma under the weather.
It’s back to basics next week for TABS – home again to York. At least the first team beat local rivals Tadcaster which was some consolation.