2XI v Sheriff Hutton

//2XI v Sheriff Hutton

2XI v Sheriff Hutton

2nd XI Bat Themselves Out of a Sticky Position to Secure An Important Victory At Sheriff Hutton.
Our table topping 2nd XI arrived at Sheriff Hutton at 12.50pm to witness the home team just starting to remove the covers off the wicket. It transpired that the covers had been left off all day Friday, whilst it had rained heavily, and had then been put on early Saturday morning, as the sun came out. They were then only removed forty minutes before the start of the match. This resulted in a distinct and obvious disadvantage for whichever team lost the toss. Needless to say, this was the TABS!!
Our top order have been fantastic this season and have piled on huge numbers of runs. But we found ourselves 0 for 1, then 21 for 2, and then 34 for 3 when Chris Binnie’s typically gladiatorial and swashbuckling innings came to an end for 27.
Batting was torrid on an incredibly damp wicket. Rob Williams and Joe Atkinson knew that they just had to bat and bat. A warm and strongish breeze was drying out the wicket and it was clear that batting would become easier later so long as further wickets weren’t lost too quickly.
Joe batted 30 balls for his 9 runs. When he fell the score was 52 for 4 and fellow veteran Steve Raine joined the skipper at the crease. The two old hands batted a long time for their 50 partnership before the skipper walked after a thin edge to first slip. He had faced 71 balls for his 25 runs. Not the typical Williams thrash but as we approached the 30th over the wicket had dried out substantially.
When Ben Preston joined Steve Raine after the fall of the 6th wicket it was time for the TABS to go on the offensive. In a sublime display of the best kind of aggressive onslaught Ben smote 53 off only 34 balls, including 4 huge, towering sixes that sailed well out of the ground and depleted the home teams resources of spare balls. Steve switched gear in his own innings and finished on a superb 63 not out. With a total of 226 for 7, TABS maintained their season record of having scored 200+ runs on every occasion that they have batted first. It was an unlikely turnaround of a game that we could easily have lost had we folded for less than 100, which had seemed a distinct possibility at one point.
After tea, the TABS bowling line up could easily have been mistaken by observers to have been playing a league match a couple of divisions higher up. Ben and Andy opened up in a first class display of pace bowling. This was followed up by Joe Atkinson and young Tom Halstead, who is already showing himself to be a real prospect for the future. 22 overs of top quality seam bowling wore down some talented Sheriff Hutton batsmen. The last thing they expected was then the quality of the spin twins who came on – Rowan Bentley and Rob White. In short there was no place to hide from the collective pressure exerted by this bowling unit.
Ben ended with 1 for 14, Andy with 0 for 12, Tom with 0 for 8, Joe with 2 for 18, Rob with 2 for 26 and the star who finished it all off was Rowan with 4 for 14.
The Captain was proud of the whole team, including young Hugh Williams who was press-ganged into coming on as a substitute fielder for the whole of the 2nd half as Mark Knight had to depart early with a migraine. The 2nds are now 52 points clear at the top. Still a long way to go, but in control of their own destiny now.

By | 2017-07-05T09:17:30+00:00 July 5th, 2017|TABS Club News|Comments Off on 2XI v Sheriff Hutton

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