The second team took on Knaresborough looking for their third win on the road this year.
With the first team game versus Tadcaster already called off due to the weather the prospects looked poor. However, after a long delay for rain, several mini inspections, a trip to MacDonald’s and a game of indoor cricket we finally got going around 3:30.
Winning the toss Captain Williams elected to bat in a reduced 25 over game.
The Knaresborough opening bowlers kept things tight. Jim Riley stepped up to open with Mark Knight – within 4 overs both were back in the changing room. A steady start brought in Mike Cole to continue his recent good form. Despite losing Jonny White shortly afterwards the scoreboard ticked over once Chris Binnie joined Cole at the crease.
From 49/3 TABS progressed to 111-3 when we lost Binnie, Mike Cole soon followed caught on 60 – another excellent knock. The wickets continued to tumble, Captain Williams ran out Rob White for a duck, and Ned followed next ball caught off a full toss.
From a position of relative calm to 115-7 wasn’t ideal, however, Dale Gibson batting at 9 to allow the big hitters a go managed to scramble 12 runs along with 12 from Williams brought TABS to a reasonable 141 total.
Perhaps 10 runs short.
After a quick tea we took to the field.
Openers Tom Halstead and Heaps bowled with pace, however, despite an early wicket the scoreboard kept ticking over ahead of the run rate required.
Enter Rob White and Mike Cole – despite Rob going for an expensive over he managed to grab a vital wicket. The Cole factor continued with the ball- delivering good line and lengths he snagged the big wicket of Baines well caught by Gibson in the covers. Another slip catch by Riley kept us in the hunt. Cole the pick of the bowlers once more.
Captain Williams took over from White; at 102-7 the game could go either way.
With some sloppy fielding and the run of the green in favour of the home team, Knaresborough got over the line in the 24th over, – helped by a couple of injuries to TABS players.
A disappointing result in the circumstances.
Thanks to Phil Brown for umpiring and George Gibson for scoring – having been rained off at home earlier.
Senior training continues on Wednesday night at 7-30.
This coming Saturday we face Tadcaster at home.