Settle Cricket Club v Earby Cricket Club (Ribblesdale League T20 – Group 1)
Earby Cricket Club arrived at Marshfield on friday evening for the Ribblesdale Cricket League T20 (Group 1) match against Settle Cricket Club with the home side focusing on youth development. Settle have taken the decision to use the T20 matches to give their younger squad members some first team experience in order to develop their skills.
The afternoon started with around thirty children taking part in a cricket coaching sessions at the ground, the club’s coaching staff running the event to allow children get involved in the game, whilst learning new skills and having fun at the same time.
As the players took to the field nine of the home sides starting eleven were under the age of twenty-one. Club Professional Ashen Silva and experienced bowler Eddy Read lead the way offering the youngster’s advise and support as the game progressed. Settle won the toss and elected to bat, bringing captain John Davidson & Danyl Husbands to the crease.
After a difficult opening few overs it was John Davidson who was first to be dismissed, top edging a Safyan Ahmed ball to wicket keeper Salik khan for just one run, leaving Settle 1-1. Next to the crease was club professional Ashen Silva and together with Danyl Husbands they faced seventy-nine balls and took control of the innings, as both players reached their half centuries.
Ashen Silva made fifty-one runs from twenty-nine balls hitting five (4’s) and one (6) before his innings came to an end caught by Martin Windle at midwicket off the bowling of Luke Hipgrave, who took two of the three wickets for the visitors.
Eddy Read, was then next to the crease but he was dismissed within three balls as he tried to increase the run rate in the final overs. Danyl Husbands went on to make an unbeaten half century, finishing the game on fifty-seven which included five (4’s) from fifty balls. Whilst Benjamin Hulse finished on an unbeaten three off two balls as the home side finished on 149-3 off their 20 overs.
Earby’s opening batsman took control of the game from the start and both went on to make their half centuries, Matthew Nutter scored an unbeaten sixty-six from forty-nine balls which included nine (4’s) and two (6’s). Whilst his partner Girvacques De Jager scored sixty-four from thirty-five balls including six (4’s) and four (6’s) before being given lbw off the bowling of Ashen Silva.
Ashen Bandara came in next to hit an unbeaten eighteen off eleven balls which included two (4’s) and one (6) as Earby Cricket Club reached 153-1 to win the match with four overs to remaining. Despite losing the game this young Settle side will have learnt a lot from their first team experience which can only help the club to build for the future.
Settle Cricket Club – J.Davidson, Husbands, Silva, Read, Hulse, Tarbox, Hodgson, West, handy, D.Strickland, Whyte
Earby Cricket Club – Hipgrave, Nutter, Hargreaves, Windle, Yates, Parry, Na Hodge, Ahmed, Khan, de Jager, Bandara
Umpire – Nick Stratton