Settle Cricket Club v Read Cricket Club (Ribblesdale Cricket League)
Settle Cricket Club returned to Marshfield this afternoon for their first league match of the season against Read Cricket Club. The current league champions missed the opening week fixtures due to the odd number of teams in this seasons league, whilst the visitors lost their opening fixture by eighty-six runs against Feniscowles Cricket Club.
Ashen Silva (Club Professional) and Dante Niles (Young Oversea’s Player) arrived in the UK earlier this month and after following government guidelines spending ten days in self isolation, both players started in the opening game of the season. It was a welcome return for Ashen Silva who missed last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic having to remain in Sri Lanka, whilst Barbados all rounder Dante Niles was making his debut for the club.
Will Davidson (Club Captain) was looking for a strong start to start the season as they attempt to win the Ribblesdale Cricket League Championship for the third consecutive season. The club captains joined the umpires on the square just before the start of the match in order to make the toss, which was won by the home side who elected to bat.
Alex Gould and John Davidson opened the batting for the home side and took the game to the visitors. Alex Gould wasted no time at all scoring twenty of his twenty-four runs from boundaries, after nineteen balls and just as he looked to be in for a big score he was given out LBW off the bowling of Andrew Rushton.
The visitors then managed to slow down the run rate as they took two wickets in the next four overs, the first was that of Ashen Silva (Club Professional) who lasted seventeen balls making just one run before being bowled by Andrew Rushton. The second wicket was that of Tom Davidson who was dismissed for a duck after just three balls by Joseph Halstead.
Despite the excellent start to the game by the openers the two quick wickets had given the visitors some confidence, however once Robbie Davidson joined his brother at the crease the pair started to build a seventy-seven run partnership. The game then started to swing back Settle’s way as the pair could add quick runs to the board due to the wickets in hand.
John Davidson who made a half century in his last innings against Morecambe continued his excellent form with another half century this weekend against Read. The partnership ended as Robbie Davidson looked for another big shot over the bowler only to be caught on the boundary by Mansoor Amjad off the bowling of Waseem Qureshi for twenty-nine.
Read Cricket Club took another two quick wickets for the second time in the match, when Will Davidson who was clean bowled by Mansoor Amjad for one run after just four balls. The second wicket to fall was that of John Davidson who made an excellent eighty-one runs from one hundred and eighteen balls before being bowled by Waseem Qureshi. His outstanding innings included some quality shots as well as seven fours and two sixes.
Eddy Read was next at the crease for the home side, but he was controversial given out caught behind by wicketkeeper Ben Dinning off the bowling of Mansoor Amjad for a golden duck. The batsman looked very disappointed with the umpires decision as it appeared the ball didn’t touch the bat, but after standing his ground and waiting for the decision he slowly walked back to the pavilion.
Dante Niles, made his debut for the club the young oversea’s player from Barbados looks to have settled into life in North Yorkshire as he made seventeen runs from twenty-eight balls. Niles, played some good shots whist at the crease which included one six and one four before he was dismissed run-out, which looked like a very controversial decision.
Ryan Sumner and Ben Hulse took the game to the visitors in the final few overs, both players making some excellent shots around the ground. Sumner scored twenty-seven runs off just thirteen balls which included three fours and one six. Whilst Ben Hulse made seven runs off twenty balls as the pair picked up the pace in the final few overs, both batsman left the field not out as Settle Cricket Club set the visitors a target of 212.
Read Cricket Club used just four bowlers in the innings the wickets were shared evenly around the bowlers with Andrew Rushton, Mansoor Amjad, Waseem Qureshi taking two wickets each. Whilst Jospeh Halstead took the final wicket with one run out in the innings.
After the interval Joel Duerden and William Wrathall opened the batting for the visitors and made a steady start to the innings. Captain William Wrathall was first to lose his wicket for nine runs caught behind by Robbie Davidson off the bowling of Eddy Read.
Settle’s main bowler who missed the clubs pre-season match against Morecambe wasted no time in getting back into action taking his second wicket of the season moments later as he clean bowled Joel Duerden for eleven runs.
Mansoor Amjad (Club Professional) arrived at the crease and was immediately put under pressure with some excellent bowling from both Eddy Read and Harry Snowden who both had balls go pass the outside edge of Amjad’s bat. Snowden then had a big shout for LBW against Amjad, before clean bowling him with the very next ball for just four runs.
Duncan Bennett and Waseem Qureshi then put together a small partnership for the visitors making forty-three runs off seventy-nine balls. However, it wasn’t long before Settle started to take a few more wickets as Bennett was caught by Tom Davidson for twenty-one runs off the bowling of Ashen Silva. Shortly after Eddy Read claimed his third wicket of the afternoon trapping Waseem Qureshi LBW for twenty-one runs.
Five wickets down the visitors still required a further one hundred and forty runs to win the match and when Jospeh Halstead was caught by Will Davidson for one run off the bowling of Ashen Silva the task looked almost impossible for Read Cricket Club.
Jack Wood and Ben Dinning were both dismissed by Ashen Silva as he took three wickets on his return to the Ribblesdale Cricket League. The first wicket of Jack Wood for just four runs and his second later in the innings ben Dinning who was also clean bowled for twenty three runs off forty-eight balls.
Harry Halstead then made a quick fire eighteen runs from twenty-seven balls before being dismissed clean bowled by Harry Snowden. The final wicket of George Bailey-Chamberlain was taken by Tom Davidson again clean bowled for just four runs, leaving the visitors all out for one hundred & twenty four runs giving the home side victory by eighty-seven runs.
Having missed the opening day of the season Settle Cricket Club now sit in the middle of the Ribblesdale Cricket League with a game on hand on the rest of the sides above them. It was an excellent team performance with both bat and ball against Read Cricket Club and great to the oversea’s players return to Marshfield for another exciting cricket campaign.
Settle Cricket Club – W.Davidson, Read, Silva, T.Davidson, R.Davidson, J.Davidson, Sumner, Niles, Hulse, Gould, Snowden
Read Cricket Club – Wrathall, Dinning, Bennett H.Halstead, J.Halstead, Qureshi, Wood, Eastham, Rushton, Duerden, Amjad
Umpires – Michael Bridges, Frank Newby