Settle Cricket Club v Salesbury Cricket Club (Ribblesdale Cricket League)
Settle Cricket Club looked to continue their winning start to the season as they welcomed an inform Salesbury Cricket Club to Marshfield, despite the cold and overcast conditions both sides produced excellent performances in a very close and entertaining match. Will Davidson and Peter Richardson (Club Captains) joined the match officials in the middle for the toss which was won by the visitors who elected to open the innings with the bat.
Having won the toss for the visitors, Peter Richardson (Captain) joined opening batsman Liam Parkinson at the crease as they looked to put some runs on the board. However the home sides opening bowlers Eddy Reid and Harry Snowden produced some outstanding deliveries as they restricted Salesbury to a limited amount of runs in the opening overs.
As the pressure started to build and with just two runs on the scoreboard the visitors tried to force some shots and nearly lost some early wickets. At the start of the third over Liam Parkinson edged the ball to the keeper Robbie Davidson who dropped the chance with the batsman on two runs. Eddy Read then had a big shout for an LBW decision against Peter Richardson but that was dismissed by the umpire.
The pressure told on Peter Richardson in the very next over as he was clean bowled by Harry Snowden for one run after facing just sixteen balls. This brought Liam Bedford (Club Professional) to the crease with the score at two for one, the home side continued increasing the pressure on the batsman. Whilst Read had two more LBW appeals in the space of three balls that were both dismissed by the umpires.
Richardson and Bedford added a further forty-six runs to the visitors total, before Bedford was given out LBW off the bowling of Tom Davidson. Bedford faced thirty balls during his innings scoring fourteen runs which included three boundaries. An inform Joe Rawlinson was next in for the visitors, but he lasted just sixteen balls before Tom Davidson clean bowled him as Rawlinson left the ball which hit the middle stump and sent him back to the pavilion for one run.
Andrew Mercer, who hit ninety-two runs last weekend against Baxenden was next to the crease to join Liam Parkinson, the pair added a further thirty-nine runs to the total as the opening batsman reached his half century. Parkinson hit six boundaries during his innings before being caught by Ashen Silva off the bowling of Tom Davidson as he looked to hit his seventh boundary.
Lewis Pearson was next into the middle for the visitors, the all rounder made a quick fire twenty runs which included a six and one four from the twenty-eight balls faced. He was then caught by Will Davidson at long-off off the bowling of Dante Niles as the visitors hit one hundred and twenty for five. Mercer, was the next batsman to be dismissed having made twenty-four when he was caught behind by Davidson off the bowling of Dante Niles.
Callum Grantham and Tom Stones then took the game to the home side in the final ten overs and with five wickets in hand, they started to take a few risks and looked for the big boundary shots. Stones made thirty runs but was dismissed in a strange way as he tried to hit Dante Niles to the boundary, but after taking a big swing at the ball it came off the edge of the bat and onto his helmet before going back towards the bowler who caught it halfway down the wicket to leave Salesbury on one hundred and sixty-eight for seven.
Oliver Wetton then arrived at the crease and faced just two balls making four runs before being run-out by Robbie Davidson off the bowling of Tom Davidson. The next wicket to fall was that of Callum Grantham who faced sixteen balls before being clean bowled by Tom Davidson for thirteen, leaving the visitors on one hundred and seventy four for nine.
After a maiden over, Tom Davidson returned to deliver the final over of the innings with Settle needing to take a wicket in order to receive the two bonus points on offer. Just two balls into the over, Davidson didn’t disappoint bowling Callum Boardman for a golden duck to leave the visits on one hundred and seventy four all out.
The home side used five bowlers during the innings with the pick of the bowlers being Tom Davidson and Dante Niles. Davidson bowled thirteen overs which included two maidens and five wickets for thirty-nine runs, whilst Dante Niles delivered five overs, taking three wickets for thirty-four runs. Harry Snowden took an early wicket in the innings, whilst Read again produced some outstanding deliveries in his twelve overs.
As the players took a well earned break between innings, the club’s ground staff came onto the pitch with the roller and to do some running repairs such as brushing and remarking the creases. Praise must go to the ground staff who have produced an excellent pitch for the second consecutive week, despite the mixed weather conditions.
Having been set a target of one hundred and seventy five runs to win, Settle Cricket Club opened the innings with Alex Gould and John Davidson and just as he did against Read Cricket Club last weekend, Gould wasted no time in getting the scoreboard ticking over hitting a boundary off the very first ball.
Alex Gould, continued to score quickly hitting a number of boundaries as the home side reached thirty-five runs in the opening four overs. Gould then attempted a shot to the leg side boundary, but as the ball looked to be going straight into Joe Rawlinson hands for an easy catch, the fielder mis-judged the flight of the ball and it struck him in the face. After receiving some treatment at the side of the pitch, Rawlinson had to leave the match for further treatment and he was replaced by Settle’s Ryan Sumner as a substitute fielder.
Alex Gould was first to lose his wicket for the home side as he went for another boundary over third man, but in a strange twist of fate the ball found the substitute fielder Settle’s Ryan Sumner who took the catch to dismiss his team mate for thirty-two runs.
Ashen Silva (Club Professional) was next into bat alongside John Davidson as the visitors started to put the pressure on the home side who failed to score a single run in the next four overs. John Davidson then looked to get some more runs on the board but he was clean bowled by Lewis Pearson for just three runs after facing thirty-one balls.
Ashen Silva was joined in the middle by Tom Davidson, but with the Salesbury bowlers on top the club professional struggled to get the ball away and add valuable runs to the total. He was dismissed LBW off the bowling of Lewis Pearson for just seven runs having faced twenty eight balls.
Robbie Davidson arrived at the crease and faced just twelve balls before being clean bowled by Elliott Simpson for three runs leaving the home side sixty-two for four. Will Davidson (Captain) then joined his brother Tom Davidson at the crease as they tried to form a new middle order partnership. Between them they added a further twenty-five to the total before Will Davidson was clean bowled by Liam Bedford for ten runs.
Dante Niles joined Tom Davidson at the crease as the pair started to wrestle the match back in favour of the home side, both players protected their wickets with some sensible batting and when the bad balls arrived they sent them to the boundary. Having added a further fifty-one runs to the total, Tom Davidson was caught in the field by Parkinson off the bowling of Callum Boardman for forty-five runs.
Ryan Sumner then made his way to the middle to join Dante Niles, but after facing just six balls he was given out LBW for a duck off the bowling of Callum Boardman. A further six runs were added by Eddy Read before he was caught by Elliott Simpson again off the bowling of Callum Boardman.
Ben Hulse finished unbeaten on six runs from five balls and Dante Niles finished not out on forty-nine runs from forty-seven balls which included seven fours and one six as the home side won by two wickets finishing on one hundred and seventy-five for eight.
Settle Cricket Club – W.Davidson, Read, Silva, T.Davidson, R.Davidson, J.Davidson, Sumner, Niles, Hulse, Gould, Snowden
Salesbury Cricket Club – Richardson, Stones, Parkinson, Rawlinson, Pearson, Wetton, Grantham, Boardman, Simpson, Mercer, Bedford
Umpires – Kevin Boyle, Gordon Tattersall