Settle Cricket Club v Whalley Cricket Club (Ramsbottom Cup)
Settle Cricket Club returned to action at Marshfield last Sunday as they entertained Whalley Cricket Club in the Quarter-Finals of the Ramsbottom Cup. Settle captain Will Davidson joined visiting captain Frankie Jackson alongside the match officials in the middle for the toss, which was won by the home side who elected to bat.
Alex Gould and John Davidson opened the innings once again for Settle Cricket Club with both players scoring runs quickly with some excellent shots around the ground. The first wicket to fall was that of John Davidson who was caught and bowled by Tom Lawson after scoring twenty-eight runs from twenty-four balls which included five (4’s).
Ashen Silva (Club Professional) was next to come to the crease for Settle Cricket Club and he built another excellent partnership alongside Alex Gould. Both batsman looked set at the crease as they started to take advantage of some poor bowling from the visitors. But as the pair looked likely to go on and make big scores, Alex Gould then misjudged a ball and lobbed it to Robbie Read for an easy catch, just six runs short of his half century. Gould made forty-four runs from thirty-eights balls which included five (4’s) and one (6).
Settle Cricket Club’s performance with the bat was outstanding all afternoon and to make matters even worst for Whalley Cricket Club, as Tom Davidson joined Ashen Silva at the crease to form an excellent fourth wicket partnership. Davidson, wasted no time making some outstanding shots around the ground as he quickly reached his half century, whilst Ashen Silva continued to add runs to his total at the other end of the pitch.
Oliver Parr took his second wicket and finally broke the partnership when Davidson was caught behind by Thomas Cameron for seventy-four runs, which included one (6) and eleven (4’s) off fifty balls. Robbie Davidson was next into bat for Settle and just like the previous four batsman, he punished some poor bowling by hitting some excellent shots through the visitors field settings around the ground to score runs quickly.
Ashen Silva was next to be dismissed just a few overs after making his half century, the club professional went for one too many big shots and was caught by Robbie Read off the bowling of Oliver Parr. He made fifty-seven runs from sixty-four balls during his innings which included five boundaries.
Dante Niles arrived at the crease and made a quick fire forty-six runs from just twenty-two balls, his innings included five (4’s) and one (6) before he was bowled by Nathan Mashiter going for the boundary to make his half century.
Will Davidson (Captain) arrived at the crease with just two overs remaining, as he tried to continue the quick run scoring he hit a boundary from the first ball, but was dismissed from the second ball, caught by Robbie Read off the bowling of Mashiter for just four runs.
Robbie Davidson & Adam Strickland finished not out after the forty overs, with Davidson making an excellent forty-two runs from just twenty-four runs which included five (4’s), at the other end Adam Strickland didn’t face a ball as Settle Cricket Club finished the innings on three hundred and thirty for six.
Whalley Cricket Club came out for their innings needing three hundred & thirty one runs from forty overs to win a place in the Ramsbottom Cup Semi-Finals. The visitors looked to have got off to a poor start when Eddy Read’s first ball was edged by Samuel Haworth to first slip who took the catch, only to hear umpire called a no-ball giving Samuel Haworth another chance to score some runs.
However, a couple of overs later Eddy Read bowled Samuel Haworth with an excellent delivery for just ten runs from fourteen balls. It brought Tom Lawson to the crease for the visitors and the run rate slowed as Ethan Jackson and Tom Lawson looked to stead the innings. Unfortunately, for the visitors after facing thirty-one balls Tom Lawson was bowled by Harry Snowden for just eight runs.
Tom Davidson then took two quick wickets for the home side, the first wicket was that of Ethan Jackson who was caught by Will Davidson for thirty-eight runs off thirty-four balls, which included seven (4’s). The second was that of Maxwell Seedall who was trapped LBW for three runs after thirteen balls.
Frankie Jackson (Whalley Captain) was next to be dismissed when he was trapped LBW by Ashen Silva, having faced eight balls the Whalley captain managed just a single run. Next into bat for the visitors was Robbie Read who lasted sixteen balls before being caught by Ben Hulse off the bowling of Ashen Silva for five runs.
Yiannis Hanson-Ikonomou was next to the middle for the visitors and he played some good shots around the ground supported by the final four Whalley Batsman, Thomas Cameron (4), Oliver Parr (9), Nathan Mashiter (2) and Samuel Davies (Not-Out). Hanson Ikonomou was joint top scorer for the visitors making thirty-eight runs from fifty balls before being caught behind by Robbie Davidson off the bowling of Will Davidson.
Whalley Cricket Club finished their innings on one hundred and forty-three runs all out from just over thirty one overs, which give Settle Cricket Club victory by one hundred and eighty-seven runs putting them into the semi-finals of the Ramsbottom Cup were they will face Barnoldswick Cricket Club on the 18th July 2021.
Settle Cricket Club – Gould, J.Davidson,, Silva, T.Davidson, R.Davidson, Niles, W.Davidson, A.Strickland, Read, Hulse, Snowden
Whalley Cricket Club – Lawson, Jackson, Parr, Hanson-Ikonomou, Davies, Mashiter, Read, Cameron,
Umpires – Gordon Tattersall, Nick Stratton