Settle Cricket Club v Baxenden Cricket Club (Ribblesdale Cricket League)
Settle Cricket Club returned to Ribblesdale Cricket League action at Marshfield yesterday against Lancashire side Baxenden Cricket Club. Will Davidson (Captain) joined visiting captain Matthew Austin and the umpires in the middle for the toss, which was won by the home side who elected to bat.
Archie Phillipson (age 14) made his first team debut for Settle Cricket Club and should be very proud of his first performance in the Ribblesdale Cricket League. Settle Cricket Club agreed to play a younger member of the club’s squad as visits Baxenden Cricket Club had included Adam Hussian (age 12) in their starting line-up. Phillipson, is an outstanding talent and definitely one to watch for in the future, he is captain of North Yorkshire U14’s team and is set to play against Leicestershire U14’s this week, he has also been selected for the county U15’s side against Northumberland U15’s next week at Elland Cricket Club.
Will Davidson moved up the batting order to open alongside brother John Davidson in the absence of Alex Gould, as Settle made a solid start to the innings. Captain Will Davidson set the pace of the game from the start, hitting one (4) and three (6’s) in his twenty-eight runs before being bowled by Matthew Austin. Whilst at the other end of the pitch opening batsman John Davidson hit four (4’s) in his thirty runs before being bowled by Masood.
Ashen Silva (Club Professional) came to the crease at number three following the dismissal of Will Davidson and made a strong and steady start adding runs to the scoreboard, before being joined in the middle by Tom Davidson. As the home side reached around eighty runs the third wicket fell as Tom Davidson was clean bowled by Matthew Austin for nine runs.
Robbie Davidson, was the next to join Ashen Silva in the middle as the pair looked to build another scoring partnership, Davidson went on to make fifteen runs which include one (4) before he was dismissed by Matthew Austin which was his third wicket of the match.
Dante Niles was next into bat for the home side and he wasted no time in added some runs to the scoreboard, whilst playing some excellent shots around the ground and finding the boundary with some well timed strokes. But after a quick break to take on some water and put on a Bandana, Niles was bowled by Aneeq Hussain the very next ball for twenty-four runs, which included two (4’s) and one (6).
As Settle entered the final ten overs with the score around one hundred and eighty for five the seventh player into bat was Ben Hulse. Unfortunately, after defending a number of balls in his first over he misjudged the next delivery and was dismissed LBW off the bowling of Abrar Hamed for a duck.
Archie Phillipson made his first team debut for the club as he came into bat at number seven for Settle Cricket Club. At the age of just fourteen it will have been an excellent experience batting alongside the club professional Ashen Silva, whilst facing some of the opponents deliveries (fast & spin balls) will only assist with his development as a player.
Ashen Silva was next to be dismissed, when he was bowled by Aneeq Hussain for thirty six runs. However, there was a little bit of confusion with the wicket from my viewpoint as it looked like the wicket keeper knocked the bails off with his foot and I am not 100% sure Ashen Silva thought he was out either, but like a true sportsman he accepted the umpires decision and returned to the pavilion.
Archie Phillipson was then joined at the crease by James Snowden and the pair added a few more runs before Phillipson was dismissed LBW off the bowling of Aneeq Hussain for seven runs, which included an excellent shot to the boundary. As we reached the final few overs Owen West joined James Snowden in the middle before Snowden was dismissed for six runs caught by Matthew Austin off the bowling of Abrar Hamed.
Harry Snowden replaced his brother at the crease alongside Owen West as both players saw out the forty-five overs, Owen West was unbeaten on fourteen runs which included two (4’s) whilst at the other end Harry Snowden was also unbeaten on thirteen runs as Settle set a Baxenden a target of 225 to win.
Whilst both teams took a break for refreshments in between innings, the ground staff arrived in the middle at maintain the surface with the use of the big roller on the wicket, before sweeping the dust from the crease and remark the lines.
Baxenden Cricket Club opened the innings with Guy Heffernan and Zachary Bannan at the crease, both players struggled to cope with the pace of Harry Snowden & Owen West. But despite staying in the middle they failed to add any runs to the scoreboards. Heffernan was the first to be dismissed, when Snowden clean bowled him for seven runs off fifteen balls.
Aneeq Hussain was next into bat for Baxenden but his time at the crease was very limited as he was dismissed by Harry Snowden after just two balls for a duck. This brought Adam Masood to the crease and after an appeal for LBW which was turned down by the umpires, Harry Snowden clean bowled him just a few balls later for another duck.
Abrar Hamed was next to the crease for the visits as he looked to build a partnership with Zachary Bannan. However, after a couple of solid overs were they defended most of the balls and took just a few single, Harry Snowden took his fourth wicket of the innings bowling Zachary Bannan for just eight runs off twenty-seven deliveries.
The wicket brought another talented youngster to the crease as twelve year old Adam Hussain arrived at the crease, Despite being hit twice with the ball, once on the top of the leg and once in the ribs the youngster managed to form a low scoring partnership with Hamed that lasted for around six or seven overs.
It took a change of bowlers to dismiss Adam Hussain with both Dante Niles and Tom Davidson taking over the bowling duties, it was Davidson who bowled Hussain for three runs after he had faced thirty-four deliveries. Captain Matthew Austin was next in for the visitors but he lasted just eight balls before being caught behind off the bowling of Dante Niles of six runs.
Tom Davidson took the next wicket for a golden duck, before Dante Niles rounded off the innings taking two wickets in the following over. Marco Bellanco was clean bowled for three runs off three balls, which brought Dwayne Bonus into bat and he was dismissed again by Niles for a golden duck, leaving Baxenden Cricket Club all out for just 45 runs.
Settle Cricket Club – W.Davidson, J.Davidson, Silva, T.Davidson, R.Davidson, Niles, Phillipson, J.Snowden, West, H.Snowden
Baxenden Cricket Club – Heffernan, Bannan, Aneeq Hussain, Masood, Hamed, Austin, Adam Hussain, Bellanco, Bonus, Aslam
Umpires – James Heaton, John Pearson