Settle Cricket Club v Read Cricket Club (Ribblesdale Senior League)
Settle Cricket Club started their defence of the Ribblesdale Cricket League Championship with a home fixture at Marshfield against Read Cricket Club. Having won the last three senior league titles the club has managed to keep the same squad of players together as they look to my it four consecutive league titles.
Before the match, both clubs paid tribute to former wicketkeeper Brian Hemingway and Colin Green with a minutes silence which was lead by club Chairman Andrew Davidson as both team lined either side of the square. Colin had an outstanding knowledge of the sport and the local cricket scene including information about the clubs, matches and players and from a personal note I enjoyed our chats at Marshfield on a Saturday afternoon.
Following the minutes silence, umpires Michael Bridges and Richard Glover called both club captains to the middle for the toss, which was won by Read Cricket Clubs William Wrathall who elected to field. So for the first time in the 2022 Ribblesdale Cricket League skipper Will Davidson was joined at the crease by brother John Davidson as they opened the batting for the home side.
The home side started well and were starting to build a good opening partnership before John Davidson was bowled by Joseph Halstead for nine runs off thirteen bowls which included one boundary, making the score twenty-two for one and bringing Settle’s club professional Ashen Silva to the crease.
Will Davidson (Captain) and Ashen Silva (Club Pro) came together to create an excellent third wicket partnership of over sixty runs. Will Davidson claimed his first hall century of the season before being dismissed by Ockert Erasmus for sixty-nine runs off eighty-five balls which included nine (4″s).
Ashen Silva continued to take the game to the bowlers hitting a number of boundaries as he was joined at the crease by Archie Phillipson. The Sri Lankan all rounder went on to make a half century scoring fifty-three runs off ninety-six balls before being caught by the visiting captain Will Wrathall from the bowling of Warren Eastham.
Dante Niles was next into bat for the home side and after a few quick runs, Niles and Phillipson went for one run to many which lead the Phillipson being run out by Joseph Halstead for nine runs off thirty-three balls. Eddy Read then came into bat to start season number twenty before being dismissed by Ockert Erasmus for two runs from five balls.
Ben Hulse then joined Dante Niles at the crease and the pair saw out the rest of the innings with Niles finishing on thirty-two not out which included one (4) and two (6’s) with a strike rate of 145.5. Whilst Ben Hulse scored twenty runs from eighteen balls leaving the Settle score 206 for 5 from 45 overs.
The pick of the bowlers for Read Cricket Club was Ockert Erasmus who bowled fifteen overs taking two wickets for forty-eight runs, Joseph Halstead chipped in with one wicket for forty runs off nine overs, whilst Warren Eastham claimed one wicket for thirty-nine runs again from nine overs.
Read Cricket Club opened the batting with Joseph Halstead and Declan Bailey but the pair were together in the middle for long as Eddy Read took his first wicket of the season, when Joseph Halstead was caught behind by Ben Hulse for just six runs off nine balls leaving the visitors twelve for one.
Settle Cricket Club have strength in depth with both the bat and the bowl, but with Eddy Read and Harry Snowden the Yorkshire club have the best bowling partnership in the league and it wasn’t long before Declan Bailey chased an excellent delivery from Harry Snowden and was caught behind by Hulse for ten making the score twenty-four for two.
William Wrathall (Captain) was next to the crease and he started to build a partnership with Ockert Erasmus as both players looked to add some runs to the total. However, after adding thirty-two runs Erasmus went for one too many shots and was trapped LBW by Harry Snowden for thirty runs off thirty-six balls making the score fifty-six for three.
It got worst for the visits a few overs later when William Wrathall took a knock on the hand from one of Harry Snowden’s faster deliveries and the Read skipper had to retire hurt, meaning Duncan Bennett was joined in the middle by Joshua Lavin making it two new batsmen at the crease.
Ashen Silva was then brought into the attack and it wasn’t long before he claimed his first victim of the season, catching Duncan Bennett LBW for just four runs from eighteen balls. Ben Dinning was next into bat, but he faced just eleven balls before being caught & bowled by Ashen Silva for four runs leaving the visitors sixty-six for five.
The visitors then had a mini collapse losing their final five wickets for just twenty-three runs, Dante Niles picked up two wickets whilst Ashen Silva collected another two making it a total of four wickets as the visitors were all out for just eighty-five runs, which mean’t Settle Cricket Club won the match by one hundred and twenty-one runs giving the home side all twelve points.
Settle Cricket Club – W.Davidson, J.Davidson, Dockerty, Hulse, Sumner, Read, Silva, Niles, Phillipson, Snowden, Handy
Read Cricket Club – Halstead, Bailey, Erasmus, Wrathall, D.Bennett, Lavin, Dinning, Wood, Eastham, A.Bennett, Allan
Umpires – Michael Bridges, Richard Glover