Two things then happened; Usman Ulvi (right) joined Jonathan Butterfield (left) and the threatening weather dramatically veered away; and these two continued to defy the Woodlands bowling despite skipper Swanepeol ringing the bowling changes. The score edged steadily along with Woodlands looking favourites at an asking rate of 7 or 8 an over but the batsmen were growing in confidence and as they started to take the attack to Woodlands boundaries became easy and with Malvi playing a Saffy role the target came down remarkably quickly and Kirkburton ran out winners by 5 wickets with 16 balls to go; Butterfield a fine 83* Malvi 62*, with his 50 coming off 39 balls.
from Usman Malvi who was bowling steadily from the other end; 25-2. Burkinshaw had continued to spray the ball around and was replaced by Charlie Roebuck – he of Lightcliffe fame but who’d left that club by the time we played them in early May - who we’d never before seen bowl. He quickly accounted for Scott Richardson who unluckily played the ball on off pad; 32-3. Simon Mason is not having a good season and is playing far too loosely and he once again failed to knuckle down and was caught behind; 32-4.
The early bowling from Tom Burkinshaw was wayward but eventually he got one straight which probably surprised Sam Frankland who was bowled shouldering arms; 3-1. Duncan Snell and Simon Mason took the score to 25 before Duncan got a snorter
We travelled to Kirkburton for the 3rd round of the Heavy Woollen Cup in good heart. Undefeated so far this season, we had soundly beaten a Slaithwaite side lying only 6 places above our hosts last week by the resounding margin of 221 runs. We were, however, missing two first-choice cup players in Grant Soames, who was injured and Logan Weston who preferred to play for Cumberland. The weather which had completely decimated the Bradford League programme on the previous day had faired up although showers were forecast and the wicket was green. It looked like a good toss to win and Kirkburton had no hesitation in inserting us when they called correctly.
The weather was always a threat.
The clouds were looking ominous, the weather forecast was still showing the possibility of heavy showers and the talk at tea was of the distinct possibility of our not being able to bowl the 15 minimum overs required to make the game a match. The other possibility was that of the game being decided on scoring rate. So with everyone very satisfactorily fed we
Cue Chris Brice and Usman Salim who did apply themselves and they slowly advanced the score to 112 before Bricey fell for an excellent 36. By this time the wicket was starting to lose some of its venom and when skipper Pieter Swanepoel joined Usman the partnership took the total to 152 before Ussy was out for a very hard fought 36. A Saffy cameo brought 24 quick runs and Swanny (33*), aided by the young tail, took the total to 219 which looked like a competitive score. Wickets were shared amongst the bowlers, but the pick was Roebuck who bowled unchanged through his10 overs to take 1-19. The highest scorer for Woodlands was Mr Extras, which included 16 wides contributing 33 runs in a grand total of 53.
Emley Moor mast and 12th century church.
SOLLY SPORTS HEAVY WOOLLEN CUP (RND 3)
SUNDAY 8th JUNE 2014
Report by Stuart Tordoff
Once again the cup jinx had struck and we were out of the Heavy Woollen Cup for another year, well beaten in the end by a keen side who were delighted at knocking over the Bradford League championship leaders.
commenced our attack with Saffy tying up one end up whilst Swanny snaffled the first two wickets; 18-2. Jonathan Butterfield then joined skipper Andy Smith and these two settled down and took the score to 82 before Smith was out lbw to Chris Brice; 82-3. Although Charlie Roebuck couldn’t resist a cheap parting shot at the end of the match that it doesn’t matter which side he plays for, he’s always on the winning side, he has never troubled our bowlers much, and so it proved again when he was another Swanny lbw victim for 10; 93-4. The weather looked increasingly ominous and it looked very likely that the match would be decide on run rate and although when Scott Richardson had Matthew Crookes caught behind and the score was 118-5 the score looked favourable for Woodlands, Kirkburton were ahead on scoring rate.