So we progressed to the 3rd round of the Heavy Woollen Cup which takes place next Sunday but we will have to wait until Wednesday evening when our opponents, either Hanging Heaton or Kirkburton, decide whence we must travel.
We get used to being kept well informed about detailed scoring information at Bradford League grounds so when there is minimum information available and when that information is often well behind the play it undoubtedly detracts from the enjoyment of the game, and so for the second successive day we were ill informed but unlike yesterday’s game at Bradford & Bingley, there was no league website to fall back on.
There were however good reports from the tea room whilst two cask ales were on offer in the bar for those wishing to partake of some decent beer whilst admiring the views and the very good facilities on offer both in the cricket field and on the adjoining bowling green at this spacious ground.
Tea over, Slaithwaite’s early order progressed slowly against the Woodlands’ opening
attack before a breakthrough was made but once the first three had been prized out
and Chris Brice introduced into the attack there was little resistance. With a surfeit of bowlers in the side they were queuing up to bowl and some were unlucky - it seems as though scoring a century doesn’t do your bowling chances much good – but there were bowls for Grant Soames, and a wicket apiece for Logan Weston and 1st XI debutant Jack Baldwin but it was Chris Brice (4-15) and Scott Richardson (3-5) who quickly went through the rest of the side at the innings closed at 98.
Woodlands won the toss and skipper Swanepoel decided that we would have a bat on a fine sunny day. Openers Snell and Frankland soon began to justify his
decision as they plundered the Slaithwaite attack, aided by some slack fielding from the home side. The lack of scoreboard information kept the crowd in the dark about individual scores and many were surprised when applause rang out in celebration of Duncan’s 100 when the total was only 134. The opening pair continued to pile on the runs until Sam fell to a loose shot from an equally loose ball and was out for 42.
As often happens in these circumstances, No 3 Simon Mason fell cheaply and Duncan Snell went when he had scored 113 and although the run rate slowed,
Logan Weston continued the attack before falling one run short of his half-century. The remaining batsmen continued to pile on the runs until the overs ran out with the score at 321-7.
Fine views up the Colne valley.
100 for Duncan.
After yesterday’s resounding success at Wagon Lane, today’s 1st XI match was the 2nd round Heavy Woollen Cup game at Slaithwaite. Although the
2nd XI had visited the ground in the Crowther Cup some years ago, this was
the first outing in the Colne Valley for the 1st team and most Woodlands’ members
had some interesting story to tell about their attempt to locate the ground.
Slaithwaite were celebrating a good win over Barkisland in the league yesterday
although they are finding live tough in the 1st division of the Huddersfield League
after winning promotion last year.
SOLLY SPORTS HEAVY WOOLLEN CUP (RND 2)
SUNDAY 1st JUNE 2014
Report by Stuart Tordoff