Driffield Cricket Club weekend review by James Richardson
Driffield 1st XI snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as they suffered a 26 run defeat at the hands of Castleford at Savile Park.
Danny Broumpton won the toss and elected for his Driffield side to field first on a wicket that looked conducive to spin. The Castleford openers were left frustrated as they struggled to pierce the in-field and they were both dismissed by George Drury within the first 20 overs.
Driffield continued to pick up wickets at regular intervals, including Derbyshire spinner David Wainwright, and the home side soon found themselves in a mess at 83-6. Lower-order batsmen Luke Franklin and John Randerson added some vital runs as they made 21 and 25 respectively to give Castleford a final score of 155.
The pick of the bowlers for Driffield was the ever-reliable Nick Hardgrave, who made use of the spin-friendly conditions to finish with figures of 3-35, including the prize wicket of Wainwright. Hardgrave’s efforts were backed-up by George Drury, whose 14 overs garnered 3-38.
Driffield’s run chase got off to a comfortable start as Ali Asad, in his final game of the season, and Drury made 90 for the first wicket before Asad was trapped LBW by Castleford captain Alex Romaniw for 34. Drury soon followed Asad back to the pavilion after making a gritty 56.
Drury’s dismissal, coupled with the introduction of Jack Shutt to the bowling attack, sparked a dramatic collapse in the Driffield innings. Only eight more runs were scored off the bat, with five batsmen failing to trouble the scorer, as Broumpton’s side were bowled out for 129.
Shutt’s devastating spell of bowling saw him pick up figures of 6-18 from the 8.5 overs he bowled as ripped the heart out of the Driffield middle-order.
The game marked Asad’s final game of the season, as he misses the game against Doncaster having flown back to Pakistan on Sunday.
He finished the season having scored 899 runs from 14 innings, including four centuries, at a splendid average of 74.91. Ali gets married in February before he returns to the club next season after signing a new deal last week.
The defeat leaves Driffield in 7th position in the Yorkshire League.
Thanks to Harvey Nunn for providing score details. Next up: Doncaster (H) Saturday 12th September, 11:30am
Second team earn promotion
Driffield 2nd XI
Driffield 2nd XI fell to a disappointing seven-wicket defeat against Pickering on Saturday, however the six points they gained from the match secured their place in the top four of York Senior League Division One and promotion to the Premier Division.
Batting first on a damp wicket, Driffield managed to post a competitive total of 204 before they were dismissed in the 48th over.
Opening batsman Grant Halder got his side off to a good start as he made 50, an innings that included 11 fours. The home side’s top-scorer was in-form Damon Jenkinson, who is really beginning to look at home in the 2nd XI. Jenkinson’s 68 was backed up lower down the order by wicket-keeper Mike Sharp who made 28.
Tim Whincup was the stand-out bowler for Pickering as he finished with figures of 4-53, whilst skipper Ryan Boyes led by example with 3-49.
Despite having to chase a decent total, the away side had few problems in securing the 30 points that also gave them promotion. Opening batsman and wicket-keeper Chris Nicholls got his side’s run chase off to a great start as he made a steady 46, along with Michael Brown’s 25.
Pickering’s top-scorer was veteran Colin Franks, who despite his advancing years played a fantastic innings of 72 to set his side on course for victory. Fellow veteran Mark Greenlay made an unbeaten 50 as the pair scored 88 for the third wicket. Action from the game pictured right.
This defeat sees Driffield drop down to third position in York Senior League Division One with just one game remaining. Next up: Goole Town (A) Saturday 12th September, 12:00noon
Driffield 3rd XI
Driffield 3rd XI suffered a demoralising 57 run defeat at the hands of Woodhouse Grange on an ice cold day.
Having won the toss, Woodhouse Grange surprisingly elected to bat first. Early runs were hard to come by thanks to a fantastic opening spell of bowling from Adam Woolley who accounted for four of Woodhouse’s top five batsmen.
However, thanks to some great application from Matthew Durkin, runs started to flow. Durkin batted superbly as he made 82, an innings that included 7 fours and 2 sixes, with the next top scorer being 70 year-old Des Wyrill who made 17 before retiring hurt.
Woolley finished his 12 over spell with figures of 4-34, whilst fellow opening bowler Sam Pallant picked up 3-23.
Driffield were confident of chasing down the target, but their innings never got going. Thanks to a combination of tight bowling and poor shot selection, Driffield were bowled out in the 44th over for 99 with no-one making a significant contribution.
The pick of the bowlers for the home side was seamer Paul Grewer who finished with figures of 3-19, whilst Durkin showed his all-round credentials with his left-arm spin picking up 3-29.
The defeat leaves Driffield in eighth position in York Senior League Division Two South. – Next up: Hull Zingari 2nd XI (H) Saturday 12th September, 1:00pm
Next up: Hull Zingari 2nd XI (H) Saturday 12th September, 1:00pm