Driffield Cricket Club – 4th XI Season Review By James Richardson
April – Jason Goldsworthy’s reign as Driffield 4th XI captain got off to a false start when their away fixture at local rivals Brandesburton was abandoned. Before the wet weather came, Driffield batted for 30 overs and had reached 89-3, with Goldsworthy’s predecessor Matthew Cole scoring an unbeaten 51.
May – A home game against Humbleton was the next test for Driffield, but it proved to be a humbling experience for the hosts as they lost by 120 runs. It was a huge struggle for Driffield in the field as Humbleton piled on the runs to post a score of 265-3 declared from 40 overs. The two major contributors to the innings were opener Joe Harrison and Daniel Martinson. Harrison played a superb innings of 151 before being snared by Nick English, whilst Martinson finished unbeaten on 103. Driffield were never in the hunt for the runs as they were dismissed for 145.
Goldsworthy was still searching for his first win when his side travelled to Hull Ionians Coal Exporters, but they came home disappointed with a narrow three run defeat. Sterling bowling performances from John Driskell and English, who picked up 3-16 and 3-24 respectively, saw the home side dismissed for just 120, with wicket-keeper David Barker’s 55 being their highest score. However, Driffield’s batting was to be their downfall again as they were bowled out for 117 after losing wickets at regular intervals. The danger men for HICE were Liam Walker and James Forrester whose spells of 4-25 and 4-11 put paid to any chance of a Driffield victory.
Sutton-on-Hull 2nds were up next and once again the Woldsmen were involved in a thriller. However, this time they came out top by one wicket to claim Goldsworthy’s maiden victory as skipper. The visitors batted first and they were dismissed for 164, with every member of the Driffield bowling attack picking up at least one wicket. Driffield were in grave danger of losing the game when they slumped to 75-7. But thanks to two fantastic knocks from youngsters Harvey Dixon and Jack Gibson, the home side prevailed with a wicket in hand. This was despite the best efforts of Sutton bowler Taimoor Shaukat who finished with figures of 6-35.
However, this victory could not be replicated the weekend after at Kirkella, with Driffield falling to a 20 run defeat. The home side batted first and wicket-keeper Andrew Russell top-scored with 56. But the performance of the innings came from Driffield’s Stephen Thompson. Off-spinnner Thompson, a close season signing from Humshaugh in the West Tyne Senior Cricket League, bowled superbly to pick up what turned out to be season-best figures of 6-40. Driffield’s reply never gained momentum and they were dismissed for 141 with Howard Robson picking up 5-18 for Kirkella.
The following weekend saw Goldsworthy’s troops make the long trip to face Patrington 2nds. But once again it proved a sorry journey home as Driffield lost by 50 runs. Patrington batted first and set the Woldsmen a total of 151 mainly thanks to Andrew Guy’s 51. A fine 12 over spell from in-form Thompson saw him pick up figures of 4-15. It was the same old story when it was Driffield’s turn to reply, as their batting let them down. Patrington dismissed them for 101, with Kieran Finnigan picking up figures of 4-12.
June – After a miserable May, Driffield were looking for a change of luck in their first game of the month against Beverley 3rds. But it was déjà vu as Beverley ran out 34 run winners. Beverley batted first at Kings Mill Road, and they finished their innings on 183-9, with opening batsman James Broekhuizen’s 59 leading the way. Only four Driffield made double figures as they were bowled out for 149. The pick of the away bowling attack was Sam Welburn, who finished with 6-28, whilst Matthew Fitzpatrick’s 11 overs gained 4-42.
Hornsea 2nds were up next on the fixture list, and they provided Driffield with the perfect chance to get back to winning ways as up to this point in the season they had yet to win a game. This run of form continued with Driffield claiming a long-awaited six wicket victory. The basement side batted first and could only make 126-8 in an innings reduced to 40 overs. 16 year-old seam bowler Sam Pallant finished as the pick of the bowling attack with 4-19. Driffield were desperate for victory and they made no mistake, overhauling Hornsea’s total in 24 overs thanks to an unbeaten 51 from opener James Barron.
As so often happens, it didn’t take long for Driffield’s next win as they earned a nail-biting one wicket triumph against high-flyers Hessle. Hessle were asked to bat first on a miserable day on the foreshore and posted 117-9 in 25.3 overs. It was a nervy reply from Driffield, with only three players entering double figures, and with nine wickets down they were left needing six from the final over. After number 11 Sam Morris had played the first five balls of the over back to the bowler, it looked as though the Woldsmen had settled for a losing draw. But Morris had different ideas, and when Josh Thompson bowled a leg-stump full toss, he hooked the ball over the deep-square leg boundary for six.
This sparked wild scenes amongst the watching Driffield players who couldn’t believe what they had just witnessed. Driffield were perhaps guilty of revelling in this victory when they fell to an 87 run defeat against South Holderness the weekend after. South Holderness, who finished the season in the promotion places, made a total of 233-6 after batting first at Kings Mill Road. Richard Ingram was his side’s top-scorer with 59. Ingram was the star of the show as his 6-42 ripped through the heart of the Driffield middle-order as the Woldsmen were dismissed for 146.
July – After their much-anticipated derby against North Dalton fell victim to the weather, Driffield’s first game of the month was against another local rival in Brandesburton. It was Brandesburton who claimed the bragging rights as they ran out comfortable 105 run winners. They batted first and scored 213-8 from their 45 overs. Opening batsman and wicket-keeper top- scored with an unbeaten 102 whilst vital lower-order runs came from Craig Ford’s 51. Pacey opening bowler John Searby was the pick of the bowlers for Driffield as he picked up 4-42. In their reply, Driffield were bowled out for just 108 as they had no answer to Tim Atkin (4-50) and Matthew Ginger (4-6).
In their next game Driffield produced a fine all-round performance to defeat promotion chasing Humbleton by 41 runs. Goldsworthy’s side batted first and produced their best display of the season as they made 240-9, the skipper leading the way with 52. Andy Johnson’s 4-50 helped stem the flow of runs for Humbleton.
It looked like Driffield were staring at another defeat when Humbleton reached 175-2, with Tom Peyman’s 52, Daniel Martinson’s 55 and Jordan Caley’s 51 seemingly sending the hosts to victory. But Driffield’s bowlers struck back to claim the last eight wickets for just 24 runs and cap a remarkable turnaround.
Once again though, the 4ths couldn’t build on this victory, falling to a 54 run defeat in their next game against Hull Ionians Coal Exporters. Driffield’s bowlers performed well again to dismiss HICE for 138 but batted poorly as they were skittled for 84 with Liam Walker claiming 4-30.
August – Driffield’s first draw of any kind in 2015 came in the first game of August with a winning draw against Sutton on Hull 2nds. On a damp day in Sutton, Driffield batted first and made 235-9 from their 45 overs. The Woldsmen’s top-scorer was opening batsman James Richardson who finally found some form with 72. Sutton’s innings was interrupted by a couple of rain delays and this aided them as they scored 178-7 to hang on for a draw. The home side were hugely indebted to opening batsman Tim Hotte’s flawless innings of 101 as Driffield’s bowlers struggled to grip the wet ball.
The fourths followed up their winning draw with a losing draw against top of the table Kirkella. Kirkella batted first and made 206-7 thanks to an unbeaten 74 from Alastair McCann and 88 from Andrew Russell. Although they were never in the hunt for the runs, Driffield manage to hold on with 143-9 to earn some valuable draw points. Patrington completed the double over Driffield with a comfortable eight wicket victory at Kings Mill Road. Batting first, Driffield could only post a modest total of 133 as James Nettleton and Declan Precious claimed 5-31 and 5-34 respectively. Unbeaten displays from Danny Fincham (63*) and skipper Jamie McKinley saw the away side across the finishing line.
The short trip to Beverley 3rds also saw Goldsworthy and his players come home with only a five wicket defeat for company. Driffield posted a total of 191 after batting first at Norwood, with 13 year-old Harvey Dixon producing a magnificent innings of 66 before David Whitelock claimed 4-25. The fourths looked to be in the game when they reduced Beverley to 79-4 but a destructive innings of 80 from Whitelock took the game away from them.
Driffield returned to winning ways as they completed the double over Hornsea 2nds with a 67 run victory. A good batting display by the top order saw the Woldsmen post a decent total of 211-9 as the Seasiders’ John Dawson picked up 4-61. Hornsea were never in the hunt for victory and were bowled out for 144 thanks to an excellent spell from English who proved his worth to the team with 5-10.
On a wet Bank Holiday Monday, Driffield’s local derby against North Dalton was reduced to 25 overs per side after a lengthy delay prevented play from starting. North Dalton posted a huge score of 201-4 from their allotted overs as their inform opening batsman Thomas Walgate top-scored with 68.
The visitors total proved too good for Driffield who held on for a losing draw at 111-8. Shaun Tate did the damage for Dalton, picking up 4-33.
September – The final month of the season started with a home game against Hessle. However, the fourths couldn’t grace their final home game of the season with a victory as they fell to a five wicket defeat. Driffield were asked to bat first and they made 158-9 from their 45 over innings. Jordan Callis was the pick of the Hessle bowlers with 4-49. Despite losing six wickets, the visitors overhauled Driffield’s total with five overs to spare, as wicket- keeper Gaz Nicholls top-scored with 57.
On the last day of the season, Driffield travelled to South Holderness but they couldn’t end their campaign with a flourish as they suffered a six wicket defeat. Driffield were bowled out for a meagre 88, as Richard Ingram proved to be a thorn in their side again as he picked up 5-24. The home side knocked off their required total for the loss of four wickets as Ryan Oliver scored 53.
The 4th XI finished the season in 9th position in York Senior League Division Four, a position they will be looking to improve on next season.
Top three batsmen:-
Jason Goldsworthy 401 runs at an average of 21.11
John Driskell 253 runs at an average of 19.46
James Barron 175 runs at an average of 14.58
Top three bowlers:-
Stephen Thompson 17 wickets at an average of 12.18
Sam Pallant 17 wickets at an average of 13.18
Nick English 15 wickets at an average of 12.8