Cleethorpes CC u15s Vs York CC u15s
U 15 ECB National 20/20 KO last 32 tie– Cleethorpes v York
Sun 23rd July 10.30 start
York 150-2 Cleethorpes 97 all out
York found out who their opponents were on Wed 19th July and frantic negotiations took place re a start time. Due to other matches in the afternoon an early start was the only option which meant a very early start for all concerned and a trip to the sunny seaside!, not ideal –but we got the game completed as the afternoon games were abandoned due to rain. Batting first on an overcast morning and following heavy rain on Saturday which had dampened the outfield York made a steady start reaching 10 before Josh Wood (who had flown back from his holiday Villa to play) was caught down the leg side for 0, this brought Finlay Bean to the wicket. Both the Cleethorpes bowlers bowled a good line and length and with a tight circle runs were hard to come by against the swinging pink ball. York had reached 40 in the 7th when Charlie Robinson was bowled for 11, the game being evenly poised at this point as Tom Nicholson reached the wicket. York were tied down a little by the tight bowling and close field and were 57-2 at 10 overs, but a change of tactic from Finlay Bean who decided to hit over the top gave York some breathing space and taken together with the fine running between the wicket from both Tom and Finlay the shackles came off and the fielders eventually scattered. Finlay Bean making a much-deserved 52* laced with 7 fours. This then brought Matty Roberts to the crease and together with Tom Nicholson they upped the scoring rate both batting through to the end taking the score to 150-2 with Tom on 46* and Matty on 22* York were also aided by the addition of 20 extras. A good batting effort by the York lads on a dampish track and slow outfield. York’s bowlers then set about the task of defending the score but struggled to control the new pink ball from one end but the batters struggled to capitalize and break the field. Olly Tomalin claimed the first wicket in his 2nd over and the tight fielding then led to a fine stop and pick up by Tom Nicholson to run out the other opener leaving Cleethorpes at 19-2 off 5, but the batters then set about repairing the damage and kept the scoreboard ticking over and after 10 were 42-2 with York firmly in the driving seat. Olly Tomalin bowling his overs from the off ending with figures of 4-1-8-1. Cleethorpes had no option but to up the ante and Ben Barnett was targeted by the batters but at the other end Harvey Gratian was much harder to hit due to the slowness of the wicket- thus putting Cleethorpes further behind the run rate. Harvey finishing with figures of 4-0-16-1 Tom Nicholson entered the attack and bowled to the keepers gloves and despite a few lusty blows against him Tom kept his nerve to bowl the no’ 4 batter and put the game firmly back in York hands. From here on the Cleethorpes batters struggled to adapt to the tight bowling lines with Josh Wood taking 4 wickets for 3 runs in 1.1 overs (and he could at least fly back to his Villa with a smile on his face), Sam Backhouse also picked up a wicket. Overall it was a fine team performance by all concerned –North East winners and thus setting up a home tie at the North of England finals day v Ockbrook & Borrowash from Derbyshire on Wed 2nd August in the first semi-final. A home game at last!! Final thanks to Cleethorpes for your kind hospitality and for arranging the game at short notice and to the York parents for being able to get your kids out of bed so early on a Sunday morning!