Woodhouse Grange Vs York – Rudgate Match Report
Woodhouse Grange got the better of York for the second Sunday in a row, defeat at Sandhill Lane by five wickets bringing to an end the club’s brief Rudgate Brewery Cup run at the quarter-final stage. The visitors struggled losing their last eight wickets cheaply and then were unable to contain the hosts missing both Charlie Elliot and Alex Rose through injury.
There was little sign of what was to come as openers Duncan Snell and Nick James got the innings off to an encouraging start with 38 from the first five overs. James looked in good touch and was unfortunate to pick out the fielder at square leg when a yard either side would have produced his fourth boundary, instead he was forced to depart for 14. That Josh Jackson wicket was the bowling sides’ sole success from the first 17 overs as Snell and new partner Oliver Batchelor advanced the score to 100, the former passing 50 for the 11th time in 2018. Batchelor, who began cautiously, made 25 including a six off James Finch but the very next ball the ‘Grange skipper had his revenge when the batsman ran past a spinning delivery and was stumped by Mike Burdett. Chris Booth fell to the same combination in the spinners’ next over, and having taken the initiative the fielding side never looked back. Snell was caught comfortably inside the long on boundary by Andrew Bilton off the experienced Steve Burdett with the score on 144-5 and a dozen overs remaining, and of the remaining batsmen only Tom Spearman reached double figures making 14 before being caught on the fence at deep mid-wicket. Burdett finished with 3-40 and Finch, who picked up the final wicket, 3-26 as York were bowled out at the start of the 37th over, leaving them to ponder how after such a promising start they would be defending a meagre total of 161 with the rate required only fractionally above four an over.
Guy Darwin lifted the mood amongst the travelling support with a wicket in his opening over, Andrew Bilton dragging a ball from outside off stump onto his wicket. Without the pressure of chasing a demanding target Chris Wood and Chris Bilton were able to ease themselves into the innings, and despite a relatively cautious approach they were still able to exceed the required rate. The bowling side fought their way back into the contest from around the 18th over, which was the first of four consecutive maidens from Oliver Leedham. At the opposite end Daniel Woods enticed a straight drive from Wood, who had reached 32, and Jonathan Moxon took the catch at mid-on. Two overs later Moxon was the bowler when Chris Booth fielding at slip took a catch above his head to dismiss Bilton for 30, and the same fielder was again in action as Leedham was rewarded for his outstanding control with the wicket of Simon Tennant for one. At 79-4 the home side looked to be on the ropes but Tom Young and Mike Burdett managed to avoid any further mishaps and saw off the remaining overs of both Leedham, who finished with figures of 8-4-14-1 and Moxon’s (8-1-21-1) spells. It was from that point on that York missed the experience of their absent seam duo and with runs available at the other end the batsmen were able to placate the danger of Woods remaining overs by adopting a defensive approach. With seven needed for victory Chris Burn picked up the consolation wicket of Mike Burdett trapped lbw for 23, but that still left Young at the crease and he was able to complete the victory with a couple of overs to spare, a seventh four leaving him unbeaten on 48.