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Humbleton get the

better of a tight game


Humbleton II 115-8

Cottingham III 111-8


AT 12.30PM when the teams arrived with water standing on the wicket, it seemed highly likely that no play would be possible. However, with a little ingenuity and effort the game was saved, and it turned out to be an extremely tight game played in an excellent spirit.

As per the norm the opposing skipper had the choice whether to bat or bowl and as expected in the conditions, Humbleton had first use of a sporting wicket. At 6-2 very early on the writing looked to be on the wall but the evergreen Paul Gale led a brilliant recovery scoring 43 including only three boundaries.

He shared an excellent stand of 65 with Matt McIvor who also recorded only three boundaries in his solid 30 which gives a good measure of how difficult to score runs it was.

With the departure of these two Andy Johnson added 16 before the innings closed at 115-8 from their 36 overs.

In reply Cottingham looked to get off to a quick start but thanks to a fantastic diving catch from Paul Gale the home side had their breakthrough. With Tom Voase opening the bowling with an excellent spell causing a number of problems for the batsmen, Andy Johnson struck from the other ending taking 4-15 from his nine overs.

Dudley Hulme chipped in with two big wickets in two balls and the visitors were reeling at 44-6. Although only a Humbleton victory now looked possible, the visitors fought back and started chipping away at the total but with Paul Jackson and Tom Voase picking up a wicket apiece, Cottingham required 15 from the last three overs.

It was left to Matt McIvor to put the skids under the visitors as the last three overs yielded only 11 runs and left Humbleton deservedly getting the better of a draw. Credit to both sides for providing such a cracking contest in poor weather and difficult conditions.

With Brandesburton conceding the opening fixture the First XI will attempt to get their season underway this weekend with a home fixture versus Pelican, whilst the seconds travel to Skidby where they will face Bransholme and Kingswood.

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