Hornsea 1st XI – Race is on Thanks to the heroics of opener Paul Clappison (88*) who carried his bat with an uncharacteristically sober display against Carlton Towers on Saturday 20th August, the 1st XI found themselves with it all to play for as they entered the last 4 fixtures of the season. Mathematically, 3rd from bottom can catch 4th place, albeit highly unlikely, the 1st XI must take solace in the fixtures to come where they play 3 teams sat around them in the bottom 5. The first hurdle to overcome – a trip to Pocklington – was negotiated successfully. Richard Medforth’s man of the match performance earned Hornsea the victory. In a match where a number of batsmen on both side got starts he was the only one to really capitalise going on to finish unbeaten on 82 as the visitors chased down 218 to win by five wickets. He had earlier taken three wickets alongside Glenn Ratcliffe (3-64) as the home side failed to build on Dan Croft’s half-century, James Fletcher (30), Ted Donkin (38) and Dan Littlewood (39) all getting out in the thirties. It was a similar story in the Hornsea innings, the difference being that Ashley Mckinlay (38) and Joe Butterworth (32) finished on the winning side. Then it was home to Heworth on the Bank Holiday Monday (12:30pmThe visiting Heworth side had Neil Martin (90) and Guy Wilkinson (76no) to thank as they scored 241-5 having been put in to bat. The home side replied with 225-8 but the batting card had something of an odd look to it Jonathan Fisher (58), Richard Medforth (92) and Glenn Ratcliffe (42no) clearly all mastered the conditions but no one else reached double figures, Nagarjun Bhimarjau the main beneficiary with three for 32.. What a bank holiday weekend for the 1st XI as they secured 47 points from 60. One player shone out above them all as Richard Medforth rolled back the years and showed his class firstly seeing Hornsea secure the win over Pocklington then on the Monday he helped Hornsea secure a 90% draw and come close to an improbable win. These results now mean that 4 points from the last 2 games will guarantee Division One cricket in 2019. On the 1st September Hornsea host Goole (12:30pm) before travelling up the coast to Sewerby (12pm start) on the 8th September. Hornsea 2nd XI – Another positive year for the Pirates With 3 fixtures left in the season, the 2nd team find themselves 75 points above Humbleton, the best placed team in the relegation zone and currently lie 8th in the table (12 teams). Against bottom placed Hull Zingari on Saturday 27th August Richard Hornby (128) and Richard Evans (70) added 154 for the first wicket in their total of 270 for 4 when they entertained Hull Zingari. Zingari closed on 164 for 3 to earn a draw with Dan Mould scoring an unbeaten 51. Their remaining fixtures could see tougher tests, as all 3 fixtures left are to opposition higher than them. On the 1st September they travel to Cottingham, a team that only just secured a winning draw by 3 runs at Hornsea earlier in the season. Then the 2nds entertain Welton at home on the 8th September as they look to perform the double over them after an emphatic victory at Welton only a few weeks ago. Certainly Welton may well have something to say about this as they look to reverse their fortunes. The last game is away to Kirkella, a re-arranged game due to the wet start to the season, a distant memory after the summer we have had! (Welton play their planned fixture from this date on the BH Monday due to ground availability issues). Whatever the final outcome there has been encouraging signs throughout 2018 for the pirates. With more points in this season both overall and pro-rata to games played, they should take the positives on what has been a great season. James Vickerton should be proud of the job he has done, and encouraged that we are now fighting and competing in more games throughout the year. This combined with all the good work in growing the junior section, it won’t be too many more seasons until some of the older sea dogs can sit by the side and watch the next generation of pirates play. The Club endured a difficult June on the field with both teams languishing in the relegation zones, but a promising July has led to both teams making significant progress up their respective Divisions. Senior teams SATURDAY 23rd June Hornsea 204, Pocklington 128 off 33.1 overs (30 points) Hornsea and Pocklington swapped places at the foot of the table Glen Ratcliffe (5-30) and Joe Butterworth (4-24) combing to bowl out Pocklington for 128 and give the home side a much needed boost. Earlier in the day both Andrew Anderson (3-26) and Rich Foster (3-2) took three wickets but runs for the hosts from Jon Fisher (57) and Paul Clappison (36) would prove decisive, a total of 204 turning out to be well beyond the visitors reach. Hornsea 258-3, Hull Zingari 3rd Xi 234-7 off 45 overs (26 points) Hornsea got the better of a drawn game at Hull Zingari, rattling up 258 for 3. Matthew Knapton top scoring with his maiden century 104 in some style. Richard Evans (57 not out) and Richard Hornby (50) both added half centuries. Zingari put up a spirited reply with Michael Obridge (74) and Sajee Chandrasegaram (91 not out) keeping the run chase alive but with Taylor Wallace taking 5 for 67 & both Evans and Kieran Gibson applying the breaks on the scoring rate they eventually closed on 234 for 7. SATURDAY 30th June Hornsea 294-7 off 48 overs, Harrogate 2nd Xi 279-9 off 48 overs (27 points) Harrogate were indebted to the last wicket pair as they held on to salvage a draw from a high scoring encounter at Hornsea. Paul Clappison (92) was dismissed in sight of a century as the home side posted a formidable looking 294-7, aided by Mark Battye 39 & Rich Medforth 32 but in a match dominated by batsman on both sides it was the performances of Joe Butterworth with 4-51 and Ashley McKinley 3-68 for the home side that stood out. Half-centuries for the visitors from Oliver Horberry (59) and George Hampson (52) alongside runs from Andrew Hawkswell (48) and Will Topham (49) put the visitors in with a chance of victory but they eventually closed on 279-9 still 15 runs adrift. Hornsea 40, Cherry Burton 44-2 off 8.1 overs (1 point) Hornsea were shot out for just 40 when they visited Cherry Burton with David Butt (7 for 12) and Sam Sharp (3 for 23) doing the damage on a typically bowler friendly pitch, Sam Lakin doing well to reach 15. With the low target Matt Spencer swung the bat, finishing unbeaten on 32 as Cherry cruised to an eight wicket victory, again T Wallace taking both wickets. SATURDAY 7th July Hornsea 204, Dringhouses 119 off 32.1 overs (30 points) Dringhouses visited Hornsea but left empty handed following a match dominated by the bowlers on both sides. The home side duo of Ash McKinley (40) and Rich Medforth (45) helped their side to 204, Tom Storr (3-38) and Jacob Green (3-41) taking three wickets a piece. Medforth was again at the heart of the action this time with the ball taking 3-24 but it was Glen Ratcliffe with remarkable figures of five wickets for eight runs who was ultimately responsible as the visitors were bowled out for 119, that despite Liam Hancey’s spirited 37. Patrington 182, Hornsea 2nd XI 186-6 off 42.1 overs(30 points) Dean Johnson scored 102 and took 4 for 52 for Patrington but still ended on the losing side when they entertained Hornsea. Batting first, the hosts posted 182 all out where apart from Johnson, only Brian Butler 28 and C Maplebeck 17 reached double figures. Karl Greenwood took 4 for 14 for the visitors. The Hornsea reply started disastrously with 3 of the top 4 failing to score, but after a period of rebuilding Matt Knapton 45 not out and Greenwood 69not out eased Hornsea to a four wicket victory. SATURDAY 14th July Hornsea 131 off 48 overs Beverley 2nd XI 132-6 off 27.4 overs (5 points) Beverley Town sit third after they won a low scoring contest against Hornsea. The visitors struggled against James Emery (4-54) and Joey Franklin (3-10). After a steady start, a batting collapse ensued losing 6 wickets with 5 overs, only Glen Ratcliffe (30) and Joe Butterworth (32no) getting going as the side was all out for 131. The home side did lose six wickets, two apiece from Butterworth & Adam Newington, but after 41 from Olly Grantham and 40 from Tony Spence they were able to secure a result which maintains their promotion challenge. Humbleton 130, Hornsea 131-3 off 27.1 overs (30 points) Humbleton were all out for 130 when they visited Hornsea with Josh Styche scoring 62, Mark Oakes 26 against the spin of Richard Evans who claimed 3 victims. Hornsea cruised to a seven wicket victory with Richard Hornby scoring 67 not out ably supported by Sam Lakin 25 and Nick Dobbin 24 not out. Next week: Saturday 27th July 1st team away to Heworth, 2nd team home to KirkElla Womens’s soft ball cricket The inaugural soft ball cricket event took place on a blisteringly hot day, glasses of prosecco being consumed to keep participants refreshed. A fun day was had by all, thanks to all who took part or organised the event, and hopefully the event can be built upon next season. Century Club There are a few numbers available in our very popular Century Club Draw. For a cost of £25 per year, or £2 per month if you pay by standing order, you will be entered into a monthly draw with 3 prizes of £50, £25 and £10. That is 12 chances to double your money, and a further 12 chances to get your money back. It has even been known for some people to win more than one prize in a year. Winners for the past 2 months were: June – £50 J Metcalfe, £25 M Medforth, £10 Pat Rhodes July – £50 CRK Webster, £25 Sally Grazier, £10 R Silverwood Anyone wishing to join the Century Club, please contact Nick Fraser or Andy Ribee for further information. Volunteer? Hornsea CC pride ourselves on our friendly atmosphere for players and spectators alike. All new members, both junior and senior, will be made most welcome with opportunities to play, volunteer, spectate – there’s always something to do. The club is particularly looking for a scorer for the Saturday teams – payment is made for this role, along with provision of tea & transport to away matches. Give it a go, it’s a day out! Up to date news can be found by looking on: the club’s app: https://hornseacricketclub.teamapp.com or Hornsea Cricket Club Facebook page Ian Bottom (secretary) Tel: 0777 8595574 contactable on all matters.