SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER Beverley 189-8 off 44 overs v Hornsea 1st xi 174-6 off 37 overs (Beverley winning draw) A crunch relegation battle heralded the final league game of the season with one of the two sides guaranteed to be relegated in 10th spot. With 30 points up for grabs to the victors and Hornsea taking an 11 point lead into the fixture it couldn’t have been much tighter. Hornsea elected to field first and the opening bowlers both struck early reducing a strong Beverley batting line up to 80-5. Adam Newington & Ash McKinley taking 2 wickets apiece. Iain Gillyon and Alan Acklam, both former 1st team captains, steadied the ship with some sensible batting, Gillyon going on to a well-made 55. Acklam was also dismissed for 49 by Joe Butterworth as Joe finished with a fine 3-36 underling his great improvement this season. All bowlers & fielders performed well in difficult circumstances as the ball was damp for long periods, never easy. As the 1st innings had been rain interrupted the league rules determine that as Beverley had batted 44 overs, Hornsea were entitled to 37 in reply. After a few teatime calculations, the Hornsea players realised that achieving 90% of the Beverley total (171) would generate sufficient points to ensure league safety and as such that was their main target on the resumption. The Hornsea innings got off to a slow start, losing an early wicket but Jon Fisher and ash McKinley dug deep to ensure they stayed in. Two thirty run partnerships followed before McKinley & Doug Griebenouw (22) accelerated with a brisk 40 stand. Disappointingly Ash McKinley was out for another excellent 61 only 23 runs short of the magical 1,000 – a remarkable season. With the game edging towards the hosts, captain Mark Battye, in his correct number 6 slot, and Richard Medforth came to the middle and combined sensible but positive batting as they took the score to 155 before Battye was unluckily run-out for 20. It was left to Medforth to score the remainder of the runs as he calmly hit the boundary with 3 balls remaining that took Hornsea to 174 and safety before defending the last few deliveries. Much celebration from the travelling support, thank you for attending. The hostile behaviour of the host team did them no favours and it was credit to the Hornsea players that all remained calm, some under extreme provocation. Perhaps it was fitting on that basis alone that Hornsea retained their Division 1 status by 3 points – well done! There is sufficient talent in the team for an improved 2018 season when hopefully with more consistent player availability plus new recruits a promotion challenge shouldn’t be out of reach. August reports: SATURDAY 29th JULY Hornsea 1st xi 194 off 47.3 overs v Sewerby 197-7 off 44.5 overs (Sewerby win) Sewerby won the toss and not surprisingly chose to offer first knock to Hornsea on what was a well-prepared but damp outfield. A good steady start was provided by the top three of Jon Fisher, Paul Clappison & Ash Mckinley and the score had moved nicely to 98 by the time Mckinley was second wicket to fall for 22. From there wickets fell every 15-30 runs and the momentum never swung Hornsea’s way. Fisher was dismissed for a fine 79 and other contributions came from Al Kirk 19 & Mark Battye 22 as the batsmen battled hard. Particular mention must be made of the Sewerby fielding who seemingly took catches every time the ball went in the air. With a much changed bowling line up the bowlers were up against it against a strong batting line up especially with the quickening outfield. However all bowlers rose to the challenge ensuring 7 wickets were taken and that the game went to the last 4 overs. Mike Artley 43* saw Sewerby over the winning line after earlier contributions from Mike Hurst 30, Nick Gibson 38 & Chris Mann 31. Particular praise must go to Mckinley’s 2-26 off 12 overs and an encouraging spell from young spin bowler Kieran Gibson. Welton & Brough 256-5 off 45 overs v Hornsea 2nd xi 125-9 off 45 overs (Welton winning draw) Once again a number of late changes upset the balance of the 2nd team. A strong Welton batting line up were positive from the start and brought up 100 for the first wicket through James Beaton 42 & Jonny Cowing 65. The fielding started to drift as an onslaught from Darren McCune 59* and Tommy Harrison 25 saw the hosts to the largest total on that ground this season. With the target well out of reach, highlights of the Hornsea reply were Rich Hornby’s brisk 30 with contributions later on from James Mooney 22 and Karl Greenwood 16. Taylor Wallace & Rich Evans earning a batting point & ensuring the visitors were not bowled out. SATURDAY 5th AUGUST Hornsea 1st xi 235-9 off 48 overs v Folkton & Flixton 229-9 off 48 overs (Hornsea winning draw) As always the Flixton ground was looking immaculate & it was a little surprising that the hosts asked Hornsea to bat first. With opener Jon Fisher having put himself through cryotherapy treatment to ensure match fitness it was disappointing that he was first to be dismissed for 10. Paul Clappison’s broken fingers appear to be easing as he made a stylish 35 but Hornsea were struggling at 85-4 primarily against the excellent swing bowling of Jamie Nesfield. A crucial partnership followed between Chris Charles and Mark Battye, a sensible mix of solid defence scoring whenever possible, which took the score to 169 before Chris was bowled for an excellent 69. Captain Battye followed shortly after for 30 but once again the lower order pairing of Joe Butterworth 15 and Al Kirk 20 combined good running with solid batting to add a further 30 and post a competitive total. Nesfield having the admirable figures of 5-38 from 12 overs. Chris Charles square drives for 4 With the depth of the Flixton batting it was essential to bowl well early & both Adam Newington and Ash McKinley did so, keeping the scoring rate down & reducing the hosts to 37-4. Will Norman and Matt Nesfield found the change bowlers more to their liking and put the game back in their favour with a 100 run stand. The skipper turned to Keiran Gibson and Al Kirk and the combination delivered with their combined 16 overs going for only 71 and taking 4 crucial wickets including those of Norman for 56 and M Nesfield 63. With number 9 batsman Conner Stephenson hitting a couple of lusty blows out of the ground on the way to 35 only 9 runs were required off the last over. With bowler McKinley holding his nerve & Butterworth holding a hugely pressured catch Hornsea held on for a fine result. Special mention must be made of the fielding, taking 3 excellent catches, an aspect of the game that has received criticism by many this season. An excellent performance against strong opposition. Patrington 170 off 41.2overs v Hornsea 171-6 off 34.4overs (Hornsea win) Despite being weakened by holidays & work commitments Patrington won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a great surface. One last minute change was made to the Hornsea line up, with Richard Evans electing to step down to strengthen the batting with the late availability of Dan Dales. Patrington opened with the two McKinley’s of Jamie and Jason. The opening pair were naturally tentative and it was Jamie McKinley that was the first to fall with the score on 16, bowled by Tom Fraser for 10 who was showing good control of line and length. Karl Greenwood then removed Jason McKinley (21) in the 12th over, thanks to a good catch by Sam Lakin. This brought the in-form Glenn Ratcliffe to the crease and with Jack Eggett (21) put on 57 before Jack was out in the 25th over bowled by Dan Dales. This led to a collapse as Dales ripped through the middle order bringing Patrington to the brink at 116-6. Glenn Ratcliffe 41 ruing the shot he played as he was bowled, then Dan Dales taking 2 further wickets in his next over. Patrington managed to counter through Brendon Pollard and Will Ineson 24 who took advantage of some friendly bowling before Karl Greenwood broke the partnership with a run out, the score now on 160-7. The end then was near as the last 2 wickets fell in quick time with the re-introduction of Tom Fraser and Karl Greenwood, with Pollard 26 the last wicket to fall in the 42nd over. Dan Dales the pick of the bowling finishing with 4-44. Hornsea in reply were equally tentative and this was reflected in a flurry of wickets as Hornsea found themselves 12-3. Richard Hornby falling first to a great catch in the gully by Glenn Ratcliffe followed by Sam Lakin and Matthew Knapton. Jamie Mckinley with two wickets, Glenn Ratcliffe with the other. This led to a fightback through Dan Dales and Rob I’Anson putting on 45 before Rob I’Anson 16 was LBW. Dan Dales continued his counter attack and with James Vickerton put on 31 until Jack Eggett got one to sneak past the inside edge and bowl Dales for a fine 57. Craig Monkman then joined James Vickerton and with a 6 hit onto the roof of the pavilion had fielders scattering. The partnership put on 41 until Monkman 22 fell to a fine catch by Jason McKinley at long on, off the bowling of Glenn Ratcliffe who was brought back into the attack to try and regain control. Hornsea now on 127-6 in the 29th over. This left brothers in arms, James Vickerton 55* and Peter Vickerton 9* to see Hornsea over the line in a canter in the 35th over. SATURDAY 12th AUGUST Selby 255-8 off 48 overs v Hornsea 1st xi 231-7 off 41 overs (Selby winning draw) After the ground had been flooded on Wednesday it was no surprise that stand-in captain Paul Clappison asked the visitors to bat. The initial bowling was fairly tight as Rich Medforth took the first 2 wickets to restrict Selby to 67-2 off 15 overs. Alex Bowden and Lee Wild took a positive approach & added another 100 before the 3rd wicket fell, that of Wild for 35. From that point on it was primarily Bowden that did most of the scoring before being bowled for a fine 117, his 3rd century of the season. The bowlers plugged away in damp conditions for the remainder of the innings between & during spells of rain. The rain interruptions had serious repercussions as under the league rules Hornsea lost 7 overs of their reply, although the target didn’t decrease making for a difficult run chase. The task was made no easier when losing a wicket in the first over before another delay after 7 overs created further difficulties. On the re-start Jon Fisher & Ash McKinley took on the bowlers & kept up with the challenging run rate until McKinley was out to a fine boundary catch for 51 with the score 103. Fisher kept up the chase but sadly wickets fell too frequently for victory to be achievable. Dan Dales helped Fisher past the 200 mark with a brisk 20 before Fisher also achieved a well-deserved century finishing 105 not out. Runs in the final over took Hornsea past 90% of the Selby score and additional draw points, not a bad haul considering the conditions. Middleton & North Dalton 177-6 off 31 overs v Hornsea (Rain – abandoned) Hornsea travelled to top of league MND in good spirits following last week’s victory which had improved their chances of Division 2 survival. Hornsea won the toss and elected to field on a ground that had clearly seen some rain over the last week. Ricky Woodmansey and Alan Lees set about the task scoring at 6 an over as the Hornsea pair of Karl Greenwood and Tom Fraser struggled to hit the lengths on a helpful wicket. Richard Evans replaced Karl Greenwood in the 7th over and helped peg the scoring rate back with a fuller length where the ball seemed to be doing plenty. It was Evans that was first to strike as he removed Ricky Woodmansey (27) caught behind by Ryan Gibson. The introduction of left arm Craig Monkman forced an uppish drive into the covers by Alan Lees (39) and was taken low, diving forward by Karl Greenwood, MND now 86-2. Craig Monkman came out of the attack to be replaced by left arm spin of Tom Catley. Despite this change, MND still scored at a fair rate until Richard Evans had Johnny Addy (29) LBW in the over before drinks were taken and the covers were applied as the first rain interruption of the day occurred. The players took the field with 4 overs removed from the match, and it wasn’t long until Evans struck again bowling Rich Gibson in what had to be the most unusual manner ever witnessed on a cricket pitch. A full length ball lifted into the batsman’s groin as he went to pull the ball to leg, the batsman pirouetted 180 degrees before the ball fell from his clothing onto his wickets. When the 2nd rain break occurred significant rain fell and more overs came out of the game. An early tea was taken to limit the reduction of overs and upon resumption MND looked to push on but Tom Catley bowled Michael Brent in the following over the score 156-5. Richard Evans completed his 12 over spell in the 29th over, his last 3 overs being maidens with his figures reading 3-28. Tom Catley struck again with a caught and bowled the score now 164-6 in the 30th. The reintroduction of Karl Greenwood in the 31st was short lived, as he only completed one over and with the rain falling hard and the call for the covers, the captains shook hands and the match was abandoned. SATURDAY 19th AUGUST Ripon 130 off 46.2 overs v Hornsea 1st xi 101 off 42.3 overs (Ripon win) After the long journey to Ripon Hornsea won the toss and elected to field first. With a soft outfield and cracked wicket scoring runs was never going to be easy. Despite the best efforts of opening bowlers Rich Medforth & Adam Newington the luck didn’t go their way and the Ripon openers Rob Taylor & Elliot Oates produced a vital opening stand of 45. When Taylor was out for 35 there followed a match winning partnership of 52 between Ben Crewe 25 and Mike Ainley 35 with both playing a few pleasant shots between desperate defence as the ball kept horribly low on occasions. Once these were out, change bowlers Ash Mckinley 4-37 and Joe Butterworth 3-19 proceeded to mop up the remainder of the batting with Ripon losing their last 8 wickets for 22. In reply Hornsea got off to a terrible start losing their 5th wicket in the 12th over, all to young Dan Crewe. There was hope of a revival between Rich Medforth 16 and Adam Newington 34, and then Newington & Liam Hanna but when Crewe took his 6th wicket the game was up and the innings fell away. Dan Crewe finished with 6-19 as the batsmen couldn’t cope with straight bowling and low bounce. Humbleton 233-7 off 45 overs v Hornsea 237-5 off 42.4 overs (Hornsea win) In a vital relegation clash it was vital that Humbleton did not get off to a flying start and they didn’t as Karl Greenwood took 2 crucial wickets. From 56-4 captain Adam Dewson was joined by Josh Styche and they proceeded to accelerate the scoring nicely, compiling nearly a century stand for the 5th wicket before Styche was undone by the leg spin of Carl Thornburn for 37. Dewson looked to be heading to his 2nd century of the season against Hornsea until he thought a reverse sweep was a good idea only to be bowled for 98. Late contributions from Ben Porter and Tom Voase ensured a fine total was reached. The 41 extras conceded by Hornsea is something that needs to be improved upon next week. With a good start essential in reply the opposite occurred with Hornsea soon 4-2. Batsmen Rich Hornby and Dave Prescott were not fazed by this and proceeded to pick off the bad deliveries as they got the scoreboard moving. With boundaries coming regularly it was a surprise when Prescott was bowled for a fine 72, the pair having added 148 and offered hope of a successful run chase. For the 2nd innings running captain James Vickerton came to the crease at a vital time and proceeded to calmly chase the victory target until he was dismissed for 29 with only 19 required. With Hornby at his imperious best this wasn’t to prove a problem as he played his way to a match winning 100* and in the process taking Hornsea out of the relegation zone. Mike Rhodes Memorial Pairs – Sunday 27th August Bank holiday Sunday sees the annual fun day in memory of Mike. It would be good for as many as possible to partake in the pairs tournament along with downing a few social bevvies and Cat’s burgers. Registration at 12 o’clock for a 1pm start. 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 month were: July – £50 F Bottom, £25 C Smith, £10 Katy Hewitt Anyone wishing to join the Century Club, please contact Nick Fraser or Andy Ribee for further information. July Reports: SATURDAY 24th JUNE Ripon 226-8 off 48 overs v Hornsea 1st xi 219 off 44 (Ripon win) Ripon took first use of the wicket & despite many close calls put on 42 for the first wicket. The pivotal partnership of the match followed between captain Rob Taylor 66 and Elliott Oates 69 as they put on a further 94 for the 2nd wicket occupying the crease for a long enough period that their vulnerable middle-order wasn’t exposed. Joe Butterworth continued his fine form with the ball, bowling his 12 overs for a miserly 31 runs and the wicket of Taylor. A mixture of good luck and a few nice shots late on from J Briscombe 29* ensured the visitors had compiled a competitive total. In response, Hornsea conceded a body blow with a wicket to the second ball of their reply. This brought Ash McKinley to the crease & not for the first time this season he played the innings of the match. With wickets tumbling at the other end McKinley scored a magnificent run-a-ball 104 before unluckily playing on, the score being 173-6. Matt Knapton with 38 & Ineson took the score to 208 before the next wicket fell but sadly the last men were unable to quite finish the job although in reality being 5 wickets down too early had cost the win. Humbleton 286-1 off 45 overs v Hornsea 2nd xi 138 off 34.3 overs (Humbleton win) SATURDAY 1st JULY Dringhouses 169 off 41 overs v Hornsea 1st xi 171-4 off 31.4 (Hornsea win) Once again Hornsea chose to field first and after a couple of chances went begging Billy Ineson produced an excellent delivery to bowl dangerman Andrew Simpson for 27. Opening bowlers Ineson & Adam Newington both were unfortunate not to take further wickets as the score passed the 100 mark for the loss of only 2 wickets. The in-form Joe Butterworth marked his arrival with 2 wickets & a surge of confidence spread through the team. Top scorer Liam Hancey was well caught by Newington off the bowling of Rich Medforth for a well-made 62 before Rob Mewburn produced an excellent spell to mop up a further 2 wickets, seemingly beating the bat every other delivery. With Newington returning to take the final 2 wickets Dringhouses were dismissed for a mediocre 169, losing their final 8 wickets for 53. After a decent start with the 50 coming up for the loss of only 1 wicket, a couple of wickets fell inside the same over & the game was at a pivotal point with Hornsea 63-3. Paul Clappison having chipped in with a useful 29. All 3 victims being LBW to George Wilson who finished with 3-46 from 9 overs. The steadying hand of Medforth stayed with McKinley as the pair compiled a 100 partnership and saw the visitors to within 2 blows of victory. Sadly McKinley was dismissed for another excellent innings of 95, depriving him of another well-deserved century. Medforth took the opportunity to hit another couple of boundaries in the following over to see his team over the line, as he finished on 32no and victory was secured with 23 overs to spare. Hornsea 2nd xi 174 off 44.2 overs v North Ferriby 170 off 38.3 overs (Hornsea win) Hornsea, bolstered by improved availability opened the innings with Nick Dobbin and Rob I’anson. Progress was slow and Dobbin was the first to fall, Dan Dales then strode to the crease and with Rob put on 52 for the 2nd wicket until a calamitous run out led to Rob I’anson (29) falling foul. Signs of a wobble materialised and the score looked ominous at 96 for 6. With Dales riding his luck, 15-30 run partnerships with the lower middle order started to form, firstly with Craig Monkman 14, then Ryan Gibson until Dales was also run out on 58, the score now 129-8. Some level headed batting from Ryan (14) put on 14 with Richard Evans, then Karl Greenwood (15) joined Evans and the last pair put on 30 runs until Karl was bowled in the last over, just 2 runs short of a batting point on 173. The penultimate over saw the rare sight of 5 extras when the ball hit the keepers helmet… how pivotal those runs became unfolded in the 2nd half. Hornsea opening bowlers Tom Fraser and Greenwood found the going tough as they struggled to hit the lines they had delivered in weeks gone past. It took the batsmen 5 overs to get off the mark, but the score was well into double figures thanks to extras. With the warhorse waning, Evans was brought into the attack and struck in his first over bowling Hunter. This brought hard hitting Scott Watkin (10) who was bowled by Evans, next ball he struck LBW, the score now 50-3. Tom Fraser then finally got the other opener who had batted 58 balls and frustrated Tom with countless false shots. Tom Fraser then removed Jake Oakes, 5 down and around 60 on the board, Hornsea started to believe. North Ferriby had different ideas, as Elliot Greenfield and captain Billy Astill started to swing hard dispatching some boundaries. With fielders set deep, chances where spurned as both batsmen were dropped before Evans finally bowled Greenfield (25). Nicholas Dobbin replaced Tom Fraser and managed to force a top edge off Astill (44). North Ferriby continued to push hard and offered chances, Richard Evans may feel unlucky not to have had a couple more finshing his 12 over spell 5-59, but with George Butterworth replacing him and the reintroduction of Karl Greenwood replacing Dobbin, Hornsea got another breakthrough as Karl clean bowled Hirst (11). With 9 wickets down, this brought Graham Mattinson together with Paul Hunter and they continued to push hard to the line. North Ferriby kept offering chances and yet another catch went down but Hornsea never gave up. With the win only 1 hit away, Karl Greenwood managed to force the mistake from Mattinson (10) as he pumped one up to mid off. Hornsea gained 30 points and winners by 3 runs…. now we see just how precious those 5 penalty runs proved to be! SATURDAY 8th JULY Harrogate 326-7 off 48 overs v Hornsea 1st xi 280-5 off 48 (Harrogate winning draw) Harrogate elected to bat first & they lost an opener in the 2nd over to Ash McKinley. From there it was a struggle for the bowlers on another excellent pitch as 17 year old Eitam Litvin and their captain Jordan Marshall compiled 166 before another wicket fell. Marshall was next to go for a solid 41 but Litvin drove & pulled his way to a well-deserved century. A spirited fightback by the bowlers pegged Harrogate back to 236-6 including the wicket of Litvin for 131. However there was more punishment for the bowlers as middle-order men Griffin 38, McNicholas 27, Bartlett 34no & Abdi Hasan-Ahmed 26no all emphasised the quality of the wicket with a full range of strokes. McKinley ending with 4-73 and Rich Medforth’s unlucky 1-70 were the pick of the bowlers. Joe Butterworth taking 3 fine catches in the deep was the highlight of the fielding but the 326 total was an imposing figure at tea. As in the 1st innings, Hornsea also lost an opener in the 2nd over for a duck. Promoted opener Rob I’anson and McKinley joined forces to prevent a collapse as they also compiled a century stand before I’anson was dismissed after a stubborn yet valuable effort. McKinley continued his supreme run of form as he stroked his way to another excellent century, his 3rd of the season. Until McKinley was stumped for a terrific 121 an unlikely victory had remained a slim possibility but despite the best efforts of Rich Medforth 55 and captain Mark Battye 57no the mountain remained too large to climb. However a good batting display to achieve a season’s best 280. Sutton 270-8 off 45 overs v Hornsea 2nd xi 208-7 off 45 overs (Sutton winning draw) Sutton openers U Ahmad and A Balal both reached their twenties before being dismissed by Tom Fraser. An inspired spell in the field followed as they had hosts Sutton reeling at 99-6. However K Challis proceeded to bat for a long period for 22 as he & Rhys Martin 44 put on 50 for the 7th wicket. That was overshadowed by number 9 batsman Adnan Khan as he contributed a blistering 88no off only 48 deliveries producing a stunning knock that took the game away from the bowlers. T Fraser produced his best spell of the season with a well-earned 4-38. The Hornsea batting had a strong look about it as all but 1 reached double figures. Pick of the innings was Sam Lakin with a season’s best 61 something he is capable of on a regular basis. Other solid contributions came from the Vickerton brothers – James 27 and Pete 20no – along with Karl Greenwood 22 and Ryan Gibson 20no. Ryan’s 9 ball effort being particularly meritorious as it gained the team an additional 6 points in the final over. SATURDAY 15th JULY Hornsea 1st xi 153 off 42.3 overs v Hull Zingari 154-2 off 31.2 overs (Hull Zingari win) Zingari won the toss and not surprisingly chose to offer first knock to Hornsea on what was probably the most difficult wicket Hornsea have played on this season. A steady foundation was laid by Rob I’anson 22 and Paul Clappison 28 with 40 for the first wicket before only Ash McKinley 23 and Chris Charles 28 offered substantial support. Batting was difficult as regular low bounce inhibited the normally free scoring batsmen and assisted the steady bowling. Wickets fell on a regular 15-20 run basis as the batsmen failed to find the necessary momentum against Matthew Bunn 3-31 and Simon Powdrell 3-6. The wicket appeared to ease considerably as the day wore on but that would be to belittle batsmen Jack Storey 87no and Guy Martinson 56 who appeared to cope better with the awkward conditions as they advanced to a convincing 8 wicket victory. The highlight of the Hornsea attack was a fine spell from Adam Newington who deserved more than the 1 wicket he took. Newport 276 off 43.2 overs v Hornsea 2nd xi 94 off 28.1 overs (Newport win) SATURDAY 22nd JULY Hornsea 1st xi 148 off 46.1 overs v Heworth 127 off 36.1 overs (Hornsea win) Heworth won the toss and not surprisingly chose to offer first knock to Hornsea on what was a well-prepared but damp surface. After losing an early wicket to a somewhat numb bit of play, Jon Fisher & Ash McKinley appeared to be going along nicely with the score reaching 50 before the latter was caught behind for 18. A flurry of wickets followed against leg-spinner Steve Lawrence as he extracted turn & bounce in the helpful conditions, eventually finishing with 5-36 off his 12 overs. Among his haul were Fisher for 37 & Mark Battye for 16. With their backs against the wall at 104-7 a spirited partnership of 41 followed for the 8th wicket between Al Kirk 32 and Joe Butterworth 22 ensuring that a reasonable total had been achieved, if maybe 25 short of a par score. It was essential that early wickets were taken and opening bowlers Adam Newington and Rich Medforth didn’t disappoint, both striking in their first overs. Sadly Newington had to retire due to injury after 5 overs but Medforth proved a real handful at the other end taking 4 wickets before his spell ended at drinks by which time the hosts had slumped to 70-7. Ash McKinley also bowled well having replaced Newington and Heworth continued to struggle to 86-9. However with the ball doing less off the pitch and with the outfield quickening all afternoon the Heworth tail started to wag. Number 9 batsman Finn Scott and number 11 Alfie Oliver appeared in no trouble as they scored at will until Finn succumbed to a McKinley bouncer, Matt Knapton taking a high pressure catch. The pair had added 41, Scott out for 42 and Oliver remaining 19 not out. Mckinley finishing with 4-35 as Hornsea won by 21 runs, the sort of close game that determines a season’s fortunes. Hornsea 2nd xi 162-9 off 45 overs v Driffield 166-2 off 22.2 overs (Driffield win) 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 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 month were: July – £50 N Barket, £25 T Catley, £10 R Silverwood Anyone wishing to join the Century Club, please contact Nick Fraser or Andy Ribee for further information.SATURDAY 20th MAY Hornsea 1st xi 225 off 45.4 overs v Heworth 145-6 off 32 overs (match abandoned) After a full day’s rain the ground was a little softer than usual & Hornsea chose to bat first. An excellent 1st wicket partnership of 105 followed between Jon Fisher & Paul Clappison. When Fisher was dismissed for 55 a considerable total should have been posted. The innings progressed smoothly until the total reached 200 when inexplicably the innings subsided. Once Clappison was caught & bowled for 95 there followed some meek dismissals which saw Hornsea finish on a creditable but ultimately disappointing 225. The Heworth response started badly losing a wicket in the 3rd over, from where W Huffer 41 & N Martin 39 restored parity. Fine bowling between Al Kirk & Joe Butterworth prised out a further 5 wickets between the showers. Sadly further rain saw the game being abandoned with both sides hopeful of victory. A spirited fightback with the ball, promising better things ahead. Driffield 4th XI 141 off 30.1 overs v Hornsea 144-1 off (Hornsea win) Hornsea 2nd team made the trip to local rivals Driffield, on a breezy and cloud laden sky. Hornsea won the toss and put Driffield 4ths into bat who got off to a strong start scoring at 5+ runs an over, until Tom Fraser struck with the score on 36 removing the opener T McDougal (25). Driffield rallied to 67-2 when Tom Fraser struck again removing the other opener and with that wickets then started to fall at regular intervals. With the run rate dropping Driffield were soon 99-7 with Karl Greenwood picking up the next 3 wickets. H Thompson was the only batsmen in the lower order to show any resistance hitting 41 as Driffield posted 141 all out in the 31st over. Tom Fraser (4-56), K Greenwood (3-47), G Butterworth (3-22) With the rain clouds looming after tea, Hornsea set about chasing down the target with Matthew Knapton and James Vickerton. Interruptions for rain dogged the Hornsea innings but this appeared to affect the bowling unit more than the batsmen as Matthew Knapton took advantage. Hornsea’s opening pair put on 106 before Knapton (80) was out caught, spurning what would have been a well-earned hundred. Dan Dales (24) then joined Vickerton (33) and the pair saw the team over the line in the 29th over. From Issue 32 SATURDAY 27th MAY Sewerby 256-7 off 48 overs v Hornsea 1st xi 185 off 44 overs (Sewerby win) On a cold afternoon on the clifftop Sewerby elected to bat first. Loanee R Robinson & L Warkup both made 20’s before succumbing to Rich Medforth. More solid batting from Gibson 21 & Cooper 50 put the hosts in position for a late attack from S Janney 84* and M Rennoldson 30 who once again took the opposition over 250. Joe Butterworth bowling well to remain under 4 an over from his full allocation of 12 overs. Train arriving in time to see Hornby catch The Hornsea response got off to a terrible start but Jon Fisher 85 & Nick Moulds 28 took the visitors to 102-3 before Moulds was bowled. Another 40 stand followed & Hornsea looked in with a chance of victory but the dismissal of Fisher triggered a collapse of 4 wickets in 3 overs. A fine late flurry from Rob Mewburn 25 added a more respectable look to the losing total. Welton 2nd xi 235-4 off 45 overs v Hornsea 210-8 off 45 overs (Welton winning draw) The game was memorable for a maiden Hundred for Welton’s 13 year old Jack Steel, before he was caught off the last ball of Welton’s innings for 101. He was supported by J Beaton 55* as he carried his bat through the innings to provide stability to the Welton Innings. Although wicketless, Kieran Gibson was the pick of the Hornsea bowling. Hornsea’s reply was going along comfortably with 106 for the first wicket before Rob I’anson was dismissed for 44. Matthew Knapton continued his fine form with 79 as the hosts looked certain to ease their way to the target. But a great 1 handed catch by M Glew then his introduction into the attack soon had Hornsea rocking as he picked up 5 wickets for 27 runs. Only George Butterworth reaching 20 in the middle-order. Joshua Wilcox gave good support taking 2-44. Hornsea kept pushing to the end, falling just short of the 90% draw points score by 3 runs. Good game had by both teams played in a great spirit. MONDAY 29rth MAY Hornsea 1st xi 159 off 37.5 overs v Knaresborough 116-2 off 28 overs (match abandoned) Hornsea put in to bat lost wickets at intervals on what were good conditions for bowlers following the morning rain. After losing an early wicket Hornsea appeared in control of the situation and a 200 score should have been possible. Sadly McKinley, Wallis & Moulds were all out in their teens as Hornsea threatened to take control. Once Clappison (63) fell in the 24th over for the 4th wicket at 119, Hornsea’s middle-order failed again losing 6 wickets for 22 as the Knaresborough bowlers took control with J Tear the stand out performer taking 4-44 in 10 overs. With the option of 58 overs to bat Knaresborough, somewhat oblivious to the coming rain, started their innings steadily navigating their way to 59 before N Cutts (17) was out. Knaresborough continued their innings, played in light rain for the most part until play was abandoned at 17.50, the score now at 116-2 and S Ryan 75* with 28 overs completed. At 7pm it was decided that the rain was the winner and the match was finally called off. Knaresborough with a long drive back to think “what may have been” had they chanced their arm more, Hornsea the main beneficiaries of the bad weather on this occasion. SATURDAY 3rd JUNE Hornsea 1st xi 189-9 off 48 overs v Folkton & Flixton 194-1 off 34.2 overs (Folkton win) After an evening’s rain Hornsea were asked to bat first & found the going tough. Only Ash McKinley with a fine 83 got going sufficiently to challenge the visitor’s bowlers before he was dismissed trying to accelerate. The middle order spluttered before a late flourish from Al Kirk 22 & Joe Butterworth 13* added 37 for the 9th wicket which it was hoped had generated a competitive total. All 4 bowlers for Flixton taking 2 wickets. Adam Newington struck in the first over after tea to give Hornsea increased hope. Newington had a further chance put down at slip in his finest spell of the season but that was as near as Hornsea came to another breakthrough. Antony Stones attacked the Hornsea bowlers and took the game away from them, as he and M Dandy scored the remaining runs without further loss. Stones eventually finishing on an excellent 132* containing 27 boundaries with Dandy 45*. Patrington 2nd xi 165-7 off 45 overs v Hornsea 120 off 33.3 overs (Patrington win) Hornsea travelled South into Holderness to visit 2nd in the table Patrington who elected to bat first. Sadly details are a little sketchy but the ever reliable Jamie McKinley with 31 and M Todd 25 combined with 40 extras gave Patrington a useful score. Good to see Big Rich Evans back taking wickets with 3-18 off 12 overs. In response only Tom Fraser with 28 threatened to win the game for the visitors. D Precious 4-17 and J McKinley 3-25 taking the majority of wickets. SATURDAY 10th JUNE Selby 212-6 off 48 overs v Hornsea 1st xi 214-8 off 46.2 (Hornsea win) After a morning’s rain the Selby groundsman had done a grand job to get the pitch in good condition. Despite fiery opening spells from both Billy Ineson & Adam Newington, the hosts held firm to only lose one wicket in the first 20 overs. As conditions eased for batting M Hoyle 71 and G Roberts 43 took the score to 120 before the 2nd wicket fell. Joe Butterworth & Ash McKinley with 2 wickets apiece kept the scoring in check until a late flurry from L Wild 44 ensured Selby achieved a more than creditable score. A far better fielding display than on some occasions. Hornsea lost an early wicket in response before Jon Fisher 30 and McKinley 53 took the score along to 76. Upon this dismissal of Fisher the innings stagnated and wickets fell until Hornsea were in the mire at 110-5 with around 14 overs remaining. At this point skipper Mark Battye regained the initiative with a brisk 35 & the hosts wobbled. He received fine support from the lower half of the innings as Medforth 16, Newington 19 and Butterworth 21no all showed their batting prowess and it was left to Ineson to hit a boundary off the only delivery he received to see Hornsea to a narrow victory. Middleton & North Dalton 211-4 off 45 overs v Hornsea 2nd xi 120 off 43 overs (Middleton win) Hornsea won the toss and elected to field. Despite two early strikes from Tom Fraser, Middleton & North Dalton recovered through the division’s top run scorer R Woodmansey (91) and S Tate (56) who put on 141 for the 3rd wicket. Some good tight bowling held the visitors to 211 for 4 in their allotted 45 overs. Hornsea in reply had the worst possible start losing opener Matthew Knapton in the 1st over. Hornsea recovered through Daniel Dales (30) and Richard Hornby (42) but once this resistance was removed with the score now 80-3, the remaining 7 wickets fell for 40 runs with only Tom Fraser 20no making a meaningful contribution. Pick of the Middleton & North Dalton bowlers was S Tate who finished with 3-17 off 7 overs. Hornsea all out for 120 off the last ball of the 42nd over. A spirited effort against undoubtedly the best team in the division. SATURDAY 17th JUNE Hull 235-6 off 48 overs v Hornsea 1st xi 218-9 off 48 (Hull winning draw) In sweltering conditions Hornsea elected to field and Adam Newington struck with the first ball of the match for the perfect start. A steady spell of batting ensued between M Watkin 29 and T Jennings 16 which took the score into the 60s before both were dismissed. Shortly after came a crucial moment as Fergus Wilkinson was dropped and he soon started to take advantage. He scored the majority of the runs in a 120 partnership with C Lound (39) where despite the bowlers’ best efforts they couldn’t get the vital wicket. With wickets in hand in the later stages new batsmen were able to take chances and the fielding flagged, Wilkinson finishing on a fine 100no. Nick Moulds picking up a late couple of wickets. After a particularly warm set of sandwiches the Hornsea openers got off to a fine start. Paul Clappison was the first to be dismissed for 21 in the 11th over with the score on 59. There followed a disastrous spell of 3 overs during which Hornsea lost a further 3 wickets including that of Jon Fisher for 36. Successive 30 stands were both halted by needless runouts and at 113-6 things looked grim. However as in the previous week the lower order of Medforth 36 and Joe Butterworth 22 along with Adam Newington took the score past the 200 mark. Just as a victory appeared possible Newington was bowled for 43 and it was left to the last pair of Al Kirk & Craig Monkman to ensure that Hornsea were not bowled out, ensuring draw points were gained. Hornsea 2nd xi 203 off 45 overs v Brandesburton 205-8 off 41.3 overs (Brandesburton win) On what was the hottest day of the year so far, and at a resplendent Hollis Rec, Hornsea won the toss and elected to bat. Matthew Knapton and Rob I’Anson seemed well set out in the middle with the score rattling along until Matthew Knapton played around a straight one. I’anson was joined by Richard Hornby who then set about building a 98 run partnership and putting the bowlers to the sword in the blistering heat before Richard Hornby (51) succumbed to the gentle leg spin of C Ford. It turned out slow bowling was the way to go, and with Ford (4-44) and S Robinson (5-44) now into the attack Hornsea were restricted to 203. Tom Fraser continued his run of form as he stroked 30 runs with the tail. On a total that was felt competitive yet perhaps 20-30 runs light, Hornsea then set about trying to bowl out the visitors. Fortune was on the visitors side as chances came but were spurned with K Atkinson dropped and P Cook chancing his arm. This led to runs flowing freely so the decision was taken to take pace off the ball with Richard Evans and Dan Dales into the attack. Evans was the first to strike, claiming the wicket of Atkinson (30) with a low catch at 1st slip. Then Dales trapped Wijesinghe in front the score now on 61-2. This brought Robinson to the crease, who batted with caution as the lines were kept tight by Dales and Evans. Next to fall was Cook (58) to a great catch from I’anson standing up off the bowling of Evans the score now 99-3. This opened an end, and sensing the opportunity Evans struck first trapping Morris in front LBW, then getting the prized wicket of Atkinson 1st ball to a catch at 1st slip. Brandesburton notably wobbling now with the score 104-5 started to rebuild with Ford and S Robinson. Dales then got Ford (14) LBW the score now 132-6. Brandesburton counterattacked through M Briggs and Robinson who offered a sharp chance at 1st slip off the bowling of George Butterworth, a chance that was to prove pivotal. The reintroduction of Karl Greenwood saw the removal of Briggs (21) to a great catch in the gully by Peter Vickerton. With score on 172-7, Greenwood produced a beauty to bowl H Brown and Brandesburton still needing 31 runs for victory. Despite every effort, Hornsea toiled and tried almost everything but Brandesburton got over the line in the 42nd over. H Atkin (12*) with S Robinson (53*) making his half century with the boundary that won the game. A closely fought match, which saw improvements to Hornsea’s fielding despite the chances missed, and a game that pushed a team that was 3rd in the division to the very end. Readman Cup Sewerby 162-6 off 20 overs v Hornsea 2nd xi 158-7 off 20 overs (Sewerby win) Hornsea came up against a strong Sewerby side and bowled well except for the tendency towards bowling the odd wide here & there. M Hurst 39no and M Artley 19no producing a fine 7th wicket stand to give the hosts a good total in 20 overs. The visitors response was dominated by Rich Medforth who struck an excellent 99, receiving support from Joe Butterworth who was the only other batsman in double figures. Sadly Medforth was dismissed in the penultimate over and with 13 required from the last over the new batsmen couldn’t muster the boundary required. The 33 wides conceded by Hornsea was the key to the game. Juniors Under 15s Matches will generally take place on Monday evenings, please let Pete Marson (07581 727697) know if you know of anyone interested in playing. Under 11s Matches will generally take place on Thursday evenings, please let Adam Newington (07854 931743) know if you know of anyone interested in playing. In addition there is training night for anyone under 11 on Fridays from 6.00-7.00pm at the Hollis Rec. Any interested junior would be most welcome just to turn up – only requirement is training shoes & warm weather clothing. 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 month were: June – £50 A Ribee, £25 S Battye, £10 J Fraser Anyone wishing to join the Century Club, please contact Nick Fraser or Andy Ribee for further information.