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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Floods end Threlkeld’s chance of playing at home this season

The scenes on Saturday morning on Threlkeld CC’s ground must have been heart-breaking to all those involved in the positive developments at the club over the last decade.

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Threlkeld Cricket Club on June 23. Photo: Luke Winter

During the early hours of Saturday morning the beck adjoining the ground overflowed, leaving hundreds of tons of rock and silt in its wake on the pitch, which now resembles at rocky beach after a storm.

The ground will be unplayable for the rest of the season, and possibly beyond. It’s ironic, therefore, that the only Saturday match took place at the ground nearest to the River Eden, at Appleby.

Credit must go directly to the groundsman, Chris Bousfield, and, indirectly to the Environment Agency ensuring that the flood waters, on this occasion, were diverted away from the pitch.

Admittedly conditions were far from ideal, and the umpire’s trademark floppy white hat was well floppy, and soggy, by the end of proceedings. But if the players were keen to play John Simpson was not going to be a barrier to their endeavours.

It was difficult to judge a par score under trying circumstances, so Appleby’s final total was indeterminable. As the game unfolded, and Carlisle started to slip behind the asking rate, their target became more remote.

With 24 required from three overs, Simon Plevin, better known as a bowler, hit two huge sixes and some more in the penultimate over, putting his side in the driving seat as they needed five to win from six balls.

All credit therefore to the bowler, Martin Lightburn, the victim of Plevin’s assault in his previous over, as he conceded just two runs allowing the home side to take the bulk of the points on offer.

The weather has had a deleterious effect on the Cup schedule, which continued this weekend. Only two of the six rearranged games took place setting the Fixture Secretary’s almanac into overdrive. The benefit decent first innings total is paramount in posting a defendable target.

Both Nunwick II and Stainton II were guilty of the same offence and consequently lost their matches at Great Corby and Lanercost respectively.

Their second innings were an improvement with decent partnerships between Nunwick’s Paul Glasscott and Steve Hather, and Stainton’s Adam Jakeman and Graeme Silburn, but ultimately they had left themselves too little to defend.

Credit to the home sides bowlers, especially in the first innings where Great Corby’s Midge Bridgewater and Lanercost’s Ed Coombe bowled economically and each took four wickets into the bargain

RESULTS

PREMIERSHIP

Appleby (h) 134 in 30.2 overs (Adam Knowles 37, Phil Brabbins 27, Ryan Davidson 23, Gareth Weber 7-0-28-2, Stephen Johnson 2.2-0-7-3, Chris Foxcroft 5-0-29-2) drew Carlisle II 131/8 in 32 overs (Jordan Oultram 45, Simon Plevin 21no, Martin Gate 8-0-37-3, Martin Lightburn 8-0-40-2, Phil Cook 8-1-14-0)

All other league matches were abandoned without a ball being bowled.

JUNIOR LEAGUE CUP

Great Corby (h) 117/8 in 20 overs (Chris Slack 41, Andy Crudge 5-0-24-2, Paul Glasscott 5-0-24-2) beat Nunwick II 43 in 14 overs (Paul Glasscott 20, Midge Bridgewater 4-2-10-4, Ollie Cowan 4-0-9-3, Neville Lishman 3-0-13-2) Nunwick II (inn2 f.o) 113/7 –total 156- ( Paul Glasscott 63, Ashley Morris-Williams 5-0-17-5) Great Corby(inn2) 40/3 -total 157- (Paul Glasscott 2-0-6-2 ) by seven wickets.

Stainton II 68/7 in 20 overs (Ed Coombe 5-1-11-4, Martin Usher 5-0-21-1, Connor Doust 5-0-17-0, Andrew Kennedy 5-0-17-1 lost Lanercost II (h) 140/3 in 20 overs (Matthew Brown 67, Keiron Foster 33no, Graeme Silburn 5-1-22-1, Tom Myerscough 5-0-20-0) Stainton (inn2) 122/6 -total 190 – (Adam Jakeman 62no, Graeme Silburn 38no, Keiron Foster 5-0-21-3) Lanercost II(inn2) 51/2 in 10 overs - total 191 – (David Ferguson 31no, Tom Myerscough 3-1-10-1 ) by eight wickets

Wigton III 106/5 in 20 overs beat Gamblesby (h) 74/8 in 20 overs – one innings midweek match

All other cup matches were abandoned and rescheduled for Sunday, July 1.

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