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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Injury rules Braithwaite captain out of first game in 18 years

Firstly, to mention what didn’t happen; not the number of games lost to the weather, but the fact that Gilbert didn’t play.

Gilbert Pyke photo
Gilbert Pyke

Gilbert Pyke, the ebullient and loquacious Braithwaite captain, finally missed a match through an eye injury, his first absence since 1995.

In a career spanning 18 seasons Gilbert has played in every Braithwaite league and cup match.

The exact number isn’t known, but he was aware it was approaching 300 consecutive matches. Having two boys who followed in his footsteps helped; leaving the wife at the ground at the end of the match in his haste to reach the pub didn’t.

Given the atrocious weather conditions it’s surprising the number of matches that did take place.

Artificial wickets, scorned by most during fine weather, became a godsend; the only item missing was waterproof cricket whites. Both would have been utilised as Great Corby and Lanercost finally booked their place in the Junior Cup semi-finals following home wins against Carleton and Irthing Vale respectively.

Both were fairly comfortable, although in different circumstances. Great Corby had a healthy first innings lead, and a brutal half century by Chris Slack where forty one came in two overs, took the game away from Carleton.

Irthing Vale struggled to post a decent score in either innings in a match where three bowlers took five wickets in their allotted five overs.

Alistair McKenzie’s effort was ultimately in vain, but Jack Freshwater and Keiren Foster were part of a dominant Lanercost bowling outfit which left their batsmen a meagre second innings target which was reached by the third over.

The Senior Cup didn’t happen. The delayed match between Longtown and Wigton II was settled with a Friday night bowl out.

To save any embarrassment the number of misses has been omitted, suffice to say Longtown won.

Any chance progression two days later was halted by a sodden pitch, as was the Shap – Temple Sowerby fixture which has been cancelled four times to date.

In the Premiership, with Caldbeck I resting and Stainton I drawing, Scotby took the opportunity to slightly increase their lead at the top of the table following a seven wicket win over Carlisle III.

It wasn’t such a happy conclusion to the leaders of the other three divisions who either lost or settled for a losing draw.

A difficult day for Braithwaite’s stand-in captain, Ian Plant, who crucially lost the toss, as the team ultimately lost the game and their unbeaten record in the penultimate over of the game at Kirkby Stephen.

The closest contest of the day came in this division as Patterdale won an unlikely victory at Temple Sowerby.

The home side’s had virtually reached a half the required total before James Farmer fell to Richard Kelso. His opening partner, Scott Cameron, departed on the same score, triggering a middle order collapse.

Steve Hodgson held the side together as they tentatively approached their target, down to seven required with three wickets in hand.

Once he was dismissed, in a neat symmetry Richard Kelso, having taken the first, returned to wrap up the innings taking the last two.

In Division Two only two matches took place with Lanercost II quietly striding up the table following the defeat of Penrith III with David Ferguson the one of only two centurions of the weekend as his side accumulated the highest total of the weekend.

Leaders Keswick II, playing their first match for a month, had to settle for a draw against Penrith Academy, but at least retain their unbeaten tag of a season and a half.

Division Three leaders Stainton II had a mixed weekend, the second highest score of the weekend brought about a comprehensive win at home to Penrith Wanderers, in direct contrast to the low scoring affair the following day against a strong Appleby III.

Threlkeld’s Richard Bannister was the other centurion in a match against Nunwick II which was notable for the fact that the latter gained the first earned points for the club this season, two in a losing draw.

RESULTS

PREMIERSHIP

Shap (h) 90 in 31.4 overs (Mitch Dowding 10-4-13-2, Martin Gate 7-0-28-3, Peter Smith 6.4-1-19-2, Scott Murray 7-2-16-3) lost Appleby II 91/2 in 27.1 overs (Andrew Barr 40no, Lee Stockdale 10-4-10-1).

Nunwick I v Staffield – rain.

Stainton I 168/9 in 40 overs (Nick Whitfield 10-3-27-0, Callum MacLeod 9-2-32-2) drew Carlisle II (h) 140/8 in 40 overs (Grant Whitehead 43, Tom Myerscough , Jonny Ridley 10-2-34-3)

Carlisle III (h) 153/9 in 40 overs (Chris Humpleby 31, Nick Rigg 10-2-33-3) lost Scotby 154/3 in 22.3 overs (Mark Vasey 51no, Andrew Jefferson 49, James Swann 39no, Lee Hogarth 6-1-24-1)

DIVISION ONE

Edenhall (h) 147/7 in 40 overs (Jamie Armstrong 67, Tony Steele 10-1-16-2) beat Longtown 101 in 38.1 overs (Nicky Piszczykiewicz 41, Tony Steele 28, Jamie Armstrong 10-2-08-4, Andrew Gate 9.1-6-7-2, Roger Binks 10-1-23-2)

Braithwaite 127/8 in 40 overs (Phil Knight 37no, Chris Scarr 10-2-32-1, Scott Allinson 10-2-26-1, Chris Bowman 10-0-32-5, Sam Bell 6-0-12-2) lost Kirby Stephen (h) 128/6 in 38.2 overs (Chris Scarr 51, Rob Hook 31no, Dan Pyke 10-4-31-1, Phil Knight 8.2-1-26-1,Harry Rigby 8-1-32-3, David Butcher 10-2-21-1)

Patterdale 135 in 29 overs (Sam Iredale 30, Richard Kelso 32, James Farmer 10-2-22-4, Adrian Thompson 10-1-39-3, John Howard 10-1-24-2) beat Temple Sowerby (h) 130 in 37.2 overs (James Farmer 36, Steve Hodgson 32, Mark Cleminson 10-1-31-3, Richard Kelso 9.2-1-25-3, Sam Iredale 3-0-6-2)

Wigton II v Baggrow –rain

Penrith III (h) 168/9 in 40 overs (Andrew Bain 42, Derek Forster 10-4-24-0, Will Freebairn 10-1-28-3, Dougie Hope 10-1-55-3) lost Rockcliffe 169/4 in 37.3 overs (William Wharton 74, Dougie Hope 44no, Jonathan Osborne 10-1-21-2, Ken Reed 10-2-25-0)

DIVISION TWO

Lanercost II 293/8 in 40 overs (Matthew Brown 30, Keiren Foster 114, David Ferguson 35, Jack Freshwater 35) beat Penrith Academy (h) 164 in 33.5 overs (Jonny Sim 59, Stephen Wardlow 7-2-14-1, Jack Freshwater 4-0-18-3)

Lowther v Wetheral, Gamblesby v Wigton III and Carleton v Great Corby – rain

Edenside Academy (h) 209/9 in 40 overs (Craig Manchester 44, Steve Crampsey 36, Lewis Fuller 32, J Morley 28no, Jamie d’Leny 10-3-32-0, John Philips 10-0-52-5) drew Keswick II 192/6 in 40 overs (John Philips 63, John Webster 30, Jamie d’Leny 31no, Chris Blythe 8-0-22-0, Thomas Fuller 10-0-30-2)

DIVISION THREE

Lanercost III 62 in 26 overs (Duncan Elliott 5-3-3-2, Steven Johnstone 8-5-16-4) lost Langholm (h) 63/4 in 16.1 overs (P Halliday 3-1-8-2)

Threlkeld (h) 211/4 in 40 overs (Richard Bannister 109no) drew Nunwick II 193/9 in 40 overs (Paul Glasscott 59)

Stainton II (h) 254/6 in 40 overs (Shaun Wood 88, Roger Holliday 66, Graeme Silburn 33, Nick Lancaster 10-1-35-1) beat Penrith Wanderers 134/9 in 40 overs (G Knight , Liam Mulholland 10-2-19-3, Don Pamphillon 4-0-19-3)

Stainton II 87 in 32.2 overs (Scott Forrester 10-2-15-3, Jordan Crawford6.2-1-10-3 , Phil Little 10-0-18-3) lost Appleby III (h) 88/7 in 27.3 overs (Liam Mulholland 10-3-19-2, Chris Harrison 10-3-23-4)

JUNIOR LEAGUE CUP: Great Corby (h) 139/6 in 20 overs (Mike Tiffen 33, Graeme Kennedy 28, Martin Cowley 5-0-28-2 and 171/5 (David Stout 32, Chris Slack 53no) - total 310 - beat Carleton 116/5 in 20 overs (Martin Cowley 31, Neville Lishman 5-1-18-3 and 128 in 19.4 overs (Graeme Kennedy5-0-26-2, Neville Lishman 3-0-22-3, Thom Clarke1.4-0-9-3) – total 244 – by 66 runs.

Irthing Vale 71 in 19.2 overs (Andrew Kennedy 5-1-11-2, Martin Usher 5-0-19-0, Connor Doust 5-1-15-1, Jack Freshwater 4.2-0-22-5) and 83/8 in 20 overs (Andrew Kennedy 5-1-23-1, Martin Usher 5-0-27-1, Matthew Brown 5-0-19-1, Keiren Foster 5-0-10-5) – total 154 - lost Lanercost II (h) 139/7 in 20 overs (David Ferguson 48no, Keiren Foster 40, Alistair McKenzie 5-0-19-5, Phil Corrie 5-0-27-1) and 16/0 - total 155 – by ten wickets.

SENIOR LEAGUE CUP: Longtown v Stainton I and Shap v Temple Sowerby - rain

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