First XI Match Reports 2019

20th April – Aston Hall (A)

Aston Hall

Cleethorpes Cricket Club made a tremendous start to their 4 Probate & Wills ECB Yorkshire South Premier League season on Saturday.  Against a side they had not beaten since 2016, they collected a maximum points haul by defeating Aston Hall by 42 runs.
Newcomer Louis Kimber made a dream debut for the Cleethorpes Club, making an impressive century, clinging onto an important catch, and taking a wicket by dismissing the dangerous looking Rob Ward.
After losing the toss and being inserted by the home side, the Meggies lost Bill Kirby with only 3 runs on the board. Kimber then joined his captain, James Osmond, at the crease, and instantly announced his intent with some scorching boundary shots off both the front and back foot.
Osmond, looking less secure, gradually found his touch, and 100 appeared on the board after 28 overs with Kimber completing his 50 two balls later.
A 7th boundary shot saw Osmond reach his half century, but after the pair had added 132 runs, the partnership was broken when the Meggies skipper was caught after making  59.
With the total on 191, Kimber, who had hit 12 boundaries to go with 2 sixes in reaching a century from 107 balls, walked past an Usman Muzaffar delivery and was stumped.
Some frantic batting saw wickets fall rapidly as Cleethorpes slumped from 191-4 to 226-9 as the innings closed after 50 overs.
The home side were gifted some early runs by an erratic Cleethorpes attack, but Harry Costello did clean bowl Joshua Marsh with the total on 18, and could feel unlucky when an easy catch was put down.
Joe Baker had home skipper, Jack Simmonite, smartly caught by Kimber with the total on 58, before Lee Charlton, who also had a catch grounded, accounted for Robert Ross.
The Meggies attack failed to show discipline and the home sides’ total reached 90 which included an amazing 41 extras of which 31 were wides.
16 year old Jack Holmes joined Jordan Cook in the attack and this pairing brought more accuracy in line and length. Holmes, though wicket-less, bowled 7 overs for 23 runs, while Cook trapped opener Matthew Cartwright leg before.
With the run rate increasing Cook claimed a further brace, before Kimber had Ward caught behind by Osmond who claimed three victims in the innings.
Baker returned to the attack and brushed aside the tail to finish with the impressive figures of 4-28 from his 12.3 overs.
The margin of victory was 42 but could have been so much more but for the final figure of 50 extras being gifted to the home side.


27th April – Hallam (H)


Rain was the only winner at Chichester Road on Saturday when Hallam and Cleethorpes had to settle for 4 points apiece in their 4 Probate & Wills ECB Yorkshire South Premier League encounter.
The Meggies were asked to bat first on a green looking wicket after the visitors won the toss. Persistent drizzle delayed the start until 1.30 which resulted in the game being reduced to 46 overs per side.
Home skipper James Osmond, and Bill Kirby, opened the innings in a confident manner with both batsmen finding the boundary.
The score moved to 37 before a combination of misfortune and heavy rain halted the Meggies progress.
Spin had just been introduced at the commencement of the 12th over when Osmond appeared to suffer a muscle injury when attempting to hit a Craig Moffat delivery over the infield.
In pain he limped from the field, only to be followed by the remainder, as heavy rain started to fall and eventually, after an early tea, forced the umpires to abandon the game.


28th April – Scunthorpe CC (H) – Royal London Cup (First Round)


Cleethorpes Cricket Club exited the Royal London Knock Out Cup on Sunday when they were comprehensively beaten in the first round by Scunthorpe Town on Sunday.
Two former Meggies, Dan and Matt Cliffe, were instrumental in their former clubs defeat. Dan, with a devastating spell of opening bowling, while Matt hit 46 important middle order runs.
The Meggies fielded a side which bore no resemblance to that which had contested Saturdays league game against Hallam. With 5 players unavailable their ranks were further reduced when first team captain, James Osmond, was declared unfit following an injury received the previous day.
Scunthorpe batted first and made a steady start, but they lost 3 wickets before 100 appeared on the board in the 28th over. It was at this stage that Matt Cliffe went to the crease and aided by some indifferent fielding increased the scoring rate. 89 runs came from the final 12 overs which set Cleethorpes a very competitive target of 190 to win.
Within the space of 10 overs the game was won and lost. The Meggies innings was shattered as Dan Cliffe returned figures of 5-8 leaving the home side on 13-6.
A face saving partnership between opening batsman Tom Rollinson and Joe Baker added 60 as they both took the opportunity of some useful time at the crease.
However, after Rollinson’s departure for a determined 53, the innings soon folded with the final wicket falling in the 38th over, and still 72 in arrears.

 4th May – Wickersley Old Village CC (A)


Cleethorpes Cricket Club continued their impressive form when they defeated Wickersley Old Village on Saturday by 20 runs in a match played in artic conditions.
This latest victory leaves the Meggies second in the 4 Probate & Wills ECB Yorkshire South Premier League behind early season leaders Doncaster Town.
James Osmond was declared fit and displayed his importance to the side with a brave and imaginative display of captaincy that was fully rewarded by his youthful attack.
Choosing to bat first on a used wicket the Meggies lost their skipper with only 1 run on the board. However, newcomer Louis Kimber and the experienced Bill Kirby saw up the 50, with some exquisite shots, during the 12th over. Kimber, who had hit a century in his only other innings for the Meggies, plundered 3 sixes and 5 scorching fours as he raced to his 50 in the 18th over.
The partnership was worth 99 when Kirby, on 36, became the first of 3 caught and bowled by Chris Durham.
Seven runs later the same fate befell Kimber (60) and the scoring rate slowed.  Despite the wicket showing irregular bounce Jordan Cook hit 5 boundaries in making a solid 40. Further contributions from Callum Carter (18) and Lee Charlton (12) enabled Cleethorpes to close on 202-9.
This total was soon made to look inadequate as Dave Rodgers and Chris Durham flayed the opening attack to all parts.
Harry Costello brought a temporary halt to the run spree when he clean bowled Durham, but Rodgers raced to his 50, which included 3 huge sixes, from just 35 balls.
Osmond rang the changes and took pace off the ball by introducing Cook and Charlton. This had the desired effect almost immediately when with the score on 87 Cook had the dangerous Rodgers (56) caught behind.
Charlton weighed in with a quick couple of wickets before Cook trapped Gareth Purshouse leg before as the home side slumped to 101-5.
A 40 run partnership between Thomas Knight and Nathan Taylor, who both looked confident, threatened to take the game away from the Meggies before Osmond delivered what proved to be a master stroke.
16 year old Jack Holmes was brought into the attack and repaid his captain’s faith by clean bowling Knight who had hit one six and 2 fours.
A suicidal run out was followed by Holmes knocking over the stumps of Muhammad Usman Khan next ball and the board showed 145-8.
Joe Baker was brought back into the attack and soon claimed the wicket of Luke Shutt but a last wicket partnership developed which added 30 and made the Meggies nervous.
With the total on 182 it was fitting that when Baker found the edge of Luke Roddison’s bat it was the Cleethorpes captain who clung onto his 3rd catch and secure 12 points for his confident looking side.


6th May – Tickhill CC (H) – Viking Cricket Cup (First Round)


Cleethorpes Cricket Clubs’ search for silverware this season ended after they were defeated by 6 wickets when Tickhill visited Chichester Road on Monday.
After losing in the first round of the Royal London Cup last week they once again fell at the first hurdle, this time in the Viking Cricket Cup. Cleethorpes were completely outplayed by a competent Tickhill side who won at a canter after bowling the Meggies out for just 123
Cleethorpes were still without their overseas player, Basheeru Walters, and fielded an unchanged side from the successful game against Wickersley.
Batting first, the Meggies recovered after losing an early wicket, and after only 9 overs they had pushed the score beyond 50 without sensing any alarm.
However, the dismissal of Louis Kimber started a collapse which saw the score stumble to 72-4.
Three runs later Bill Kirby (25) became one of Joe Billings 4 behind the stumps and wickets fell regularly against an attacking bowling unit.
Three batsmen, Ben Rodgers, Joe Baker and Lee Charlton, all reached double figures before the innings folded on a below par 123 in the 33rd over
The visitors batted with care after Baker struck an early blow when they replied. With such a small target to defend the Meggies needed quick wickets but were denied any further success until the score reached 55.
Charlton then accounted for Michael Jepps and although Jack Holmes removed Mark Cumming 25 runs later, the impressive wicket-keeper/batsman Billings stroked 39 runs to see the visitors home in the 31st over.
Cleethorpes will have an early chance of revenge when Tickhill visit Chichester Road again on Saturday for a 4 Probate & Wills ECB South Yorkshire Premier League fixture. With their overseas player Walters due to arrive in the resort on Wednesday the Meggies will be keen to reverse the result.


11th May – Tickhill CC (H)


Cleethorpes Cricket Club went into Saturdays 4 Probate & Wills ECB Yorkshire South Premier League looking to avenge the cup defeat they suffered at the hands of Tickhill last Monday.
Still without their overseas player, Basheeru Walters, who had been further delayed by Visa difficulties, they emerged not only victorious, but as league leaders after dominating a side who looked so talented just days previous.
The margin of victory was 64 runs and owed much to another Louis Kimber master class. The talented batsman stroked his second century of the season and was superbly assisted by an aggressive Jordan Cook who hit 68, and completed a good day by capturing 4 wickets.
Once again, after being inserted, the Meggies lost an early wicket but Kimber and Bill Kirby took the score to 98 before the latter departed.
Kimber, who had raced past 50 within the hour reached his century from 103 balls and hit one six and 8 fours. He celebrated reaching the landmark by slamming a huge six high over extra cover.
Cook also went on the attack and had hoisted one ball out of the ground before he reached his 50 with a further maximum.
The 3rd wicket partnership added 92 before Kimber, on 124, was caught in the deep. Cook, however, continued to score freely and assisted by Tom Rollinson took the score way past 200.
A mistimed drive resulted in Cook being dismissed after he had scored 68 before the Meggies closed on 264-7 with Rollinson undefeated on 26.
Some accurate bowling by both Joe Baker and Harry Costello put the visitors well behind the asking rate, although some ugly looking black clouds began to cause concern of a rain escape for the South Yorkshire side.
Lee Charlton was introduced into the attack and made a breakthrough by having Ross Diver caught behind. Cook came on at the pavilion end and disposed of the dangerous Mark Cummins
with the score on 74.
Charlton and Cook, backed up by some lively fielding, continued to restrict the run rate and pick up wickets. It was not until the 35th over that 100 appeared on the board and 5 wickets had been captured.
Joe Billings and Jordan Lowe added 54 with Lowe slamming 4 sixes before becoming a Cook victim.
The visitors had managed to secure 2 bonus points before the introduction of youngster Jack Holmes into the attack. Once again he claimed 2 wickets during his opening over before Baker returned to  pick up another with the innings closing on 200-9.
Next Saturday the Meggies are at home again when they entertain Whitley Hall, and on this form they must be optimistic of continuing their unbeaten league run.

18th May – Whitley Hall (H)

Whitley Hall

Cleethorpes Cricket Club lost their unbeaten tag when they were defeated by Whitley Hall in a keenly fought game on Saturday.
The Sheffield side rattled up a score of 239-5 before the Meggies came within 19 runs of matching it. This spirited reply did earn the Cleethorpes side 4 batting bonus points which keeps them in 2nd place alongside last season’s champions Wakefield.
Cleethorpes included their overseas player Basheeru Walters for his debut in the 4 Probate & Wills ECB Yorkshire South Premier League. Despite bowling three spells the South African remained wicket-less despite beating the bat on numerous occasions. Moreover, he could feel aggrieved when James Moorhouse survived a confident appeal for a catch behind.
Batting first on what appeared a typically flat Chichester Road wicket, the visitors lost two wickets, both to Joe Baker, in reaching 55.
Moorhouse and Alex Fletcher saw 100 onto the board before some superb fielding by Harry Costello resulted in the former being run out.
Fletcher was next to go thanks to a confident boundary catch by Ben Rogers before Baker claimed his 3rd wicket by clean bowling Greig Batty.
Australian batsman Jack Wood then dished out some late punishment to the home attack as he plundered an unbeaten 90, hitting 2 sixes and 8 fours, which enabled his side to close on 239-5.
Both Bill Kirby and James Osmond were pinned down by an accurate opening attack which appeared to get extra movement as clouds gathered overhead.
Osmond perished with the score on 35, and 20 overs had been bowled before 50 appeared on the board.
The scoring rate was just beginning to improve when the Meggies suffered a huge set back with the dismissal of run machine Louis Kimber. The stroke maker had made just 11 when he was adjudged leg before with the total on 68.
Kirby and Jordan Cook added 53 before the former, who had made a solid 58, became not only the third casualty of the innings, but the third leg before victim.
Cook continued to bat aggressively, but after making a run a ball 43 he was carelessly run out after being sent back when looking for an ambitious run.
Some inventive stroke play by teenager Tom Rollinson brought the Meggies within sight of batting points before he was dismissed with the total on 198. Huge hits by both Walters and Lee Charlton had earned maximums, but they lost a 9th wicket still 9 runs short of maximum bonus points.
These were obtained in the final over with Charlton (18) and Costello added 13 in an unbroken last wicket stand.


19th May – Hallam (A) Yorkshire League T20


After being eliminated from two previous cup competitions, Cleethorpes Cricket Club can now concentrate on their League matches after being knocked out of the Yorkshire League t20 competition on Sunday.
They fielded a side showing four changes from Saturdays league XI when they came up against Hallam at Tickhill Cricket Club in a Group Stage game.
Electing to bat first, Hallam were kept in check by a fine opening spell from Harry Costello who bowled his allotted four overs at a cost of 21 runs while taking the wicket of Harry Bliss.
Boundaries however continued to flow at a regular rate as Andre Bradford and Jack Unwin added 81 for the second wicket.
Both batsmen were dismissed by Matt Owen during his opening over, and when Tom Rollinson claimed a wicket in the next over the Sheffield side had been reduced to 101-4.
The Meggies however were unable to slow the run rate with 67 coming from the final 6 overs despite Owen claiming two more wickets, and finishing with figures of 4-38.
Chasing a total of 168 the Meggies were shocked by Robert Heyes who dismissed both James Osmond and Lois Kimber in his initial over.
It was always going to be an uphill struggle after that start, but Jordan Cook and Eddie Carlton showed determination as they added 56.
Despite losing Carlton with the score on 61, Cook continued to take on the Hallam attack and hit one 6 and seven 4’s before he was dismissed just four runs short of what would have been a deserved half century.
Apart from a run a ball 23 from Tom Rollinson there was very little resistance to an attack, which was constantly changed, and eventually, in the final over, finished off the Meggies reply on 126, a deficit of 42 runs.
In the Group Final Sheffield Collegiate defeated  Hallam by a mere 9 runs, and will now go into the Yorkshire Final, hoping to win a place in the Regional Final, which will be held on Cleethorpes Chichester Road Ground on Sunday 28th July.


25th May – Treeton (A)

treeton cc

Despite losing by 24 runs at Treeton on Saturday, Cleethorpes Cricket Club displayed an enormous strength of character in collecting maximum batting points from a high scoring game.
Set a target of 249 to win, the Meggies made slow progress, before recovering to pass the 2 point target but with all the recognised batsmen dismissed. With 8 wickets down, and only 193 on the board, a rain stoppage appeared to have halted the remote looking chance of any additional points being gained.
However, once play resumed, the tail wagged. Joe Baker hit a six before being dismissed after making 12 from 9 balls. Lee Charlton and Harry Costello then secured the necessary final 9 runs which doubled the Meggies points tally as they closed on 224-9.
Treeton won the toss and elected to bat on a placid looking wicket. Joe Baker made an instant impact when he clean bowled Oliver Hickford with the total on 12. Shahjajan Younis and veteran Stephen Foster added 40 before the former fell to Lee Charlton.
Charlton had further success when he accounted for Haseeb-Ur-Rahman but Foster and Sam Drury took control and saw three figures onto the scoreboard.
Some outstanding ground fielding restricted the scoring rate but the Meggies were unable to secure any further success as the partnership flourished. Dot balls were treated as an accomplishment with both batsmen scoring with ease.
The introduction of Jordan Cook saw the downfall of Foster, who had made 74 before giving a return catch to the tall spinner. Six runs later he claimed the wicket of Drury and the home side had been reduced to 188-5.
Cook posed problems throughout his 11 over spell and claimed a further three wickets to finish with the fine figures of 5-53.
Meanwhile the Meggies overseas player, Basheeru Walters, was toiling away still looking for his first league wicket. This eventually came, from the final ball of the innings, thanks to a magnificent boundary catch from teenager Costello.
In reply, Cleethorpes lost James Osmond early but Bill Kirby and Louis Kimble slowly started to accelerate the scoring. Together they added 58 before Kimber, who had scored a stylish 35, attempted a reverse sweep only to be hit on the pad, and adjudged leg before.
A direct hit accounted for Kirby (34) as he attempted a quick single, but Cook and Tom Rollinson kept the board moving as they added 27 before Cook was caught in the deep.
Rollinson and Callum Carter showed little respect for the home attack, and with both batsmen hitting maximums the deficit began to decrease rapidly. Rollinson, who has shown fine form this season, was within 5 runs of a half century before being dismissed by Vinnie Ogden.
Carters fine innings came to an end when he was smartly stumped after making 32, before steady rain forced the players from the field.
After a short break play resumed and the defiant tail enders slammed 24 from the final 2.3 overs which ensured 4 points returned to Chichester Road.


27th May – Doncaster Town CC (H)


Cleethorpes Cricket Club inflicted a first defeat of the season for Doncaster Town on Saturday. The South Yorkshire side came to Chichester Road as leaders of the 4 Probate & Wills ECB Yorkshire South Premier League.
After being beaten comprehensively by 121 runs Doncaster retained top spot, but now have only a 4 point advantage over the Meggies, who share 2nd place with Wakefield.
The visitors brought a large following to Chichester Road and even they must have admired the adventurous batting displayed firstly by Louis Kimber, and then by Joe Baker and Basheeru Walters who destroyed the visitors attack by adding 93 in an unbroken 7th wicket stand from only 10 overs. A personal best in the Yorkshire League by Lee Charlton, who returned bowling figures of 6-48, completed the rout as the visitors were dismissed for 136.
Doncaster won the toss and invited Cleethorpes to bat after rain had delayed the start by 30 minutes. The visitors struck early when Bill Kirby was trapped leg before but James Osmond and Louis Kimber denied them any further success.
The score rattled along with both batsmen finding the boundary. The partnership passed 50 in the 15th over before Kimber completed yet another half century three overs later.
Both batsmen cleared the ropes, increasing the scoring rate further until, with the total on 93, James Osmond (35) was caught behind after hitting one 6 and 3 fours.
Tom Rollinson joined Kimber and there was no reduction in the rate. The score moved to 125 before Kimber, who had hit 2 effortless sixes and 9 other boundaries, was caught at deep extra cover after stroking 69 runs.
The dismissal of Rollinson (29) brought about a slight hiccup in the Meggies innings. Three wickets fell for the addition of only 21 runs and Doncaster were looking to finish off the tail with 6 wickets down for 164.
Baker and Walters then took centre stage, treating the spectators to an array of shots as they dismantled the visiting attack.  South African Walters plundered 5 huge sixes while Baker hit 4 boundaries in his 39 from 32 balls.
Walters 5th six brought up both the 250 and his first Cleethorpes 50 made from just 42 balls. The innings closed 3 balls later on an impressive 257-6.
It was Walters who put Doncaster on the back foot in only his second over when he had James Stuart caught behind. With Baker bowling an accurate spell in partnership with the hostile Walters, runs were at a premium, and the visitors must have felt relieved when the overseas player was replaced by Lee Charlton.
It was Charlton however who proved to be the main destroyer. He quickly accounted for Bilal Anjam with the total on 38, before continuing to pick up wickets at regular intervals. Only Duncan Heath looked secure as the visitors slipped to 93-6.
With Jordan Cook away on county duty with Nottinghamshire, Cleethorpes turned to Kimber to bring spin into the attack. He soon obliged by picking up three wickets at a personal cost of 42 runs.
Heath slammed two defiant boundaries as he reached 50 (from 100 balls) before he was clean bowled by Charlton.
Kimber finished off the innings in the 40th over when he had Bradley Heaps well caught by Harry Costello to complete an almost faultless ground fielding display supported by some splendid catches.
Next Saturday the Meggies move onto Shaw Lane where they will come up against Barnsley.


June 1st – Barnsley Woolley Miners (A)


An extraordinary batting collapse saw Cleethorpes crash to a huge 138 run defeat at the hands of Barnsley Woolley Miners in the 4 probate & Wills ECB Yorkshire South Premier League on Saturday.
After restricting the home side to 228, the Meggies crumbled from 72-2 to an all-out 90 against an attack which obtained movement both in the air and off the pitch.
The Meggies, who welcomed back Alex Osmond to their ranks, lost the toss with the home side deciding to bat first on a wicket which had been used by Yorkshire second XI the day previous.
Joe Baker made an early breakthrough when he had Haider Jahangir well caught by a diving Tom Rollinson at mid-on.
Both Baker and South African pace bowler Basheeru Walters repeatedly beat the bat without success but the second wicket partnership took the score beyond 50 in the 17th over.
The Meggies introduced Alex Osmond into the attack, and he struck an immediate length as he opened with a maiden over.
It was 5 matches ago that Cleethorpes were last successful with a leg before decision, but it took leg spinner Osmond just 12 balls before he trapped Jonathon Trower in front of his stumps, just one run away from a personal half century.
One run later Louis Kimber claimed a further success but it was with the score on 118 that he made a major impact by dismissing Harpreet Singh Bhatia. The fluent Indian batsman had been kept in check, but attempting to break free, he lofted a Kimber delivery high to the long-off boundary where Walters confidently held the catch.
Osmond was withdrawn from the attack after bowling 6 overs for 13 runs which allowed the middle order to increase the scoring rate before both Baker and Walters returned for second spells.
Baker collected a further couple of wickets while the hostile Walters continued to ask questions as he finished with a return of 1-19 from 11 very quick overs.
Set a target of 229 for victory, both James Osmond and Bill Kirby struggled at first, but appeared to be getting on top before Kirby edged behind with the score on 33.
Osmond and Kimber saw the total safely Past 50 before the former mistimed a drive to be caught after hitting 38 with 5 boundaries.
The departure of Kimber, caught behind after scoring 22, began the collapse which saw Alex Osmond the only other player to reach double figures, as Bhatia finished with bowling figures of 5-18 from 10 overs.
The result saw Cleethorpes slip to 4th place in the league table, with 4 clubs closing to within 6 points of them, and the prospect of entertaining 3rd Placed Sheffield Collegiate next week as they attempt to pick themselves up from a disappointing performance.

June 8th – Sheffield Collegiate CC (H)

sheffield collegiate

On Saturday Cleethorpes Cricket Club were given a helping hand to keep in touch with the leaders of the 4 Probate & Wills ECB Yorkshire South Premier League. Visitors, and 3rd placed Sheffield Collegiate, had amassed 195-2 from 36 overs before rain caused the game to be abandoned.
On a perfect Chichester Road wicket, which had been covered before Friday’s rain, the Sheffield side appeared to be capable of making a final score of 300 before rain brought a halt to their progress, and relief to the toiling Meggies attack.
Play began on time after the visitors had been inserted by Cleethorpes Captain, James Osmond. However after just 5 balls of the opening over the umpires brought the players from the field as rain began to fall.
After a 50 minute delay, play resumed and former Suffolk batsman Sam Webb-Snowling immediately hit a series of scorching boundaries as he made up for lost time. He found the fence eight times as 50 appeared on the scoreboard, of which 46 came from his bat.
Lee Charlton, who claimed six wickets in his last home appearance, came on at the Daggett Road end and broke the opening stand. Webb-Snowling had been playing a shot a ball, and was within one run of a half century, when Charlton had him caught by Bill Kirby.
Sam Hunt joined the solid looking Daniel Priestley at the crease as the scoring rate slowed a little with Joe Baker bowling consecutive maiden overs.
The partnership flourished with 50 runs being added from 77 balls, and despite Cleethorpes ringing the changes, the batsmen looked in full control. Bakers figures from a ten over opening spell of 0-30 shone like a beacon as the other members of the Meggies attack took a battering.
Hunt was first to reach 50 with his 6th four in the 30th over before the partnership became worth a hundred seven balls later.
In the same over Priestley passed the 50 landmark made from a more leisurely 97 balls. The Meggies continued to rotate their bowlers until, with the score on 189, teenager Jack Holmes ended the 2nd wicket stand.
The free scoring Hunt who had hit 74, with 1 six and 7 fours, was smartly stumped by James Osmond with the total on 189.
Rain intervened six runs later with Priestley on 68, and despite waiting for a period in excess of three hours the umpires had no alternative but to abandon the game with both sides being awarded 4 points.

June 15th – Elsecar CC (A)


On Saturday Cleethorpes Cricket Club travelled to Elsecar for a 4 Probate & Wills ECB Yorkshire South Premier League fixture which became a victim of the weather at the half way stage.
The Meggies had to make a late change to their line up due to the recalled Harry Costello being unwell. This enabled youngster Jack Holmes to retain his place in the team.
After arriving at the Al-Murad Stadium for their first ever visit to the attractive ground, they found the heavy rain from the previous days had left the pitch and bowlers run ups, in the opinion of the                               Cleethorpes captain James Osmond, in a dangerous condition.
The umpires eventually agreed to delay the start, and it was not until 90 minutes after the scheduled starting time that play commenced with the still unhappy Meggies taking to the field, after the overs had been reduced from 50 to 46 per side.
Basheeru Walters and Joe Baker opened the Meggies attack with Baker twice being pulled for six by Muhammad Saeed Anwar. The free scoring Pakistan batsman continued to find the boundary, with regularity as the score raced along.
Lee Charlton was introduced into the attack and in his second over had Elsecar Captain Paul Cummins caught behind by his Cleethorpes counterpart. Walters then clean bowled Charlie Kay with the total on 45 before a 3rd wicket partnership, dominated by Anwar, prevented any further success for the Meggies.
With Osmond still unhappy with the ground conditions he withdrew his opening bowlers from the attack, despite Walters only conceding 16 runs from his 7 overs. Not wishing to risk any injury to his front line attack he turned to spin which did eventually slow the run rate.
Anwar, along with Ian Swallow, shared a partnership of 79, of which the latter contributed only 17 from 57 balls, before Jordan Cook broke the stand with the total on 124.
Tanzeel Ali joined Anwar and against a combined spin attack of Alex Osmond, Louis Kimber and Cook, was content to play a supporting role as Anwar reached a century made from 128 balls with 11 fours and 4 sixes.
With the score on exactly 200 Kimber had Anwar well caught on the boundary by Tom Rollinson, but Ali was smashing everything at this stage, and after hitting 4 sixes, he completed a personal half century from the final ball of the innings as rain began to fall.
The rain became torrential during the interval between innings, and despite the best efforts of the home side no further play was possible.
Only two results were reached in the entire league on Saturday. Treeton, in a 30 overs a side game, secured 12 points at Barnsley and moved above the Meggies who were relegated to 5th position. The other result saw Doncaster win (under the D/L system) against Wickersley extending their lead at the top of the table.


22 June – Wakefield Thornes CC (H)


Cleethorpes Cricket Club were beaten by Wakefield Thornes at Chichester Road on Saturday by 5 wickets. This kept the visitors hard on the heels of Doncaster Town who head the 4 Probate & Wills ECB Yorkshire South Premier League, while the Meggies slipped into 6th place.
Once again Cleethorpes were forced into a late change when County batsman Louis Kimber had to withdraw due to injury. As a replacement the Cleethorpes Captain, James Osmond, drafted in Max Taylor, who had only recently turned 15, for his League debut.
After winning the toss Cleethorpes decided to bat first on a greenish wicket still showing signs of the recent wet weather.
Opening bowlers, Mahmood Rasool and Matthew Taylor, relished the conditions, and had the home side reeling at 24-3 as they struggled to occupy the crease. When James Osmond was apprehensively bowled by the rampant Rasool with only 37 on the board a complete collapse looked likely.
However, some determined defensive batting, from both Alex Osmond and Callum Carter, held the visitors at bay and the score slowly climbed before they both started to display some attacking shots.
It took 227 balls to bring up what had previously looked an unlikely 100, but 8 runs later the partnership was broken after adding 81 for the 5th wicket. Osmond, who had hit 6 boundaries in making 42, was caught in the deep by James Wolfenden to become the first of Greg Wadsworth’s eventual 5 wicket haul.
The arrival of overseas player Basheeru Walters saw a rapid increase in the run rate as he attacked the bowling. The first 50 runs had taken 24 overs while the second took a further 13. With Walters at the crease the 3rd 50 came in little more than 5 overs.
In his innings the South African hit 3 huge sixes and 2 other boundaries as he raced to 38 before skying a return catch to spinner Wadsworth. Together with Carter he had seen 52 runs added before his departure which was soon followed by his partner who had made a more sedate 36.
The fall of the 6th wicket had brought 15 year old Taylor to the wicket and he did not look overawed on his debut. He confidently stroked away his first delivery for a couple, but with the total on 170 he attempted to steal a single and was run out by a direct hit from his namesake and Yorkshire player Taylor.
There was to be no wag of the tail, and the innings closed on 173, a total which at least gave the Cleethorpes attack something to bowl at.
James Wolfenden and Richard Foster, the visitors opening batsmen, looked in little trouble as they moved the score beyond 50 in the 14th over. Cleethorpes made bowling changes without success until, with the total on 92 Jordan Cook won a LBW decision against Wolfenden, who had hit 10 boundaries, on his way to an aggressive half century.
Teenager Harry Costello was introduced into the attack and he soon claimed the prized wicket of David Toft.  Seventeen runs later two wickets fell with the total on 131 and there appeared to be the possibility of some bowling bonus points for the home side.
However, some sensible batting from Satyajeet Bachhav and Faisal Irfan prevented this by easing their side to within 5 runs of victory before the former became a Joe Baker victim.
Victory for the visitors came in the 48th over, and now the Meggies have to turn their attention to league leaders Doncaster next Saturday.


29th June – Doncaster Town (A)


Cleethorpes Cricket Club completed a winless month of June when they were completely outplayed   by Doncaster Town on Saturday.
The South Yorkshire side dominated proceedings as they gained revenge for the defeat suffered at Chichester Road in May. After bowling out the Meggies for 159, they strolled to an 8 wicket victory which gifted them 12 points and, with results elsewhere going their way, enabled them to open a 24  point gap at the top of the 4 Probate & Wills ECB Yorkshire South Premier League.
Louis Kimber was again declared unfit to resume his place in the Cleethorpes side, which gave 15 year old Max Taylor a second outing in the senior XI.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Cleethorpes lost two quick wickets with only 2 runs on the board. Some resolute batting by Bill Kirby and Jordan Cook defied the home attack and slowly began to restore order, with the latter looking the more aggressive.
Duncan Heath was introduced into the attack and opened with two maidens before being pulled to the mid-wicket boundary by Cook.
An injury sustained by Jack Shutt brought about Max Taylors first involvement in the game when he came on as a sub fielder for the home side. After a short time off field, the talented Yorkshire second XI player was able to return, but the Cleethorpes recovery continued as 50 was added for the 3rd wicket.
James Stuart however, had started to cause the batsmen some discomfort. Bowling from the Town Fields end he began to get movement and with the total on 63 he had Cook caught low down at short mid-wicket by Duncan Heath. He then grabbed three further wickets, leaving the Cleethorpes innings in complete dis-array at 74-6.
Opening batsman Kirby had watched in dismay as the innings crumbled before he found a willing partner in Basheeru Walters. Their partnership took the total beyond 100 before Walters eventually lost patience and lofted a Heath delivery into the safe hands of Joe Gallagher.
Kirby went on to complete a half century made from 115 balls after hitting 4 boundaries, but with the total on 131 he was bowled by Shutt as he attempted to swing the ball away on the leg side.
It was Shutt who claimed the final two wickets as the innings closed on 159 with Baker unbeaten on 18.
It was Baker who made an early breakthrough when the home side replied. With the total on 23 he trapped Stuart leg before, but that proved to be a lone success.
Heath and Bilal Anjam took complete control and made the Cleethorpes attack look ordinary as they scored at will. In the 11th over they brought up the 50 before three figures appeared on the board 13 overs later.
The Cleethorpes side appeared to be lacking any degree of self-confidence as the 2nd wicket partnership flourished. Both batsmen completed half centuries, Anjam reaching his first in the 28th over, before Heath reached the landmark, for the second time this season against Cleethorpes, three overs later.
With the game lost, the Cleethorpes captain, James Osmond, gave young Max Taylor a bowl, and the youngster dismissed Anjam, thanks to a smart catch by Cook, after the batsman had made 68 from 81 balls.
Victory came to the home side with over 15 overs to spare with Heath on 61 and a lack lustre Cleethorpes hoping July will prove to be more profitable as they attempt to halt their rapid slide down the league table.


6th July – Aston Hall (H)

Aston Hall

Cleethorpes Cricket Club failed to end their depressing run of results when they lost to Aston Hall on Saturday by a mere 2 runs. Chasing down a total of 206 to win, they at least secured 4 batting bonus points which halted their slide down the 4 Probate & Wills ECB Yorkshire South Premier League table, and enabled them to hold onto 8th position.
However, after back to back victories Aston Hall have closed the gap on the Meggies to just two points. On reflection the Cleethorpes side may well feel that their inability to restrict the visitors run rate in the middle overs led to their demise.
Batting first, after being put in, the visitors were soon in trouble after Basheeru Walters had Jack Simmonite caught behind. The Meggies overseas player then claimed the prized scalp of Usman Salah-Ud-Din with the total on 35. Nathan Ward and the impressive Matthew Cartwright prevented any further success for the home attack as they took the score to 68.
The introduction of Jordan Cook brought about the downfall of Ward when he tamely offered a return catch to the Cleethorpes bowler.
Cook continued to seal up one end but runs flowed from the other and a partnership between Cartwright and Dean Smith flourished. They added 75 before the latter was caught by Walters who then returned to the attack, and bowling from a shorter run-up, accounted for Cartwright who had scored 78.
Johannes Bothma dished out some blows during the visitors final overs which saw them reach 205-7 with both Cook and Walters bowling their permitted 15 over’s for an acceptable 54 and 41 runs respectively, while collecting 3 wickets apiece.
Once again the Meggies reply failed to get off to a secure beginning. Both James Osmond and the fit again Louis Kimber were dismissed with only 43 on the board. Three runs later Cook edged behind and the innings was in danger of capitulating.
The in-form Bill Kirby was joined by a confident looking Tom Rollinson and together they brought their side back into contention bringing up the 100 in the 31st over, just two overs behind the rate at which the visitors reached that target.
Both batsmen went onto complete their half centuries, Kirby first- his third of the season- before Rollinson gave himself a pre 19th birthday present by completing his first of the season. Immediately after reaching the landmark the talented youngster, who had hit 6 majestic boundaries, mistimed a pull shot and was dismissed with the total on 140.
Following a run out, Walters joined Kirby and by the time 150 appeared on the board the scoring rate between the two sides was identical.  They progressed the total to 180, looking in complete control of the situation, before Kirby was dismissed by Tom Coulson after scoring a stylish 75.
Nine runs later Walters fell to a splendid running catch on the boundary and the chase stuttered as boundaries dried up. Scampered ones and two’s kept the Meggies hopes alive but when Joe Baker became a second run out victim, with the total on exactly 200, their hopes rested on the slender shoulders of 15 year old Max Taylor in only his third innings with the senior side.
It came to the final ball with three required for victory, and despite a huge swing of the bat no contact was made with the ball, leaving the youngster devastated, as the jubilant visitors claimed maximum points.