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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.