Another weekend and two more centuries scored by Baildon CC batters! Take a bow Darren Wilson and Joel Newlove who both scored tons in victories for our 2nd XI and Sunday XI respectively.
Darren Wilson; in ODI mode!
Our Sunday XI played their first game of the season in the Mid-Yorkshire Sunday League this weekend. Led again by Simon Mcdermott, they will be looking to defend the title they won last year. The games are an ideal chance to give our younger players a taste of senior cricket along with giving those hungry for more games, an extra chance to score runs/take wickets/get back into form. It was not a day for supporters, with rain falling (at times heavily) throughout most of the game. However, it most certainly was a day for our batters, with Adam Dean (50*), Will Kelly (57) and Joel Newlove (106) reaching the 50 mark and retiring not out. With regular wickets falling towards the end of the innings, our retired batters had the chance to go back in again – an opportunity that Joel certainly made the most out of, unfurling shots all around the wicket to race to his first hundred in Baildon colours. Hopefully he can use this knock as a spring board into his Saturday form. We finished on 292 and dismissed East Ardsley for 126, for whom ex Baildon player Simon Davies scored 52*.
On Saturday, our first team continued their run of close games where they have just failed to get over the line. Scoring 201 in the first innings, they were again indebted to Kev Mcdermott (53) for getting off to a good start. In an age when knocks and injuries can keep players out of the game for weeks, we are indebted to Kev who is pushing his body to the limits at the moment! Dwayne Heke (31) also got in but could not go on and register the sort of score that would have taken us to a total that would have been out of reach for East Ardsley. In the opposition’s reply, Abdullah Khan dismissed the top five batters on his way to figures of 6 for 68. Sadly for us, they got over the line with one wicket in hand and 4.2 overs remaining.
Our 4th XI didn’t manage to get on the field due to a ‘late’ call off by the opposition, who all of a sudden weren’t able to play at their ground! Extra motivation for Andy and the boys when the game gets rescheduled…
The 3rd XI had a straight forward win against Shipley Providence. Tawquir Ahmed was again the pick of the bowling attack, with figures of 4 for 29 in ten overs. Adam Dean may tell you that there should have been two extra stumpings added to those figures as well… (see photo below). The whole bowling attack excelled themselves with Will Baker, Dan Metcalfe (2 for 12), Louis Turner (2 for 6) and Tawseef Ahmed (1 for 7) hardly conceding a run in the 35 overs it took us to dismiss Prov’ for 67. We then unleashed the wrecking crew in the second half with Tawseef Ahmed (35* off 29 balls) and Tom Dixon (30* off 12 balls) getting the game done before the end of the 7th over.
"Can we see it again from a different angle please?"
With the early finish of the third team game, the crowd at Jenny Lane swelled significantly for the second half of the 2nd XI game. In fact, news of an extraordinary performance from Darren Wilson had brought the crowd in from far and wide. After being put into bat, Darren had made his usual cautious start to be 18* not out at drinks. Rumour has it that Danny the bar manager slipped something into the drinks as from that moment on, Wilson went into overdrive, reaching 113 before he was dismissed in the 48th over. Stat man Jamie Abbott tells me that it was Darren’s first Bradford League hundred, let’s hope it’s not the last! The second team reached 242 with support also coming from George Barker (47) and Simon Mcdermott (66*). In reply, East Ardsley showed some fight in reaching 170, before being bowled all out in the 45th over. Sam Kelly, Jake Terry, Josh Capper and Stefan Mather all took 2 wickets each.