Depleted Thorpe crash to defeat at Fulfordgate
A BADLY depleted Thorpe Willoughby first XI put up a determined display but went down to defeat against high-flying visitors Fulfordgate in this York Vale League Division 2 match.
Missing the backbone of the team and fielding a third choice captain, the day did not bode well for the home side. That they ran the Division 2 leaders so close in a well-fought yet sporting contest – Thorpe Willoughby 1st XI 141-9 off 40 overs, Fulfordgate 144-9 off 34.2 overs, was a testament to the spirit of those taking part.
Asked to bat by the Fulfordgate skipper, the Thorpe side struggled to impose themselves against good bowling by openers A Baldock (2-41) and Henderson (2-43). The back-up bowling of D Baldock (3-24) and Cairns (1-28) was equally difficult to get away. With the Thorpe side missing many key batsmen, a total of 141-9 from their 40 overs was commendable, with Kirk (36), Smith (31) and Bowker (20) contributing well.
The welcome return of opening bowler Lewis Smith immediately paid dividends for Thorpe as Fulfordgate started their reply. He took an impressive 5-41 from his 12 overs he could be pleased with his day’s work. As stand-in captain Mark Seaman was reluctant to bowl himself into a strong breeze from the Football Ground end, it was left to Andy Jackson (2-28), Martin Cooke (0-14) and Richard Bowker (1-29) to try to build on Smith’s good work.
Wickets fell at regular intervals and Thorpe were dominant until the pair of D Baldock (53) and Henderson (21) came together, nudging their side ever closer to their target. The belated arrival of Seaman into the attack (1-22) saw the hitting of Bygot (14) curtailed, yet still Baldock was unmoved. Crucially Thorpe were not able to get the last man on strike and Baldock completed the close-fought victory for his team, leaving them set for a deserved promotion.
In York League Division 6 Stockton & Hopgrove II won their match against a determined Thorpe Willoughby side by 60 runs as they recorded 158 for 6 (40 overs) against Thorpe’s 98 all out (36.2 overs)
The home side made the best of the conditions as rain and bad light dogged the game with a delayed start of 45 minutes due to rain. Thorpe made a good start with the ball and restricted Stockton to 44 for 2 from 20 overs. However, with Horseman (47) and Fairclough (22) at the crease they began to increase the run rate. Thorpe struggled at times with a depleted bowling attack, but did well to limit Stockton to 158 for 6 with Durkin (39no) at the close of innings. Thorpe’s inconsistent batting again proved to be their down fall as they were unable to build any real partnerships as wicket after wicket fell. Hussain (25) and Watson (36no) were Thorpe’s only real mainstays as some tight bowling from Stockton and ever growing gloomy conditions proved too much for them.
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