VICKERS SPINS HUNDALL TO DEFEAT
Posted 10 August, 2012
Stocksbridge I 101-7 (Wayne Hughes 41) beat Hundall I 100 a.o. (Colin Vickers 6-39) by 3 wickets
Slow bowler Colin Vickers produced a terrific performance as Stocksbridge saw off the challenge of former champions Hundall to make it 34 league matches unbeaten and move 31 points clear at the top of the YDCL Division One with five games remaining. Hundall elected to bat first after winning the toss at home; they made a promising start to the game with thirteen runs plundered from the first over, but Stocksbridge then strangled the game with tight, accurate and disciplined bowling. Vickers bowled eighteen overs unchanged and worked his way through the home side's batting line-up with a series of catches taken on the long staright boundaries. A run-out from Joe Hibbert ended the only promising partnership of the innings and although Hundall attempted to accelerate this played into Stocksbridge;s hands as they subsided to 100 all out in the final over. A smart stumping from young wicket-keeper Oliver Cockbill-Black gave Vickers his fifth wicket and he was supported well at the end of the innings by 13-year old Yorkshire prospect Chris Pickford (5-0-10-1) and skipper Andy Hibbert (12-6-9-2). Stocksbridge started their run chase in attacking fashion with the threat of rain hanging over them. This suited Wayne Hughes perfectly as he helped himself to a well-made 41 before holing out on the boundary. Stocksbridge stuttered somewhat as they closed out victory with several players losing their wickets in search of quick runs, before eventually securing crossing the line with three wickets in hand. Next week the team face second-placed Shef Uui Staff, who suffered defeat at the weeked to leave the top of the table as follows:
1) Stocksbridge P13 235 pts
2) Shef Uni Staff P13 204 pts
3) Parkhead P13 199 pts
4) Holmsfield P13 189 pts
5) Hollinsend P13 186 pts
6) De La Salle P13 180 pts
Stocksbridge II 136 a.o. beat Shef Zingari 91 a.o. by 45 runs
Stocksbridge II secured a hard-fought win at home to Shef Zingari, who could only field eight players but produced a fighting display. Brothers Anthony and Chris Siddall opened the innings and added 73 for the first wicket with the latter dismissed for 22. The former went on to top score with 55, an innings which included six boundaries and one six, however Stocksbridge suffered an all too familiar collapse to be all out for 136 with eleven overs conceded to the opposition. Callum Haywood, Chris Thwaites and Will Cavanagh all bowled consistently and this pressure allowed Mark Wingfield to flourish. The South African returned 4-35 to bowl Zingari out for 91. This win goes some way to allaying the 2nd Xi's relegation fears with their next game being away at leaders Shef Uni Staff II.
Shardlows Sports I 184-7 (Bob Murfin 6-76) beat Stocksbridge III 103 a.o. by 81 runs
Stocksbridge III suffered a damaging defeat in their Div 3 promotion quest as they were turned over in a bad-tempered game with Shardlows. Bob Murfin's mammoth spell of twenty overs yielded six wickets as Stocksbridge limited the hosts to 184-7 after being made to field first. Richard Marshall was also economical with figures of 14-7-27-0. A number of the 3rd XI batters managed to get a start but none were able to convert this into the big score that would have underpinned a successful run chase. Jack Murfin managed 29, Luke Davis 21 and Malc Perry 18 but wickets were lost in clusters at regular intervals and the 3rd XI were eventually shot out for 103 to lose by 81 runs. They face a long trip to Youlgrave next weekend with promotion still a realistic possibility.
Stocksbridge Sunday XI 129-4 (Anthony Siddall 52) v Warmsworth Sunday XI - match abandoned