It was a good weekend for Scarborough Cricket Club as all three teams completed victories in their respective games, something that hasn’t been done much this season.
Andrew Simpson’s 1st XI knocked off 271 against Doncaster with two wickets remaining thanks to runs across the board.
Simpson made 50, Harland, 53, Sharma, 31, Mark Tennant made 70 before an unbeaten 23 from Tom Bruce guided Scarborough home.
Everyone contributed in a good performance, with the wickets spread between Danny Evans, Jack Holt, Ant Hunter, Ashley Lyth with Simpson and Bruce both getting in on the act too.
It’s good to see everyone putting a performance in and getting a positive outcome.
The 2nd XI chased down 181 with ease thanks to Joe Padmore’s 74 and Ashish Kundi’s unbeaten 50.
Putting runs on the board has been a problem for the 2nd XI but Joe took his chance to play for the 2nds and get some time in the middle and made the key contribution to make sure the total was achieved with no alarms.
Before that, Matty Kay took 5-43 to reduce Hovingham to 181-8 in their 43 overs.
It showed how much difference one or two more senior players can make to a side when one of them makes 74 in a run chase and another takes five wickets to ensure the opposition don’t post a huge total.
The 3rd XI don’t see many hundreds, but Jake Finnigan followed up Sam Hills’ ton last week with a superb 108.
He was aided by Hills (47) and Kawsar Ahmed (43) as Martin North’s side posted an impressive 252-6. Reece Milner then took three wickets to bowl Seamer out for just 51, taking them to the top of the table.
It’s great to see the lads doing well and enhancing their position at the top of the table, while piling on the runs in recent weeks too.
It’s not often the club piles on the runs across the board and for everyone to be in the runs is a sign of good things because we have the bowling to bowl any side out at their respective levels.
Headingley provided a run-fest this week as the first innings scores surpassed 800 runs, with Kevin Pietersen setting Leeds alight with a stunning knock of 149.
He blitzed the South African attack to all parts of Headingley Carnegie making them look very average in the process.
James Taylor provided the perfect foil for him, much as Paul Collingwood used to, altering the bowlers’ lengths due to their huge differential in height.
England looked amateurish at times during the Test at the Oval, looking like they couldn’t buy a wicket, but this time South Africa felt the same way.
Much has been made of who is the better side, but I still don’t think there is much to pick between either batting or bowling line-up.
I do think South Africa have the slight psychological edge over the England side though with England’s selection and field placements reflecting that.
The Proteas also have the advantage of knowing England have to win the last Test to draw the series.
Leaving out Graeme Swann was a strange decision, leaving out a spinner is always a gamble to opt for the all seam attack.
England’s bowling charges looked too similar at the Oval, so they decided to introduce Finn to the attack.
Instead of replacing a seam bowler, they opted to replace Swann, and ironically made their attack too similar again, with no variation of having a spinner in the ranks.
I’d have dropped Broad or Bresnan and kept Swann in the side, but in the end it didn’t really matter as rain turned the game into a draw, despite the ‘carrot being dangled’ for England to make a tricky chase.
England were criticised for not being attacking enough during the second innings with Ian Botham advocating a very attacking field.
While it was maybe a touch over aggressive, it was inventive and well thought out.
I was a big believer in setting ‘strange’ fields or a fielder in a place where you had a hunch the ball was going to go.
Shane Warne talked on commentary about how he could work out from a batsman’s stance or grip where there was more chance of taking a wicket.
Sometimes, even if the ball doesn’t go there, it makes the batsman think about something different other than the standard field they are likely to see every Saturday.
Colin Graves also spoke on Sky Sports about the re-development of Headingley, which will keep Headingley in line with grounds that are ever developing such as Old Trafford and Edgbaston.
Yorkshire are looking to add permanent floodlights and a roof over the Western Terrace and finally develop the Rugby Stand to complete the full redevelopment.
When I played for Gladstone Road School at Headingley, they were mid-way through building the first of the new stands and having studied in Leeds I’ve worked at and seen Headingley develop with the new Carnegie Pavilion.
Test matches are the money makers for Yorkshire and they have guaranteed Test match cricket at Headingley until 2020 so that bodes well for the future of cricket in Yorkshire too.
The only drawback is that Headingley, similar to many football grounds, is surrounded by housing, which means the capacity can’t increase much more than the 17,000 it currently holds.
This week sees the 1st XI host Castleford on Saturday before Barnsley visit in the Yorkshire League Knockout on Sunday.
The 2nd XI look to back up last weekends win with a victory at Welton and Brough, while the 3rd XI face Cloughton 2nds.