Back-to-back wins as Sewerby 2nds kick-start their season

Sewerby 2nds Simon Porter gets a second wicket v Sherburn 2nds
Sewerby 2nds Simon Porter gets a second wicket v Sherburn 2nds

This was the second consecutive crucial bottom of the table cash for Sewerby 2nds, who were in a confident mood after a superb win the previous week away at Cloughton.

Captain O’Grady won the toss and elected to field for the second week in a row after an emphatic bowling and fielding display away at Cloughton the previous Saturday.

Sewerby left the home dressing room to take to the field in a boisterous yet determined mood. However this was soon reduced slightly when Sherburn started quickly reaching 32 without loss after six overs.

This soon changed when Calvin Roche took a superb back-tracking catch off the bowling of O’Grady to remove opener Stocks for nine.

Sherburn continued to score at a strong rate until Simon Porter took a crucial wicket in his first over to remove the other opener Sanderson for 27. Sewerby then took another two wickets in quick succession with Rob Atkin taking a fine catch when diving away to his left off O’Grady to remove Foxton for 17 and Porter then clean bowled Crawford for three in the very next over.

Sherburn consolidated their innings to reach 98/4 until spinner O’Grady took two quick wickets including the wicket of big hitter Wharton for 38 to leave the visitors 107/6.

Lewis Beasley soon took the first of his four wickets reducing Sherburn to 108/7. Sewerby looked in a very strong position until a small tail wag allowed the visitors to make a below-par but still competitive total of 135 all out.

This was another great fielding display from the Sewerby team with some good catches taken and tight bowling, however there is still room for improvement as the team dropped a few easy catches towards the end of the innings.

High praise is due to both of the teams off-spinners O’Grady and Beasley who took four wickets each and also seam bowler Porter who took two critical wickets for the team.

The Sewerby openers got the team off to a solid start against the opening attack of Sherburn who were getting the new ball to swing from both ends. Atkin and Dennis guided Sewerby to 28 without loss after eight overs however this was soon to change with the removal of Dennis for 14.

Roche soon followed Dennis back to the pavilion for only two, leaving the team at 42/2 and bringing Beasley to the crease to join Atkin who had already made 30 by this time.

These two enjoyed a solid partnership and didn’t look in much danger against the Sherburn attack until leg-spinner Simpson came into the attack and gave the pair some more problems to think about.

The two batsmen continued to guide the team towards glory with Atkin reaching his 50 after 23 overs. Beasley then decided to take the attack to the bowlers and started to score more freely reaching his 50 while scoring the game’s winning runs.

This gave Sewerby an eight-wicket victory with Beasley ending on 52 not out and Atkin 66 not out in his final game for the team before moving to Edinburgh for a one-year work placement.

This emphatic win and 17 points allowed Sewerby to move 13 points clear of the bottom two places in the league and give the team great momentum going into their game away at top of the league Grindale on Saturday.