Storm leaves an impossible chase against the leaders

Sewerby 1sts Russ Robinson with a wicket v Woodhouse Grange
Sewerby 1sts Russ Robinson with a wicket v Woodhouse Grange

Sewerby entertained league leaders Woodhouse Grange and after winning the toss asked them to bat first.

A fine opening spell from Tom Chippendale and Russ Robinson reduced them to 31/3 after 11 overs. Chris Bilton and Tom Young took the score to 73 before Young was lbw to Ben Dobson for 23.

Mike Hattee joined Bilton and these two took the score to 115 at the end of 33 overs before a thunderstorm took the players from the field.

Play resumed after a break of 68 minutes but after two balls the run ups were deemed unsafe and play was held up for a further 25 minutes.

The match was reduced to 88 overs but Woodhouse opted to bat for their allotted 50 overs and with the damp conditions, the Sewerby bowlers were unable to exercise the control they had shown earlier.

Bilton was eventually bowled by Dobson for 67 and Hattee went on to 81 not out to take Woodhouse to 227/6 after the full 50 overs.

When Sewerby batted they were left with 38 overs and the objective was to obtain as many batting points as possible. They lost a wicket with only three runs on the board but Ricky Robinson and Mike Artley took the score to 48 before Artley was out for 24.

Robinson was out for 18 in the 24th over with the score on 64, but Chippendale joined Robinson and signalled his intent by hitting his first ball for six.

Robinson fell for 22 but Chippendale went on to score 51 from 41 balls with nine fours and one six to take Sewerby to 134/7 at the end of 38 overs for two valuable batting points.