On a boiling hot day, hardly normal for June in Yorkshire, the clash of the season took place at the beautiful Wath and Melmerby Cricket Club. The annual fixture for the Ingilby Shield, named after the Nidderdale League’s President and Chairman, Sir Thomas Ingilby, is contested by the League Representative side and a team selected from the Overseas players with us for the season. A hotly anticipated affair with the two teams this year being lead by club team mates, Chris Gill and Brad Stephens, both from Darley Cricket Club.
These stunning photographs were tweeted by our very good friend Caught Light Photography. Thank you Mark.
Winning the toss, Overseas captain Brad Stephens, had no hesitation in electing to bat first. Knaresborough Forest’s Aaron Brunner (34) and Bishop Thornton’s Andrew Hyland (34) put on 53 for the first wicket when Brunner was bowled by Chris Morrison. There was a steady clatter of wickets as Pete Hardisty bagged 3 scalps in the middle order leaving the visitors reeling on 144-7. The captain arrived at the crease and hit 46 before falling to Dan Harris, caught by Morrison. Adam Fisher (22*) and Mitchell Cross (13*) saw the total up to 215-8 as the innings came to a close. Birstwith’s Pete Hardisty finished with 3-26.
After a sumptuous tea provided by Helen Hilton and her team, Chris Gill and Damon Ive attempted to knock the runs off. Gill (13) went early to a Cross and McPhee combo. Highly promising Masham lad, Bailey McCourt rose to the occasion and put on 50 for the 3rd wicket when Ive went for 30. The batting resources were being regularly tested with Aaron Brunner the pick of the bowlers with 4-26 and McPhee with 3-35. Joe Furniss and Ben Fielding added a few late runs but it wasn’t enough as the game was won when Fielding was caught by Brunner off the bowling of Cross for 25 including 2 lusty maximums. The home side managed 195 all out.
The Overseas won the game by 20 runs and the full scorecard is available thanks to CricHQ.
The specially made player caps were the work of M&M Embroidery Designs and the unique trophies were thanks to Oakbloke. Top jobs from local firms close to the heart of Nidderdale. The stumps were provided by Pimp My Stumps and Zing Bails were from All Rounder Cricket.
Thank you to the two umpires Dick Lloyd and Justin Park and the two scorers, Charlotte Taylor (Wath and Melmerby), Angie Kaczmarczyk (Scotton) together with the entire Wath and Melmerby back room staff who got the game on in true style.
For your viewing pleasure, the deceptively good bowling action of Bobby Hilton.
Chris Gill – Darley (captain)
James Townsend – Burton Leonard (wicket keeper)
Ben Fielding – Masham
Damon Ive – Goldsborough
Bailey McCourt – Masham
James Riley – Birstwith
Pete Hardisty – Birstwith
Dan Harris – Wath & Melmerby
Joe Furniss – Darley
Bobby Hilton – Wath and Melmerby
Chris Morrison – Ouseburn
Brad Stephens – Darley (captain)
Aaron Brunner – Knaresborough Forest
Adam Fisher – Ouseburn
Jarrod McPhee – Goldsborough
Mitchell Hearn – Dacre Banks
Michael Sacchetta – Ripley
Andrew Hyland – Bishop Thornton
Mitchell Cross – Wath and Melmerby
Bradley Clark – Raskelf
Jason Chyer – Burnt Yates
Tom Stanley – Burton Leonard