2012 Season Summary

Posted by Craig on September 13th, 2012

It is that time of the year again, as another cricket season comes to an end. In a summer where Britain has had so much success in the Olympic and Paralympic games, it has also been a victorious year for North Cave CC, winning their first HPH York Vale League title. The season has been a frustrating one from the point of view of the weather, but it culminated in a thrilling finish, with victory in a winner takes all final match at home to Bishopthorpe last Saturday.

The inclement weather in April saw our opening weekend fixture away to Ovington disappointingly lost to the weather. The early weeks of the season did see us able to field a consistently stronger side than previous years and that showed in the results. This was never more exemplified than in the second week at home to Hemingbrough with Cave scoring a massive 255 for 8. James Ferguson hit a club record score of 148 not out, including nine 6’s and Mike Stellings added 64. Hemingbrough were bowled out for 104 to give us a 151 run win. Burn came to Cave the following week and Rob Page had a man of the match performance with an unbeaten 106, before taking 6 for 17, as Cave ran out victors by 80 runs. At Stockton & Hopgrove, Mike Stellings (84 not out), Craig Hewson (46) and James Windeatt (66) were all in the runs as Cave amassed 207. Rob Page (4 for 17) and John Buttle (3 for 51) saw Cave home comfortably by 76 runs. Clifton Alliance were the next visitors to Cave, but they could only manage 121 and Mike Stellings (52 not out) and James Windeatt (63 not out) batted Cave to a nine wicket win with 20 overs to spare. The heavens then opened in June turning many of the pitches in the area into boating lakes and we lost matches away to Copmanthorpe and Bishopthorpe and at home to Wheldrake. We did make a start at Hirst Courtney, but after seven stoppages for showers, we had to abandon again. Eventually, in mid July, we managed to get a game in at home to Ovington, who scored 161 for 8. In reply Cave fell 10 runs short as Craig Hewson (37), James Windeatt (40), Ioan Pearce (39) all made starts, but could not see us home. The next week saw a pivotal game in our season when we visited Hemingbrough, who would end up finishing runners-up and just 4 points behind us. Cave batted first and Mike Stellings again was the main scorer with 71 and James Ferguson (43 not out) supported him, as Cave made 195 for 4. In reply Ioan Pearce (4 for 37) and Rob Page (4 for 33) bowled Hemingbrough out for 113. Cave inflicting two of Hemingbrough’s 3 defeats during the season. The following week Cave travelled to Burn and John Buttle (4 for 45) and Mike Stellings (3 for 49) kept Burn in check as they scored 192 for 9. Stellings then completed a great all around display hitting 115 not out to see Cave home by 3 wickets. A very weakened Cave side came unstuck at home to Stockton & Hopgrove who easily knocked off Cave’s total of 76 all out. The following week Cave restricted Clifton Alliance to 100 for 9 with Tom Baxter (3 for 17) and John Buttle (3 for 18) taking the wickets. Simon Cooke (45) and John Backhouse (34 not out) saw Cave safely home. Our third and final defeat of the season came at home to Copmanthorpe, where Mike Stellings’ 51 was the only bright spot of Cave’s 125 for 7. Copmanthorpe lost four wickets reaching their target. The weather intervened again as the Wheldrake pitch was waterlogged. In the penultimate week, we were at home to Hirst Courtney. Cave made 178 for 8 with Rob Page (68) and James Windeatt (51) making contributions. The Cave bowlers shared the wickets, as Hirst were only 6 runs short. Going into the final match Bishopthorpe had a three-point lead over Cave with Hemingbrough four points further back. Cave’s three slow bowlers John Buttle (3 for 18), Mike Stellings (2 for 37) and Rob Page (3 for 19) ripped through the Bishopthorpe line-up restricting them to 104 all out. Cave’s leading run scorer Mike Stellings (54 not out) saw Cave to a 9-wicket win, with support from John Backhouse (15) and James Windeatt (24 not out), to seal the League title.

In the HPH cup competition, Cave was drawn away to Ben Johnson in the first round. Ben Johnson were restricted to 137 from 40 overs with John Buttle taking 4 for 14 in 10 overs. Craig Hewson (38), Mike Stellings (45 not out) and Rob Page (36) saw Cave safely through. The second round found us drawn at home to Kelfield and it took four attempts to play the tie as the weather took a turn for the worst. In the end we played a 20 over evening fixture. Cave scored 124 for 3 with Mike Stellings again top scoring with 55. Kelfield could only muster 69 for 8. Cave’s cup run ended in the semi-final away at Burn. Mike Stellings (50) and Ioan Pearce (35) helped Cave to 200 for 9, but it was not enough as Burn reached their target with 7 wickets to spare.

In the Triad Howdenshire Evening League Cave had a mixed season finishing 4th behind champions Newport, new boys North Ferriby and Hemingbrough. Cave finished with 5 wins, 3 defeats and 2 lost to the weather. Highlights included, James Ferguson’s 104 not out and Rob Page’s 5 for 21 at home to Eastrington, James Windeatt’s 53 not out at Newport and 51 not out at home to South Cave, James Ferguson 73 not out to see Cave home at North Duffield, Matt Johnson hitting his highest score of 41 at Newport and Rob Page’s 49 at HICE. In the Mortimer Cup Cave lost in the semi-final to North Duffield.

Player of the season was Mike Stellings who topped the Saturday batting averages with a massive 687 runs at 98.14. James Ferguson won the evening batting award with 238 runs at 59.50. Rob Page was leading bowler taking 28 wickets at 10.29 on a Saturday and 20 wickets at 8.05 in the evening league. James Windeatt with 25 won the six hit award and Rob Page won the catches cup with 7.

Cave Claim First Vale League Title

Posted by Craig on September 8th, 2012

North Cave claimed their first York Vale Cricket League Title with victory in the final game of the season at home to Bishopthorpe, in a winner takes all match. Bishopthorpe won the toss and batted first, but Cave’s slow bowlers got on top from the beginning, on a slow turning pitch, reducing Bishopthorpe to 6 for 3. John Buttle (3 for 18) took the three wickets, before Mike Stellings (2 for 37) and Rob Page (3 for 19) kept the pressure on. Only D. Williams (22) and B. Smith (23) offered resistance before James Windeatt (2 for 15) removed the final wickets as Bishopthorpe were bowled out for 104. In reply Mike Stellings (54 not out) and John Backhouse (15) battled through the early overs in a stand of 64, before James Windeatt (24 not out) saw Cave home by 9 wkts with 10 overs to spare.

Innings of Bishopthorpe
1 M. Dale Ct & Bowled M. Stellings 15
2 R. Kelly Ct M. Stellings J. Buttle 2
3 S. Clapham Bowled J. Buttle 0
4 S. Reeves Bowled J. Buttle 0
5 D. Williams Ct & Bowled M. Stellings 22
6 B. Smith Ct T. Baxter R. Page 23
7 I. Holmes Bowled R. Page 2
8 C. Markham Ct M. Johnson J. Windeatt 12
9 T. Eckart Bowled J. Windeatt 11
10 A. Seager Ct J. Windeatt R. Page 12
11 M. Riley Not Out 0
Extras 5
Total 104
for 10 wkts
(all out)

North Cave Bowling Analysis
1 T. Baxter 4 0 13 0
2 J. Buttle 10 3 18 3
3 M. Stellings 12 2 37 2
4 R. Page 7.2 2 19 3
5 J. Windeatt 4 0 15 2

Innings of North Cave
1 M. Stellings Not Out 54
2 J. Backhouse LBW I. Holmes 15
3 J. Windeatt Not Out 24
4 R. Page
5 S. Cooke
6 C. Hewson
7 T. Baxter
8 M. Woodford
9 C. Cockin
10 M. Johnson
11 J. Buttle
Extras 12
Total 105
for 1 wkts

Bishopthorpe Bowling Analysis
1 I. Holmes 9.4 2 27 1
2 T. Eckart 9 6 15 0
3 A. Seager 3 0 15 0
4 R. Kelly 2 0 13 0
5 S. Reeves 5 1 15 0
6 M. Riley 1 0 12 0

Cave Beat Hirst in Tight Finish

Posted by Craig on September 1st, 2012

North Cave won a tight match, on a damp pitch, in today’s York Vale Division 1 match at home to Hirst Courtney, by 6 runs. Hirst won the toss and put Cave into bat. Both Cave openers were dismissed with the score at 13 before Rob Page (68) and James Windeatt (51) added 100 runs for the 3rd wicket. James Wilde (4 for 17) took wickets to restrict Cave before Charlie Cockin (14 not out) and Andy Ferguson (11 not out) added late runs to take Cave to 178 for 8 from their 40 overs. In reply P. Alford (25) and N. Goddard (25) had an opening stand of 51 and then C. Lawson (27) dug in as John Buttle (2 for 24 from 12 overs) and Rob Page (2 for 26 from 12 overs) bowled 24 tight overs. Dean Howsam (35 not out) and R. Stones (38) added 65 to ensure a tense finish, but Cave came out on top as Hirst fell 6 runs short at 172 for 7.

Innings of North Cave
1 C. Hewson Bowled S. Dunn 6
2 J. Backhouse Bowled J. Wilde 4
3 R. Page Bowled J. Wilde 68
4 J. Windeatt Ct S. Dunn K. Winter 51
5 M. Woodall LBW J. Wilde 15
6 T. Baxter Run Out 1
7 S. Cooke Ct & Bowled J. Wilde 0
8 C. Cockin Not Out 14
9 F. Welsh Ct Dean Howsam M. Alford 0
10 A. Ferguson Not Out 11
11 J. Buttle
Extras 8
Total 178
for 8 wkts

Hirst Courtney Bowling Analysis
1 S. Dunn 5 1 10 1
2 J. Wilde 9 1 17 4
3 K. Winter 12 0 60 1
4 C. Lawson 7 2 28 0
5 M. Alford 7 0 58 1

Innings of Hirst Courtney
1 P. Alford Ct R. Page J. Buttle 25
2 N. Goddard Bowled J. Buttle 25
3 C. Lawson Bowled T. Baxter 27
4 J. Wilde Bowled R. Page 0
5 S. Dunn Bowled R. Page 0
6 M. Alford Ct F. Welsh T. Baxter 4
7 Dean Howsam Not Out 35
8 R. Stones Ct C. Hewson A. Ferguson 38
9 L. Stones Not Out 2
10 Dave Howsam
11 K. Winter
Extras 16
Total 172
for 7 wkts

North Cave Bowling Analysis
1 T. Baxter 8 0 58 2
2 A. Ferguson 4 0 21 1
3 J. Buttle 12 4 24 2
4 R. Page 12 3 26 2
5 J. Windeatt 4 0 35 0