2016 Season Review

Posted by Craig on October 2nd, 2016

2016 has been an interesting season for North Cave CC as we started life in the Hunters York & District Senior League Division 2 Holderness. It was our first year following our successful time in the York Vale League and the standard of cricket was very competitive. We had ups and downs over the season, but finished in a respectable mid-table sixth. Our Triad Howdenshire Evening League campaign saw us finish runners-up in the East Division and losing Semi-Finalists in the Mortimer Cup.

The season got off to a damp start and despite our best efforts the ground was unplayable for our opening York Senior League match at home to Hull II. In week 2 we travelled to South Holderness and batting first rattled up 250 for 7. The star of the show was Skipper James Windeatt with 111. Will Vize took 3 wickets, but Holderness held out for a losing draw on 172 for 8. The following week we were at Cottingham who batted first making 196 for 9. Cave were struggling on 11 for 4, before Windeatt scored his second ton in two weeks with 133 not out and he shared an unbeaten stand of 186 with Rob Page (48 not out) to see Cave home. Welton & Brough came to Cave and bowled us out for only 88, winning by 8 wickets. We visited Beverley III and batting first, we made 253 for 9 with A. J. Clarke hitting 76 and then taking 4 for 37 as Beverley held out for a draw on 205 for 9. We managed to reach 178 for 6 at home to Driffield, Charlie Cockin (54) with a half-century, before Mike Stellings (3 for 20) and A. J. Clarke (3 for 16) restricted Driffield to 110 for 8. Craig Hewson scored 100 not out, batting the full 45 overs, as Cave hit 224 for 8 at Sutton, but the home side won by 7 wickets with 3 overs to spare. Kirkella came to Cave and were bowled out for 66 with Mike Stellings (5 for 18), John Buttle (3 for 16) and Will Vize (2 for 13) doing the damage. Cave stuttered towards their target, but got there by 3 wickets. At the end of June Hull Zingari II visited Cave and had us in trouble at 104 for 9 (Rob Page 72) before a heavy thunder storm flooded the ground and the match was abandoned. Poor weather the following week saw our home match to Sutton cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch. Our most difficult period of the season started as we travelled to play Hull II with a very weakened team. Hull scored 276 for 3 and then bowled us out for only 37 despite a valiant effort from those involved. Hull Zingari II scored 211 all out with Mark Woodall taking 3 for 13, but we could only manage 104 losing by 107 runs. The following week saw a dramatic match at home to South Holderness. Charlie Cockin scored 52 in our total of 193 for 7. The match went down to the final ball with Holderness scrambling a single to win by 5 wickets. Cave was well beaten at home to Cottingham, scoring 121 all out, including 60 from James Windeatt. Cottingham strolled to victory by 6 wickets with 15 overs to spare. We were slipping in to the relegation places as we travelled to local rivals Welton & Brough needing a win. Mike Stellings (87 not out) and Charlie Cockin (55) helped Cave to 198 for 6 and tight bowling from the Cave bowlers and wickets from Rob Page (4 for 31) gained a winning draw and valuable points. We entertained Beverley III and made 222 for 8, with Rob Page hitting 79. John Buttle (4 for 36) and the other Cave bowlers held Beverley to 136 for 8 and another winning draw. Three wickets each for Mike Stellings and Will Vize restricted Kirkella to 189 for 9, before James Windeatt (56 not out) and Charlie Cockin (55) eased Cave to a 6 wicket win. The final match of the season was away at Driffield III and in a rain interrupted match Cave made 171 for 9 with 66 from loan player Darren Spruce. Driffield were 64 for 3 when the rain returned and the match was abandoned. A comfortable finish in mid-table and well clear of the relegation places was a good effort in our first season.

The Howdenshire Evening League campaign was very disjointed and due to poor weather and conceded matches, it meant we only played 4 of out 10 league matches, winning them all, but finishing 2nd behind HICE. Highlights included, 56 from Matthew Bunn and three wickets each for Ashley Page and Jack Storey, at home to Gilberdyke, Andy Ferguson took 3 for 11 at North Ferriby, Jack Storey took 3 for 0 and scored 44 runs at Newport and James Windeatt 4 for 16 and then a quick-fire 33 not out to beat Ferriby at home. In the Mortimer Cup we bowled North Duffield out for 44 in a 10 wicket 1st round win, Callum Hellwig taking 4 for 11. We then lost out by 3 runs in the Semi-Final at North Ferriby.

James Windeatt was the Player of the Year, winning the Saturday Batting award hitting 584 runs at an average of 48.67, while Mike Stellings took the Bowling award taking 31 wickets at 12.97. James Windeatt hit the most sixes with 26 and led the way with 13 catches during the season.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our principle sponsor for this season, Cranswick plc. and the contributions from Brockelsby Ltd and Humberside Aggregates Ltd over the last couple of years. I would also like to thank everyone that has helped during the season with the ground, teas, etc. It is the time and effort put in by all these people that make it possible for us to play every week.