Victory at last!

Saturday 25th May

Windhill & Daisy Hill  180/5 (40 overs)

Darren Saville 73*

Daniel Hill 3-35

Rodley 154/9 (40 overs)

Joe Metcalfe 59

Ben Cawley 3-41

Windhill & Daisy Hill won by 26 runs

The clash of the bottom sides at fortress hill saw visitors Rodley looking to end a run of 4 consecutive defeats challenge a second team which was also looking to end a run of 3 defeats on the trot. A late change to the advertised team saw Adam Qurban come into the side to replace Pete - rested for next weekend. Scouse saw his form of winning the toss continue as he decided to bat first on a good looking track.

Adam and Shaun made their way out to the middle to face the early music and looking to provide a solid platform for the side to build upon. Both started comfortably enough, hitting some crisp boundaries and not facing any danger from the Rodley openers. That was until Shaun (6) got one that came back in at him and went between bat and pad, and for the second week in a row was adjudged to have got bat on it as the keeper took the ball. Adam (11) was done by a yorker in the next over, and at 18-2 the lads sensed trouble. Ben and Bryan went about looking to get the innings going again, with Ben playing some aggressive strokes for a couple of nice boundaries. Bryan was doing what Bryan does best, making a 10 year old look like Brett Lee, and Ben (9) had clearly had enough of watching from the other end as he was caught. Bryan (4) eventually succumbed to his 10 year old friend much to everyone's relief but the innings was now in trouble. Danny (3) hit one straight up to be caught and 63-5 was looking dangerous, and Rodley sensed blood. Ryan joined Darren at the crease, and together the two put on a match winning partnership worth 117 runs. Early in his innings, Ryan looked in trouble as his groin gave way, but somehow he managed to battle through, hitting some lofty strokes, whilst Darren at the other end played some lovely shots to compliment, including a straight six off the spinner. Darren brought up a 50 to the delight of everyone, and Ryan was unfortunate not to bring up his own - denied in the final over. Both finished unbeaten and some late hitting saw us reach 180 - a total the lads backed themselves to defend at the break.

Rodley's innings started with a flurry, with Ryan bad groins and all looking to get his bowling out of the way and Scouse opening up. The Rodley openers made the most of some early wayward bowling from Scouse and rushed the score on into the 30's quite quickly. A bit of magic from Ryan though saw Turbitt (22) sent back, a wonderful flying return catch from the big man. One became two as the dangerous Rodley skipper Brear (0) was caught by Ben and suddenly the tables had turned. Scouse was finding his range now, and soon thumped one into the ribs of young Hammond (9), and it was not long after that he was caught plumb infront to give a deserved wicket to the skipper. Metcalfe was still hanging in at the other end, but had now reigned back his early big hits, sensing his side needed a steady head to bat through, which complimented his next partner Waterfield (29) no ends, as his big mows to cow corner produced some quick runs. He tried one too many off the bowling of Ben though, and Scouse took a great diving catch in the deep for a big breakthrough with the score on 108. Poustie (6) was run out by a brilliant bit of teamwork by Darren and Sedge, and Slack's (4) hopes of hanging around with Metcalfe were ended by a good one from Ben. The lads could sense victory now, with Rodley's juniors that only players remaining in the hutch, especially after Hill (0) hit one straight to Ben off Sedge to gift another wicket. Sedge ran through Holgate (0) first up but nothing would come of his hat-trick ball. By now, Rodley could sense the game was up, and Metcalfe, attempting his first big hit since the early overs hit one straight up where Danny took a fine catch behind the stumps. The two young Rodley lads managed to survive the final few overs, showing more admirable fight than some of their elders above them in the order, and saw Rodley survive the 40 overs.

A massive victory for the lads, some great batting by Darren and Ryan, and then all 4 bowlers pitched in with wickets. That complimented by a strong showing in the field meant another fine all round performance which for the first time ended with victory! Hopefully now something to build upon as we look ahead to another home game next week against Heckmondwike.