East Leeds 1st XI v Windhill & Daisy 1st XI
27th April 2019
Report by William Storey
Cricket finally returned to Pontefract Lane and the boys were raring to go for the visit of Windhill and Daisy Hill CC.
Spirits were high in the changing room and it was great to see the boys had got some fantastic deals on new kit with the Thewlis’ getting the lad and dad 2 for 1 on some new GM spikes and Tom Chapman spending his wedding fund on a completely new bag full of gear!
New skipper Ben Wilkinson went into the middle for the toss, won it and chose to bat on a deck with a covering of grass on top. A decision which could split the dressing room!
ELCC walked out to bat with another new opening partner for regular Dean Atkinson in the shape of last years 2nd team captain, Dan Thewlis. Dan unfortunately didn’t last long and was out for a first baller which was then blamed on the lack of throw downs he received in the warm up. Dean and Jimmy Watling steadied the ship before Jim was caught out which brought the ex skip Tom Chapman to the crease and this is a shout-out to my ex as TC played a terrific knock to finish on 53 not out. He couldn’t do it all alone though and was supported by his North East compatriots Geordie Dan (22) and swashbuckling all rounder Willy Storey who went on to score 21 not out in no time at all. The highlight of Willy’s innings, and perhaps the game, was a sublime cover drive for four that led the umpire to make the comparison between him and Ian Bell which the boys will never hear the end of! ELCC wrapped up their innings on 172-8 from their 50 overs with a number of delays for rain and an early tea.
Willy and Tommy would open the bowling today, a dream they’ve had since the first laid eyes on each other in 2009 and the partnership got off to a flying start with the Will picking up 4-27 charging in down the hill and Tom worked very hard from the other end up the hill and into gale force winds (by his own account) for his 1-28. This was all before the rain came in and with the game in the balance with the opposition at 86/5 the umpires called it off with ELCC collecting 7 points for their hard earned work.