1864s opening day defeat to Humshaugh at Greenside

26th Apr 2022

Humshaugh 172ao(33.2o) Gregor Pearce 5-38, David Cragg 2-42, Alan Roskilly 2-10, Will Alexander 0-32, Patrick Hatcher 1-24, Jacob McCord 0-19.

1864's 151-7 (40o) Oliver Clark 28, Jan Ozmen 21, Patrick Hatcher 24, Gregor Pearce 22*, George McConnell 16, Theo Brophy-Clews 10, Will Alexander 11*, Alan Roskilly 8.

Humshaugh won by 21 runs - 18 points: 1864's 9 points.

Losing the toss & batting second, a late, 10 over acceleration just failed to overhaul the visitors total, as the 1864's began their West Tyne League Division 1 campaign at home to Humshaugh.

Giving debuts to Oliver Clark, George McConnell, Jacob McCord & w/k Theo Brophy-Clews, a suspected broken finger to Tris Meears-White, in attempting to take a catch at mid on, hampered the later batting effort.

The Humshaugh innings, bouyant at 100-1 & 137-3 with two batters dominant, subsided in the face of Gregor Pearce's leg spin (5-38), supported by two wickets each for David Cragg & Alan Roskilly & 1 for captain, Patrick Hatcher, to be 172 all out in only the 33rd over of the 40 available. A first outing on a slow, low, grass wicket showed an inevitable rustiness in bowling direction, overstepping (20 extras) & some catching. Theo was commendably tidy in his first ever game behind the stumps.

The 1864 batting effort saw Jacob, unluckily, drive to mid off in the first over, but against accurate early bowling in the rebuilding, partnerships of 43 between Oilver (28) & Jan (21), & 26 between Oliver & George (16), saw the total rise slowly to 71-3 in the 30th over. Late acceleration from Patrick (24), Theo (10), Gregor (22*) Alan (8) & Will (11*), saw 80 scored in 10 overs but this was not quite enough. Tris was unable to bat.

Work to do in bowling direction, catching, pacing an innings, finding the gaps & rotating the strike, but a heartening performance in many respects. The team are indebted to Mr Hatcher senior for his scoring effort. Onward !

The next match is away to Benwell Hill on Sat 30th April.

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