Northowram Fields CC First XI v Wakefield SM on Sat 04 Aug 2007 at 1.00
Northowram Fields CC Lost by 38 runs (1pt)

Match report The Rams suffered their second defeat of the season, and also their second defeat to the hands of their opponents Wakefield St Michael’s. The loss as such will not be the most worrying element for the supporters, but the hugely lacklustre performance by the Rams, who looked no more than a shambles, will be very worrying leading in to the significant part of the season.

St Michael’s were sent in to bat on what looked like a nice flat pitch, but the overcast conditions meant there was also something in it for the bowlers. It was the batsmen that took the early initiative, hitting the new ball all around the park. Opening bowler Matthew Rushworth was quickly withdrawn from the attack, and “jack of all trades” Scottie Hadnum introduced. Hadnum was able to provide the breakthrough at 58 for 1, but the scoring rate did not let up, and the visitors raced to 135 before the second wicket fell, and at this point St Michaels were looking like they could post over 300 runs.

After this point wickets did fall regularly, but at the same time runs were still flowing freely, due some bullish batting and the more likely reason from poor fielding, which was shocking throughout the day. The Rams did actually manage to slightly stop the enormous flow of runs towards the innings, but Michaels still ended up with 261 all out.

If the Rams were to win this game it would need a number of decent knocks by the batsmen and things started rather brightly, racing to 58 inside the first 11 overs. The first wicket to fall was “run machine” Robert Larner, who was dubiously given out LBW. After this point things never really got back on track, and the major the turning point in the game was when Paul Bottomley was adjudged run out on 55. It was certainly a mistake by the Umpire who should have known that Bottomley has the longest arms and legs ever seen on a cricket pitch in Northowram (and sadly for the last time), and it is almost impossible for him to be run out!!! This run out caused a collapsed and after being 119 for 3, the Rams were reduced to 149 for 9, with only Chris Thompson and Paul Mitchell left at the crease praying they could salvage something from the game. Astonishingly they achieved their goal, Chris Thompson finishing with 61 not out, and Paul Mitchell gaining his first runs of the season, with 13 not out, helping the score to 223 for 9.

The end result could have been much worse for the Rams, but thanks to the “Last Stand” by Thompson and Mitchell, Northowram ended up with 1 point and Michael’s finished on 4 points. The Rams still remain at the summit of the table, but this latest performance must be very worrying for anybody associated with the club, and any problems need to be addressed immediately by the team. Some suggestions include training with the under 9’s on a Friday night to learn how to catch a ball and how to carry out the “long barrier”!!!!

Northowram Fields CC First XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 9 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Rob Larner Lbw  23 1
Paul Bottomley Run out  55
Scott Hadnum Bowled  8 1 2
Gary Rodger Caught  0
Jason Smith Bowled  28 2
Ian Larner Caught  0 1
Sam Brittain Caught  0
Matthew Rushworth Caught  2
Chris Thompson Not Out  61
William Grogan Caught  1
Paul Mitchell Not Out  13

Wakefield SM Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Wakefield SM Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
261 (0.0 overs)

Northowram Fields CC First XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Gary Rodger17.0556228.003.29
Matthew Rushworth5.002600.005.20
Scott Hadnum12.0256228.004.67
Chris Thompson9.0156156.006.22
William Grogan7.0045315.006.43

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Rachel Goodwin