Consett & District Cricket Club Consett CC 3rd XI v Cowgate on Sun 07 May 2017 at 1.30pm
Consett & District Cricket Club Won Consett awarded game

Match report *CONSETT AWARDED GAME AFTER COWGATE FIELDED AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER* As a result Consett take the full 20 points for a victory and Cowgate receive 0.

After an emphatic opening day victory against Whickham Consett were again at home in the second week of the season. This time they would take on last years Division 1 champions Cowgate who had went the whole league season without losing a game. This game was surely to be more of a test than the previous week and so it proved to be. A very chilly day at Blackfyne (no it wasn't snowing before that standard Consett jokes come out) saw Captain Cox win the toss and elect to bat first. Somewhat a conservative measure mindful of some of the huge scores posted by Cowgate last year but also in hope of his own team putting a decent score up and seeing how the opposition could handle a chase. Ray, Winn and Pyke came in for their first appearances of the season with Clarke and Southern at the football and Smith in the Academicals team.

Last years regular opening partnership were back together but unfortunately weren't able to make a telling contribution. With the score only on 11 Bradley was first to go caught at slip after a fumble by the wicket keeper having made 11. Winn and Ray would add 24 for the second wicket before Winn fell for 12 as he was adjudged LBW to 1st X1 opening bowler Ali. Ray appeared in determined mood and was at his belligerent best as he smashed anything full straight back over the top. He had been joined at the crease by last week centurion Jackson, however cricket proved just how cruel of a game it can be as he was clean bowled first ball. Pyke and Ray added 31 for the fourth wicket before Pyke was caught out after making 15. Captain Cox fresh from a half century was to suffer a similar fate to that of Jackson as he was caught behind having made only 1 when chasing a wide one leaving the hosts in a poor position on 84 for 5 in the 17th. Ray continued to play his shots however and brought up a deserved half century off 47 deliveries including 8 boundaries. At 105 Marshall departed for 6 as he sacrificed himself to be ran out after a mix up. Then on 112 it was effectively game over. Firstly Wilkinson was bowled for 7 before another fell on the same score. Ray was caught having made 54 making the score 112 for 8 and Consett now unlikely to post a challenging score or bat out the overs. Gall and Horn provided some resistance for a while before Horn was bowled by the retaining 1st X1 opening bowler for 5 with the score on 131. Then eventually Gall was bowled for 16 as the innings ended on only 131 with 10.1 overs unused.

Tea was taken in reflective mood given the come down from last weeks posting of a mammoth score, Team Grant had as always provided an excellent feed for everyone which was greatly appreciated. A lot of hard work required to attempt to make a game of this one but given some of the totals we had dismissed teams for last season who knew what was possible.

Roe and Pyke soon settled into a good rhythm and given what appeared a lack of ability to play a proper cricket shot Consett sensed that this could go one of two ways. Either the runs would be knocked off in double quick time or a collapse could be in order. It took until the 7th over to make the breakthrough but Roe was first to strike as he had Sarwal pinned LBW for 4. In the next over Pyke got in on the act and it was 32 for 2 as one big swing too many saw Ashraf caught behind for 18. Not much later with the score on 43 Pyke would bag his second of the days he had Raza questionably adjudged LBW for 11. Ghaffer joined Hameed at the crease and also seemed in a rush to get away and paid the price for his attacking intent as he was caught by Jackson to give Pyke his third victim with the score on 61. Consett sensed a real hope of getting something from the game now. 20 further runs were added before 2 wickets in 2 balls from Pyke really made things interesting thanks to catches by Winn and Wilkinson (who had already dropped two catches earlier in the innings) leaving the visitors on 81 for 6 in the 16th over.
This was as good as it was to get for Consett however. Pyke would finish with outstanding figures of 9-0-36-5 and can count himself a little unlucky not to get MoM, maybe his team mates just don't like him who knows. Roe also produced his usual tidy 9 over spell and was unlucky to finish with only 1 wicket on this occasion. Eventually in the 17th over of the innings Humais played the first proper cricket shot seen which was impressive given his batting position of number 8. He would go on to play a range of classy strokes as he and Hameed accumulated well against Bradley and Wilkinson without too much alarm apart from one occasion where Hameed seemed to deem it unnecessary to walk when a coach ballooned off the glove to slip and even managed to convince the umpire it was not out too. Maybe an MCC rule book should be in his next Christmas stocking. The pair eased Cowgate to victory in the 27th over with 6 wickets down as Hameed finished unbeaten on 43 and Humais unbeaten on 33 in an unbroken stand of 47.

All in all a day where Consett were maybe 50 runs short with the bat. The bowling was excellent but again the fielding left a little to be desired. The day will no doubt most be remembered for Ray and Pyke being sent back having run a 5 and told that you're not allowed to run more than 4 because it's in the rules, A second candidate for a copy of the laws of the game identified on this occasion. This game served as a reminder as to what really lies ahead in this division this year but Given Cowgate are reigning champions I think much can be taken from the fact that this was by no means a one sided game.

Awards time as ever. Only two candidates for this week. Daniel Pyke for taking 5 for 36 or the eventual winner by vote after his 54 runs scored, todays Man Of The Match - Andrew Ray
Having had a disaster in the field on the opening day things didn't get much better today, another two went down and the one he did take wasn't done so with his hands, maybe next week will be his week but for the second week in a row Dick Of The Day - Simon Wilkinson

Thanks to all those who came down to watch and support, we hope we can provide a better performance next week which sees us host a fellow promoted team in Littletown. A repeat of last years 6 wicket success would be a welcome tonic that's for sure!

Consett & District Cricket Club Consett CC 3rd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 2w 2b 2lb 
for 10 wickets
90 - Jamie Bradley ct I Ashraf b Aqid Shahzad 11 13 2 84.62
Kieran Winn lbw Amjad Ali 12 23 2 52.17 1
21 - Andrew Ray ct Unsure b Abdul Ghaffer 54 47 8 114.89
Matt Jackson b Aqid Shahzad 0 1 0 1
9 - Paniel Dyke ct Mukhtar Hussain b E Humais 15 26 2 57.69
48 - Ian Cox ct Mukhtar Hussain b M M Bhugio 1 4 25.00
17 - Jack Marshall run out (unsure) 6 15 1 40.0
00 - Simon Wilkinson b M M Bhugio 7 11 63.64 1
Jonathan Gall b E Humais 16 38 42.11
Stephen Horn b Amjad Ali 5 23 21.74 1
Mark Roe Not Out  0 6 0

Cowgate Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Amjad Ali9.0326213.002.89
Aqid Shahzad9.0142221.004.67
E Humais6.5126213.003.80
M M Bhugio8.0231215.503.87
Abdul Ghaffer2.00515.002.50

Cowgate Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 13b  
for 6 wickets
137 (26.5 overs)
Ishan Ashraf ct Stephen Horn b Dan Pyke 18 35 2 51.43
Kashif Sarwar* b Mark Roe 4 10 40.0
Abbas Raza b Dan Pyke 11 12 2 91.67
Sajid Hameed Not Out  43 56 5 76.79
Abdul Ghaffer ct Matt Jackson b Dan Pyke 10 8 1 1 125.00
Asim Shahzad ct Kieran Winn b Dan Pyke 4 10 1 40.0
Mukhtar Hussain ct Simon Wilkinson b Dan Pyke 0 1 0
E Humais Not Out  33 29 6 113.79
M M Bhugio  
Amjad Ali  
Aqid Shahzad  

Consett & District Cricket Club Consett CC 3rd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Mark Roe9.0143143.004.78
9 - Paniel Dyke9.003657.204.00
90 - Jamie Bradley4.502800.005.79
00 - Simon Wilkinson4.001700.004.25

  • Umpire :
    Tiger Halliday and Ralph Allen
  • Scorer :
    Rosie Grant