Against a very strong team the Ebor Players battled against the odds in their annual cricket match with a new look Village Select XI (well X)
Once again the Players won the toss and new captain Alastair Dunn had clearly researched his history, choosing to put the Village team into bat (6 of the previous 8 encounters have been won by the team batting second). Village captain Mike Dale (again his first go at the role) put experienced pair Harrison and Bewley to open and neither disappointed. Although Bewley was ultimately bowled for 5 off the bowling of Curran, she made a useful contribution, Harrison meanwhile added to his aggregate record of 68 with an unbeaten 13. With Godfrey on umpiring duties Harrison is now the only ever present in the 9 matches to date.
Next up was Lisa Thornton who with no square leg umpire gave herself not out in a contentious run out decision, but as everyone knows she is never wrong. She went on to make 3, equalling her previous record before being bowled by Patrick. Joining her at the crease was Mike Dale who made his usual quick fire contribution although his unbeaten 13 did not close the gap on Harrison in the race to be top overall run scorer.
Having made a strong start, the middle order continued in similar vein with local personality Nick Smith making a welcome return from injury to make an unbeaten 10 ably supported by debutant and Parish Councillor Mike Elsworth who made 12 in 2 6's off 2 balls, a record. Another debutant Joe Ballantyne also retired unbeaten on 10 before the Village team began to run out of steam a little with Jemison controversially given out lbw for 0 Councillor Gajewicz complete with runner but sans anorak (it was a hot night) making 1, joined by Councillor Green who came in too late in the innings to trouble the scorers.
So the Village Select team ended their innings with a very respectable target of 91.
Missing a number of key players the Players began their task with pluck. Although Linfoot was out early on bowled by Ballantyne for 1, new boy Ned Curran decided to punish some errant bowling retiring unbeaten on 13 with a 6 and a 4 included in his innings.
Enter Tracey Patrick (yes she likes that sort of thing) looking to make some runs or grab as much attention as possible and she achieved both, making a career equalling best of 7 all singles, before being caught Elsworth off the bowling of Bewley. The youngest person on the pitch Charlotte Beadle joined Patrick at the crease only to be heading in the opposite direction shortly afterwards without troubling the scorers but no doubt she'll learn from the experience and be a better person for it.
Captain Alastair Dunn came in to try and steady the ship as the run rate was falling behind and the Players were leaking wickets. A steady innings followed although Dunn didn't walk on 10 as convention dictates but had to be ordered off after adding an illegal 2 runs to his score to finish unbeaten on 12. He had been joined at the crease by former captain Davis who like his more illustrious England counterpart had been feeling the pressure after a run of dismal results and poor form with the bat. However unburdened with the responsibility of leadership Davis flourished and what he lacked in grace, finesse and skill he made up for in dogged determination (some would say like his acting) as he charged down the wicket seeking quick runs and redemption. However his efforts were not matched by his partners as Diane Curran and Matt Taylor departed in quick succession for ducks, Curran repeating last years feat of being run out again for nought whilst Taylor was hit by a sucker punch after the usual wayward bowling from Smith lulled him into a false sense of security. Only when Steve Patrick joined the fray did Davis have a worthy partner but needing 21 to win off the last over the task proved beyond them, despite some classy batting from Patrick including a last ball 6 leaving him unbeaten on 12 and defeat for the Ebor Players by 10 runs. They now trail in the series by 5 games to 4.
A big thank you must go to all who helped make this a successful evening.
Ebor Players won the toss and put the Village Select XI in to bat
Village Select XI
J Bewley b Curran 4
S Harrison Retired 13
L Thornton b Patrick 3
M Dale Retired 13
N Smith Retired 10
M Elsworth Retired 12
B Jemison lbw 0
C Gajewicz NOT OUT 1
J Ballantyne Retired 10
C Green NOT OUT 0
Bev Linfoot b Ballantyne 1
N Curran Retired 13
T Patrick c Elsworth b Bewley 7
C Beadle c&b Dale 0
A Dunn Retired 12
T Davis NOT OUT 8
D Curran RUN OUT 0
M Taylor b Smith 0
S Patrick NOT OUT 12
Did not bat; J Sykes & Becki Linfoot
Hairdresser, Jacqui, used a customer's yellow bike for display in her shop window in Acaster Lane. She was lucky as the customer, Kate Radley, also supplied a "model" cyclist as well! Kate is a volunteer with Riding for the Disabled and Jacqui supplied a collecting tin for customers to drop in a donation. In just a few days, GBP73 was collected.
underneath Appleton Road Bridge to ride the cycle path in 1989.
Copyright: C.Ostle/Bishopthorpe Community Archive.
The display is currently on show - adorned appropriately enough with yellow balloons - at Bishopthorpe Library.
We suspect that there will be many visitors cycling along the path this weekend and, consequently, we are moving the display to the Brunswick Nursery cafe for the 5 and 6 July. After that, the display will be moved back to the library until Monday, 14 July.
To discover more about the origins of this fantastic leisure route, click here.
The Ebor Players are holding their annual Music Quiz at the Ebor Inn on Tuesday 13th May at 9pm. The event is open to all with teams of 4 invited to participate for a £5 entry fee (all proceeds going to help with running costs of this years Panto.) There will be a prize of an alcoholic nature and of course the greater glory of winning.
The FA Cup Final at Wembley; Centre Court Wimbledon for the All England Championship; the hallowed turf at Royal & Ancient at St Andrew's. The thunder of horse's hooves at Aintree for the Grand National. These are iconic venues paying host to sporting triumph and perhaps we should add another ...The Ebor Inn!!!
Those 'twin imposters' of triumph and disaster were never more aptly displayed than at the Ebor Inn on Tuesday 11th February when the pub played host to yet another sporting duel, the annual darts match between the Ebor Players (EP) and the Parish Council (PC). Well we say Parish Council but at least this year they had the discretion to add the epithet 'Select' to their title thus widening their net for players.
These two finely matched teams squared off to each other over the best of nine legs. First up was Jo 'Ooh Matron' Bewley and 'Chardonnay' Chris Gajewicz representing the PC facing the combined might of Lisa 'Chorus Girl' Beadle and Di 'The Eye' Curran. A high scoring match that seemed to last forever before Lisa Beadle closed out the match and finishing on 14 and saving the wall and surrounding furniture from further damage!!... One nil to the Players.
Next was the Men's Doubles with Ned 'Marathon Man' Curran joining Alistair 'Wiggo' Dunn for the Players whilst the Parish Council threw in a real live councillor in the form of Ian Jemison coupled with Joe (apparently so famous he didn't need a surname although he was Julia's boyfriend) The PC ran out winners in this closely fought match when Jemison threw a twelve to finish. One all!
Next up for the players was the dream team with a 100% record, Bev 'The Bombshell' Linfoot and David 'The Steelman' Rose. They had been paired with Pat 'We are Leeds' Thornton and Julia 'My Boyfriend's Joe' Clifton (see above). This was a hard fought and tense match which could have gone any way. Had Rose held his nerve and thrown the twelve needed to see out the match, things would have been very different but Thornton shattered the 100% record of the Dream Team by finishing with a nerveless eight. .. Two - one to the Parish Council.
The Players threw on their captain next, 'Handsome' Liam Godfrey who also had a 100% record with the unenviable figures of played 5 lost 5!!! He was drawn against Ben 'Boy Racer' Jemison and it's fair to say Godfrey never got out of first gear losing heavily to Jemison who coasted to victory. Three - one to the PC and Godfrey's 100% record intact!!
The Players found some respite in the next match when Julia 'Two Lines' Sykes, doing a fairly passable imitation of Tessa Sanderson in her hey day, served up a defeat to Lisa 'Burgess' Thornton, almost demolishing the dartboard with it. Three -two... Could a comeback be on the cards?
We then had the Mixed Doubles of Councillor Gillian Clifton and Councillor Stewart Harrison. Two councillors on the same team!!!! A rare occurrence indeed!! They were set to take on Steve 'The Boatman' Poulter, carrying his own darts and making her debut Clare 'Doc' Pitchford. The good doc dished out some medicine to our two councillors who were looking decidedly sick as they lost. On the bright side Harrison like Godfrey retained his 100% record. Three all and you could cut the atmosphere with a spoon!
Another mixed doubles next with 'Quiet' Tracey Patrick coupled with Paul 'Elvis' Brook for the Players coming up against Cayley 'I Wear the Trousers' Godfrey and Tom 'Traitor' Davis. Davis's soubriquet appeared well founded as he was resoundly jeered throughout his match. This was like water of a duck's back or possibly another part of its anatomy as Davis threw the final dart to give the PC a one point lead with two to play.
It was all to play for and the match hovered on a knife's edge, Next to the oche for the players was 'Oirish' Matt Taylor against Michael 'O'Dale. What followed was the greatest mismatch since David offered Goliath 'outside'. Taylor never got going with Dale running out an easy and with it the Trophy and the spoils.
After that, the final match between 'Sparky' Dave King and making his second appearance of the night Ben 'Boy Racer' Jemison was something of an anti climax but King was an easy winner as Jemison ran out of gas.
So after a well fought contest, the Parish Council took the match and the trophy by five games to four.
Both teams thanked the Ebor Inn and their genial host Gordon for a fabulous evening as the Ebor Players drowned their sorrows they forswore revenge in the annual cricket match to be held in summer. Another epic contest to watch out for!!