Attitudes make teams and if the latest game at home against Whitby Rugby Club’s Cricket team is anything to go by, Hinderwell are in good hands for the future.
Although Hinderwell lost this low-scoring contest, the character shown by all taking part was a pleasure to see. Hinderwell captain Patrick Nedley won the toss and chose to bat first, with James Barwick and George Garbutt-Jones opening.
Tight bowling from Finn Morris and Will Richardson kept the opening pair quiet and with the wickets of Garbutt-Jones and Patrick Nedley, in came another first for Hinderwell this season – their very own England international footballer Beth Mead, showing what cricket missed when she picked the other game.
Beth and Barwick slowly started to put some runs on the board, before the former was caught going for a big shot after a gallant score.
More excellent bowling and fielding from the Rugby Club kept Hinderwell’s score to a very low 60/6.
With a low score to defend, the Hinderwell team set out to contain the visitors as much as possible and excellent, accurate bowling from Reece Cole and Jay Allison was making things difficult for the Rugby Club.
It then turned into the Mead family show.
Bowler Ben Mead replaced Reece and instantly had an impact with K Morris caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary by sister Beth. Three balls later, The Rugby Club’s other opener J Lyth caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary again by Bethany.
Jamie Cole replaced the accuracy of Jay Allison and his bowling continued in the same manner, starting with a maiden. In Ben Mead’s next over, P Stentiford was brilliantly caught by the stand-in wicket keeper.
Hinderwell’s next young bowler Sam Cole was also making it difficult to score, making the batsmen work hard for every run.
The low Hinderwell score was proving elusive, due to precise bowling and tight fielding, particularly from another member of the Mead clan, cousin Connall Gibson, who was unlucky going for a high catch.
M Jackson came in next for the Rugby Club and his final flurry finished the game off but not before Ben Mead’s fourth wicket, K Purvis, another skyer caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary by Beth Mead.
Whitby Rugby Club were deserved victors by six wickets.
Most valued Hinderwell player: Beth Mead.