Pettini, Sayer and Taylor star in SET win at Yorkshire

RESULT | Second XI Trophy (50 overs): Yorkshire Second XI 105 lost to Leicestershire Second XI 268 for 8 by 163 runs


REPORT | By Pete Johnson

Leicestershire took on Yorkshire in the second of our scheduled SET fixtures at the home of Stamford Bridge CC. Stamford Bridge is some 10 miles East of the City of York, and Stamford Bridge CC ply their trade in the ECB Yorkshire League North. Our first scheduled SET fixture was last Tuesday against Northamptonshire but was washed out without a ball being bowled. In the SET counties are split into a North and South Group. Each County plays six matches and the top two in each group go through to the semi-finals.

Any learned historians reading this will no doubt recall that a Battle took place in the village of Stamford Bridge, in the East Riding of Yorkshire on 25 September 1066. The English Army under King Harold Godwinson took on a Norwegian force led by King Harold Hardrada, and the English King’s brother Tostig Godwinson. The battle has traditionally been presented as symbolising the end of the Viking Age. It’s amazing what you can find out on t’internet these days. On the approach to the ground of Stamford Bridge CC, I noticed that we passed by a road named Viking Road.

I personally witnessed a Battle of Stamford Bridge in May 2016, when I was present to see Danny Drinkwater slot one home from 25 yards for the Blue Army, in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea, the final game of City’s 2016 Premiership winning season.

At Stamford Bridge CC the Scorers are positioned in the third man area, with the pavilion on the cover boundary, away to our right. The scorebox at Stamford Bridge CC is of alpine appearance resembling an oversized cuckoo clock. At the front of the Scorebox, below the window, is a finely manicured plantation of tulips - Alan Titchmarsh would be drooling at their presentation.

Leicestershire had a superb day and registered a resounding victory against the White Rose County, winning by 163 runs. Mark Pettini was in awesome form with the bat, racking up 137 in County’s total of 268-8. Rob Sayer weighed in with 5-34 , Tom Taylor took out the top of the order with 3-13, Yorkshire dismissed for 105 in 29.1 overs. 

On a delightful Yorkshire Star Wars morning (May the fourth be with you), with the sun forcing its way through the fluffy morning clouds, Tom Wells called correctly, and elected to bat.

There was a sizeable crowd for Second XI standards present when play commenced. At the far end of the ground, three rows of cars were parked up, 20 to a row, resembling a Motorama Sales site, with prospective customers having plenty of room to walk between and around them. These cars would feature later in the proceedings.

Pettini and Wells opened up for County against an opening attack of seamers James Wainman, left arm, and the pacey right arm Jared Warner, who has a very smooth, urgent, but extremely long run-up. After 3.2 over’s Wells took a blow on his helmet when a fast flat throw took a direct hit on his cranium, when a quick single was being taken. After a few minutes on-field treatment Wells continued his innings.

Pettini was in menacing form, depositing Wainman for four boundaries in the fifth over. The pair brought up their 50 partnership after 9.2 overs. Pettini went to a less than run a ball 50 (8x4, 47b). The 100 partnership came up after 18.5 overs. The pair had put on 116 when Wells (35) was trapped in front by leg spinner Adil Rashid. England ‘leggie’ Rashid you may recall, having committed himself solely to the white ball game for the time being.

Pettini was joined by Aadil Ali. Pettini executed an array of delightful shots, especially on the leg-side, in the direction of square leg, and behind square. He also launched Rafiq for a maximum. Aadil (15) was expertly caught at long-on by Bilal Anjam off the bowling of spinner Azeem Rafiq. It was an excellent catch by Anjam taking the ball above his head while running at speed. You can guarantee that if any fielder is to catch anything approaching a worldie, Aadil is on the receiving end. County on 154-2 from 30.2 overs.

The cars that I had mentioned earlier then came into play, affecting the Scorers’ vision. The bright sunshine was reflecting off the many windscreens, causing much annoyance and mutterings in the Scorebox. The knockout blow from the big yellow object in the sky came when its rays reflected off a greenhouse. You can move cars, but you cannot move a greenhouse!

We literally could not see who was bowling at the far end of the ground, and with no radio link to the Umpires, observation of proceedings became very difficult. I don’t know if any of my legion of readers watch The Chase on ITV at 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. If they do they will know that when The Chaser appears you do not see him/her initially for bright lights. It was akin to that. We were both suffering from blurred vision with a migraine waiting in the wings.

Back to the cricket, Pettini was joined by Ateeq Javid, and continued his dominant innings, going to his century when launching Rafiq for a huge maximum over square leg. The ball went out of the ground and thudded into the driveway of a nearby house.

Pettini’s 100 (11x4, 2x6, 91b) was recorded with County 170 at 2 from 32.1 overs. Javid meanwhile was nudging ones before becoming a second lbw victim for Rashid, whose initials AU suggest he may have somewhat of a golden arm. I know my chemical symbols you will note amongst the wealth of useless information that I possess.

Pettini meanwhile was going on and on, a bit like a human Duracell battery. Harry Dearden joined Pettini. It was good to see Harry back on the field after having done much hard work, and covering many hard yards over the winter getting back to fitness after a major knee injury. He was enjoying the Yorkshire sunshine, and running between the wickets at a fast and furious pace, and looks to have made a full recovery. During his innings the Bury Bulldog stepped inside a ball from the pacey Warner, and ‘paddled him, right handed, for 4.

Pettini’s fantastic innings came to an end when on 137 he was bowled by Warner. This cornerstone of the innings being crafted from 124 balls (15x4, 2x6). The majority of the many boundaries that Pettini hit crossed the boundary at speed. Pettini being dismissive and brutal in, what was to be, a match-winning innings. County 227 for 4 from 42.3 overs.

It was then a case of all the remaining batsmen chancing their arm to get as many runs as possible off the remaining 7.3 overs. Dearden (26, 26b) holed out to Anjam at long on off Wainman, the batsmen crossed, next ball Zak Chappell (11) was caught on the ropes at deep mid-wicket by Jordon Thompson off Wainman. Sayer (1) went caught at short third man by Rafiq off Wainman. Harry Swindells (0) went caught going for it, again by Rafiq off Wainman. Wainman was on a hat trick for the second time in the match. Ben Mike (0*) saw that it was not to be for Wainman. Tom Taylor (7*) was the other undefeated batsman. Leicestershire closed on 268 for 8.

Lunch was taken in the comfortable and welcoming clubhouse of Stamford Bridge CC, looking around the inside it must be the envy of many clubs in the area. I did notice on one of the many pictures that a Stamford Bridge CC old boy is Will Rhodes, late of Yorkshire, now of Warwickshire.

Yorkshire did not get out of the starting blocks in their reply, and were behind the eight ball from the off. Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Alex Lees opened the innings, Chappell and Taylor opening the bowling. Lees went first ball, caught by Dearden at cover off Taylor. Jordan Thompson (4) went lbw to Taylor, and Kohler-Cadmore (7) went brilliantly caught by Ben Mike at deep mid-wicket, again off Taylor. Mike ran in at full pelt and scraped the ground with his knuckles as he leapt forward to take the catch. At this stage Taylor had 3 for 6 off his three overs bowled,

Jonny Tattersall (3) went to another splendid catch by Mike, this time at backward square leg off the bowling of Chappell. Sayer entered the attack and mopped up the innings quicker than a cleaner on piece work, returning figures of 5-34 from 9.1 overs. Sayer’s catalogue of carnage began when he had Matthew Waite (19) caught at deep mid-wicket by Aadil, Yorkshire 59 for 5 at this stage.

We then had an announcement over the PA system for people to move their cars from adjacent to the sightscreen as the sun glinting off their windscreens was causing problems. Thankfully it was just cars and not the aforementioned greenhouse which, earlier in the day, had caused the Scorers problems. Anjam (17) went caught by Mike at long off Sayer, the 3rd catch of the innings for Ben Mike, all of which merited applause. You have Eric ‘slow hand’ Clapton, and now Ben ‘safe hands’ Mike. A seasoned fisherman would have been very happy with three such catches.

Tom Wells had Rafiq (1) caught at cover by Aadil, Wainman (12) was bowled by Sayer, and Ed Barnes (4) suffered the same fate. Rashid (26) went lbw to Sayer to finish a fine performance by the Foxes. Yorkshire all out for 105 from 29.1 overs, Leicestershire winning by 163 runs. Yorkshire 0 points, Leicestershire 2 points.

* Leicestershire CCC Second XI are in action at Lutterworth CC in their next home Trophy fixture against MCC Young Cricketers. Admission is free with the match due to start at 11am.