Back in 2010, long before anyone had thought of the Tour de Yorkshire, CBCC had a fund raising bike ride from Beverley to Market Weighton, in full cricket kit too!
From 1st XI Captain, Stew Scott;
Week 13 of the Eastern conference’s top division saw Captain Stew Scott take his Cherry Burton side to the league’s leading run scorers Eastrington for a game that could prove crucial in the race to the title.
On a wicket that looked to suit the team that bowled first Scott wrongly called tails and the Villagers were put into bat by the Eastrington skipper. Jack Law (75) accompanied Matt Spencer to the crease and following a chanceless first 10 overs the openers reached 42 without loss. With confidence building the pair began to up the ante turning the screw as the run rate approached 6 an over by the mid-point of the innings. Spencer passed his 50 with a powerful blow through the offside and continued to produce shot after shot beyond the boundary endangering properties within the DN14 postcode. Law was beginning to follow Spencer’s lead and with some strong “wristy” shots as he described them the pair pushed the score beyond 150. Spencer was approaching his maiden century having reached a number of significant scores this season, the leagues stand out batsmen was just getting going as he brutally despatched a six back over the bowlers head to bring up the ton.
For the first time this season Spencer cracked a smile to acknowledge his achievement finally we would see the end of captain Scott’s reign as the last Cherry batsmen to achieve the feat. Spencer only had eyes for more runs though and seemingly unsatisfied with his achievement thus far he set about dismantling the bowling attack further. Although Spencer’s performance draws all the plaudits, Jack Law’s 75 deserved massive credit as he has developed from the lad scraping for runs three weeks ago, to producing two very creditable knocks since. Law left the wicket in the 31st over showing attacking intent as he was stumped chasing the big shots. Bringing to a close a new club record partnership of 204.
The wicket brought David Butt to the crease as Scott shuffled his pack to bring attacking batsmen up the order. The decision was looking in the balance as Butt flailed the bat at a number of loose deliveries whilst Spencer passed his 150 with another huge hit over the legside, his 10th and final maximum of the day, two overs from the end. Still time for more attaking batting as Butt hit twenty extra runs from the final 4 balls of the innings to total 54 from his 31 balls faced, including a 6 from the final ball of the innings. Cherry Burton then finished on 322-1 from their 40overs, the clubs highest ever score as a team.
Matthew Spencer’s fantastic individual batting performance has gone into the club record books with his 163 not out and it sets a difficult benchmark for any aspiring batsmen at the club to reach.
The bowling attack then set about the task of bowling out a team unlikely to chase the total and look to collect points from a losing draw. Tom Davies (1-42) and David Butt (4-42) bowled well at the top order and were supported well by Robert Talbot (2-38) and the clubs latest youngster Isaac Ward, starring in the field once again and taking his first wickets for the first team also finishing with 2-38. The day was brought to a close in the 32nd over as Stew Scott’s first over of the season saw the last man standing hit high into the legside, only to be caught calmly by Butt. Eastrington falling 154 runs short of the required mark.
Following the landslide victory Stew Scott said “Spacka was incredible today, I have never seen a batting performance like it. I knew it was coming as he is a class act. He deserves his mantle and I don’t think there is any debate that he is the best batsman we have ever had at the club. Aside from some brilliant individual performance I want to divert attention onto the team effort we have put in over last weeks and months. This doesn’t happen by chance, we have raised the bar across all three disciplines of the game. We have had some very good batsmen not even put their pads on today. I know for a fact we can compete in the league above as we are progressing massively in all areas. I think that if we can keep this team together the club has some exciting potential to take the steps to reach the next level.”