Cricket: Collapse hits Clee for six
A BATTING collapse cost Cleethorpes Cricket Club 1sts dearly as they missed out on qualification in the Yorkshire League Twenty20 group stages.
The Meggies committed the cardinal sin of failing to bat their overs out during their defeat to Driffield, who qualified on net run rate.
After beating hosts Appleby-Frodingham in their first match, Cleethorpes were well-placed against Driffield only to concede seven wickets for just 16 runs as they collapsed to 142 all out in 16.1 overs – a target their rivals chased down.
Driffield had earlier lost to Appleby Frodingham in a sudden death bowl out, prompted by a two-hour weather delay, but progressed as overall winners of the round-robin event on net run rate – they will face Scarborough in the next round.
Cleethorpes set a daunting target of 176 for five in the opening match against a young Frodingham outfit.
James Osmond (39 in 21 balls) added 70 in 36 balls for the second wicket as he and Stuart Airey, who hit a brilliant 60 in just 29 balls, (eight fours and two sixes) made full use of the power plays.
Indy Hayre (29 not out) and Callum Robinson (23 not out) guided Cleethorpes to their closing total with an unbroken stand of 57 for the sixth wicket.
Against Frodingham's reply, Stuart Airey's one for 15, in four overs, coupled with a good spell from Indy Hayre, one for 20 in three overs, kept Frodingham at bay.
Meggies skipper James Osmond finished with four for 30 as Cleethorpes won by 15 runs.
Against Driffield, the Meggies again began well – with Osmond and Tomlinson crashing 65 runs for the opening wicket inside six overs, before Tomlinson was bowled having hit 40 in only 18 balls (six fours and two sixes).
Osmond departed for 29 (18 balls) but at 126 for three in the 13th over, Cleethorpes looked well set for a massive total.
The Meggies went into free-fall, however, after the loss of Bill Kirby, ending on 142.
Indy Hayre, with 38 in 29 balls, had been the only other batsman to make a substantial contribution.
Driffield wasted little time in going on the attack but, for the Meggies, Osmond picked up two vital wickets and Paul Sunley had a good spell of two for 17 in three overs.
Airey took some punishment this time, however, as his four-over burst leaked 31 runs.
With the game poised at 114 for six in the 14th over, Nesfield crashed two massive sixes as Driffield went on to clinch victory.