Notton CC v ECAD North
ECAD North went across to the Barnsley/Wakefield area for what was planned to be a 40 overs match against Notton CC.
Unfortunately persistent rain, which brought the players off the field a number of times in the first innings, reduced the match to 30 overs.
Enormous credit must go to the umpires and groundsman for not only allowing the game to go on - the wicket was already damp from heavy overnight rain - but by persisting in regular showers.
The home team were sent into bat and were soon 80-0 off 10 overs thanks to some loose bowling and, eventually 7 dropped catches which probably cost ECAD North the match.
Joe Grove and Ashley Elliot both made unbeaten half-centuries and duly retired as agreed at the start of the match.
John Kenward-Nash once again bowled well taking 3-30 off his 6 overs, able supported by Edward Denton 2-32. 13 year old Jamie Dillon also completed his full allotted 6 overs for 40 runs including bowling at the death. There are high hopes for him in the future.
In reply Derek Grabham and Denton got ECAD off to a good start but couldn't quite match the Notton run rate. Grabham departed for 22 but Denton carried on to a maiden ECAD half-century, retired to complete an excellent match. The future of Deaf Cricket in the North is looking very bright.
Captain Jimmy Dixon smashed a quick 40 but was bowled trying to up the run rate which was fast approaching 15 an hour, too much for the North team.
Notton were excellent hosts and also took the time to raise money for the England Cricket Association for the Deaf Charity. We will be looking forward to a re-match next summer.