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August 2014

Our first season in the York & District Senior Cricket Leage Eastern Conference is almost over. So far it has been a mixed season for the club. The 1st XI had a poor start losing to Hessle in their first fixture then having two matches abandoned due to the weather. With a draw against Newport followed by another abandonment it was not the start we wanted. However things began to look up, a couple of wins and a draw saw the team moving up to near the top. As we move toward the end of teh season the 1st's are in with a shout of the title. They just need to maintain their form.

With just two matches left the Barker brothers are also in the running for the divisional batting average, with James just ahead of David but North Dalton player is keeping them apart. The 1st's bowling is also up among the best in the division as Liam Walker and Andy Kingston are two of the highest wicket takers in the division. As with the batting a North Dalton player is in between them however they both have a better average with Andy just ahead in that race.

The 2nd XI have had a very inconsistent season with team selection changiong from week to week. Like the 1st's the 2nd's lost to Hessle in their opening game however this was followed by a draw (Zingari) and a win over Cherry Burton. The team selection issues have affected the 2nd's results with the odd win interspersed by draws and losses. At present the 2nd's sit mid table in division 2 with a visit from the divisional leaders (Sutton) for the last match this season.

The 3rd XI have what can only be described as two seasons in one year! Starting the season in April with a loss to Ferriby the 3rd's managed to play just three matches in May. June and July were completely lost as far as the 3rd's were concerned with no fixtures or abandoned and matches conceded. With double headed weekends at the end of July and fixtures re-arranged due to teams folding it is no way to keep players in the game. Some of our members did not play cricket for ten weeks! The only bright spot was a win on the field when the 3rd's overcame Gilberdyke in one of the re-arranged fixtures.

The team to produce the best results over their season has been the Midweek XI. Week after week they overcame all opposition. Until the Mortimer Cup Final against Goole Town. Batting first HICE could not manage to bat out the 20 overs finishing all out for just 90. In replay Goole looked likely to reach their target very easily however a spate of wickets turned an easy match into a tight game. However Goole's No.2 saw them home in the 19th over for the loss of 7 wickets. Following that defeat the midweek side then proceeded to through away the league title with losses against North Ferriby and North Cave in the final two league games.

Within the club the seasons trophy competitions are hotting up. In the Best Bowling category there is currently a tie between Liam Walker and Barry Young both having best figures of 7 - 25. The batting averages are also close with the unlikely figure of Martin kingston featuring amongst the front runners. His average is helped by only being out twice this season. It will be interesting to see who gets what at the end of the season.