[credit: Leigh Page]
On Saturday the Hessle CC 1st eleven made the long trip up to Driffield, once again turning up before the home team showing the hunger of the group. Hessle travelled to Driffield missing a few players to injury (Jason Helwig), work (Joel Connell) and a lovely walking holiday (Scott Page). This meant a return for Chris Inglis, Graham Broadley and a first chance in the 1st eleven for Kashyap Gaddam a young and promising spin bowler.
Spirits were high and the warm up kicked us off and set us up for a great start. Stand in skipper Leigh Page walked out into the middle for the toss and the intention was to bowl first for the first time this year, toss went up and Page lost it (no bother we will bat and rack up 300 again such is the confidence at the moment was my thought) to my surprise the Driffield captained announced we will bat.
The bowlers started getting ready and the opening pairing of Jordan Callis and Andy Bannigan were united again, ends chosen and field set we were off. Callis thundering in with pace and precision and Bannigan wobbling the ball all over, both difficult to get away. The first break through didn’t take long, Callis getting the ball to zip through taking an edge and flying through to Gaz Nichols behind the stumps. Bannigan at the other end had to be patient and build the pressure and this he did. At one point bowling 4 maidens in a row (great for fantasy points). The game changed with the introduction of Luke Picken bowling for the first time in a while after injury (yes another injury I hear you say). Picken steamed in and bowled with pace, intelligence and passion, a steady fall of wickets followed and it could have been over quicker if Hessle were sharper in the field, a series of dropped catches didn’t help. At the other end Bannigan finished a fine 12 over spell (he reminded us of this a lot when sent to field) with figures of 2-18. The young Kashap Gaddam was introduced and hopefully learnt a good lesson at this level I am sure there is more to come from him in the future. The other end Picken delivered some unplayable balls and finished with 5-29 from his 11 overs a quality effort after a period out. The experienced head of Graham Broadley replaced Gaddam and bowled a ball he said was cross seamed to catch the end of there number 11 and the Driffield innings was over, all out for 109 in 34 overs Broadley finishing on 1-6. Hessle left the field lead by Picken and Bannigan for there quality efforts.
Tea was eaten and we set about the task of knocking off the runs and with this being the first time we batted second Page’s words were some of a cautious approach and getting the job done, no repeat of the HICE collapse! Chris Broadley replaced Scott Page at the top of the order and he and Gaz Nichols strolled out to the middle at 15:50, what followed can only be described as savage. Nichols set about destroying the Driffield attack single handedly, Broadley fell to a good ball for 7 and this brought stand in skipper Leigh Page to the crease with the score on 27. As I stood at the other end watching Nichols blast the ball to all parts I heard there captain proclaim “good job we did bat first we would have been chasing 500”. Nichols brought up his 50 in no time and then 10 minutes later heaved an almighty 6 to win the game finishing on 85 not out and Page finishing 11 not out, game over in 10 overs it had taken 35 minutes much to the displeasure of travelling fan Craig Elder who made the trip to watch and saw nothing!!
Another top result for Hessle CC and the march continues onto Welton & Brough next week and hunting for another 30 points to keep the gap at the table.