The weather finally relented on the August Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon for St. Margaret's Cricketers to renew their annual contest with All Saint's, Otley.
Otley elected to bat first, but their Vicar, Graham Buttanshaw (26), was the only member of the team to really test the arithmetic skills of our new scorer, Christopher Rathbone. His Otley scorecard was composed of 85 runs for the loss of 8 wickets when the innings came to its cadence.
There were two wickets each for Chris Ramage (including the ‘champagne moment’ of his ‘caught and bowled’) Andrew Rabbage and Charlie ‘Warne’ Pilling. Young Sam Pilling also took a wicket along with Captain David Pennett.
St. Margaret's looked well organised and disciplined in the field. With a run rate of just over four an over All Saints’ total never really looked competitive.
St. Margaret's openers Chris Ramage and Nigel Cork soon made the result look secure. Chris made hay, quickly amassing his 28 runs while Nigel accumulated his 26, well ahead of the required rate.
St. Margaret's new umpire Greg Garrett was also beginning to master his aeroplane mime as ‘A Wide’ also made a meaningful contribution. Simon Pilling made a confident 16 before he also got into the aeronautical mood, trying to hit a bird flying past with his ‘skyer’.
However, the youngsters Charlie and Andrew saw St. Margaret's home very punctually, and the hat-trick of victories for the Tony Banks Memorial Trophy was secure.
Beeson, Whibble & Co. provided splendid catering for the happy band of St. Margaret's supporters who enjoyed an idyllic Sunday evening kindly hosted by Ilkley Cricket Club.
Otley 85-8 (Buttanshaw 26)
St. Margaret's 89-5 ((Ramage 28, Cork 26, S Pilling 16)
Man of the Match: Chris Ramage