Poolsiders creating a splash in league upset
At a perfect Poolside on Saturday in the Cumbria Cricket League Premier Division, Haverigg caused a huge shock, defeating early pacesetters Cockermouth by 43 runs.
Haverigg captain Drew Postlethwaite won the toss and elected to bat on an excellent looking surface. Following a shaky start, due to the early dismissals of Glenn Chesher (0), Drew Postlethwaite (8) and Sri Lankan professional Sachin Jayawardena (8), Haverigg were soon 25-3. Jordan Postlethwaite (1) soon followed and at 37-4, it was deja-vu and the writing appeared on the wall. However, number three batsman, Dale Graham, continued to hang around and with support from Joe Harvey (16) and Kevin Rogan (12), the rebuilding of the innings began. Graham was eventually dismissed for 65 and quickfire knocks from Robbie Evans (31*) and Matt Crowther (12*) saw the Haverigg innings close on a respectable 161-7. Sam Thompson (3-20) was the pick of the Cockermouth bowlers, with back up from professional Paul Hindmarch (2-35).
Cockermouth’s response started brightly, with stand-in captain Alex Grainger latching onto anything short pitched. Grainger (22) was dismissed first, caught behind by Drew Postlethwaite off the bowling of the impressive Evans. Cumbria batsman Matt Sempill (6), youngster Oscar Drimmie (6) and Greg Platten (4) soon followed Grainger back to the pavilion with only 46 on the board. Hindmarch and recent Cumbria debutant Sam Sharp set about rebuilding the Cockermouth innings, taking the score to 74. The introduction of slow-left arm bowler Jayawardena into the attack turned the game Haverigg’s way, as he dismissed Sharp (6) and Hindmarch (18) in quick succession, leaving the visitors chasing the game at 77-6. A few lusty blows from number nine Jonny Norman (16) gave Cockermouth a glimmer of hope, but once he was caught by Jayawardena off the bowling of Jordan Postlethwaite, the visitors were soon bowled out for 118 to spark jubilant scenes at a packed Poolside. Evans (4-27) and Jayawardena (3-23) were the pick of the Haverigg bowlers, with support from Jordan Postlethwaite (2-39).