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2012 Match Reports

Meanwood ‘navigate’ their way to success

posted 14 Aug 2012, 03:28 by Oliver Ozols   [ updated 14 Aug 2012, 04:44 by Howard Collier ]

Half of team lost on route but players direct a 20 point win.

A calamitous start to the day with half of the team ending up in Stanningley somewhere along with the Bowes mobile that contained virtually everyone’s bag inside his van. Not ideal preparations for the tough trip to Drighlington.  

In a rush to get to the ground Ozols, the stand in skipper for the next few weeks arrived at Drig with only 5 players and 3 bags of kit when the coin toss was about to commence. A crucial toss was lost and the fate of taking to the field with such limited resources was about to become a reality. However Drig skipper Michael Wood chose to bowl on a perfect looking track. Did the locals know something we didnt?

Due to kit problems Ozols was about to open up alongside Drew but the cavalry made it in time and Collier managed to suit up in full whites and pads in less than 2 minutes. No teamtalk could be established and the openers Bligh-Dobson and Collier wasted no time in getting runs on the board. Drew was looking solid until he went back on a delivery from Mitchell and was clean bowled. Watkins came in at 3 and should have been held at second slip early on in his innings after some good bowling by Mistry. Another chance for Drig didn’t come about anytime soon and Watkins (48) and Collier (43) produced a steady 94 run partnership until Watkins did the infamous ‘Chris Wheat’ shot. Just shy of his fifty and rarely looking troubled, the ball popped on a good length and after hitting the bat, the ball looped over with backspin and rolled onto the stumps. Nevertheless a score of over 200 seemed likely with overs and wickets in hand but some decent Drig bowling in the last 10 overs restricted Meanwood. Meanwood debutant Rob 'Gus' Mole was bowled first ball and Bowes was once again involved in more running antics between the wickets when partner Copeland tried to push a single into two and failed to hear the no call from the other end. In the end both Seniors were at the crease and ensured we didn’t miss out on collecting full batting points.

After one of the better teas the Dales Council has to offer, Ozols took the new ball and trusted Ciaran Barker, who hadnt bowled in a match enviroment for a couple of weeks to have a go from the other end. The captains trust was immediately repaid as Ciaran notched up four straight maidens excerting the pressure on Drig from the get go. Almost every ball was pitched right upto the batsmen and it drew Waller and Mistry into playing the wrong shot with easy catches being offered. Yaseen was then trapped by Ozols and Drig were reeling at 5-3. The junior Senior was then changed to keeper when Watkins got one on the end of the finger. The rest of the afternoon for Ed was spent clocking up the miles doing the fine leg to fine leg jog between overs. When Mitchell spooned a catch to point again off Ozols, Meanwood had more than a firm grip on the game. Another 2 wickets for Ozols before drinks left Drig on 42-6.

Drew begging to bowl was given a chance and the change of pace along with some half trackers and full bungers caught the Drig players by surprise. Skipper Wood and Newall, both finding Copeland, who was nicely positioned on the square leg boundary. Barker was brought back on to finish the job and cleaned up no.s 10 and 11 to finish on an excellent return of 4-16.

Another top of the table clash takes place at the Myrtle next week with Apperley Bridge ‘B’ the visitors.

Unbeaten run continues, oh and Tank's back

posted 26 Jul 2012, 07:49 by Oliver Ozols   [ updated 26 Jul 2012, 07:49 by Howard Collier ]

Meanwood 167-9 beat Cookridge 86 all out by 81 runs


In a slight change to the report this week, I am going to revert from the usual stuff to a bit more of a 1st person view on proceedings. This is following Cookridge's warped perspective on the game on Saturday.


Parts of the outfield at Smithy Mills Lane didn’t escape the heavy rain showers from Friday and the long boundary was brought in a good 20 metres. The wicket itself was in good condition and Bob was surprised when we lost the toss but Cookridge elected to field first.


The Cookridge openers were getting some nice swing in both directions and good areas forced us on to the back foot with scoring slower than Stevie Wonder wanting to cross a busy road. The first real aggression of the day resulted in Rob Child holing out to mid on. Howard was then caught and bowled by old friend Hassan who settled down after a few wayward deliveries early on.


Now this is the interesting part, lets read an extract from the opposition match report –


Only three batsmen made double figures Collier, of whom there was little to report, Bligh-Dobson, of whom there was little to report and Guest of whom there was plenty to report. I am currently consulting with the lawyers as to whether or not to report it.


Little to report on Drew is a bit disrespectful after he stroked his way to a majestic 63. Some of the shots played such as the clip through midwicket and the ease of some of the drives flashed through cover, are hopefully a sign that Drew is back to his best.


Guesty getting a lot of love from Cookridge here -


During the Meanwood innings batsman Guest was dismissed LBW by Mehboob. The batsman waggled his bat towards the umpire indicating he thought he hit the ball with his bat. Despite considerable doubt about whether contact was with the bat before or after the pad the batsman was recalled by the home skipper, under direction from his vice, and the umpire's decision was overturned. This was universally acknowledged as 'good form'.

Later in the Meanwood innings batsman Guest was adjudged 'Not Out' after a vociferous appeal for a stumping off home tyro Wells. A few balls later batsman Guest expressed his surprise to the home skipper to be adjudged 'Not Out' as he thought his foot was in the air. This was, by the home side at least, acknowledged as 'poor form'.


Firstly, you could hear the inside edge back down at the Myrtle. Yes, we as a team acknowledge the nice sporting gesture of Cookridge here but I don’t think we really appreciate some of the comments on the site about Guesty. In a follow on piece his name is mentioned again from a game a couple of years ago that had a bit of controversy. Both incidents were undoubtedly caused by poor umpiring decisions. This is something that the league needs to sort out. Why have umpire marks at the end of a game if nothing actually gets done about the situation. The standard of cricket in the Dales this year is some of the best we have witnessed and we don’t want it spoiled by poor decisions on the field. Also less sour grapes needed from the opposition. Every cricket team has been affected by a bad decision and we even see it at the highest level of the game.   


With ball, Matt Ross (5-10) was the star man. Most of his victims coming with deliveries seaming from middle stump to off. Sadly this innings was also without controversy. Cookridge no 3 Khan seemingly edging behind off Guest. Batter didn’t walk and rightly so if that’s what he thought. Copeland though, picked up the danger man with a short and wide first ball that fell into Drew’s lap rather than the woodland surrounding the pitch. Slabs finished the job with Rossy, claiming 3 wickets overall himself and yet again the bowling display was clinical and economical. Cookridge’s 86 reached in 35 overs. Fielding did let us down a bit this week and the game could have been over 30-40 minutes earlier if chances were held. Another win though and confidence building game by game.  


Up next week is Thornbury at home.


Meanwood make light work of Heppies

posted 17 Jul 2012, 09:20 by Oliver Ozols   [ updated 17 Jul 2012, 09:20 by Howard Collier ]

Rob Guest (5-16) and Ollie Ozols (4-12) tore through a depleted Hepworth Idle team and Meanwood finished before 4.30 picking up an 8 wicket win in the process. 

Heppies had 5 new faces from the team who played against Meanwood last weekend and it showed as they were unable to cope with the spongy wicket. The downfall started immediately with Guest taking the leg stump of Peddar and then getting Haddy to edge behind to Senior, who was starting his first competitive game since a thumb injury a few weeks earlier. Haddy, found himself lucky to be still batting when he struck a leading edge off Ozols which softly ballooned into the air, only to be put down by Matt Ross coming in from square leg. If there was a trophy for drop of the season, we have a clear leader at the moment. 

Guest then picked up his and Meanwood's 3rd wicket of the afternoon with a full length delivery that cut in off the soft pitch and removed Wilkins. Heppies captain, Brian Heaton tried to restore some order but gloved a rising delivery from Ozols behind for Senior's 2nd catch. Heppies just couldn't get the ball away and with the maidens racking up, Ozols and Guest picked up another wicket each, Ali taking a sliding catch at backward point from Chilton and then Guest getting a nice short ball in which Wastell could only play gently to Bligh-Dobson, standing at short cover. The scoreboard at this point was reading 14-6 off 15 overs but Meanie didn't let their foot off the gas and a slow ball from Ozols got the opener McDermott. Bowes taking another splendid catch which would later see him earn another fielding point. Guest then earned the first 5 wicket haul of the season for Meanwood by removing Kenny 'BCB 106.6 radio celebrity' Firth with another fast full delivery. Ozols then picked up another in the last over his spell getting Smith to play right into Long at gully. After Guest and Ozols had finished their 12 overs apiece, Heppies were 28-9. Unfortunately the last wicket became a little elusive with no 9 McCulley and last man younger McDermott showing what was missing from the top order. A couple of sixes between the pair moved the score past 50 in little time but veteran Long bowled the youngster to spare any more blushes. 

Guest (22no) was promoted to opener in Collier's absence and the usual mix up between himself and Bowes culminated in the 3rd run out of Bowes involving the pair. Ali was bowled cheaply 14 runs from victory and that meant Meanwood couldn't score maximum points but Drew Bligh-Dobson announced his return to the side with a steady 14 no. The win saw Meanwood's unbeaten league streak rise to 6 games and the confidence in the team is showing and they have got nothing to fear during the second half of the season

Weekend weather thwarts Meanwood charge in double harder

posted 10 Jul 2012, 07:33 by Oliver Ozols   [ updated 10 Jul 2012, 07:33 by Howard Collier ]

Mother nature won the battle yet again across the league and saturday's game at Pudsey SL was a wash out. The outfield not fit to play on and the game was called off in the morning.
Pudsey SL v Meanwood (Off) Both teams 5 points
The Sunday game was a rearranged fixture that should have taken place on the 2nd weekend of the season back in April. The ground at Hepworth & Idle was not fit for play on Saturday but recovered well in time for Sunday's game and an eager Meanwood team turned up, not having played 24 hours earlier and hungry for victory.
Meanwood won the toss and chose to bat first in front of the expectant fans, hoping to keep their winning streak intact. Bowes and Collier collected their highest opening partnership of the season with 78 and Collier (56) was in fine fettle playing the ball to all parts of the ground. With Meanwood looking easy out in the middle, Heppies turned to skipper Brian Heaton and he bagged 3 wickets in his spell which helped slow down the run rate. Meanwood did manage to collect 5 batting bonus points through a nice score from Chris Wheat (31). The first runs of the year for the big man were met with celebratory delight from the lads watching their teammate on. He will have been annoyed to have been stumped off the final ball of the innings but reaching a score of 186 at the halfway stage was a job well done.
Ozols and Guest both struck quickly after tea, bowling Pedder and J McDermott. Then the infamous British summertime struck and a big downfall required players from both sides to help with covering facilities. It gave chance for everyone to get really patriotic and back their favourite son in some tennis match somewhere?? Collier tried his hand at being Hepworth's groundsman for the day and got stuck in where he could. Luckily for the games sake, Heppies brought out a groundsoaker machine and without this play would not have got resumed again. Unfortunately almost half of the 2nd innings was lost and Heppies revised target was about 170 off 19 overs. Medley tried to thrill the fans and hit a couple of maximums off Guest before falling to Collier at deep cover off Long. Ross picked up another wicket in similar fashion with Heppies forced to go for extra points. With overs quickly diminishing Ozols turned to Ali with the ball and he didnt disappoint taking 3 wickets in 4 overs. The extra 4 points for the draw was the realistic goal for Hepworth and opener Kershaw remained at the end scoring 16 from the 27 overs bowled. Meanwood worked hard but a couple of chances weren't taken at slip near the very end and Heppies finished 8 down in a valiant effort.
Meanwood 186-6 drew with Hepworth & Idle 92-8 (27 overs)

Ali KO's Rodley

posted 10 Jul 2012, 01:46 by Oliver Ozols   [ updated 10 Jul 2012, 01:46 by Howard Collier ]

Apologies for the delay in this report from the match on 30/6/2012.
Meanwood 203-7 (38 overs) beat Rodley 119 all out by 84 runs
Mohammed Ali hit 78 on his season debut for Meanwood on route to another maximum points win for the Myrtle men.
It was another game affected by rain and Meanwood didnt get the best start with Bowes and Child falling cheaply leaving the home side 19-2. Ali then entered and took the game to Rodley. Combining nice partnerships with Guest and Watkins, Meanwood looked comfortable at around 120-3 when another early tea was taken in an attempt to save overs.
A heavy shower during the tea interval threatened to end the game but the quick draining ground didnt suffer too much damage. 14 overs had been lost but with wickets in hand and some effective middle lower order hitting from new boy Jim, Meanwood passed 200 and skipper Bob Guthrie could finally get the declaration call in.
The bowling attack got off to best possible start when Ozols (3-12) had opener Ward caught behind. Tight bowling from the start already had Rodley on the back foot and Ross (4-27) continued the trend from the pavillion end, bagging a wicket first ball, Horsley LBW. Meanwood were always on top and with the run rate increasing all the time, Ross bowled the other Horsley sibling and removed Rodley skipper Sewards shortly after.
The only thing that could prevent a Meanwood victory was mother nature and play was suspended further. Ozols came back on and took another 2 wickets in 1 over but was then advised by the umpire to end his short spell or bowl slow. Guthrie opted for himself and Child to finish the game but with the final wicket to take, Meanwood dropped a few chances and ultimately another shower fell upon the Meanwood valley.
The lads stayed on the square with the covers and in one of the most impressive sporting moves you will see this season, skipper Dave Sewards sent his batters back out. Only 1 ball was needed with Guthrie finding the timbers of Paul. A 3rd straight win for Meanwood has seen them rise back into the challenge for promotion to division A.

99 problems but Congs aint one!

posted 26 Jun 2012, 03:27 by Oliver Ozols   [ updated 26 Jun 2012, 03:27 by Howard Collier ]

10 man Meanwood scored 99 runs and defended that total brilliantly to dismiss Congs for 74 in reply.


The great British summer was in full effect Thursday, Friday and the game once again looked like a washout. However the Fulneck school pitch lies at the top of hill and the drainage combined with the wind helped to dry the wicket suitably enough that the game started roughly on time.


Guthrie lost the toss and Meanwood were sent in to bat first. Scoring was not going to be easy as anything that got through the fielders just died in the long damp grass before reaching the boundary. A full toss seemed a welcome break but Bowes sent it straight to midwicket and Collier feathered Patrick behind to leave Meanwood 21-2. Rain forced the players off and when it stopped the decision to take tea was taken when the pitch needed extra time to dry along with stopping any more overs from being lost.


When play resumed Guest tried to take the attack to Congs but was subsequently caught at deep square leg whilst Guthrie was bowled when he misjudged his sweep shot. Rob Child and Matt Ross were also victims of the impressive spin from young bowler Keegan Moodley (4-25). Watkins gave some ‘big licks’ but was outdone by his counterpart with the gloves as Collier adjudged him stumped. Barker and Ozols were the last pair and fell short of three figures when Ozols was run out attempting a drop and run.


Meanwood knew the conditions to score were very tough and put pressure on Congs straight away with Guest removing Callum Oliver who flicked to cover and Ozols wrapping the pads of Hussain in front. Barker relieved Ozols up the hill and with a strong wind to contend against, did well to come back and remove Slater caught and bowled after been hit over the ropes for 6.


Ross got a wicket first ball of his excellent spell, trapping Moodley. Congs 36-4 at this stage and the Meanwood team brimming with confidence with the ball and in the field. Congs battled hard not to lose another wicket for the next 10 overs or so but Ross and Copeland had them pinned down, yielding a run rate of just over 1 between them. The pressure mounted on Congs was such, that Humbleby drove straight to Bowes and then Curtis, who had looked steady away flashed to Guest at point who took a nice catch.


Ozols replaced Ross, whos hard work in the middle overs paved the way for victory. It didn’t take long to get through the defences of Tom Huffingley who was bowled. Next over Copeland got Doey to drive down to long off where Bowes was positioned perfectly. The scoreboard was now reading 72-8 and Meanwood on the verge of a great victory. Mohammed was caught and bowled by Ozols and then Patrick was finished off. Middle stump upended, Meanwood players and fans everywhere in delight. The changing room was serenaded with some Ric Flair “Woooooo’s” from Rob Child.


Another amazing bowling and fielding performance and to do it with 10 men made it even sweeter. Congrats to all involved and had it gone down to the wire, Congs would probably have failed to reach 100 off 40 overs due to the tremendous effort by the Meanwood attack.








Ollie Ozols





Rob Guest





Ciaran Barker





Matthew Ross





Adam Copeland












Meanwood beat elements and Tong

posted 19 Jun 2012, 05:24 by Oliver Ozols   [ updated 19 Jun 2012, 05:24 by Howard Collier ]

Tong  Manor 125 all out. Meanwood 126-3 win by 7 wickets

Bob Guthrie returned to skipper the side and reluctantly chose to bowl after winning the toss. The match was reduced to 43 overs but with the grey skies above it seemed unlikely the game would even start. Eventually the rain stopped for long enough for both sides to get ready and warmed up. Guest and Ozols were handed opening duties once again and the breakthrough came in the third over of the day, Phillips cutting straight to Barker at point off a short, wide delivery from Guest. That then gave the lads a chance to work on the best sledge heard this year “No 3 batsman in”.

Ozols got into the action soon after trapping Holmes in front. The latter not amused at the umpires decision. Some nice tight bowling had seen Tong reach 53 at the halfway stage and the lack of scoring was building up the pressure on Tong and was to blame for the run out that ensued when Galley pushed the ball into covers when a single when never on. Collier cool as you like had all day to under arm the ball to Watkins who duly took off the bails.

In came Tong skipper Dave Rule (37), who played a sensible innings knowing a respectable score, would be hard to chase with the rain, at times lashing down. Ross and Long carried on the hard work and both were squeezing the Tong batters, it was a matter of time before the next victim fell and it came courtesy of Ross, bowling Jackson who fought hard for a dogged 25.

Some sharp work by Watkins brought about a stumping off Long before Copeland came into the attack from the top end and removed Raistrick with a well taken catch low down by Collier at midwicket. Long then got Rule to edge behind only for the umpire and batter to stand still. Soon after he got his man finding a gap between bat and pads and striking the top of middle. He was then able to take 2 more wickets courtesy of some good hands by Copeland on the square leg boundary followed by Barker at fly slip, Long ending with figures of 4-29 off 9. Copeland then finished off another great spell taking the last wicket of Hornby.

Meanwood have found themselves in this exact position at tea, this season, on where the bowlers have set things up nicely for the batters to do their work only to fall short of victory.

So off set Bowes and Collier to begin the Meanwood innings. A nice steady partnership was beginning to build up and the pair saw off the first 10 overs with no problems. Monsoon like conditions then enshrouded the field and players had to retract to the comforts of the pavilion. As soon as it passed play quickly resumed with Collier doing his best impersonation of Chris Wheat (please see match reports from start of season). Bowes then followed with no movement on the scoreboard and at 39-2, the Meanwood players and fans feared the 2nd innings collapse.

It was up to Double G (Guest and Guthrie) to save the day and they responded in fine fashion. They put away the bad balls and like the opener pair rarely looked troubled. It wasn’t the quickest chase in the world but it did the job but unfortunately for Guest (31) he didn’t manage to see it through, caught on the edge of Sam’s field with just 7 more runs to win.  Skipper Guthrie (48no) lead by example and though he couldn’t reach his first 50 of the year, helped Meanwood over the line with a maximum points victory.
After the game many remarked they couldnt believe a full game was almost played. Credit to the pitch and the micro climate for helping Meanwood out.

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