Bates seconds pushing ahead

BATES Cottages’ second XI made the trip to Kirkley on Saturday looking to push ahead in their quest for promotion.

Having been put into bat, Bates started well with skipper Gibson scoring quickly, moving past 40 inside the first ten overs.

Progress was checked when a Gibson edge was superbly caught for 32 by Kirkley skipper Walker at first slip.

This brought Rob Tulip to the crease, who immediately looked in form, and together with Mavin looked to be progressing well.

But spinner Doug Cheek did the trick for Kirkley, clean bowling Mavin for 16.

Bates responded and Wilson launched the spinner for three huge sixes clean over the fence, and Tulip also got in on the act by hitting the Kirkley skipper for two more sixes.

A mix-p saw Wilson run out for 44 but Tulip passed 50, now supported by Ali Bailey, who hit a sprightly 24 before falling.

It was left to Tulip to have the last word, hitting two fours in the last over and the last ball of the day for six, leaving him unbeaten on 72 in a commanding total of 230-4 off 40 overs, the highest of the season for Bates.

Kirkley needed to begin strongly, however, when Lambert fooled the opener in the third over, getting a leading edge to cover, Bates were in command.

A good fightback from Kirkley skipper Walker meant that the home side were 80-1 at drinks.

But seven and a half runs an over from this point proved too much for them.

Bates resorted to completing the overs quickly as the weather had looked ominous, with steady drizzle threatening more. Kirkley eventually finished well short, finishing on 140-4 off their 40 overs, fully 90 adrift.

Bates host Stobswood on Saturday – another promotion hopeful.