Second XI beaten in bid to push promotion

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BATES second string played host to fourth placed Ulgham Village looking for a vital win to cement their promotion push.

Ulgham won the toss and decided to bat, but it was Bates who started the quickest, with the in-form Davy Binns removing Tait with a yorker in the first over.

From here, Ulgham were watchful, with stand-in skipper Skinner looking in good touch early on, as he and Lowes added 50 for the second wicket.

Bates were left chasing the ball to the boundary too often in the early overs.

Tom Horn removed Lowes to break the partnership and give the Bears hope, but this brought Wilson to the crease who proceeded to take the initiative.

Together with Skinner, they pushed the Bates field further back.

Robbie Burns eventually removed Wilson for 52 as he swiped at short pitched delivery and feathered an edge behind, but still the boundaries kept coming.

Eventually Ulgham closed on 227-6 from their 40 overs, with Skinner finally out for an excellent 78.

Requiring over 5.5 an over, Bates sent in promising youngsters Doyle and Allan, banking on a solid start.

When Allan was out for 11, 14-year-old Joe Mavin was sent in at number three to continue the steady start.

At the end of 15 overs, Bates were 68-1 and the rate was starting to creep up.

Sensing the need for urgency, Doyle started to attack, but the arrival of left arm seamer Keith Lowes started the collapse.

Skipper Gibson to the crease but he misjudged a looping full toss and was smartly stumped by Gowland.

Wilson was the next man in, and despite hitting Cowe for 12 in one over including a huge straight six, he was caught off the same bowler.

From here Bates capitulated, and the steady accuracy of Ulgham’s bowlers was just the tactic.

In the end Bates were comprehensively beaten perhaps for the first time this season, never looking like threatening the large total.

So, 30 points for Ulgham puts them into third place and right into the mix for promotion, as Bates’ five point haul leaves them 12 points ahead albeit still in second place.

A bad day was confirmed with news of Civil Service’s victory against Monkseaton, Bates are now over 30 points behind the leaders.

Bates’ man of the match: Robbie Burns (1-33 from ten overs).