Bates seconds complete double over Stobswood

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AFTER defeating Stobswood at Bates Welfare the previous week, the second XI travelled for the return fixture confident of another victory.

Bates skipper Will Gibson won the toss and decided to bat, but both openers were quickly out with the score 5-2.

Youngsters Bailey and Allan steadied the ship, but when both were clean bowled, Bates looked in trouble.

Wilson then started to play some shots, and supported by Gillott, took Bates to 80-4 with around 15 overs left.

A couple of quick wickets followed bringing Lambert to the crease, who hit a sparkling 39 from only 24 balls to leave Stobswood rocking.

Combined with Wilson (43) their runs were vital in pushing Bates forward, the last ten overs proving very fruitful, and when Burns hit three deliveries for 14 runs, coupled with a great last stand from Mavin and Thomas, the visitors moved up to 167.

The last thing Stobswood needed was for opener Appleby to depart first ball, a great delivery from Steve Lambert producing an edge for skipper Gibson to take at mid-on.

Accurate bowling from Gillott then removed Dullaghan, a tempting gap in the on-side proving irresistible for the batsman who played across the line, scooping an outside edge to the covers for Doyle.

Todhunter and Mollon moved things forward, before some short bowling from Burns did for Mollon, a high edge taken by keeper Barnes running around to the leg side.

Urwin then joined his team-mate in a counter-attack, but was finding the pace of Burns hard to get away, and wore of a couple of short deliveries trying to evade the bounce.

A rain delay did not hamper Bates’ desire to win the game, and when spinner Thomas did for Todhunter, and Burns removed Urwin, Stobswood collapsed, unable to counter the accuracy of returning opening bowlers Gillott and Lambert.

With the run rate around 12, Bates were confident of victory, but needed the final three wickets to take maximum points, so up stepped junior Nathan Allan with a great trio of dismissals off only 2.5 overs.

Another great win puts them third in the table, just outside automatic promotion places.

A home fixture this week against Kirkley is a 1pm start.

Bates’ man of the match was Lambert, with 39 from 24 balls and 2-26 from ten overs.