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Cricket: Deep depression at Scholes! Chapelgaters' display mirrors miserable weather as lead at the top is cut to one point.

Byline: Paul Ibbotson

An unusually large depression for the midsummer months settled over the British Isles on Sunday, bringing with it record 60 miles per hour winds, and wreaking havoc over parts of Britain by tearing down trees and causing structural damage - writes Paul Ibbotson.

A different type of depression lingered over Chapelgate on Sunday night, after Scholes were comprehensively outplayed by Cedar Court rivals Kirkheaton, who coped well with the extreme conditions, and moved to within one win of overhauling Keith Noble's previously unbeaten team at the top of the table, in a game reduced to 45 overs per side.

Slate grey skies and a howling gale whistling down the moor tops left the old ground a desolate place as, spectators took sanctuary in the clubhouse. And the home team supporters' demeanour soon deteriorated further as openers Smith (12) and Noble (two) were quickly sent back to the shed by the impressive Younas.

Spirits were temporarily lifted, but only by the misfortunes of Scholes stalwart Duncan Dyson, who foolishly ventured outside, only to see a vicious gust of wind lift his tousled toupee clean off his head, and the said 'rug' was last seen sailing serenely towards Cheesegate Nab at a rate of knots, resembling a large blackbird in need of a haircut.

Shoaib Khan stroked seven boundaries in his 35, and Jamie Clayton (15) shone briefly, but both were done for by Younas, who was proving to be quite a handful running down the hill and with the wind behind him. It didn't appear to be a day for slow bowling, but the left arm spin of Kirkheaton'sMurdoch proved an ideal foil to the fast bowler.

Wimpenny (18) and Alsop (12) were smartly stumped by Whitehead, and Murdoch was far too canny for Boorman, Jagger and Hinchliffe.

At 121-9 Scholeswere stillwell short of the 135 runs needed to harvest a point, with the veteran Holmes and callow youth of Graham at the crease.

The former made a measured undefeated 18, but it was left toMonty to guide Younas through point for a boundary in the last over, and secure Scholes a point on 136-9 that could prove priceless at the denouement of the Conference season in a couple of months.

Murdoch spun his way to 5-42, and Younas bowled throughout for his 4-74.

Kirkheaton's reply began in much the same manner as their hosts, with Murdoch and Whittle gone with only seven on the board to Alsop.

Scholes had missed the calm assurance of Tom Weston in their middle order when batting, and were now to lament the absence of fast bowler AsimKhan, who would have been a real handful with a gale at his back.

Joe Hinchliffe toiled manfully in support of Alsop, but the experienced Winterbottom and skilful Bilal steadily retrieved the calamitous situation for the visitors. Bilal was adjudged lbw to Smith for 39, and Slack somehow survived long enough to accumulate an important 18 in support ofWinterbottom to take Kirkheaton up to 102-4 and within sight of victory.

Another shower then intervened and threatened to rob the Bankfield Laners of a notable win, but Scholes dragged themselves reluctantly back on after a five minute break.

Noble had belatedly turned to the off spin of Shoaib Khan, and although Winterbottom's valuable vigil was ended when he was brilliantly caught standing up by Holmes off Alsop for 40, Younas blasted an uncomplicated 22 not out to take Kirkheaton to an important five-wicket victory in the 43rd over.

Scholes 2nd XI visitedMean Lane on Sunday and suffered the mother of all beatings delivered by the flashing blade of Meltham's Howard Palmer.

The legendary left-hander resurrected memories of his best premiership years as he raced to an extraordinary 212, smiting 18 sixes and reducing the visitors attack to a gibbering gaggle seeking sanctuary, as battered bowler's pleaded with their skipper to be taken out of the attack.

Later in the evening, after the pear cider kicked in, the claim was that 'the hurricane winds' made it 'impossible' to bowl, and that Palmer just had to get the ball airborne and the wind did the rest, as McCloud (74) helped him add an incredible 278 for the third wicket.

Meltham's 368-7 was the most runs ever conceded by Scholes seconds, and their bowling figures were far too indecent to be published in a family newspaper like the Express and Chronicle.

Mark 'Chief' Wimpenny completed his memorable day as Scholes replied, out for a duck, and that after dropping Palmer (then on a paltry 49) off an absolute sitter, that according to him 'swirled and swooped like a swallow in the wind - honest Ibbo!'.

Josh Brook (37), Mason-Dixon (28) and Harry Bryson (28) didn't quite capitalise on their good starts, and Craig Marsh (35 not out) enjoyed himself immensely at the end, taking 16 off his first three balls from former Scholes stalwart Ervin Clarke - and that after catching his old mate for a golden duck earlier on.

So Scholes subsided to 185 all out and a crushing 183 run defeat, as another ex-Scholeser Simon Kenworthy took a fine 5-42 in his 12 over spell.

Scholes 2nd XI are at home on Saturday, and Sunday afternoon sees a special match in celebration of 20 successful years in the Huddersfield League for Scholes, as a Mel Booth XI takes on Chas Ponsford's XI, with both sides choc full of former Chapelgate l


BLACK DAY: A bad result for Keith Noble and his Scholes team
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 28, 2008
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