Aire-Wharfe League: Batting errors cost Knaresborough

Adel v Knaresborough Aire Wharfe League sat 31st may 2014'Dylan Grandell of Knaresborough loses his wicket   10049a  Picture Steve Riding
Adel v Knaresborough Aire Wharfe League sat 31st may 2014'Dylan Grandell of Knaresborough loses his wicket 10049a Picture Steve Riding
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Knaresborough Cricket Club lost ground on the leading pair in Aire-Wharfe Division Two after suffering their second defeat of the season on Saturday.

The Aspin Lane promotion chasers could have moved into the top two positions in the league had they beaten Adel on their travels.

However, a “disappointing” batting display saw them dismissed well short of the hosts’ average total.

Opening bowler Dave Girling snaffled six wickets as fourth-placed Knaresborough ousted Adel for 163 in the opening innings.

However, wicketkeeper and opening batsman Tom Beasley set the tone for Boro’s innings as he fell without scoring.

Girling made 22 from the top of the order but only Sam Ryan (27no) and Cameron Pitt (19) hit notable contributions as Boro were dismissed for 120.

Club stalwart Jon Corcoran said: “We were all very disappointed at the end of the game. We felt 160 was a par score on a decent wicket.

“It was gettable but we didn’t get anywhere near.

“Some of our shot selections were poor, we didn’t deserve anything.

“People were playing shots that you can’t play on wet wickets. If the ball is sticking or moving around, you have to stick about and get in.

“It’s about getting back to basics. Run rates aren’t important on days like Saturday but building partnerships are.”

Corcoran also backed Australian Dylan Grandell to bounce back after his poles were sent flying for just seven runs on Saturday. The overseas star has struggled for runs in his last three outings, with only 22 in total.

Corcoran said: “He got a good ball last Saturday which bowled him.

“He has to learn how to play on wickets that are probably alien to him. But we back him.

“He is a good player and we know he’s going to score runs. It’s just the same as everyone else, we hope it’s sooner rather than later.”

Knaresborough will bid to bounce back at Green Lane this Saturday, a side Corcoran was confident his men

“We have games coming up that we expect to get a win in,” he said.

“Saturday was only the second game we have lost in the league so we have to take the positives. We have won more than we have lost.

“From what I have seen, Green Lane have been scoring plenty of runs for fun and getting 200 plus most weeks.

“We have to work on our basics.”

Knaresborough will also play Goldsborough at home in a rearranged Addison Cup match on Monday night.

The Aspin Laners lost in the cup final last year to Beckwithshaw.