Royals seeking a change of luck

hsb  Matt Pickles batting for Studley Royal against Beverley Town.  (130511M3a)
hsb Matt Pickles batting for Studley Royal against Beverley Town. (130511M3a)

The toss is a crucial part of every cricket match, the winners given a small but significant boost to their chances of taking the match.

But the coin is refusing to drop right for Studley Royal skipper Matt Pickles this summer, and he’s hoping lady luck will lift the curse that’s been plaguing him so far.

The Royals went down to a seven-wicket defeat in a rain-affected encounter at Acomb on Saturday, leaving Studley third in the York Senior League Premier Division.

It was a game the Galphay Road men would rather forget, and while the toss was only a small factor in a poor result, Pickles admits he’d rather be winning it.

“I’ve lost nearly every toss this year,” he said.

“That certainly hasn’t helped, but when we’re not playing as well as we can, it’s definitely something I’d rather be winning than losing.

“If we’d won against Acomb we could have opened up some ground on the teams around us, and stayed in touch with Woodhouse Grange. But on Saturday, teams around us were also weather-affected, and lost ground on Woodhouse.

“It’s a bit of a shame but other people’s misfortunes have been our positives.”

And Studley certainly could do with some positive news after Saturday.

Having lost the toss and been stuck into bat in a game reduced to 40 overs, Studley were battling the division’s leading wicket-taker at Acomb as Dave Sykes captured 3-16.

Charlie Scatcherd (28) and Gary Blackburn (23) were unable to fire with the willow and Studley mustered 94-6.Acomb pulled home at 98-3.

“We were on the wrong end of the weather,” mused Pickles.

“We were batting and reduced to 40 overs and pacing ourselves for 40 overs but then lost 11 overs.Ultimately we were stranded on a poor 29-over score and we were always going to struggle to defend that.

“Acomb got more runs off the same overs, so we can’t have any complaint.

“It was a bad toss to lose, but these things happen.”

Pickles is hoping for better fortune this week at home to Easingwold, who sit a place below them in the table.

“They’re a similar side to us,” he said.

“It is important we get a positive result.We’ve had some tight games with them so if we can take a full strength side we’ll give ourselves every chance.”