24th July 2021 – 1st XI v Colton Institute (A)
Steeton traveled to Colton and started well with skipper Gary Boulton winning the toss and he asked Colton to bat first. Steeton’s opening bowlers took a wicket apiece as Colton were reduced to 37-2: Ewan Johnston (1-16) and Steve Pearson (1-26). Skipper Gary Boulton (1-) chipped in with a single wicket caught by Will Smith…but then it was the Matthew Nutter show! Matt has occasional golden spells with his bowling and today was yet another as he finished with a fabulous 7-wicket haul. Matt took 7 wickets for 61 runs from 14 overs with catches taken by keeper John Akrigg, two by Cameron Knowles and one each by Chris Wademan and Will Smith. Will Smith took 2 catches and was awarded 2 fielding points. Matt’s great bowling meant Colton Institute were all out for 190 runs in 45 overs. Advantage Steeton!
In reply Steeton quickly threw away any advantage they had wrought from the first innings…and were soon reduced to just 36 runs with their top 7 batsmen out – none managing to reach double figures. Total embarrassment was avoided by the combination of Luke Watson & John Akrigg, who combined to add 26 runs for the 8th wicket before Luke was clean bowled for 12 runs. Steeton then slipped to 71-9 before John Akrigg was joined by last-man Ewan Johnston for the best partnership of the Steeton innings. Together John & Ewan added 33 runs for the final wicket before Ewan finally departed having contributed 10 runs. The reliable John Akrigg had scored a commendable 31* runs not out from 57 deliveries including 3 boundaries. Steeton were all out for 104 runs in 33.4 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Colton Institute (18 points) by 86 runs
Matthew Nutter is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match
24th July 2021 – 2nd XI v Alwoodley (H)
Steeton’s game against Alwoodley has been postponed due to a covid-19 outbreak with too many of the Steeton players either with covid or needing to self-isolate.
25th July 2021 – 3rd XI v Saltaire (A)
Steeton travelled to Roberts Park to play Saltaire and when skipper James Nowell lost the toss Steeton found themselves fielding first. Opening bowler Jake Hill (1-10) bowled 5 tight overs and broke the opening partnership with the Saltaire total on 39 runs. The introduction of Ben Yeadon brought 2 clean bowled wickets which conceded 30 runs from his 7 overs and Saltaire had progressed smoothly to 129 runs for 3 wickets and their opening batsman Ditta was still there. Caleb Gledhill (1-25) took his first senior wicket (which won’t be his last!) courtesy of a smart catch by Ben Yeadon. Another youngster, Nathan Joseph (1-18) bowled well to remove Saltaire’s top-scorer Ditta (91) with a good return catch off his own bowling. Pick of the bowlers was Will Smith, who took 3 wickets for 28 runs from 7 overs with a catch taken by Nathan Joseph and a stumping by Jack Luxton. With 2 catches, Nathan Joseph was awarded 2 league fielding points. After their 40 overs Saltaire had scored a sizeable 219 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.
In reply Steeton’s batting was heartening beginning with a 90-run opening partnership before Jack Luxton was caught out for 48 runs from 48 deliveries with 10 boundaries. The second wicket partnership was even better as it added 120 runs: opener Harris Rowlett deserved a century but had to settle for a masterful 90 runs scored from98 deliveries with 13 boundaries and Archie Smith scored an excellent half-century with 52 runs from 57 deliveries with 10 boundaries. In a hurry to finish was Will Smith (11*) who only faced 4 deliveries but smashed a four & a six as he completed a fantastic victory with 5 overs to spare. Steeton had scored 224 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their 35 overs. Steeton (19 points) beat Saltaire (7 points) by 6 wickets.
Harris Rowlett is my Steeton man-of-the-Match