This Week’s Matches:-
16th June 2018 – 1st XI v Olicanian (A)
Steeton’s stand-in skipper Gary Boulton won the toss and due to the uncertain weather asked Olicanian to bat first. Skipper Tom Stead was unable to play due to a catastrophic water leak at his house & vice-skipper Paul Hardwick was serving his 1-match ban. Steeton broke the opening partnership of 48 runs with a run out effected by Steve Pearson. When the score had reached 73 runs Olicanian lost a couple of wickets in quick succession. Aatif Modak (1-60 from 15 overs) and James Emmott (1-42 from 9 overs) with a return catch off his own bowling. Steve Pearson & David Robinson were awarded the fielding points. In the 48th over heavier rain arrived and so Olicanian declared early with 227 runs for the loss of just 3 wickets in 47.5 overs.
Steeton’s reply began disastrously losing their first 3 wickets for just 9 runs: both opening batsmen with ducks. Aatif Modak (11) & Bradley Akrigg (12) managed double figures, but Steeton had further slumped to 36 runs with 5 wickets back in the tent. A degree of stability was restored by a 35-run 6th wicket stand between Jake Starkey (22*) & Steve Pearson (15). Jake top-scored with an unbeaten 22* runs scored from 83 deliveries with 2 boundaries. Jake also went on to share a 18-run 8th wicket stand with skipper Gary Boulton, who contributed 14 runs. After 2 successive league wins Steeton relapsed to their previous form and were bowled all out for just 94 runs in 39 overs. Steeton (1 point) lost to Olicanian (20 points) by 133 runs.
Steve Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
16th June 2018 – 2nd XI v Adel (H)
Steeton’s stand-in skipper Callum Lowe won the toss and with rain in the air asked Adel to bat first. Steeton began by blitzing the Adel top-order and reducing them to 20 runs with 4 wickets down in the 15th over. Skipper Callum Lowe had all 4 wickets courtesy of catches taken by Phil Barrett in the slips, Ewan Johnston diving full length at point and keeper John Akrigg. Adel mounted a commendable fight-back and the fall of wickets was slowed. Off-spinner Zaggy Pearson (1-11) took a single wicket with a 2nd excellent catch taken by Ewan Johnston…this time sliding in from the long-off boundary. Ewan was rightly awarded 2 fielding points. A second spell by skipper Callum Lowe earned himself a well-deserved 5-wicket haul as he clean bowled Adel’s top-scorer Chris Ridgway (60). Callum finished with 5 wickets for 42 runs from 13 overs. Adel closed on 148 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 45 overs.
Rain during the tea interval reduced the Steeton innings to 40 overs and the experienced pairing of Chris Luxton & John Akrigg began the reply. A great opening partnership was curtailed at the mid-innings drinks break when John Akrigg (19) departed with the score on 60 runs. Chris Luxton top-scored for Steeton with a fine half-century…his 55 runs coming from 98 deliveries with 9 boundaries. When Chris departed Steeton were wobbling at 95 runs with 4 wickets down in the 30th over and the required run-rate was climbing to over 5 runs per over. Phil Barrett joined Luke Watson and together they compiled a match winning unbroken 54-run 5th wicket partnership in a little over 7 overs. Luke scored an excellent 45* runs not out from just 36 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours & Phil contributed an unbeaten 17* from 18 balls faced and hit the boundary that saw Steeton pass the Adel target with 16 balls to spare. Steeton had scored 149 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 37.2 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Adel (4 points) by 6 wickets.
Callum Lowe & Chris Luxton are my joint Men-of-the-Match
17th June 2018 – 3rd XI v Sutton (H)
Steeton are due to play a friendly against Sutton on Sunday – 2pm start