25th June 2022 Р1st XI  v Green Lane (H)

Steeton played Green Lane at home on a fine day with rain forecast later. Skipper Steve Pearson won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Matt Nutter (12) and Jack Ramage (13) added 25 runs for the 1st wicket, but a collapse saw Steeton slump to 29 runs with 5 wickets down. Skipper Steve Pearson played a superb innings of 73* runs not out from 103 deliveries with 1 six & 12 fours and shared a 36-run 6th wicket partnership with Chris Wademan (13). No other batsman managed double figures and skipper Steve was left high & dry as Steeton were bowled all out for 133 runs in 37.2 overs.

In reply Steeton’s opening bowler Paul Quinlan bowled a great opening blast, which removed both openers with only 23 runs on the board. Paul finished with 2 wickets for 23 runs from 10 overs with catches taken by James McDonald & James Robinson. James Robinson was awarded a fielding point. With the score on 48 runs, James McDonald (1-22) took the 3rd wicket with a catch taken by keeper Jack Ramage. And with the score on 56 runs Ewan Johnston (1-16) clean bowled the 4th batsman. A 2nd catch for keeper Jack Ramage from the bowling of Matt Nutter (1-31) accounted for the 5th wicket with the score on 95 runs. A single run later came the only other wicket that Steeton managed was clean-bowled by off-spinner Adam Hardwick (1-27). At 96-6 Steeton still had a glimmer of hope, but it was extinguished with an unbroken 40-run 7th wicket stand. Green Lane had scored 136 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 44.1 overs. Steeton (4 points) lost to Green Lane (18 points) by 4 wickets.

Steve Pearson is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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25th June 2022 – 2nd XI v Bolton Villas (A)

Steeton travelled to Bolton Villas’ All Alone Road ground and when skipper Simon Cox lost the toss Steeton were asked to bat first. Steeton’s innings began with a solid 41-run opening partnership before Finlay Brown (16) departed. His opening partner was Richard Nicholls, who scored a fluent 30 runs from 40 deliveries with 7 boundaries before he was given out caught behind. A series of cameo innings from the top order saw skipper Simon Cox (13), Max Harrison (14) & Max Hibbert (13) all make good starts but unable to continue to produce a significant contribution. Steeton’s low point came as they were reduced to 100 runs with 8 wickets down. This brought together Paul Hardwick and David Wynn and together they ran quick singles, turned singles into 2 runs and even hit some boundaries as they ran the fielders ragged. When Paul Hardwick was out for 37 runs scored from 51 balls with 4 boundaries, they had added a remarkable 50 runs for the 9th wicket. David Wynn finished with 18* runs not out from 36 deliveries with 1 boundary. David went on to add a further 19 runs for the unbroken last wicket with Jake Hill, who contributed 11* runs not out from just 9 balls with one big six. Steeton’s tail-end had definitely wagged and meant they went into tea with 169 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 45 overs.

In reply Steeton took wickets regularly as the forecasted rain threatened to spoil the party. David Wynn had the best bowling figures with 3 wickets for 26 runs from 11 overs with 2 catches (one was a spectacular diving grab!) taken by keeper Max Hibbert and a sharp low catch in the slips safely pouched by Phil Barrett. Jake Hill bowled a fine opening blast as he finished with great economical figures of 2 wickets for 12 runs from 8 overs. Steeton also had a farcical run out as both Bolton Villas batsmen were at the same end and Finlay Brown threw in to Max Hibbert to nonchalantly remove a bail. Steeton’s fielding was excellent with many deserving fielding points, but the honour went to Luke Watson. Steeton rushed to get through enough overs for Duckworth-Lewis-Sterne to come into effect so when the looming rain arrived Steeton were well ahead of the match. Proceedings were halted after the 2nd downpour with Bolton Villas on 48 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 21.2 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Bolton Villas (4 points) by 121 runs.

David Wynn is my Man-of-the-Match

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26th June 2022 – 3rd XI v St Chad’s (A)

Steeton travelled to St Chad’s on a sunny Sunday with the cheers from the Headingley Test Match crowd clearly audible. Skipper James Nowell lost the toss and St Chad’s chose to bat first. Steeton’s strong opening bowlers tore into the top batters and St Chad’s succumbed to 23 runs with 3 wickets down. To try to prevent an embarrassing rout Steeton swapped the bowlers to less regular bowlers in ended up using 9 different bowlers. The pick off the bowlers was opener Ben Yeadon, who finished with 4 wickets for 23 runs from 8 overs. Ben’s opening partner was Caleb Gledhill, who bowled 5 tight overs that only conceded 6 runs as he collected 2 wickets. Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1-31) took a single wicket from a sharp catch from a ball drilled at Bradley Akrigg at close mid-off. Skipper James Nowell (1-20) clean bowled a batsman and Bradley Akrigg (1-9) had a rapid stumping by keeper Max Hibbert. The final wicket to fall was St Chad’s top-scorer and skipper and opener Angus Boyle (47) who fell to a fantastic diving left-handed catch by Ben Yeadon in the gully off the bowling of Max Harrison (1-1). Ben Yeadon was quite rightly awarded a fielding for his superb grab. St Chad’s Broomfield were bowled all out for 126 runs in 36.3 overs.

Steeton’s reply was emphatic. An excellent 80-run opening partnership was only broken when a slip by Finlay Brown meant he could make his ground and was run out. Finlay had scored a masterful 38 runs from just 34 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. Without a runs being added a 2nd run out from a direct hit was the only other wicket that St Chad’s took. Steeton cruised to victory with an unbroken 47-run 3rd wicket partnership between opener Max Harrison, who top-scored with an excellent unbeaten 61* runs scored from only 43 deliveries with 1 six & 11 fours; and skipper James Nowell, who scored an unbeaten 23* runs from 22 balls with 1 six & 3 fours. Steeton had passed the meagre St Chad’s target in just 17 overs having scored 127 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Steeton (20 points) beat St Chad’s Broomfield (4 points) by 8 wickets

Max Harrison & Ben Yeadon are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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