This Week’s Matches:-
16th September 2017 – 1st XI v Ben Rhydding (H)
Before play could start rain had reduced this fixture to 32 overs per side. Steeton lost an important coin toss and were unsurprisingly asked to bat first. In the 13th over Steeton were tottering at 48 runs with 3 wickets down and only Freddie Pearson (20) managing double figures. Freddie scored his 20 runs from 37 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Coming in at No4 David Robinson top-scored with 33 runs scored from 45 balls faced with 4 boundaries, but when David departed in the 21st over Steeton were 70 runs for 5 wickets. Tom Stead chipped in with 16 runs including 2 sixes, but his departure saw Steeton slip to 98 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the 26th over. Some respectability was restored to the Steeton score by the only decent partnership of the innings. Craig Walton (30*) shared an unbroken 35-run 8th wicket stand with Luke Watson (15*), with Craig scoring his unbeaten 30* runs from 42 deliveries with 2 boundaries. Steeton finished with 133 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 32 overs.
In reply Steeton were unable to make any serious inroads into the Ben Rhydding batting. The first wicket fell to skipper Paul Hardwick (1-15) with a catch taken by David Robinson and Ben Rhydding were 20 runs with 1 wicket down in the 6th over. The second wicket fell to Luke Watson (1-26) with a high catch taken by Paul Hardwick and Ben Rhdding were 49 runs for 2 wickets in the 11th over. Paul’s catch earned him a fielding point. Ben Rhydding did not lose any further wicket as they crashed 88 runs in the next 9 overs. Ben Rhydding scored 137 runs for the loss of just 2 wicket in just 20.1 overs. Steeton (2 points) lost to Ben Rhydding (18 points) by 8 wickets.
David Robinson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
16th September 2017 – 2nd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A)
Steeton lost the toss and were asked to bat first at Hodson Park. Steeton’s innings was based around a great 2nd wicket partnership of 135 runs between Will Luxton (75) & Bradley Akrigg (62) Will scoring his 75 runs from 131 deliveries with 3 sixes & 3 fours, while Bradley scored his 62 runs from 113 deliveries with 2 sixes & 5 fours. Steeton lost wickets trying to score unnecessarily quickly on a damp slow track, however skipper Gary Boulton (20*) added 23 runs for the 6th wicket with Callum Lowe (12), with Gary scoring his unbeaten 20* runs from 20 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Steeton had scored a formidable 194 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs.
In reply Burley lost their first 2 wickets to the excellent bowling of Callum Lowe (2-12) as Burley were reduced to 23 runs for 2 wickets. The next 6 wickets all fell to Akriggs – with the legend that is Phil Akrigg bowling in tandem with his grandson Bradley Akrigg. Phil (2-32) collected a brace of wickets to bring his career tally to 1,100 wickets, but on this occasion he was eclipsed by his grandson Bradley Akrigg, who took 4 wickets for 24 runs from 9 overs. The first 8 wickets were all either clean bowled (6) or L.B.W. (2). With Bradley Akrigg looking to try to add a 5-wicket haul to his 62 runs, the mopping-up off the final 2 wickets was accomplished swiftly by Harry Rowe, who bowled just 1 over which was a double-wicket maiden, courtesy a nice low catch taken at point by Jack Luxton. Finlay Brown & Harry Rowe were awarded the fielding points. Burley-in-Wharfedale were all out for 104 runs in 39 overs. It has taken until the final match for Steeton to register their first away win of the season. Steeton (18 points) beat Burley (3 points) by 90 runs.
Bradley Akrigg is my Man-of the-Match.