This Week’s Matches:-
17th April 2021 – 1st XI v Guiseley (A)
What a fantastic game to start the season off at Nethermoor Park. Steeton skipper Gary Boulton lost the toss and Guiseley chose to bat first. An excellent opening blast by Josh Gill reduced Guiseley to 38-2 and Josh finished with 2 wickets for 24 runs from 6 overs with a catch by John Akrigg. A run out by Steve Pearson helped the cause but wickets were becoming harder to get. Jack Luxton (1-36) bowled well and also took a catch off the bowling of Steve Pearson (1-34) who bowled an excellent tight spell. Skipper Gary Boulton will ache tomorrow as he bowled 10 overs and collected 2 wickets for 59 runs with a second catch for John Akrigg. John Akrigg & Matt Nutter were awarded fielding points. After their poor start Guiseley finished strongly with a substantial total of 221 runs for the loss of 7 runs in their 50 overs.
Steeton’s reply began solidly with a opening partnership of 71 runs, between John Akrigg (19) and James Robinson, who deserved a half-century, but had to settle for a fine 46 runs scored from 61 deliveries with 9 boundaries. A shuttering of wickets put Steeton on the back-foot as they lost 5 wickets before reaching 100 runs. Making his debut Tom Winetroube steadied the innings as he contributed a solid 18 runs to a 31-run 6th wicket partnership. Two wickets in consecutive deliveries saw Steeton at 130 runs with 7 wickets down. Steve Pearson was steadily accruing runs as he shared a 19-run 8th wicket stand with Aatif Modak (12) and 27 runs for the 9th wicket with skipper Gary Boulton (9). When last man Josh Gill came in to join Steve the Steeton total was 176 runs for the loss of 9 wickets… the last pair at the crease 5½ overs to go and 46 runs required at 8½ runs per over. The odds were definitely stacked against Steeton! Steve Pearson played a remarkable innings as he increased the tempo and together with Josh Gill (8*) they knocked off the runs with 2 balls to spare…a memorable unbroken last wicket partnership of 46 runs. Steve finished with a heroic unbeaten 61* runs from 62 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours. Steeton had scored 222 runs for the loss of 9 wicket in 49.4 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Guiseley (8 points) by 1 wicket.
Steve Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match
17th April 2021 – 2nd XI v Bardsey (H)
Steeton skipper Paul Hardwick won the toss and asked visitors Beckwithshaw to bat first at Summerhill Lane. Our 2nd XI has a surfeit of bowling talent, but the pick of the Steeton bowlers today was Chris Wademan on debut and playing against his previous club. Chris took took first 3 Beckwithshaw wicket as they struggled to 24-3 and Chris finished with 3 wickets for 34 runs with catches taken by David Wynn, Simon Cox & Wilf Roberts. A brief economical spell from skipper Paul Hardwick saw him collect 2 wickets for 4 runs from 4 overs, with a catch taken by Luke Watson, who earned himself a fielding point. Luke (1-7) also bowled 4 tight overs. Adam Hardwick clean-bowled 2 victims for 25 runs from his 7 overs and Beckwithshaw’s top-scorer was run out by Will Smith. After their early set-backs Beckwithshaw had knuckled-down and managed to bat through their 45 overs losing 9 wickets and scored a below-par 125 runs.
Sometimes chasing a small total can prove more difficult than expected, but with a solid 50-run opening partnership Steeton looked to be cruising to an easy victory. The opening partners were Will Smith, who contributed 23 runs from 36 deliveries with 5 boundaries and Simon Cox, who contributed 32 runs from 41 deliveries with 6 boundaries. 50-1 soon became 55-3 with some cavalier batting. Despite a solid 15 runs by Wilf Roberts and 10 runs by debutant Chris Wademan Steeton kept losing rash wickets and the tide had turned in favour of Beckwithshaw as Steeton slid to 101 runs with 8 wickets down. Adam Hardwick provided some much needed stability with a careful unbeaten 21* runs scored from 61 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Adam was joined by David Wynn, who needed just 21 deliveries to hit his unbeaten 21* runs, which included 3 fours & a six to win the match! A much harder won victory than it should have been…but any victory is sweet! Steeton had scored 131 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 36.3 overs. Steeton (17 points) beat Beckwithshaw (6 points) by 2 wickets.
Adam Hardwick is my Man-of-the-Match
18th April 2021 – 3rd v St Chads (H)