This Week’s Matches:-
15th September 2018 – 1st XI v Colton Institute (A)
Steeton went into the final game of the season having secured 2nd division status for the 2019 season, and since it was raining in Steeton were not really enthusiastic to travel to the far side of Leeds to fulfil this fixture. It was much better weather at Colton and it was clear that a game was on. Steeton’s priority was to help the 2nds win their last match, so the 1st XI included young debutant Harry Rowe; playing only his second 1st XI match was youngster Elliott Wilson…and at the other end of the age scale was club president 55-year-old Phil Barrett playing his first 1st XI match of the season and 47-year-old Hayden Tennant playing only his 2nd game of the season. Skipper Tom Stead lost the toss and Colton chose to bat first. Colton began with a solid start and Steeton found wickets hard to come by. Paul Hardwick removed both openers and finished with 2 wickets for 59 runs from 14 overs, including a great grab on the long-on boundary having initially misjudging the trajectory by skipper Tom Stead. Colton’s middle-order crumbled under the relentless Bradley Akrigg, who finished with a fantastic 5-wicket haul. Bradley took 5 wickets for 41 runs from 11.4 overs with a well-judged catch running in from long-off by Phil Barrett and a low catch at mid-off by skipper Tom Stead, which earned Tom a fielding point. Solid ground fielding by Harry Rowe meant he awarded the other fielding point. Harry (1-32) was also asked to bowl and an eventful first over saw his first delivery in the 1st XI go for a maximum and his 3rd delivery remove the middle stick! A fielding point and a wicket is a promising debut for Harry. With one batsman retiring hurt, Colton’s last wicket fell to off-spinner Aatif Modak (1-46). The only negative from the first half of this fixture was Colton’s top-scorer…51 extras! Colton were all out for 236 runs in 46.4 overs.
Steeton’s reply began with a rapid blast by opener Oliver Gledhill, who scored 20 runs from just 11 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours, before going for one too many big hit an being caught with the opening stand halting on 43 runs. The 2nd wicket partnership put the result of this game beyond Colton’s grasp as opener John Akrigg and Aatif Modak shared a great 139-run partnership. Aatif deserved a half-century, but had to settle for an excellent 47 runs from 84 deliveries with 7 boundaries. John went on to well-crafted century…his unbeaten 114* runs coming from 128 deliveries with 19 boundaries. This is John’s 16th Steeton 1st XI century and his current Steeton 1st XI career run tally is now 12,653 runs. Elliott Wilson made short work of finishing this match off as he nonchalantly stroked 4 boundaries as he closed with an unbeaten 22* runs from just 14 deliveries. Elliott & John shared an unbroken 32-run 4th wicket stand. Steeton passed the Colton target with 12 overs to spare having scored 239 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 40.5 overs. A great day for the Akrigg family…5 wickets for son Bradley & a century for dad John. Steeton (20 points) beat Colton Institute (6 points) by 7 wickets
John & Bradley Akrigg are my joint Men-of-the-Match
15th September 2018 – 2nd XI v Guiseley (H)
Steeton needed to win to give themselves a chance of staying in the 4th division and so the side had been bolstered with as much talent as was available, including skipper Gary Boulton, who had spent a number of games helping the 1st XI achieve 2nd division survival. Gary lost the toss and Guiseley chose to bat first. Steeton’s opening bowlers were Callum Lowe & Jack Luxton and each removed one of the Guiseley opening batsmen to reduce Guiseley to 25 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. A brief stand was broken by a great run by Zaggy Pearson which earned him a fielding point…the other fielding point going to Will Luxton. Skipper Gary Boulton was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets for a mere 22 runs from 13 overs, with a catch taken by keeper Jake Starkey. Off-spinner Zaggy Pearson (2-46) nipped out a further 2 wickets, courtesy of a stumping by Jake Starkey. The opening bowlers were brought back and they ‘topped & tailed’ the Guiseley innings: Callum Lowe taking 2 wickets for 37 runs from 11 overs while Jack Luxton promptly clean bowled the final man and finished with 2 wickets for 27 runs from his 7.1 overs. Guiseley had been dismissed all out for 161 runs in 42.1 overs. Steeton would have 47 overs to score at around 3½ runs per over to give themselves a chance of survival.
Steeton’s reply began poorly with 13 runs being unlucky for the Luxton family…both Will & dad Chris departing. Steeton were soon teetering at 21 runs with 3 wickets down. The innings was steadied by opener David Robinson (28) adding 41 runs for the 4th wicket with Jake Starkey (39). David scored his 28 runs from 64 deliveries with 5 boundaries, while Jake top-scored with his 39 runs coming from 70 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours. Jake went on to add a further 40 runs for the 5th wicket partnership with Alex Howarth, who contributed 19 runs. Luke Watson scored a solid 22 runs from 37 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours, but when he was out Steeton were biting their fingernails at 141 runs for the loss of 8 wickets…still another 20 runs shy of the Guiseley target. In many people’s opinion skipper Gary Boulton came in too far down the order, but his level head in this tense situation was essential. Steeton lost their 9th wicket in the 46th over with 5 runs still required. Callum Lowe survived the over an Gary unceremoniously crashed the second ball of the final over for a maximum to win this final match of the season. Gary finished with and unbeaten 24* runs having faced 27 deliveries and smashed 2 sixes. Steeton scored 163 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 46.2 overs. In a very close match Steeton (19 points) beat Guiseley (7 points) by 1 wicket. The bad news is that other results did not go in our favour and Steeton 2nd XI are relegated to the 5th division for the 2019 season.
Gary Boulton & Jake Starkey are my joint Men-of-the-Match