This Week’s Matches:-
20th April 2019 – 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (A)
After a sub-arctic pre-season friendly last week Steeton travelled to Kirkstall to make a start to the 2019 season basking in bright warm sunshine. Steeton won the toss and with little hesitation new skipper Gary Boulton chose to bat first. Steeton’s batting was led by Craig Walton, who scored a blistering 107 runs from 122 deliveries, including 4 sixes & 15 fours. Craig shared a fantastic 116-run 2nd wicket partnership with Harris Rowlett, who contributed a fine 44 runs from 46 deliveries with 3 sixes & 4 fours. Making his Steeton debut Cameron Knowles scored a fabulous unbeaten 63* runs from 69 deliveries, with 1 six & 7 fours and shared a 66-run 3rd wicket stand with Craig Walton, followed by an even better unbroken 5th wicket partnership of 76 runs with Tom Stead, who crashed a lightning 57* runs from just 27 deliveries smashing 4 sixes & 5 fours. Steeton closed with a mammoth 305 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their 50 overs. In the not too distant past a score of 200 runs would make you odds-on to win…and a score of 300 plus was unheard of. The modern game now means a side with 300+ runs under its belt is by no means assured of victory.
On an excellent batting track no Steeton bowler was able to exercise any control an inhibit the rapid scoring and so the first two Steeton successes came from run outs effected by Bradley Akrigg & Tom Stead. These 2 players were involved with the next wicket to fall as Tom Stead took a catch from the bowling of Bradley Akrigg (1-61). Also on debut was James Robinson (2-48) who collected a brace of wickets, including a catch by keeper Craig Walton. Following his 1st innings century Craig was working hard to bring about a Steeton victory with a run-out and a stumping from the bowling of Stephen Pearson (1-69). As wickets fell the Steeton target was fast approaching and a nerve-jangling finish was assured. Spinner Tom Stead (2-49) picked up a couple of late wickets with a catch taken by his brother Joe Stead. Joe Stead & Bradley Akrigg were awarded the fielding points. Kirkstall Educational were 9 wickets down but managed to scrape to victory with a mere 2 balls to spare. Kirkstall had scored 306 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 49.4 overs. Steeton (9 points) lost to Kirkstall Educational (17 points) by 1 wicket.
Craig Walton is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
20th April 2019 – 2nd XI v Beckwithshaw (H)
A gloriously sunny start to the 2019 season in the 5th division saw Steeton entertain Beckwithshaw at Summerhill Lane. New skipper Callum Lowe lost the toss and Beckwithshaw decided they would bat first. Beckwithshaw began steadily, but Steeton controlled the runs with tight bowling backed-up by tidy fielding. Skipper Callum Lowe (1-8) made the early break-through and on debut young left speed-merchant Will Smith (1-23) showed great potential and provided keeper Oliver Gledhill with a comfortable catch. Testing out a sore shoulder Paul Hardwick finished with 3 wickets for 19 runs from his 11 overs. However this match will always be associated in people’s memories with the emergence of the raw talent that is Johnny Atherton. Johnny always gives 100% and today he was rewarded as his booming away-swingers earned him a fantastic 5-wicket haul. Johnny first removed the only stubborn Beckwithshaw batsman with a catch taken by Paul Hardwick and went on to finish with 5 wickets for just 9 runs from 5.5 overs as he totally blitzed the Beckwithshaw tail. Paul Hardwick & Johnny Atherton were awarded fielding points. Beckwithshaw had been dismissed for 74 runs all out in 36.5 overs.
In reply Steeton also employed Johnny as an opening batsman along with the experienced David Robinson. Together they guided Steeton to a comfortable 10 wicket victory to start the season in style. David Robinson finished with an unbeaten 25* runs from 25 deliveries with 6 boundaries, but he was eclipsed by his partner Johnny Atherton who scored an unbeaten 39* runs from just 30 deliveries with 1 six & 7 fours. Steeton had scored 76 runs without losing a wicket in 9.1 overs to with by 10 wickets and collect the full 20 overs. Here’s Johnny!
Johnny Atherton is my Man-of-the-Match
21st April 2019 – 2nd XI v Calverley (H)
Unable to raise a side Calverley conceded this fixture and Steeton collect full points.