21st May 2022 Р1st XI  v Follifoot (A)

Steeton travelled to Follifoot’s Rudding Park ground on a bright day and when skipper Steve Pearson lost the toss he was asked to bat first. Steeton were immediately under the cosh as they lost both openers with only 5 runs on the board. The first respectable partnership was 25-runs for the 4th wicket between left-handers John Akrigg & Tom Stead. John scored a dogged half-century…his 51 runs coming from 135 deliveries with 3 boundaries; while Tom Stead scored 14 runs from 22 deliveries with 2 boundaries. John went on to share an excellent 82-run 5th wicket partnership with skipper Steve Pearson, who top-scored with an unbeaten 59* runs scored from 86 deliveries with 4 boundaries. No-one else managed double-figures as Steeton closed with a below-par 170 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 50 overs.

In reply Follifoot were commanding as they powered to a 8 wicket victory. The first wicket Steeton managed was a run-out by Ewan Johnston with Follifoot on 36 runs. Ewan was awarded a fielding point. The only successful Steeton bowlers was James McDonald (1-36) who had a catch taken by Chris Wademan. Follifoot has scored 171 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 43.3 overs. Steeton (3 points) lost to Follifoot (18 points) by 8 wickets.

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

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21st May 2022 – 2nd XI v Calverley (H)

Steeton entertained Calverley at Summerhill Lane on a dry bright day. Skipper Simon Cox won the toss and asked Calverley to bat first. A rapid opening blast by Josh Gill reduced Calverley to 58-3 and Josh finished with 3 wickets all clean-bowled for 44 runs from 12 overs. Gary Boulton (1-40) nipped out another wicket before the introduction of Jake Hill, who bowled 7 excellent overs for 15 runs as he collected 2 wickets with a smart low catch down the leg-side by keeper Max Hibbert. The only other wicket to fall went to David Wynn (1-48) with a nice catch by Matthew Nutter. Steeton’s fielding had once again been a little lacklustre and few catchable chances had been grassed. Calverley finished with 195 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 45 overs…a target which could have been much less if Steeton’s fielding had been sharper.

In reply Steeton’s opening batsman Matt Nutter set about the Calverley bowling with gusto. Matt deserved a century, but had to settle for an imperious 92 runs scored for just 54 deliveries with 7 sixes, 9 fours and 3 lost balls! Matt shared an excellent 105-run 2nd wicket partnership with David Robinson, who contributed 32 runs from 56 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. Steeton’s masterful batting continued with a match-winning unbroken 72-run 4th wicket stand: the protagonists being skipper Simon Cox and Gary Boulton. Simon scored his unbeaten 31* runs from 46 deliveries with 6 boundaries; while Gary smashed 4 sixes and 1 fours as he scored 41* runs not out from just 42 balls. Steeton cruised to a comfortable 7 wicket victory as they scored 199 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 34 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Calverley St Winifred (5 points) by 7 wickets.

Matt Nutter is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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22nd May 2022 – 3rd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A)

Steeton travelled to Burley-in-Wharfedale’s Hodson Park ground to play this league match. Skipper James Nowell lost the toss and Burley chose to bat first on a warm day with a chance of showers later. Both Burley openers were removed by a great opening blast by Ben Yeadon, who bowled 8 tight overs that only conceded 8 runs as he clean-bowled his first victim and had a memorable low left-handed catch taken in the slips by Phil Barrett. Leg-spinner Mikey Hofman-Tennant continued the good start with 3 wickets for 62 runs from 8 overs with a nice catch taken by Ben Yeadon and a great low catch running in from the boundary by Max Hibbert. Skipper James Nowell bowls off-spinners and he also collected 3 wickets for 30 runs from his 8 overs with 2 catches taken on the boundary – one by Phil Barrett running in from the long-on boundary and another drilled at Bradley Akrigg in ‘cow corner’. The innings was polished-off quickly by Archie Smith (1-0), who bowled one over which was a wicket maiden…and Bradley Akrigg (1-6) with a regulation catch by Ben Yeadon. Steeton’s fielding points went to Phil Barrett, Ben Yeadon & Max Hibbert. Burley-in-Wharfedale had been bowled all out for 125 runs in 34.3 overs.

In reply Steeton’s opening batsman Archie Smith scored an excellent 41 runs from 64 deliveries with 7 boundaries. Archie shared a 20-run 2nd wicket partnership with Max Hibbert, who contributed 11 runs. Archie then went on to share a super 69-run 3rd wicket partnership with Bradley Akrigg, who top-scored with an unbeaten 63* runs scored from just 45 deliveries with 3 sixes & 8 fours. Steeton passed the meagre Burley target with 17 overs to spare, having scored 126 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 22.4 overs. Steeton (20 points) beat Burley-in-Wharfedale (4 points) by 7 wickets.

Bradley Akrigg is my Man-of-the-Match

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