This Week’s Matches:-
8th August 2020 – 1st XI v Horsforth Hall Park (A)
Steeton won the toss and after that they did not win too much today. Opening the batting James Robinson scored 23 runs from 40 deliveries with 5 boundaries and at No3 Jack Luxton scored 13 runs, but when he was out Steeton were teetering at 53-5. The only partnership of note was for the the 6th wicket, which added 58 runs…Tom Stead top-scoring with 34 runs from 54 deliveries with 2 sixes & 3 fours, partnering Bradley Akrigg who contributed 15 runs. When Tom departed wickets tumbled and Steeton were all out for a paltry 115 runs in 38.4 overs.
In reply Hall Park had reached 81 runs before losing their only wicket…caught by Josh Gill off the bowling of Jack Luxton (1-32). Steve Pearson & Cameron Knowles were awarded fielding points, but Hall Park completed their comprehensive victory with ease: scoring 117 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in 21.5 overs. The less said about this match the better! Steeton (0 points) lost to Horsforth Hall Park (20 points) by 9 wickets.
Jack Luxton is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
8th August 2020 – 2nd XI v Horsforth Hall Park (H)
Steeton went into this match under the leadership of a replacement, stand-in skipper Luke Watson. Luke’s record captaining is not impressive with 8 straight losses! However he won the toss duly and chose to bat first on a warm sunny day at Summerhill Lane. Opening the batting Aatif Modak registered a fine half-century…his 50 runs coming from 99 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours before being run out. Aatif shared a 40-run 2nd wicket partnership with Will Smith (12) followed by an even better 76-run 3rd wicket partnership with Oliver Gledhill, who top-scored with his own half-century. Oliver smashed his 52 runs from just 39 deliveries with 3 sixes & 4 fours before he too was run out. A couple of cheap wickets saw Steeton wobbling at 135 runs with 6 wickets down, but Steeton’s long batting order meant skipper Luke Watson was joined by Paul Hardwick and together they added 40 runs for the 8th wicket partnership: Luke Watson scored 26 runs from 27 deliveries with 3 boundaries, while Paul Hardwick contributed 20 runs from 19 deliveries with 2 boundaries. Steeton closed with a reasonable 187 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in thier 45 overs.
In reply Hall Park started solidly putting together good partnerships, but were pegged back by good Steeton bowling. Pick of the bowlers was skipper Luke Watson, who collected 4 wickets for 40 runs from his 10 overs with a catch by Elliott Wilson and a stumping by veteran keeper Julian Higginson. The presence of Julian behind the wickets was significant in this match as he finished with 3 stumpings. Also with 4 wickets was Ewan Johnston, whose 4 wickets came at a cost of 45 runs from his 11 overs and included a caught & bowled and, yes, a stumping by Julian. The only other wicket fell to Wilf Roberts (1-9) and that too was a stumping by Julian! In this tight finish it was 3 stumpings and also keeping the batters back deep in their crease that proved crucial. Horforth Hall Park were 9 wickets down, but were restricted to 176 runs in their 45 overs. It is a shame the fielding points cannot go to the wicket-keeper, but Will Smith & David Wynn both merited fielding points. An excellent team performance saw Steeton (18 points) beat Hall Park (8 points) by 11 runs…and Luke Watson has broken his captaincy duck!
Luke Watson is my Man-of-the-Match
9th August 2020 – 3rd XI v Adel (A)
Steeton skipper Mark Chapman won the toss and elected to bat first at Church Lane. Steeton’s batsmen were unable to repay their captain’s confidence in them and opener Will Smith watched as 5 wickets were lost at the other end and just 34 runs on the board. In Harry Rowe Steeton found some resistance as Will Smith & Harry Rowe added 41 runs for the 6th wicket partnership, before Harry departed for 29 runs scored from 39 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Will Smith was then involved in a 25-run 7th wicket stand with Jake Hill, who contributed 17 runs from just 10 balls with 2 sixes & 1 four. Steeton had saved some experienced older batsmen to the end of the order, but none were able to stay with Will Smith, who ‘carried his bat’ and scored an unbeaten 52* runs from 98 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Steeton closed with 125 runs all out in 36.1 overs.
In reply Adel were able to establish solid partnerships. Of the Steeton bowlers only Jack Luxton showed any penetration as he finished with 3 wickets for 23 runs from his 6 overs, including a catch taken by Harry Rowe. Harry Rowe (1-25) was the only other Steeton bowler to register any success, as Adel scored 126 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 27 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Adel (20 points) by 6 wickets.
Will Smith is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton