This Week’s Matches:-
26th September 2020 – 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (A)
Having won the toss and chosen to bat first, Kirkstall Educational were off to a solid start before Steve Pearson took 2 wickets to stall their progress at 86 runs with 2 wickets down and Steve finished with 2 wickets for 37 runs off 10 overs with a catch safely pouched by Chris Luxton. The next wicket fell to a run out by Matt Nutter before the Kirkstall middle-order were ripped out by the inswing of Luke Watson. Luke finished with fantastic figures of 4 wickets for 63 runs from his 15 overs with 2 catches taken by Jack Luxton. Evergreen skipper Gary Boulton (2-46) collected the last 2 wickets as Kirkstall batted out their 50 overs with 9 wickets down and had set Steeton a reasonable 216 run target.
Steeton’s reply began disastrously as they lost their first 3 wickets with a mere 27 runs on the board. Advantage Kirkstall. The Steeton innings was firmly re-established by a fantastic 107-run 4th wicket partnership between Steve Pearson and Cameron Knowles, who had made the major contribution with 68 runs from 73 deliveries with 2 sixes & 10 fours. When Cameron was run-out Steve then went on add 38 runs for the 5th wicket with his cousin Tom Stead (18). Two solid partnerships had now swung the advantage back firmly in favour of Steeton, but with victory within his grasp Steve was also run-out having scored a watchful 67 runs from 123 deliveries with 7 boundaries. Steeton were 201 runs for 7 wickets down, with 2 new batsmen at the crease and needing to score at 5 runs per over! Nails were bitten, but Steeton were steered safely home by an unbroken 19-run 8th wicket partnership between Luke Watson (12*) and Chris Luxton (8*) with 2 balls to spare! Steeton had scored 220 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 49.4 overs. Steeton (19 points) beat Kirkstall Educational (7 Points) by 3 wickets
Steve Pearson and Luke Watson are my joint Men-of-the-Match
26th September 2020 – 2nd XI v Bardsey (H)
Steeton skipper Paul Hardwick won the toss and asked Bardsey to bat first at Summerhill Lane. Immediately Jake Hill ripped out the top Bardsey batters and reduced them to 10 runs with 3 wickets down. Jake finished with 3 wickets for 16 runs from 7 overs with 2 catches taken by Elliott Wilson. Spin accounted for the Bardsey middle-order with Adam Hardwick taking 3 wickets for 33 runs courtesy of 2 catches by his brother Paul; and Alex Howarth (1-9) rewarded for bowling a tidy 3 overs. The reintroduction of opener Ewan Johnston was successful as he took 2 wickets for 28 runs from 10 overs, with a 3rd catch for Paul Hardwick…Paul was awarded a fielding point. At the tea interval Bardsey had scored 138 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 45 overs.
In reply Steeton were unable to establish any meaningful partnerships, and although opener Elliott Wilson had scored a decent 24 runs and Bradley Akrigg a careful 14 runs Steeton were struggling at 67 runs with 6 wickets down. This brought together the Hardwick brothers, Adam & Paul, and together they compiled an excellent 48-run 7th wicket partnership, before Adam was caught out for 25 runs scored from 51 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. Steeton slipped to 116 runs with 8 wickets down and more fingernails were gnawed! Skipper Paul took matters into his own hands and Steeton’s No10 batsman, James Nowell (1*) only faced 3 deliveries, but was involved in an unbroken 25-run 9th wicket stand. Paul had played a great captain’s innings to steer Steeton to a close victoery. Paul finished with a memorable unbeaten 46* runs not out scored from 64 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Steeton had scored 141 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 43.2 overs. Steeton (17 points) beat Bardsey (6 points) by 2 wickets.
Paul Hardwick is my Man-of-the-Match
27th September 2020 – 1st v Pool (H)
Last match of the Season Steeton lost by 8 wickets to Pool.