This Week’s Matches:-
22nd June 2019 – 1st XI v New Rover (H)
Steeton won the toss and with the benefit of hindsight probably made the wrong decision to field first on a good track at Summerhill Lane. After making an early breakthrough with the score on just 4 runs, Steeton found wickets hard to come by. The only bowler to take any wickets was Paul Hardwick, who took 3 wickets for 72 runs from 13 overs with catches taken by Elliott Wilson and Stephen Pearson, which earned him a fielding point. Steeton spent most of the afternoon chasing leather, and New Rover racked-up 291 runs for the loss of just 3 wickets in their 50 overs.
Steeton’s reply began with a solid 32-run opening partnership between Elliott Wilson (24) & Craig Wilson (16). Elliott scored his 24 runs from 35 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Coming in at No3 Freddie Pearson was in imperious form as he scored a fabulous 75 runs from 88 deliveries with 1 six & 9 fours. Freddie shared a fine 74-run 3rd wicket partnership with Harris Rowlett, who contributed 19 runs from 47 balls faced with 1 boundary. Despite quick-fire knocks from Bradley Akrigg (18) & Steve Pearson (19) Steeton crashed from 122 runs with 3 wickets down to 185 runs all out in 41.1 overs. Steeton (4 points) lost to New Rover (20 points) by 106 runs and slip to 2nd to bottom of the division.
Freddie Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
22nd June 2019 – 2nd XI v Calverley (A)
3rd placed Steeton travelled to Victoria Park to meet top-of-the-division, Calverley St Wilfrid’s. Calverley won the toss and gave Steeton first use of a dry track. Steeton lost young opener Will Smith (10) cheaply with the score on just 15 runs, but Steeton’s 2 Robinsons amassed an impressive 101-run 2nd wicket stand. James Robinson scored an impressive half century and finished with 59 runs scored from 65 deliveries with 11 boundaries; while David Robinson went on to score a fantastic 91 runs from 121 deliveries with 2 sixes & 12 fours. Steeton’s excellent scoring continued with Luke Watson, who shared a rapid 96-run 3rd wicket stand with David Robinson, and was eventually caught on the boundary for a fine 40 runs from 54 balls faced with 3 boundaries. In the last few overs of their innings Steeton lost a few needless wickets, but still closed with a competitive 235 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 45 overs.
In reply Steeton skipper Callum Lowe (2-39) nipped out both Calverley openers with a sharp slip catch collected by Phil Barrett…Calverley were 19 runs with 2 wickets down. Will Smith (1-24) took a single wicket with a sharp catch nonchalantly collected at mid-wicket by Harry Rowe. Pick of the bowlers was undoubtedly Luke Watson, who notched-up a 5-wicket haul. Luke finished with 5 wickets for 45 runs from 12 overs, including a C&B as well as an excellent catch on the boundary by Harry Rowe, who was awarded a fielding point. With 8 wickets down Steeton were warned about their slow over-rate and the priority shifted from taking wickets to getting through the overs rapidly. Steeton did have chances to take some catches, but with skied catches going to Steeton’s younger players the crowd of spectators (Calverley’s 1st XI were back early having lost quickly) did their best to put off the catcher and the chances were spilled. Very disappointing and definitely unsportsmanlike! Calverley closed with 172 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 45 overs and Steeton had inflicted on them their first defeat of the season. Steeton (19 points) beat Calverley (6 points) by 63 runs. Steeton are 3rd in the division, but now just 6 points off the promotion places.
Luke Watson is my Man-of-the-Match