This Week’s Matches:-
17th August 2019 – 1st XI v Guiseley (H)
Summerhill Lane was quite damp and so the start of this fixture was delayed for an hour and became a 40-overs per side fixture. Steeton lost the toss and so unsurprisingly were asked to bat first. A disastrous start saw Steeton tumble to 10 runs with 3 wickets down and then 40 runs with 4 wickets down and only James Robinson (12) of the top 4 batsmen managing double figures. The fightback began once again when Stephen Pearson was joined by his cousin Tom Stead and together they added an excellent 91 runs for the 5th wicket. Steve scored 36 runs from 67 deliveries with 5 boundaries, while Tom top-scored with a flamboyant 63 runs scored from just 56 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. Both perished to boundary catches in the same over. A succession of cameo innings followed with Bradley Akrigg (16), Luke Watson (14) and Adam Hardwick (14) being the major contributors. Paul Harwick (7*) faced just 2 deliveries, but smashed the latter delivery for a maximum, to close the Steeton innings on a formidible 194 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 40 overs…just short of 5 run per over.
Guiseley’s reply began as badly as had Steeton’s, but they did not have a strong middle order to come to their rescue. With only 3 batsmen able to make double figures and a top-score of just 14 runs the Guiseley batting was not up to the task. The top-order was wiped out by Paul Hardwick, who took 4 wickets for just 16 runs from his 12 overs, and had catches taken by Will Luxton, Freddie Pearson and keeper John Akrigg. Will Luxton was awarded a fielding point. The next 2 wicket fell to skipper Gary Boulton (2-11), before off-spinner Adam Hardwick wiped out the tail with 3 wickets for 10 runs from 5 overs, courtesy of catches taken by Bradley Akrigg, Tom Stead & Stephen Pearson. The final wicket went to Luke Watson (1-0) with a catch safely pouched by Paul Hardwick. Guiseley had been bowled all out for a meagre 68 runs in 34.2 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Guiseley (4 points) by 126 runs.
Tom Stead is my Man-of-the-Match
17th August 2019 – 2nd XI v Bolton Villas (A)
Steeton had more of a match on their hands than the home fixture, but won by 6 wickets. Bolton Villas were asked to bat first and scored 188 runs for 8 wickets in their 45 overs (150 more runs than the home match!). Skipper Callum Lowe (1-19) took the first wicket, but pick of the bowlers was Ewan Johnston, who took 3 wickets for 31 runs from 11 overs with a catch taken by Oliver Gledhill. Off-spinner Aatif Modak took 2 wickets for 40 runs, courtesy of a good catch by Callum Lowe, who was awarded 2 fielding points. Jack Luxton (1-47) had a catch taken by Elliott Wilson and would have also had a caught and balled had he not been headed out off the way by the batsman. Quick thinking by keeper Max Hibbert ran out another wicket when a farcical attemted run left both batsmen at the same end.
Steeton’s reply was led by an great 58* runs not out by young opener Will Smith, who hit 7 boundaries. Will had a 55-run opening partnership with Aatif Modak (28), who hit 3 boundaries, followed by a 19-run 2nd wicket partnership with Elliott Wilson (13). When the run-rate required a fillip it was duly provided by Oliver Gledhill, who smashed a quick-fire 46 runs including 2 sixes & 6 fours as he shared a 64-run 3rd wicket partnership with Will. Jack Luxton contribued 16 runs, before Adil Modak (8*) joined Will to see Steeton through to a comfortable victory. Steeton had scored 189 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 40.3 overs to pass the Bolton Villas target with 4½ overs to spare. Steeton (19 points) beat Bolton Villas (6 points) by 6 wickets
Will Smith is my Man-of-the-Match
18th August 2019 – 3rd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H)
Steeton lost the toss and Burley asked Steeton to bat first in this away fixture which is an fact being played at Summerhill Lane. Steeton lost both openers with the total on just 18 runs and further collapased to 46 runs with 4 wickets back in the tent and only Max Hibbert (14) managing double figures. Steeton’s resistance was built around a fantastic innings by Jack Luxton, who notched a 84 runs from 94 deliveries with 1 six & 9 fours before falling to a on-handed catch taken on the boundary. Jack shared a 48-run 5th wicket partnership with skipper Mark Chapman, who contributed 15 runs and a 59-run 7th wicket partnership with Harry Rowe, who contributed an unbeaten 29* runs from 36 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. Even when Jack departed the momentum continued with Harry Rowe adding an unbroken 29-run 8th wicket stand with Wilf Roberts, who contributed 13 runs from 15 deliveries with 2 boundaries. Steeton closed with an solid 187 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in thier 40 overs.
In reply Burley had quickly reached 31 runs before losing their first wicket to the bowling of Jack Luxton (1-22). Burley had progressed rapidly to 108 runs before Archie Smith claimed 2 wickets for 25 runs from his 5 overs, with a good catch taken running in by Finlay Brown. Wilf Roberts (1-16) had a catch safely pouched by James Yeadon before rain interrupted proceedings. Despite many attempts to get the match restarted eventually weather had the final say and any further attempts to complete the match were abandoned. Harry Rowe was awarded a fielding point. Burley had scored 118 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 27 overs. Steeton (10 points) had a rain-affected draw with Burley-in-Wharfedale (8 points).
Jack Luxton is my Man-of-the-Match