This Week’s Matches:-
14th September 2019 – 1st XI v Horsforth Hall Park (H)
Steeton lost the toss and Hall Park chose to bat first for the last game of the season at Summerhill Lane. Opening the bowling was 15-year-old youngster Jack Luxton, who ripped out both openers and had Hall Park reeling at 16 for 2. Jack’s opening partner was Paul Hardwick, who took the next 3 wickets and finished with excellent figures of 3 wickets for 24 runs from 9 overs with catches taken by Bradley Akrigg, his brother Adam Hardwick & keeper Cameron Knowles. When Bradley Akrigg (1-43) removed the next batsman Hall Park had been reduced to 76 runs with 6 wickets down. As Hall Park tried to consolidate, off-spinner Aatif Modak collected a further 2 wicket for 40 runs from 9 overs. The innings was concluded by the return of Jack Luxton, who collected another couple of wickets to finish with a fabulous 4 wickets for 38 runs from 9.5 overs, with catches safely pouched by Luke Watson, Tom Stead & keeper Cameron Knowles. Will Luxton was awarded a fielding point as Hall Park recovered from 76-6 to post a competitive 229 runs all out in 47.5 overs.
Steeton’s reply began badly with both openers back in the pavilion with just 12 runs on the board. Harris Rowlett steadied the innings with a solid 54-run 3rd wicket partnership with Cameron Knowles. Harris top-scored with a fine 30 runs from 48 deliveries with 5 boundaries, while Cameron grafted out 18 runs from 70 deliveries with 2 boundaries. After the departure of Harris & Cameron only Bradley Akrigg showed any resistance as he scored a belligerent 25 runs from 27 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. No other batsman could manage double figures as Steeton slumped to 115 runs all out in 37.1 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Horsforth Hall Park (20 points) by 114 runs. Steeton finish the season in 7th place in the 2nd division.
Jack Luxton is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
14th September 2019 – 2nd XI v Horsforth Hall Park (A)
Steeton won the toss and chose to bat first at Hall Park. Steeton got off to the worst of starts losing 2 wickets in the very first over. Young left-handed opener Will Smith was joined by the experienced left-hander John Akrigg and together they steadied the innings with a solid 34-run 3rd wicket partnership. Will scored 19 runs from 50 deliveries with 3 boundaries, while John went on to top-score with 34 runs from 65 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Johnny Atherton played a cameo innings as he hit a six & a four in an 11-ball knock of 12 runs, but with wickets tumbling Steeton had slumped to 79 runs with 9 wickets lost. Skipper Callum Lowe came in to join el presidente Phil Barrett and together they added a further 22 runs for the final wicket, which saw Steeton pass 100 runs. Callum was caught for 14 runs from 31 deliveries with 1 six & 1 four, while Phil remained unbeaten with 10* runs. Steeton had managed a meagre 101 runs all out in 35.1 overs.
In reply Hall Park’s 45-run opening partnership was broken by Ewan Johnston (1-31) with an edge taken by keeper Max Hibbert. Johnny Atherton (1-19) picked up a single wicket, but the pick of the bowlers was skipper Callum Lowe, who finished with 3 wickets for 33 runs from 7 overs, including a fantastic catch by Will Smith running back at point . Will earned himself 2 fielding points. With the result almost beyond doubt Phil Barrett was hit on the head by the ball while fielding at silly mid-off, but thankfully was able to continue. It took Hall Park less than 26 overs to overhaul the uncompetitive Steeton target. Hall Park scored 102 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 25.5 overs. Steeton (3 points) finish with a comprehensive defeat by Hall Park (19 points) by 5 wickets. Steeton finish the season in 4th place in the 5th division.
Callum Lowe is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton