This Week’s Matches:-
11th August 2018 – 1st XI v Addingham (H)
Steeton won the toss and chose to field first at Summerhill Lane. Addingham’s top order were ripped apart by a great opening spell by Joe Stead, who finished with 3 wickets for 42 runs from 11 overs, with catches accepted by Aatif Modak & Bradley Akrigg. Aatif Modak (1-25) bowled 8 tight overs before the Addingham middle-order was decimated by Bradley Akrigg, who took 3 wickets for 20 runs from 6 overs, with cacthes taken by Australian Will Forster, skipper Tom Stead & his dad John Akrigg. Will & Tom were awarded the fielding points. The Addingham tail was then mopped-up by Steve Pearson, who finished with 3 wickets for 39 runs from 13.1 overs, courtesy of a catch by keeper Jake Starkey. Addingham were all out for 175 runs in 46.1 overs. Steeton would have 53 overs to surpass the Addingham target of 175…a meagre 3¼ runs per over.
In reply Steeton were tottering at 10 runs with 2 wicket down when opener father John Akrigg was joined at the crease by son Bradley Akrigg. Dad & Lad added a superb 91 runs for the 3rd wicket: John finished with 45 runs from 106 deliveries with 2 sixes & 5 fours, while Bradley recorded his maiden 1st XI half-century…his 50 runs coming from 96 deliveries with 10 boundaries. Unfortunately no-one else was able to manage a score of double figures as Steeton squandered a great winning opportunity and finished with 153 runs all out in 52.2 overs. Steeton (7 points) lost to Addingham (18 points) by 22 runs.
Bradley Akrigg is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
11th August 2018 – 2nd XI v Ilkley (A)
Steeton won the toss and elected to field first at Ilkley. The Ilkley innings began slowly and after 18 overs they were 71 runs with 3 wickets down…the middle of the innings belonged to Ilkley, but Steeton brought the score-rate back under control and in the last 14 overs Ilkley only added a further 49 runs as they lost 6 wickets. Pick of the bowlers was youngster Jack Luxton, who collected 3 wickets for 27 runs from 9 overs with a catch for keeper Phil Barrett and a well-judged catch at square-leg by Freddie Maddocks. Off-spinner Zaggy Pearson also collected 3 wickets for 41 runs from 11 overs with a stumping by keeper Phil Barrett and an excellent diving one-handed catch by Zaggy off his own bowling. Zaggy earned himself a fielding point, while Harry Rowe was also awarded a fielding point. Skipper Callum Lowe took 2 wickets for 59 runs from 13 overs, with a 2nd catch for keeper Phil Barrett. Ewan Johnston (1-29) also bowled a probing spell and provided keeper Phil Barrett with a 3rd catch. Stand-in keeper Phil Barrett finished with 3 catches and a stumping and only conceded 2 byes. As Ilkley scrambled to try to achieve full batting points Alex Howarth remained calm to deliver the ball for Zaggy to complete a run out of the last Ilkley batsman. Ilkley had scored 199 runs all out in 45 overs.
Steeton’s reply began badly and were 4 wickets down with only 55 runs on the board in the 15th over with only Freddie Maddocks (14) managing double figures. Phil Barrett went out to join Alex Howarth playing his first 2nd XI match since 2011 and the combined age of the batsmen at the crease was 105 years. Together they used their experience to add 58 runs for the 5th wicket partnership before Phil was clean bowled for 32 runs scored from 28 balls faced with 1 six & 3 fours. Alex went on to score an excellent 61 runs from 95 deliveries with 9 boundaries before being well caught out on the square-leg boundary. A limping Josh Robinson chipped-in with 10 runs before Harry Rowe scored a good 20 runs from 21 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Skipper Callum Lowe scored an unbeaten 13* runs, but Steeton fell short by a tantalising 24 runs. Steeton were all out for 175 runs in 42.4 overs. In a battling performance Steeton (9 points) lost to Ilkley (19 points) by 24 runs.
Alex Howarth & Phil Barrett are my joint Men-of-the-Match for Steeton.
12th August – 3rd XI v Olicanian (H)
Following heavy overnight rain and with a wet forecast, Steeton had little hesitation in asking Olicanian to bat first when they won the toss. Olicanian openers made steady progress as they coped well with vagaries of a damp wicket, until the introduction of Elliott Wilson, whose height and pace extracted more from the wicket. Elliott’s fiery spell earned him 3 wickets for 37 runs from his 6 over, with lofted catches well taken by Finlay Brown and a return catch for himself as well as a thin edge through to keeper Phil Barrett. Ewan Johnston’s probing accuracy was rewarded with a single wicket caught by keeper Phil Barrett, as his 8 overs conceded 30 runs. The only other wicket to fall went to James Yeadon (1-44) with a well-judged catch by skipper Mark Chapman at square-leg. Harry Rowe & Jeff Wilson were awarded fielding points. In their 40 overs Olicanian had scored a formidable 196 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.
In reply Steeton were always up with the required rate but unfortunately lost wickets regularly. A 29-run opening partnership was was followed by an even better 41-run 2nd wicket partnership between opener Elliott Wilson and Adil Modak, who contributed 16 runs from 31 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Elliott went on to score an excellent 67 runs from just 61 deliveries with 12 boundaries before accurately picking out a fielder on the boundary, who took a good catch. Skipper Mark Chapman played an excellent innings of 47 runs from 64 deliveries, including 1 six & 5 fours, before he too found a boundary fielder with a safe pair of hands. no-one was able to form a convincing partnership with their skipper and following the trend over this weekend a valiant effort fell just tantalisingly short of the Olicanian target. Steeton scored 175 runs all out in 37.3 overs. Steeton (7 points) lost to Olicanian (20 points) by 21 runs.
Elliott Wilson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton