First XI 200622 April 2006 - 1st XI v Follifoot (H) - Winning Draw (4-2)
Steeton 191-8 in 50 overs
C Meehan 26, J Akrigg 9, N Geisler 4, N Spragg 96, A Luxton 10, J Best 6, G Boulton 26, L Spragg 7*, A Greenwood 0, S Pearson 6*, Extras 6
L Swards 13-2-60-5, S Taylor 8-3-22-0, R Procter 11-1-36-0, D Moss-Blundell 9-1-26-1, G Nichols 9-2-44-2
Follifoot 171-9 in 50 overs
M Halmshaw 68, J Pickles 9, G Pickles 16, B Smart 25, L Swards 22, S Miller 3, P Angove 3, S Bridson 0, D Moss-Blundell 0, R Procter 4*, S Taylor 0*, Extras 19
J Best 10-4-28-1, P Hardwick 10-4-29-0, S Pearson 4-0-16-0, N Geisler 14-1-43-5, G Boulton 9-2-26-1, A Luxton 3-0-9-0
Steeton managed a 4-2 winning draw against last year’s ‘A’ division runners-up in an thrilling finish, which could have gone either way. Steeton batted first and put on 191 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs, thanks largely to a great innings from Neil Spargg, who deserved a hundred, but finished with 94 runs, including 16 fours. Both new-comers were amongst the runs with opener Chris Meeham scoring 27 runs, including 5 boundaries, and Andrew Luxton scored 11, with 2 fours. Skipper Gary Boulton smashed 1 six & 2 fours in a knock of 25 runs.
In reply Follifoot looked to be in the ‘driving-seat’, needing just 40 runs from the last 8 overs with 6 wickets in ‘the tent’. But with the loss of opener Halmshaw, who had scored 68, they started to panic and lose quick wickets. The match turned in Steeton’s favour with some tight bowling and 2 excellent run outs by Stephen Pearson & Chris Meehan, but in the end our 1st XI had to settle for a winning draw (4-2) as Follifoot batted out for a draw, scoring 166 runs with 9 wickets down. The pick of the bowlers was Aussie Nathan Geisler, who collected a well-earned 5 wickets for 44 runs from 14 tight overs. The other bowlers to take wickets were skipper Gary Boulton 1-27 and Jon Best 1-28.
29 April 2006 - 1st XI v Tong Park (A) - Won by 260 runs
Steeton 372-2 in 50 overs
C Meehan 0, J Akrigg 184*, N Geisler 113, N Spragg 62*, Extras 13
M Scott 16-2-107-0, C Shepherd 5-0-47-1, S Young 12-1-68-0, G Wilkinson 9-0-53-0, P Squires 4-0-44-1, D Groom 4-0-46-0
Tong Park 112 a/o in 40.5 overs
S Young 23, J Druce 47, N Murden 6, D Groom 8, G Wilkinson 0, P Squires 1, C Shepherd 4, C Holdsworth 0, S Hiley 4*, I Gilks 1, M Scott 0, Extras 18
J Best 6-2-17-0, P Hardwick 6-2-27-0, S Pearson 6-2-17-0, A Luxton 11-3-28-3, N Geisler 8.5-4-10-6, G Boulton 3-2-2-1
It was a privilege to be able to watch this match, with so many club records being shattered. Steeton lost the toss and surprisingly were asked to bat first on a good looking track on a dry sunny day. Having lost opener, Chris Meehan early, Steeton proceeded to pile on the runs with a second-wicket club record stand of 266 runs. John Akrigg was caught behind first ball – which fortunately was a no-ball! How Tong Park must have rued stepping over that line as John was still there after 50 overs and had scored a fantastic 184* not out – the highest score by any Steeton batsman ever. John’s remarkable marathon innings came from 154 deliveries and included 6 sixes & 27 fours. John shared the record 2nd wicket stand with Australian Nathan Geisler, who smashed a great 113 runs from just 106 deliveries, including 5 sixes & 8 fours. One of Nathan’s powerful sixes actually smashed through the wall right into the scorebox. When Nathan was eventually caught on the boundary, Neil Spragg came to the wicket and joined in the onslaught. Neil despatched 7 sixes and 1 four in his not out score of 62* runs amassed from just 38 balls received. Neil & John smashed an unbeaten 3rd wicket stand of 104 in the last 8 overs of the Steeton innings. Steeton finished on 372 runs for 2 wickets in 50 overs – just 2 runs short of the club record innings set in 1999.
In reply Tong Park’s openers got off to a steady start putting on 76 runs before the introduction of Steeton’s own ‘Shane Warne’. Wrist spinner Andrew Luxton ripped out the top 3 Tong Park batsmen, with his 11 overs costing 28 runs while taking 3 wickets. Aussie Nathan Geisler was then introduced into the attack and was just too good for the Tong Park middle order. Nathan completed an incredible all-round performance by taking 6 wickets for just 10 runs from 8.5 overs. Gary Boulton (1-1) took the other wicket to fall, and keeper Chris Meehan compensated for missing out with the bat by taking a catch & a smart stumping. Tong Park were all for 112 runs in 40.5 overs, so Steeton collected all 6 points as they trounced Tong Park by 260 runs!
6 May 2006 - 1st XI v Adel (H) - Winning Draw (4-2)
Steeton 291-8 in 50 overs
C Meehan 24, J Akrigg 15, N Geisler 119, N Spragg 61, A Luxton 9, J Best 1, G Boulton 36, A Greenwood 10, N Wilson 1*, S Pearson 2*, Extras 13
M Shires 14-1-73-1, D Mather 4.2-0-25-1, J Bullick 7-0-30-2, T Grey 18-0-120-2, J Shires 5-0-23-0, T James 2-0-14-0
Adel 220-7 in 50 overs
T James 12, J Bullick 36, S Howie 97, D Standring 7, S Wardley 20, R Jones 15, P Coughlin 1, M Shires 0, T Grey 9*, Extras 23
J Best 12-0-43-0, P Hardwick 11-5-19-3, A Luxton 5-0-30-1, S Pearson 5-1-19-0, N Geisler 8-0-56-0, G Boulton 9-1-39-2
Another fine team performance saw Steeton 1st XI pick up a further 4 points from a winning draw at home to Adel. Steeton batted first and after a steady start which saw openers Chris Meehan scoring 24 runs and John Akrigg scoring 15 runs, this brought together Aussie Nathan Geisler & Neil Spragg. Nathan scored his second successive century with 119 runs coming from 103 deliveries with 2 sixes and 15 fours; and Neil Spragg looked in fine form with 61 runs from 65 deliveries with 9 boundaries. Both Neil & Nathan fell to excellent catches on the boundary, but not before they had compiled a fine partnership of 141 runs for the 3rd wicket. The middle order then faltered a little until skipper Gary Boulton took control with 36 runs blasted from just 18 deliveries, with 3 sixes & 2 fours. Adam Greenwood also chipped in with 10 quick runs, as Steeton closed their innings on 291 runs for 8 wickets in their 50 overs.
In reply Adel were going steadily until the introduction of wrist-spinner Andrew Luxton (1-30) bringing a smart catch in the gully by skipper Gary Boulton, and then a farcical run out by John Akrigg. With the steady fall of wickets Adel set their sights on the three-quarter total of 219 runs. The pick of the Steeton bowlers was Paul Hardwick, who collected 3 wickets from 11 overs while only conceding 19 runs. Skipper Gary Boulton also bowled a fine spell, collecting 2 wickets at the cost of 39 runs. Adel finished on 220 runs for the loss 7 wickets in their 50 overs to collected the extra point. Steeton are now level top of the ‘A’ Division with Adel & Follifoot on 14 points.
13 May 2006 - 1st XI v Green Lane (A) - Rain effected Draw (1-1)
Steeton 107 a/o in 26.5 overs
C Meehan 1, J Akrigg 4, N Geisler 0, N Spragg 52, A Luxton 9, J Best 17, A Greenwood 2, G Boulton 11*, N Wilson 0, S Pearson 0, P Hardwick 0, Extras 11
R Obst 14-2-48-6, N Whitton 5-0-27-0, N Allitt 8-1-21-3
Green Lane 6-1 in 1 over
B McCormick 0, C Cay 0*, S Lee 4*, Extras 2
J Best 1-0-4-1
Steeton looked to be in real problems batting first and being dismissed for just 107 runs all out in 26.5 overs in a match shortened by rain to 33 overs. This total would have looked even worse had it not been for a fine 52 runs by the in-form Neil Spragg. Neil’s 52 runs came from 52 deliveries & included 9 fours. The only other batters to reach double figures were Jon Best (17) and skipper Gary Boulton (11*).
The rain had the final say in this fixture, as Green Lane’s reply lasted just 1 over. Jon Best bowled over and took 1 wicket for 4 runs, before the persistent rain forced both sides from the field. Green Lane scored 6 runs for 1 wicket in 1 over and both sides collected 1 point each from a rain effected draw. Steeton are now in 3rd place in the ‘A’ Division.
14 May 2006 - 1st XI v Alwoodley (A) in Waddilove Cup - Won by 9 wickets
Alwoodley 40 a/o in 19.2 overs
C Wynd 0, D Woodhead 6, A Slater 8, P Horsey 4, M Mitchell 8, B Palmer 0, I Taylor 3, GS Weir 9, B Woodeve 1, R Samad 0, P Longstaff 0*, Extras 1
J Best 7-3-14-2, P Hardwick 9-2-22-5, N Geisler 3-2-3-2, S Pearson 0.2-1-0-1
Steeton 44-1 in 9.5 overs
C Meehan 18*, J Akrigg 4, N Geisler 17*, Extras 4
B Palmer 5-0-16-1, GS Weir 5-0-28-0
Steeton demolished Alwoodley in the first round of the Waddilove Cup. Batting first Alwoodley were dismissed for the embarrassing total of 40 runs all out in just 19.2 overs. Paul Hardwick was far too good for the ‘C’ Division side, as he collected 5 wickets for 22 runs in 9 overs. Nathan Geisler (2-3) and Jon Best (2-14) took 2 wickets apiece and Stephen Pearson (1-0) took the final wicket with only his 2nd delivery.
Steeton’s progression into the next round was now a mere formality, but they did manage to lose 1 wicket, before passing the Alwoodley total. Opener Chris Meehan top scored with 18* not out and Aussie Nathan Geisler scored 17* not out. Steeton finished on 44 runs for 1 wicket in just 9.5 overs to win by 9 wickets and now play Bilton in the next round next weekend.
20 May 2006 - 1st XI v Bilton (H) - Rained Off (1-1)
Torrential rain meant that the ground was unfit and this fixture was never started. Along with the rest of the league both sides collect just 1 point.
27 May 2006 - 1st XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A) - Lost by 108 runs
Burley-in-Wharfedale 193 a/o in 49.2 overs
M Harrison 10, B Harris 60, R Brook 40, J Davey 31, N Brook 14, P Sumner 18, I Frost 3, R Pell 0, N Davies 0, D Wordsworth 1, S Etherington 0*, Extras 12
J Best 13-1-46-6, P Hardwick 8.2-3-26-2, G Boulton 6-2-10-0, N Geisler 6-0-28-0, A Luxton 10-1-45-2, S Pearson 6-0-22-0
Steeton 85 a/o in 41.5 overs
C Meehan 7, J Akrigg 9, N Geisler 0, N Spragg 10, A Luxton 16, J Best 0, G Boulton 22, A Greenwood 0, S Pearson 2*, P Hardwick 0, Extras 15
N Brook 20-8-33-3, S Etherington 7-4-5-0, N Davies 11-6-13-7, B Harris 3-1-13-0, M Harrison 1-0-6-0
Steeton 1st XI were outplayed in all departments by Burley-in-Wharfedale – losing by 108 runs. Skipper Gary Boulton won his first toss of the season and asked Burley to bat first. A series of good stand at the top of the order saw Burley reach the respectable total of 193 runs all from 49.2 overs. The undoubted pick of the bowlers was Jon Best, who bowled 13 overs and took 6 wickets for 46 runs – with 3 wickets in his final over. There were 2 wicket each for Paul Hardwick (2-26) and spinner Andrew Luxton (2-45).
Steeton needed at least one of their in-from batters to make a decisive contribution, but sadly the top 5 batters had departed with the score only 32 runs. Skipper Gary Boulton top-scored with 22 runs from 33 deliveries with 3 fours. Only 2 other batters managed to reach double figures: Andrew Luxton (16) and Neil Spragg (10). With Burley’s N. Davies collecting 7 wickets for 13 runs, Steeton collapsed to 85 all out in 41.5 overs, with a quite remarkable 6 wickets being given out LBW!
28 May 2006 - 1st XI v Bilton (A) in Waddilove Cup - Lost by 9 wickets
Steeton 159-7 in 45 overs
C Meehan 7, A Patankar 1, N Geisler 63, N Spragg 17, G Boulton 5, A Luxton 0, J Best 4, A Greenwood 42*, N Wilson 4*, Extras 15
G Saxton 9-2-32-0, C Heptinstall 9-1-21-1, P Allegretto 9-1-43-2, L Jarvis 9-0-26-2, A Walker 9-1-24-2
Bilton 160-1 in 36.2 overs
P Cannings 23, P Allegretto 109*, C Clemerson 22*, Extras 6
J Best 5-038-0, N Geisler 9-2-27-0, A Luxton 7-0-27-1, G Boulton 5-0-12-0, P Hardwick 4-1-23-0, N Spragg 2-2-0-0, S Pearson 4.2-0-30-0
Steeton 1st XI crashed out of the Waddilove Cup in convincing style – losing by 9 wickets to last year’s winners Bilton. Despite a fine innings of 63 runs by Australian Nathan Geisler Steeton only managed 159 runs for 7 wickets in their 45 overs. Nathan’s 63 runs came from 83 deliveries and included 6 fours, before he was bowled by fellow Australian Paul Allegretto. Late in the order Adam Greenwood had a fine innings of 42* runs not out, which came from 54 deliveries and included 1 six & 4 fours. Neil Spragg with 17 runs was the only other batsman to reach double figures.
This score of 159 runs was to prove no where near sufficient as Bilton knocked off the runs for the loss of just one wicket. Bilton’s Paul Allegretto scored 109* as they needed just 36.2 overs to reach 160 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Spinner Andrew Luxton (1-27) clean bowled Bilton’s opener to take the only wicket to fall.
3 June 2006 - 1st XI v Otley (H) - Won by 44 runs
Steeton 194 a/o in 47.3 overs
C Meehan 27, J Akrigg 17, N Geisler 40, N Spragg 40, A Howarth 13, A Luxton 23*, G Boulton 0, A Greenwood 9, N Wilson 7, S Pearson 0, P Hardwick 0, Extras 18
M Knowles 9-0-45-2, R Taylor 2-0-25-0, J Davies 6-0-18-0, R Atkinson 15.3-4-33-4, C Campbell 15-0-60-3
Otley 150 a/o in 47.1 overs
S Smith 7, G Wolfenden 18, J Davies 3, R Taylor 12, M O\’Grady 48, R Atkinson 11, C Davy 27, D Taylor 0, G Sutherland 1, C Campbell 0, M Knowles 11*, Extras 12
P Hardwick 8-4-17-1, S Pearson 10.1-3-23-4, A Luxton 10-1-40-0, N Geisler 15-3-41-5, G Boulton 4-0-25-0
Steeton 1st XI go to the top of the league with a fine win over Otley. With skipper Gary Boulton losing the toss . . . again, Steeton found themselves batting first…again. The batsmen all performed well with the top six all reaching at least double figures. Joint top-scorers were the in form pair of Aussie Nathan Geisler and Neil Spragg, who both scored 40 runs. Nathan’s 40 runs came from 45 deliveries and included 1 six and 6 fours. Neil’s 40 runs came from 65 deliveries and included 1 six and 3 fours. Opener Chris Meehan scored 27 runs, Andrew Luxton scored 23* runs not out, John Akrigg scored 17 runs and Alex Howarth scored 13 runs. Steeton scored a respectable 194 runs all out in 47.3 overs.
Otley’s reply never got any fluency as they lost wickets regularly. Aussie Nathan Geisler bowled a great spell of 15 overs taking 5 wickets for 41 runs. He was ably assisted by Stephen Pearson, who bowled 10.1 miserly overs and took 4 wickets while conceding only 23 runs. Paul Hardwick (1-17) took the other wicket to fall. The bowlers were assisted in the field by some good fielding, with 2 catches for Chris Meehan, and a catch each for keeper Neil Wilson, Adam Greenwood & Alex Howarth. Otley were eventually all out for 150 runs from 47.1 overs and Steeton won by 44 runs. The 6 points Steeton collect mean they now go 1 point clear at the top of a very tight ‘A’ division.
10 June 2006 - 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (A) - Won by 4 wickets
Kirkstall Educational 240-9 in 50 overs
S Harrison 89, S Crampton 89, J Siddall 9, A Siddall 1, S Hudson 4, D Gardener-Chann 8, K Bowie 5, M Missett 0, N Smith 0, L Mulligan 11*, J Lindley 7*, Extras 17
P Hardwick 6-1-30-0, S Pearson 6-0-29-0, N Geisler 6-0-34-0, A Luxton 5-0-33-0, J Best 15-1-47-4, G Boulton 12-1-52-5
Steeton 243-6 in 37.4 overs
J Akrigg 45, C Meehan 4, N Geisler 83, N Spragg 47, A Luxton 27, J Best 0, A Greenwood 6*, G Boulton 12*, Extras 19
S Hudson 8-1-60-1, J Siddall 11-2-69-1, S Crampton 5-0-37-0, A Siddall 7.4-1-35-2, L Mulligan 6-0-34-2
Steeton 1st XI remain at the top of the league with a fine win over Kirkstall Educational. Batting first Kirkstall were off to a great start with an opening partnership of 130 runs, before the introduction of the bowling of skipper Gary Boulton & Jon Best. Gary Boulton bowled 12 great overs in which he took 5 wickets for 52 runs, and Jon Best bowled 15 tight overs and took 4 wickets for 47 runs. These two bowlers kept the Kirkstall total down to a reasonable level as they finished 240 runs for 9 wickets in their 50 overs.
After the early departure of Chris Meehan, there followed a series of good stands: 93 runs between opener John Akrigg and Aussie Nathan Geisler, 64 runs between Nathan and Neil Spragg & 48 runs between Neil & Andrew Luxton. Aussie Nathan Geisler top-scored with an impressive 83 runs from just 60 deliveries with 1 six & 15 fours. Neil Spragg scored 47 runs from 48 deliveries, with 6 fours, opener John Akrigg scored 45 runs from 53 deliveries, with 2 sixes & 7 fours, and Andrew Luxton scored 27 runs from 37 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Fittingly skipper Gary Boulton hit the winning runs in an unbeaten innings of 12* runs. With only 4 runs scored with the bat, the bowling of ex-Steeton player, Stuart Hudson, was also treated with disdain as his 8 overs were punished for 60 runs (7½ runs per over) and only managed 1 wicket. Keeper Neil Wilson took a catch and a stumping, and there were catches for John Akrigg & Adam Greenwood. Steeton cruised to a comfortable victory with 12 overs and 4 wickets to spare. We finished with 243 runs for 6 wickets in 37.4 overs, to win by 4 wickets and claim all 6 points, which mean we remain at the top of the ‘A’ division.
17 June 2006 - 1st XI v Rawdon (H) - Won by 5 wickets
Rawdon 226-8 in 50 overs
S Wilson 55, S Smith 0, C Walsh 35, D Stow 6, J Davey 0, J Dent 58*, S Wilkinson 1, D Rock 31, P Smith 11, S Dobson 8*, Extras 21
S Pearson 8-3-23-1, P Hardwick 11-4-40-0, J Best 8-0-54-2, N Geisler 14-3-50-0, A Luxton 6-1-25-3, G Boulton 3-0-20-2
Steeton 227-5 in 47.3 overs
C Meehan 0, J Akrigg 34, N Geisler 122*, A Howarth 3, A Luxton 26, J Best 5, G Boulton 16*, Extras 21
J Dent 12.3-2-59-3, S Dobson 14-3-70-0, D Rock 10-1-61-1, J Hill 11-2-20-1
Steeton 1st XI
remain at the top of the league with another impressive win at home to Rawdon. The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first on a good Steeton track on a hot sunny day – the usual signs of a large total. With 5 maidens in the first 6 overs, the Steeton bowlers stuck to their task well in the warmth and were able to contain Rawdon well. Andrew Luxton was the pick of the bowlers – taking 3 wickets while conceding 25 runs form 6 overs. Skipper Gary Boulton collected a further 2 wickets for 20 runs and Jon Best took 2 wickets for 54 runs. Stephen Pearson took the other wicket to fall as his accurate bowling only conceded 23 runs from 8 overs. Keeper Neil Wilson was in great form taking 5 catches and 1 stumping – equalling the club record. Adam Greenwood took a further catch as Rawdon only managed 226 runs for 8 wickets in their full 50 overs.
Steeton’s reply got off to the worst possible reply as they lost opener Chris Meehan first ball. This brought together John Akrigg & Aussie Nathan Geisler, and they amassed a 2nd wicket partnership of 113 runs before John was dismissed for 34 runs, scored from 67 deliveries with 8 boundaries. Nathan continued in fine form and finished with an match-winning unbeaten century. Nathan scored 122* not out from 139 deliveries with 20 fours and 2 sixes (the second of which finished the match!) Nathan shared a 4th wicket stand of 49 runs with Andrew Luxton (26) and an unbeaten 6th wicket stand of 30 runs with skipper Gary Boulton (16*). Steeton reached the required 227 runs for the loss of 5 wickets from 47.3 overs. They win by 5 wickets and collect 6 points that keep them worthy leaders of the ‘A’ division.
24 June 2006 - 1st XI v Pool (A) - Won by 37 runs
Steeton 200 a/o in 48.3 overs
J Akrigg 58, A Howarth 3, C Meehan 8, N Geisler 2, A Luxton 0, A Greenwood 0, J Best 57, G Boulton 13, N Wilson 27, S Pearson 0, P Hardwick 0*, Extras 32
A Allert 19.3-2-80-5, M McEnearney 7-1-45-1, M Naylor 10-1-31-1, P Ashwell 5-1-10-2, P Dibb 7-3-17-0
Pool 163 a/o in 41 overs
J Ward 52, P Dibb 15, J Goldthorp 4, M McEnearney 57, D Murphy 0, D Singleton 1, R Carelton 21*, P Wilkinson 5, A Allert 0, M Naylor 0, P Ashwell 0, Extras 8
S Pearson 5-1-17-0, P Hardwick 4-1-18-0, N Geisler 8-1-40-4, A Luxton 7-1-24-0, G Boulton 9-2-33-4, J Best 8-2-27-2
In their top-of-the-table clash Steeton 1st XI came out on top in a fiercely fought match at Pool. Steeton batted first and were soon 5 wickets down against the Pool pace attack. With a few ‘war-wounds’ opener John Akrigg survived the onslaught and went on to top-score with fine 58 runs. John was joined in a 6th wicket stand of 32 runs by Jon Best, who in a return to top form scored 57 valuable runs. It shows a great team-spirit that when the regular run-scorers do occasionally miss-out the other batters ‘come good.’ This was evident with Jon Best and also Neil Wilson, who scored a rapid 27 runs late in the innings – both Neil & Jon scored more runs in this match than they have in the rest of the season together. Steeton finished on exactly 200 runs all out in 48.3 overs.
Pool went off to a great start, but were soon pegged back by fine bowling from both Aussie Nathan Geisler (4-40) & skipper Gary Boulton (4-30). To follow his excellent batting, Jon Best also collected 2 wickets for 30 runs. The fielding was of the highest order with 2 catches for Chris Meehan earning him a fielding point, and 1 catch & 1 stumping for keeper Neil Wilson. After their good start Pool were skittled for 163 runs all out in 41 overs, and so Steeton won by 37 runs. The 6 points Steeton collect keep them firmly at the top of the ‘A’ division. Next week they meet nearest rivals North Leeds (who beat Bilton to stay 8 points adrift).
1 July 2006 - 1st XI v North Leeds (A) - Won 7 wickets
North Leeds 187 a/o in 46.4 overs
R Winter 16, T Jackson 21, J Hughes 14, B Singleton 21, N Kellaway 37, G Hollis 32, A Aldred 6, N Leech 24*, S Wales 2, T Hudson 0, J Tyson 5, Extras 9
S Pearson 6-1-20-0, P Hardwick 6-3-20-0, A Luxton 11-2-38-2, N Geisler 8-3-21-1, G Boulton 8-1-47-3, J Best 6-0-31-2
Steeton 190-3 in 44.1 overs
J Akrigg 51, C Meehan 0, N Geisler 108, N Spragg 9*, A Luxton 5*, Extras 17
J Tyson 14-3-63-1, A Aldred 9-2-31-0, S Wales 7.1-3-28-1, T Hudson 7-0-24-0, B Singleton 6-034-0, T Jackson 1-0-1-1
In their top-of-the-table clash Steeton 1st XI beat North Leeds by 7 wickets. Skipper Gary Boulton lost the toss again and was asked to field first on a good track on a warm and sunny day. North Leeds lost wickets regularly with no batsman managing to score more than 37 runs, and were soon all out for 187 runs in 46.4 overs. Skipper Gary Boulton was the pick of the bowlers with his 8 overs conceding 47 runs as he collected 3 wickets. All the bowlers performed well, with 2 wickets for 31 runs for Jon Best and another 2 wickets for 38 runs from Andrew Luxton. Aussie Nathan Geisler (1-21) and young Stephen Pearson (1-25) collected a wickets each. Keeper Neil Wilson was in great form again conceding no byes, and having 1 catch & 1 stumping. Andrew Luxton also took a return catch from his own bowling.
Only posting 187 runs having won the toss was disappointing for North Leeds and the powerful Steeton batting took full advantage. After the early departure of Chris Meehan, opener John Akrigg and Aussie Nathan Geisler amassed a great 2nd wicket stand of 154 runs that took the game out of the reach of North Leeds. Nathan posted his 4th century of the season with his 108 runs coming from 129 deliveries, with 6 sixes & 12 fours. John Akrigg scored 51 runs from 99 deliveries, with 1 six & 10 fours. Steeton were never under pressure and passed the North Leeds total with 7 wickets and 9 overs to spare. Steeton scored 190 runs for 3 wickets from 44.1 overs and the 6 points they collect mean that at the half-way point of the season we are 9 points clear at the top of the ‘A’ division.
8 July 2006 - 1st XI v Follifoot (A) - Won by 3 wickets
Follifoot 248-9 in 50 over
J Pickles 108, B Smart 52, M Halmshaw 40, G Pickles 10, L Swards 11, P Miller 1, P Angove 8, S Bridson 5, L Ford 1*, R Procter 3, Extras 9
S Pearson 8-2-26-0, P Hardwick 13-1-62-4, G Boulton 10-1-48-2, N Geisler 9-1-27-0, J Best 7-0-52-0, C Meehan 3-0-26-0
Steeton 254-7 in 48.3 overs
J Akrigg 29, A Howarth 22, N Geisler 66, N Spragg 53, C Meehan 50, J Best 7, G Boulton 2, A Greenwood 10*, N Wilson 0*, Extras 15
L Swards 13.3-2-63-2, S Taylor 9-0-61-0, S Bridson 11-2-51-3, R Procter 9-2-28-0, G Pickles 6-1-39-2
In another top-of-the-table clash Steeton 1st XI beat close rivals Follifoot by 3 wickets. With skipper Gary Boulton actually managing to win a toss, Follifoot were asked to bat first. Follifoot’s top-order were in good form as they reached 155 runs before losing their first wicket; Brian Smart out for 52 runs, and his opening partner J Pickles went on to complete a century. Both openers were removed by Paul Hardwick as he finished with 4 wickets for 62 runs from 13 overs. Skipper Gary Boulton collected a further 2 wickets for 48 runs from 10 overs. As Follifoot chased quick runs they threw away 3 wickets to run outs – 2 for John Akrigg & 1 for Neil Spragg. There was a catch apiece for keeper Neil Wilson, Alex Howarth & Chris Meehan. Follifoot scored a formidable total of 248 runs for 9 wickets in their 50 overs.
Steeton’s batsmen were up to the challenge with John Akrigg (29) and Alex Howarth (22) making the season’s best opening partnership of 54 runs. Aussie Nathan Geisler was once again in the runs with 66 runs scored from 74 deliveries, with 3 sixes and 4 fours. Nathan shared a 3rd wicket stand of 93 runs with Neil Spragg continued his good form with 53 runs scored from 69 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. When Neil was out Nathan shared a 4th wicket stand of 72 runs with Chris Meehan, scored his first half-century for Steeton. Chris Meehan’s 50 runs came from just 32 deliveries and included 1 six & 8 fours. Adam Greenwood (10*) hit a big six to finish the match, as Steeton passed the Follifoot total with 9 balls and 3 wickets to spare. Steeton finished with 254 runs for 7 wickets from 48.3 overs, and collect all 6 points from this encounter. With Kirkstall slipping-up, Steeton are now 12 points clear at the head of the ‘A’ division.
15 July 2006 - 1st XI v Tong Park (H) - Won by 7 wickets
Tong Park 112 a/o in 43.5 overs
P Hanson 6, N Murden 9, R Gahlot 10, D Groom 4, S Benzafar 25, S Young 5, J Druce 20, G Wilkinson 11, C Shepherd 8*, M Cuthbertson 0, M Scott 0, Extras 9
S Pearson 9-3-17-1, J Best 14.5-4-43-4, N Geisler 10-5-23-2, A Luxton 7-4-15-1, G Boulton 3-0-6-0
Steeton 113-3 in 27.5 overs
J Akrigg 44, A Howarth 42*, N Geisler 8, N Spragg 10, C Meehan 1*, Extras 8
R Gahlot 7-2-25-0, Scott 9-1-30-0, Shepherd 7-1-28-3, Young 5-0-22-0
As expected when the top of the table play against the bottom there was a convincing victory for ‘A’ division leaders: the mighty Steeton 1st XI. Tong Park batted first and lost wickets regularly, and on a good batting track at Steeton they were all out for a meagre 112 runs from 43.5 overs. Jon Best was chief destroyer with 4 wickets for 43 runs from 14.5 overs. Aussie Nathan Geisler was again tormentor of Tong Park with a further 2 wickets for 23 runs from 10 wickets. Andrew Luxton (1-15) & Stephen Pearson (1-17) chipped in with a wickets apiece. The other 2 wickets fell to run outs by John Akrigg & Chris Meehan. As well as the 2 run outs, the great Steeton fielding was epitomised by 6 catches all by different fielders: keeper Neil Wilson, Chris Meehan, skipper Gary Boulton, Neil Spragg, Aussie Nathan Geisler & Andrew Luxton.
At Steeton, Tong Park’s total was never going to trouble Steeton’s batsmen, and an opening stand of 70 runs between John Akrigg (44) and Alex Howarth (42*) was enough to ensure that Steeton collected maximum points. With the result a foregone conclusion Steeton managed to lose Nathan Geisler for 8 runs and Neil Spragg for 10 runs before they passed the Tong Park total with 28 overs and 7 wickets to spare. Steeton scored 113 runs for 3 wickets in 27.5 overs to collect all 6 points from this one-sided encounter and are clear leaders of the ‘A’ division.
22 July 2006 - 1st XI v Adel (A) - Abandoned (1-1)
Steeton 86 a/o in 25.1 overs
J Akrigg 9, A Howarth 8, N Geisler 0, N Spragg 8, C Meehan 0, J Best 1, A Luxton 13, G Boulton 24, A Greenwood 14, N Wilson 0, S Pearson 0*, Extras 9
M Shires 7-2-13-4, D Mether 10-2-45-3, J Shires 6-1-18-0, T Grey 2.1-1-2-3
When Steeton arrived at Adel it was mostly submerged following heavy rain. It did dry-up enough to get started as a 35 overs-a-side match – and so it was vitally important for skipper Gary Boulton to win the toss, but once again he was unsuccessful! Steeton 1st XI had to bat first on a pitch that the wet had made into a ‘flyer’. At 26 runs with 6 wickets down it did look like it was going to be an embarrassment, but the late middle order put together a series of small stands that were enough to get Steeton up to 86 runs all out, using only 25.1 overs of their 35 overs. Skipper Gary Boulton top-scored with 24 runs from 38 deliveries with 1 six and 3 fours. He was assisted by Adam Greenwood who scored 14 runs & Andrew Luxton who scored 13 runs. On such a track this may yet have proved to be a match winning score, but this theory was never able to be put to the test as further torrential rain brought an early end to the match at the tea interval. Both sides collect a single point each.
29 July 2006 - 1st XI v Green Lane (H) - Won by 30 runs
Steeton 231 a/o in 49.5 overs
J Akrigg 7, A Howarth 8, N Geisler 47, N Spragg 0, C Meehan 28, A Luxton 59, J Best 4, G Boulton 27, A Greenwood 25*, N Wilson 2, P Hardwick 0, Extras 24
R Obst 17.5-5-76-4, N Britton 18-4-76-3, S Crosby 10-2-36-1, O Halliday 4-0-27-0
Green Lane 201 a/o in 45.4 overs
C Cay 14, S Hargreaves 60, P Atkinson 5, R Britton 50, S Lee 5, M Abbott 33, O Halliday 19, R Obst 0, A Pickup 2, S Crosby 3, N Britton 1*, Extras 8
J Best 13-1-56-3, P Hardwick 7-0-37-0, N Geisler 11.4-2-49-5, A Luxton 10-3-32-2, G Boulton 4-0-21-0
Steeton beat Green Lane by 30 runs to stay top of the A division. Skipper Gary Boulton kept up his record of losing the toss and was asked to bat first at Summerhill Lane. Steeton lost both openers cheaply, but Aussie Nathan Geisler put the innings back on course with 47 runs scored from 52 deliveries with 1 six & 8 fours. Chris Meehan (28) shared a 5th wicket stand of 44 with top-scorer, Andrew Luxton, who scored 59 careful runs from 112 deliveries, with 10 boundaries. Andrew also shared a fine 7th wicket stand of 81 runs with skipper Gary Boulton, who contributed 27 runs. Some late aggressive batting from Adam Greenwood, who scored an unbeaten 25 runs from just 19 balls faced, with 2 sixes & 2 fours, was enough to push Steeton’s score up to 231 runs all out from 48.5 overs.
Green Lane’s reply was led by opener Stuart Hargreaves (60), but Aussie Nathan Geisler was also in great form with the ball. To complete a fine all-round performance, Nathan took 5 wickets for 49 runs from 11.4 overs; Jon Best was also in good form with 3 wickets for 56 runs and Andrew Luxton took the other 2 wickets for 32 runs. There were 2 catches for keeper Neil Wilson, a further 2 for Neil Spragg, and 1 for Alex Howarth. Green Lane were dismissed for 201 runs from 45.4 over, and Steeton won by 30 runs to collect all 6 points from this encounter.
5 August 2006 - 1st XI v Bilton (A) - Lost by 4 wickets
Steeton 99 a/o in 44.2 overs
J Akrigg 7, A Howarth 0, A Greenwood 9, N Geisler 25, N Spragg 6, C Meehan 6, A Luxton 1, J Best 1, G Boulton 18*, S Pearson 7, N Wilson 0, P Hardwick 4, Extras 22
G Saxton 15.2-7-24-6, P Allegretto 4-1-21-0, L Jarvis 18-6-25-3, A Burton 7-3-15-1
Bilton 100-6 in 27.3 overs
A Burton 16, P Allegretto 0, C Dawson 8, D Simpson 11, S Clemerson 28*, C Heptinstall 1, A Walker 19, C Coates 4*, Extras 13
J Best 8-2-24-1, S Pearson 5-0-25-2, N Geisler 6-3-22-1, P Hardwick 3-0-14-1, A Luxton 3-1-7-0, G Boulton 2.3-1-2-1
Having been asked to bat first at Bilton, Steeton were destroyed by ex-Steeton player Guy Saxton who took 6 wickets for 24 runs from 15.2 overs for his adopted club, Bilton. Steeton were all out for just 99 runs in 44.2 overs, with Aussie Nathan Geisler top-scoring with 25 runs scored from 45 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Unfortunately the only other player to reach double figures was skipper Gary Boulton, who scored an careful unbeaten 18* runs.
Bilton struggled to knock-off the runs as they lost 6 wickets before managing to pass Steeton’s meagre score. All the Steeton bowlers bowled well, with Stephen Pearson the pick taking 2 wickets for 25 runs. There was a wicket apiece for skipper Gary Boulton (1-2), Paul Hardwick (1-14), Aussie Nathan Geisler (1-22) and Jon Best (1-24). All 6 of the Bilton batsman dismissed were caught, with a catch each for Chris Meehan, Neil Spragg, Aussie Nathan Geisler, Andrew Luxton, keeper Neil Wilson & Alex Howarth. Despite losing wickets Bilton passed the Steeton score with 4 wickets and 27 overs to spare. Bilton reached 100 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 27.3 overs, and collected all 6 points from this encounter. Fortunately all of Steeton’s nearest rivals also lost, which means Steeton 1st XI are still 14 points clear at the top of the A division with 6 matches of the season remaining.
12 August 2006 - 1st XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Lost by 4 wickets
Steeton 127 a/o in 43.3 overs
J Akrigg 2, A Howarth 66, N Geisler 6, N Spragg 12, G Boulton 2, C Meehan 11, A Luxton 5, J Best 13, A Greenwood 0, N Wilson 0, P Hardwick 0*, Extras 10
S Etherington 7-2-26-1, N Brook 21.3-5-45-5, N Davies 9-2-26-2, B Harris 6-1-24-1
Burley-in-Wharfedale 128-6 in 41 overs
R Brook 45, B Harris 4, I Frost 27, D Brook 14, N Brook 7*, J Davey 0, C Davey 4, N Davies 13*, Extras 14
J Best 10-2-27-1, N Geisler 7-0-27-0, A Luxton 15-5-34-5, P Hardwick 4-2-10-0, G Boulton 5-0-25-0
Skipper Gary Boulton’s bad luck with the coin toss continued, and Steeton were unsurprisingly asked to bat first. With the notable exception of Alex Howarth, Steeton’s batsmen never came to terms with the Burley bowling attack. Alex Howarth scored an excellent 66 runs from 112 deliveries, with 9 boundaries. With only 3 other batsmen reaching double figures: Jon Best (13), Neil Spragg (12) and Chris Meehan (11), Steeton collapsed to 127 runs all out in 43.3 overs.
This meagre total was never going to be enough, but Steeton did make Burley struggle to score the runs with Andrew Luxton’s fine leg-spin earning him 5 wickets. Andrew bowled 15 overs and took 5 wickets while conceding 34 runs. Jon Best (1-27) took the other wicket to fall, as Burley passed the Steeton total with 4 wickets and 15 overs to spare. Steeton’s fielding supported their bowlers well, with catches for Adam Greenwood, Neil Spragg, John Akrigg & Chris Meehan. Burley scored 128 runs in 41 overs and, as the visitors are 2nd to the bottom in the league and Steeton are leaders, must have been at least a little surprised to be taking all 6 much-needed points from this encounter. Steeton’s lead of the A division is now reduced to 8 points over North Leeds, with now only 5 matches to play.
19 August 2006 - 1st XI v Otley (A) - Rained Off (1-1)
Steeton 28-0 in 8.2 overs
J Akrigg 7*, A Howarth 19*, Extras 2
J Davies 4.2-0-14-0, N Knowles 4-0-12-0
Steeton 1st XI, along with most of the rest of the league, were rained-off and collected 1 point. Skipper Alex Howarth lost the toss and openers John Akrigg (7*) and skipper Alex Howarth (19*) safely negotiated 8.2 overs and had scored 28 runs without loss before the match was abandoned. Steeton are still 8 points clear at the top of the A division – but now with 4 matches of the season to play.
26 August 2006 - 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (H) - Losing Draw (2-4)
Kirkstall Educational 226-8 in 50 overs
S Harrison 26, S Crampton 60, J Siddall 41, A Siddall 51, S Hudson 13, N Lindley 0, N Smith 6, J Capper 12*, T Newton 0, S Ellis 6*, Extras 11
S Pearson 9-1-35-0, J Best 10-2-54-0, G Boulton 7-0-40-1, A Luxton 17-2-66-5, N Geisler 7-1-25-0
Steeton 175-7 in 50 overs
J Akrigg 6, A Howarth 19, N Geisler 23, N Spragg 15, C Meehan 0, A Luxton 32, J Best 33*, G Boulton 25, A Greenwood 9*, Extras 13
S Hudson 21-4-45-3, A Siddall 10-1-43-3, J Siddall 13-1-38-1, M Hodgson 6-0-37-0
Steeton 1st XI had a losing (2-4) draw to close rivals Kirkstall Educational. Kirkstall batted first and got off to a great start with 90 runs on the board before losing their 1st wicket – a score of 300 runs looked a possibility! Kirkstall’s Siddall brothers then put together a 3rd wicket stand of 84 runs, but as wickets started to tumble Kirkstall were pegged back to 226 runs for 8 wickets in 50 overs. Leg-spinner Andrew Luxton was key with the ball taking 5 wickets for 66 runs from 17 overs. He was helped by 3 confident catches on the boundary; 2 catches for Chris Meehan and 1 catch by Alex Howarth. Andrew Luxton also took a catch off the bowling of skipper Gary Boulton, who had 1 wicket for 40 runs. Kirkstall also threw away 2 wickets to run-outs by Alex Howarth picking-up crisply in the deep and firing a smart return to Jon Best, and a touch onto the wickets by a drive back at bowler Andrew Luxton to run out the non-striker.
In reply Steeton crumbled to 52 runs for 4 wickets, but the strength in depth of Steeton’s batting helped them. At an important stage of the match Jon Best played an excellent innings as he top-scored with an unbeaten 33* runs, from 66 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Andrew Luxton also had a good day with the bat, scoring 32 runs from 36 balls faced, with 5 fours, before a fine knick was caught by the keeper. Skipper Gary Boulton scored 25 runs, but a return catch off the leading-edge was his downfall. Aussie Nathan Geisler scored 23 runs, but fell to a hard-hit drive which was caught low-down at extra cover. Opener Alex Howarth was adjudged LBW for 19 runs and Neil Spragg was clean-bowled for 15 runs. After their early set-backs Steeton settled for the 75% target of 170 runs, and finished with 175 runs for 7 wickets from 50 overs. Steeton 1st XI collect 2 points from a losing draw, and so Kirkstall close the gap at the top of the ‘A’ division to 7 points (with North Leeds losing) and now just 3 more matches to play.
2 September 2006 - 1st XI v Rawdon (A) - Rained Off (1-1)
Steeton 1st XI along with most of the rest of the league, were washed out with persistent rain. With Rawdon already relegated at the base of the league it was a shame that this fixture was the one affected by the weather. Second placed Kirkstall were the only side to play, but fortunately they could only manage a (2-4) losing draw. A single point for Steeton means they move into the last 2 games of the season with a 6 point lead at the top of the ‘A’ division.
9 September 2006 - 1st XI v Pool (H) - Losing Draw (2-4)
Pool 212 a/o in 49.5 overs
J Ward 5, D Singleton 63, M McEnearney 77, P Wilkinson 0, D Murphy 4, R Henry 4, M Harrison 7, J Goldthorpe 24*, S Wood 0, A Allert 2, M Naylor 12, Extras 14
J Best 7-0-29-1, S Pearson 5-0-29-0, A Luxton 3-0-32-0, N Geisler 18-3-62-2, G Boulton 17-1-50-7
Steeton 168-8 in 50 overs
J Akrigg 31, A Howarth 8, N Geisler 6, N Spragg 2, C Meehan 45, J Best 37, A Luxton 4, G Boulton 2, Wilson 0*, Hardwick 4*, Extras 29
A Allert 19-5-57-6, M McEnearney 22-1-77-2, M Harrison 6-0-22-0, M Naylor 3-3-0-0
Steeton 1st XI had to settle for a (2-4) losing draw against a determined Pool side. Skipper Gary Boulton managed to win the toss and asked Pool to bat first on a drying wicket. After losing an early wicket caught by keeper Neil Wilson from the bowling of Jon Best (1-29), Pool’s Singleton (63) & Mark McEneaney (77) amassed a 2nd wicket partnership of 111 runs as they scored at 6 runs per over for the first 20 overs of the match. The introduction of Aussie Nathan Geisler, who took 2 wicket for 62 runs from 18 overs, and skipper Gary Boulton (7-50) was the turning point of the innings, as they broke the early partnership and took wickets regularly. Skipper Gary Boulton was in great form with the ball as he took a career-best 7 wicket haul for 50 runs in 16.5 overs. The bowlers were well supported in the field with 3 catches for keeper Neil Wilson, 2 catches for Neil Spragg, and 1 catch each for Chris Meehan, Steve Pearson & Paul Hardwick.
At lunch Pool had scored 212 runs all out in 49.5 overs, and Steeton were grateful not to be chasing a total of over 300 runs, because if they had not removed Pool’s Mark McEneaney they could have been chasing a much larger total. In reply Steeton were soon reeling at 27 runs for 3 wickets, but a 4th wicket partnership of 49 runs between John Akrigg (31) and Chris Meehan (45) steadied the innings. John Akrigg scored his 31 runs from 82 deliveries with 4 boundaries before guiding a catch to point. Chris Meehan top-scored in a brave innings of 45 runs, scored from 83 deliveries and included 3 boundaries and 2 blows on the helmet from Pool’s fast bowler, Allert, before he was unfortunate to be caught at 3rd man. Chris also shared in a fine 5th wicket stand of 63 runs with Jon Best, who scored 37 runs from just 37 deliveries, with 1 six and 3 fours, before he was clean bowled. When Jon was dismissed Steeton settled for batting-out for a draw in the gathering gloom. Neil Wilson and Paul Hardwick showed great resilience, and excellent eye-sight, as they saw out the remaining overs. The Pool players showed some foul-mouthed petulance and were frequently warned by the umpires as Steeton finished with 168 runs for 8 wickets from their 50 overs. Steeton collected 2 points and so go into the last match against North Leeds with a 2 point lead at the top of the A division
16 September 2006 - 1st XI v North Leeds (H) - Lost by 6 wickets
Steeton 165-9 in 50 overs
A Howarth 7, J Procter 1, J Akrigg 26, N Geisler 81, C Meehan 9, G Boulton 2, J Best 11, A Luxton 2, N Wilson 6, P Hardwick 2*, Pearson 0*, Extras 18
J Tyson 13-2-34-2, S Wales 2-0-7-0, N Richardson 6-0-18-0, A Aldred 4-0-14-0, T Hudson 13-2-53-5, B Singleton 12-2-25-2
North Leeds 171-4 in 36.2 overs
R Winter 4, J Hughes 40, A Alldred 6, M Kellaway 74*, N Baker 11, N Leach 22*, Extras 14
J Best 11-2-35-3, P Hardwick 3-1-7-0, A Luxton 8-1-37-1, G Boulton 5-0-22-0, N Geisler 6-2-26-0, S Pearson 5-0-26-0, C Meehan 0.2-0-8-0
A sad and disappointing last match saw Steeton 1st XI lose to North Leeds at home. Having led the A division for nearly all season they slipped-up at the final hurdle, and have to settle for runners-up. Skipper Gary Boulton continued his bad luck with the coin-toss and having lost the toss was asked to bat first on a damp, drying track. Steeton had lost 2 wickets with just 11 runs on the board, before the innings was steadied with a 69 run 3rd wicket stand between John Akrigg (26) and Aussie Nathan Geisler (81). Nathan top-scored with 81 runs coming from 115 deliveries with 3 sixes & 7 fours – he was stumped in the last over of the innings, having hit the first 3 deliveries for successive sixes! John’s 26 runs came from 79 balls faced with 3 boundaries, before he too was stumped. The only other batsman to reach double figures was Jon Best with 11 runs, as Steeton had to settle for 165 runs for 9 wickets in 50 overs. The leg-spin of Hudson (5-53) and orthodox left-arm spin of Barry Singleton were North Leeds’ most effective bowlers.
The track dried out to make batting a little easier for the North Leeds batsmen, but with the exception of Jon Best the Steeton bowlers cannot be happy with the way they performed. Jon Best bowled 11 fine overs and took 3 wickets for 35 runs, but was not well supported. The only other bowler to take a wicket was Steeton’s own leg-spinner Andrew Luxton, who was unable to emulate the North Leeds spinners’ success, as he took 1 wicket for 37 runs. There were catches for John Akrigg, a return catch for Jon Best & nicely judged catch for James Procter. For North Leeds Kellaway smashed an unbeaten 74 runs as they overtook the Steeton total with 6 wickets and 11 overs to spare. North Leeds scored 171 runs for 4 wickets in 38.2 overs to take all 6 points from this encounter and condemn Steeton to A division runners-up.
Second XI 200622 April 2006 - 2nd XI v Knaresborough (A) - Won by 8 wickets
Knaresborough 102 a/o in 45.4 overs
R Geary 11, I Skinner 2, D Pickles 24, J Tattersill 2, G Dodds 2, A Chaggerton 3, G Hodson 0, M Dobby 2, K Middleton 1*, M Brittan 18, Morley 3, Extras 14
D Wynn 15-3-29-3, M Hagyard 7-1-22-1, P Akrigg 16.4-8-20-3, D Robinson 7-1-22-2
Steeton 103-2 in 34.1 overs
A Patankar 27, J Procter 10, D Robinson 43*, J Higginson 18*, Extras 5
M Brittan 5-3-3-1, K Middleton 15-5-35-0, G Dodds 8.1-0-37-0, R Geary 6-0-28-1
The Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut just keeps rolling along and they start this season the same way that they finished the last: top of the league! Steeton won the toss and asked Knaresborough to bat first. Knaresborough lost wickets steadily and only managed 102 all out in 45.4 overs, thanks to 46 runs being added for the last 2 wickets. All the Steeton bowlers performed well, with the pick being Steeton legend Phil Akrigg, who took 3 wickets for 20 runs, but he was closely followed by opening bowler David Wynn, who took 3 wickets for 29 runs. David Robinson took chipped in with 2-22 and Matthew Hagyard with 1-22. All the bowlers could have had better figures if it was not for several ‘spilled’ catches.
Knaresborough’s total was no where near enough for this strong Steeton side. Steeton knocked off the runs for the loss of just 2 wickets, with David Robinson top-scoring with an unbeaten 43*, including 8 fours. Opener James Procter scored 10 before falling victim to veteran Mal Brittan, and his opening partner Ajmal Patankar scored a steady 27 runs, before being caught behind. Julian Higginson added to his catch & stumping in the first innings by hitting 1 six & 2 fours in a solid knock of 18* not out. Steeton passed the Knaresborough score with almost 20 overs to spare; finishing on 103 for the loss of 2 wickets in 34.1 overs, to collect all 6 points from this one-sided encounter.
29 April 2006 - 2nd XI v Harden (H) - Won by 8 wickets
Harden 145 a/o in 48.1 overs
M Falkingham 55, A Rushworth 32, R Verity 0, A Moulds 0, D Henson 1, S Gardener 1, R Falkingham 5, C Dawson 4, J Bailey 18, A Hart 9, M Hogg 1*, Extras 14
D Atkinson 7-1-18-0, D Wynn 5-0-19-0, D Cook 10-3-20-0, P Akrigg 17.1-7-42-6, D Robinson 9-2-31-4
Steeton 146-2 in 36.1 overs
A Patankar 13, J Procter 55, D Robinson 49*, J Higginson 17*, Extras 12
M Hogg 8-2-22-1, D Henson 3-0-21-0, C Dawson 7-0-21-0, R Falkingham 7-0-20-0, A Hart 8-1-35-1, S Gardener 3.1-1-20-0
The Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut comfortably beat Harden. After a decent start, which saw Harden reach 102 runs before losing their first wicket, Harden collapsed and the next 9 wickets only added 43 runs. The introduction of the dependable left-arm spin of Phil Akrigg brought about their downfall, with 6 wickets for 42 runs from 17.1 overs. David Robinson claimed the other 4 wickets in a spell of 9 overs that cost just 31 runs. Harden were all out for 145 runs in 48.1 overs to put Steeton in the driving seat.
In reply Steeton lost opener Ajmal Patankar for 13 runs with the score on 37 runs. His opening partner James Procter went on to top-score with 55 runs from 88 balls faced, with 1 six & 8 fours. James shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 82 runs with David Robinson, who continued his excellent start to this season with an unbeaten 49* runs from 91 deliveries, including 7 boundaries. Julian Higginson brought the innings to a rapid conclusion with 4 boundaries in an unbeaten knock of 17 runs from 13 deliveries. Steeton had comfortably reached the required 146 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 36.1 overs to take all 6 points.
6 May 2006 - 2nd XI v Adel (A) - Lost by 7 wickets
Steeton 181 a/o in 42 overs
A Patankar 3, J Procter 0, D Robinson 0, J Higginson 6, A Howarth 77*, M Thomas 4, R Wynn 15, D Cook 51, L Spragg 0, D Atkinson 5, D Wynn 2, Extras 18
R Mumford 12-3-34-4, N Stubbs 11-4-27-4, I Bath 3-0-22-0, T Edwards 3-1-14-0, R Ewen 4-0-36-1, J Stringer 4-0-23-0, M Robinson 5-0-13-1
Adel 183-3 in 44.1 overs
I Jones 81*, M Robinson 11, J Stringer 15, D Gilmour 23, I Bath 15*, Extras 13
D Atkinson 11.1-0-46-4, D Wynn 13-1-37-0, L Spragg 9-1-38-0, D Cook 3-0-8-1, D Robinson 8-1-28-1
The Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut faltered and stalled at Adel as they lost by 7 wickets. Batting first Steeton were soon in deep trouble losing their top 4 batsmen with just 14 runs on the board. The Steeton innings was steadied by 1st XI vice-captain Alex Howarth playing his first match of the season. Alex scored an excellent unbeaten 77* runs from 108 deliveries with 12 boundaries. He shared a 6th wicket stand of 47 runs with skipper Robert Wynn, who scored 15 runs; and then a fine 7th wicket stand of 77 runs with David Cook, who scored an aggressive 51 runs from just 49 deliveries, with 1 six and 9 fours. With the loss of Dave Cook the last Steeton wickets fell cheaply and they closed on 181 runs all out, having only managed to bat for 42 of their overs.
Adel’s reply was never put under any pressure as they passed the Steeton total with 13 overs and 7 wickets to spare. The Steeton bowlers to take wickets were Dave Cook (1-8), thanks to catch by keeper Julian Higginson, David Robinson (1-28) and David Atkinson (1-46). Adel scored 183 runs for 3 wickets in 44.1 overs and Steeton 2nd XI drop their first points of the season.
13 May 2006 - 2nd XI v Green Lane (H) - Won by 7 wickets
Green Lane 213-7 in 50 overs
C Chaplin 8, J Pleasance 47, M Abbott 34, R Britton 12, A Pickup 28, J Slater 0, L Bramham 39*, I Roberts 3, M Ellis 21*, Extras 21
D Wynn 6-0-27-1, D Robinson 8-1-24-1, P Akrigg 15-4-52-1, L Spragg 8-0-33-1, D Cook 13-2-64-2
Steeton 214-3 in 44.1 overs
A Patankar 29, A Howarth 0, D Robinson 39, J Higginson 78*, D Cook 54*, Extras 14
M Ellis 14-4-44-1, L Braham 16.1-5-62-1, J Slater 7-0-33-1, B Cousins 6-0-38-0, T Powell 2-0-25-0
The Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut is back on track following last week defeat, with a convincing demolition of Green Lane by 7 wickets. Steeton asked Green Lane to bat first and despite having to bowl with a wet ball Steeton contained Green Lane to 213 runs for 7 wickets in their 50 overs. The wickets were spread around, with all the bowlers taking 1 wicket apiece except for Dave Cook, who collected 2 wickets for 64 runs from 13 overs. The other bowling figures were David Robinson (1-24), David Wynn (1-27), Lee Spragg (1-33) & Phil Akrigg (1-52). Ajmal Patankar was impressive in the field with a run out & a catch, and skipper Robert Wynn took a further catch.
Steeton’s reply progressed steadily to 92 runs for 3 wickets after 32 overs, with David Robinson scoring a fine 39 runs including 6 boundaries, and opener Ajmal Patankar scoring 29 runs with 4 boundaries. This brought together Dave Cook and Julian Higginson, who decided that they wanted to finish this match quickly! Dave Cook hit the first ball he faced through extra cover for 4 runs, and he and Julian put on an unbeaten 4th wicket stand of 122 runs in the next 12 overs. Dave Cook scored a second successive half-century with an unbeaten 54* runs from just 40 deliveries, including 10 boundaries. Julian Higginson finished the match with a massive six over long on, and top-scored with 78* runs not out from 75 deliveries, with 2 sixes & 11 fours. Steeton collected 6 points and finished with 214 runs for 3 wickets in 44.1 overs, to win by 7 wickets with nearly 6 over to spare.
14 May 2006 - 2nd XI v Alwoodley (H) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 10 wickets
Alwoodley 103 a/o in 41.4 overs
D Taylor 7, P Slater 15, N Bhu 1, G Weir 47, J Sykes 18, S Lisowicz 0, L Wilson 0, M Noblett 4, M Walker 4, B Myan 1*, W Harris 0, Extras 6
D Wynn 9-1-27-1, M Thomas 8-4-15-1, T Stead 6.4-1-30-2, D Cook 9-4-17-3, P Akrigg 9-5-10-2
Steeton 106-0 in 14.1 overs
A Patankar 60*, D Hedges 43*, Extras 3
J Sykes 5-0-32-0, M Noblett 4-0-28-0, M Walker 3-0-27-0, S Lisowicz 2.1-0-18-0
The 2nd XI Juggernaut rolled over Alwoodley in it’s progress into the next round of the cup – winning by a formidable 10 wickets. Asked to bat first Alwoodley were off to a steady start – led by stalwart Geoff Weir who finished with 47 runs. But when Geoff was out with the score on 80 runs for 4 wickets, the rest of the innings folded to a miserable 103 runs all out in 41.4 overs. The insuppressibly David Cook took 3 wickets for 17 runs in 9 overs, and the experienced Phil Akrigg bowled 9 tight overs conceding just 10 runs while taking 2 wickets. Phil did not even desert his post when it appeared that his house was likely to be burnt down and the fire engines appeared! The Alwoodley innings was polished-off by Tom Stead, who took 2 wickets in 2 balls to finish with figures of 2 for 30 (he is ‘on-a-hat trick’ first ball of his next match!). Openers Matthew Thomas (1-15) and David Wynn (1-22) took 1 wicket apiece. The bowlers were well supported in the field with comfortable catches by father & son Robert & David Wynn, and a well judged low catch by Mark Chapman. The other wicket fell to a direct hit run out by Matthew Thomas.
Steeton’s reply was emphatic with openers Ajmal Patankar (60*) and David Hedges (43*) playing faultless innings under threat of the rainy weather. Ajmal’s unbeaten 60* came from 46 deliveries included 7 fours and a big six to win the match. David Hedges played a great innings following his unbeaten century for the 3rd XI. David’s 43* not out came from 44 deliveries and included 7 boundaries. Steeton 2nd XI finished with 106 runs for no wickets from 14.1 overs for a comprehensive victory – they now meet Bolton Villas next week in the next round.
20 May 2006 - 2nd XI v Bilton (A) - Rained Off (1-1)
Rain meant that the ground was unfit and this fixture was never started. Along with the rest of the league both sides collect just 1 point.
27 May 2006 - 2nd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Won by 8 wickets
Burley-in-Wharfedale 126 a/o in 42 overs
D Healey 10, L Jackson 38, T Ross 0, M Cooper 5, M Robinson 0, A Crowmack 0, C Davey 30, L McGowen 0, G King 17*, M McLead 4, R Broadly 11, Extras 11
D Wynn 11-3-40-1, M Hagyard 8-3-29-1, D Robinson 9-2-18-3, L Spragg 10-1-22-3, D Cook 4-0-12-1
Steeton 127-2 in 30.1 overs
M Wilson 6, A Howarth 25, D Robinson 50*, A Patankar 25*, Extras 21
G King 4-0-30-0, L McGowen, 8.1-2-23-0, M McCloud 8-1-26-1, R Broadly 7-3-16-1, M Cooper 3-0-17-0
The Steeton Juggernaut beat a weak Burley side by 8 wickets to collect the maximum 6 points from this encounter. Asked to bat first Burley reached 41 runs before losing their first wicket, but then wickets tumbled regularly and they could only manage 126 runs all out in 42 overs. The Steeton bowling was all of the highest calibre, but with 3 wickets each David Robinson (3-18) & Lee Spragg (3-22) were both exceptional. The other bowlers collected a wicket apiece: Dave Cook (1-12), Matthew Hagyard (1-29) & David Wynn (1-40). David Wynn with a clean pick-up & throw to Lee Spragg was also very rapid in effecting a fine run-out.
In reply Steeton looked another class. Alex Howarth opening the innings scored a fine 25 runs from 47 balls with 1 six & 4 fours, and when he departed with the score on 64 runs for 2 wickets this brought together David Robinson & Ajmal Patankar. David and Ajmal amassed a undefeated 3rd wicket stand of 63 runs to comfortably pass the Burley total with 8 wickets and 28 overs to spare. David Robinson scored an unbeaten half-century: his 50* runs not out came from 76 deliveries and included 1 six & 8 fours. Ajmal Patankar’s contribution was 25* runs not out from 50 balls with 1 six & 3 fours. Steeton finished on 127 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 30.1 overs & collect all the points and with Rawdon losing to Kirkstall Educational, Steeton 2nd XI are once again top of the ‘A’ division.
28 May 2006 - 2nd XI v Bolton Villas (H) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 10 wickets
Bolton Villas 73 a/o in 30.4 overs
K Bennett 4, S Wade 8, S Lawrence 21, A Stoker 6, M Stephenson 2, N Jones 0, P Jarvis 10, A Marsden 4, J Lawrence 1, L Marsden 0*, P Seckor 6, Extras 11
D Robinson 5.4-1-20-3, M Hagyard 3-1-12-1, T Stead 6-2-5-0, D Wynn 1-0-14-0, D Cook 9-3-8-4, L Spragg 6-1-8-2
Steeton 75-0 in 18.5 overs
R Wynn 25*, D Hedges 33*, Extras 17
S Lawrence 9-4-25-0, S Wade 5-1-8-0, A Stoker 3-0-9-0, K Bennett 1-0-9-0, P Jarvis 0.5-0-7-0
The Steeton Juggernaut progressed to the next round of the Birtwhistle Cup with an emphatic thrashing of Bolton Villas. Bolton Villas lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a drying wicket. Only number 3 batter S Lawrence showed any sort of defiance, but when he departed with the score on 47 runs the last batters showed the gulf that exists between the 1st & the 3rd divisions. Bolton Villas were skittled for 73 runs all out from 30.4 overs. Dave Cook was the chief destroyer with figures of 4 wickets for 8 runs from 9 overs. David Robinson was also impressive collecting 3 wickets for 20 runs from 5.4 overs, and Lee Spragg also bowled 6 tight overs conceding just 8 runs while taking 2 wickets. Matthew Hagyard (1-12) took the other wicket to fall. With most of the Bolton Villas batsmen being clean bowled there was only 1 catch, which was safely pouched by Lee Spragg. It was also nice to see glimpses of old brilliance from the veteran keeper Mark Hedges.
Steeton’s reply was totally convincing as the sailed past the Bolton Villas total without loss of wicket and with 26 overs spare. David Hedges top-scored with a fine unbeaten 33* runs, scored from 61 deliveries and including 5 fours and 1 massive six to win the match. In all cricket this season David is now averaging an incredible 212 runs! His opening partner in a unbeaten stand of 75 runs was skipper Robert Wynn, who scored 25* runs not out from 50 deliveries and included 5 fours. Steeton finished with 75 runs without losing any wickets in 18.5 overs, and have now booked a quarter-final tie at home to Illingworth on 18th June.
3 June 2006 - 2nd XI v Otley (A) - Won by 2 wickets
Otley 155 a/o in 44.3 overs
S Wood 3, A Chaplin 21, M Wilkinson 8, S Atkinson 24, M Smith 39, C Smith 33, J North 6, B Richardson 0, R Halloran 0, B Leeming 4, M Gray 2*, Extras 15
D Wynn 6-0-21-1, D Robinson 8-0-25-2, L Spragg 6-1-28-0, T Stead 6-1-18-1, P Akrigg 10.3-1-32-4, D Cook 8-0-19-1
Steeton 159-8 in 52 overs
A Patankar 42, R Wynn 14, D Robinson 24, J Higginson 18, D Cook 1, P Barrett 11, L Spragg 27*, D Wynn 0, T Stead 8, M Hagyard 6*, Extras 8
B Leeming 5-0-14-0, M Wilkinson 15-3-50-1, M Gray 21-9-41-2, A Chaplin 3-0-24-1, R Halloran 8-3-22-4
The Steeton Juggernaut continued its progress when they came out ahead in a close match at Otley. Ridiculous queues from the closing of the A59, Blubberhouses road, meant stationary traffic from Ilkley right back to Addingham. With Steeton losing the toss they had to go out to field with 8 men as the rest of the time tried to find alternative routes. In the field Steeton bowled extremely tightly and the 8 men had already taken 1 wicket before the rest of the team arrived. The pick of the bowlers was late-arrival Phil Akrigg, who collected 4 wickets for 32 runs from 10.3 overs. Opening bowler David Robinson was excellent and finished with 2 wickets for 25 runs, and the other bowlers to take wickets were Tom Stead (1-18), Dave Cook (1-19) and David Wynn (1-21). The bowling was well supported by some excellent fielding with 2 catches for Phil Barrett and a catch each for keeper Julian Higginson & David Robinson. David Wynn also kept his cool for a run out throw to Phil Akrigg. Ajmal Patankar collected both fielding points. Otley had been well restricted to 155 runs all out in 44.3 overs.
In reply Steeton looked to be coasting with opener Ajmal Patankar top-scoring with 42 runs from 60 deliveries with 1 massive six and 6 fours. David Robinson scored 24 runs and even when he departed with the score on 105 runs for 4 wickets Steeton were still comfortably on course, but wickets started to tumble to some rash shots & dubious decisions. Lee Spragg played an important role in holding the late order together and he finished with a responsible unbeaten 27* runs, which included 1 six and 4 fours. The other batters to reach double figures were Julian Higginson (18), skipper Robert Wynn, (14) and Phil Barrett (11). Tom Stead (8) & Matthew Hagyard (6*) both played important roles as the ‘tail-wagged’ enough to ease Steeton past the Otley total with 2 wickets and 4 overs to spare. In this hard fought match Steeton finished 159 runs for 8 wickets from 52 overs to collect all 6 points and remain at the top of the ‘A’ division – now 5 points clear of Kirkstall Educational & North Leeds.
10 June 2006 - 2nd XI v Kirskstall Educational (H) - Winning Draw (4-2)
Steeton 320-5 in 50 overs
A Patankar 16, J Procter 95, D Robinson 32, J Higginson 105*, D Cook 1, M Thomas 20, R Wynn 20*, Extras 31
J Carpenter 15-1-131-2, S Ellis 7-2-19-0, S Bedford 10-0-46-1, D Alan 9-2-36-1, W Martell 9-0-62-1
Kirkstall Educational 318-7 in 50 overs
D Wonfor 90, C Abraham 28, P Bennett 10, R Ashworth 81, Edwards 64, J Capper 1, W Martell 14, S Ellis 14*, Newton 6*, Extras 10
D Wynn 10-1-55-1, D Robinson 7-1-44-0, L Spragg 6-0-47-2, D Cook 13-1-70-0, P Akrigg 14-0-95-4
The Steeton Juggernaut continued its progress with a record breaking 4-2 winning draw against a fine Kirkstall side. What a wonderful match was witnessed by spectators at Summerhill Lane, with a mammoth league record breaking aggregate of 638 runs for 12 wickets. Steeton won the toss and chose to bat first on a batter’s track on a beautiful warm sunny day. The returning James Procter opening the innings was in great form as he scored 95 runs from 105 deliveries with 2 sixes and 16 fours. James shared an opening stand of 54 runs with Ajmal Patankar (16) and 2nd wicket stand of 66 runs with David Robinson (32). His departure brought Julian Higginson to the crease, who proceeded to score a great unbeaten 105* runs from just 72 balls faced and including 16 fours and 2 sixes – one massive six brought Julian to his century in style! With quick late runs being added by Matthew Thomas (20) and skipper Robert Wynn (20*) Steeton finished with an incredible 320 runs for 5 wickets in their 50 overs.
In reply the Kirkstall Educational batters were in fine form and enjoying the Steeton batting track. Wonfor, Ashworth & Edwards all scored half-centuries as they closed in on the improbable total. None of the Steeton bowlers were able to contain the onslaught, but Phil Akrigg was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets for 95 runs from 14 overs. Lee Spragg took 2 wickets for 47 runs and David Wynn took the other wicket to fall as he finished with 1 wicket for 55 runs. With an unlikely win looking possible, Matthew Thomas took an excellent low catch on the long-on boundary to remove Edwards for 64 runs. At the end of their 50 overs Kirkstall were just 2 runs short of what might have been the most unlikely result – they finished with 318 runs for 7 wickets from 50 overs. Steeton took 4 points, which keep them on top of the league, but credit must be given to Kirkstall, who earned their 2 points as they almost chased such a large total.
17 June 2006 - 2nd XI v Rawdon (A) - Winning Draw (5-1)
Steeton 264 a/o in 49.3 overs
R Wynn 0, J Procter 8, D Robinson 18, J Higginson 75, D Cook 60, M Thomas 4, L Spragg 65, D Wynn 17, M Hagyard 6, P Akrigg 0, K Wynn 0*, Extras 11
D Wilkinson 15.3-3-85-4, C Irvine 11-0-43-1, N Waite 21-4-102-5, R Griggs 3-0-23-0
Rawdon 148-8 in 50 overs
M Windle 14, D Weston 39, R Chapman 3, D Wilkinson 10, N Waite 3, J Coulson 0, M Longley 27, M McCallum 15*, I Vinall 4, R Griggs 8*, Extras 24
D Wynn 8-0-38-3, D Robinson 9-2-24-1, L Spragg 3-0-18-0, D Cook 12-2-33-2, P Akrigg 13-8-13-2, M Hagyard 3-1-5-0, K Wynn 2-1-6-0
While Podmore in his blog may think I am taking a ‘one-eyed’ view of this match, the Steeton Juggernaut was too powerful for Rawdon. Steeton batted first and our batsman continued their good form. Julian Higginson followed last week’s century with a fine knock of 75 runs, which included 13 fours. Julian shared a 4th wicket stand of 108 runs with Dave Cook, whose 60 runs included 10 boundaries. There were also quick-fire half-century for Lee Spragg, whose 65 runs included 5 sixes & 5 fours. David Robinson (18) & David Wynn (17) were also in the runs as Steeton set a formidable target of 264 runs.
Rawdon’s batting never really looked capable of achieving the total and settled early for just surviving. There were good bowling performances from David Wynn (3-38), Phil Akrigg (2-13), David Cook (2-33) & David Robinson (1-24), but Steeton were unable to remove all Rawdon’s batters. Rawdon held on to claim a single point from this encounter, and only managed to score 148 runs for 8 wickets in 50 overs (still 50 runs short of Steeton’s 75% total!). The 5 points Steeton collected from their winning draw mean they are still top of the ‘A’ division.
18 June 2006 - 2nd XI v Illingworth (H) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won on Faster Scoring Rate
Illingworth 170-9 in 38 overs
G Hall 29, J Lawton 12, M Sewell 41, J Lawton 0, M Kettlewell 15, D Rees 25, B Hargreaves 11, L Kelly 2, K Gornall 1, A Robertshaw 6*, K Hussain 4*, Extras 24
D Wynn 4-0-27-0, D Robinson 5.5-0-23-1, D Cook 8-2-17-2, P Akrigg 8-1-25-1, T Stead 5-0-29-1, L Spragg 7-0-25-3
Steeton 157-4 in 30 overs
M Chapman 0, J Procter 38, D Robinson 14, J Higginson 69*, D Cook 1, M Thomas 16*, Extras 19
K Hussain 6-2-12-0, L Kelly 7-0-34-2, A Robertshaw 7-4-15-2, K Gornall 6-0-38-0, M Sewell 4-0-45-0
With a league & cup double looking a possibility the Steeton Juggernaut eased through to the semi-final stage of the Birtwhistle Cup. Rain before the start reduced the match to 38 overs a side. Steeton won the toss and asked Illingworth to bat first. Illingworth started well scoring at over 5 runs per over from the first 8 overs, before the introduction of Dave Cook, who took a wicket with only his third ball. Dave & the veteran Phil Akrigg slowed the scoring rate down, before Dave Cook also removed Illingworth’s other opener. Illingworth proceeded to lose wickets at regular intervals whilst progressing to their final total of 170 runs for 9 wickets from 38 overs. Lee Spragg took 3 wickets towards the end of the innings, and Phil Akrigg, David Robinson and Tom Stead each took 1 wicket. The fielding was top-rate with Matthew Thomas producing a great one-handed diving catch, and Illingworth also lost a wicket to a suicidal run-out!
During the tea interval a further 3 overs were lost with more rain – which meant Steeton needed to score 157 runs in 35 overs. Mark Chapman fell for nought, but James Procter (38) and David Robinson (14) steadied the innings with a 50 run 2nd wicket partnership. The loss of David Robinson brought the in-form Julian Higginson to the crease. Julian Higginson proceeded to plaster the Illingworth bowling all around the field – he scored an unbeaten 69 runs, with 1 six and 12 fours. Support from Matthew Thomas (16*) meant Steeton passed the target score of 157 runs in just 30 overs – to win by 6 wickets with 5 overs to spare. This very comprehensive win means we can now look forward to a trip to Guiseley in the semi-finals.
24 June 2006 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (H) - Won by 5 wickets
Guiseley 196 a/o in 48.1 overs
A Bell 17, S Yeates 17, J Davey 0, R Butterfield 6, S Dickinson 28, N Fraser 36, C Fraser 16, J Bridson 2, A Perring 29, J Davies 19, M Brown 1*, Extras 25
D Wynn 12.1-1-56-4, D Robinson 6-1-29-2, P Akrigg 10-3-28-2, D Cook 7-1-15-0, T Stead 5-2-14-1, L Spragg 8-1-37-1
Steeton 200-5 in 43 overs
A Patankar 3, J Procter 19, D Robinson 58*, J Higginson 0, M Thomas 67, D Cook 33, L Spragg 5*, Extras 15
J Davies 7-1-24-1, M Brown 14-2-43-2, S Dickinson 7-2-28-1, C Fraser 3-0-24-0, A Perring 7-1-34-2, R Butterfield 5-0-33-1
In a preview of their forthcoming semi-final clash, the Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut proved too powerful for Guiseley. Batting first Guiseley lost wickets regularly and it was only some late aggression from Guiseley’s skipper Nick Fraser (36) & A Perring (29), that added respectability to the their total. Guiseley were all out for 196 runs from 48.1 overs – which would be a decent score on most grounds, but is not usually enough at Steeton. Steeton’s bowling attack was led by David Wynn, who collected 4 wickets for 56 runs from 12.1 overs. David Robinson took the first two wickets to fall as he finished with 2 wickets for 29 runs from 6 overs; and the ‘Legend’ that is Phil Akrigg collected another 2 wickets from 10 tight overs while only conceding 28 runs. Tom Stead (1-14) & Lee Spragg (1-37) both chipped in with a wicket each. Keeper Julian Higginson accepted 2 catches behind; stand-in skipper Dave Cook took 2 excellent catches, while Matthew Thomas adding another catch to his tally.
In reply Steeton lost opener Ajmal Patankar early, but a 38 run 2nd wicket stand between James Procter (19) and David Robinson (58*) set the innings back on course. David was to be the back-bone of the Steeton innings as his unbeaten 58* runs came from 104 deliveries with 9 boundaries. While David Robinson provided the solidity it was Matthew Thomas who provided the power, as he top-scored with an excellent knock of 67 runs scored from 62 deliveries, with 1 six and 12 fours. David & Matthew shared a 4th wicket stand of 99 runs, before David went on to share a 5th wicket stand of 47 runs with skipper Dave Cook, who smashed 1 six and 5 fours as he scored 33 quick runs from just 18 balls faced. Steeton comfortably passed the Guiseley total with 5 wickets and 8 overs to spare – finishing with 200 runs for 5 wickets from 43 overs, and the 6 points keep Steeton firmly at the top of the ‘A’ division.
1 July 2006 - 2nd XI v North Leeds (H) - Winning Draw (5-1)
Steeton 323 a/o in 49.3 overs
A Howarth 43, J Procter 66, D Robinson 27, J Higginson 87, A Patankar 24, M Thomas 2, D Cook 11, R Wynn 12, P Barrett 5, D Wynn 22*, P Akrigg 0, Extras 22
C White 13-1-68-0, A Stephens 9-0-61-0, P Philips 7-0-32-1, S Hussain 7-0-34-1, F Lak 4-0-35-1, A Cheeseman 4-0-23-4, F Ikbal 4.3-0-24-3
North Leeds 215-9 in 50 overs
T Hails 26, S Hussain 45, A Stephens 6, L Gray 8, P Philips 40, M Singleton 14, N Bull 7, F Lak 6*, A Cheeseman 8, F Ikbal 0, C White 0*, Extras 11
D Wynn 6-1-37-1, D Robinson 8-2-35-2, D Cook 12-2-34-4, P Akrigg 21-2-87-1, M Thomas 3-0-8-0
The Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut proved too powerful for their nearest league rivals North Leeds, but could only collect 5 points as North Leeds held on with 9 wickets down. North Leeds won the toss and rather surprisingly chose to field first on a sweltering hot day, giving Steeton first use of another great Steeton track. They were soon to regret the decision as Steeton coasted to 116 runs before losing their 1st wicket; being that of James Procter, who had scored a fine 66 runs from 84 deliveries with 9 boundaries. His opening partner Alex Howarth followed soon after with 43 runs to his name, scored from 64 deliveries with 3 fours. Steeton’s scoring rate increased and we then had a 3rd wicket partnership of 77 runs between David Robinson (27) and top-scorer Julian Higginson. Julian scored a great 87 runs, with 3 sixes & 9 fours, and was only dismissed by a ‘beamer’ that should have been no-balled by the umpire. Before he was out Julian had also shared a 4th wicket partnership of 62 runs with Ajmal Patankar (24). With the innings nearing a close Steeton lost wickets trying for quick runs, and there were cameo knocks of 11 runs by Dave Cook and 12 runs by skipper Robert Wynn. With and some great late hitting by scored David Wynn (22), Steeton posted a massive 323 runs all out in 49.3 overs.
In reply North Leeds set off scoring at 8 runs per over, and were 48 runs in the 7th over before losing their 1st wicket, to a great running catch by skipper Robert Wynn – the first of 3 catches, which helped gain Robert a league fielding point. David Cook was in great form with the ball; claiming 4 wickets for 34 runs from 12 overs. David Robinson took 2 wicket in 2 balls and finished with 2 wickets for 35 runs from 8 overs. There was a wicket apiece for Matthew Thomas (1-8), David Wynn (1-37) and Phil Akrigg (1-88). Alex Howarth judged a nice catch on the square-leg boundary that earned him a fielding point, & there was a catch each for keeper Julian Higginson & Phil Barrett in the slips. North Leeds soon lost hope of even reaching the 243 run (75%) score that would have earned them an extra point, and were just happy to survive the 50 overs. They finished with 215 runs for 9 wickets in 50 overs, and the 5 points that Steeton 2nd XI earned mean they now move 9 points clear of North Leeds at the top of the ‘A’ division.
8 July 2006 - 2nd XI v Knaresborough (H) - Won by 7 wickets
Knaresborough 117 a/o in 30.4 overs
I Skinner 14, D Pickles 4, G Dodds 51, B Mackill 14, A Ward 2, G Hodson 5, T Sherwood 0, T Taylor 13, D Hazellet 0, G Whiles 11*, R Brown 1, Extras 2
D Wynn 6-1-30-1, D Robinson 7-0-19-1, D Cook 19.4-2-37-3, L Spragg 8-1-39-5
Steeton 120-3 in 27 overs
A Patankar 56, J Procter 25, D Robinson 11, J Higginson 6*, M Thomas 13*, Extras 8
A Ward 10-2-43-0, B Mackill 9-0-45-1, T Taylor 8-1-28-2
The Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut barely had time to get out of 1st gear as they crushed lowly Knaresborough with ease. Knaresborough were asked to bat first and with their top-order batsmen throwing their wickets away and a weak tail-end, it was only thanks to a half-century by G. Dodds that they managed to pass the hundred mark. Lee Spragg collected a 5-wickets haul as Knaresborough were dismissed for 117 all out in just 30.4 overs. Lee Spragg was in great form as he bowled 8 overs and his 5 wickets cost 39 runs. Dave Cook offered excellent support with 3 wickets for 27 runs from 9.4 overs. David Robinson (1-19) & David Wynn (1-30) collected a wicket each. Skipper Robert Wynn’s fielding display earned him 2 league fielding points as he took 3 catches. David Robinson also took 2 catches (including a return catch off his own bowling), and Lee Spragg accepted a caught and bowled chance.
Steeton reply was masterful as they raced to 70 before losing their 1st wicket: James Procter caught behind for 25 runs. His opening partner went on to top-score with a terrific innings of 56 runs scored from 72 deliveries with 2 sixes and 8 fours. With the total on 100 runs, Ajmal was out trying to hit another six to the largest boundary on the field, and David Robinson (11) was caught in a similar fashion on the same score. After the quick flurry of wickets normal service was resumed and Julian Higginson (6*) with Matthew Thomas (13*) saw Steeton past the meagre Knaresborough total. Steeton had scored 120 runs for 3 wickets in just 27overs and were finished by 5:30pm. The 6 points for another win keep them firmly at the top of the ‘A’ division, with an 11 point lead over nearest rivals Kirkstall.
15 July 2006 - 2nd XI v Harden (A) - Won by 121 runs
Steeton 194-9 in 50 overs
A Patankar 8, J Procter 0, D Robinson 15, J Higginson 61, M Thomas 0, D Cook 0, L Spragg 48, P Barrett 15, T Stead 4, D Wynn 23*, P Akrigg 0*, Extras 20
M Hogg 16-3-61-4, D Henson 8-2-12-0, R Falkingham 11-3-39-1, C Wintersgill 9-1-37-2, A Hart 6-0-31-2
Harden 73 a/o in 28.5 overs
M Falkingham 4, M Riley 12, J Roper 4, N Verity 21, S Bateman 18, S Gardener 0, C Wintersgill 4, R Falkingham 0, Henson 0, A Hart 0*, M Hogg 8, Extras 2
D Wynn 7-2-17-2, D Robinson 6-2-24-1, P Akrigg 8-5-13-3, L Spragg 7-1-11-2, T Stead 0.5-0-8-2
Harden were sitting 4th in the table & in-form, but nevertheless were crushed by the the Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut. Stand-in skipper Dave Cook playing at his old club won the toss and chose to bat first on a nice-looking, but treacherous track. Steeton had lost both openers when they had only reached 14 runs, before David Robinson (15) and Julian Higginson (61) steadied the innings with a 3rd wicket stand of 47 runs. A further clatter of wickets saw Steeton in trouble at 64 runs for 5 wickets, before a great 6th wicket stand of 71 runs between Julian Higginson (61) and Lee Spragg (48). Julian Higginson’s 61 runs included 10 boundaries and would have been worth at least a century on a more placid track. Lee Spragg’s controlled aggression took the game away from Harden, as he hit 1 six and 8 fours. Late knocks of 15 runs by Phil Barrett & a superb unbeaten 23* runs by David Wynn included a six and the ‘champagne moment’ immaculate cover drive for four. On a pitch that was ‘popping’ Steeton had finished with a formidable 194 runs for 9 wickets in their 50 overs.
Harden’s reply was cut short by a fine opening spell by David Wynn who removed both openers and only conceded 17 runs from his 7 overs. David Robinson took 1 wicket for 24 runs, and on a pitch which was ideal for Phil Akrigg’s spin, he took another 3 wickets for just 13 runs from 8 overs. Lee Spragg was unlucky to only take 2 wickets as he finished with 2 wickets for 11 runs from 7 overs, and it took Tom Stead only 5 balls to polish off the last 2 wickets as he finished with 2 wickets for 8 runs. Keeper Julian Higginson was in fine form with a further 3 catches, and skipper Dave Cook pouched a comfortable catch at mid-on, but the ‘catch-of-the-match’ must go to Matthew Thomas, with a great diving, one-handed effort in gully. Harden crumbled to 73 runs all out in 28.5 overs and Steeton won by 121 runs to collect all 6 points from this one-sided encounter.
16 July 2006 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (A) in Birtwhistle Cup Semi-final - Won by 17 runs
Steeton 207-8 in 45 overs
A Patankar 21, J Procter 8, D Robinson 80, J Higginson 16, M Thomas 6, D Cook 13, L Spragg 10, P Barrett 11*, Extras 23
J Davies 9-0-48-0, M Brown 9-1-18-1, A Perring 9-1-47-1, A Bell 9-2-43-3, S Dickinson 9-1-38-2
Guiseley 190 a/o in 43.4 overs
A Bell 17, H Reeve 24, S Yeates 37, R Butterfield 10, S Dickinson 19, A Perring 31, N Fraser 15, C Fraser 0, J Davies 0, P Nickleson 6*, M Brown 3, Extras 28
D Wynn 7.4-0-50-4, L Spragg 9-3-18-1, D Cook 9-6-8-1, D Robinson 4-0-30-0, P Akrigg 9-1-35-1, R Wynn 5-1-25-2
In a rollercoaster of a match the Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut reached the final of the Birtwhistle Cup in a fractious match at Guiseley. Steeton chose to have first use of a nice-looking (but typically low bouncing) Guiseley track on a hot sunny day – making the Guiseley players suffer in the sun for 45 overs. The Steeton innings was built around a masterful knock of 80 runs by David Robinson. David’s 80 runs came from 116 deliveries & included 13 boundaries – he was caught on the boundary trying to hit a six of the final delivery of the innings. Steeton’s other batsmen all chipped-in with ‘cameo’ knocks: opener Ajmal Patankar (21), skipper Robert Wynn (19), Julian Higginson (16), Dave Cook (13), Phil Barrett (11*) & Lee Spragg (10). A nicely built innings with careful early batting and later hitting saw Steeton reach a reasonable total of 207 runs for 8 wickets in their 45 overs. While this was a good total it was definitely not out of the reach of a Guiseley side more used to batting on tracks that do not bounce, and prone to skid through at ankle height.
Guiseley started at 7 runs per over and looked like passing the Steeton score with overs to spare, until 2 suicidal run outs by Lee Spragg & James Procter. The introduction of Dave Cook into the bowling attack helped Steeton take control, as Dave’s first 6 overs were all maidens and he finished with 1 wicket for just 8 runs from his 9 overs. Skipper Robert Wynn clean bowled 2 wickets for 25 runs, but when a 5th wicket stand of 50 runs looked like pulling Guiseley back into the game the re-introduction of David Wynn was the turning point. David Wynn’s opening spell had been expensive, but he came back with 3 wickets in a single over that pulled the game right back back into Steeton’s favour. David Wynn finished with 4 wickets for 50 runs from 7.4 overs. Phil Akrigg took 1 wicket for 35 runs, and Lee Spragg bowled 9 tight overs only conceding 18 runs. As the Guiseley tail edged closer to the Steeton total the vociferous partisan crowd tried to help their team home with barracking, but is was to no avail as Guiseley were finally all out for 190 runs in 43.4 overs. Steeton had won a hard fought match by 17 runs, and are through to the Birtwhistle Cup Final for only the 3rd time in their history. Steeton play North Leeds in the Birtwhistle Cup Final, which will be held on Sunday 13 August at Beckwithshaw. The league and cup double is still a possibility!
22 July 2006 - 2nd XI v Adel (H) - Won by 6 wickets
Adel 201 a/o in 49.4 overs
I Jones 83, D Gilmour 0, G Jones 1, R Jones 27, M Robinson 14, J Stringer 5, I Bath 1, N Stubbs 21, R Mumford 16, D Helme 1, R Ewen 5*, Extras 27
D Wynn 6-0-27-1, D Robinson 6-3-3-1, T Stead 4-0-27-0, P Akrigg 18.4-2-60-6, D Cook 15-0-68-2
Steeton 204-4 in 37.5 overs
A Patankar 33, J Procter 38, D Robinson 14, J Higginson 61*, M Thomas 6, D Cook 43*, Extras 9
N Stubbs 5-0-25-0, R Mumford 6-0-49-0, M Robinson 11-2-41-3, R Ewen 6-0-34-1, D Helme 4-0-29-0, J Stringer 2-0-20-0
While thunder rumbled and with heavy rain around most of the rest of the league – T-shirts & shorts were the ‘order of the day’ at Steeton. The Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut took full advantage of other matches being cancelled, as they took revenge for their only defeat of the season. Adel were asked to bat first and only Ian Jones (83) came to terms with the Steeton bowling. Adel were dismissed for 201 all out in 49.4 overs. The pick of the Steeton bowling was the “legend” that is Phil Akrigg. Phil was in top form: taking 6 wickets for 60 runs from 18.4 overs. Dave Cook bowled 15 overs and took 2 wickets for 68 runs. David Robinson bowled a tight opening spell of 6 overs – conceding just 3 runs and taking 1 wicket. David Wynn (1-25) took the other wicket to fall. 7 of the Adel batsmen were caught; with regulation catches for keeper Julian Higginson, Tom Stead, David Cook & David Robinson. Matthew Thomas took another smart catch in the gully, and this season the ball just keeps chasing skipper Robert Wynn, whose 2 excellently judged catches earned him a league fielding point. Ajmal Patankar also collected a league fielding point.
An opening stand of 62 runs saw Steeton’s reply off to a good start, before Ajmal Patankar was bowled for 33 runs from 44 deliveries with 6 fours. His opening partner James Procter scored 38 runs from 61 deliveries with 7 fours. David Robinson chipped in with 14 runs, but Steeton lost 3 wickets in the 90s. This just brought together the “powerhouses” of Steeton’s formidable middle order. Julian Higginson (61*) & David Cook (43*) put together a match-winning unbeaten 5th wicket stand of 105 runs to bring the match to an early conclusion. Julian’s unbeaten 61* runs came from 57 balls faced, and included 13 boundaries. Dave’s unbeaten 43* runs came from 43 balls faced and included 7 boundaries. Steeton had passed the Adel total with 6 wickets and 12 overs to spare – they finished with 204 runs for 4 wickets from 37.5 overs to collected all 6 points from this encounter and extract sweet revenge for losing the away fixture.
29 July 2006 - 2nd XI v Green Lane (A) - Won by 6 wickets
Green Lane 141 a/o in 48.2 overs
C Elsworth 8, J Robinson 0, J Pleasance 14, C Chaplin 48, C Bramham 14, N Allit 11, J Slater 21, M Ellis 6, B Roberts 0, I Roberts 3*, T Powell 0, Extras 16
S Pearson 9.2-4-21-3, D Wynn 8-1-14-3, T Stead 5-0-13-0, P Akrigg 16-3-56-1, D Cook 10-3-24-2
Steeton 143-4 in 40.5 overs
A Patankar 103, J Procter 1, S Pearson 10, J Higginson 7, P Barrett 18*, M Hagyard 1*, Extras 3
N Allit 13-1-48-1, L Bramham 13-5-31-1, M Ellis 6-1-26-1, B Roberts 6-1-25-1, T Powell 2.5-0-10-0
The Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut was too good for Green Lane, despite several of our front-line players being away on holiday. They knocked-off 141 runs for the loss of 4 wickets to stay top of the A division. Steeton won the toss and asked Green Lane to bat first on a dry track, and they were soon in trouble at 42 runs for 3 wickets. Both Steeton’s opening bowlers were in great form – taking 3 wickets each: Steve Pearson, playing his first 2nd XI match of the season, was in great form with 3 wickets for 21 runs from 9.2 overs, and David Wynn bowled 8 excellent overs that only conceded 14 runs as he took 3 wickets. Skipper Dave Cook took 2 wickets for 24 runs from 10 overs, and Phil Akrigg took 1 wicket for 56 from 16 overs. Steeton’s fielding was of the highest order, with the younger players drafted in contributing to this win with excellent ground fielding, and fine accurate throwing. This was exemplified by David Wynn, whose sharp pick-up & throw was good enough to run out Green Lane’s top-scorer, Chaplin (48), with a direct hit. There were nice catches for Ajmal Patankar on the long-off boundary, and Steve Pearson at point, and a great stumping by Julian Higginson, who was cool enough to wait for a batsman to over-balance before dislodging the bails. On a good track Green Lane had been dismissed for 141 runs from 48.2 overs.
Opener Ajmal Patankar was the star of Steeton’s reply as he managed to score a brilliant century as Steeton only chased 141 runs. Ajmal scored a magnificent 103 runs from 121 deliveries, with 16 boundaries. Ajmal shared a 2nd wicket stand of 47 runs with Steve Pearson, who scored 10 runs, and a 4th wicket partnership of 58 runs with Phil Barrett, who scored an unbeaten 18* runs. With just 5 runs required unfortunately Ajmal was caught, but his innings was enough to ensure that Steeton won by 6 wickets with 10 overs to spare. Steeton scored 143 runs for 4 wickets from 40.5 overs to collect all 6 points from this encounter, and remain firmly at the top of the A division.
5 August 2006 - 2nd XI v Bilton (H) - Lost by 6 wickets
Steeton 192 a/o in 48.1 overs
A Patankar 4, J Procter 68, M Thomas 8, M Chapman 2, T Stead 38, L Spragg 6, D Cook 29, M Hagyard 15, D Atkinson 12, D Wynn 4, P Akrigg 0*, Extras 6
C Morrison 8-3-29-1, M Tyler 10-1-38-2, A Toole 16.1-2-64-3, A Cole 14-4-58-4
Bilton 193-4 in 50.2 overs
C Williams 89*, M Shaw 2, S Collins 31, C Morrison 34, M Dawson 2, N Tyler 6*, Extras 29
D Wynn 10.2-4-25-0, D Atkinson 8-3-5-1, L Spragg 6-1-16-0, T Stead 4-0-27-0, D Cook 11-2-47-3, P Akrigg 11-1-54-0
The Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut came to a grinding halt as they met Bilton at Summerhill Lane. Batting first Steeton only managed to score 192 runs all out. Opener James Procter was in fine form with 68 runs, including 15 fours. Tom Stead offered fine support as he scored a career-best 38 runs, with 9 fours. Skipper Dave Cook scored 29 runs, and the other players to reach double figures were Matthew Hagyard (15) & David Atkinson (12). Steeton gave Bilton an extra over as they were dismissed for 192 runs in 48.1 overs.
Bilton were to need that extra over as they took 50.2 overs to pass the Steeton total having lost 4 wickets. Skipper Dave Cook was the only bowler to make any serious inroads into the Bilton batting, with 3 wickets for 47 runs from 11 overs. The other wicket to fall went to the returning David Atkinson, who bowled 8 tight overs and took 1 wicket while only conceding 5 runs. All the 4 Bilton batsmen were clean bowled, as they reached 193 runs for 4 wickets in 50.2 overs, and inflict only the 2nd defeat of the season on Steeton 2nd XI.
12 August 2006 - 2nd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A) - Won by 18 runs
Steeton 149 a/o in 49.5 overs
A Patankar 6, J Procter 13, D Robinson 1, S Pearson 22, T Stead 14, D Cook 36, L Spragg 12, M Hagyard 0, J Smith 21, Z Pearson 3, P Akrigg 7*, Extras 13
J Schofield 21-7-51-4, R Broadley 9-3-21-1, M McCloud 15.5-4-36-3, R Broadley 3-0-17-0, J Colclough 1-0-11-0
Burley-in-Wharfedale 131 a/o in 40.3 overs
K Rerres 9, R Broadley 12, A Robinson 27, D Healy 14, Brian 6, R Cooper 31, J Schofield 11, M McCloud 3, J Alcock 0, R Broadley 0, J Colclough 0*, Extras 18
S Pearson 8.3-1-21-3, D Robinson 6-2-13-1, P Akrigg 11-4-29-1, T Stead 3-1-16-0, D Cook 11-2-24-4, M Hagyard 1-0-9-0
The Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut struggled to 149 runs and were all out with 1 ball to spare of their allocation of 50 overs. Top-scorer for Steeton was skipper Dave Cook, who scored 36 runs, with 6 boundaries. Steve Pearson chipped-in with a valuable 22 runs, and Jonathan Smith scored a much needed 21 runs. The other batsmen to reach double-figures were Tom Stead (14), James Procter (13) & Lee Spragg (12).
In reply Burley struggled to cope with Dave Cook bowling, and he collected 4 wickets for 25 runs from 11 tight overs. Steve Pearson was also in great form taking 3 wickets for 21 runs, and the other bowlers to take wickets were David Robinson (1-13) & Phil Akrigg (1-29). Tom Stead took the only catch, as Burley late-order batsmen collapsed, and they were all out for 131 runs in 40.3 overs. This excellent close match was won by Steeton 2nd XI by just 18 runs, and they collect a valuable 6 points to strengthen their position at the top of the A division.
13 August 2006 - 2nd XI v North Leeds at Beckwithshaw CC in Birtwhistle Cup Final - Lost by 93 runs
North Leeds 248-3 in 45 overs
S Hussain 138*, T Jackson 57, A Stevens 2, G Hollis 34, L Gray 8*, Extras 9
D Wynn 7-138-0, D Robinson 6-0-48-0, P Akrigg 9-2-32-0, L Spragg 9-2-32-1, D Cook 7-0-48-1, T Stead 5-0-25-1, R Wynn 2-0-19-0
Steeton 155 a/o in 34.2 overs
M Wilson 2*, J Procter 58, A Patankar 4, D Robinson 4, R Wynn 18, D Cook 11, L Spragg 14, D Wynn 14, M Thomas 5, T Stead 5, P Akrigg 3*, Extras 17
B Stevens 9-1-27-0, F Lak 8-1-40-2, A Stevens 9-2-19-2, M Singleton 5-0-38-2, F Iqbal 3.2-0-20-3
Steeton 2nd XI won the toss and asked North Leeds to bat first on a nice track at Beckwithshaw. North Leeds scored a commanding 248 runs for 3 wickets from their 45 overs, thanks largely to an undefeated innings of 138* runs by North Leeds opener, Saj Hussain – this was to win him the Man of the Match Award. None of the Steeton bowlers were able to contain the North Leeds onslaught. There was a wicket each for Tom Stead (1-25), Lee Spragg (1-32) & Dave Cook (1-48); with James Procter taking the only catch.
In reply Steeton had reached 5 runs without losing a wicket after 3 overs before rain and bad light finally won the day and any hopes of completing the match on Sunday 13th Aug were abandoned. The match continued the following Sunday 20th Aug, and Steeton struggled on a pitch that had soaked-up a week’s worth of torrential rain. With Mick Wilson now away on holiday, the Steeton batting was led by opener James Procter, who scored an impressive 58 runs scored from 89 deliveries with 8 boundaries. Unfortunately no other Steeton batter was able to make a significant contribution; the other batsmen to reach double figures were skipper Robert Wynn (18), his son David Wynn (14), Lee Spragg (14) & Dave Cook (11). Steeton 2nd XI could only manage to bat for 34.2 overs and were all out for 155 runs, and so finished runners-up again in the Birtwhistle Cup – losing by 93 runs.
19 August 2006 - 2nd XI v Otley (H) - Winning Draw (4-2)
Steeton 191-7 in 37 overs
A Patankar 49, J Procter 40, D Robinson 27, J Higginson 22, R Wynn 3, D Cook 14, L Spragg 9, M Thomas 8*, D Wynn 6*, Extras 13
K Pullan 14-2-60-1, R Halloran 10-0-52-2, A Lazarus 3-1-29-0, M Gray 10-1-38-4
Otley 145-6 in 38 overs
S Wood 52, A Chaplin 49, J North 12, M Smith 2, A Lazarus 18*, J Brough 0, R Halloran 7, B Richardson 0*, Extras 5
D Wynn 4-0-9-0, T Stead 5-0-19-0, D Cook 15-2-52-3, L Spragg 2-0-20-0, P Akrigg 12-1-42-3
In a rain affected match the Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut scored 191 runs for 7 wickets in 37 overs against Otley. Steeton had a great opening partnership of 92 runs between Ajmal Patankar (49) and James Procter (40). Top-scorer Ajmal’s 49 runs came from 57 deliveries, with 3 sixes & 3 fours. James’ 40 runs came from 61 deliveries and included 8 boundaries. David Robinson (27), Julian Higginson (22) and Dave Cook (14) all built on the firm foundation and so Steeton were able to declared after 37 overs. With 191 runs on the board Otley would have to score at over 5 runs per over for their 38 overs.
In reply Otley too had a good opening partnership and had reached 81 before losing their first wicket. Dave Cook & Phil Akrigg both bowled well and collected 3 wickets apiece. Phil Akrigg bowled 12 overs and his 3 wickets were at a cost of 42 runs; and Dave Cook bowled 15 overs and his 3 wickets cost 52 runs. Otley settled for a draw and were 46 runs off Steeton’s total. They were 145 runs for 6 wickets after 38 overs. Steeton collected 4 points from a winning draw, and with nearest rivals Kirkstall Educational only collecting 1 point from a rain affected draw, Steeton are now 14 points clear with just 4 matches to play.
26 August 2006 - 2nd XI v Kirkstall Educational (A) - Lost by 4 wickets
Steeton 278 a/o in 50 overs
A Patankar 54, J Procter 33, D Robinson 28, J Higginson 55, R Wynn 33, D Cook 12, M Thomas 9, L Spragg 36*, D Wynn 0, P Hardwick 0, P Akrigg 5, Extras 13
J Audsley 9-4-31-0, L Mulligan 10-0-70-1, S Bedford 19-2-102-7, A Hussain 12-1-64-1
Kirkstall Educational 280-6 in 48.3 overs
D Wonfor, 76, M Missett 52, R Ashworth 6, P Bennett 63, D Gardener-Chan 5, S Bedford 30*, J Lindley 7, K Bowie 22*, Extras 19
D Wynn 6.3-0-38-0, P Hardwick 18-3-89-0, L Spragg 10-0-57-1, P Akrigg 6-1-31-0, D Cook 7-0-42-3, D Robinson 1-0-8-1
The Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut suffered a rare defeat after scoring a commanding 278 runs all out in 50 their overs. Steeton got off to a good start with an opening partnership of 82 runs scored in 18 overs before losing James Procter caught out for 33 runs scored from 59 deliveries with 7 boundaries. His opening partner Ajmal Patankar notching-up a half-century, and was the next man out with the score on 101 runs. Ajmal had scored 54 runs from 59 balls faced with 1 six & 9 fours. David Robinson followed with a steady 28 runs, before the dependable Julian Higginson top-scored with 55 runs scored from 64 deliveries, with 2 sixes & 5 fours. Skipper Robert Wynn smashed a quick-fire 33 runs from only 21 deliveries, and Dave Cook chipped-in with 12 runs. A magnificent controlled display of hitting saw Lee Spragg hit 4 sixes in an unbeaten 36* runs scored from only 18 deliveries.
At lunch Steeton must have been satisfied with their total, which could have been more substantial but for the fine bowling of Kirkstall’s Bedford, who collected 7 wickets. Kirkstall’s reply was built on a fine opening partnership of 104 runs, before Missett was removed by Dave Cook in the 25th over. Dave proceeded to remove the top three Kirkstall batsmen (including Kirkstall’s top-scorer Dave Wonfor), and finished with 3 wickets for 42 runs from 7 overs. David Robinson (1-8) and Lee Spragg (1-57) chipped in with a wickets apiece, and there were 2 catches for Paul Hardwick & also a catch for Ajmal Patankar. The Kirkstall batsmen looked in control with Bennett (63), Bedford (30*) & Bowie (22*) saw them home in a tight finish. Kirkstall passed the Steeton total with 4 wickets spare and just 9 balls of the match to go. They had scored 280 runs for 6 wickets in 48.3 overs and collect all 6 points from this encounter. Steeton’s lead of the A division is cut to 8 points with 3 matches to play.
2 September 2006 - 2nd XI v Rawdon (H) - Rained Off (1-1)
The Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut was stuck in the mud, and unable to get started at home to Rawdon. Rain meant this match was a complete wash-out. A point each mean Steeton move into the last 2 games of the season with a 8 point lead at the top of the ‘A’ division.
9 September 2006 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (A) - Winning Draw (4-2)
Steeton 210-9 in 50 overs
A Patankar 15, J Procter 17, D Robinson 19, J Higginson 68, R Wynn 46, D Cook 5, L Spragg 3, M Thomas 2, D Wynn 3*, T Stead 2, P Akrigg 0*, Extras 30
A Perring 11-1-34-2, B Jones 10-2-30-2, A Hewitt 5-1-22-0, A Bell 10-2-27-0, C Fraser 9-1-55-1, R Mooney 5-0-22-4
Guiseley 201-9 in 50 overs
G Taylor 38, A Bell 7, A Perring 54, S Yeates 12, P Nickleson 17, N Fraser 23, C Fraser 0, A Hewitt 41*, R Mooney 0, H Durkin 0, R Jones 0*, Extras 13
D Wynn 9-1-35-1, L Spragg 7-2-22-0, P Akrigg 18-4-58-3, T Stead 3-0-15-0, D Cook 13-1-61-3
The Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut have successfully defended their 2nd XI A division champions trophy. A ‘grudge’ match was nonetheless played in a good spirit against Guiseley, and produced a thrilling (4-2) winning draw which was enough to mean they are again league champions. Steeton batted first and lost early wickets. We were looking a little ‘wobbly’ at 76 runs for 3 wickets, until a great 4th wickets partnership of 113 runs between run-machine Julian Higginson (68) and skipper Robert Wynn (46). Julian top-scored with 68 runs scored from 84 deliveries, with 12 boundaries. Robert’s 46 came from 63 balls faced and included 6 fours. The other batsmen to reach double figures were David Robinson (19), James Procter (17) & Ajmal Patankar (15). At lunch Steeton had scored a total of 210 runs for 9 wickets in their 50 overs.
In reply Guiseley lost wickets regularly, but Perring (54), Hewitt (41*) and Glen Taylor (38) meant they were creeping ever closer to Steeton’s total. With 3 wickets apiece Phil Akrigg (3-58) and Dave Cook (3-61) were in fine form with the ball. David Wynn (1-35) took the other wicket to fall, and there were 2 catches for Tom Stead, and a catch each for skipper Robert Wynn & keeper Julian Higginson. 2 run-outs at the end of the innings meant Steeton’s total proved too much for Guiseley, who were 9 wickets down and 9 runs short in this thrilling match. Guiseley finished with 201 runs for 9 wickets from their 50 overs, and Steeton’s 4 points mean they are this year’s champions!
16 September 2006 - 2nd XI v North Leeds (A) - Won by 24 runs
Steeton 143 a/o in 31.1 overs
R Wynn 9, A Hardwick 10, D Wynn 0, M Thomas 05, L Spragg 16, D Robinson 0, D Cook 9, J Higginson 47, M Hagyard 20, Z Pearson 8, P Akrigg 0*, Extras 24
O White 6-0-18-1, B Stevens 10-3-28-5, F Lak 6-0-37-1, F Iqbal 5.1-1-23-2, A Karim 4-1-25-1
North Leeds 119 a/o in 37.3 overs
T Jackson 34, A Stevens 8, L Grey 8, G Hollis 0, P Phillips 11, N Bull 28, F Lak 0, B Stevens 5, A Karim 0, O White 3*, F Iqbal 0, Extras 22
D Wynn 3-0-24-0, M Hagyard 6-1-15-1, L Spragg 8-1-36-3, P Akrigg 12.3-7-20-2, D Cook 8-1-6-3
Having secured the A division championship last week, the Steeton 2nd XI Juggernaut finished this great season in style with an improbable win away at the Homestead. Having shuffled the batting order, Steeton lost wickets regularly until an 8th wicket partnership of 62 runs between Julian Higginson (47) and Matthew Hagyard (20). Julian’s 47 runs came from just 52 deliveries with 8 boundaries & Matthew scored his 20 runs from 33 balls faced with 4 fours. Earlier Lee Spragg had scored 16 runs from 16 deliveries hitting 4 fours & opening the innings Adam Hardwick had scored 10 runs from 11 balls faced with 2 boundaries. In a little over 2 hours Steeton were all out for 143 runs using only 31.1 of their 50 overs.
At lunch North Leeds must have been confident of securing a win, and having scored 49 runs in 8 overs before losing their 1st wicket they were clear favourites. Lee Spragg removed the top-order as he finished with 3 wickets for 36 runs from 8 overs, and once wickets started to fall North Leeds were at the mercy of Dave Cook, who took 3 wickets for just 6 runs from 8 overs, and Phil Akrigg with 2 wickets for 20 runs from 12.3 overs, with 7 maidens! The other wicket fell to Matthew Hagyard (1-15) & there were catches for Zach Pearson, keeper Julian Higginson & Matthew Hagyard. North Leeds crumbled to 119 runs all out in 37.3 overs and so Steeton won by 24 runs to take all 6 points, and exact a little revenge for their Birtwhistle Cup defeat.
Third XI 200623 April 2006 - 3rd XI v Calverley (H) - Lost by 33 runs
Calverley 157-9 in 40 overs
D Holah 12, P Coates 2, C Thompson 44, J Lee 21, T Simpson 21, G Tinsley 17, B Walley, J Hudson 7, M Mears 5*, S Driscoll 0, A Lee 1*, Extras 18
J Emmott 10-4-26-0, M Hagyard 10-0-44-1, M Wilson 5-0-22-1, A Hardwick 4-0-23-0, C Boulton 5-0-10-2, Z Pearson 5-0-21-1, J Jordan 1-0-3-2
Steeton 124 a/o in 38.1 overs
M Wilson 53, D Hedges 23, J Emmott 0, A Sewell 3, M Hedges 8, A Hardwick 5, J Jordan 10, M Hagyard 1, C Boulton 0, Z Pearson 1*, G Manthorp 0, Extras 20
J Hudson 5-1-32-0, B Walley 5-2-4-0, D Holah 3-0-18-0, T Simpson 6.1-1-22-3, A Lee 10-2-16-3, M Mears 9-3-19-2
Our 3rd XI were unable to follow the good start to the season made by our 1st & 2nd XIs. Steeton won the toss and asked Calverley to bat first on a green track. Calverley scored steadily and finished with 157 runs for 9 wickets in their 40 overs. The Steeton bowlers all bowled well, but worthy of mention was James Jordan, whose only over yielded 2 wickets at the cost of just 3 runs. James was robbed of a chance of a hat-trick by a ‘miscount’: he only bowled 5 legitimate deliveries (as well as 2 wides!) Earlier Charlotte Boulton had stemmed the tide of runs and finished with good figures of 2 wickets for 10 runs from 5 overs. The other bowlers to take wickets were Zach Pearson (1-21), Mick Wilson (1-22) and Matthew Hagyard (1-44). The bowlers were well supported in the field with a neat catch by Andy Sewell, a smart stumping by the young Gabe Manthorp, and 2 run outs: one by Charlotte Boulton, and a quite remarkable direct hit from the boundary by James Emmott.
In reply Steeton looked in complete control with an opening stand of 75 runs between top-scorer Mick Wilson, who scored 53 runs from 61 deliveries including 1 six and 8 fours; and his partner David Hedges, who scored 23 runs, including 4 boundaries. When Mick was dismissed with the score on 94 runs the innings collapsed with only James Jordan (10 runs) reaching double figures. Steeton’s youngsters tried to bat out for a draw, but were disappointingly all out for 124 runs in 38.1 overs, and so lost by 33 runs.
30 April 2006 - 3rd XI v Colton Institute (H) - Won by 6 wickets
Colton Institute 248-5 in 40 overs
D Precious 65, N Woodmancy 0, D Rider 81*, J Horner 36, A McCarthy 16, M Galley 14, C Shaw 2*, Extras 34
T Stead 8-2-41-2, M Hagyard 7-0-47-0, P Barrett 6-0-35-0, M Wilson 8-1-39-1, Z Pearson 4-0-33-1, J Jordan 7-0-30-1
Steeton 251-4 in 37.4 overs
M Wilson 37, D Hedges 113*, P Barrett 38, A Hardwick 0, A Sewell 23, M Hedges 18*, Extras 22
J Stracken 10-0-66-1, D Ruby 8.4-0-77-0, G Stracken 10-0-55-1, J Horner 9-2-34-2
Steeton 3rd XI completed the excellent winning weekend with an impressive defeat of to Colton Institute at home. Colton were asked to bat first and on a good batting track, and all the bowlers suffered as Colton piled on 248 runs for 5 wickets in their allocation of 40 overs. Tom Stead was the pick of the Steeton bowlers with 2 wickets for 41 runs from 8 overs and the other bowlers to take wickets were James Jordan (1-30), Zach Pearson (1-33) & Mick Wilson (1-39). All the wickets to fall were caught, with young wicket-keeper Gabe Manthorp taking 2 catches, and outfield catches for Zach Pearson, James Jordan & Phil Barrett. Colton were to find that scoring at over 6 runs per over at Steeton is not always enough.
Steeton’s innings was dominated by opener David Hedges, who carried his bat to score a maiden century in a responsible innings of 113* not out. David’s 113 runs came from just 106 deliveries and included 15 boundaries. David shared an opening partnership of 72 runs with Mick Wilson, who scored 37 runs, and then he shared a second wicket partnership of 97 runs with Phil Barrett, who scored 38 runs. Andy Sewell scored 23 runs, and then when David’s father & skipper Mark Hedges came to the crease David completed his hundred; and then father & son saw Steeton pass Colton total with 2 overs to spare. Mark scored an unbeaten 18*. Steeton had scored 251 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 37.4 overs, to collect all 6 points from this high-scoring encounter.
4 June 2006 - 3rd XI v North Leeds (A) - Won by 5 wickets
North Leeds 184-9 in 40 overs
R Jackson 21, G Wales 38, W Jackson 24, D Gray 27, P Maver 0, O White, 1, D Normaschild 5, N Gray 0, A Faroq 29*, G Hales 10, D Cowley 2*, Extras 27
D Atkinson 10-2-21-2, M Hagyard 7-0-32-1, A Hardwick 4-0-28-0, T Stead 7-1-23-1, D Greaves 4-0-23-0, M Hedges 8-1-38-4
Steeton 185-5 in 34.2 overs
M Chapman 58, D Hedges 17, D Greaves 43, A Hardwick 2, T Stead 2, M Hedges 38*, D Atkinson 7*, Extras 18
D Normaschild 9.2-1-52-1, G Hales 5-0-29-0, A Faroq 3-0-27-0, O White 3-0-23-0, N Gray 9-3-23-2, D Gray 5-0-21-2
With a well earned win away at North Leeds Steeton 3rd XI completed a clean sweep of victories for Steeton this weekend. Steeton 3rd XI had a mixed of experience and youth, with 2 juniors – Callum Lowe & Tom Smith – making their senior debuts. Batting first North Leeds scored a healthy 184 runs for 9 wickets in their 40 overs. Skipper Mark Hedges was impressive with the ball taking 4 wickets for 38 runs from 8 overs. Last year’s 2nd XI league bowling champion David Atkinson bowled 10 very tight overs, only conceding 21 runs while taking 2 wickets. The other bowlers to take wickets were Tom Stead (1-23) and Matthew Hagyard (1-32). A smart pick-up and throw from Tom Stead off his own bowling to keeper Gabe Manthorp started the wickets falling with the run out of North Leeds’ opener. Comfortable catches were pouched by David Atkinson & David Hedges, and well-judged low catches taken by David Greaves & skipper Mark Hedges. His energetic fielding performance & fine catch earned David Greaves 2 league fielding points.
Steeton’s batting always looked in command of the bowling. The opening stand was 44 runs between Mark Chapman & David Hedges. Mark top-scored with a fine 58 runs scored from 62 deliveries and included 9 fours. David Hedges’ fine run of form was cruelly brought to an end when he was given caught behind for 17 runs. Mark Chapman then shared a great second wicket partnership of 82 runs with David Greaves, who scored 43 runs from 37 deliveries with 1 six and 7 fours. A quick flurry of wickets brought together the experienced pairing of skipper Mark Hedges (38*) & David Atkinson (7*). They shared a match-winning partnership of 37 runs; with Mark’s unbeaten 38* runs coming from just 26 deliveries and including 2 sixes and 3 fours. Steeton finished on 185 runs for 5 wickets in 34.2 overs to win by 5 wickets with 5 overs to spare and collect all 6 points.
11 June 2006 - 3rd XI v Green Lane (H) in Chappell Cup - Won by 63 runs
Steeton 248-5 in 40 overs
M Wilson 70, D Hedges 26, M Chapman 91*, A Hardwick 8, J Emmott 14, M Hedges 13, M Hagyard 3*, Extras 23
B Cousins 10-3-28-0, M Hainsworths 5-0-35-1, G Dibb 7-1-38-1, B Roberts 5-1-33-1, A Stead 8-2-40-2, M Slater 3-0-31-0, J Pleasance 2-0-28-0
Green Lane 185 a/o in 40 overs
L Pearce 60, B Roberts 1, J Robinson 8, J Pleasance 19, A Stead 16, G Dibb 13, M Slater 6, B Cousins 25*, J Bastar 4, M Hainsworth 4, A Roberts 10, Extras 19
T Stead 9-1-30-2, M Hagyard 4-0-20-1, J Emmott 10-0-46-2, Z Pearson 6-0-25-1, M Hedges 4-0-32-0, M Wilson 4-0-17-1, A Hardwick 3-0-8-2
Steeton 3rd XI progressed comfortably to the quarter-finals of the Chappell Cup with an impressive defeat of Green Lane at Summerhill Lane. Steeton won the toss and despite having many juniors, including debutant Danny Hanson, they were confident enough to bat first on a good track during another very hot sunny day. Steeton made a fine start and were 76 runs before losing their first wicket – David Hedges who had scored 26 runs. David’s opening partner was Mick Wilson, who went on to score a impressive 70 runs from 90 deliveries, which included 14 boundaries. Batting at No3 Mark Chapman was in great form as he scored a unbeaten 91* runs from just 62 deliveries, with 3 sixes and 11 fours. James Emmott chipped in with 14 runs, and skipper Mark Hedges with 13 runs as Steeton reached a formidable 248 runs for 5 wickets from their 40 overs.
Green Lane were going to have to score at 6.2 runs per over to challenge the Steeton total. With only opener Pearce (60) looking capable of scoring the runs, Green Lane lost wickets regularly and finally succumbed to 185 runs all out in their 40 overs. Adam Hardwick took their last 2 wickets as he bowled 3 overs and took 2 wickets while only conceding 8 runs. Tom Stead bowled 9 tight overs and took 2 wickets for 30 runs, and James Emmott bowled 10 overs taking 2 wickets for 46 runs. The other bowlers to take wickets were Mick Wilson (1-17), Matthew Hagyard (1-20) & Zach Pearson (1-25). With 2 catches for Tom Stead and further catches for Mark Hedges & Mick Wilson, & a smart run out by James Emmott, Steeton were in good form in the field despite the heat. Steeton 3rd XI won by 63 runs and now meet Calverley at home in the quarter-final on the 9th July.
2 July 2006 - 3rd XI v Otley (A) - Winning Draw (4-2)
Steeton 223-8 in 40 overs
M Wilson 130, D Hedges 3, D Greaves 8, T Stead 2, A Hardwick 23, M Hagyard 10, C Boulton 2, Z Pearson 3*, G Manthorp 1*, Extras 18
K Pullan 10-4-28-3, A Mitchell 8-0-61-0, J Moss 10-2-43-2, B Hewitt 2-0-21-0, G Holmes 8-0-40-1, A Longstaffe 2-0-16-2
Otley 210-6 in 40 overs
A Lazarus 58, A Longstaffe 15, M Smith 28, D Lowan 5, J Moss 1, T Koneeley 45*, C Keddle 0, K Pullan 28*, Extras 30
T Stead 10-3-30-0, M Hagyard 6-0-34-0, Z Pearson 5-0-22-0, J Emmott 10-1-39-3, C Boulton 5-1-21-1, A Hardwick 4-0-39-2
Steeton 3rd XI with 7 juniors had a 4-2 winning draw against an Otley 3rd XI with no apparent youth policy. With the skies rumbling with thunder Steeton 3rd XI managed to complete a match which they had dominated from winning the toss in the blazing hot afternoon sun. Stand-in skipper Mick Wilson chose to bat first and ‘made hay’ as he posted the highest 3rd XI score by any Steeton player. Mick scored 130 runs from 118 deliveries; a century that included an incredible 11 sixes and 7 fours. Mick shared a 4th wicket partnership of 66 runs with Adam Hardwick who scored 23 runs: a 5th wicket partnership of 42 runs with James Emmott who scored 23 runs; and finally a 6th wicket partnership of 60 runs with Matthew Hagyard who scored 10 runs. After their 40 overs Steeton 3rd XI had scored 223 runs for 8 wickets.Otley needed to score at nearly 6 runs an over, but on a good track this was certainly possible.
Otley’s reply got off to a solid start, and they did not lose their first wicket until the 20th over with the score on 91 runs. James Emmott was in fine form with the ball, and he collected 3 important wickets for 39 runs from 10 overs. Adam Hardwick took 2 wickets from 2 balls as he finished with 2 wickets for 39 runs. Charlotte Boulton took the other wicket to fall as she finished with 1 wicket for 21 runs. In the field James Emmott accepted a comfortable catch; an enthusiastic display and 2 catches for David Greaves earned him a league fielding point; and solid fielding by Matthew Hagyard earned his fielding point. With the rain approaching Steeton rushed through their overs and so Otley got closer to Steeton’s score. Otley scored 210 runs for 6 wickets in their 40 overs, and so Steeton collected 4 points from a winning draw.
9 July 2006 - 3rd XI v Calverley (H) in Chappell Cup - Won by 30 runs
Steeton 224-8 in 39 overs
M Wilson 67, D Hedges 19, D Greaves 0, M Chapman 52, T Stead 9, A Hardwick 19, M Hagyard 39*, Z Pearson 0, C Boulton 1, K Wynn 1*, Extras 17
T Simpson 8-1-46-1, M Mears 8-2-14-3, A Benson 6-0-53-1, A Lee 7-0-39-0, K Anderson 7-0-45-1, G Tinsley 3-0-17-1
Calverley 194-9 in 39 overs
G Tinsley 24, P Coates 16, A Rhodes 61, T Simpson 28, T Stripe (jnr) 6, T Stripe (snr) 0, S Driscoll 21, M Mears 13, A Benson 3, A Lee 1*, K Anderson 0*, Extras 21
M Hagyard 8-0-36-1, T Stead 8-1-30-0, Z Pearson 8-2-41-5, C Boulton 5-0-21-0, A Hardwick 6-0-24-0, K Wynn 4-0-27-3
A great winning weekend for Steeton CC was capped by our 3rd XI progressing through to the semi-final of the Chappell Cup with a great win at home to Calverley. Skipper Mick Wilson lost the toss and and Steeton were asked to bat first on an overcast, drizzly day. David Hedges (19) was the first batsman out with the score on 28 runs, but his opening partner and skipper Mick Wilson went on to top-score with 67 runs, scored from 73 deliveries including 2 sixes and 7 fours. Mick shared a great 3rd wicket stand of 116 runs with Mark Chapman, who scored 52 runs from 46 balls faced, with 1 six and 8 fours. With quick runs needed to push the score up Adam Hardwick scored 19 runs from 20 balls and Matthew Hagyard played a fine unbeaten innings of 39* runs, including 1 six & 5 fours. Matthew & debutant Katie Wynn (1*) put on a new Club record 9th wicket stand of 28 runs.For Calverley the veteran Mick Mears took 3 wickets for 14 runs from 8 overs. Steeton had set a total of 224 runs for 8 wickets in 39 overs (both sides losing an over to the rain.) Calverley needed to score at almost 6 runs an over and this looked unlikely on a wet wicket.
In reply Zach Pearson was in incredible form with the ball and he took 5 wickets for 41 runs from 8 overs as he ripped through Calverley’s top order. On her 3rd XI debut Katie Wynn claimed 3 wickets for 27 runs from 4 overs, and Matthew Hagyard (1-36) took the other wicket to fall. The fielding was of the highest order with David Greaves taking 2 excellent catches. skipper Mick Wilson judged a nice catch on the boundary, and keeper Gabe Manthorp collected another. As they lost wickets Calverley’s challenge faded and they finished with 194 runs for 9 wickets in 39 overs. Steeton 3rd XI now have a fixture backlog as they progress to the semi-final stage where they meet Otley (A) on 30th July.
16 July 2006 - 3rd XI v Green Lane (H) - Won by 7 wickets
Green Lane 153-9 in 40 overs
L Pearce 56, M Pollard 27, A Powell 28, A Roberts 8, G Dibb 9, M Hainsworth 2, A Jackson 3, B Parker 0, T Moody 10*, T Drake 0, T Jackson 0*, Extras 10
M Hagyard 3-1-17-0, T Stead 8-2-20-4, J Emmott 9-3-27-1, M Wilson 10-1-42-0, A Hardwick 3-0-20-0, C Boulton 7-0-21-4
Steeton 155-3 in 29.5 overs
M Wilson 37, D Hedges 40*, D Greaves 27, M Chapman 13 2, T Stead 16*, Extras 22
M Hainsworth 3-0-35-0, G Dibb 6-2-26-1, M Pollard 6-0-20-1, A Powell 6-1-22-0, A Roberts 3-0-21-1, T Drake 2.5-0-18-0
Putting the seal on a clean-sweep of wins for Steeton CC our 3rd XI beat Green Lane at home by 7 wickets. Batting first Green Lane were off to a good start and had reached 61 runs before losing their 1st wicket & 120 runs before losing their 2nd. Once Steeton had broken through the Green Lane top-order wickets started to tumble and Green Lane closed on 153 runs for 9 wickets in 40 overs. With 4 wickets each Tom Stead (4-20) and Charlotte Boulton (4-21) both bowled excellently. The other wicket to fall went to James Emmott (1-27), and there were catches for Tom Stead of his own bowling, skipper Mick Wilson, keeper David Greaves, and a fine catch by Adam Hardwick.
Steeton’s reply was built around an anchor role innings by David Hedges, who opened the innings and ‘carried his bat’ for an unbeaten 40* runs, scored from 79 deliveries and including 1 six & 3 fours. David opened the innings with Mick Wilson, who scored 37 runs from 39 deliveries in a 1st wicket stand of 50 runs. David then shared a 2nd wicket stand of 43 runs with David Greaves, who contributed 27 runs from 32 deliveries with 2 fours. Mark Chapman scored 13 runs in a 3rd wicket stand of 31 runs, and finally Tom Stead scored an unbeaten 16 runs in a 4th wicket stand of 31 runs. Steeton passed the Green Lane total with 10 overs and 7 wickets to spare, as they finished with 155 runs for 3 wickets in 29.5 overs, and collect all 6 points from this encounter.
23 July 2006 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (H) - Lost 5 wickets
Steeton 147 a/o in 31.4 overs
M Wilson 20, D Hedges 16, D Greaves 27, M Chapman 23, A Hardwick 10, T Stead 6, M Hedges 18*, J Emmott 7, M Hagyard 3, Z Pearson 0, G Manthorp 2, Extras 15
J Bridson 6-1-23-0, S Dickinson 6-2-20-1, C Fraser 10-0-43-1, R Mooney 4-0-27-1, L Wray 5.4-1-22-6
Guiseley 149-5 in 27.5 overs
C Davy 45, A Hewitt 13, D Archibald 18, S Dickinson 13, N Hudson 12, J Bridson 15*, R Mooney 8*, Extras 25
M Hagyard 6-1-22-0, T Stead 6-0-28-0, J Emmott 8-2-21-3, Z Pearson 5-0-33-2, A Hardwick 2.5-0-25-0
A strong Steeton 3rd XI side were always losing this home fixture against an efficient Guiseley side. Skipper Mark Hedges won the toss an elected to bat on a hot & sunny day at Steeton – the usual signs of a high total! Steeton’s top order batsmen seemed to ‘self-destruct’: getting out at the first possible opportunity. Following an opening stand of 31 runs Mick Wilson departed LBW for 20 runs, and his opening partner David Hedges (16) followed after a 2nd wicket stand of 33 runs with David Greaves. David top-scored with 27 runs from 34 deliveries, with 6 boundaries, but he too fell with the score on 76 runs. Adam Hardwick (10) & Mark Chapman (23) were both soon back in the pavilion, and Steeton were 120 runs for 6 wickets. Skipper Mark Hedges scored a rapid unbeaten 18* runs, but Steeton were under the spell of Guiseley’s Lincoln Wray, who took 6 wickets for 22 runs. Steeton finished with 147 runs all out in 31.4 overs, which was a disappointing total.
With 48 overs to score the runs Guiseley set about the Steeton bowlers with gusto – after 12 overs they were scoring at 5 runs per over and at 60 runs were yet to lose their first wicket. The introduction of the experienced James Emmott slowed the assault as he bowled 8 overs taking 3 wickets for just 21 runs. Zach Pearson too was in fine form taking 2 wickets for 33 runs, but Guiseley never looked like losing their grip on this match. David Greaves took a well judged catch to earn himself a fielding point. Mick Wilson took a nice catch on the long-off boundary and keeper Gabe Manthorp collected another catch. The other fielding point went to skipper Mark Hedges. Guiseley passed the Steeton score with 5 wickets and 20 overs to play. Guiseley finished with 149 runs or 5 wickets from 27.5 overs, and Steeton 3rd XI go away empty-handed.
30th July - 3rd XI v Otley (A) in Chappell Cup - Won by 108 runs
Steeton 237-3 in 40 overs
M Wilson 123, D Hedges 16, D Greaves 71*, J Emmott 1, M Hedges 7*, Extras 19
A Lazarus 10-1-63-2, A Longstaffe 10-2-35-0, A Mitchell 10-0-42-0, J Moss 6-1-39-1, G Holmes 4-0-40-0
Otley 129 a/o in 33.5 overs
A Lararus 20, C Keddle 9, T Coneeley 0, B Hewitt 17, M Jordan 11, D Lowen 39*, A Longstaffe13, G Holmes 8, V Jackson 0, J Moss 0, A Mitchell 4, Extras 8
M Hagyard 7-0-27-0, T Stead 6-1-23-3, C Boulton 4-1-14-1, J Emmott 5-0-23-1, Z Pearson 5-2-20-1, M Wilson 5-1-20-3, A Hardwick 1.5-0-1-1
Steeton 3rd XI convincingly beat Otley at Cross Green, to reach the Chappell Cup final. Skipper Mark Hedges was again successful with the toss and chose to bat first on a nice track. Opener Mick Wilson made full use of the conditions with his second century of the season scored at Otley. Mick scored a majestic 123 runs from just 107 deliveries, with 4 sixes and 10 fours. He shared an opening stand of 50 runs with David Hedges (16), and followed that with an impressive 2nd wickets stand of 140 runs with David Greaves, who scored an unbeaten 71* runs from 80 balls faced with 2 sixes & 10 fours. Steeton’s innings had started steadily, but finally amassed a formidable 237 runs for 3 wickets in 40 overs.
Otley would need to score at 6 runs per over to challenge the Steeton total. This was far beyond the capabilities of Otley, who lost wickets regularly and finally succumbed to 129 runs all out in 33.5 overs. Mick Wilson and Tom Stead were in fine form with the ball taking 3 wickets each. Mick Wilson’s left-arm spinners helped polish off the Otley tail-enders as he took 3 wickets for 20 runs from 5 overs; while Tom Stead’s fiery left-arm pace shattered the top-order as he took the first 3 wickets to fall conceding 22 runs from 6 overs. The other 4 Otley wickets fell to 4 different bowlers: with a wicket apiece for Adam Hardwick (1-1), Charlotte Boulton (1-14), Zach Pearson (1-20) & James Emmott (1-23). The bowlers were well supported in the field with 3 catches & a rapid stumping for keeper David Greaves; a sharp return catch from his own bowling by Tom Stead; a well-judged catch on the long-off boundary by Matthew Hagyard; and further catches for Charlotte Boulton & skipper Mark Hedges. Steeton won by 108 runs to reach the Chappell Cup final for the second time.
6 August 2006 - 3rd XI v Kirkstall Educational (A) - Won by 99 runs
Steeton 145 a/o in 37.3 overs
D Hedges 8, A Hardwick 7, P Barrett 2, T Stead 22, M Hedges 13, J Smith 58, M Hagyard 14, C Boulton 4, M Hardwick 0, D Hanson 0, Z Pearson 4*, Extras 13
A Eddison 8.3-0-35-3, A Banks 10-2-29-3, D Watmough 6-2-18-1, S Watkins 4-0-28-0, A Henderson 5-1-23-3, S Latif 4-1-10-0
Kirkstall Educational 46 a/o in 22.1 overs
A Cockerham 2, A Henderson 7, D Watmough 0, S Latif 0, C Mellett 0, R Irwin 9, A Banks 8, S Watkins 7*, A Eddison 2, S Schlaepffer 5, Extras 6
M Hagyard 5-2-6-5, T Stead 6-3-13-0, Z Pearson 6-3-7-1, C Boulton 5-0-20-2, M Hardwick 0.1-0-0-1
A great bowling display against the 10 men of Kirkstall meant that at least one of our 3 teams managed a win this weekend. Having lost the toss and been asked to bat first our 3rd XI were off to a poor start losing their top 3 batsmen with the score on just 26 runs. Playing his first game of the season Jonathan Smith was in great form as he top-scored with 58 runs from 62 deliveries, with 3 sixes & 7 fours. Tom Stead followed his 38 runs for the 2nd XI, with a 3rd XI career-best 22 runs, scored from 44 deliveries with 5 boundaries. The other batsmen to reach double figures were Matthew Hagyard (14) & skipper Mark Hedges (13). Steeton 3rd XI were all out for a disappointing 145 runs in 37.3 overs.
Kirkstall’s reply was blown away by a great opening spell by Matthew Hagyard, who collected 5 wickets for 6 runs from 5 overs. Charlotte Boulton took 2 wickets for 20 runs, and the other bowlers to take wickets were Zach Pearson (1-7) and Mick Hardwick, who took the last Kirkstall wicket from his first & only delivery! Phil Barrett took a sharp catch in the slips & David Hedges took a comfortable catch at square-leg. Mick Hardwick, playing his first match of the season, was in excellent form in the field with several diving stops earning him 3 league fielding points. Kirkstall’s 10 men had been blown away for just 46 runs in 22.2 overs, with none of the Kirkstall batsmen reaching double figures. Steeton 3rd XI won by 99 runs and collect all 6 points from this encounter.
13 August 2006 - 3rd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Won by 8 wickets
Burley-in-Wharfedale 130-9 in 40 overs
J Frost 5, D Bryan 23, R Cooper 6, A Cromack 23, J Williams 13, J Colclough 17, J Melville 6*, A Breare 13, A Peel 0, C Cooper 6, C Peel 5*, Extras 13
M Hagyard 11-3-23-0, S Pearson 6-1-14-1, Z Pearson 7-1-31-1, J Emmott 10-2-23-5, C Boulton 4-0-19-2, A Hardwick 2-0-8-0
Steeton 131-2 in 16.3 overs
D Hedges 35*, A Hardwick 82, S Pearson 1, S Hanson 5*, Extras 8
A Breere 5-0-33-0, R Cooper 4-0-24-0, A Peel 3-0-28-0, J Melville 1-0-21-0, J Williams 2-0-17-1, J Frost 1-0-5-1, C Cooper 0.3-0-2-0
In a curious match, which was badly affected by the weather, Burley won the toss and batted through their full complement of 40 overs and only scored 130 runs for 9 wickets. All the bowlers bowled tight, but James Emmott’s figures stood-out above the others as he took 5 wickets for just 23 runs from his 10 overs. Charlotte Boulton took 2 wickets for 19 runs, and the other bowlers to take wickets were Steve Pearson (1-14) & Zach Pearson (1-31). The bowlers were well supported in the field with 2 catches each for Steve Pearson, Scott Hanson & David Hedges – and behind the wickets skipper Mark Hedges took 1 catch & 1 stumping.
Rain reduced Steeton’s innings to 20 overs, but they set about the Burley bowling with gusto. Opener Adam Hardwick scored a magnificent career-best 82 runs from just 54 deliveries, with 4 sixes & 7 fours. His opening partner, David Hedges, batted right through the innings and scored an unbeaten 35 runs from 37 deliveries. The Burley total was passed with 3 overs and 8 wickets to spare, as Steeton scored 131 runs for 2 wickets in just 16.3 overs and collect all 6 points from this unusual match.
20 August 2006 - 3rd XI v Ilkley (A) - Won by 79 runs
Steeton 191-8 in 40 overs
D Hedges 17, A Hardwick 0, P Barrett 46, S Hanson 8, M Hagyard 18, M Hedges 73*, G Hill 14, P Smith 1, J Hill 0, G Manthorp 1*, Extras 13
R Hill 10-1-27-3, D Green 8-1-36-0, R Spivey 10-0-39-3, J Harrison 6-0-32-1, J Hill 6-1-47-1
Ilkley 112 a/o in 30.1 overs
D Bott 1, C Connor 30, P Dawson 33, A Sutherland 2, J Hill 6, J Harrison 12, P Petchy 2, R Hill 5, R Spivey 6, W Spivey 1*, D Green 0, Extras 14
M Hagyard 6-0-32-0, A Hardwick 6-2-18-1, P Barrett 9-2-20-2, G Hill 7-0-27-5, J Hill 2.1-0-9-2
With plenty of juniors on both sides, and 3 set’s of father & son pairs playing for Steeton this really was a family affair! Skipper Mark Hedges lost the toss a was asked to bat first on a ‘sticky-dog’ wicket. Steeton lost Adam Hardwick early, but David Hedges (17) and Phil Barrett built a solid foundation with a 2nd wicket partnership of 55 runs scored in 13 overs. Phil Barrett went on to score a fine 46 runs from 65 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Skipper Mark Hedges top-scored with a great unbeaten knock of 73 runs from just 55 balls faced, with 2 sixes and 8 fours. Matthew Hagyard chipped-in with a quick 18 runs, and playing his first match for 5 year the irrepressible Graham Hill scored 14 runs. Steeton 3rd XI had scored a formidable 191 runs for 8 wickets in their 40 overs.
Ilkley’s reply got off to a poor start as Adam Hardwick took the edge and Phil Barrett caught a fine low catch at slip to leave Ilkley 8 runs for 1 wicket. Ilkley steadied the ship with a 2nd wicket partnership of 61 runs scored at over 5 runs per over before the introduction of ‘golden-oldie’ Graham Hill, who proceeded to rip the heart out of the Ilkley top order. After 5 years not playing Graham looked as though he had never been away as he bowled a great spell of 7 overs taking 5 wickets for 27 runs. When he was rested his son Jake Hill quickly polished-off the Ilkley tail with 2 wickets for 9 runs from 2.1 overs. Phil Barrett bowled 9 tight overs and took 2 wickets for 20 runs, and the other bowler to take a wicket was Adam Hardwick, who finished with 1 wicket for 18 runs. Phil Barrett was also in great form in the field with 4 catches earning him a league fielding point, and a nicely judged high catch by Adam Hardwick also earned him a fielding point. Ilkley were all out for 112 runs in just 30.1 overs, and Steeton won by 79 runs to collect all 6 points from this encounter.
27 August 2006 - 3rd XI v Beckwithshaw (H) - Won by 5 wickets
Beckwithshaw 164-7 in 40 overs
I Radcliffe 42, R Price 22, M Lloyd (snr) 24, A Walker 0, G McGuire 41, M Lloyd (jnr) 5, T Arundel 7, N Elgot 2*, Extras 21
T Stead 9-2-45-1, Z Pearson 7-1-25-0, J Emmott 10-3-19-1, C Boulton 6-0-38-2, P Barrett 8-1-29-2
Steeton 168-5 in 37.1 overs
D Hedges 43, A Hardwick 3, D Greaves 34, S Hanson 1, P Barrett 40, M Hedges 16*, J Emmott 10*, Extras 21
T Arundel 10-2-17-2, L Garbutt 10-1-46-0, A Walker 8.1-0-50-1, M Lloyd (snr) 9-0-46-2
Steeton 3rd XI beat Beckwithshaw by 5 wickets. Skipper Mark Hedges won the toss and asked Beckwithshaw to bat first on a good Steeton track. Beckwithshaw got off to a good start – scoring 57 runs before losing their 1st wicket in the 15th over. Phil Barrett & Charlotte Boulton took 2 wickets apiece: Phil bowled 8 overs and took 2 wickets for 29 runs, & Charlotte bowled 6 overs and took 2 wickets for 38 runs. James Emmott bowled 10 tight overs conceding only 19 runs and taking 1 wicket & Tom Stead took the other wicket with 1 wicket for 45 runs from 9 overs. Phil Barrett took a catch at long-off & Tom Stead pouched a comfortable catch at point. With more consistent catching Steeton could have been chasing a smaller total, but Beckwithshaw had posted 164 runs for 7 wickets in their 40 overs.
In reply Steeton 3rd XI lost Adam Hardwick early, but then David Hedges (43) and David Greaves (34) amassed a 2nd wicket partnership of 58 runs. David Hedges top-scored with 43 runs, scored from 121 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. David Greaves scored his 34 runs from just 35 deliveries and included 4 boundaries. David Hedges then shared a 4th wicket stand of 59 runs with Phil Barrett, who scored 40 runs from only 37 balls faced and hit 1 six and 3 fours. When Phil & David fell in quick succession it was left to skipper Mark Hedges (16*) and James Emmott (10*) to complete the victory. Steeton had scored 168 runs for 5 wickets in 37.1 overs, and collect all 6 points from this enjoyable match.
28 August 2006 - 3rd XI v Guiseley at Otley CC in Chappell Cup Final - Lost by 4 runs
Guiseley 91 a/o in 38.5 overs
C Davy 17, S Goodbold 0, M Ibbotson 8, N Hudson 0, L Wray 0, A Hewitt 9, R Butterfield 0, H Durkin 13, R Mooney 6, J Bridson 12, C Fraser 14*, Extras 12
M Hagyard 10-1-28-3, T Stead 9-2-16-1, J Emmott 10-4-21-3, Z Pearson 6-1-5-1, P Barrett 3.5-0-12-1
Steeton 87-9 in 40 overs
D Hedges 16, A Hardwick 0, D Greaves 10, P Barrett 2, M Hedges 1, J Emmott 6, T Stead 1, M Hagyard 13, C Boulton 8*, Z Pearson 15, G Manthorp 1*, Extras 14
J Bridson 8-2-17-2, L Wray 10-7-16-1, R Mooney 8-3-24-2, A Hewitt 8-4-14-2, R Butterfield 6-4-9-1
In this low-scoring but thrilling final, Steeton 3rd XI snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Guiseley. After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Guiseley were reeling at 38 runs for 7 wickets, but thanks to some late resistance from their juniors they managed to reach 91 runs all out in 38.5 overs. All Steeton’s bowlers performed well, but with 3 wickets apiece Matthew Hagyard & James Emmott were outstanding. James Emmott bowled 10 overs and took 3 wickets for 21 runs, and Matthew Hagyard accounted for both openers in a 10 over spell that conceded only 28 runs as he collected his 3 wickets. Zach Pearson took 1 wicket for 5 runs from 6 overs, Tom Stead took 1 wicket for 16 runs from 9 overs, and Phil Barrett took 1 wicket for 12 runs from 3.5 overs. Steeton’s fielding was excellent with 2 catches in the slips for Phil Barrett (including a spectacular diving one-handed catch) & a direct-hit run out for James Emmott.
At lunch Steeton were favourites, but our top-order batsmen did not perform & Steeton too slumped to 48 runs for 7 wickets. Late runs by Steeton’s younger players made for a very close finish as Steeton finished on 87 runs for 9 wickets in their 40 overs. Steeton 3rd XI lost by just 4 runs! Opener David Hedges top-scored with only 16 runs, scored from 102 deliveries, and of the recognised batsmen only David Greaves (10) reached double figures. It was only a late flurry by youngsters Zach Pearson, who scored a fine battling 15 runs, Matthew Hagyard with 13 runs and Charlotte Boulton with an unbeaten 8* runs that made this final into as close a finish as it was. Steeton should be proud of the way their juniors almost pull-off a remarkable victory. With such a close finish many “if only…” scenarios arise, but both teams performed well & in this tense match Steeton were unfortunately a close second.
3 September 2006 - 3rd XI v Knaresborough (A) - Losing Draw (2-4)
Knaresborough 182-6 in 40 overs
D Darley 16, S Tighe 35, D Thirkall 54, D hodson 20, L Butler 30, C Duffy 13 T Taylor 7*, B Hazlett 1*, Extras 6
M Hagyard 10-1-46-1, T Stead 7-0-29-1, Z Pearson 9-1-25-2, C Boulton 4-0-36-0, A Hardwick 6-0-27-0, M Wilson 4-0-14-1
Steeton 167-8 in 40 overs
M Wilson 60, D Hedges 8, D Greaves 49, A Hardwick 3, S Hanson 0, M Hagyard 11, T Stead 0, M Hedges 13*, Z Pearson 2, C Boulton 0*, Extras 21
P Hazlett 10-2-22-1, T Taylor 9-1-46-3, M Fox 4-0-24-0, D Thirkell 7-2-10-2, C Duffy 1-0-13-0, D Darley 5-0-23-1, L Butler 4-1-17-1
Steeton 3rd XI skipper Mark Hedges lost the toss and fielded first at Crag Top. Steady scoring and a fine 54 runs for Knaresborough’s Thirkell meant Knaresborough finished with a healthy 182 runs for 6 wickets in their 40 overs. Zach Pearson was the pick of the Steeton bowlers, with 2 wickets for 25 runs from 9 overs. The other bowlers to take wickets were Mick Wilson (1-14), Tom Stead (1-29) & Matthew Hagyard (1-46), and there were catches for young keeper Gabe Manthorp and David Greaves.
Scoring at over 4½ runs an over on a large field was never going to be easy, but the return of the experienced Mick Wilson from holiday meant Steeton were always ‘in with a shout’. Mick Wilson did indeed top-score with a fine 60 runs, scored from 79 deliveries with 9 boundaries before he was caught out. Mick shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 86 runs with David Greaves who unluckily was caught & bowled 1 run short of his half-century. David had scored his 49 runs from 82 deliveries with 5 fours. When these 2 batsmen departed with the score on 146 runs for 5 wickets after 31 overs, Steeton’s assault on Knaresborough’s total faltered. Only skipper Mark Hedges (13*) and Matthew Hagyard (11) showed any resistance and Steeton settled for a (2-4) losing draw. Steeton finished with 167 runs for 8 wickets from 40 overs.
10 September 2006 - 3rd XI v Thackley (H) - Won by 10 runs
Steeton 107 a/o in 36.4 overs
M Wilson 25, D Hedges 6, D Greaves 17, A Hardwick 1, P Barrett 15, T Stead 16, M Hagyard 0, M Hedges 5, J Emmott 7, Z Pearson 1, G Manthorp 0*, Extras 14
C Moven 10-3-24-0, M Dunn 10-4-30-2, A Wood 8.4-1-29-4, C Whitehead 8-3-13-4
Thackley 97 a/o in 36.1 overs
P Johnson 9, A Wood 17, K Shields 12, C Verity 10, P Cavender 10, M Stainsbury 0, A Taylor 5, C Moven 11*, M Dunn 0, M Ramsey 6, C Whitehead 1, Extras 16
M Hagyard 8.1-2-17-4, T Stead 7-1-24-0, Z Pearson 5-2-4-1, J Emmott 10-2-33-3, A Hardwick 6-1-12-2
In a tense low-scoring match Steeton 3rd XI beat Thackley by 10 runs. Skipper Mark Hedges won the toss and batted first on a damp Steeton track. After an opening stand of 40 runs Steeton struggled to come to terms with the tight Thackley bowling. Opener Mick Wilson top-scored with 25 runs scored from 43 deliveries with 2 sixes & 2 fours, before he fell to a smart return catch. David Greaves scored 17 runs from only 16 deliveries with 3 boundaries, before he fell to a fine diving catch at mid on. Youngster Tom Stead scored 16 runs from 52 ball faced including 1 four, before he was bowled, and the only other batsman to reach double figures was Phil Barrett, with 15 runs scored from 32 deliveries with 3 boundaries, before he too was clean bowled.
At lunch Steeton had scored 107 runs all out in 36.4 overs, and Thackley were clear favourites. Thackley’s innings followed a similar path as Steeton’s, and they lost wickets regularly, with a top-score of only 17 runs. Matthew Hagyard was in great form with the ball, as he took 4 wickets for just 17 runs from 8.1 overs. James Emmott ripped out the middle-order and ended with figures of 3 wicket for 33 runs from 10 overs. Adam Hardwick took 2 wickets for 12 runs from 6 overs & Zach Pearson took the other wicket with figures of 1 wicket for 4 runs from 5 overs. Young keeper Gabe Manthorp took a clean catch, and Phil Barrett clung on to another catch in the slips. In this close match Thackley were dismissed for 97 runs all out in 36.1 overs and Steeton won by 10 runs to collect all 6 points.
17 September 2006 - 3rd XI v Rawdon (A) - Winning Draw (4-2)
Steeton 205-6 in 34 overs
M Wilson 105, D Hedges 2, D Greaves 15, A Hardwick 14, P Barrett 13, T Stead 27*, M Hagyard 3, Extras 26
D Appleton 7-2-17-0, T Walsh 7-1-22-1, A Parker 10-0-39-3, M Hill 4-0-31-1, P Haigh 1-0-27-0, M McCallum 5-0-52-1
Rawdon 187-7 in 46 overs
J Coulson 52, M McCallum 10, P Haigh 15, D Appleton 69*, B Morley 0, A Bell 8, A Parker 4, M Hill 8, J Porrage 10*, Extras 11
M Hagyard 9-1-48-1, T Stead 8-1-37-0, J Emmott 10-2-26-2, Z Pearson 8-1-34-1, M Wilson 8-4-21-3, A Hardwick 3-0-14-0
The old adage: ‘catches win matches’ and it’s corollary – that dropping them is not the best approach – was very much in evidence as Steeton 3rd XI let this victory slip through its fingers, and had to settle for a 4-2 winning draw after dominating this match. Skipper Mark Hedges (in his last match!) lost the toss, but would probably have batted first regardless. Opener Mick Wilson was in imperious form as he scored a faultless 105 runs from just 96 deliveries with 7 sixes & 7 fours, before being caught on the mid-wicket boundary. Mick shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 50 runs with David Greaves, who contributed 15 runs. Mick then shared a 3rd wicket partnership of 80 runs with Adam Hardwick, who contributed 14 runs. Tom Stead was in great form as he scored an unbeaten 27* runs from only 18 balls faced with 1 six & 4 fours, and Phil Barrett chipped-in with a quick-fire 13 runs. Steeton had reached 205 runs for 6 wickets from 34 overs, when skipper Mark Hedges declared; giving Rawdon an extra 6 overs. In this ‘must-win’ match Steeton wanted to give themselves as much chance as possible to take the Rawdon wickets.
In reply Rawdon batted very sensibly and with opener Coulson scoring 52 runs & Appleton an unbeaten 69* runs, they finished with a respectable 187 runs for 7 wickets from their 46 overs. Steeton had dropped at least 4 catches, which could have made all the difference. After his century, Mick Wilson was on top form with the ball as he collected 3 wickets for 21 runs from 8 overs, including a smart slip catch by Phil Barrett (earning him a fielding point), and a stumping by keeper Gabe Manthorp. James Emmott took 2 wickets for 26 runs from 10 tight overs, and he also took a hard-hit catch at square leg. There was also a wicket apiece for Zach Pearson (1-34) and Matthew Hagyard (1-48), although both bowlers would have had better figures if the catches had been caught. This was a very enjoyable match played in great spirit, which was kept interesting right up to the last over.
24 September 2006 - 3rd XI v Bilton (A) - Cancelled (1-1)
Steeton – 1pt
Bilton – 1pt
Persistent rain meant this postponed match was unable to be played.