Match Reports 2010

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First XI 2010

17 April 2010 - 1st XI v Bolton Villas (H) - Lost by 28 runs (0-6)

Bolton Villas 137 a/o in 42 overs

Steeton 109 a/o in 34.2 overs

Having bowled Bolton Villas all out for just 137 runs in 42 overs Steeton looked to be on course for a good start to the
season…but managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory when we were all out for 109 runs in 34.2 overs – losing by 28 runs! Bowling honours were shared between the raw pace of Neil Spragg & the accurate swing-bowling of Gary Boulton, who took 4 wickets each. Neil bowled 12 overs & conceded 25 runs as he collected his 4 wickets, and Gary also conceded 25 runs as he took his 4 wickets from 11 overs. Earlier skipper Jon Best (1-16) had broken the opening partnership & Australian Grant McDonald (1-26) took the other wicket to fall. With the exception of 1 catch by the skipper Jon Best, all the other catches all fell to Wilsons: keeper Neil Wilson took 4 catches & Mick Wilson earned himself a fielding point with 2 catches, including an excellent diving catch he pouched in the gully. On a good track with a fast outfield, at the lunch interval Steeton must have considered themselves favourites to clinch all 6 points from this opening match of the season.

In reply Steeton’s top-order were blitzed at 30 runs for 6 wickets with only John Akrigg (11) & Neil Spragg (17) managing double-figures. The later-order batters made the score more respectable with good knocks of 16 runs each from Gary Boulton (16), Jonathan Taylor (16) & Matthew Thomas (16*), also a solid 11 runs from last-man Neil Wilson (11). Instead of the morale-lifting 6-point start, Steeton must now work hard to reverse their fortunes next week at Silsden.


24 April 2010 - 1st XI v Silsden (A) - Losing Draw (2-4)

Silsden 227-7 in 50 overs

Steeton 216-9 in 50 overs

A hard-fought match & a tight finish is what you would expect from these old rivals…and you would not be disappointed. Batting first Silsden scored 227 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs. Silsden had a solid opening partnership of 75 runs before the leg-spin of Andrew Luxton (3-62) skittled Silsden’s top-order. Andrew bowled 13 overs for 62 runs as he collected his 3 wickets. The other bowler to have any success was Gary Boulton (2-72), who bowled 19 overs against his old club. With 2 run outs by Andrew Luxton & Gary Boulton, Silsden had lost 7 wickets at the tea interval, but had scored a substantial 227 runs in their 50 overs, thanks to Bilborough (70) & Binner (70). There were catches for Mick Wilson, John Akrigg & Neil Spragg & a stumping for keeper Neil Wilson. Chris Luxton was awarded the fielding point.

In reply Steeton were progressing steadily until they lost both openers with the score on 35 runs: Mick Wilson (12) & Chris Luxton (16). A solid 57-run 4th wicket partnership steadied the innings; John Akrigg top-scoring with 71 runs scored from 59 deliveries with 12 boundaries & Andrew Luxton faced 30 balls for a fine 40 runs which included 7 fours. As Steeton neared the Silsden target wickets tumbled, with only Neil Spragg (14) & skipper Jon Best (15) managing double-figures. For Silsden Jacobs (5-44) collected a 5-wicket haul. With 9 wickets down the run chase was abandoned and Steeton finished a tantalising 11 runs short. Steeton had scored 216 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs & so collect their first points of the season with a 2-4 losing  draw.


1 May 2010 - 1st XI v Follifoot (H) - Won by 157 runs (6-0)

Steeton 241-6 in 50 overs

Follifoot 84 a/o in 31.5 overs

Batting first Steeton scored an impressive 241 runs for 6 wickets in their 50 overs. Having lost Australian Grant McDonald first ball Steeton rallied with stands of 49 runs & 129 runs. The 2nd wicket stand of 49 runs was between Chris Luxton (29) & Neil Spragg (79) – Chris scored his 29 runs from 54 deliveries with 6 fours, while Neil Spragg top-scored with his 79 runs coming from 112 balls & including 1 six & 10 fours. Neil shared the 3rd wicket partnership of 123 runs with the in-form John Akrigg (68). John faced just 71 balls as he hit 1 six & 11 fours in his 68 runs. Next man in was Andrew Luxton (37*), who also was in fine form as he collected an unbeaten  37* runs from just 32 deliveries with 4 boundaries. At the tea interval Steeton were in the driving seat having amassed a formidable 241 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 50 overs.

Stung by his batting failure Australian Grant McDonald (6-30) bowled with both pace & venom. Grant demolished the Follifoot batting with his 15 overs only costing 30 runs as he bowled 7 maidens & collected 6 Follifoot scalps. The dependable Gary Boulton (2-26) also collected 2 wickets as Follifoot were reduced to 40 runs for 8 wickets. A rear-guard defence saw Steeton frustrated for 9 overs & Follifoot add 43 runs for the 9th wicket, but this stubbornness was brought to an abrupt end by leg-spinner Andrew Luxton (2-2), who claimed the final 2 wicket from just 5 deliveries. Keeper Neil Wilson was in good form with the gloves – 2 catches & a stumping. Skipper Jon Best took a catch that earned himself a fielding point, and there was also a catch each for Andrew Luxton & Neil Spragg. Follifoot were 84 all out in 31.5 overs & so lost by 157 runs. Steeton are happy to have their first win of the season…in a very convincing fashion.


8 May 2010 - 1st XI v Tong Park Esholt (A) - Won by 12 runs (6-0)

Steeton 204-6 in 50 overs

Tong Park 192 a/o in 48.4 overs

Batting first Steeton scored 204-6 in 50 overs. Australian Grant McDonald was first out with 17 runs from an opening partnership of 33 runs, and with the score on 86 runs his opening partner Chris Luxton departed with a fine 37 runs scored from 79 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. Andrew Luxton (14) & Gary Boulton (19) both made double-figures. With his 3rd successive half-century top-scorer was John Akrigg with 58 runs scored from 91 deliveries with 2 sixes & 4 fours. John shared a 6th wicket partnership of 63 runs with his skipper Jon Best (33*) who came in a No8 & faced just 21 balls to score an excellent unbeaten 33* runs including 3 boundaries.

In reply Australian Grant McDonald (8-89) ripped through the Tong Park batsmen to earn himself an 8-wicket haul from 24.4 overs. Despite opener Luke Water (113) scoring a century, Tong Park Esholt were all out for 192 runs in 48.4 overs. To add to his 33 runs skipper Jon Best (2-22) claimed the other 2 wickets as well as taking 2 catches. There was also catches for Mark Taylor & Chris Luxton, earning each player a fielding point. Steeton continue their fine form and win by 12 runs to collect all 6 points from this encounter.


15 May 2010 - 1st XI v Knaresborough (H) - Winning Draw (4-2)

Steeton 206-9 in 50 overs

Knaresborough 174-9 in 50 overs

With 9 wickets down Knaresborough held on for a losing draw. Batting first Steeton had scored 206 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. Top-scorer for Steeton was Neil Spragg with a fine 68 runs scored from 104 deliveries, including 2 sixes & 10 fours (with 52 of his 68 runs in boundaries Neil was clearly resting his knee!) Neil shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 45 runs with opener Chris Luxton (32). Chris faced 48 balls and hit 7 boundaries for his 32 runs. Neil went on to also share an 81-run 3rd wicket stand with John Akrigg (27). John’s 27 runs were scored from 52 deliveries & included 1 six & 2 fours, and unfortunately breaks a run of 3 half-centuries. Mark Taylor scored a Steeton-career best 40 runs from just 38 deliveries with 4 fours, and shared a good 37-run 5th wicket partnership with Andrew Luxton (10).

Knaresborough’s reply got off to a poor start with Steeton’s Australian Grant McDonald (3-28) bowling a wicket-maiden first over. Skipper Jon Best had the best return with 4 wickets for 39 runs from 11 overs. Bowling for the first time this season Matthew Thomas (2-27) collected 2 wickets. There were 2 catches each for keeper Neil Wilson & Neil Spragg, and Chris Luxton was awarded the fielding point. With 9 wickets down Knaresborough’s last pair survived the last 4 overs, and they finished with 174 runs for 9 wickets in their 50 overs. Steeton collect 4 points from a winning draw.


16 May 2010 - 1st XI v Olicanian (A) in Waddilove Cup - Won by 142 runs

Steeton 284-7 in 45 overs

Olicanian 142 a/o in 34.5 overs

Playing at Olicanian Steeton batted first and scored a massive 284 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 45 overs. John Akrigg was in fantastic form as he scored 105* runs not out including 20 fours, before he retired to give some other batsmen a go. John shared a 3rd wicket stand of 40 runs with Neil Spragg (32), who hit 7 fours in his score of 32 runs. John also shared a 81-run 5th wicket stand with Mark Taylor (32), who hit 6 fours in his score of 32 runs. Steeton also had a number of cameo innings: Andrew Luxton (20), Jon Best (14) & Gary Boulton (10). Neil Wilson (26*) & debutant Danny Hanson (9*) saw Steeton through to an formidable total of 284 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 45 overs.

In reply Olicanian were exactly half that score all out for 142 runs. Chief wicket-taker was Australian Grant McDonald, who collected another 5-wicket haul, with his 7.5 overs costing 20 runs as he collected his 5 wickets. Ross Suri collected 2 wickets for 16 runs from 7 overs, and there was a wicket apiece for Gary Boulton (1-22) & Mark Taylor (1-33). Andrew Luxton & keeper Neil Wilson took 2 catches each and Neil Spragg & John Akrigg took 1 catch each. Olicanian were all out for 142 runs in 34.5 overs. With the result of this fixture never in doubt Steeton progress comfortably into the second round of the Waddilove Cup, where they must travel to Knaresborough on 13th June.


22 May 2010 - 1st XI v Upper Wharfedale (A) - Lost by 7 wickets (0-6)

Steeton 203-9 in 50 overs

Upper Wharfedale 206-3 in 43.5 overs

Steeton lost at Upper Wharfedale by 7 wickets. Batting first Steeton scored 203 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. All the batsmen got a start, but none were able to convert good starts into substantial contributions. Top scorer was skipper Jon Best, who scored an unbeaten 36* runs from 47 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours. Jon shared a good 6th wicket partnership with Mark Taylor (26). Chris Luxton (28), Neil Spargg (20) & John Akrigg (29) all managed scores into the 20s, and Andrew Luxton (13), Australian Grant McDonald (19) & Neil Wilson (15) all managed scores into the teens. So 8 batsmen made double figures, but none managed more than 40 runs.

In reply Upper Wharfedale lost their first wicket with the score on just 5 runs to the bowling of Australian Grant McDonald (1-46), courtesy of a catch by Neil Spragg. The score had progressed to 84 runs before Andrew Luxton (1-45) took the 2nd wicket courtesy of a catch by John Akrigg. Upper Wharfedale had added a further 42 runs when Ross ‘Flash’ Suri (1-30) claimed the 3rd wicket. Unfortunately this was Steeton’s last success as Taylor (114*) saw Upper Wharfedale to a comfortable 7 wicket victory with 6 overs to spare. Mark Taylor was awarded the fielding point. Upper Wharfedale had scored 206 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 43.5 overs, and so Steeton leave Wood Lane with no points.


29 May 2010 - 1st XI v Illingworth (H) - Abandoned (1-1)

Steeton 58-3 in 11 overs

Illingworth

With the wicket kept dry by our new covers and having watched the rain most of the afternoon, both sides agreed that a 24-over slogfest was a good idea when the rain eased to a light drizzle. Illingworth won the toss and not surprisingly asked Steeton to bat first. John Akrigg (17) smashed 3 fours from the first over & Neil Spragg (9) hit a six in the second over. Andrew Luxton scored an unbeaten 15* runs & Mark Taylor scored 12 runs, before the rain returned and brought an end to the proceedings. After 11 overs Steeton had scored 58 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 11 overs, before this fixture succumbed to the weather. Along with all the rest of the league Steeton & Illingworth collect a single point each.


5 June 2010 - 1st XI v Olicanian (A) - Won by 4 wickets (6-0)

Olicanian 207 a/o in 50 overs

Steeton 208-6 in 48.3 overs

Batting first Olicanian were constantly pegged back by tight bowling & so their top-scorer Murray could only muster 38 runs. Gary Boulton was in great form with the ball as he 4 wickets for 58 runs from 16 overs. Ross Suri (2-37) contributed with 2 wickets & there was a single wicket apiece for Andrew Luxton (1-12), skipper Neil Spragg (1-20) & Matthew Thomas (1-37). Keeper Neil Wilson took 3 catches , and there was a catch apiece for John Akrigg & Australian Grant McDonald. Stand-in skipper Neil Spragg also ran out an Olicanian batter as they closed on 207 runs all out in exactly 50 overs.

In reply Steeton had their best opening partnership of the season – 59 runs – before Mick Wilson (32) was caught out for 32 runs scored from 52 deliveries with 4 fours. Mick’s opening partner, Chris Luxton (53) scored his first half-century at Steeton. Chris faced 95 deliveries and hit 2 sixes & 7 fours as he scored his 53 runs. Batting at No5 Chris’s brother Andrew Luxton also scored a half-century (beating his brother by 1 run!) Andrew scored 54 runs from 73 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Andrew shared an excellent 5th wicket stand of 50 runs with Mark Taylor (32). Mark faced just 29 balls and hit 6 fours as he scored his 32 runs. With 9 balls & 4 wickets to spare Steeton passed the Olicanian target ~ Steeton had scored 208 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 48.3 overs to win by 4 wickets & collect all 6 points from this encounter.


12 June 2010 - 1st XI v Bilton (H) - Losing Draw (2-4)

Bilton 265-7 in 50 overs

Steeton 231-7 in 50 overs

Batting first Bilton scored 265 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs – which looked an unlikely score when they were only 35 runs as they lost their 4th wicket & had only scored 82 runs in their first 30 overs. Australian Grant McDonald took 4 wickets for 93 runs with catches by John Akrigg & keeper Neil Wilson; and Ross Suri took 2 wickets for 43 runs including a catch from his own bowling. Mark Taylor ran out one of the Bilton batsmen. Bilton’s opener Leggett scored 106* runs & impressive late hitting, including 7 sixes, meant Bilton had posted an good target of 265 runs at the tea interval.

In reply Steeton were teetering at 10 runs for 2 wickets, but the innings was steadied by Oliver Gledhill, who hit 5 fours as he scored 24 runs from 41 deliveies. Oliver shared a 52-run 3rd wicket stand with John Akrigg, who deserved a century, but had to settle for a fantastic 96 runs scored from 102 deliveries with 2 sixes & 14 fours – John is now has scored more runs in the 1st XI than any other Steeton player. Mark Taylor chipped in with 12 runs, before an impressive 100-run 6th wicket partnership between John Akrigg (96) and his skipper Jon Best (50). Jon scored his half-century from 56 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours. Grant McDonald (17*) hit 2 sixes & 1 four as Steeton closed on 231 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs – 34 runs short of the Bilton target. Steeton collect 2 points from 2-4 losing draw.


13 June 2010 - 1st XI v Knaresborough (A) in Waddilove Cup - Lost in Bowl-Out

Steeton 191-9 in 45 overs

Knaresborough 8-0 in 1 over

Steeton had batted themselves into a strong position before rain spoiled this fixture. Opening the innings skipper Jon Best got Steeton off to a solid start scoring 36 runs from 84 deliveries with 6 fours, and shared an excellent 3rd wicket stand of 62 runs with John Akrigg (23). John scored his 23 runs from 41 deliveries & hit 4 boundaries. Mark Taylor top-scored with 39 runs, hitting 6 fours as he faced 46 balls. James Jordan faced 37 balls as he added 21 runs & Matthew Thomas also added a valuable 16 runs as Steeton closed on 191 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 45 overs.

In reply Knaresborough had scored 8 runs from the first over before rain called a halt to proceedings. Unable to decide who would progress in the Waddilove Cup by playing cricket, the next best way was a bowl-out. Knaresborough were able to bowl the straightest and so Steeton are out of the Waddilove Cup.


19 June 2010 - 1st XI v Harden (A) - Lost by 58 runs (0-6)

Harden 166-9 in 50 overs

Steeton 108 a/o in 41.1 overs

Harden batted first and on a difficult track scored 166 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. The bowling of the evergreen Gary Boulton was exemplary with 20 overs, 11 of which were maidens, conceding just 30 runs as he collected his 8th ever 1st XI 5-wicket haul – all of Gary’s 5 wickets being caught! There was also a brace of wickets each for skipper Jon Best (2-44) & Matthew Thomas (2-49). An remarkable 8 of the 9 wickets that fell went to catches: 2 for John Akrigg, 2 for keeper Neil Wilson & a single catch apiece for Mick Wilson, Chris Luxton, Andrew Luxton & Mark Taylor.

In reply Steeton’s top-order were biltzed and we were quickly reduced to 13 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 12 overs. The innings was steadied by a solid 46-run 6th wicket partnership between Andrew Luxton (22) & Australian Grant McDonald who top-scored with 25 runs. Grant hit 1 six & 4 fours as he faced 54 deliveries for his 25 runs, and Andrew Luxton faced 50 balls and hit 4 boundaries in his 22 runs. Keeper Neil Wilson was also in battling mood as he scored 24 runs, including 1 six & 4 fours from 35 balls faced. Neil shared a 23-run 8th wicket stand with Gary Boulton (16), followed by another 23-run 9th wicket stand with Matthew Thomas (7). Despite a battling late order, Steeton could only just managed to pass the 100 score. Steeton scored 108 runs all out in 41.1 overs to lose by 58 runs & must leave Cuckoo’s Nest with no points.


26 June 2010 - 1st XI v Calverley (H) - Won by 87 runs (6-0)

Steeton 286-7 in 50 overs

Calverley 199 a/o in 43.5 overs

Batting first Steeton’s batsmen put together a number of excellent scores & partnerships – starting with a 45-run opening stand between Chris Luxton (23) & skipper Jon Best (34). Chris hit 1 six & 3 fours as he faced 32 balls for his 23 runs, and Jon scored his 34 runs from 71 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Jon went on to share an excellent 2nd wicket partnership of 72 runs with centurian Neil Spragg (101). Neil score a fabulous century finishing with 101 runs from 122 deliveries with 2 sixes & 12 fours. As he amassed his century Neil shared a 68-run 3rd wicket partnership with John Akrigg (34) followed by 64-run 4th wicket partnership with Andrew Luxton (36). John Akrigg scored his 34 runs from just 33 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours, and Andrew Luxton hit 2 sixes & 3 fours as he scored his 36 runs from just 28 deliveries. Australian Grant McDonald smashed a rapid 13 runs and Gary Boulton crashed 16* runs, including a six which means Gary now equals Andrew Smith’s record of 190 sixes in 1st XI cricket at Steeton. At the tea interval Steeton were well satisfied with a score of 286 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs.

In reply Calverley had lost both openers with the score on 20 runs – one to the bowling of Ross Suri (1-24) & the other to Australian Grant McDonald, who was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with 3 wickets for 61 runs from 12 overs. The leg-spin of Andrew Luxton (1-28) & the swing of Gary Boulton (1-35) accounted for a wicket apiece. Following his heroics with the bat Neil Spragg bowled 3 overs and claimed 2 wickets for 7 runs, and the final 2 wickets fell to skipper Jon Best (2-26). Calverley were all out for 199 runs in 43.5 overs. Steeton fielding was good with catches for Chris Luxton, Oliver Gledhill, Matthew Thomas & Grant McDonald and 2 catches for keeper Neil Wilson. Grant McDonald & Jon Best were awarded fielding points. Steeton finished with a comfortable win by 87 runs and collect 6 valuable points from this encounter.


3 July 2010 - 1st XI v Bolton Villas (A) - Won by 3 wickets (6-0)

Bolton Villas 120 a/o in 33.4 overs

Steeton 121-7 in 41.2 overs

Steeton gained revenge for their loss first match of the season with the defeat of Bolton Villas. Bolton Villas batted first and had lost their first 3 batsmen with just 21 runs on the board – both openers falling to Ross Suri, who finished with 3 wickets for just 19 runs from 8.4 overs. Neil Spragg also claimed 3 wickets for 20 runs from 4 overs. Skipper Jon Best was also successful as he bowled 4 overs and collected 2 wickets for 16 runs. There was a wicket apiece for Australian Grant McDonald (1-31) & Gary Boulton (1-28). Keeper Neil Wilson took 3 catches; there was a single catch each for Chris Luxton & Grant McDonald; & 2 catches for Jon Best earned him a fielding point. Bolton Villas were all out for a meagre 120 runs from 33.4 overs – a similar total to the first match of the season, which Steeton had managed to lose!

Steeton’s reply started disastrously losing their top 4 batsmen with just 13 runs on the board and only skipper Jon Best (11) managing double figures. Andrew Luxton steadied the innings with a determined unbeaten 65* runs scored from 71 deliveries with 12 boundaries. Andrew was well supported by Australian Grant McDonald, who hit 6 fours as he faced 19 deliveries and scored 26 runs. Steeton continued to lose wickets but Andrew Luxton found stalwart support from Neil Wilson (13*) and together they forged a match-winning 48-run unbroken 8th wicket stand. Steeton had scored 121 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 41.2 overs, and so win by 3 wickets with 24 overs to spare.


10 July 2010 - 1st XI v Silsden (H) - Lost by 2 runs (0-6)

Silsden 147 a/o in 39.3 overs

Steeton 145 a/o in 40.5 overs

As could be expected with a local derby this was a close match with an incredibly tense finish. Bottom of the league, Silsden scored 147 runs all out in 39.3 overs, with Gary Boulton collecting 6 wickets for 40 runs in 13.3 overs; skipper Jon Best taking 3 wickets for 21 runs from 7 overs & Ross Suri (1-12) collecting the other wicket to fall. Keeper Julian Higginson took 2 catches & 1 stumping; John Akrigg took 2 catches & there was a single catch each for Andrew Luxton & Jon Best. Chris Luxton & John Akrigg were awarded fielding points.

Chasing a meagre total Steeton were off to an excellent start with an opening partnership of 49 runs between Chris Luxton (22) and Jon Best, who played a captain’s innings of 66 runs scored from 94 deliveries with 9 boundaries. Chris faced 51 balls and hit 3 fours for his 22 runs. Jon Best went on to share a 38-run 3rd wicket partnership with John Akrigg (12), but Steeton were losing wickets with regularity. Steeton were reduced to 124 runs for the loss of 8 wickets – needing just 23 runs with 2 wickets to lose. 10 runs were added between Australian Grant McDonald (21*) & Matthew Thomas (9). Grant hit 1 six & 2 fours for his unbeaten 21* runs scored from 29 deliveries. Steeton needed 13 runs as Steeton’s last man Ross Suri came out to join Grant. Together they added 11 runs, but just a tantalising 2 runs short of the Silsden score Ross was run out. Steeton lose by the minute margin of 2 runs – they scored 145 runs all out in 40.5 overs & so collect no points.


13 July 2010 - 1st XI v Crossflatts (H) in Keighley T20 Cup - Abandoned

Steeton 139-2 in 12 overs

Crossflatts

Rain was forecast for Tuesday…a prediction that turned out to be quite accurate. Rain caused the abandonment of this match, but not before Steeton had amassed 139 runs for the loss of 2 wickets from just 12 overs…over 11 runs per over! Steeton had scored 56 runs in 5 overs before John Akrigg was the first batter out having scored 33 runs from just 16 deliveries with 2 sixes & 3 fours. John’s opening partner was Chris Luxton, who faced 32 balls and hit 6 boundaries as he scored an unbeaten 37 runs. Chris went on to add 20 runs for the 2nd wicket with his brother Andrew Luxton, who hit 1 six & 1 four as he needed just 8 balls to score 16 runs. Better was still to come as Chris shared added 59 runs in the nest 5 overs with Australian Grant McDonald. Grant scored an incredible half-century from just 17 deliveries!…smashing 2 sixes & 8 fours as he scored an unbeaten 52* runs. Rain had the final say in this match and the fixture will have to be replayed next Tuesday.


17 July 2010 - 1st XI v Follifoot (A) - Lost by 10 wickets (0-6)

Steeton 107 a/o in 40.3 overs

Follifoot 108-0 in 27.4 overs

Batting first Steeton lost their first 3 wickets with just 9 runs on the board when Andrew Luxton (4) was controversially run out as he left his ground to repair the wicket! John Akrigg scored a solid 27 runs from 78 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours, and shared an excellent 4th wicket partnership of 90 runs with top-scorer Neil Spragg (59). Neil faced 73 deliveries and hit 3 sixes & 5 fours as he scored his 59 runs. Both Neil & John were dismissed with the score on 99 runs, and the rest of the side capitulated – the last 5 wickets only added a further 8 runs. Steeton had scored a meagre 107 runs all out in 40.3 overs.

Despite trying 8 different bowlers Steeton were unable to take any Follifoot wickets. Follifoot coasted to an comfortable victory, scoring 108 runs without losing a wicket in 27.4 overs. Steeton lost by 10 wickets and leave Rudding Park with no points.


24 July 2010 - 1st XI v Tong Park Esholt (H) - Losing Draw (1-5)

Tong Park 290-5 in 50 overs

Steeton 156-9 in 50 overs

Batting first Tong Park scored a mammoth 290 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 50 overs. The pick of the bowlers was Australian Grant McDonald, who took 3 wickets for 76 runs from 14 overs. Skipper Jon Best took 1 wicket for 72 runs from 13 overs & the other batsman was a run out by Grant McDonald. Keeper Gabe Manthorp took 1 catch and Mark Taylor was awarded a fielding point.

In reply Steeton were quickly reduced to 19 runs for the loss of 3 wicket. John Akrigg top-scored with 46 runs scored from 59 deliveries with 2 sixes & 5 fours. John steadied the innings as he shared an excellent 72-run 4th wicket stand with Andrew Luxton. Andrew scored 39 runs from 89 deliveries with 5 boundaries and went on to share a good 5th wicket partnership of 45 runs with Mark Taylor, who hit 2 sixes & 2 fours as he faced 36 balls to score his 30 runs. Mark became the 4th out of a total of 5 Steeton batsmen to be adjudged LBW. Australian Grant McDonald chipped in with 13 runs, but survival became the priority. Steeton finished with 156 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 50 overs and so collect a single point from a (1-5) losing draw.


27 July 2010 - 1st XI v Crossflatts (H) in Keighley T20 Cup (Replay) - Won by 78 runs

Steeton 137-8 in 20 overs

Crossflatts 59 a/o in 16 overs

At the 3rd attempt the weather finally relented and allowed this fixture to be completed. Steeton batted first and after 5 overs were 20 runs for 3 wickets, with only opener Chris Luxton (10) scoring double figures. Skipper Jon Best (27) shared a rapid 4th wicket partnership of 66 runs with top-scorer Mark Taylor (45). Jon scored his 27 runs from 29 deliveries with 2 boundaries & Mark faced just 29 balls and hit 2 sixes & 6 fours for his 45 runs. Australian Grant McDonald scored 26 runs from 16 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours, and shared a 40-run 6th wicket stand with Gary Boulton (14), who hit 2 boundaries and faced 15 balls before being stumped by his daughter’s boyfriend! After their 20 overs Steeton had scored 137 runs for the loss of 8 wickets – almost 7 runs per over.

In reply Crossflatts were soon in trouble losing 3 wickets for just 7 runs to Steeton’s opening bowlers: Ross Suri took 2 wickets for 7 runs from 3 overs & Grant McDonald took 1 wicket for 12 runs from 3 overs, courtesy of a nice catch at long off by John Akrigg. The next 3 wickets all fell to the experienced Gary Boulton, who conceded just 14 runs from 3 overs as he collected his 3 wickets from catches: 2 catches for Adam Hardwick & an excellent catch on the long on boundary by Jon Best. Off-spinner Adam Hardwick (1-16) tempted 1 Crossflatts batter to loft an easy catch to Ross Suri, and paceman Jonathan Taylor bowled 2 overs both of which were maidens and collected 1 wicket courtesy of a comfortable catch by Chris Luxton. The match was completed in style by Neil Spragg (1-4), who only required 1 over to clean bowl the last 2 batsmen. Crossflatts had scored 59 runs all out in 16 overs and so Steeton win by 78 runs.


31 July 2010 - 1st XI v Knaresborough (A) - Losing Draw (2-4)

Knaresborough 227-5 in 50 overs

Steeton 217-7 in 50 overs

Batting first Knaresborough scored an impressive 227 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 50 overs, built around a 123-run 2nd wicket partnership between Pryor (94) & Geary (52). The pick of the Steeton bowlers was skipper Jon Best, who collected 3 wickets for 66 runs from 13 overs, including a catch from his own bowling. Australian Grant McDonald took 1 wicket for 25 runs courtesy of a catch by Neil Spragg, and Neil Spragg took 1 wicket for 47 runs courtesy of a catch by Mark Taylor. Chris Luxton & Neil Spragg were awarded fielding points.

In reply Steeton had lost both openers with only 19 runs on the board – Chris Luxton (10) just managing double figures. Over the next 26 overs Steeton did not lose any further wicket as they added a further 66 runs. Neil Spragg scored an excellent 84 runs from 110 deliveries with 1 six & 11 fours and John Akrigg scored a watchful 28 runs from 87 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Neil went on to share a fine 67-run 4th wicket partnership with Andrew Luxton, who scored 25 runs from 32 balls faced with 2 fours. With the match ‘safe’ Steeton launched a belated assault on the imposing Knaresborough target. Mark Taylor smashed 4 sixes & 1 four as he scored 42 runs from just 24 deliveries & Mark shared a quickfire 7th wicket partnership of 56 runs with Gary Boulton, who hit 1 six as he scored an unbeaten 19* runs from 23 balls faced. After their 50 overs Steeton were a tantalising 10 runs short as they finished on 217 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs. Steeton are a little unfortunate to leave Crag Top with only 2 points from a losing draw.


7 August 2010 - 1st XI v Upper Wharfedale (H) - Abandoned (1-1)

Upper Wharfedale 228-7 in 50 overs

Steeton 48-5 in 20.3 overs

Batting first Upper Wharfedale set a good target of 228 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs. The pick of the Steeton bowlers was skipper Jon Best, who collected a 5-wicket haul as he bowled 14 overs conceding 64 runs and took 5 wickets. Australian Grant McDonald (1-19) & Neil Spragg (1-63) were the other successful bowlers. Keeper Gabe Manthorp took 3 catches and conceded no byes, and there were catches for Jon Best & Adam Hardwick.

Steeton’s reply was in serious trouble with 5 wickets down and only 48 runs on the board after 20.3 overs when the rain arrived and this fixture was curtailed. Mark Taylor (12) & John Akrigg (17) were the only batsmen to manage double figures. Steeton perhaps a little fortunate to come away with a single point from this soggy encounter.


14 August 2010 - 1st XI v Illingworth (A) - Won by 9 wickets (6-0)

Illingworth 132 a/o in 45.1 overs

Steeton 135-1 in 32.3 overs

Batting first Illingworth struggled against the tight bowling of Gary Boulton as he bowled 12 overs which cost 29 runs as collected a 5-wicket haul. Australian Grant McDonald was also in devastating form as he collected 3 wickets for 36 runs from 14.1 overs. Skipper Jon Best (1-39) & Neil Spragg (1-20) chipped in with a single wicket apiece. Steeton’s catching was on form with 7 of the Illingworth players were caught out – Mark Taylor took 2 catches & single catches each for John Akrigg, Adam Hardwick, Chris Luxton, Ross Suri, & Jon Best. A great display with the ball & in the field meant Illingworth had been restricted to 132 runs all out in 45.1 overs.

In reply Steeton lost opener John Akrigg (18) following an opening stand of 54 runs. John’s opening partner was skipper Jon Best, who went on to score a magnificent unbeaten 80* runs from 88 deliveries with 3 sixes & 12 fours. Jon shared a match-winning unbroken 2nd wicket partnership of 81 runs with Mark Taylor, who contributed 32* runs not out from 49 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Steeton scored 135 runs for the loss of only 1 wicket in 32.3 overs to record a comfortable win by 9 wickets & leave the Ainlseys with all 6 points.


21 August 2010 - 1st XI v Olicanian (H) - Lost by 50 runs (0-6)

Olicanian 246-7 in 50 overs

Steeton 196 a/o in 49.1 overs

Batting first Olicanian scored 246 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs. Skipper Jon Best was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets for 55 runs from 11 overs. Ross Suri removed both the Olicanian openers has he collected 2 wickets for 22 runs from 7 overs, and the leg-spin of Andrew Luxton earned him 2 wickets at a cost of 44 runs from 7 overs. Jonathan Taylor, Jon Best & Chris Luxton took a single catch each.

Steeton’s reply looked in disarray at 14 runs for the loss of 3 wickets, but a great 114-run 4th wicket stand between Neil Spragg (51) & Andrew Luxton (52) put Steeton back on course. Neil Spragg scored his 51 runs from 58 deliveries and hit 2 sixes & 8 fours, and Andrew Luxton faced 76 balls and hit 1 six & 7 fours as he scored his 52 runs. Unfortunately Neil & Andrew were both out in quick succession and wickets continued to tumble. Steeton passed the ¾ total and were looking to bat out for a draw. Australian Grant McDonald showed resolute defence as he scored an unbeaten 27* runs, but with 9 wickets down Grant was unable to get the strike for the final over of the innings. The final wicket fell with the first ball of the final over and so Steeton were all out for 196 runs in 49.1 overs & so lost by 50 runs.


22 August 2010 - 1st XI v Harden in Keighley Twenty20 Cup - Won by 9 wickets

Harden 79-8 in 20 overs

Steeton 82-1 in 8.5 overs

Batting first Harden were well restricted to just 79 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 20 overs. Australian Grant McDonald took 4 wickets for 17 runs from his 4 overs & Adam Hardwick only conceded 12 runs from his 4 overs as he took 2 wickets. The other wickets fell to Ross Suri (1-15) & skipper Jon Best (1-16). Adam Hardwick took 3 catches including a return catch from his own bowling & John Akrigg took a single catch.

In reply Steeton set about the Harden bowling with gusto. Australian Grant McDonald smashed 2 sixes & 5 fours as he scored an unbeaten 42* runs from 29 deliveries. Grant opened with Mark Taylor who scored 19 runs from 12 deliveries with 4 fours before being run out. Andrew Luxton scored an unbeaten 19* runs from 12 balls faced as he hit 4 fours. Steeton had cruised past the Harden target in just 8.5 overs scoring 82 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket.


22 August 2010 - 1st XI v Cullingworth in Keighley Twenty20 Cup Final - Won by 95 runs

Steeton 209-4 in 20 overs

Cullingworth 114-8 in 20 overs

To the chagrin of Cullingworth the Steeton batsmen almost disdainfully smashed the ball to all corners of the Lawkholme ground. Australian Grant McDonald was again in fine form with the bat scoring 43 runs from 28 deliveries with 2 sixes & 3 fours, but Grant was easily eclipsed by a fantastic century from Mark Taylor. Mark scored an incredible 103 runs from just 47 balls, hitting 5 sixes & 12 fours. John Akrigg chipped in with 8 runs, before Chris Luxton hit 3 fours as he faced 19 balls to score 24 run, and Jonathan Taylor finished with an unbeaten 18* runs from 10 balls with 1 six & 1 four. Steeton had scored a monumental 209 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their 20 overs – almost 10½ per over!

Faced with an almost insurmountable target the Cullingworth batters performed well and finished with a creditable 114 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 20 overs. Skipper Jon Best (2-5), Chris Luxton (2-11) & Gary Boulton (2-25) all took 2 wickets & there was a single wicket each for Jonathan Taylor (1-6) & Adam Hardwick (1-34). Mark Taylor, Grant McDonald & Andrew Luxton all took catches. Steeton won by 95 runs and so comfortably retain the Keighley T20 Cup.


28 August 2010 - 1st XI v Bilton (A) - Winning Draw (4-2)

Steeton 269-4 in 50 overs

Bilton 212-5 in 50 overs

Batting first Steeton had reached 22 runs for the loss of 2 wickets, with only Mark Taylor (11) managing double figures, as Neil Spragg strode out to join John Akrigg. The monumental 3rd wicket partnership that followed re-wrote the Club records as John scored an unbeaten 117* runs & Neil (104) also scored a century before he was caught, with the record partnership totalling 218 runs. John Akrigg scored his 12th 1st XI century for Steeton with his unbeaten 117* runs coming from 174 deliveries with 1 six & 18 fours…and Neil Spragg scored his 9th 1st XI century for Steeton with his 104 runs coming from 138 deliveries with 1 six & 14 fours. At the tea interval Steeton had scored a fantastic 269 runs for 4 wickets in their 50 overs.

In reply Bilton lost their first wicket with the score on 29 runs to the bowling of Ross Suri (1-22). Bilton were reduced to 51 runs for 3 wickets with skipper Jon Best taking the next 2 wickets for 60 runs from 19 overs, with stand-in keeper Chris Luxton collecting a catch. It was Gary Boulton who took the only other wickets as Bilton reached 108 runs for the loss of 5 wickets…Gary’s 2 wickets coming from 9 overs at a cost of 52 runs, with Jon Best taking a catch. A rapid unbroken 6th wicket stand between Walker (64*) & Timmens (67*) helped Bilton to 212 runs with 5 wickets down in their 50 overs – comfortably passing the 202-run ¾ score. Steeton leave Bilton with 4 points from 4-2 winning draw.


4 September 2010 - 1st XI v Harden (H) - Won by 63 runs (6-0)

Steeton 193 a/o in 49.3 overs

Harden 130 a/o in 43.2 overs

Batting first Steeton started this local derby poorly and were 2 wickets down with just 1 run on the board after the 1st over. Opener John Akrigg (29) & Neil Spragg (69) steadied the innings with a solid 69-run 3rd wicket partnership. John faced 69 balls and hit 4 fours as he scored his 29 runs, and Neil Spragg scored his 69 runs from 103 deliveries with 2 sixes & 9 fours. Andrew Luxton chipped in with 10 runs before Australian Grant McDonald scored an excellent unbeaten half-century – Grant scored 51* runs not out from 45 deliveries with 3 sixes & 5 fours. Grant shared a good 37-run 8th wicket partnership with James Jordan, who scored 12 runs with 1 six & 1 four. Steeton were all out in the last over of their allotted 50 overs having scored 193 runs all out in 49.3 overs.

In reply Harden lost wickets regularly, with the first 2 wickets going to skipper Jon Best (2-38) courtesy of catches by John Akrigg & keeper Gabe Manthorp, who finished with 2 catches. The next 3 wickets fell to Gary Boulton, who was the pick of the bowlers. Gary’s 9 overs conceded just 19 runs as he took 3 wickets, courtesy of catches by Oliver Myers & Australian Grant McDonald. As Harden’s innings crashed Neil Spragg took 2 wickets for 15 runs from 5 overs, but the coup-de-grâce was delivered by Ross Suri, who took 3 wickets for 35 runs from 12.2 overs. Harden were all out for 130 runs in 43.2 overs meaning Steeton won by 63 runs & collect all 6 points from this encounter.


11 September 2010 - 1st XI v Calverley (A) - Winning Draw (4-2)

Steeton 179-6 in 50 overs

Calverley 138-9 in 50 overs

Batting first Steeton scored 179 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 50 overs – thanks largely to Australian Grant McDonald, who is coming into some great batting form as the season ends! In the last match of the season Grant scored his 2nd successive unbeaten half-century – his 59* runs not out coming from 79 deliveries with 2 sixes & 9 fours. Opener John Akrigg scored 25 runs from 63 deliveries with 4 fours & he shared an opening stand with Andrew Luxton (10) followed by a 36-run 2nd wicket partnership with skipper Jon Best (38). Jon scored his 38 runs from 75 balls with 1 six & 4 fours, and Jon shared a 5th wicket partnership of 49 runs with Grant McDonald. Grant went on to have an unbroken 7th wicket stand of 60 runs with Chris Luxton, who hit 1 six & 1 four as he scored 24* runs from 29 deliveries.

In reply Calverley lost their first 3 wickets for 51 runs to the fine bowling of Jon Best, who bowled 13 overs which conceded 47 runs as he collected his 3 wickets. The pick of the bowlers was Gary Boulton, who needed 5 wickets to qualify for the averages, but had to settle for 4 wickets for 39 runs from 18 overs. Australian Grant McDonald completed a fine all-round performance with 2 wickets for 9 runs from 8 overs. Catches came in pairs with 2 catches each for Mark Taylor, John Akrigg & Jon Best. Keeper Gabe Manthorp also collected 1 catch. With 9 wickets down Calverley survived the last 5 overs & managed to pass the 135-run ¾ score. Calverley had scored 138 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs & so Steeton leave Victoria Park with 4 points from a winning draw.


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17 April 2010 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (A) - Winning Draw (4-2)

Steeton 194 a/o in 49.5 overs

Guiseley 166-7 in 50 overs

As must be expected from these old rivals, spectators were treated to a hard-fought match at Nethermoor. Batting first Steeton built a solid base and were in a good position at 100 runs for 1 wicket at the half-way drinks interval – Adam Hardwick (10) being the only man out. Opener David Robinson (43) & debutant Mark Taylor (38) compiled an excellent 2nd wicket partnership of 89 runs. David Robinson top-scored with 43 runs scored from 83 deliveries with 7 boundaries; and Mark Taylor faced 78 balls and hit 6 fours for his 38 runs. Steeton were unable to fully capitalise on their strong foundation, and were all out for 194 runs with just 1 ball of their innings left. Graham Williamson smashed 3 sixes in a quick-fire knock of 22 runs, skipper Paul Hardwick hit 1 six & 1 four in a late-order knock of 16 runs & batting at No4 Julian Higginson had hit 3 boundaries in an innings of 14 runs. At the tea interval Steeton were disappointed not to have scored another 30 runs, and knew they would have to bowl well to defend their total of 194 runs all out in 49.5 overs.

In reply Steeton had removed both of the Guiseley opening batsmen with the score on 31 runs – opening bowlers Ross Suri (1-19) & Callum Lowe (1-15) collecting a scalp each. A 79-run 3rd wicket stand put Guiseley back as favourites, before Steeton brought out their super off-spin bowler Zach Pearson (4-47). Zach bowled 13 overs and took 4 wickets for 47 runs…assisted by keeper Julian Higginson, who was in great form with 3 smart stumpings. Skipper Paul Hardwick (1-31) was happy to clean bowl his opposing skipper. Losing wickets rapidly Guiseley chose to bat out the last few overs for a losing draw. Guiseley finished on 166 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs still 28 runs short of the target, and so Steeton were rewarded with a winning draw (4-2).


24 April 2010 - 2nd XI v Adel (H) - Winning Draw (4-2)

Steeton 165 a/o in 49.5 overs

Adel 130-9 in 50 overs

Asked to bat first Steeton scored 165 runs all out with just 1 ball of their innings to go. Top-scorer was James Emmott, who fell to an excellent catch at fine leg, for 34 runs scored from 62 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Earlier on debut young opener Saleem Qureshi had hit 5 boundaries in an accomplished knock of 26 runs from just 27 balls faced. At No3 Mark Taylor continued his impressive start to the season with 38 runs last week being followed by another 25 runs today. Mark’s 25 runs came from 43 deliveries & included 5 fours. The experienced Julian Higginson chipped-in with 21 runs from 42 balls faced with 5 fours, and James Jordan faced 28 balls to score 18 runs with 4 boundaries. At the tea interval Steeton had scored a slightly below-par 165 runs all out in 49.5 overs.

This season Steeton 2nd XI is packed with bowlers, and this paid dividends today. Ross Suri made a good start to the innings with 2 wickets from 10 overs that were very economical – conceding just 26 runs. Skipper Paul Hardwick (1-23), Graham Williamson (1-26) & James Emmott (1-26) chipped in with a single wicket apiece, but the bowling honours for the second week running must go to the off-spinner Zach Pearson. Zach has made a prolific start to the season, and collected a further 4 wickets for just 19 runs from 11 overs to return career-best figures of 4-19. All the bowlers were well supported in the field; with 2 catches for keeper Julian Higginson, and also 2 each for skipper Paul Hardwick & James Emmott, and a single catch for Graham Williamson. Mark Taylor & Adam Hardwick were awarded fielding points. With 9 wickets down Adel mounted a stubborn rearguard action, which managed to bat out the last 13 overs to collect 2 points from a losing draw. Adel finished with 130 runs for 9 wickets scored from 50 overs. Steeton’s impressive start to the 2010 season continues with their 2nd 4-2 winning draw.


1 May 2010 - 2nd XI v Rawdon (A) - Won by 8 wickets (6-0)

Rawdon 156 a/o in 49.4 overs

Steeton 158-2 in 30.3 overs

Asked to bat first Rawdon scored 156 runs all out in 49.4 overs. Both openers were removed by Ross Suri (3-40) as Rawdon were reduced to 33 runs for 2 wickets. Callum Lowe (2-16) then nipped out the next 2 wickets & Rawdon were further reduced to 77 runs for 4 wickets. With the top batters removed James Emmott (4-29) ripped through the middle & late order as he bowled 13 overs that cost just 29 runs as he collected his 4 wickets. The in-form off-spin of Zach Pearson (1-12) collected the other wicket. Keeper Julian Higginson continued his excellent start to the season with a further 2 catches & 1 stumping. Skipper Paul Hardwick earned himself a fielding point with 2 catches & Callum Lowe was awarded the other fielding point. At the tea interval Steeton knew that they were in a good position, but need a convincing batting display.

In reply Steeton were looking a little shaky at 36 runs for 2 wickets having lost young opener Saleem Qureshi (6) & Oliver Gledhill (10). This brought together the experienced pairing of Mick Wilson (84*) & Julian Higginson (52*). Together Mick & Julian amassed an impressive unbroken 3rd wicket partnership of 122 runs to breeze past the Rawdon target with 19 overs to spare. Mick Wilson top-scored with a chanceless 84* runs not out from 89 deliveries with 3 sixes & 12 fours. Julian Higginson was ‘given a life’ before he was off the mark, but he went on to make Rawdon pay dearly. Julian swatted 11 boundaries as he faced 59 balls for his unbeaten 52* runs and hit the winning runs to also bring up his half century. Steeton’s solid start to the season continues, with this convincing 8-wicket victory. With 122 runs, over ¾ of Steeton’s runs were scored in boundaries, the final score was 158 runs for 2 wickets in 30.3 overs and collect all 6 points from this one-sided encounter.


8 May 2010 - 2nd XI v North Leeds (H) - Won by 2 wickets (6-0)

North Leeds 187 a/o in 49.2 overs

Steeton 188-8 in 45.4 overs

Batting first North Leeds scored 187 runs all out in 49.2 overs. Following his 4 wickets last week, James Emmott (5-52) collected a 5-wicket haul, with 5 wickets all caught for 52 runs from 12 overs. Skipper Paul Hardwick (3-50) clean bowled 3 wickets for 50 runs, and there was a single wicket apiece for Adam Hardwick (1-12) bowling off-spinners & opener Ross Suri (1-31). The bowlers were very well supported in the field with Adam Hardwick taking 3 excellent catches which earned him 2 fielding points. There were further good catches for Mick Wilson, skipper Paul Hardwick & keeper Julian Higginson. At the tea interval North Leeds had posted a reasonable total of 187 runs, and Steeton knew they would have to bat well.

In reply both Steeton openers scored half-centuries; experienced Mick Wilson (53) led the way scoring 53 runs of a opening partnership of 78 runs, and playing only his 3rd senior match young opening partner Saleem Qureshi (58) top-scored with his first senior half-century. Mick Wilson had hit 9 boundaries and faced 58 deliveries for his 53 runs, to record his 2nd successive half-century since his brief sojourn in the 1st XI. Saleem Qureshi still plays for our U15s, but played with assurance to record his half-century – 58 runs scored from 109 deliveries with 13 fours. Oliver Gledhill chipped in with 20 runs & Julian Higginson with 25 runs, and so when Steeton lost their 3rd wicket with the score on 158 runs they still appeared to be coasting to a comfortable victory. Although they were finally victorious Steeton lost a further 5 wickets scoring the next 30 runs. Steeton scored 188 runs for 8 wickets in 45.4 overs. Their strong start to the season continues as Steeton win by 2-wickets & collect all 6 points from this encounter.


15 May 2010 - 2nd XI v Knaresborough (A) - Won by 6 wickets (6-0)

Knaresborough 209-4 in 50 overs

Steeton 211-4 in 43.2 overs

Asked to bat first Knaresborough had some good
individual scores, but seemed unable to accelerate the scoring when it was
required. Geary (73) & Revill (52*) helped Knaresborough score 209 runs for
the loss of 4 wickets in their 50 overs. Skipper Paul Hardwick (2-38) was
the pick of the bowlers. Paul removed both openers as he bowled with
excellent pace to earn himself 2 wickets for the loss of 38 runs from 15
overs. Callum Lowe (1-46) & Zach Pearson (1-46) were the other bowlers to
take wickets. Skipper Paul Hardwick took a catch, but James Jordan & Mick
Wilson were awarded fielding points. At the tea interval Steeton were
pleased that Knaresborough were 20 or 30 runs short of what they should have
scored. In reply Steeton were led by opener the experienced Mick Wilson, who
played a faultless innings of 121* runs not out. Mick hit 1 six & 18 fours
and faced 115 balls as he scored his 121* runs not out – Mick’s 5th 2nd XI
century. Quote from Mick after the match: “That was a f**king good wicket”.
Mick shared an opening stand of 29 runs with Danny Hanson (12); a 49-run 3rd
wicket stand with Julian Higginson (18)…but the 4th wicket partnership of
88 runs with Oliver Gledhill (46) was the match-winner for Steeton. Oliver
crashed 8 boundaries as he scored his 46 runs from just 44 deliveries. With
the winning post in sight Oliver was bowled, leaving Mick to hit consecutive
boundaries to win the match. Steeton had scored 211 runs for the loss of 4
wickets in 43.2 overs, to win by 6 wickets with 6 overs to spare. The
Steeton juggernaut‘s excellent start to the
season continues as they leave Crag Top with all 6 points, which puts us top
of the league.


16 May 2010 - 2nd XI v Olicanian (H) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 5 wickets

Olicanian 209-7 in 45 overs

Steeton 213-5 in 43.5 overs

Olicanian won the toss and chose to have first use of an excellent looking Steeton track. Led by Wheeler (88) Olicanian posted a good 209 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 45 overs. Skipper Paul Hardwick took 2 wickets for 34 runs from his 9 overs & his opening partner Callum Lowe also took 2 wickets for the loss of 51 runs from his 9 overs. Graham Williamson (1-37), Adam Hardwick (1-29) & Zach Pearson (1-31) took a single wicket each. Graham Williamson took 2 catches & was awarded a fielding point – the other point going to Zach Pearson. Skipper Paul ‘The Claw’ Hardwick also took a well-judged catch.

At the tea interval Steeton felt they had allowed Olicanian to score around 30 runs more than they should have, and much rested on the experienced openers David Robinson & yesterday’s centurian Mick Wilson. However both were back in the pavilion with the score on just 20 runs from the first 10 overs. The innings was steadied by a 75-run 3rd wicket stand between Adam Hardwick (40) & Julian Higginson (55). Adam scored his 40 runs from 55 deliveries including 9 fours before being stumped. Julian also hit 9 boundaries & faced 79 balls before he too was stumped for a fine half-century – 55 runs. Julian shared a 37-run 5th wicket stand with top-scorer Phil Barrett (69*). Phil’s innings was cap-throwingly good as he smashed 2 massive sixes & 8 fours as he faced just 51 deliveries for his unbeaten 69* runs. Phil went on to share a match-winning unbroken 6th wicket partnership of 80 runs from 11 overs with Graham Williamson (32*). Graham faced 37 balls and hit 1 six & 3 fours as he scored his unbeaten 32* runs. Playing against his old club Graham took 2 catches, got 1 fielding point, took 1 wicket & scored 32* runs! Phil Barrett finished the match with consecutive boundaries (a six then a four) as Steeton finished on 213 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 43.5 overs. The Steeton juggernaut wins by 5 wicket with 1 over to spare, and progress to the 2nd round of the Birtwhistle Cup, where they next play Knaresborough at home on 13th June.


22 May 2010 - 2nd XI v Otley (H) - Won by 51 runs (6-0)

Steeton 210-9 in 50 overs

Otley 159 a/o in 46.1 overs

In the top of the table clash Steeton were victorious, to consolidate their
position as clear league leaders. Having lost the toss on a scorching hot day
Steeton were surprised to be asked to bat first as Otley volunteered to toil
through the hottest part of the day. Steeton’s form this season owes much to
the superb batting form of Mick Wilson, who has already scored 343 runs at
an average of 114 runs! With wickets dropping at the other end Mick Wilson
scored a valuable 80 runs from 127 deliveries with 14 boundaries. Mick
shared  a 4th wicket stand of 46 runs with Oliver Gledhill (23). Mick
also shared a 6th wicket partnership of 75 runs with James Emmott (45), who
had only returned from holiday in the early hours of the morning! James
scored his 45 runs from 76 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours. James went on to
share a 30-run 7th wicket stand with Graham Williamson (18). At the tea
interval Steeton had set a target of 210 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in
their 50 overs – a good score, but around 30 runs short of what they had
hoped for. In reply Otley were constantly pegged back as they regularly lost
wickets keeping up with the run rate. Callum Lowe (2-31) had removed both
openers with the total on 31 runs, courtesy of a thin nick caught behind by
keeper Julian Higginson & an excellently judged low catch at mid-on by
skipper Paul Hardwick. Steeton’s spinners Zach Pearson (1-36) & Adam
Hardwick (1-8) collected a wicket each – Zach’s wicket was a sharp stumping
by Julian Higginson. Skipper Paul Hardwick (2-37) came back to clean bowl 2
batsmen, but the pick of the bowlers was James Emmott (4-40). James bowled
9.1 overs, conceding 40 runs as he collected his 4 wickets, with 2 good
catches at mid-on by Zach Pearson, and an excellent catch in the slips by
Oliver Gledhill to remove the final Otley batter. For his tireless work on
such a hot day, Callum Lowe was awarded 2 fielding points. Otley had scored
159 runs all out in 46.1 overs to lose by 51 runs. In this top of the table
clash the Steeton juggernaut collects the 6
points that puts them clear leaders in division 1 by 8 points.


29 May 2010 - 2nd XI v Illingworth (A) - Abandoned (1-1)

Steeton 1pt

Illingworth 1pt

Steeton travelled to Illingworth and sat watching the rain for a couple of hours, before bowing to the inevitable. Both sides collect a single point each.


5 June 2010 - 2nd XI v Olicanian (H) - Won by 75 runs (6-0)

Steeton 250-7 in 50 overs

Olicanian 175 a/o in 44.1 overs

Olicanian arrived at Summerhill Lane seeking
revenge for their 1st round cup exit. Without the prolific Mick Wilson
(playing for the 1st XI) & Julian Higginson (on holiday) Steeton’s batting
was looking slightly weak – on paper! Opener David Robinson scored an
excellent 64 runs from 102 deliveries with 11 boundaries. David shared a a
fantastic 2nd wicket partnership of 129 runs with top-scorer Adam Hardwick
(70). Adam played with great composure as he  faced 88 deliveries & hit
2 sixes & 11 fours for his 70 runs. After 30 overs Steeton had score 110 runs
for the loss of 1 wicket & badly needed an injection of runs. A rapid
injection of runs was supplied by Oliver Gledhill (65), who was only at the
crease for 30 deliveries, but hit 4 sixes & 8 fours as he scored a wonderful
65 runs. Jimmy Emmott chipped in with 15 runs & at the end of the innings
Phil Barrett (20*) hit 2 sixes & 1 four and faced 13 balls for his
undefeated 20* runs. At the tea interval Steeton had scored 250 runs for the
loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs ~ on a hot day on a superb batting track
Steeton knew that while a good total this was by no means insurmountable. In
reply Olicanian’s top-order batted very sensibly. Olicanian had reached 102
runs for the loss of 2 wicket at the 25-over drinks interval & looked to be
on course for a remarkable victory. However skipper Paul Hardwick’s 2nd
bowling spell changed the course of the match as he took 4 wicket in the
space of 8 deliveries & was unlucky not to come away with a hat-trick. Paul
finished with 6 wickets for 49 runs from 17 overs. Adam Hardwick (1-36)
collected a single wicket courtesy of a catch by stand-in wicket keeper
Oliver Gledhill, who finished with 3 wickets & only conceded 5 byes. Playing
his ex-team-mates Graham Williamson took 3 wickets for 14 runs from 5.1
overs – including the wicket of the Olicanian top-scorer Wheeler (73), who
Graham caught off his own bowling. Skipper Paul Hardwick also took a catch
from his own bowling and was awarded 2 fielding points. From being in a
strong position at 150 runs for the loss of 2 wickets after 33 overs,
Olicanian collapsed to 175 runs all out in 44.1 overs. The Steeton
juggernaut  wins by 75 runs to collect
all 6 points that keep them firmly at the top of the 1st division.


12 June 2010 - 2nd XI v Beckwithshaw (A) - Won by 7 wickets (6-0)

Beckwithshaw 184 a/o in 45.3 overs

Steeton 185-3 in 51.1 overs

In this top-of-the-table clash, the Steeton
juggernaut consolidated its position as clear
leader with a 7 wicket victory at Beckwithshaw. Asked to bat first Beckwithshaw were
all out for 184 runs in 45.3 overs – giving Steeton 4 overs. The chief-destroyer
was James Emmott who took 6 wickets for 57 runs for 16 overs. Zach Pearson took
3 wickets for 69 runs & skipper Paul Hardwick took 1 wicket for 28 runs. The
bowlers were well supported behind the wicket with keeper Julian Higginson
taking 2 catches & 1 stumping, and Phil Barrett taking 2 catches in the slips as
well as 1 catch on the boundary. Callum Lowe also took a well-judged catch on
the boundary, and was awarded a fielding point – the other fielding point going
to James Jordan. Adam Hardwick certainly kept his eye on the ball as he fielded
in the covers & was hit on the nose – which bled profusely – he sat out much
of the Beckwithshaw innings trying to stem the bleeding. Beckwithshaw’s tea-time score owed much to a ‘cavalier’ 60 runs
by Irvine batting at No7. Steeton’s reply got off to a steady start with David
Robinson scoring 32 runs from 87 deliveries with 4 boundaries. David shared an
opening stand of 36 runs with Danny Hanson (15), followed by a 24-run 2nd wicket
stand with Adam Hardwick (66*). Top-scorer for the 2nd successive week was Adam
‘The Nose’ Hardwick with an unbeaten 66* runs scored from 101 deliveries with 2 sixes & 8
fours, despite his bruised nose! Julian Higginson really accelerated the run-rate with 8 fours in a score
of 46 runs from 48 deliveries & shared a great 3rd wicket partnership of 80 runs
with Adam. Adam & James Jordan (19*) then saw Steeton safely pass the
Beckwithshaw target with 7 wickets & almost 3 overs to spare. Steeton scored 185
runs for 3 wickets in 51.1 overs. Steeton are now 12 points clear at the top of
the league.


13 June 2010 - 2nd XI v Knaresborough (H) in Birtwhistle Cup - Lost on Bowl-Out (1-2)

Steeton 88-1 in 25 overs

Knaresborough

Steeton lost the toss and were asked to bat
first with the skies darkening. With the score on 17 runs David Robinson had
hit 2 fours, but was caught out for 14 runs from 23 deliveries. David opened
with Danny Hanson, who scored an unbeaten 27* runs from 68 deliveries with 1
six & 3 fours. Danny shared an unbroken 2nd wicket partnership with the
in-form Adam Hardwick, who faced 63 balls & hit 5 boundaries as he scored
38* runs not out. When the rain came Steeton had scored 88 runs and lost
just 1 wicket from 25 overs – and were increasing the run-rate with a target
score of 200 runs. Constant rain meant that the only way to decide this
match was a bowl-out, which was only possible in the practice nets. For
Steeton only Graham Williamson managed to hit the wickets & so Steeton are
out of the Birtwhistle Cup having lost 1-2 in the bowl-out.


19 June 2010 - 2nd XI v Kirkstall Educational (H) - Won by 7 wickets (6-0)

Kirkstall Educational 146 a/o in 37.4 overs

Steeton 147-3 in 35.2 overs

Congratulations to skipper Paul Hardwick on
his marriage to Kathryn, but it did mean that Steeton had to take on 4th in
the league Kirkstall without 5 regular player…including the captain, this
season’s leading wicket-taker & the top-scorer from the last 3 matches. It
is a testament to the strength in depth of the Steeton
juggernaut
that it further consolidated its position as clear leader with a 7 wicket victory
against Kirkstall Educational. Kirkstall had to bat first since they only had 2
men at Summerhill Lane at 1pm. The rest of the team arrived at 5 minutes after
the official start time
and could only manage 146 runs all out. For Kirkstall Missett scored 77 runs
otherwise the Kirkstall target would have been much less. With many of the
usual bowlers absent, Callum Lowe bowled a fantastic spell & finished with a
career-best 6 wickets for 19 runs from 9.4 overs. Earlier Chris Karakiozakis
had got Steeton off to a great start taking a wicket before Kirkstall had
scored any runs – Chris finished with 1 wicket for 34 runs from 10 overs.
Following a 70-run 3rd wicket stand Zach Pearson came on and took 2 quick
wickets for 25 runs from 8 overs. Callum Lowe took 2 catches from his own
bowling, keeper Julian Higginson took a good catch, and there were safely
pouched catches by Chris Karakiozakis, Zach Pearson & Tom Charlesworth.
Danny Hanson & Zach Pearson were awarded fielding points With their last man
unable to bat through injury, Kirkstall Educational could only muster 146
runs all out in 37.4 overs. In reply
Steeton’s openers were peppered with frequent bouncers, but put the result of
this match beyond doubt with a battling 83-run opening partnership between Gabe Manthorp (40) & Danny
Hanson (60*). Gabe Manthorp faced 59 balls & hit 8 fours as he scored a Steeton
2nd XI career-best 40 runs. Gabe’s opening partner was Danny Hanson, who
also scored his first senior half-century & finished with a career-best
unbeaten 60* runs from 111 deliveries with 1 six & 9 fours. Fittingly it was
a delighted stand-in skipper Julian Higginson, who hit the winning runs as
he scored an unbeaten 16* runs. Steeton finished with 147 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 35.2
overs. Steeton collect all 6 points and as the mid-season point approaches we are
15 points clear at the top of the 1st division.


26 June 2010 - 2nd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A) - Won by 11 runs (6-0)

Steeton 227-6 in 50 overs

Burley-in-Wharfedale 216 a/o in 46.5 overs

Burley has probably been the Steeton
juggernaut‘s sternest test of the season –
it was a shame that either side had to lose in such a tightly
contested match – but fortunately Steeton were eventually victorious by 11
runs. Asked to bat first Steeton were soon in disarray as they slumped to 23
runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Opener Mick Wilson (100*) was still there
and Mick shared a good 64-run 4th wicket partnership with stand-in skipper
Julian Higginson (36). Centurian Mick faced 146 balls & hit 14 boundaries as
he scored his unbeaten century. Skipper Julian Higginson faced 55 deliveries
& hit 8 boundaries for his 36 runs. Steeton lost further wickets and were
reduced to 6 wickets down with just 105 runs on the board after 33
overs…but Mick was still there & Mick went on to share an incredible
unbroken 7th wicket partnership of 122 runs with Phil Barrett. Phil scored
an unbeaten 60* runs from just 56 deliveries with 7 boundaries as Steeton
went into the tea interval quite satisfied having set a target of 227 runs
for the loss of 6 wicket in their 50 overs. Burley’s reply started at over
10 runs per over & had scored 61 runs in 6 overs before losing their first
wicket to the fine bowling of Callum Lowe (3-35) – Callum was the pick of
the bowlers as he ripped out the first 3 Burley batsmen & finished conceding
35 runs from 9 overs. James Emmott (2-57) & Adam Hardwick (2-41)
accounted for 2
wickets each & Zach Pearson (1-40) took the other wicket. Steeton took 2
excellent catches to give themselves a foothold in this fixture – Danny
Hanson took a fine low catch at square leg & earned himself a fielding point
& James Emmott took an important low catch on the long-off boundary. Adam
Hardwick took 2 catches, including 1 off his own bowling & was awarded the
other fielding point. Skipper & keeper Julian Higginson also took 2 good catches
& also removed the bails to comfortably run out 1 of the Burley batsmen from an
accurate throw by Adam Hardwick. Zach Pearson also ran out another batter by
deflecting a hard hit drive onto the stumps. Full credit must go to a
battling Burley side, who kept going for the win right to the last ball, but
although they were ahead  of the score rate they were losing too many
wickets. Burley finished with 216 runs all out in 46.5 overs – a tantalising
11 runs short of the Steeton target. Steeton are relieved & more than a
little fortunate to leave Hodson Park with all 6 points. Steeton are now 18
points clear at the top of the 1st division.


3 July 2010 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (H) - Lost by 6 wickets (0-6)

Steeton 173 a/o in 47.5 overs

Guiseley 174-4 in 42.5 overs

Steeton’s bogey side over the past few years has been Guiseley and it proved
so again today. Steeton put in a poor performance with the bat, with the ball
& in the field and were punished as they lost by 6 wickets, Asked to bat
first Steeton’s usually dependable batting line-up lost wickets regularly and
were all out for 173 runs in 47.5 overs. When the prolific Mick Wilson was
caught for 18 runs Steeton had lost both openers with just 37 runs on the board.
Adam Hardwick top-scored with 43 runs scored for 86 deliveries with 2 sixes & 4
fours. Adam shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 24 runs with opener Mick Wilson
(18), and then went on to share a 25-run 3rd wicket stand with Oliver
Gledhill (14). Finally Adam shared a 3rd wicket partnership of 42 runs with
skipper Julian Higginson, who scored 32 runs from 60 deliveries with 3
boundaries. Julian went on to share a 6th wicket stand of 32 runs with Phil
Barrett, who tried to increase the run-rate as he hit 2 sixes & 1 four and
scored 20 runs from 13 balls faced. Late runs by James Jordan (12*),
including a last wicket partnership of 17 with Jake Hill (6), saw Steeton
through to a disappointing 173 runs all out in 47.5 overs. At the tea
interval Steeton believed that, even with an impressive batting line-up,
they were around 80 runs short of what was required. In reply Guiseley
batted very sensibly on a good pitch, making it difficult for Steeton to
make any major inroads into their batting. The pick of the bowlers was
junior Jake Hill, who clean bowled 2 batsmen and finished with excellent
figures of 2 wickets for 46 runs from 11.5 overs. Graham Williamson (1-27)
collected a wicket courtesy of a slip catch by Phil Barrett, and James
Emmott (1-43) collected a wicket courtesy of a catch by Gabe Manthorp.
Overall Steeton’s bowling was not up to it’s usual standard with 9 wides & 5
no-balls helping Guiseley along the way, and equally the fielding was not to
it’s normal high standard with some careless misfields allowing the batsmen
easy runs. Guiseley scored 174 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 42.5 overs.
Steeton have now recorded their first league defeat of the season, and their
lead at the top of the division slips to 12 points.


10 July 2010 - 2nd XI v Adel (A) - Won by 6 wickets (6-0)

Adel 102 a/o in 42.3 overs

Steeton 105-4 in 35.3 overs

After it’s misfire last week the Steeton
juggernaut
returned to it’s winning ways with a 6 wicket demolition at Adel.
Winning the toss Adel chose to bat first, but must have regretted their decision
as they were all out for 102 runs in 42.3 overs. The first wicket fell to Callum
Lowe, who only conceded 5 runs from his 7 overs. The pick of the bowlers was
James Emmott, who collected a 5-wicket haul with his 14.3 overs conceding 26
runs as he took his 5 wickets. Not far behind him was Adam Hardwick, who took 4
wicket for 28 runs from 12 overs. The fielding was back to it’s usual high
calibre with 6 catches all taken by different fielders: Phil Barrett, James
Jordan, James Emmott, Mick Wilson, Danny Hanson & Callum Lowe. James Emmott &
Mick Wilson were awarded fielding points. Faced with such a low target Steeton
got off to a solid opening partnership of 39 runs between Mick Wilson  (22)
& Danny Hanson (8). Mick scored his 22 runs from 49 deliveries with 3
boundaries. A shuttering of wickets saw Steeton lose 4 wickets as they added the
next 18 runs, but this brought together the experienced David Robinson (29*)
with the youth of  Gabe Manthorp (28*). Together David & Gabe compiled an
unbroken 5th wicket stand of 48 runs to win the match for Steeton. David scored
his unbeaten 29* runs from 70 deliveries with 5 fours, and Gabe also hit 5 fours
as he faced 40 deliveries to score his 28* runs not out. Steeton had scored
105 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 35.3 overs, to win by 6 wickets with
21 overs to spare. Steeton record their 9th league win of the season & leave
Church Lane with all 6 points to maintain their position at the top of the
league. With Guiseley losing at Rawdon, Steeton are now 15 points clear of
2nd placed Otley.


17 July 2010 - 2nd XI v Rawdon (H) - Won by 8 wickets (6-0)

Rawdon 151-8 in 35 overs

Steeton 152-2 in 29.5 overs

Rain delayed the start of this match which was reduced to 35 overs per side.
Once we were underway the weather did fine-up and turned into a nice sunny
evening. Steeton won the toss and asked Rawdon to bat first. Jake Hill took the
first 2 Rawdon wickets as he bowled a super spell of 7 overs taking 2 wickets
for 23 runs. Skipper Paul Hardwick (1-54) & Graham Williamson (1-31) took a
wicket apiece, but the pick of the bowlers was James Emmott, who took 4 wickets
for 37 runs from 10 overs. Skipper Paul Hardwick collected 2 catches and earned
himself a fielding point, and there was a catch each for Graham Williamson,
keeper Julian Higginson & Jake Hill, who was also awarded a fielding point. Rawdon
had set off as though this was a 20-20 match, scoring at over 6 runs per over, but
as Steeton took more wickets they pegged the run-rate back. At the tea
break Rawdon had scored 151 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 35 overs…Steeton would have to score at 4½ runs per over to record their 10th
victory of the season. In reply Steeton were off to a steady start, with the
prolific Mick Wilson scoring 65 runs in an opening partnership of 74 runs
with Saleem Qureshi, who scored 29 runs from 67 deliveries with 4 fours.
Mick Wilson scored his 65 runs from 86 deliveries with 9 boundaries, and he
went on to share a rapid 2nd wicket partnership of 67 runs scored in 8 overs
with Phil Barrett (52*). As Phil came to the wicket the wicket the required
run rate had crept up to over 5 runs per over, and he had been promoted up
the order to score quick runs. Phil duly smashed 1 six & 8 fours as scored his
half century from just 30 deliveries. Steeton had scored 152 runs for the
loss of 2 wickets in 29.5 overs to win by 8 wickets with 5 overs to spare.
Steeton achieve their 10th league victory of the season to maintain their
position as champions-elect. As Burley beat Otley, who were in 2nd place, Steeton are now
18 points clear with 8 more games to play.


24 July 2010 - 2nd XI v North Leeds (A) - Lost by 45 runs (0-6)

North Leeds 225 a/o in 50 overs

Steeton 180 a/o in 45 overs

Steeton won the toss and asked North Leeds to bat first. For North Leeds
opener West batted right through the innings and scored 114* runs not out –
West’s century formed the backbone of a commanding total of 225 runs all out
from exactly 50 overs. The pick of the bowling was skipper Paul Hardwick, who
took 4 wickets for 51 runs from 16 overs. James Emmott also bowled 16 overs and
he collected 3 wickets for 73 runs, and Adam Hardwick took 2 wickets for 29 runs
from 9 overs. The other wicket fell to a smart run out by Paul Hardwick as he
collected a ball hit back at him from his own bowling & removed the bails. James
Jordan took a good low catch and was awarded a fielding point…the other
fielding point going to Zach Pearson. David Robinson took a comfortable catch,
and James Emmott & Paul Hardwick both took return catches from their own
bowling. At the tea break Steeton knew that they would need a good start if they
were to challenge this target, but in reply Steeton had lost their top 4 batsmen
with just 45 runs on the board, with only opener Mick Wilson (25) managing
double figures. Mick scored his 25 runs from 40 deliveries with 5 fours. An
excellent 104-run 5th wicket stand between Julian Higginson (60) & James Jordan
(29) brought Steeton right back into contention. Julian top-scored with 10
boundaries as he faced 80 balls to score his 60 runs, and James scored his
29 runs from 71 deliveries with 6 fours, but both batters were out in quick
succession. Phil Barrett (14*) & James Emmott (11) put on 24 runs for the
7th wicket, but when James was caught the last 3 Steeton batsmen only added
a further 3 runs. Steeton were all out for 180 runs in 45 overs and so
record only their 2nd league defeat of the season. Steeton lost by 45 runs &
leave the Homestead with no points. Steeton’s lead at the top of the league
has been trimmed to 12 points.


31 July 2010 - 2nd XI v Knaresborough (H) - Won by 9 wickets (6-0)

Knaresborough 122 a/o in 42.4 overs

Steeton 126-1 in 47.2 overs

When the top of the league meets the bottom of the league there should only
be one result – and so it proved.. .Steeton won by 9 wickets. Asked to bat first
Knaresborough scored 122 all out in 42.4 overs. Skipper Paul Hardwick (2-20) got out both
openers both caught by keeper Julian Higginson, who finished with 3 catches as
well as a run out. James Emmott took 3 wickets for 38 runs from 16.4 overs
courtesy of 2 catches in the slips by Phil Barrett, the first of which was good
enough to earn Phil a fielding point. But the pick of the bowlers was
off-spinner Zach
Pearson, who collected 4 wickets for 38 runs from 12 overs, with all 4 caught –
1 each for James Jordan, Julian Higginson, Mick Wilson & Paul Hardwick, who was
also awarded a fielding point. At the tea interval Steeton knew that they were
in a strong position with the gathering clouds looked to be the only threat.
Steeton’s reply got off to a fantastic start with a battling opening partnership
of 88 runs between the experienced Mick
Wilson (41) & youngster Saleem Qureshi (50*). Mick scored his 41 runs from 105
deliveries with 7 fours, and Saleem scored his 2nd half-century of the season
with his unbeaten 50* runs coming from 123 deliveries with 6 fours. David
Robinson scored 22* runs not out from 62 balls faced with 3 fours as Steeton
comfortably won by 9 wickets with 9 overs to spare. Steeton had scored 126
runs for the loss of just 1 wicket in 47.2 overs and collect all 6 points
from this one-sided encounter


7 August 2010 - 2nd XI v Otley (A) - Abandoned (1-1)

Steeton 198-8 in 50 overs

Otley 71-2 in 26.3 overs

Steeton lost the toss and were asked to bat
first. Steeton lost one of their openers early, but the innings was put back
on track thanks to a second wicket partnership of 43 between Danny Hanson
(17) and Hayden Tennant (32), who was the second highest scorer of the day
in his return to second team cricket. Oliver Gledhill batted an aggressive
innings, making 31 runs, but soon after he was out stumped Steeton found
themselves struggling at 108-8. As the only remaining recognised batsmen,
James Emmott batted a mature innings, making 64* as he and Paul Hardwick
(30*) set a new club record 9th wicket partnership of 90 runs. Steeton
finished their innings with a par score of 198-8, with Mulligan the pick of
the Otley bowlers taking 4-62. Steeton made a good start with the ball, with
Callum Lowe removing the first Otley opener with the score on 20. With key
Otley batsmen Wolfenden also removed, and Otley falling behind the required
run-rate, the game was well poised with Otley on 71-2 with 24 overs when the
rain came and the game was abandoned. James Jordan was awarded a fielding
point for a smart catch at backward square leg.


14 August 2010 - 2nd XI v Illingworth (H) - Won by 63 runs (6-0)

Steeton 125 a/o in 48.4 overs

Illingworth 62 a/o in 24.1 overs

Following torrential rain the previous day,
the wicket at Summerhill Lane had been underwater and the 2nd XI were fortunate
to be able to start on time. Having lost the toss, Steeton were
unsurprisingly asked to bat first on what proved to be a very unpredictable
wicket. The pick of the Steeton batsmen was 15 year old Saleem Qureshi, who
battled hard for 47 overs, scoring a patient and important 37 runs. For the
second week running Steeton found themselves struggling part way through
their innings, at one point toiling at 42-6. Clean hitting from the Steeton
lower order batsmen Graham Williamson (22) and Zach Pearson (24) meant
Steeton finished on 122 all out. Steeton knew they would need a good start
if they had any chance of getting anything out of the game, and they got the
perfect start as Callum Lowe took a wicket with the 5th ball of the innings.
Illingworth lost regular wickets as they tried to hit their way to the
Steeton total against the tight Steeton bowlers. The two Steeton openers
collected 3 wickets each (Callum Lowe 3-20, Paul Hardwick 3-30) but the pick
of the bowlers was James Emmott, who finished with 4 wickets and conceded
just 11 runs from 8 overs. The bowlers were well supported in the field.
Paul Hardwick collected both club fielding points and three league fielding
points for after taking a spectacular catch running backwards at long on.
Illingworth finished on 62 all out, with Steeton collecting 6 hard earned
points.


21 August 2010 - 2nd XI v Olicanian (A) - Won by 1 run (6-0)

Steeton 136-9 in 50 overs

Olicanian 135 a/o in 44.1 overs

Anyone who travelled to Olicanian were treated
to a fantastic match with the tightest of possible wins for Steeton – just 1
run. Steeton lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a very difficult
drying track following overnight rain…they struggled and were soon reduced
to 22 runs for the loss of 5 wickets before the wicket dried out to make
batting more manageable. James Jordan batted superbly as he scored 36
hard-earned runs from 62 deliveries with 6 fours. James shared an excellent
6th wicket partnership of 47 runs with ex-Olicanian player Graham Williamson
(32). Graham always seems to perform well against his former team-mates and
his 32 runs came from 97 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Graham went on to
share a 31-run 7th wicket stand with Zach Pearson, who hit 4 fours as he
faced 39 balls to score 20 runs. With ever run vital skipper Paul Hardwick
hit 2 sixes & 1 four as he scored an unbeaten 27* runs from 28 deliveries,
including an unbroken 10th wicket partnership of 24 runs with debutant Ben
Wilson (2*). At the lunch interval Steeton were pleased to have recovered
from their disastrous start and managed to set a target of 136 runs for 9
wickets from their 50 overs. In reply Olicanian too struggled and were
reduced to 29 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Callum Lowe was the pick of
the bowlers as he removed the top 4 Olicanian batsmen and conceded 22 runs
from 8 overs, courtesy of catches by keeper James Jordan, David Robinson &
also a return catch from his own bowling. Spinner Zach Pearson ripped
through the late middle order and finished with 3 wickets for 22 runs from
11 overs. Adam Hardwick (1-14) nipped out 1 wicket, but Olicanian were
always ahead of the required run-rate…but losing wickets. If they were
able to bat through their overs Olicanian were on course to win. A 10th
wicket stand of 11 runs almost won the match for Olicaninan, but with just 1
run required to draw level skipper Paul Hardwick (2-39) took his 2nd wicket
to secure the win for Steeton. Steeton’s fielding was excellent, with the
fielding points going to Callum Lowe & Adam Hardwick. Olicanian were all out
for 135 runs in 44.1 overs meaning Steeton won by 1 runs & leave Denton Lane
with a memorable victory and all 6 points – putting them 15 points clear
with 3 matches to play.


28 August 2010 - 2nd XI v Beckwithshaw (H) - Won by 5 wickets (6-0)

Beckwithshaw 113 a/o in 35.4 overs

Steeton 116-5 in 30.1 overs

Steeton are 2nd XI champions having registered their 14th win of this
fantastic season. Asked to bat first a 10-man Beckwithshaw side could only
manage 113 runs for wickets (all out) in 35.4 overs. Skipper Paul Hardwick
bowled 13 overs and collected 3 wickets at a cost of 32 runs, and James Emmott
also collected 3 wickets for 37 runs from 10 overs including a catch from his
own bowling. Off-spinners Zach Pearson took 2 wickets for just 13 runs…both
LBWs, and Adam Hardwick took 1 wicket for 7 runs courtesy of a sharp chance
caught in the slips by Phil Barrett, which earned him a fielding point. Adam
Hardwick was awarded the other fielding point. Stand-in keeper Oliver Gledhill
had a good game – taking 2 catches and conceded no byes. At the tea interval
Steeton knew that Beckwithshaw had only managed a below-par target of 113 runs
and a decent batting performance would see them to the victory that would clinch
a deserved league championship. A solid opening partnership of 40 runs was
broken when Mick Wilson was bowled for 27 runs from 53 deliveries with 5 fours.
Mick’s opening partner was David Robinson, who scored an unbeaten 34 runs from
75 deliveries with 4 fours. After a shuttering of wickets David shared a
quickfire 5th wicket stand of 39 runs with Phil Barrett, who faced just 18 balls
and hit 4 boundaries as he scored 25 runs. Phil was caught on the long off
boundary trying to win the match with a maximum, an honour he conceded to
James Emmott, who planted his first delivery for 6 to win the match and the
championship for Steeton. Steeton had scored 116 runs for the loss of 5
wickets in 30.1 overs, to win by 5 wickets with 33 overs to spare. After the
match Steeton found out that nearest rivals Burley had lost, so Steeton
would have been crowned champions whatever the result.


4 September 2010 - 2nd XI v Kirkstall Educational (A) - Won by 70 runs (6-0)

Steeton 287-6 in 50 overs

Kirkstall Educational 217 a/o in 44.1 overs

Steeton arrived at Kirkstall already 2nd XI
champions and duly registered their 15th win of this fantastic season.
Steeton won the toss and chose to have first use of a great batting track.
Left-handed openers David Robinson (61) & Mick Wilson (62) got Steeton off
to a great start with an opening stand of 110 runs in 25 overs. Mick Wilson
was the first man out having hit 1 six & 9 fours as he faced 76 deliveries
for his 62 runs. David went on to share a 2nd wicket stand of 32 runs with
Phil Barrett (25) & a 3rd wicket stand of 23 runs with Oliver Gledhill (13).
David was out in the 37th over with the total on 165 runs for 3 wicket
having scored his 61 runs from 109 deliveries with 1 six & 8 fours. With
wickets in the tent Steeton upped the scoring-rate. Adam Hardwick (37) &
Julian Higginson (44) shared a rapid 82-run 5th wicket partnership – Adam
scored his 37 runs from 40 deliveries with 2 sixes & 3 fours and Julian
scored his 44 runs from just 24 deliveries with 3 sixes & 5 fours. Graham
Williamson crashed the first ball he faced for a straight six & finished
with an unbeaten 23* runs from just 6 balls faced with 3 sixes & 1 four and
James Emmott hit 3 fours as he faced just 7 balls and scored an unbeaten 14*
runs. Steeton made good use of a great track to score a massive 287 runs for
the loss of 6 wickets in their 50 overs. With a total of 11 sixes & 34 fours
Steeton had scored over 200 runs in boundaries! In reply skipper Paul Hardwick
(2-25) had Kirkstall reeling at 39 runs for 2 wickets before Steeton turned
to their two off-spinners. The pick of the bowlers was Adam Hardwick, who
collected a great 5-wicket haul – his 5 wickets coming from 13.1 overs while
conceding 46 runs. Zach Pearson bowled 17 overs and collected 3 wickets
while conceding 81 runs. Keeper Julian Higginson took 1 catch & 1 stumping
and Phil Barrett judged a high catch at mid-wicket. Oliver Gledhill took a
good catch at long-off to earn himself a fielding point & Graham Williamson
took a remarkable catch at leg-slip and was awarded the other fielding
point. Kirkstall Educational were all out for 217 runs from 44.1 overs,
meaning Steeton won by 70 runs. Steeton collect all 6 points & leave
Kirkstall with their 15th victory of the season.


11 September 2010 - 2nd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Won by 43 runs (6-0)

Steeton 263-9 in 50 overs

Burley-in-Wharfedale 220 a/o in 48.1 overs

The Steeton 2nd XI juggernaut did what comes
naturally & recorded it’s 16th league victory of this
championship-winning season. Going into this match David Robinson needed 6 runs
to qualify for the league averages, but David made sure of qualifying with his
highest score of the season. David scored 64 runs from 124 deliveries with 9
boundaries & shared an opening partnership of 60 runs with Oliver Gledhill (37).
Oliver scored his 37 runs from just 29 deliveries with 2 sixes & 6 fours. David
went on to share an even better 2nd wicket partnership of 112 runs with Adam
Hardwick (73). Going into this match Adam needed 39 runs to qualify for the
league averages, but he too made sure of qualifying with his highest score of
the season – scoring 73 runs from 74 deliveries with 2 sixes & 11 fours. Playing
his final game for Steeton before emigrating to Australia, James Jordan scored
30 runs from 32 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Julian Higginson scored 17 runs &
skipper Paul Hardwick scored 11* runs as Steeton went in to tea quite satisfied
having scored 263 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. In reply
Paul Hardwick took the wicket that he needed to get into the league bowling
averages in his very first over courtesy of a return catch from his own bowling.
Spinner Zach Pearson needed 5 wickets to qualify, but had to settle for 3
wickets for 92 runs from 17 overs, courtesy of a smart stumping by keeper Julian
Higginson and a remarkable diving left-handed catch in the slips by Phil
Barrett, that earned him a fielding point. The pick of the bowlers was James
Emmott, who brought his season total to 50 wickets with a 5-wicket haul. James
bowled 14.1 overs conceding 44 runs as he collected his 5 wickets, courtesy of
catches by Adam Hardwick, keeper Julian Higginson & a hard hit catch at long-on
by skipper Paul Hardwick, which earned him a fielding point – and the Club’s
fielding award. Burley’s top-scorer McLeod (64) was removed thanks to a
fantastic direct-hit run out by Zach Pearson. Burley were all out for 220 runs
in 48.1 overs and the Steeton juggernaut
finished the season in typical fashion with a win by 43 runs, which brings
their total victories for the season to 16 – easily beating the Club’s
previous best of 12 wins. The 6 points brings the season’s points tally to
106 point – the most points ever by any Steeton 2nd XI.


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18 April 2010 - 3rd XI v Calverley (H) - Calverley pulled out of the league

Steeton

Calverley

This fixture has been cancelled as a result of Calverley 3rd XI pulling out of the league


25 April 2010 - 3rd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A) - Lost by 6 wickets (0-6)

Steeton 127-7 in 29 overs

Burley-in-Wharfedale 129-4 in 19.3 overs

After the sunny weather on Saturday it was
unfortunate that on Sunday the weather turned wetter for Steeton 3rd XI’s
trip to Hodson Park. Steeton lost the toss and were asked to bat first and
were in the 9th over of their inning when rain intervened & 22 overs of the
match were lost. Suddenly 27 runs without loss in the first 8 overs was a
solid start in a 40 overs match, but was slow in a 29 over match. After a
good opening partnership of 84 runs, Mark Chapman was the first wicket to
fall with 44 runs scored from 54 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Mark’s
opening partner was Danny Hanson, who unluckily fell just short of deserved
half-century. Danny had scored a career-best 49 runs from 73 deliveries with 8 fours & had
hit a big six just before being well caught by the keeper. No-one else
managed double figures as Steeton chased quick runs to make a declaration
feasible. After 29 overs Steeton had scored 127 runs for the loss of 7
wickets, and sportingly declared even though they were around 30 runs short
of what would have been a reasonable total. Opening the bowling for Steeton
Danny Austick (1-17) broke the opening partnership thanks to an
extraordinary catch by Nikhil Thomas. The ‘champagne moment’ of this match
was a thick edge that flew down to third man, where Nikhil could not have
been expecting to have to take a catch – but he ran in and to the delight of
himself & his team-mates he took a remarkable catch. Nikhil was awarded a
fielding point along with Oliver Myers. Just 4 runs later with the score on
27 runs Oliver Myers (2-16) took the first of his wickets courtesy of
another excellent catch by Charlie Manthorp, who made a hard driven catch at
point look too easy. A rapid 4th wicket partnership of 96 runs by Burley
took the game away from Steeton, who bowled too many ‘boundary’ balls. With
just 4 runs required Danny Hanson (1-9) took a consolation wicket, but
Burley passed the Steeton target with 6 wickets & 9 overs to spare.
Burley-in-Wharfedale scored 129 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 19.3 overs
to win by 6 wickets, and Steeton leave with no points.


9 May 2010 - 3rd XI v Follifoot (H) - Won by 2 wickets (6-0)

Follifoot 160 a/o in 39.1 overs

Steeton 163-8 in 35.5 overs

A 2-wicket win against Follifoot made this an
18 point weekend for Steeton. Asked to bat first Follifoot got off to a
flying start scoring at 7 runs per over, but were pegged back as they lost
wickets regularly. Jake Hill (4-36) was the main destroyer, bowling 10 rapid
overs that conceded runs 36 runs as he collected his 4 wickets. The
experienced Chris Karakiozakis also bowled an aggressive spell, which earned
him 3 wickets at the cost of 31 runs from 9 overs. Luke Watson (2-18) and
Danny Austick (1-45) were the other bowlers to take wickets. Keeper Chris
Jowett took 2 smart catches, Phil Barrett pouched a driven catch on the
boundary. A good fielding display capped by a catch earned Danny Hanson the
fielding point. At the tea interval Follifoot had scored a respectable 160
runs all out in 39.1 overs – Steeton would have to score at 4 runs an over
to be successful. Steeton’s openers started steadily and built the momentum
until Danny Hanson (42) was the first man out after a fantastic opening
partnership of 116 runs. Danny had 6 boundaries in his 2nd successive 40+
innings for the 3rd XI. Skipper Mark Chapman went on to top-score with 78
runs, which included 2 sixes & 10 fours. Until Mark was out Steeton were
coasting to a comfortable victory, but wickets tumbled trying to score the
last 20 runs. Danny Austick scored a valuable 12 runs, but it was the cool
head of youngster Luke Watson (13*), who hit 3 fours to see Steeton to
victory. Steeton had scored  163 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 35.5
overs, to win by 2 wickets & collect 6 points.


23 May 2010 - 3rd XI v Colton Institute (A) - Won by 6 wickets (6-0)

Colton Institute 118-9 in 40 overs

Steeton 123-4 in 25 overs

The long journey to Colton was worth it for
our 3rd XI, who came away with all 6 points. Batting first Colton struggled
against Steeton young bowlers. Jake Hill (4-40) ripped out the top 3 Colton
batsmen with the score on just 17 runs & finished with 4 wickets for 40 runs
from 10 overs. Charlotte Boulton’s accurate spin earned her 2 wickets for 25
runs from and Luke Watson finished with super figures of 5 overs, 3 maidens,
5 runs and 3 wickets – 1 wicket courtesy of a nice stumping. Chris Jowett &
Charlie Manthorp were awarded fielding points as Colton Institute were
restricted to 118 runs for 9 wickets in their 40 overs. In reply Chris
Jowett (13) & Jake Hill (25) put on a 2nd wicket stand of 36 runs. Jake hit
5 fours as he scored his 25 runs from just 21 deliveries, and Chris Jowett
faced 19 balls to score his 13 runs, which included 1 boundary. Skipper Alex
Howarth played a captain’s innings as he scored an unbeaten 43* runs from
just 37 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. Alex shared an excellent 40-run 4th
wicket partnership with Luke Watson (10). The match was brought to an abrupt
conclusion when Chris Karakiozakis came to the crease – Chris smashed 2
sixes and after facing just 8 balls he scored 18* runs not out. Steeton had
scored 123 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 25 overs, to win by 6 wickets
with 15 overs to spare. Steeton leave Colton with a solid team performance
and all 6 points on offer


30 May 2010 - 3rd XI v Ilkley (A) - Lost by 2 wickets (0-6)

Steeton 125 a/o in 38.2 overs

Ilkley 126-8 in 28.2 overs

Comparable to Rorke’s Drift or the Spartan 300 at the battle of Thermopylae,
this was heroic defeat. Steeton 3rd  XI telephoned round for
players, but could only muster 9 players. The 9 players bravely took this match
down to the wire, but unfortunately just lost by 2 wickets. Batting first
Steeton had lost their first 3 wickets with the score on 30 runs, with only
James Jordan (11) managing double figures. The vagaries of the bounce at Ilkley
meant no batter ever felt to have truly played themselves in. A 23-run 4th
wicket partnership between opener Charlotte Boulton (9) & Jake Hill (21) gave
the total a much needed impulse of  runs as Jake hit 4 fours & faced just
17 deliveries for his 21 runs. A 6th wicket stand of 22 runs between top-scorer
Phil Barrett (30) & skipper Mark Chapman (9) was followed by an even better 7th
wicket partnership of 42 runs between Phil & Charlie Manthorp (11*). Phil faced
41 deliveries & hit 4 fours for his 30 runs. With his unbeaten 11* runs Charlie
Manthorp more than doubled his previous best senior score as he added valuable
late runs. After 38.2 overs Steeton were 8 wickets down (and so all out) had set
a target of 125 runs. In reply Ilkley’s openers were ripped out by the evergreen
(but probably aching!) John Chapman (2-29). The pick of the bowlers was spinner Adam
Hardwick, who bowled 10 overs, with 3 maidens, as he took 4 wickets and only
conceded 25 runs. Jake Hill (1-36) & Charlotte Boulton (1-21) took a single
wicket each. Catches were safely taken by Adam Hardwick, Jake Hill, James Jordan
& keeper Danny Hanson, and John Chapman was awarded the fielding point. With 8
wickets down Ilkley hit the winning runs in the 29th over ~ they had scored 126
runs for 8 wickets in 28.2 overs. Steeton lost by 2 wickets, but there was
pride in the side who had come so close to snatching an unlikely victory.


31 May 2010 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (A) - Lost by 221 runs (0-6)

Guiseley 288-2 in 40 overs

Steeton 67 a/o in 20.4 overs

Steeton came up against a very powerful
Guiseley side & were crushed by the huge margin of 221 runs. Batting first Guiseley lost their first wicket with the score on 25 runs to the bowling of
Chris Karakiozakis (2-56). However the score had progressed rapidly by 233
runs to 258 before their next success. Guiseley had 2 centurians Durkin
(114) & Reed (148*). Steeton’s only successful bowler was Chris Karakiozakis
with his 9 overs conceding 56 runs as he collected his 2 wickets & bowled
the only maiden of the innings. At the tea
interval Guiseley have scored a mammoth 288-2 in their 40 overs. In reply
Steeton’s batsmen were unable to cope with the Guiseley bowlers. The only
batter to reach double figures and come away with any credit was Jake Hill
(21), who faced 22 deliveries & hit 5 fours as he scored a respectable 21
runs. Steeton were all out for just 67 runs in 20.4 overs. Steeton lost by
221 runs and leave Nethermoor with no points.


13 June 2010 - 3rd XI v Horsforth (A) in Chappell Cup - Won in Bowl-Out (3-1)

Horsforth 168-2 in 34 overs

Steeton<

Batting first Horsforth piled on the runs led
by Hardaker (115*) – who had scored over 300 runs in the previous round!
Steeton’s only successful bowlers were Nikhil Thomas (1-21) & Luke Watson
(1-23). When rain brought an end to the cricket Horsforth had scored 168
runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 34 overs. However Steeton proved to be far
straighter bowlers in the bowl-out and were victorious by 3 hits to 1.
Steeton now play Olicanian at home on 4th July in the quarter finals.


20 June 2010 - 3rd XI v North Leeds (H) - Lost by 266 runs (0-6)

North Leeds 379-7 in 40 overs

Steeton 113 a/o in 25.1 overs

Steeton were crushed by a much stronger North
Leeds side. For North Leeds opener Chana scored 153* from a total of 379
runs scored in 40 overs – 9½ per over! – including an opening stand
of 172 runs from 18 overs. The pick of the bowlers was
certainly Oliver Myers, who took 3 wickets while conceding 82 runs from 10
overs. There was a single wicket each for Jake Hill (1-66), Luke Watson
(1-39) & Danny Hanson (1-42). Keeper Chris Jowett took 2 catches & 1 each
for Luke Watson & Danny Austick, and one of the North Leeds batters was run
out by Jake Hill. The North Leeds total was boosted by a total of 49 extras
with 18 wides & 23 byes making the major contribution. Steeton’s reply was
soon floundering, as we lost our top 4 batsmen with just 32 runs on the
board, with only Danny Hanson (12) managing double figures. Following his
good performance with the ball, Oliver Myers was bitterly disappointed to be
stumped for 49 runs, including 1 six & 7 fours. Later examination of the
scorebook revealed that Oliver had in fact scored his first senior
half-century. Skipper Mark Chapman, was the only Steeton player too old for
under17s, chipped in with 13 runs & Chris Jowett scored 14 runs. Danny
Austick was 9* runs not out as Steeton were disappointingly all out for 113
runs in 25.1 overs. In this latest mismatch Steeton lost by a mammoth 266
runs & collect no points.


4 July 2010 - 3rd XI v Olicanian (H) in Chappell Cup - Won by 56 runs

Steeton 244-7 in 37 overs

Olicanian 188-5 in 37 overs

Steeton progress smoothly to the semi-final of the Chappell Cup with a
comfortable 56 runs defeat of Olicanian. Early rain reduced this fixture to a 37
overs per side match. Batting first opener Mark Chapman scored a fabulous 103
runs including 1 six & 13 fours. Mark shared a 54-run opening partnership with
Jake Hill, who contributed a career-best 37 runs, which included 1 six & 7
fours. Mark went on to share an even better 2nd wicket stand of 113 runs with
his skipper Alex Howarth, who scored 47 runs, including 1 six & 7 fours. Luke
Watson chipped in with 9 runs & Chris Jowett scored 11 runs as Steeton posted an
impressive 244 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 37 overs – over 6½
runs per over! In reply Olicanian batted very well, but were constantly slipping
behind the required run rate. Pick of the Steeton bowlers was Chris
Karakiozakis, who took 3 wickets for 50 runs from 9 overs. Luke Watson
(1-21) & Oliver Myers (1-40) took a single wicket each. Mark Chapman took 2
catches & Oliver Myers was awarded a fielding point. Phil ‘the legend’
Akrigg bowled the final over as Olicanian finished with a respectable 188
runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 37 overs. Steeton win by 56 runs and
now meet Guiseley in the semi-final at home on 25th July.


11 July 2010 - 3rd XI v Calverley (A) - Calverley pulled out of the league

Steeton

Calverley

This fixture has been cancelled as a result of Calverley 3rd XI pulling out of the league.


25 July 2010 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (H) in Chappell Cup & League - Lost by 55 runs

Guiseley 163-8 in 40 overs

Steeton 108 a/o in 30 overs

Before the start of this match it was decided that this match should count
for both the semi-final of the Chappell cup as well as the league match which
was meant to be played on August 8th. This was to help Guiseley, whose 2nd XI had a Birtwhistle cup match and so would struggle to get a side together. Asked to bat
first Guiseley were off to a rapid start scoring 44 runs in 8 overs (5½
runs per over) before losing their first wicket. Good bowling backed up by tight
fielding paid dividends as Guiseley lost wickets regularly and the scoring
rate was pegged back. After their 40 overs Guiseley had scored 163 runs for
the loss of 8 wickets – only slightly over 4 runs per over. The pick of the
bowlers was James Yeadon, who bowled 10 overs and only conceded 27 runs as
he collected 3 wickets. Oliver Myers bowled the last 6 overs and was
rewarded with 2 wickets for 18 runs. Jake Hill bowled an excellent 2nd spell
and finished with 2 wickets for 52 runs from 10 overs. With 1 wicket for 22
runs Luke Watson claimed the other wicket. Keeper Jack Stephenson had fine
match with 2 catches while conceding only 3 byes. Chris Karakiozakis & Danny
Hanson also took a single catch each. In reply Steeton needed a steady start
to maintain a run-rate of 4 runs per over. With the score on 21 runs Danny
Hanson was the first man out for 10 runs having just hit a massive straight
six. Charlotte Boulton hit 2 fours as she scored a battling 12 runs &
skipper Alex Howarth also hit 2 fours, but was adjudged LBW for 10 runs. The
only significant partnership was the 7th wicket stand of 37 runs between
Chris Karakiozakis (18) & James Yeadon (12). Chris scored his 18 runs from
32 deliveries & included 2 fours, and James also hit 2 fours as he faced 25
balls for his 12 runs. As the last few wickets tumbled at the other end Jack
Stephenson scored an unbeaten 10* runs from 15 deliveries with 1 four from
his trademark sweep. Steeton’s score was boosted by 30 extras including 21
byes, but were all out for 108 runs in 30 overs. Steeton lost by 55 runs and
so are out of the Chappell Cup & also collect no points in the league.


1 August 2010 - 3rd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Won by 85 runs (6-0)

Steeton 221-8 in 40 overs

Burley-in-Wharfedale 136 a/o in 34.3 overs

Batting first Steeton finished with a challenging total of 221 runs
for 8 wickets in their 40 overs – 5½ per over! Openers Danny Hanson & Jake Hill got Steeton off
to a good start with both scoring 22 runs – Jake hit 1 six & 3 fours & Danny
2 fours. Skipper Mark Chapman chipped in with 13 runs & batting at No4
Oliver Myers hit 5 fours in a knock of 25 runs. Experience in the late
middle order paid dividends as Hayden Tennant scored 28 runs with just 1
boundary, Chris Karakiozakis hit 4 fours as he scored 39 runs & James Yeadon
scored an unbeaten 25* runs including 3 fours. Luke Watson scored a
creditable 18 runs with 1 four as Steeton set a target of 221 runs. In reply
Burley-in-Wharfedale’s top order was ripped out by Jake Hill, who took 3
wickets for 23 runs from 6 overs. The middle order was dispatched by Chris
Karakiozakis (1-36) & James Yeadon (2-26); and the Burley tail was finally
polished off by Danny Hanson (1-2) & Oliver Myers, who claimed 3 wickets for
23 runs from 4.3 overs. The bowlers were well supported in the field with 2
catches by Oliver Myers, including 1 off his own bowling, and a single catch
each for Mark Chapman, Jake Hill, Charlie Manthorp & Luke Watson.
Burley-in-Wharfedale were all out for 136 runs in 34.3 overs, and so Steeton win
by 85 runs & collect all 6 points from this encounter.


8 August 2010 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (H) - Played 25th July

Steeton

Guiseley

This fixture was combined with the Chappell Cup match played on 25th July, which Steeton lost by 55 runs.


15 August 2010 - 3rd XI v Follifoot (A) - Lost by 3 wickets (0-6)

Steeton 129 a/o in 32.4 overs

Follifoot 130-7 in 39.5 overs

Steeton lost at Follifoot by 3 wickets.
Batting first only Luke Watson (14) out of the top 6 batters managed double
figures. The late middle order added valuable runs with Dominic Bennett
top-scoring with 27 runs including 3 sixes & a four before he was run out; Chris Jowett
hit 3 boundaries while scoring a solid
22 runs & keeper Jack Stephenson scoring an unbeaten 25* runs which
included 5 fours. Steeton were
all out for 129 runs in 32.4 overs. In reply Follifoot lost 7 wickets, but
passed the Steeton target comfortably with 7 overs & 3 wickets to spare. The
pick of the bowlers was Danny Austick, who took 3 wickets for 29 runs from 8
overs, including a catch from his own bowling. Keeper Jack Stephenson &
skipper Mark Chapman also took catches. The other bowlers to take a single wicket each were: Jake Hill
(1-17), Luke Watson (1-25) & James Yeadon (1-24). Follifoot scored 130
runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 39.5 overs and so Steeton lose by 3 wickets
and must leave Rudding Park with no points.


22 August 2010 - 3rd XI v Colton Institute (H) - Won by 4 wickets (6-0)

Colton Institute 207 a/o in 40 overs

Steeton 210-6 in 36.2 overs

Batting first Colton scored rapidly led by opener Ineson (85) & so had scored 130 runs for the loss of 3 wickets at the 20-over drinks break…a score approaching 300 looked a distinct possibility. In the 2nd half of the Colton innings Steeton pegged back the run-rate well and so managed to limit Colton to 207 runs all out in 40 overs. Danny Austick bowled 10 overs for 45 runs as he took 3 wickets and Hayden Tennant also took 3 wickets for 39 runs from 10 overs. Skipper Alex Howarth (2-29) and Jake Hill (1-7) were the other bowlers to be rewarded with wickets. Steeton’s fielders stuck to their task well and there were catches for skipper Alex Howarth on the boundary as well as nice catches for Dominic Bennett, Jake Hill & Chris Jowett and Hayden Tennant took an athletic return catch from his own bowling. At the lunch interval Steeton knew that they had done well to keep Colton to 207 runs, but a good batting display would be needed.

However Steeton’s reply started poorly – losing both openers with just 5 runs on the board. Chris Jowett (10) helped steady the innings, but it was the experienced Hayden Tennant who scored a fantastic 81 runs which turned the match in Steeton’s favour. Hayden faced just 74 deliveries and hit 1 six & 11 fours for his 81 runs. Hayden shared a 43-run 4th wicket partnership with Oliver Myers, who scored 22 runs from 26 deliveries with 3 boundaries; and Hayden went on to share an even better new Club record 5th wicket stand of 100 runs with Jack Stephenson, who faced 57 balls and hit 1 six & 6 fours as he was unlucky not to record a half-century & had to settle for 46 runs. When both Hayden & Jack were out in consecutive deliveries, Steeton still needed to score at 5 runs per over for the last 9 overs to win this match. Jake Hill was in great form as he smashed 2 sixes & 5 fours and only faced 13 deliveries to score a whirlwind unbeaten 35* runs, and shared a match-winning unbroken 7th wicket partnership of 43 runs with Danny Austick (7*). Steeton had scored 210 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 36.2 overs to win by 4 wickets with 3 overs to spare, and so collect all 6 points from this high-scoring encounter.


29 August 2010 - 3rd XI v Ilkley (H) - Winning Draw (4-2)

Steeton 260-9 in 40 overs

Ilkley 202-7 in 40 overs

Batting first Steeton scored an excellent 260 runs for 9 wickets in their 40 overs with half-centuries for Hayden Tennant (66), Alex Howarth (60) & Chris Karakiozakis (50). Opener Hayden Tennant faced 69 deliveries & hit 2 sixes & 8 fours as he scored his 66 runs, and shared a 74-run 2nd wicket partnership with Charlotte Boulton (5) followed by a 4th wicket stand of 39 runs with his skipper Alex Howarth (60). Alex scored his 60 runs from just 49 deliveries with 4 sixes & 4 fours and shared a 5th wicket partnership of 88 runs with Chris Karakiozakis (50). Chris hit 1 six & 7 fours as he scored his half-century from 52 balls, and he went on to share a 39-run 6th wicket partnership with Chris Jowett (19). Helped by 48 extras Steeton had set a formidable target of 260 runs for 9 wickets in their 40 overs – meaning Ilkley would need to score at 6½ runs per over.

In reply Ilkley lost their first wicket with the score on 14 runs to the bowling of Jake Hill (1-36) courtesy of a catch by skipper Alex Howarth. The next 3 wickets all fell to the pick of the bowlers Chris Karakiozakis, who bowled 5 overs and took 3 wickets at a cost of just 10 runs, with 2 catches by keeper Chris Jowett & a catch by Nikhil Thomas. Luke Watson (1-41) & Nikhil Thomas (1-26) took a single wicket each, before the final wicket to fall went to skipper Alex Howarth (1-2) courtesy of a catch by Hayden Tennant. Despite trying 9 different bowlers Steeton could not manage to remove the last 3 batsmen and Ilkley finished with 202 runs for the loss of 7 wicket in their 40 overs. Ilkley had managed to pass the 195-run ¾ score & so Steeton had a winning 4-2 draw.


5 September 2010 - 3rd XI v North Leeds (A) - Lost by 1 wicket (0-6)

Steeton 146 a/o in 38.2 overs

North Leeds 147-9 in 38.4 overs

The final match of the season for the 3rd XI was an exciting match with a thrilling finish…marred only by the result, which narrowly went in the favour of North Leeds. Batting first Steeton were 69 runs for the loss of 4 wickets just after the drinks break with only Jack Stephenson (13) & Chris Karakiozakis (14) managing double figures…Steeton’s total was boosted by frequent extras, which totalled 36 runs at the end of the innings. Luke Watson (26) & James Yeadon (38) compiled the only noteworthy partnership with a 55-run 5th wicket stand. Luke Watson scored his 26 runs from 72 deliveries with 4 fours and was the last batsman out to a sharp caught & bowled; and James Yeadon faced 41 balls and hit 4 fours as he scored his 38 runs before he was clean bowled. With Danny Hanson injured and unable to bat Steeton were 146 runs for 9 wicket (all out) in 38.2 overs.

Jake Hill (1-26) got Steeton off to a good start breaking the North Leeds opening partnership with only 4 runs on the board, courtesy of a catch in the slips by Chris Karakiozakis. Luke Watson followed his excellent batting with some great bowling as he ripped through the middle order – taking 3 wicket and conceding only 17 runs from 6 overs – 1 wicket from a sharp stumping by keeper Jack Stephenson. North Leeds always looked in control while opener Chana was still at the crease (he had scored 153* in the match at Steeton!). James Yeadon bowled 8 accurate overs conceding 25 runs and was rewarded with 2 wickets including the important wicket of Chana (68) well caught by keeper Jack Stephenson. As the match neared it’s tense conclusion the off-spin of Charlotte Boulton earned her 3 wickets for 21 runs from 3.4 overs including a 2nd catch for Chris Karakiozakis. Steeton’s fielding was exemplary with Dominic Bennett earning a fielding point, which could equally have gone to many of the fielders, including Danny Austick & Luke Watson, whose ground fielding was enjoyable to watch. With the last pair at the wicket North Leeds scraped home – scoring 147 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 38.4 overs. Steeton had performed well, but unfortunately lost by the narrow margin of 1 wicket and must leave the Homestead with no points.


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