First XI 201320 April 2013 - 1st XI v Beckwithshaw (H) - Losing Draw (2-4)
Beckwithshaw 252-4 in 50 overs
Steeton 193-8 in 50 overs
Choosing to bat first Beckwithshaw scored an impressive 252 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their 50 overs, with Beckwithshaw”s overseas player Mitchell Farag scoring 103 runs before being run out by Chris Luxton. Andrew Foulds also ran out Beckwithshaw opener J Ingles (82) with an excellent direct hit. Farag & Ingles had put on 165 runs for the 2nd wicket. Ross Suri was the pick of the Steeton bowlers and he finished with 2 wickets for 67 runs in 11 overs, courtesy of catches by Stephen Pearson & keeper Dominic Bennett. At the lunch break Steeton knew they would have to bat well to match Beckwithshaw”s performance.
Steeton’s reply began badly, losing overseas player Ben Hillard (7) with the score on just 10 runs…and 20 runs later skipper Craig Walton (9) was also back in the pavilion. Both were out to LBW decisions. Opener John Akrigg (83) shared a 4th wicket partnership of 58 runs with Neil Spragg (16). John”s 83 runs came from 129 deliveries with 2 sixes & 8 fours, and in scoring these runs John passed the 10,000 run mark for Steeton 1st XI. Mark Taylor scored an excellent 30 runs from 40 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours, but wickets were tumbling in the middle order. The ¾score of 189 runs & survival became the target…and this was achieved with relative ease by James Emmott (8*) & Stephen Pearson (4*). Steeton had scored 193 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Steeton start the new season with 2 points from a losing draw.
27 April 2013 - 1st XI v Guiseley (A) - Lost by 24 runs
Guiseley 141 a/o in 47.3 overs
Steeton 117 a/o in 51 overs
Playing at Guiseley, Steeton won the toss and gave Guiseley first use of a damp track. Steeton soon had Guiseley reeling as Ross Suri took 2 wickets for 19 runs from 13 overs (with catches by Neil Spragg & debutant wicket keeper Chris Baines) & Paul Hardwick took 2 wickets for 41 runs from 12 overs, with Neil Spragg chipping in with 1 wicket for 29 runs. Guiseley were reduced to 19 runs for 2 wickets, to 66 runs for 4 wickets & then 87 runs for 6 wickets. However it was James Emmott who was the pick of the bowlers as he scythed through the lower order. James finished with 4 wickets for 31 runs from 10.3 overs, assisted by a stumping from keeper Chris Baines. Guiseley were eventually bowled all out for 141 runs in 47.3 overs, and at the tea break Steeton were quite happy with a good first half…they had 52 overs to score 142 runs to win at just 2.7 runs per over.
Steeton’s reply started well with a 58-run opening partnership between Australian Ben Hillard (30) & veteran John Akrigg (22). Ben’s 30 runs came from 73 deliveries & included 5 boundaries & John”s 22 runs came from 68 deliveries with 2 boundaries. Having lost their first wicket on 58 runs, Steeton were soon reduced to 63 runs with 3 wickets down. Neil Spragg (16) & Andrew Foulds (24) put on 24 runs for the fourth wicket, with Andrew facing 49 balls & hitting 3 fours for his 24 runs. However none of Steeton’s last 6 batsmen managed to reach double figures, and a constant procession of wickets meant Steeton were all out for 117 runs in 51 overs. Steeton lost by 24 runs & leave Nethermoor Park with no points.
28 April 2013 - 1st XI v Hanging Heaton (H) in ECB Knockout - Lost by 125 runs
Hanging Heaton 280-9 in 45 overs
Steeton 155 a/o in 37.3 overs
Batting first Hanging Heaton were teetering at 41 runs for the loss of 3 wickets thanks to a great opening blast by Stephen Pearson, who finished with 3 wickets for 18 runs from his 9 overs. Bowling off-spinners Dominic Bennett also took 3 wickets for 55 runs from 8 overs. Mark Taylor took 2 wicket for 55 runs & Neil Spragg took 1 wicket for 28 runs. The bowlers were well supported in the field with 8 batters caught: 3 by keeper Chris Baines, 2 by skipper Craig Walton and 1 each for Andrew Foulds, Ross Suri & Dominic Bennett. After their 45 overs Hanging Heaton had scored an impressive 280 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.
In reply Steeton were off to a great start with an excellent 89-run opening stand by Andrew Foulds (38) & Neil Spragg (52). Once they departed Steeton crumbled with only Mark Taylor (16) & John Akrigg (18) managing double figures. Former Yorkshire leg-spinner Mark Lawson took 6-30 as Steeton were bowled all out for 155 in 37.3 overs. Steeton lost by 125 runs and are out of the ECB National Knockout Cup.
4 May 2013 - 1st XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Won by 67 runs
Steeton 194 a/o in 49.4 overs
Burley-in-Wharfedale 127 a/o in 38.5 overs
A commanding performance saw Steeton as worthy victors over Burley-in-Wharfedale. Batting first Steeton lost Australian Ben Hillard, who had scored 22 of the first 23 runs, including 5 fours. John Akrigg (21) shared a 3rd wicket partnership of 47 runs with top-scorer Andrew Luxton (36). Andrew’s 36 runs came from 55 deliveries & included 5 boundaries. With no batsman going on to make a sizeable contribution, Steeton’s total was built around a series of excellent cameos: Andrew Foulds (25), Mark Taylor (24), Craig Walton (11) & Chris Baines (15). At the tea break Steeton had scored 194 runs all out in 49.4 overs. An excellent total on a pitch that was taking spin & not the usual batsman’s dream track.
Steeton’s bowling performance owes much to an excellent spell by opener Ross Suri. Ross bowled the first 15 overs from the Lane end and finished with a fantastic, career-best 6 wickets for 36 runs. All the other 4 wickets fell to the leg-spin of Andrew Luxton, who finished with 4 wickets for 21 runs from 12.5 overs. Keeper Chris Baines took 2 catches, as did Stephen Pearson & Australian Ben Hillard judged an excellent skied catch on the boundary. Burley were all out for 127 runs in 38.5 overs, and so Steeton won by 67 runs & collect their first 6 point haul of the season.
11 May 2013 - 1st XI v Follifoot (A) - Won by 3 wickets
Follifoot 109 a/o in 45.2 overs
Steeton 111-7 in 32.1 overs
Follifoot were skittled all out for a meagre 109 runs in 45.2 overs. The in-form Ross Suri took 4 wickets for 32 runs from 12 overs & his opening partner Stephen Pearson collected 3 wickets for 30 runs from 15 overs. James Emmott (2-19) & Neil Spragg (1-26) completed the demolition of the Follifoot line-up. Australian Ben Hillard took 3 catches, keeper Chris Baines took 2 catches & Andrew Foulds took 1 catch.
Steeton’s reply was led by Australian opener Ben Hillard, who scored 33 runs from 50 balls faced with 1 six & 5 fours. Skipper Craig Walton chipped in with 12 runs, but with wickets tumbling it was the reliable Andrew Luxton who saw Steeton home. Andrew finished with an unbeaten 41 runs from 65 deliveries with 6 fours & a six to complete the victory in style. Steeton finished with 111 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 32.1 overs. Steeton win by 3 wickets and for the 2nd week collect all 6 points on offer.
18 May 2013 - 1st XI v Pool (H) - Won by 8 wickets
Pool 146-9 in 30 overs
Steeton 148-2 in 25.3 overs
Rain meant the start of this match was delayed by 2 hours and got underway at 3pm as a 30 overs per side fixture. Batting first Pool were in a good position, but lost wickets regularly as they launched a late assault, which may have seen them to a more challenging total. The main bowler to benefit from this reckless charge for late runs was James Emmott, who finished with a fantastic 6 wickets for 37 runs from 6 overs. Ross Suri (1-37), Steve Pearson (1-40) & Neil Spragg (1-30) collect a single wicket each. The bowlers were well assisted in the field with catch after catch being taken on the boundary edge. Steeton took 9 Pool wickets, with 8 of these being caught and one an excellent stumping. Keeper Chris Baines conceded no byes & had 1 catch a stumping; Oliver Gledhill took 2 catches & there was a single catch each for James Emmott, Australian Ben Hillard, Andrew Luxton, Steve Pearson & John Akrigg. After their 30 overs Pool had been restricted to 146 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.
Steeton’s reply began in rapid style with Australian opener Ben Hillard scoring 55 runs from just 53 balls faced, with 3 sixes & 8 fours. Ben shared a great 103-run opening partnership in just 17 overs with Neil Spragg (43). Neil hit 1 six & 4 fours as he scored his 43 runs from 56 deliveries. Veteran John Akrigg (20*) & Andrew Luxton (18*) saw Steeton comfortably home as we finished with 148 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 25.3 overs. Steeton had won by 8 wickets with 4 overs to spare, and collect all 6 points for the 3rd consecutive week
19 May 2013 - 1st XI v Alwoodley (A) in Waddilove Cup - Won by 7 wickets
Alwoodley 152 a/o in 41.5 overs
Steeton 155-3 in 25.2 overs
Steeton beat Alwoodley by 7 wickets to progress into the 2nd round of the Waddilove cup. Batting first Alwoodley were all out for 152 runs in 41.5 overs. The first 6 batsmen were all bamboozled out by the leg spin of Andrew Luxton, who finished with great figures of 9 overs 3 maidens 6 wickets for 27 runs. Ross Suri (1-23), Mark Taylor (1-24) & Neil Spragg (1-30) took a single wicket each. Keeper Chris Baines & Neil Spragg took 2 catches each, with James Emmott & Stephen Pearson taking 1 catch each. Ross Suri ran out the other Alwoodley batter.
Steeton’s reply began tentatively with 3 wickets being lost reaching 47 runs, with only skipper Craig Walton (22) reaching double figures. A great unbroken 4th wicket partnership of 108 runs saw Steeton home, with opener Chris Baines scoring 61* runs & Mark Taylor scoring 43* runs. Chris scored his unbeaten 61* runs from just 63 deliveries including 2 sixes & 6 fours. Mark scored his unbeaten 43* runs from just 44 deliveries including 1 six & 7 fours. After their shaky start Steeton scored 155 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 25.2 overs. Steeton won by 7 wickets with 19 overs to spare. Steeton are through to the 2nd round of the Waddilove cup where they meet Thackley at home on 9th June.
25 May 2013 - 1st XI v Harden (A) - Lost by 6 wickets
Steeton 129 a/o in 40.2
Harden 130-4 in 40.1 overs
Asked to bat first on a gloriously sunny day the Steeton batsmen were largely unable to cope with the vagaries of the Harden wicket. Steeton had lost their first 3 batsmen with the score on just 27 runs before the first partnership of any note. Andrew Luxton (20) shared a 59-run 4th wicket partnership with top-scorer Chris Baines (70). Chris was the only batsmen who could be proud of his performance, as he was the last man out having scored a fantastic 70 runs from 78 deliveries with 1 six & 11 fours. Chris & Andrew were the only 2 batsmen to reach double figures and Steeton slipped to a miserable 129 runs all out in 40.2 overs.
In reply Harden had reached 43 runs before losing their first wicket clean bowled by Andrew Luxton (1-32) & their second wicket with the score on 53 runs clean bowled by James Emmott (1-21). Harden then put on 51 runs for the third wicket before Ross Suri (1-37) claimed a wicket courtesy of a catch by Andrew Luxton. With victory almost in their grasp Harden lost their fourth wicket to a run out by Mark Taylor. Harden scored 130 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 40.1 overs. Steeton lost by 6 wickets and leave Cuckoo’s Nest with no points.
1 June 2013 - 1st XI v Bilton (A) - Losing Draw 2-4
Bilton 206-5 in 50 overs
Steeton 160-7 in 50 overs
Bilton 1st XI scored 206 for 5 in their 50 overs. James Emmott took 3 wickets for 47 runs & 1 wicket each for Andrew Luxton & Neil Spragg. Steeton 1st XI: 160 for 7 in 50 overs chasing Bilton’s 206 runs. Losing (2-4) Draw for Steeton, with John Akrigg top-scoring with 34 runs, Chris Baines continuing his good form with 32 runs & returning after injury skipper Jon Best scoring an unbeaten 30* runs.
8 June 2013 - 1st XI v Otley (H) - Lost by 141 runs
Otley 250-8 in 50 overs
Steeton 110 a/o in 33.3 overs
After 30 overs Otley 1st XI were 121 runs without loss at Steeton. Otley 1st XI scored 250-8 in their 50 overs at Steeton. Paul Hardwick took 6 wickets for\r\n52 runs with the other 2 wickets being run outs by Stephen Pearson. In reply Steeton were 69-5 after 20 overs and 103-8 in 30 overs… and finally crumbled to 110 runs all out in 33.3 overs. Steeton lost to Otley by 141 runs.
9 June 2013 - 1st XI v Thackley (H) in Waddilove Cup - Lost by 8 wickets
Steeton 184-8 in 45 overs
Thackley 185-2 in 28.4 overs
Steeton lost to Thackley & will take no further part in this year’s Waddilove cup
15 June 2013 - 1st XI v Collingham & Linton (A) - Lost by 75 runs
Collingham 197-9 in 47 overs
Steeton 122 a/o in 32.2 overs
Rain reduced this fixture to 47 overs per side. Collingham batted first, scoring 197 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 47 overs. Four of the Steeton bowlers took a brace of wickets each: Stephen Pearson (2-52) with a catch by James Emmott; Paul Hardwick (2-43 from 15 overs) with a second catch by James Emmott; James Emmott (2-39) with a catch by Australian Ben Hillard; and skipper Jon Best (2-18) courtesy of catches by keeper Chris Baines & John Akrigg. Andrew Luxton (1-17) claimed the other wicket to fall. At the tea interval Steeton knew that Collingham is a high-scoring ground and this match was winnable with good batting.
Steeton struggled once more with their batting and 22 runs with 5 wickets down was not a good start to chase down 198 runs. Just back from his honeymoon, Mark Taylor was in fantastic form as he scored an impressive unbeaten 84* runs, including 5 sixes from the first 5 balls of one over! 30 runs scored from a single over sets a new Club record. Mark”s unbeaten 84* runs came from just 58 deliveries & included an incredible 8 sixes & 7 fours…76 runs just in boundaries! Mark added 35 runs for the 6th wicket with skipper Jon Best (17), but no-one else was able to stay with Mark for any substantial stand and he was left high & dry. Steeton were all out for 122 runs in 32.2 overs & lost by 75 runs…worryingly once again collecting no points.
22 June 2013 - 1st XI v Ben Rhydding (H) - Won by 4 wickets
Ben Rhydding 198 a/o in 40.3 overs
Steeton 201-6 in 36.3 overs
Rain once again played a role in this week’s fixture, with 18 overs being lost, tea taken early & often play continuing despite the weather. Batting first Ben Rhydding started with 50 overs to bat, but following an extended rain break would have needed to declare with 9 overs to go to give themselves a chance of a winning draw situation…the overs of the side batting second need to be at least as many as the side batting first. Ross Suri bowled impressively as he ripped through the Ben Rhydding top order to reduce them to 43 runs with 4 wickets down after 11 overs. Ross finished with 5 wickets for 70 runs from his 11 overs, with 2 catches taken by keeper Chris Baines & another by John Akrigg. He was well supported by James Emmott, who took 3 wickets for 44 runs from 9 overs, with 2 catches safely pouched by skipper Jon Best. Paul Hardwick was the most miserly of the bowlers with his 10 overs conceding just 27 runs as he collected a single wicket. Ben Rhydding lost their last wicket in the 41st over, caught & bowled by skipper Jon Best (his third catch), and so were all out in 40.3 overs…setting a target of 198 runs.
A wobble at the start of the innings saw both openers back in the pavilion with the score on 21 runs – Australian Ben Hillard contributing 13 runs. The ‘wobble’ was steadied by John Akrigg (32) who shared a 3rd wicket stand of 44 runs with Chris Baines (17) followed by a 4th wicket stand of 29 with Mark Taylor (74*). John scored his 32 runs from 46 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. Once again Mark Taylor was the undoubted hero of Steeton’s reply as he scored an unbeaten 74* runs from just 44 deliveries with 3 sixes & 8 fours. Mark has certainly been in sparkling form since coming back from honeymoon! Mark shared a rapid 56-run 5th wicket partnership with Andrew Luxton (30) & a 27-run 6th wicket partnership with Andrew Foulds (15). Andrew Luxton scored his 30 runs from just 28 deliveries with 4 fours. Skipper Jon Best (7*) hit the winning boundary as he and Mark added the final 24 runs for victory. Steeton finished with 201-6 in 36.3 overs and so win by 4 wickets…and collect a welcome 6 points.
29 June 2013 - 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (A) - Lost by 8 wickets
Steeton 194 a/o in 49.1 overs
Kirkstall 199-2 in 34.4 overs
Batting first having won the toss, Steeton scored 198 runs all out in 49.1 overs at Kirkstall Educational. Steeton’s innings had a noteworthy 2nd wicket partnership of 65 runs between the experienced pairing of Neil Spragg (33) and John Akrigg (39). Neil scored his 33 runs from 80 deliveries with 8 fours & John top-scored with 39 runs scored from 47 deliveries with 9 boundaries. A middle order collapse saw Steeton slip to 94 runs with 6 wickets down, before an excellent 7th wicket partnership of 66 runs between Andrew Foulds (34) & skipper Jon Best (24). Andrew scored his 34 runs from 31 deliveries with 7 fours. Finally Steeton had a very productive last wicket partnership of 33 runs between James Emmott (21) and Ross Suri (14*) which saw them to their final score of 198 runs all out.
In reply Kirkstall lost their first wicket with the score on just 11 runs to the bowling of skipper Jon Best (1-68) with a catch by Paul Hardwick. A solid 2nd wicket partnership of 174 runs meant Kirkstall were on the verge of victory when they lost their 2nd wicket to the bowling of Ross Suri (1-46) with a catch by Neil Spragg. For Kirkstall opener Siddall scored 102* runs not out. Kirkstall scored 199 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets in 34.4 overs, so Steeton lost by 8 wickets & collect no points.
6 July 2013 - 1st XI v Beckwithshaw (A) - Lost by 7 wickets
Steeton 180-9 in 50 overs
Beckwithshaw 182-3 in 33.3 overs
Batting first Steeton began slowly with Neil Spragg (15) & John Akrigg (12) adding 21 runs for the first wicket in 12 overs. Steeton had slumped to 53 runs with 4 wickets down when Mark Taylor came to the crease. Mark scored 45 runs from 53 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours, and shared 4th wicket stand of 27 runs with Neil Spragg (15) followed by a 5th wicket stand of 33 runs with Australian Ben Hillard (3). When Mark departed Steeton slumped to 91 runs with 7 wickets down. Batting at No8 skipper Jon Best scored an extraordinary unbeaten 53* runs from 57 deliveries with 1 six & 7 fours. Jon shared a fine 54-run 8th wicket partnership with James Emmott (18); followed by adding 25 runs for the 9th wicket with Paul Hardwick (5); and finally added 10 runs with Ross Suri (1*) for the final unbroken partnership. Steeton had scored 180 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs.
Following his heroics with the bat skipper Jon Best (1-29) opened the bowling and broke the opening partnership with the score on 29 runs courtesy of a catch by James Emmott. The Beckwithshaw score had progressed to 110 runs before Steeton’s next success, as James Emmott (1-17) struck. Shortly after Neil Spragg (1-8) took the 3rd wicket with a catch taken by Andrew Foulds. Unfortunately this was Steeton’s last success as Beckwithshaw knocked off the runs for the loss of 3 wickets…scoring 182 runs for 3 wickets in 33.3 overs. Beckwithshaw won by 7 wickets with 16 overs to spare & Steeton leave with no points.
13 July 2013 - 1st XI v Guiseley (H) - Lost by 10 wickets
Steeton 119 a/o in 41.5 overs
Guiseley 121-0 in 15.2 overs
Steeton 1st XI were all out for 119 runs in 41.5 overs at home against Guiseley. Australian Ben Hillard top-scored with 25 runs, opener John Akrigg scored 21 runs, in-form Mark Taylor could only manage 17 runs this week & James Emmott chipped in with 10 runs. In reply Guiseley raced to 121 runs without losing a wicket in 15.2 overs, so Steeton lost by 10 wickets with 43 overs to spare. Once again Steeton collect no points.
20 July 2013 - 1st XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A) - Losing Draw (2-4)
Burley-in-Wharfedale 210-5 in 50 overs
Steeton 199-7 in 50 overs
Steeton 1st XI travelled to Burley as a side lacking in confidence, sitting 3rd from the bottom of the table hoping to compete with a side who are riding high 2nd to the top of the table. Burley chose to bat first and scored 210 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Stephen Pearson, who claimed the first 3 Burley scalps conceding 50 runs from his 15 overs. Opener Ross Suri took 2 wickets for 48 runs from 14 overs & James Emmott also took 2 wickets for 55 runs from 13 overs. Skipper Jon Best (1-48) took the other wicket to fall. All the 8 wickets taken fell to catches with keeper Chris Baines claiming 4 victims. There was a single catch each for Neil Spragg, Jon Best, Stephen Pearson & Andrew Luxton.
In reply Steeton tried yet another opening partnership, but with the top 3 batters out and only 29 runs on the board it was looking like ‘business as usual’. Chris Baines (36) shared an excellent 58-run 4th wicket stand with Mark Taylor (27). Chris hit 6 boundaries and faced 63 deliveries for his 36 runs. Further strong 6th & 7th wicket partnerships saw Steeton into a strong position. Andrew Luxton was in fantastic form as he top-scored with an unbeaten 53* runs from 53 balls faced with 10 boundaries. Neil Spragg (17) & skipper Jon Best (15) were his partners. Had Steeton come to Burley ‘on a high’ they may well have launched a more serious final assault, but Steeton had been struggling to bat all their overs this season. They settled happily for 2 points from a losing draw…a tantalising 11 runs short of the Burley target. Steeton scored 199 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs, and leave Hodson Park with 2 precious points.
27 July 2013 - 1st XI v Follifoot (H) - Won by 6 wickets
Follifoot 220 a/o in 49.4 overs
Steeton 223-4 in 46.5 overs
In a timely return to form Steeton 1st XI beat Follifoot by 6 wickets…3rd from the bottom of the league playing 2nd from the bottom is the epitome of a ‘crunch’ match. Choosing to bat first Follifoot looked capable of scoring 250+ run as they lost their 3rd wicket with 163 runs on the board with 12 overs still to play. The return spells of Steeton’s opening bowlers was crucial as skipper Jon Best finished with 6 wickets for 59 runs from 14.4 overs & Stephen Pearson finished 3 wickets for 55 runs from 15 overs, including a sharp return catch from his own bowling, as well as a run out. Jon Best was aided by a fantastic catch at point by James Emmott – diving full-length & clutching the ball one-handed to remove Follifoot’s top-scorer Robinson (81)…Jonty Rhodes would have been proud to have taken it! Jon also had catches taken by Aussie Ben Hillard & John Akrigg. Follifoot had set a below-par 220 runs all out in 49.4 overs..but could we rely on Steeton’s batting?
Steeton’s batting reply on a good pitch was solid…built around several strong partnerships. Aussie Ben Hillard (42) got us off to a great start, putting on 62 runs for the opening partnership with Andrew Foulds, who was clean bowled for 27 runs. Ben had added another 63 runs for the 2nd wicket with John Akrigg (57*) before he was caught for 42 runs scored from 88 deliveries with 8 boundaries. John added 34 runs for the 3rd wicket with Chris Baines (19) followed by a quick-fire 51-run 4th wicket partnership with Mark Taylor (38). Mark blasted his 38 runs from just 23 deliveries with 2 sixes & 5 fours, and took Steeton to with 10 runs of victory. The experienced pairing of John Akrigg & Neil Spragg (6*) completed a much needed triumph. John had scored his unbeaten 57* runs from 94 deliveries with 9 fours & fittingly hit the winning boundary. Steeton had scored 223 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 46.5 overs to win by 6 wickets and collect 6 precious points.
3 August 2013 - 1st XI v Pool (A) - Won by 2 wickets
Pool 215-7 in 50 overs
Steeton 216-8 in 49.2 overs
Batting first Pool scored 215 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs. Following a 67-run opening partnership Pool were pegged back by Stephen Pearson, who claimed 3 wickets for 52 runs from 15 overs. Skipper Jon Best took a further 2 wickets for 41 runs, courtesy of a catch by Neil Spragg. James Emmott (1-49) took a single wicket as Pool were restricted to 215 runs.
In reply Steeton’s top-order once again faltered, with the exception of Australian opener Ben Hillard, who went on to score a magnificent unbeaten 90* runs. Andrew Foulds (10) & Mark Taylor (14) both contributed, but Steeton were faltering at 67 runs with 6 wickets down when skipper Jon Best (73) came out to join Ben. Together they amassed an amazing 138-run 7th wicket stand, which took Steeton to within 10 runs of an unlikely victory, before Jon departed with an spectacular 73 runs to his name. Steeton completed the victory with just 2 balls of the innings to spare. Steeton had scored 216 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 49.4 overs, to win by 2 wickets and collect all 6 points on offer.
10 August 2013 - 1st XI v Harden (H) - Losing Draw (2-4)
Harden 235-9 in 50 overs
Steeton 229-9 in 50 overs
Match report will appear here.
17 August 2013 - 1st XI v Bilton (H) - Rained Off
Bilton 195-6 in 42.1 overs
Match report will appear here.
24 August 2013 - 1st XI v Otley (A) - Lost by 6 wickets
Steeton 235-7 in 50 overs
Otley 236-4 in 39.3 overs
Our 1st XI’s match lost a rain effected match at Otley. Batting first Steeton scored 235 runs for 7 wickets. Andrew Foulds scored a second successive century with 112 runs from 123 deliveries with 1 six & 19 fours. Ben Hillard (22) John Akrigg (46) & & Andrew Luxton (18) all made good contributions. The match continued despite persistent rain and Otley scored 236 runs for the loss of 4 wickets with two wickets for James Emmott (2-57) and a single wicket each for Ross Suri (1-52) & skipper Jon Best (1-37). Otley won by 6 wickets and collect all 6 points.
31 August 2013 - 1st XI v Collingham & Linton (H) - Won by 100 runs
Steeton 318-6 in 50 overs
Collingham 218 a/o in 33.2 overs
Batting first our 1st XI scored an impressive 318 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 50 overs. Opener Andrew Foulds (29) was unable to score his 3rd successive century, but he did register a 100-run 2nd wicket partnership with John Akrigg (78). John scored his 78 runs from 102 deliveries with 14 boundaries. Mark Taylor chipped-in with 20 runs, but Steeton were tottering at 144 runs for the loss of 5 wickets, before Chris Baines (47) was joined by Neil Spragg (93*) – together they added 84 runs for the 6th wicket. Chris scored his 47 runs from 40 deliveries with 3 sixes & 5 fours. There are few better sights at Steeton cricket club than Neil Spragg in full flow…Neil scored a majestic unbeaten 93* runs from just 58 deliveries with 4 sixes & 10 fours. Neil went on to add an unbroken 7th wicket partnership of 90 runs with skipper Jon Best (19*). At the tea break Steeton knew that although they had posted a mammoth total, that on a great batting track at Steeton it was by no means unassailable.
In reply Collingham chased down the Steeton target aggressively and after 20 overs were ahead of the scoring rate with 154 runs for the loss of 3 wickets…all 3 wickets falling to Stephen Pearson (3-50) with good catches by John Akrigg in the slips & James Emmott in midwicket. The introduction of James Emmott (5-46) changed the course of the match as he collected an excellent 5-wicket haul for 46 runs from 9 overs, with good catches at long off & long on taken by Neil Spragg & Stephen Pearson. Skipper Jon Best (2-52) took 2 wickets including a regulation catch by Australian Ben Hillard & a second slip catch for John Akrigg. After their rapid start Collingham slumped to 218 runs all out in 33.2 overs and so Steeton won by 100 runs & collect all 6 points.
7 September 2013 - 1st XI v Ben Rhydding (A) - Lost by 6 wickets
Steeton 132 a/o in 35 overs
Ben Rhydding 133-4 in 23.5 overs
Batting first our 1st XI only managed to score 132 runs all out in 35 overs. Australian Ben Hillard (13) was the first batsman out with the score on 21 runs. Ben’s opening partner Andrew Foulds went on to top score with 33 runs scored from 43 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Neil Spragg faced 50 deliveries with 2 sixes & 1 fours as he added 22 runs, but Steeton were losing wickets consistently. With 9 wickets down & only 95 runs on the board Steeton were looking at an ignominiously low score following last week’s 300+ total. Dominic Bennett (17*) & James Emmott (23) added 37 runs for the last wicket, with Dominic scoring his unbeaten 17* runs from 35 deliveries with 3 fours and James hit 1 six & 2 fours as he faced 23 balls for his 23 runs. At the tea interval Steeton were not hopeful of defending such a meagre total.
Opening bowler Ross Suri was in great form as he took the first 3 wickets and conceded just 29 runs from 8 overs, with catches by skipper Jon Best, keeper Andrew Foulds & Stephen Pearson. James Emmott (1-31) took the only other wicket as Ben Rhydding scored 133 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 23.5 overs. Steeton lost by 6 wickets and leave Ben Rhydding with no points.
14 September 2013 - 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (H) - Won by 6 wickets
Kirkstall 172 a/o in 38.2 overs
Steeton 177-4 in 20.5 overs
A middle of the table clash, with nothing to play for, meant this fixture was never going to have the usual keen edge of a league fixture…and as such was played in a friendly fashion. Batting first Kirkstall scored 172 runs all out in 38.2 overs…with 9 batsmen out ‘caught’. Opening bowler Ross Suri took 3 wickets for 40 runs, with catches by Craig Walton & 2 catches by keeper John Akrigg. Ross’s next serious bowling will be in Australia in a couple of weeks. James Emmott needed 4 wickets to qualify for the league batting averages, but unfortunately he could only manage 3 wickets, with catches by skipper Jon Best & Mark Taylor (his first catch of the season!) as well a return catch from his own bowling. Skipper Jon Best (1-35) had a wicket courtesy of a catch by Ross Suri; and spinner Dominic Bennett (1-11) had a LBW to break the sequence of catches. With 2 wickets remaining the introduction of Neil Spragg rapidly wound up proceedings. Neil needed just 8 deliveries to collect the last 2 wickets, while not conceding any runs. Neil’s wickets were caught by skipper Jon Best & vice-skipper Craig Walton, both grabbing their second catches of the match.
Steeton’s reply was rapid and with 7 overs gone Steeton lost their first wicket with 47 runs already on the board: Chris Baines departed for 31 runs scored from 20 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. His opening partner Andrew Foulds (39) went on to share a fine 75-run 3rd wicket partnership with Neil Spragg (43). Andrew scored his 39 runs from 45 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours…and Neil smashed 3 sixes & 5 fours as he needed just 25 balls to rack-up his 43 runs. Andrew & Neil both departed with the score on 129 runs. Mark Taylor needed 9 runs to qualify for the league batting averages…a meagre target that he passed after facing just 4 deliveries! Mark was clearly in a hurry as he crashed 2 sixes & 6 fours as he scored an unbeaten 37* runs from incredibly only 12 deliveries. Steeton had scored 177 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in just 20.5 overs, to win by 6 wickets with 40 overs to spare! Steeton finish the season with 6 points and a convincing victory.
Second XI 201320 April 2013 - 2nd XI v Beckwithshaw (A) - Winning Draw (4-2)
Steeton 220-6 in 50 overs
Beckwithshaw 210-8 in 50 overs
Despite including 17 year old debutant Matthew Price, the average age of our 2nd XI travelling to Beckwithshaw was slightly over 36½…plenty of experience! Steeton lost the toss and were asked to bat first, but made excellent use of the opportunity with a 96-run opening partnership, before Hayden Tennant was the first to depart for 41 runs. Hayden’s opening partner was Mick Wilson, who went on to top score with an excellent 89 runs. Julian Higginson chipped in with 28 runs as Steeton closed with 220 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 50 overs.
In reply Beckwithshaw were cruising and needed 90 runs from their final 15 overs, but a middle order collapse meant they finished with 210 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs…just 10 runs shy of the Steeton target. James Yeadon collected 5 wickets and Paul Hardwick took 3 wickets. Steeton leave Beckwithshaw with 4 points from a winning draw.
27 April 2013 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (H) - Lost by 100 runs
Guiseley 247 a/o in 49.2 overs
Steeton 147 a/o in 45.1 overs
Steeton 2nd XI lost by 100 runs. Batting first Guiseley scored 247 runs all out in 49.2 overs, helped by 32 extras – with16 wides & 12 byes! The pick of the bowlers was skipper Gary Boulton, who took 4 wickets for 62 runs courtesy of catches by Mick Wilson & keeper Dominic Bennett. Opening the bowling Adrian Emmott (3-49) got Steeton off to a flying start taking the first 3 wickets, with catches taken by Matthew\r\nPrice & Julian Higginson in the slips. James Yeadon (2-62) took the last 2 wickets courtesy of catches by Adam Hardwick & Adrian Emmott. Steeton’s ground fielding was not so sharp, and a few difficult catches were not taken…coupled with a glut of extras this resulted in Guiseley scoring more runs than they should have been allowed.
Steeton’s reply began badly with both openers back in the pavilion with just 41 runs on the board and neither batsman managing double figures. At No3 Oliver Gledhill was in excellent form as he hit 10 fours & 1 six as he scored 54 runs from 72 deliveries. Oliver shared a fine 3rd wicket partnership of 48 runs with Adam Hardwick, who contributed 14 runs. Julian Higginson scored 35 impressive runs from 30 deliveries with 6 boundaries, but with the exception of skipper Gary Boulton (11) no other batsman managed double figures. Steeton were all out for 147 runs in 45.1 overs. Steeton lost by 100 runs a & collect no points.
4 May 2013 - 2nd XI v Olicanian (A) - Winning Draw (5-1)
Steeton 201-8 in 50 overs
Olicanian 142-7 in 50 overs
Steeton had a 5-1 winning draw at Olicanian. Batting first Steeton scored 201 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Steeton’s powerhouse middle order contributed the majority of the runs with 40 runs from Oliver Gledhill, 46 runs from Julian Higginson & 53 runs from Adam Hardwick.
In reply Olicanian scored 142 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. James Yeadon (2-22), Luke Watson (2-25) & Adrian Emmott (2-16) took a brace of wickets each, with Adam Hardwick (1-17) collecting the other wicket. Three catches were taken by James Yeadon, keeper Julian Higginson & Chris Luxton. 151 runs was the ¾ total, but Olicanian were 9 runs short of this minor target. Steeton leave Olicanian with 5 points from a well earned winning draw.
11 May 2013 - 2nd XI v Rawdon (H) - Winning Draw (5-1)
Steeton 209-5 in 32 overs
Rawdon 90-6 in 32 overs
Steeton dominated this fixture and finished with a 5-1 winning draw at home against Rawdon. Rain before play had reduced this fixture to a 32 overs per side contest. Batting first Steeton amassed a colossal 209 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 32 overs. Opener Lee Jackson scored a magnificent 80 runs from 80 deliverie with 3 sixes & 11 fours & the in-form Oliver Gledhill scored an unbeaten 59* runs from just 41 deliveries with 4 sixes & 6 fours. Mick Wilson & Adam Hardwick chipped in with 18 runs apiece & David Robinson scored 17 runs.
In reply Rawdon made little effort to reach even the ¾ score and closed on 90 runs for 6 wickets in their 32 overs. Paul Hardwick was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets for 26 runs from 9 overs. Skipper Gary Boulton (1-14) took 1 wicket and the other wicket fell to a farcical run out – Mick Wilson throwing to Dominic Bennett. Steeton collect 5 points from a commanding winning draw.
18 May 2013 - 2nd XI v Adel (A) - Rained Off (1-1)
Steeton No Play
Adel No Play
Rain meant this fixture was called off in the morning, without the team having to travel to Adel. Both sides collect a single point.
19 May 2013 - 2nd XI v Alwoodley (H) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 8 wickets
Alwoodley 78 a/o in 27.5 overs
Steeton 79-2 in 21.1 overs
When 1st division opposition play 3rd division there should only be one result…and this fixture did nothing to disprove this rule. Batting first Alwoodley were unable to cope with the pace of Paul Hardwick, who bowled 7 overs and conceded just 7 runs as he collected 5 wickets, including a hit-trick! James Yeadon (1-12) took 1 wicket, but it\r\nwas the off-spin of Dominic Bennett, which completed the demolition of the Alwoodley batsmen, with 4 wickets for 18 runs from 7.5 overs, including their opener Givens (41), who was the only batter to show any resistance. Keeper Julian Higginson took 1 catch, as did Paul Hardwick & Luke Watson. Alwoodley were all out for just 78 runs in 27.5 overs.
In reply Steeton needlessly lost 2 wickets reaching 20 runs, but then the experience of Mick Wilson (34*) combined with the youth of Matthew Price (23*), and an unbroken 3rd wicket partnership of 59 runs saw Steeton comfortably home. Mick scored his unbeaten 34* runs from 65 deliveries with 6 boundaries; and Matthew scored his unbeaten 23* runs from 46 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Steeton had scored 79 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 21.1 overs to win by 8 wickets with 23 overs to spare. The match was all over by 6pm and Steeton breeze through to the 2nd round of the Birtwhistle Cup, where they travel to Thackley on 9th June.
25 May 2013 - 2nd XI v Harden (H) - Won by 5 wickets
Harden 136 a/o in 43.2 overs
Steeton 138-5 in 37.3 overs
Batting first on a gloriously sunny day the 10\r\nmen of Harden scored a below-par 136 runs all out in 43.2 overs. Chief wicket-taker was Adam Harwick, who took 4 wickets for 38 runs from 11 overs courtesy of catches by keeper Julian Higginson, his brother Paul Hardwick & an excellent catch from his own bowling. Paul Hardwick took 3 wickets for 27 runs in 15 overs courtesy of catches by David Robinson & a great diving one-handed catch by keeper Julian Higginson (his second). Skipper Gary Boulton (2-34) took the other 2 wickets with catches by Dominic Bennett & Lee Jackson.
At the tea break Steeton knew that this match was half-won & all that was required was a reasonable batting performance. In reply Steeton had cruised to 81 runs before losing their first wicket: Lee Jackson was caught behind for 28 runs from 46 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Lee’s opening partner was in-form Mick Wilson, who went on to score an impressive 80 runs from 117 deliveries with 1 six & 16 fours. With victory in sight Steeton needlessly lost wickets and it was the level-head of Hayden Tennant (14*) who saw Steeton to a comfortable victory. Steeton had scored 138 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 37.3 overs to win by 5 wicket with 18 overs to spare. Steeton collect their first 6 point haul of the season.
1 June 2013 - 2nd XI v Bilton (H) - Losing Draw 2-4
Bilton 227-7 in 50 overs
Steeton 222-7 in 50 overs
Batting first Bilton scored 227 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs: A brace of wickets each for Paul Hardwick (2-45), James Yeadon (2-33) & skipper Gary Boulton (2-61). For Bilton opener Mallinson scored 129*.
In reply Steeton had a series of good starts: Mick Wilson (30), David Robison (20), Oliver Gledhill (16) & Julian Higginson (20), but Steeton were looking wobbly at 98 runs with 5 wickets down. When Hayden Tennant (37) came together with Dominic Bennett (66*) Steeton put together an excellent 74-run 6th wicket partnership & the 227-run target looked within reach. Gary Boulton (19) added 46 runs for the 7th wicket with Dominic, but Steeton finished with 222 runs with 7 wickets down in their 50 overs…a tantalising 5 runs short of what would have been a memorable victory. However Steeton had to settle for 2 points from a losing draw.
8 June 2013 - 2nd XI v Otley (A) - Won by 2 wickets
Otley 287-7 in 50 overs
Steeton 291-8 in 50 overs
Batting first Otley made excellent use of a great batting track, to amass a formidable 287 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs, with Otley’s Wolfendon scoring 102 runs. Luke Waston (1-37) broke the opening partnership, but the pick of the bowling was skipper Gary Boulton, who took 3 wickets for 55 runs from 9 overs, with 2 catches by Hayden Tennant & 1 by Dominic Bennett. Adam Hardwick took 2 wickets for 45 runs from 10 overs, with a catch by stand-in keeper Oliver Gledhill, who took the gloves when Julian Higginson went to hospital with a dislocated finger. The other Ortley wicket fell to off-spinner Dominic Bennett,(1-65) with a return catch from his own bowling.
Steeton needed a great batting display if they were going to get anywhere near the Otley target of 287 runs. A 56-run opening partnership in 10 overs was broken when Lee Jackson (27) was caught out. Lee”s opening partner was Mick Wilson, who went on to score 51 runs from 65 deliveries with 1 six & 7 fours. Mick shared a 49-run 2nd wicket partnership with David Robinson (93*). David shared an even better 110-run 3rd wicket partnership with skipper Gary Boulton, who contributed 69 runs from 57 balls faced with 2 sixes & 6 fours. Steeton’s lost late wickets chasing down the Otley total…noteworthy being 18 runs by Adam Hardwick. David Robinson played a fantastic match-winning innings with a unbeaten 93* runs, scored from 97 deliveries with 2 sixes & 12 fours, including a 4 from the last ball of the match to secure Steeton’s memorable victory. Steeton scored 291 runs for the loss of 8 wickets, knocking-off 287 runs to secure a last ball win. Steeton won by 2 wickets & leave Cross Green with all 6 points on offer.
9 June 2013 - 2nd XI v Thackley (A) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 6 wickets
Thackley 182-8 in 45 overs
Steeton 183-4 in 33 overs
Anyone travelling to Thackley were treated to an enjoyable game that Steeton\r\ndominated from start to finish. Thackley won the toss and chose to have first\r\nuse of a lively track. James Yeadon was the pick of the Steeton bowlers with 4\r\nwickets for just 23 runs from 9 overs, with a slip catch by Phil Barrett, a\r\nwell-judged catch at mid off by Luke Watson & a skied catch at mid-wicket safely\r\npouched by skipper Gary Boulton. Luke Watson also bowled 9 excellent overs,\r\nconceding only 22 runs as he collected 3 wickets, with catches by keeper Oliver\r\nGledhill & a well-judged catch on the long-off boundary by Julian Higginson.\r\nJulian was bravely playing , but not keeping wicket, due to a dislocated finger\r\nsustained in yesterday”s match. The other Thackley wicket fell to the off-spin\r\nof Matt Price (1-42) with a catch running in from the square-leg boundary by\r\nPhil Barrett. When they had put on 122 runs for the 3rd wicket Thackley looked\r\nlike setting a commanding total, but after their 45 overs they had set a more\r\nmanageable target of 182 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Steeton”s reply began\r\nconfidently with a 44-run opening partnership from Mick Wilson (24) & Hayden\r\nTennant (18). Oliver Gledhill blitzed the Thackley bowling with 58 runs scored\r\nfrom just 40 deliveries with 2 sixes & 8 fours, and shared a 3rd wicket\r\npartnership of 49 runs with Matt Price (9) & a 42-run 4th wicket partnership\r\nwith Julian Higginson (21*). When Phil Barrett replaced Oliver Gledhill, Steeton\r\nstill needed 44 runs, but there was no respite for the Thackley bowlers. Phil\r\nscored an unbeaten 39* runs from just 28 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Steeton\r\nhad scored 183 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 33 overs to progress into the\r\nquarter-finals of the Birtwhistle Cup…winning by 6 wickets with 12 overs to\r\nspare. Steeton will travel to Adel in the quarter-finals on 30th June.
15 June 2013 - 2nd XI v North Leeds (H) - Lost by 121 runs
North Leeds 241-7 in 50 overs
Steeton 120 a/o in 44.5 overs
Steeton won the toss and asked North Leeds to bat first…surprising since\r\nSteeton looked to have a powerful array of batsmen. North Leeds made excellent\r\nfirst use of a good batting track to amass a good 241 runs for the loss of 7\r\nwickets in their 50 overs. Chief wicket-taker was Adam Hardwick, who collected 3 wickets while\r\nconceding 68 runs in 8 overs, with an excellent catch taken in the covers by\r\nLuke Watson. Luke (1-23) had earlier broken the opening partnership with a safe\r\ncatch taken at square-leg by David Robinson. Dominic Bennett (1-16) took a sharp\r\nreturn catch from his own bowling. James Yeadon (1-59) bowled one batsman, and\r\nthe other wicket fell to Craig Walton (1-38) with a short delivery fended off to\r\nkeeper Oliver Gledhill. While it would be considered a good score elsewhere in\r\nthe league, 241 runs at Steeton is eminently attainable…but Steeton would need\r\nto bat well. When experienced opener Mick Wilson (24) was the first man out with\r\nthe score on 34 runs, he did not expect his 24 runs scored from 25 deliveries\r\nwith 1 six & 2 fours would end up being Steeton”s top score. When opener Craig\r\nWalton (16) & Oliver Gledhill (10) departed Steeton were 73 runs for 3 wickets\r\nfrom 17 overs, but when David Robinson (19) was out a middle order collapse had\r\nreduced Steeton to 88 runs for 6 wickets from 27 overs. A 7th wicket partnership\r\nof 27 runs between Dominic Bennett (18) & Adam Hardwick (11) showed late\r\nresistance from what on paper seemed to be a powerful batting line-up. However\r\nwith skipper Gary Boulton (7) the last man out Steeton had only managed 120 runs\r\nall out in 44.5 overs. Steeton lost to North Leeds by 121 runs and collect no\r\npoints this week. \r\nFull Scorecard
22 June 2013 - 2nd XI v Ilkley (A) - Losing Draw (2-4)
Ilkley 255-7 in 48 overs
Steeton 193-7 in 49 overs
Rain foreshortened this fixture by 3 overs. Batting first Ilkley scored an impressive 255 runs for 7 wickets and they declared after 48 overs to give themselves a chance of a winning draw. There was a brace of wickets each for opening bowler Stephen Pearson (2-57) & spinner Dominic Bennett (2-52) and a single wicket each for skipper Gary Boulton (1-45), James Yeadon (1-39) & Adam Hardwick (1-36). Dominic Bennett took 3 catches, including a return catch from his own bowling. Keeper Julian Higginson took 2 catches & Craig Walton also took a catch. At the tea interval Steeton knew it would be an impressive effort to chase down such a massive total. In reply Steeton managed a respectable 193 runs: a half-century for David Robinson (64) & 40* runs for Julian Higginson being the highlights. David Robinson was the last Steeton batsman to be out having scored his 64 runs from 140 deliveries with 7 boundaries; and Julian scored his unbeaten 40* runs from 45 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. David shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 35 runs with opener Mick Wilson (14) & a 39-run 3rd wicket stand with Oliver Gledhill (18). He then had a 5th wicket stand of 24 runs with Dominic Bennett (17); a 6th wicket stand of 17 runs with Hayden Tennant (16); followed by an excellent 7th wicket stand of 53 runs with Julian Higginson (40*). When David Robinson was out Steeton were still 15 run short of the 192-run ¾ score, but an unbroken 8th wicket partnership of 17 runs between Julian (40*) & Adam Hardwick (11*) saw Steeton safely past the ¾ total…but 62 runs shy of the Ilkley target. Steeton finished on 193 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 49 overs and so collect 2 points from a losing draw.
29 June 2013 - 2nd XI v Tong Park Esholt (H) - Lost by 2 wickets
Steeton 175 a/o in 44.2 overs
Tong Park 176-8 in 41.2 overs
Batting first Steeton scored 175 runs all out in 44.2 overs at home against Tong Park. Opening the innings Hayden Tennant scored a solid 40 runs & in the middle order Julian Higginson scored an excellent 55 runs. There were several ‘cameo’ knocks from Oliver Gledhill (19), Dominic Bennett (14), skipper Gary Boulton (12) & Stephen Pearson (13*). However in reply Tong Park scored 176 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 41.2 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Adam Hardwick, who took 4 wickets for 45 runs from 11.2 overs, with a catch by Mick Wilson. Both opening bowlers took 2 wickets each: Stephen Pearson (2-52) with a catch by keeper Julian Higginson; and James Yeadon (2-30) with catches by David Robinson & Matthew Price. Steeton lost by 2 wickets & collect no points.
30 June 2013 - 2nd XI v Adel (A) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 3 wickets
Adel 112 a/o in 40.3 overs
Steeton 113-7 in 41.4 overs
Belying their recent league form, Steeton 2nd XI are through to the semi-finals of the Birtwhistle cup with a comfortable victory at Adel. Batting first Adel scored 112 runs all out in 40.3 overs…a target that Steeton knocked off scoring 113 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 41.4 overs. Both Adel opening batsmen were removed by Luke Watson, who took 2 wickets for 8 runs from 7 overs with a catch by skipper Gary Boulton. Pick of the bowlers was Adam Hardwick, who took his second 4-wicket haul of the weekend and conceded just 9 runs from 6 overs, including a return catch from his own bowling. Skipper Gary Boulton (2-27) took 2 wickets with catches by Adam Hardwick & David Robinson. Our opening bowlers took a single wicket each: Paul Hardwick (1-16) & James Yeadon (1-23) with a stumping by keeper Julian Higginson. In reply Steeton”s top order all had good starts, but none were able to convert good starts into sizeable contributions. Hayden Tennant (21) shared an opening stand of 28 runs with Mick Wilson (12); and top-scorer David Robinson (27) shared a steady 3rd wicket partnership of 27 runs with Dominic Bennett (12). David score his 27 runs form 73 deliveries with 3 fours. As wickets began to fall more regularly it was a mature innings by youngster Matt Price (26*) who saw Steeton safely home. Matt scored his unbeaten 26* runs from 55 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Steeton won by 3 wickets and now travel to Guiseley in the semifinals on 21st July.
6 July 2013 - 2nd XI v Beckwithshaw (H) - Lost by 7 wickets
Steeton 237 a/o in 48.2 overs
Beckwithshaw 240-3 in 49.2 overs
On a great batting track at Steeton, Beckwithshaw won the toss and surprisingly asked Steeton to bat first on a very hot sunny day. Opening for Steeton the experienced Mick Wilson scored 39 runs from 44 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. David Robinson (38) shared an excellent 77-run 3rd wicket stand with Hayden Tennant (59). David scored his 38 runs from 72 deliveries with 6 boundaries & Hayden scored his 59 runs from 78 deliveries with 9 boundaries. Hayden was the 4th batsman out in the 40th over with the score on 188 runs…a fantastic ”launch pad” to reach a competitive total well in excess of 250 runs. Oliver Gledhill scored 22 quick runs from 19 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours & Julian Higginson scored 22 runs from 19 deliveries with 4 boundaries, but the rest of Steeton”s long, strong batting line-up ”failed to launch.” The last 9 overs added 49 runs as 6 wickets tumbled, and so Steeton had to settle for a below-par 237 runs all out in 48.2 overs. In reply Beckwithshaw gave an excellent demonstration of how to bat on a great track as they took their total to 175 runs before losing their first wicket, to the bowling of Adam Hardwick (1-62). Steeton were adventurous with their bowling & it was the 7th bowler tried who took the next 2 wickets: Hayden Tennant finished a good personal match with 2 wickets for 19 runs from 5 overs, with a catch by keeper Julian Higginson. However this strong Beckwithshaw side scored 240 runs for 3 wickets in 49.2 overs…comfortably knocking off the runs with 2 overs to spare. Steeton lost by 7 wickets & unfortunately again collect no points.
13 July 2013 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (A) - Lost by 6 wickets
Steeton 202 a/o in 47.3 overs
Guiseley 205-4 in 41.3 overs
Batting first Steeton scored 202 runs, but in reply Guiseley scored 205 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Steeton lost by 6 wickets and collect no points.
20 July 2013 - 2nd XI v Olicanian (H) - Won by 153 runs
Steeton 283-3 in 50 overs
Olicanian 130 a/o in 36.5 overs
Steeton 2nd XI scored 283-3. Mick Wilson (108) scored a century & David Robinson (69) scored a half-century. Olicanians were all out for around 130, blitzed by 6 wickets for Paul Hardwick (6-43) after Dominic Bennett (3-20) had removed the top 3 batsmen.
21 July 2013 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (A) in Birtwhistle Cup Semi-final - Lost by 45 runs
Guiseley 223 a/o in 44.3 overs
Steeton 178 a/o in 42.4 overs
Batting first Guiseley scored 223 runs all out in 44.3 overs. Hayden Tennant took 4 wickets for 27 runs & a single wicket each for James Yeadon (1-59), skipper Gary Boulton (1-34), Luke Watson (24) & Chris Karakiozakis (1-31). In reply Steeton 2nd XI were all out for 178 runs in 42.4 overs. Dominic Bennett score 55 runs; Matt Price scored 45 runs & Julian Higginson scored 25 runs. Lost by 45 runs, and so are out of the Birtwhistle cup.
27 July 2013 - 2nd XI v Rawdon (A) - Winning Draw (5-1)
Steeton 284-8 in 49 overs
Rawdon 181-8 in 49 overs
Batting first Steeton’s innings was dominated by two excellent innings: Craig Walton scored 96 runs & Adam Hardwick scored 80 runs. Craig scored his 96 runs from 85 deliveries with 1 six & 16 fours, and Adam scored his 80 runs from 69 deliveries with 4 sixes & 10 fours before being run out from the last ball of the innings. The supporting cast included Julian Higginson (19), Lee Jackson (17), skipper Gary Boulton (19) & Luke Watson (12*). A short rain break meant two overs were lost from the match…making it a 49 over per side game. Steeton finished with a mammoth 284 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 49 overs. Rawdon would need to score at almost 4½ just to reach the 213-run ¾ score. Rawdon”s reply was curtailed by fine bowling by James Yeadon, who finished with 3 wickets for 32 runs from 12 overs, including a catch by Adam Hardwick. There was two wickets each for skipper Gary Boulton (2-24), with a 2nd catch by Adam Hardwick & a stumping by keeper Julian Higginson; and occasional off-spinner Hayden Tennant (2-40), including a return catch from his own bowling. The other wicket to fall went to Luke Watson (1-31) as Rawdon clung on for a single point…thanks largely to Jonathan Doidge with 90*. Rawdon scored 181 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 49 overs…still 32 runs adrift of the ¾ score and 103 runs short of the Steeton target. Steeton dominated this match and finished with 5 points from a convincing winning draw.
3 August 2013 - 2nd XI v Adel (H) - Won by 9 wickets
Adel 91 a/o in 33 overs
Steeton 93-1 in 15.5 overs
Batting first Adel scored a meagre 91 runs all out in 33 overs. Chief destroyer was opening bowler James Yeadon, who took 4 wickets for 29 runs from 15 overs, including a great catch by skipper Gary Boulton. Gary took another good catch from the bowling of Luke Watson (3-19) and earned himself a fielding point. Luke also had a catch taken by Mick Wilson. Opening bowler Paul Hardwick (3-34) also took 3 wickets, with catches by Mark Pennington as well as a return catch from his own bowling. Only 2 Adel batsmen had managed double figures. On a fantastic batting track at Steeton 91 runs was always going to be hard to defend, but Steeton seemed to be in hurry to get this match completed. The score had progressed to 47 runs in 10 overs when opener Mick Wilson (28) was the only man to get out. Mick had scored his 28 runs from 24 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours. Mick”s opening partner was Lee Jackson (35*), who went on to add an unbroken 50 runs with David Robison (16*) to see Steeton to a comfortable victory. Lee scored his unbeaten 35* runs from 54 deliveries with 8 boundaries. Steeton scored 93 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket in 15.5 overs to beat Adel by 9 wickets with 51 overs to go! The match was all over before 4:30pm & Steeton had strolled through to another 6-points haul.
10 August 2013 - 2nd XI v Harden (A) - Won by 5 wickets
Harden 112 a/o in 47.1 overs
Steeton 113-5 in 33.5 overs
Gary Boulton (3-31), Paul Hardwick (2-7), Adam Hardwick (2-26), Luke Watson (2-13) & James Yeadon (1-21). 2 Catches for Julian Higginson & Adam Hardwick. 1 catch each for Lee Jackson, Aatif Modak & Oliver Gledhill. Matt Price (44), Oliver Gledhill (18), Julian Higginson (11*) & Luke Watson (20*). Steeton won by 5 wickets
17 August 2013 - 2nd XI v Bilton (A) - Drawn (1-1)
Bilton 173-8 in 50 overs
Steeton 172-5 in 26 overs
Match report will appear here.
24 August 2013 - 2nd XI v Otley (H) - Lost by 3 wickets
Steeton 223-6 in 50 overs
Otley 224-7 in 49.2 overs
Our 2nd XI let a victory slip through their fingers, with dropped catches easily reaching double figures. Batting first we scored an excellent 223 runs for 6 wickets in 50 overs. David Robinson scored an unbeaten 101* runs. In reply Otley would would have fallen well short if Steeton had taken even half of their catches & run out opportunities. With just 4 deliveries of their innings remaining Otley snatched all six points having lost 7 wickets. Steeton lost by 3 wicket.
31 August 2013 - 2nd XI v North Leeds (A) - Winning Draw (5-1)
Steeton 331-6 in 50 overs
North Leeds 235-9 in 50 overs
Our 2nd XI scored 331-6 in 50 overs at North Leeds. Craig Walton (129) hit a great century & shared a 233-run opening partnership with Matt Price (97). Craig”s masterful 129 runs came from 84 deliveries & included 5 sixes & 16 fours, & Matt also deserved a century, but had to settle for 97 runs scored from 113 deliveries with 1 six & 14 fours. Oliver Gledhill (19), Julian Higginson (31), David Robinson (15), Adam Hardwick (24*) all made good cameo knocks, but were overshadowed by the great opening stand. In reply North Leeds were 234 runs for the loss of 9 wickets, but held on for a single point. Adam Hardwick (3-51) took 3 wickets & there was 2 wickets each for Luke Watson (2-25), Aatif Modak (2-30) & Mark Pennington (2-41). Steeton”s catching was once again restored to good order, with 2 catches by keeper Julian Higginson & a single catch each for Aatif Modak, Luke Watson, Adam Hardwick, Mark Pennington & skipper Gary Boulton. Steeton were unable to dislodge the final North Leeds wicket, but leave the Homestead with 5 points from a convincing winning draw.
7 September 2013 - 2nd XI v Ilkley (H) - Lost by 6 wickets
Steeton 156 a/o in 44.5 overs
Ilkley 159-4 in 30.2 overs
Asked to bat first our 2nd XI scored a below-par 156 runs all out in 44.5 overs. Steeton’s innings began well with an excellent 73-run 2nd wicket partnership between top-scorer Mick Wilson (43) & David Robinson (24). Mick scored his 43 runs from 54 deliveries with 2 sixes & 6 fours and David scored his 24 runs from 35 deliveries with 4 boundaries. After losing quick wickets Steeton were reduced to 79 runs with 4 wickets down in 19 overs. Oliver Gledhill played a cameo innings of 16 runs from 21 balls faced with 4 boundaries, but when he departed Steeton were 99 runs for 6 wickets. Phil Barrett (25) added 21 runs for the 7th wicket with Adam Hardwick (9) and a further 21 runs for the 8th wicket with Luke Watson (17). Phil scored his 25 runs from 35 deliveries with 2 fours and Luke scored his 17 runs from 44 deliveries with 3 boundaries. At the tea interval Steeton knew that the 156-run target they had set was well short of a competitive score. In reply James Yeadon claimed the first wicket with the score on just 9 runs…James finished with 2 wickets for 39 runs from 8 overs with both wickets caught by Mark Pennington. Hayden Tennant (1-28) took a single wicket caught in the slips by Adam Hardwick. Skipper Gary Boulton bowled 9 tight overs that conceded 28 runs as he collected a single wicket, but Ilkley coasted past the Steeton target – scoring 159 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 30.2 overs. Steeton lost by 6 wickets and collect no points from their last home match of the season.
14 September 2013 - 2nd XI v Tong Park Esholt (A) - Won by 8 wickets
Tong Park 77 a/o in 27.2 overs
Steeton 82-2 in 13.3 overs
Asked to bat first Tong Park’s ten men were bowled all out for just 77 runs in 27.2 overs by our rampant 2nd XI. Steeton’s opening attack made good inroads and reduced Tong Park to 17 runs with 3 wickets down in 8 overs. James Yeadon (1-24) had a catch taken by Matthew Price, and Mark Pennington took 2 wickets for 25 runs with catches taken keeper Julian Higginson & David Robinson. Skipper Gary Boulton decimated the Tong Park middle-order…finishing with 3 wickets for 14 runs from 6 overs with 2 catches taken by Mark Pennington. Luke Watson then polished-off the Tong Park tail-enders and finished with 3 wickets for 13 runs from 6.2 overs, with catches taken by Mick Wilson & a second catch for David Robinson. Half past 2 is far too early for the tea break! After the premature tea break Steeton promptly knocked off the runs for the loss of just 2 wickets. Opening the batting Luke Watson scored an unbeaten 20* runs from 33 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Luke shared a 66-run unbroken 3rd wicket partnership with Adam Hardwick (43*). Adam smashed 3 sixes & 4 fours as he faced just 28 deliveries to score his unbeaten 43* runs. Adam completed the victory with consecutive sixes as Steeton finished with 82 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in a mere 13.3 overs. Steeton finish the season with an excellent 8-wicket victory with 58 overs to spare, and leave Esholt with all 6 points.
Third XI 201321 April 2013 - 3rd XI v Ben Rhydding (H) - Won by 30 runs
Steeton 143-9 in 35.4 overs
Ben Rhydding 113 a/o in 30.3 overs
After a minute of silence in memory of Club president Tom Barritt the match was underway. A win for Tom was the appeal before the match…and a win was duly delivered thanks to a fantastic all-round performance by skipper Chris Karakiozakis. Choosing to bat first Steeton lost their first 4 batters with only 25 first runs on the board. Phil Barrett progressed the score with 26 runs scored from 38 deliveries with 6 boundaries, but when he was out Steeton were certainly looking wobbly at 43 runs for 5 wickets. Skipper Chris Karakiozakis scored a magnificent 80 runs from 101 deliveries with 13 boundaries. Chris shared a 33-run 7th wicket partnership with Andrew Luxton, who chipped in with 14 runs, while nursing a sore head! When Steeton”s 9th wicket went down so too did the rain…with the covers installed an early lunch was called and Steeton declared on 143 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 35.4 overs. After the tea break the rain allowed play to continue and Ben Rhydding were soon in trouble at 22 runs for the loss of 2 wickets: Danny Austick (1-14) taking the first with a catch by Chris Karakiozakis and Luke Watson (1-9) taking the 2nd with a catch in the slips by Phil Barrett. A 47-run 5th wicket stand between Carter (53) & Safi (30), combined with a couple of overs of leg-spin by Andrew Luxton, brought Ben Rhydding right back into contention, before Chris Karakiozakis brought himself back on to bowl. Chris took 5 wickets for 36 runs from 9.3 overs, with a second slip catch by Phil Barrett. Charlotte Boulton also bowled a fine spell of off-spin, collecting 3 wickets for 25 runs from 8 overs, with a smart stumping by keeper Ryan Birch & an excellent diving catch by Luke Watson. Ben Rhdding had been dismissed all out for 113 runs in 30.3 overs. Steeton 3rd XI did what neither of the Saturday team could manage, and collect all 6 points with a 30-run victory. RIP Tom.
28 April 2013 - 3rd XI v Olicanian (A) - Winning Draw (5-1)
Steeton 185-6 in 40 overs
Olicanian 121-7 in 40 overs
Our 3rd XI had a cold match at Olicanian, but came away with an impressive 5-1 winning draw. On his debut for Steeton against his former club Lee Jackson scored 11 runs, but was the first man out with the score on 12 runs. An excellent 2nd wicket partnership of 84 runs consisted of 33 runs for Charlotte Boulton & 45 runs for Mark Chapman. Charlotte”s 33 runs came from 99 deliveries with 2 boundaries, and Mark”s 45 runs came from 55 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Skipper Chris Karakiozakis was again in great form as he scored an unbeaten 41* runs from 35 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. Chris shared a 30-run 5th wicket stand with Ryan Birch (16) & then a quick fire 36 runs 6th wicket stand with Phil Barrett (16), who smashed 2 sixes from just 8 balls faced. Steeton had amassed an impressive 185 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 40 overs. Fielding 2nd was even colder and cold hands contributed to some dropped chances. Pick of the bowlers was once again skipper Chris Karakiozakis, who finished with 3 wickets for 30 runs from his overs, including a skied catch off his own bowling. Charlotte Boulton bowled well in the wet conditions and was rewarded with 2 wickets for 28 runs from 9 overs. Danny Austick (1-14) also took a wicket, and there was a further run out following excellent fielding by Lee Jackson. In the latter stages of the match Steeton were more concerned with getting through their overs rapidly as the light faded. After their 40 overs Olicanian were 121 runs for 7 wickets, 64 runs short of Steeton”s score and still 18 runs shy of the 139-run ¾ score. Steeton leave Olicanian with 5 points from a convincing winning draw.
5 May 2013 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (H) - Winning Draw (5-1)
Steeton 292-5 in 40 overs
Guiseley 149-3 in 40 overs
Steeton chose to bat first on what appeared to be a green-top wicket, but which played true. Steeton lost their first wicket with the score on 42 runs, when Charlotte Boulton was bowled for 10 runs. Lee Jackson (136) & Mark Chapman (110*) then proceeded to flay the Guiseley bowlers to all quarters of the ground as they amassed a monumental, Club record 2nd wicket partnership of 201 runs…the 8th time ever that 2 hundreds have been scored in the same innings. Lee scored his 136 runs from 104 deliveries with 4 sixes & 17 fours & Mark scored his unbeaten 110* runs from 68 deliveries with 3 sixes & 17 fours. Steeton”s innings closed with 292 runs scored for the loss of 5 wickets in their 40 overs. Guiseley”s reply was a more sedate affair as they were more concerned with not getting out than challenging even the 219-run ¾ score. Nicholson (85*) batting right through the innings, but Guiseley could only manage 149 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in their 40 overs. All the wickets fell to the off-spin of Charlotte Boulton, who took 3 wickets for 29 runs from her 10 overs with catches by keeper Ryan Birch & by both centurians: Lee Jackson & Mark Chapman. Steeton collect 5 points from a convincing winning draw.
12 May 2013 - 3rd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A) - Abandoned (1-1)
Burley-in-Wharfedale 209-8 in 40 overs
Steeton No Play
With rain around this fixture was always in doubt, and during the tea break persistent rain forced its abandonment. Steeton won the toss and asked Burley to bat first. A solid Burley opening partnership was broken by skipper Chris Karakiozakis (1-41) with a catch by keeper Ryan Birch, who was also involved in the dismissal of the other opener with a stumping off the bowling of Charlotte Boulton (1-49). Ryan completed a solid keeping performance, in which he conceded no byes, with a third victim…a catch from the bowling of Oliver Myers (1-18). Luke Watson (1-46) was unlucky to only end up with 1 wicket, but the pick of the bowlers was Callum Lowe, who collected 3 wickets for 53 runs from his 8 overs, courtesy of catches by Oliver Myers & debutant Aatif Modak. A rapid pick-up & throw by Oliver Myers to Charlotte Boulton also ran out another batsman. While wickets were falling at the other end, Burley”s T. Day (96*) came tantalisingly close to his century. At the tea break, Burley had scored 209 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 40 overs, but unfortunately the weather had the last word…the covers were put on, but the rain never relented to allow them to be removed. Both sides had to settle for a single point each.
26 May 2013 - 3rd XI v Thackley (A) - Lost by 84 runs
Thackley 125 a/o in 33.5 overs
Steeton 41 a/o in 19 overs
Steeton won the toss and chose to field first at Thackley. Charlotte Boulton made good use of the turning wicket as she collected her first 5-wicket haul. Charlotte bowled 10 overs and took 5 wickets while conceding 41 runs. Skipper Luke Watson took 3 wickets for 26 runs from 9.5 overs, and there was a wicket each for Callum Lowe (1-43) & Oliver Myers (1-9). Skipper Luke Watson took 3 catches at extra cover, fielding as a substitute Dominic Bennett took 2 catches at short mid-wicket & Callum Lowe took an excellent running catch in the deep. At the tea interval Steeton were quite happy that they had dismissed Thackley all out for 125 runs in 33.5 overs. To win Steeton would have 46 overs to score 126 runs…2.7 runs per over. Steeton”s reply was disastrous as they collapsed to 16 runs with 7 wickets lost…the Thackley bowlers extracting far more life from what had been a relatively docile track in the first innings. Callum Lowe went on to top-score with 15 runs from 16 deliveries with 3 boundaries, and he shared a 22-run 8th wikcet partnership with Ryan Birch, who scored an unbeaten 8* runs, including a nice straight six. Steeton were all out for an embarrassing 41 runs in 19 overs, to lose by 84 runs and leave Thackley’s North Hall Ground with no points.
2 June 2013 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (A) in Chappell Cup - Lost by 10 runs
Guiseley 154-9 in 40 overs
Steeton 144 a/o in 39.3 overs
Steeton 3rd XI lost to Guiseley by 10 runs in the first round of the Chappell Cup & will take no further part in this year’s cup competition.
16 June 2013 - 3rd XI v Ilkley (A) - Lost by 8 wickets
Steeton 103 a/o in 28.5 overs
Ilkley 106-2 in 26.2 overs
The malaise that has infected the Club’s batting this weekend seeped through to the 3rd XI’s performance at Ilkley. The wicket had been uncovered during the overnight downpour and so was very damp & apparently unrolled, so winning the toss was a big factor in this fixture. Steeton lost the toss and were asked to bat first. Steeton were reduced to 12 runs with 3 wickets down in 7 overs, despite opener Charlotte Boulton scoring 10 runs. Matt Price (12) & Oliver Myers (46) steadied the innings with a 30-run 4th wicket partnership. Oliver deserved a half-century, but had to settle for a top-scoring 46 runs, coming from 49 deliveries with 8 boundaries. Steeton”s tail did not wag, with the exception of skipper Chris Karakiozakis, who was the last man out having scored 21 runs from 31 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Steeton were all out for 103 runs from 28.5 overs. The drying weather combined with 7 minutes of heavy roller during the tea interval, did much to reduce the uneven bounce…making batting more comfortable. Ilkley reached 78 runs before losing their 1st wicket to a direct-hit run out by Charlotte Boulton. With the match all but won they lost their 2nd wicket with the score on 92 runs…bowled Charlotte Boulton caught in the slips by Phil Barrett. Ilkley scored 106 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 26.2 overs. Steeton lost by 8 wickets and along with the 1st XI & 2nd XI collect no points for Steeton this weekend.
23 June 2013 - 3rd XI v Otley (H) - Lost by 10 runs
Otley 187-9 in 40 overs
Steeton 177 a/o in 39.5 overs
Catches win matches…and its corollary that dropping them helps you lose them, was evident this Sunday. Steeton won the toss & asked Otley to bat first on a damp track. Having had Otley 4 wickets down with 59 runs on the board a plethora of chances to bring the innings to a speedy conclusion were spurned. Otley were allowed to post a respectable 187 runs with 9 wickets down in their 40 overs. Four of the Steeton bowlers took a couple of wickets each: on his return to Steeton cricket Mark Pennington took 2 wickets for 17 runs from 7 overs; spinner Charlotte Boulton took 2 wickets for 31 runs; Danny Austick took 2 wickets for 42 runs; and skipper Chris Karakiozakis took 2 wickets for 48 runs. The other wicket fell to opener Callum Lowe (1-20). Keeper Ryan Birch took 2 catches, Matthew Price took 2 good catches & skipper Chris Karakiozakis took an excellent catch on the long off boundary. I will not list the fielders who were unable to convert chances into wickets! The mainstay of Steeton”s batting was opening batter Matthew Price, scored a magnificent 85 runs from 108 deliveries with 4 sixes & 7 fours. Matthew shared a 32-run 2nd wicket partnership with Mark Chapman (19); a 39-run 4th wicket partnership with skipper Chris Karakiozakis (21); and a 55-run 6th wicket partnership with Luke Watson (23) – although a six was missed off Luke”s score…and the total! Mark Pennington (16) was caught out trying to score 13 runs from the final over, and Steeton were all out for 177 runs in 39.5 overs…two balls away from a 2 point losing draw. In a close fought match Steeton lost by 10 runs (or 4 runs if Luke”s six had been recorded) and allowed all the points to slip through their fingers.
14 July 2013 - 3rd XI v Ben Rhydding (A) - Won by 2 wickets
Ben Rhydding 137-8 in 40 overs
Steeton 138-8 in 37.1 overs
Batting first Ben Rhydding scored 137 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 40 overs. Matt Price bowled 9 good overs and collected 3 wickets for 22 runs with catches by skipper Chris Karakiozakis & Aatif Modak. Charlotte Boulton also continued her excellent season with a further 3 wickets for 31 runs from 10 overs courtesy of catches by keeper Ryan Birch, Danny Austick & Bradley Akrigg. Mark Pennington (1-12) & Luke Watson (1-26) took a single wicket each. A 29-run 2nd wicket partnership between opener Matt Price (20) & the experienced Mark Chapman (11) set Steeton reply off, but despite a fine 39 runs by skipper Chris Karakiozakis Steeton slumped to 83 runs with 7 wickets down. Aatif Modak (25) & Mark Pennington (17*) compiled an excellent 43-run 8th wicket partnership which took Steeton to the brink of victory. Steeton passed the Ben Rhydding target with 17 balls to spare…scoring 138 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 37.1 overs.
28 July 2013 - 3rd XI v Olicanian (H) - Won by 5 wickets
Olicanian 134 a/o in 28.3 overs
Steeton 138-5 in 25.5 overs
Despite frequent rainy periods our 3rd XI completed an excellent weekend for the Club with a 5 wicket victory at home against Olicanian. Steeton won the toss and asked Olicanian to bat first. Danny Austick (1-29) got Steeton off to a flying start with a wicket from the very first ball of the match with a gloved catch down the leg-side taken by keeper Ryan Birch. However for 10 overs Olicanian scored at almost 5½ per over and had reached 54-1 in 10 overs, before rain called a temporary halt to proceedings. Early lunch was eaten before the match was able to continue as a 29 overs per side fixture. Charlotte Boulton was brought on to bowl and wickets started to tumble. Charlotte finished with 4 wickets for 37 runs from her 9 overs with 2 catches taken at point by young debutant Adil Modak, a safe catch pouched at long-off by Phil Barrett & a stumping by keeper Ryan Birch. Luke Watson took 2 wickets for 36 runs with a further catch by keeper Ryan Birch – his third victim. Skipper Chris Karakiozakis only bowled 2 overs, but took 2 wickets for 6 runs, with a caught and bowled & a catch by Oliver Myers. The final wicket fell to Aatif Modak having his first bowl in senior cricket…Aatif needed just 3 deliveries to remove the final Olicanian batter without conceding any runs – a second catch by skipper Chris Karakiozakis. Having looked strong at 75-2 and then 121-5, Olicanain crumbled to 134 runs all out in 28.3 overs. In this rain reduced match Steeton would have 29 overs to score 135 runs for victory. In reply Steeton lost their first batter with the score on 28 runs, when Charlotte Boulton was ”yorked” for 16 runs from 17 deliveries with 2 boundaries. Oliver Myers (26) & Jake Hill (25) added a fine 52 runs for the 2nd wicket. Oliver scored his 26 runs from 31 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours & Jake scored his 25 runs from 32 deliveries with 2 fours. Phil Barrett faced just 14 deliveries and hit 4 fours as he added 20 runs, but when Phil & Chris Karakiozakis were both out with the score on 103 runs for 5 wickets a Steeton ”wobble” looked likely. Luke Watson (29*) played a composed innings as he added an unbroken 35-run 6 wicket stand with Aatif Modak (6*). Luke faced 33 balls for his unbeaten 29* runs and he hit 4 fours and a six to win the game. Steeton had scored 138 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 25.5 overs to win by 5 wickets and collect all 6 points on offer.
11 August 2013 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (A) - Lost by 6 wickets
Steeton 232-6 in 40 overs
Guiseley 233-4 in 39.2 overs
Matthew Price scored 103 runs, Charlotte Boulton 25, Aatif Modak 27, Luke Watson 25 & Mark Pennington 30*. Mark Pennington 2-48, Charlotte Bouton 1-53 & Jake Hill 1-56. Catches for Mark Chapman & Adil Modak. Very high scoring match.
18 August 2013 - 3rd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Lost by 7 wickets
Steeton 123-7 in 35 overs
Burley 128-3 in 26.5 overs
Matt Price 32, Mark Chapman 41. Matt Price 1-26, Luke Watson 1-23 & Mark Pennington 1-31. Burley arrived late (first 1:30pm start time of the season) but umpires just waited for them to arrive & docked 5 overs from both sides. Unfair since Steeton were all ready at the correct start time.
25 August 2013 - 3rd XI v Thackley (H) - Won by 6 wickets
Thackley 104 a/o in 34.4 overs
Steeton 107-4 in 28.2 overs
Thackley 3rd XI were all out for 104 runs, which Steeton knocked off for the loss of 4 wickets. Choosing to field first Steeton were off to a great start with skipper Luke Watson (1-13) taking the first wicket with just 2 runs on the board…and after 10 overs with the score creeping up to just 13 runs Thackley lost their 2nd wicket to a fantastic pick-up & throw by Charlotte Boulton in the covers, which hit the wickets directly. The score had only progressed to 20 runs from 12 overs when Jake Hiil (1-13) bowled the 3rd batter. Charlotte Boulton ripped through the middle-order and finished with 4 wickets for 35 runs from 10 overs with excellent catches taken by skipper Luke Watson & keeper Ryan Birch. The final two of Thackley’s 10 batsmen were dismissed by 13-year-old Aatif Modak (1-27) & Oliver Myers (1-7). Thackley were 104-9 (and all out) in 34.4 overs, and so Steeton would have 45 overs to score 105 runs. Following her 4 wickets & run-out, Charlotte Boulton opened the batting and scored an excellent unbeaten 42* runs from 96 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. Charlotte shared a 3rd wicket partnership of 30 runs with Phil Barrett (17) & an unbroken 5th wicket stand of 21 runs with skipper Luke Watson (15*). Steeton had scored 107 runs for the loss of just 4 wickets in 28.2 overs to win by 6 wickets with 16 overs to spare. Steeton collect all 6 points.
1 September 2013 - 3rd XI v Ilkley (H) - Won by 3 runs
Steeton 128 a/o in 34 overs
Ilkley 125 a/o in 34.2 overs
Our 3rd XI lost the toss and were asked to bat first against Ilkley, who had arrived at the ground expecting to be victorious…in June they had beaten us by 8 wickets and they were 3rd from the top of the league while Steeton were 3rd from the bottom! Steeton included six under 15s in their ranks. Opener Oliver Myers scored a solid 23 runs from 22 deliveries with 3 boundaries, and put on a 29-run opening partnership with Bradley Akrigg (9). Phil Barrett chipped in with 10 runs & Jake Hill with 15 runs, but Steeton were 7 wickets down with 79 runs on the board. Experienced Mark Chapman (24) shared a 31-run 8th wicket stand with youngster Matthew Klava (20). Mark scored his 24 runs from 28 deliveries with 3 boundaries & Matthew scored his 20 runs from just 18 deliveries with 3 boundaries. With no ”ducks” every player on the Steeton side had contributed valuable runs, but after 34 overs we were all out with 128 runs scored. At the tea interval Ilkley were confidently relaxed about scoring the necessary 129 runs at a required rate of just 2.8 runs per over.
Ilkley were less confident after 10 overs when they had been reduced to 32 runs with 4 wickets down by a great opening blast by Jake Hill, who ending with 4 wickets for 31 runs from his 10 overs including a comfortable catch in the slips by Phil Barrett; and skipper Luke Watson, who finished with 3 wickets for 38 runs from his 8 overs, including a sliding catch at mid-on by Matthew Klava. Excellent bowling backed-up by exemplary fielding & catching was beginning to put real pressure on Ilkley…but they were inexorably closing-in on the Steeton’s meagre target. In his first bowl since 2006 Phil Barrett (1-14) took a single wicket courtesy of a nice catch by Adil Modak…this was Phil’s 700th wicket for the Club. Oliver Myers bowled an excellent 7.2 overs, which only conceded 13 runs as he collected the wickets of Ilkley’s 2 top scorers….and most importantly with just 3 runs required, he clean bowled the final batsman that meant Steeton had pulled-off a quite remarkable & unexpected 3-run victory. Ilkley were all out for 125 runs in 34.2 overs, so Steeton won by 3 runs and collect all 6 points.
8 September 2013 - 3rd XI v Otley (A) - Won by 4 wickets
Otley 132-9 in 40 overs
Steeton 134-6 in 39 overs
Batting first Otley lost both openers with just 23 runs on the board to the tight bowling of skipper Luke Watson, who took 2 wickets for 9 runs from 7 overs. Pick of the bowling was Oliver Myers, who took 3 wickets while conceding 30 runs from his 10 overs, with a catch taken by keeper Ryan Birch. Chris Karakiozakis took 2 wickets for 18 runs from 6 overs and there was a single wicket for opener Jake Hill (1-22), courtesy of a second catch by keeper Ryan Birch. With a catch taken by Matthew Klava, spinner Charlotte Boulton (1-43) collected her 33rd wicket of the season…a new Club record! Despite Otley”s Tony Lazarus scoring 60* runs, Steeton had restricted Otley to 132 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 40 overs. Opening the batting Charlotte Boulton scored 17 runs from 36 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Charlotte shared a 27-run 2nd wicket partnership with top-scorer Mark Chapman, who scored 52 runs from 73 deliveries with 6 fours. Mark also added 42 runs for the 4th wicket with Aatif Modak (12). When Steeton had reached 104 runs with 5 wickets down in 34 overs, Otley thought they had a chance, but skipper Luke Watson scored 18 runs from 17 deliveries with 2 boundaries, taking Steeton to the brink of victory. Steeton scored 134 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 39 overs, to win by 4 wickets & finish the season strongly with their 3rd successive victory. Our 3rd XI leave Cross Green with all 6 points and restore some Club pride after a poor showing on Saturday.