First XI 201419 April 2014 - 1st XI v Bilton (H) - Won by 63 runs (20-8)
Steeton 273-7 in 50 overs
Bilton 210 a/o in 40 overs
Batting first Steeton had reached 61 runs in the 12th over, but unfortunately had lost 3 wickets, including Mark Taylor (19) & South African Jonny Stander, who began his Steeton career with 24 runs from 21 deliveries with 2 sixes & 3 fours. It was the experienced pairing of John Akrigg (63) & skipper Neil Spragg (50) that steadied the innings with a 110-run 4th wicket partnership…both men notching up fine half-centuries. John Akrigg scored his 63 runs from 116 deliveries with 2 sixes & 7 fours; Neil Spragg scored his 50 runs from 62 deliveries with 1 six & 7 fours. Aggressive hitting by Andrew Foulds (52*) in the final overs helped Steeton to an excellent 273 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs. Andrew scored an unbeaten 52* runs from just 44 deliveries with 4 sixes & 3 fours….aided & abetted by Chris Luxton, who scored 25 runs & Jon Best, who chipped-in with 12 runs. Steeton went in to tea in a confident mood having comfortably picked up all 5 possible batting bonus points.
In reply Bilton reached 40 runs before losing their first wicket to pick of the bowlers Ross Suri, who collected 4 wickets for 40 runs from 10 overs, with a catch taken by James Emmott – Ross”s winter in Australia clearly paying dividends! Opening partner Stephen Pearson collected 2 wickets for 42 runs from 12 overs and Skipper Neil Spragg also took 2 wickets for 26 runs from 4 overs, with both his wickets being caught by Craig Walton. There was a single wicket each for James Emmott (1-31) with a catch taken by Andrew Foulds & Jon Best (1-28). Bilton were bowled all out for 210 runs in 40 overs…and by taking all 10 wickets Steeton collect all 5 bowling bonus points. Steeton won by 63 runs meaning they collect a further 10 points – giving Steeton a maximum 20 points, while Bilton claimed 8 points.
26 April 2014 - 1st XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A) - Lost by 3 wickets (8-19)
Steeton 233-9 in 45 overs
Burley-in-Wharfedale 235-7 in 43.5 overs
After a rain break the match was shortened to 45 overs each. Batting first Steeton’s opener Craig Walton deserved a half-century, but had to settle 49 runs. Craig shared an opening stand of 42 runs with Mark Taylor (18). South African Jonny Stander scored 32 runs before skipper Neil Spragg top scored with 51 runs. Andrew Luxton added 27 runs before Jon Best (20*) shepherded the tail-end to a respectable total of 233 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 45 overs.
In reply Burley were wobbling at 51-2 following an opening blast by Stephen Pearson, whose 2 wickets were at an expense of 56 runs from 11 overs, with a catch taken by Jon Best. Pick of the bowling was James Emmott, who took 3 wickets for 38 runs from 8.5 overs, with catches taken by skipper Neil Spragg & a first catch by Stephen Pearson. There was a single wicket apiece for Jon Best (1-32) & Andrew Luxton (1-33) with both wickets being caught by Stephen Pearson – 3 catches in the innings. As the match approached its exciting conclusion Steeton were unable to dismiss Burley’s Ed Brown (95*), who helped them pass the Steeton target with 7 balls to spare. Burley scored 235 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 43.5 overs, meaning a defeat for Steeton by 3 wickets, but we collect 5 batting points and a further 3 bowling points.
27 April 2014 - 1st XI v Follifoot (A) in Waddilove Cup - Won by 2 wickets
Follifoot 240-6 in 45 overs
Steeton 241-8 in 44.1 overs
Batting first 2nd division Follifoot scored a challenging 240 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 45 overs – helped by 42 extras including 20 wides. Three bowlers took 2 wickets apiece: Stephen Pearson, Ross Suri & Jon Best. Stephen’s 2 wickets cost 27 runs from his 9 overs with a return catch from his own bowling and also a catch taken by Craig Walton; Ross’s 2 wickets cost 36 runs from his 9 overs; and Jon’s 2 wickets cost 53 runs from his 9 overs with a return catch from his own bowling and also a catch taken by keeper Andrew Foulds. Steeton would have to score at almost 5½ per over to overhaul Follifoot’s excellent total.
Steeton’s reply began badly losing the top 4 batsmen with on 24 runs on the board and only John Akrigg (10) managing double figures. Skipper Neil Spragg (78) was defiant as he shared a 36-run 6th wicket partnership with Andrew Foulds (28). Neil’s 78 runs came from 104 deliveries with 2 sixes & 5 fours & Andrew’s 28 came from 36 deliveries with 1 six, but in the 23rd over Steeton were staring an embarrassing defeat in the eyes at 83 runs for 7 wickets. Steeton’s batting has depth…and it was definitely needed. Stephen Pearson (75*) joined Neil Spragg and together they added 83 runs for the 8th wicket before Neil was out with the score on 166 in the 36th over – Steeton needed to score a further 74 runs in the last 9 overs at almost 8½ per over. James Emmott (22*) joined Stephen and together with an unbroken Club record 9th wicket partnership of 75 runs they pulled victory from the jaws of defeat. Stephen scored his unbeaten 75* runs from 70 deliveries with 4 sixes & 1 four; James scored his unbeaten 22* runs from 21 deliveries with 2 fours. Steeton finished with 241 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 44.1 overs. Steeton won by 2 wickets with 5 balls to spare and progress into the 1st round proper of the Waddilove cup to be played on Sunday 18 May at Collingham.
3 May 2014 - 1st XI v Ben Rhydding (H) - Won by 2 wickets (19-8)
Ben Rhydding 211 a/o in 47.5 overs
Steeton 215-8 in 49.2 overs
Winning the toss Ben Rhydding chose to bat first and raced to 75 runs before losing their first wicket in the 11th over & at the midway point were 118 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets. The brakes were applied by James Emmott, who was in fantastic form with the ball. James took 6 wickets for 54 runs from his 15 overs, with catches taken by Stephen Pearson, Mark Taylor & Ross Suri, and a stumping by Andrew Foulds. James was also involved in running out another Ben Rhydding batsman. The off-spin of South African Jonny Stander (1-32) nipped out another batter courtesy of a good catch in the slips by Craig Walton. When James Emmott had completed his 15 over spell Ben Rhydding added 65 runs for the 8th wicket, but the re-introduction of Jon Best brought an end to the innings with 2 wickets in consecutive deliveries. Ben Rhydding were all out for 211 runs in 47.5 overs. 5 bowling points for Steeton – 4 batting points for Ben Rhydding.
In reply Steeton lost early wickets and were reduced to 9 runs with 2 wickets down. Opening the batting Andrew Foulds (57) steadied the innings with a fine half-century. Andrew”s 57 runs came from 91 deliveries & included 8 boundaries. He shared a 55-run 3rd wicket partnership with South African Jonny Stander, who contributed 33 runs from 34 deliveries with 2 sixes & 3 fours. Andrew went on to share an even better 4th wicket partnership of 79 runs with skipper Neil Spragg, who hit 3 sixes & 5 fours as he scored 48 runs from 63 balls faced. Steeton’s powerful middle order were all firing as Mark Taylor hit 3 sixes & 2 fours as he added 28 runs from just 13 deliveries; Andrew Luxton scored 19 runs; and Jon Best saw Steeton home with an unbeaten 22* runs. Batting strength in depth again paid dividends as we finished with 215 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 49.2 overs. Steeton won by 2 wickets and collect 19 points, while Ben Rhydding only collect 8 points.
10 May 2014 - 1st XI v Beckwithshaw (A) - Abandoned (3-3)
Along with the majority of the league, the fixture at Beckwithshaw was rained off, despite repeated efforts to mop the pitch. Both sides collect 3 points each.
17 May 2014 - 1st XI v Rawdon (H) - Lost by 1 wicket (9-17)
Steeton 232-5 in 50 overs
Rawdon 235-9 in 50 overs
On a hot sunny day at Steeton there is only one option when winning the toss…Steeton won and batted first. Opener Andrew Foulds (50) anchored the top-order as he shared an opening partnership of 27 runs with Craig Walton (24 with 6 fours); a 2nd wicket partnership of 41 runs with John Akrigg (12); and a 3rd wicket partnership of 31 runs with South African Jonny Stander (13). Andrew scored his 50 runs from 83 deliveries with 3 sixes & 6 fours, but when he departed having just reached his half-century it brought together the experienced pairing of skipper Neil Spragg (63) with Andrew Luxton (44*). Together Neil & Andrew compiled a strong 96-run 5th wicket partnership: Neil scoring his 63 runs from 76 deliveries with 1 six & 7 fours; and Andrew scoring his unbeaten 44* runs from 52 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. Jon Best (21*) came to the wicket in the 48th over, but it was still time for him to smash 2 sixes & 1 four as he finished the innings with an unbeaten 21* run flourish from just 9 balls faced. 232 runs for 5 wickets in 50 overs means 5 batting points for Steeton, but the feeling was that they were perhaps 20 or 30 runs short.
Steeton’s bowlers had Rawdon firmly on the rack at the start of the 2nd innings: 39-3 soon became 59 runs with 6 wickets down…a Steeton victory now seemed inevitable. However Rawdon’s late order batsmen were putting up resistance and scoring runs at an alarming rate. Pick of the bowling was opener Stephen Pearson, who took 4 wicket for 43 runs from 13 overs with a catch by John Akrigg & another by keeper Andrew Foulds. Steve’s opening partner was Ross Suri, who took 3 wickets for 49 runs from 9 overs. Skipper Neil Spragg (1-34) & Jon Best (1-53) both chipped in with a single wicket – Neil”s wicket being an excellent sliding catch coming in from long-off by James Emmott, and Jon’s wicket being comfortably pouched by Craig Walton. With a spread field Steeton were leaking runs – good overs being spoilt by a boundary off the last delivery. With 7 runs required from the final over all 3 results were a possibility, as Steve Pearson took a wicket from the first ball & only conceded 1 run from the first 3 deliveries. An easy single allowed the strike to rotate & the final ball of the match was smashed for a straight six to bring Rawdon an unlikely victory. Rawdon had scored 235 runs for the loss of 9 wickets down in their 50 overs. Unfortunately Steeton had ended the wrong side of a thrilling finish & lost by 1 wicket. Steeton have to settle for 4 bowling points, to add to their 5 batting points.
Neil Spragg is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton.
18 May 2014 - 1st XI v Collingham & Linton (A) in Waddilove Cup - Lost by 51 runs
Collingham 126 a/o in 39.4 overs
Steeton 75 a/o in 26.3 overs
Batting first Collingham were all out for a meagre 126 runs in 39.4 overs. chief destroyers with 3 wickets each were Ross Suri, who took his 3 wickets from 9 overs conceding 20 runs with a catch by South African Jonny Stander; and James Emmott who took his 3 wickets from 5.4 overs conceding 40 runs with a return catch from his own bowling. The off-spin of South African Jonny Stander claimed 2 wicket for 17 runs from 9 overs with a catch by Steve Pearson. Steve (1-16) took a single wicket from his 8 overs with catch to keeper Andrew Foulds, and Steve also ran out the other Collingham batsman. At the tea break Steeton must have felt confident.
In reply Steeton had progressed to 17 runs before losing opener Andrew Foulds (10). Shortly after Steeton lost Andrew’s opening partner David Robinson for 11 runs…and wickets continued to tumble. Skipper Neil Spragg top-scored with just 12 runs from 23 deliveries with 3 boundaries, and the only other batsman to manage double figures was Craig Walton (10). In an inept batting display Steeton were all out for an embarrassing 75 runs in 26.3 overs. Steeton lost by 51 runs and crash out of this year”s Waddilove Cup competition.
James Emmott is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton.
24 May 2014 - 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (A) - Abandoned (3-3)
No play possible due to rain.
26 May 2014 - 1st XI v Ilkley (H) - Won by 29 runs (19-6)
Steeton 216-9 in 50 overs
Ilkley 187 a/o in 48.4 overs
Choosing to bat first Steeton scored 216 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. Top-scorer for Steeton was opener Andrew Foulds, who scored 61 runs from 112 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Andrew shared an excellent 2nd wicket partnership of 76 runs with John Akrigg, who contributed 34 runs from 55 deliveries with 5 boundaries; Andrew followed that with a 37-run 3rd wicket stand with South African Jonny Stander, who smashed 2 sixes & 2 fours in a cameo 26 runs from 42 balls faced. Andrew Luxton hit 1 six & 3 fours as he smashed 25 runs from just 22 deliveries & Jon Best notched 18 runs from just 16 deliveries with 2 sixes. Steeton set a target of 216 runs and secured themselves 4 batting points.
In reply Ilkley were reduced to 26-2 and then 101-5 in their pursuit of the Steeton target. There was a single wicket apiece for openers Stephen Pearson (1-41) & Ross Suri (1-35) & also James Emmott (1-29). Jon Best (2-24) chipped in with 2 wickets, but the pick of the bowlers was skipper Neil Spragg, who collected a 5-wicket haul. Neil’s 5 wickets came from 12.4 overs as he conceded 37 runs. With 8 wickets caught out Steeton’s main catcher was keeper Andrew Foulds took 4 catches, and there was a single catch each for Stephen Pearson, Neil Spragg, John Akrigg & Jonny Stander. Ilkley were all out for 187 runs in 48.4 overs, meaning Steeton won by 29 runs. Steeton collect 10 points for the win & a further 5 bowling points to add to their 4 batting points.
Andrew Foulds is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton.
31 May 2014 - 1st XI v Pool (A) - Lost by 16 runs (7-18)
Pool 182 a/o in 46 overs
Steeton 166 a/o in 39 overs
Batting first Pool were well restricted to 182 runs all out in 46 overs. Making his 1st XI debut for Steeton, Josh Gill was in fantastic form as he took 5 wickets for 65 runs from 14 overs, with 2 catches taken by skipper John Akrigg. James Emmott was in miserly form with the ball…his 15 overs only conceding 35 runs with 7 maidens as he collected 3 wickets, with catches taken by keeper Andrew Foulds & Ross Suri, playing his last game of the season. The other wicket-taking bowler was Jon Best, who claimed 2 wickets for 36 runs from 9 overs. With 10 wickets taken Steeton collect 5 bowling points.
In reply Steeton’s top-order batsmen all made starts, but were unable to convert them into sizeable contributions: Craig Walton (22), Andrew Foulds (13) & skipper John Akrigg (19). Steeton were reduced to 55 runs with 5 wickets down, when Oliver Gledhill (31) came to the crease. Oliver scored an excellent 31 runs from 19 deliveries with 6 boundaries, and shared a 45-run 6th wicket partnership with John Akrigg. Batting at No 9 it was left to James Emmott (46*) to top-score with his unbeaten 46* runs coming from 53 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. James added 37 for the 8th wicket with his skipper John Akrigg followed by 20 runs for the 9th wicket with debutant Josh Gill (9). With 15 overs of the match left Steeton were all out for 166 runs in 39 overs. Steeton lost by a mere 16 runs, and must contend themselves with just 2 batting points.
My Man-of-the-Match for Steeton was James Emmott.
7 June 2014 - 1st XI v Otley (A) - Abandoned (3-3)
Persistent rain meant no play was possible. Both sides collect 3 points each.
14 June 2014 - 1st XI v Collingham & Linton (H) - Lost by 5 Wickets (3-16)
Steeton 143 a/o in 48.4 overs
Collingham 144-5 in 27.4 overs
Asked to bat first Steeton were hoping for revenge after they were dumped out of the Waddilove Cup at the hands of bottom-of-the-league Collingham. Steeton’s openers Craig Walton (11) & Andrew Foulds (25) got Steeton off to a steady start before Craig was well caught in the gully with the score on 16 runs. Steeton’s middle order succumbed to Collingham’s spinner attack with a procession of batsmen falling to ill-judged aggression and being clean-bowled or skying simple catches. Skipper Neil Spragg scored 21 runs before being clean-bowled, and Mark Taylor scored 11 before he too was bowled out. The only batter who looked comfortable against Collingham’s spinners was Andrew Luxton, who scored an excellent 41 runs from 67 deliveries with 6 boundaries. At No10 Stephen Pearson (21) brought some respectability to Steeton’s score as he added 18 runs with Andrew Luxton for the 10th wicket and 22 runs for the final wicket with Josh Gill (6). Steeton were all out in 48.4 overs for a paltry 143 runs. A single batting point for Steeton.
In reply Collingham lost their first wicket in the first over with the score on 1 run to the bowling of Stephen Pearson (2-29) with a catch taken by keeper Andrew Foulds. Pick of Steeton”s bowlers was Jon Best, who took 3 wickets for 26 runs from 5 overs, with an excellent low catch taken by Stephen Pearson and a 2nd catch taken behind the wickets by Andrew Foulds. No other bowlers were successful as Collingham raced past the Steeton target with 23 overs to spare. Collingham scored 144 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 27.4 overs, to win by 5 wickets. Steeton have to settle for a further 2 bowling points to add to their single batting point.
Andrew Foulds is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
21 June 2014 - 1st XI v Guiseley (A) - Lost by 2 wickets (6-17)
Steeton 162 a/o in 49.1 overs
Guiseley 163-8 in 47.4 overs
Steeton won the toss and chose to bat first at Nethermoor Park. They were soon regretting the decision as they were reduced to 9 runs with 3 wickets down in the 11th over. Skipper Neil Spragg was outstanding as he scored a fantastic 89 runs from 114 deliveries with 2 sixes & 7 fours, while all around him batsmen were struggling. Neil shared a excellent 50-run 4th wicket partnership with Mark Taylor, who contributed 28 runs from 26 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours. No other Steeton batsman managed double figures as Neil was the last batter out with the total on 162 runs from 49.1 overs. 2 batting points for Steeton.
Steeton’s bowling got off to the best start with Stephen Pearson (1-28) taking a return catch from his own bowling in the first over. Pick of the Steeton bowlers was South African Jonny Stander, who collected 4 wickets for 39 runs from 15 overs with catches by John Akrigg & keeper Chris Baines. Skipper Neil Spragg took 2 wickets for 25 runs with a 2nd catch for keeper Chris Baines. Leg-spinner Andrew Luxton (1-11) took a single wicket with a 2nd catch taken by John Akrigg. Guiseley scored 163 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 47.4 overs. In another tight finish Steeton lost by 2 wickets. Steeton collect another 4 bowling points, but the bulk of the points unfortunately go to Guiseley.
Neil Spragg is my Man-of-the-Match
28 June 2014 - 1st XI v Bilton (A) - Lost by 44 runs (5-17)
Bilton 173-9 in 44 overs
Steeton 129 a/o in 37.4 overs
Rain delayed the start of this fixture an when it did get started it was reduced to a 44-overs per side match. Steeton won the toss and asked Bilton to bat first. Pick of the Steeton bowling was off-spinning South African Jonny Stander, who took 3 wickets for 49 runs from 13 overs, with a catch taken by Mark Taylor, a return catch off his own bowling as well as a stumping by keeper Andrew Foulds. Skipper Neil Spragg took 2 wickets for 38 runs, including a caught & bowled. Stephen Pearson also took 2 wickets for 43 runs, with catches by keeper Andrew Foulds, and a 2nd catch for Mark Taylor. John Akrigg ran out another batsman as Bilton closed on 173 for the loss of 9 wickets in their 44.0 overs. 4 bowling points for Steeton.
In reply Steeton were reeling at 19 runs for 3 wickets in the 8th over, when debutant opener Matt Price (7) was caught. Skipper Neil Spragg (22) added 35-runs for the 4th wicket with Mark Taylor (19), but a further shuttering of wickets saw Steeton reduced to 58 runs with 6 wickets down in the 21st over. Jon Best (24) added 23 runs for the 7th wicket with South African Jonny Stander (13); and Jon went on to share a 36-run 8th wicket partnership with Stephen Pearson (25). Stephen top-score with his 25 runs coming from 36 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Steeton were all out for 129 runs in 37.4 overs. Bilton won by 44 runs, and Steeton must settle for just 5 points, while the lion”s share goes to Bilton.
Neil Spragg is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
12 July 2014 - 1st XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Won by 43 runs (20-8)
Steeton 259-8 in 50 overs
Burley 216 a/o in 43.1 overs
On a sunny hot day at Steeton there is only one decision to make when winning the toss…Steeton won and chose to bat first. Stability was provided at the top of the order by 18-year-old Matt Price, who scored an excellently crafted 62 runs from 116 deliveries with 8 boundaries, in only his second 1st XI match. Matt shared a 46-run opening partnership with South African Jonny Stander, who contributed 26 runs from 20 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. At the 25-over drinks break Steeton were 106-1. Matt went on to share an even better 2nd wicket partnership of 76 runs with David Robinson, who scored 38 runs from 66 balls faced with 1 six & 6 fours. Finally Matt added 25 runs for the 3rd wicket with skipper Neil Spragg (11). Mark Taylor smashed 2 sixes & 7 fours as he needed just 42 deliveries to score an aggressive 55 runs. Mark added 77 runs in 10 overs for the 5 wicket with Andrew Luxton (18). Batting at the unusual position of No7, John Akrigg played a cameo innings of 11 runs as Steeton closed with 259 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs.
In reply Steeton had nipped-out the first 2 Burley wickets with the score on 38 runs in the 10th over…both wickets falling to Jon Best. Jon went on to take 4 wickets for 73 runs from 14 overs with a smart catch in the gully by South African Jonny Stander, a catch of his own bowling & a knick caught behind by keeper Chris Baines. At the 25-over drinks break Burley were 143-3 and looked to be favourites to win this fixture with sensible batting. Leg-spinner Andrew Luxton (1-34) collected a single wicket, but the pick of the bowling was undoubtedly Stephen Pearson, who finished with a well-deserved 5-wicket haul. Steve took 5 wickets for 36 runs from 13.1 overs, with 2 well-judged catches at long off by Mark Taylor, a skied hook-shot caught at fine leg by James Emmott, and a 2nd stunning catch in the gully for Jonny Stander. Burley were all out for 216 runs in 43.1 overs, so Steeton won by 43 runs. Steeton collect the full 20 points, while Burley must settle for 8 points.
Mark Taylor is my Man-of-the-Match
19 July 2014 - 1st XI v Ben Rhydding (A) - Won by 2 runs (15-5)
Steeton 99 a/o in 34.5 overs
Ben Rhydding 97 a/o in 31 overs
This fixture got underway despite drizzle at 2:15pm as a 38 overs per side match, with Steeton batting. Steeton had progressed smoothly to 31 runs before losing both openers: South African Jonny Stander scored 12 runs and Andrew Foulds 18 runs. Skipper Neil Spragg top-scored with 20 runs scored from 41 deliveries with 4 boundaries…and shared a 26-run 4th wicket partnership with Andrew Luxton (12). With no other batter managing double figures Steeton only managed to score 99 runs all out in 34.5 overs.
In reply Jon Best was impressive with the ball as he ripped out Ben Rhydding’s top order and finished with 4 wickets for 41 runs from 11 overs, with catches by Steve Pearson, Jonny Stander and keeper Chris Baines. Wickets continued to tumble as South African off-spinner Jonny Stander (2-9) nipped out 2 wickets, with catches by John Akrigg & Neil Spragg. In a tense finish skipper Neil Spragg bowled 8 overs and took 4 wickets for 23 runs, with a 2nd catch by Steve Pearson & a further 2 catches for keeper Chris Baines. Steeton got Ben Rhydding all out for 97 runs in 31 overs to win by a mere 2 runs. Steeton were the only side to complete a fixture on this wet Saturday and they collect 15 points.
26 July 2014 - 1st XI v Beckwithshaw (H) - Lost by 97 runs (6-20)
Beckwithshaw 312-5 in 50 overs
Steeton 215 a/o in 49.1 overs
Having won the toss and choosing to bat first, Beckwithshaw scored a mammoth 312 runs for 5 wickets in their 50 overs. Beckwithshaw’s 28-run opening partnership was broken by wrist-spinner Andrew Luxton, courtesy of a catch by keeper Andrew Foulds. On a great batting track at Steeton it was hard toil for the bowlers and was largely unrewarded – a bad toss to lose. Beckwithshaw opener Sedgley scored 150 runs. Taking 2 wickets each were Steve Pearson (2-57) & skipper Neil Spragg (2-59), courtesy of catches by Mark Taylor & Andrew Luxton. Asked to score at over 6 runs per over, Steeton’s batting would need to be far more robust than it has been recently.
In reply Steeton’s batting lacked the stability of Beckwithshaw. Openers Jonny Stander (21) & Andrew Foulds (25) were both gone with 59 runs on the board in 19 overs. David Robinson scored 16 runs, but the only partnership of note was between Mark Taylor (41) & skipper Neil Spragg (32), who added 47 runs for the 4th wicket. Mark scored his 41 runs from 33 deliveries with 2 sixes & 6 fours; and Neil scored his 32 runs from 47 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours. Steeton’s lower middle order all contributed good runs: Jon Best (23) , Steve Pearson (18) & debutant Luke Watson (14*). Steeton”s innings petered out to a disappointing 215 runs all out in 49.1 overs. Steeton lost by 97 runs, and have to settle for 2 bowling & 4 batting points…Beckwithshaw leave with 20 points.
2 August 2014 - 1st XI v Rawdon (A) - Abandoned (4-7)
Steeton 130-9 in 35 overs
Rawdon 77-0 in 19.2 overs
Steeton’s match at Rawdon was reduced to 35 overs per side by rain. Steeton lost the toss and were asked to bat first. An opening partnership of 31 runs between South African Jonny Stander (6) & Andrew Foulds (37) heralded a catastrophic collapse. Steeton slumped to 68 runs with 8 wickets down in the 24th over. Andrew Foulds scored his 37 runs from 46 deliveries with 6 boundaries, as he watched a procession of wickets fall at the other end. Jon Best (13) added 13 runs for the 9th wicket with Luke Watson (14*). It was left to last wicket to produce the best partnership and Steeton’s top scorer. Luke Watson (14*) and James Emmott (38*) put on 49 runs for an unbroken 10th wicket partnership. 11th man James Emmott top-scored with an unbeaten 38* runs scored from just 21 deliveries with 4 sixes and 1 four. Steeton closed with a respectable 130 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 35 overs.
In reply Rawdon looked to be coasting to a comfortable victory as they had reached 77 runs without losing a single wicket from 19.2 overs. However another heavy downpour came to Steeton’s rescue and the match was abandoned. Steeton collect 3 points for the abandonment and a single batting point.
9 August 2014 - 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (H) - Won by 83 runs (20-8)
Steeton 285-8 in 50 overs
Kirkstall 202 a/o in 42.1 overs
Batting first Steeton scored an excellent 285 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Steeton’s great total was built on a 160-run 2nd wicket partnership between Andrew Foulds (91) & John Akrigg (70). Andrew deserved a century, but had to settle for 91 runs scored from 78 deliveries with 15 fours; and in a remarkable return to top form John scored his 70 runs from 129 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. John also shared a 47-run 5th wicket partnership with Mark Taylor, who hit 3 sixes & 3 fours as he needed just 15 deliveries to score 36 runs. Mark”s rapid scoring was then eclipsed by South African Jonny Stander’s late blast. Scoring his first half-century of the season Jonny scored an unbeaten 52* runs from 17 deliveries, smashing 5 sixes & 3 fours…including plundering 23 runs from the last over!
Kirkstall’s reply immediately faltered as Jon Best nipped out both openers with the score on 30 runs – Jon finished with 3 wickets for 44 runs from 10 overs, with catches taken by Steve Pearson & skipper Neil Spragg. Pick of the bowlers was Steve Pearson, who took 4 wickets for 36 runs from 13 overs, with catches taken by James Emmott, keeper Andrew Foulds & Matt Price. Skipper Neil Spragg (2-22) gave keeper Andrew Foulds a 2nd victim. Kirkstall had a 7th wicket stand of 99 runs, but when that partnership was broken they lost their final 3 wickets without adding any further runs. Luke Watson’s great start to his 1st XI career continued as he was brought on to bowl and needed just 1 delivery to remove the final Kirkstall batsman…1 ball 1 wicket. Despite being gifted 11 runs in no-balls, Kirkstall Educational were all out for 202 runs from 42.1 overs Steeton won by 83 runs & collect a full 20 points.
Andrew Foulds is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
16 August 2014 - 1st XI v Ilkley (A) - Lost by 2 wickets (5-16)
Steeton 131 a/o in 48.4 overs
Ilkley 135-8 in 35.3 overs
Asked to bat first Steeton lost wickets regularly and in the 15th over were reduced to 25 runs with 3 wickets lost & only Andrew Foulds (12) had managed double figures. Steeton’s middle order added valuable runs: David Robinson – 25 runs from 55 deliveries with 1 six & 1 four; skipper Neil Spragg – 16 runs; and South African Jonny Stander – 27 runs from 47 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. However it was Jon Best batting at No7 who top-scored with 32 runs scored from 46 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. On a difficult wicket Steeton were all out for 131 runs in 48.4 overs…20 to 30 runs short of what may have been an acceptable score.
In reply Ilkley were blitzed by Jon Best. Following his top-scoring exploits with the bat, Jon took the first 5 Ilkley wickets to fall and finished with great figures of 15 overs, 5 maidens, 33 runs with 5 wickets, with catches taken by skipper Neil Spragg & vice-captain John Akrigg. Jon had reduced Ilkley to 77 runs with 5 wickets down in the 22nd over. Stephen Pearson (1-42) collected a single wicket, and back in the wickets column was James Emmott (2-14) taking his first wickets since May, courtesy of a 2nd catch by Neil Spragg. Steeton’s target of 131 runs proved to be insufficient and Ilkley scored 135 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 35.3 overs. Steeton lost by 2 wickets and collect just 5 points, while Ilkley take 16 points.
Jon Best is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
23 August 2014 - 1st XI v Pool (H) - Drawn (9-9)
Pool 157-9 in 40 overs
Steeton 152-9 in 38 overs
Rain had a large part to play in this fixture, and it began before play could start when 6 overs were lost making this a 47-overs per side match. Further rain reduced the match yet further after Pool had started their innings, and they declared after 40 overs having scored 157 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Jon Best (3-29) & Neil Spragg (3-41) both collected 3 wickets, and Stephen Pearson (2-55) took 2 wickets. Keeper Andrew Foulds, Stephen Pearson & John Akrigg took a single catch each. 34 of Pool’s runs had been extras, including 10 runs gifted as wides & 7 as no-balls.
Pool should have declared after 39 overs, because it only left Steeton with 38 overs to bat…meaning a win for Pool was only possible if they got Steeton all out, and only possible for Steeton if they passed the Pool target within 38 overs. Steeton’s top-order performed well: opener Andrew Foulds scored 10 runs, but both openers were out with the score on just 24 runs in the 7th over. The experienced pairing of John Akrigg (32) & skipper Neil Spragg (19) added 42 runs for the 3rd wicket. John scored his 32 runs from 55 deliveries with 5 boundaries; and Neil scored his 19 runs from 29 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. a shuttering of wickets meant Steeton went from 66 runs with 3 wickets down to 68 runs with 6 wickets down. South African Jonny Stander (23) shared an excellent 8th wicket partnership of 57 runs with Jon Best (31) to take Steeton to 140 runs for 9 wickets in the 35th over. Jonny scored his 23 runs from 39 deliveries with 4 boundaries; and Jon scored his 31 runs from 39 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. Not wanting to lose this match Steeton protected their wickets, rather than attempting to recklessly go for the win. Steeton finished with 152 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 38 overs. Steeton had batted for 2 fewer overs than Pool, so both sides collect 3 points as well the bonus points: Steeton 9 points, Pool 9 points
30 August 2014 - 1st XI v Otley (H) - Lost by 9 wickets (0-15)
Steeton 77 a/o in 28.3 overs
Ilkley 80-1 in 16.1 overs
It is very difficult to see any positives from this trouncing by league leaders, Otley. Otley’s bowling was fast and straight, their fielding exemplary, with some spectacular catches, and when it was their turn to bat they put away the bad ball…of which there were too many. Steeton were asked to bat first, and out of the top-order only Andrew Foulds looked able to cope with Otley’s attack. Andrew scored 19 runs from 40 deliveries with 3 boundaries…and Steeton were reduced to 40 runs with 6 wickets down in the 16th over. Jon Best was in belligerent mood as he scored an unbeaten 21* runs from 37 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. Jon shared a 14-run 8th wicket partnership with Oliver Gledhill (13), who got of the mark with a six followed by a four. Embarrassingly Steeton were all out for a meagre 77 runs in 28.3 overs.
In reply Otley had progressed to 11 runs in the 2nd over when they lost their only wicket to the bowling of Jon Best (1-35). Otley went on to score 80 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in 16.1 overs, to beat Steeton by 9 wickets. Steeton do not even have the compensation of a single point from this encounter.
Jon Best is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
6 September 2014 - 1st XI v Collingham & Linton (A) - Lost by 3 wickets (5-15)
Steeton 150-6 in 24.5 overs (dec)
Collingham 154-7 in 23.1 overs
A peculiar match that was badly effected by periods of persistent rain. The game can by divided into 3 sections. Before the match began rain reduced the overs to 41 overs each. Steeton lost the toss and were asked to bat first. In the first phase, Andrew Foulds was in great form as he scored 45* runs and added 35 runs for the 2nd wicket with Chris Luxton (13). After 20 overs more rain breaks came and an early tea was taken & a further 31 overs were lost from this match. Steeton would need to reach a declaration point in the next 5 overs to be able to declare and set Collingham a target to chase. A captain’s conference decided that 150 runs with 6 wickets down would be a fair score…so the next phase of the match featured a bizarre ‘declaration’ bowling attack. Steeton scored 73 runs in the next 4.5 overs and the declaration was duly made with Steeton on the contrived score of 150 runs for 6 wickets in 24.5 overs. Andrew Foulds finished with an unbeaten 65* runs from 67 deliveries with 1 six & 13 fours. Benefiting from the ‘declaration bowling’ were Jon Best (19) with 2 sixes & 3 fours before allowing himself to be stumped; South African Jonny Stander (19) with 1 six & 3 fours before allowing himself to be bowled; and Oliver Gledhill (12) with 3 fours before hitting his own wicket.
With the target set the serious part of the match resumed with Collingham aiming to score 150 runs in 26 overs. Collingham’s reply began well for Steeton, who benefited from an early farcical run out, with John Akrigg throwing to Andrew Foulds to remove the bails. Jon Best (1-36) reduced Collingham to 46 runs with 2 wickets down in the 7th over. Pick of the bowlers was James Emmott, who took 3 wickets for 32 runs from 6 overs with a catch taken by keeper Andrew Foulds. South African Jonny Stander took 2 wickets for 33 runs with a nice catch taken in the deep by John Akrigg. Steeton’s fielding & catching was not up to the required quality and allowed Collingham to prosper. Collingham were all but beaten at 96 runs with 7 wickets down in the 15th over, but an unbroken 8th wicket partnership of 58 runs saw them home. Steeton had lost by 3 wickets as Collingham scored 154 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 23.1 overs. Collingham collect 15 points, while Steeton have to settle for 5 points.
Andrew Foulds is my man-of-the-Match for Steeton
13 September 2014 - 1st XI v Guiseley (H) - Won by 2 wickets (20-9)
Guiseley 225 a/o in 49.2 overs
Steeton 229-8 in 47.1 overs
The last match of the season with nothing for either side to play for except pride. Guiseley won the toss and decided to bat first, and started by smashing 14 runs from the first over. Stephen Pearson (1-46) took a wicket with his very first delivery, with a catch to keeper Andrew Foulds. This set the tone for Guiseley’s innings…fast scoring, but wickets tumbling. Jon Best (1-94), gave keeper Andrew Foulds his next victim as Guiseley were 36 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in the 7th over. Skipper Neil Spragg (3-42) ripped through the middle order with 3 wickets courtesy of a nice catch at point by Oliver Gledhill & a third victim for Andrew Foulds behind the wicket. James Emmott (3-43) matched Neil’s figures, with a catch off the boot of John Akrigg at slip as well as a comfortable catch at mid-wicket by veteran Phil Barrett. From 102 run with 7 wickets down, Guiseley had stands of 23 for the 8th wicket followed by 88 run for the 9th wicket. South African off-spinner Jonny Stander (2-24) finished off the late resistance with a nice catch at long-off by Matt Price and a second catch for Phil Barrett. 51-year-old Phil Barrett & Stephen Pearson were awarded the league fielding points. Guiseley were all out for 225 runs in 49.2 overs…giving Steeton 5 bowling points & Guiseley 5 batting points.
In reply Steeton had progressed to 16 runs before losing the in-form Andrew Foulds (11). South African Jonny Stander scored 36 runs from 51 deliveries with 6 boundaries and shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 44 runs with John Akrigg, who scored 35 runs from 95 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. John went on to share an even better 78-run 3rd wicket partnership with Jon Best, who scored an excellent half-century…his 51 runs coming from just 44 deliveries with 2 sixes & 8 fours. For Steeton 138-3 rapidly became 162-7 when Matt Price (11) departed. This brought together the experienced pairing of Oliver Gledhill (31) & Phil Barrett (31*). Together they added 57 runs for the 8th wicket in 5 overs. Oliver Gledhill scored his 31 runs from just 19 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours and Phil Barrett scored his unbeaten 31* runs from 23 deliveries including getting off-the-mark with a six and hitting his 4th four to clinch victory for Steeton. Steeton had scored 229 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 47.1 overs to win by 2 wickets. Steeton collect a full 20 points from this encounter, while Guiseley leave with 9 points. Steeton finish the season a creditable mid-table 7th place in the top division.
Apologies to Jon Best, but Phil Barrett is my man-of-the-Match for Steeton 🙂
Second XI 201419 April 2014 - 2nd XI v North Leeds (A) - Lost by 30 runs (7-20)
North Leeds 231-7 in 50 overs
Steeton 201 a/o in 48 overs
Batting first North Leeds reached 38 runs before off-spinner Zach Pearson (2-31) was brought on to had both opening batsmen stumped by keeper & skipper Julian Higginson. Gary Boulton (1-51) claimed the next wicket with a catch taken by Paul Hardwick. North Leeds middle order was ripped out by Luke Watson, who was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets for 29 runs from 6 overs, with a catch taken by Zach Pearson. After their 50 overs North Leeds had scored 231 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. Steeton had 3 bowling points, but North Leeds had the full 5 batting points.
In reply experienced opener Mick Wilson top-scored with 44 runs, but Mick & his opening partner Matt Price (15) were both dismissed with the score on 67 runs. At No3 David Robinson scored a solid 39 runs, but saw partner Aatif Modak depart for 11 runs & skipper Julian Higginson for 12 runs. Oliver Gledhill (26) & Gary Boulton (26) both made solid starts, but were unable to convert good starts to significant contributions. Steeton tail-enders capitulated and were all out for 201 runs in 48 overs – 30 runs short of the target. Steeton collect a further 4 batting bonus points, giving them a total of 7 points compared with North Leeds, who collected the maximum 20 points.
26 April 2014 - 2nd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Won by 136 runs (20-5)
Steeton 281-9 in 50 overs
Burley-in-Wharfedale 145 a/o in 44.3 overs
After last week defeat our 2nd XI were looking to get their season back on track as they played Burley at home. Batting first Steeton’s innings was built on a great 95-run 2nd wicket partnership between the experienced pairing of Mick Wilson & David Robinson, who both scored 57 runs. Mick Wilson hit 1 six & 7 fours as he scored his 57 runs from 73 deliveries & David Robinson hit 7 boundaries as he scored his 57 runs from 81 deliveries. Skipper Julian Higginson chipped-in with 13 runs, before a quick-fire 41 runs from Oliver Gledhill. Oliver’s 41 runs came from 24 deliveries and included 4 sixes & 2 fours. Oliver shared a 17-run 6th wicket stand with Gary Boulton followed by an excellent 7th wicket partnership of 44 runs with top-scorer Luke Watson, whose unbeaten 60* runs was the highlight of the innings. Luke faced 46 deliveries and hit 3 sixes & 4 fours as he scored his unbeaten 60* runs. Luke shared a 47-run 9th wicket partnership with Zaggy Pearson (11) as Steeton closed with a formidable 281 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs…5 points already in the bag!
Steeton’s bowling was spearheaded by Josh Gill, who took all of the first 3 wickets…all caught by keeper & skipper Julian Higginson. Josh finished with 4 wickets for 57 runs from 14.3 overs. Gary Boulton was also in great form with the ball as he collected 4 wickets for 39 runs from 13 overs, with catches by keeper Julian Higginson & Luke Watson. Luke Watson also bowled 4 tight overs that only conceded 7 runs as he took a single wicket. Burley also surrendered a further wicket to a run out from a great throw by Matt Price. Burley were all out for 145 runs in 44.3 overs, giving Steeton 10 points for a 136-run victory and a further 5 bowling points. Steeton collect the full 20 points, while Burley-in-Wharfedale collect a total of just 5 points.
27 April 2014 - 2nd XI v Follifoot (H) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 7 wickets
Follifoot 123 a/o in 39.3 overs
Steeton 126-3 in 32.4 overs
Our 2nd XI finished a successful weekend with a comfortable 7-wicket victory against Follifoot in the preliminary round of the Birtwhistle Cup. Batting first Follifoot lost both opener to the bowling of James Yeadon (2-27 from 9) with a return catch from his own bowling and a first catch by Mick Wilson – Follifoot were 13-2 in the 5th over. Off-spinner Zaggy Pearson took 3 wickets for 22 runs from 8 overs with all 3 wickets caught by Mick Wilson, bringing his total to 4 catches for the match. With 10 overs of the innings remaining Follifoot were well placed at 117 runs for the loss 5 wickets. The pace of James Gill blew away the Follifoot tail as he clean-bowled 4 batsmen and conceded just 11 runs from 8.3 overs. With 1 batter run out by a long throw by Matt Price, Follifoot lost their final 5 wickets and only added 6 more runs. Follifoot were all out for 123 runs in 39.3 overs.
In reply Steeton lost the veteran Mick Wilson (15) LBW with the score on 22 runs. Opening partner Matt Price (29) added 72 careful runs for the 2nd wicket partnership with David Robinson (47*). Matt”s 29 runs came from 76 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours, before being caught on the boundary; and David scored his unbeaten 47* runs from 81 deliveries including 3 sixes & 4 fours. Oliver Gledhill (6) went cheaply, but the in-form Luke Watson (15*) finished the match in style. With 17 runs needed for victory Luke scored an unbeaten 15* runs from 13 deliveries with 3 fours. Steeton scored 126 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 32.4 overs to win by 7 wickets with 12 overs to spare. Steeton progress into the 1st round proper of the Birtwhistle cup to be played on Sunday 18 May at home against Collingham.
3 May 2014 - 2nd XI v Olicanian (A) - Won by 161 runs (19-2)
Steeton 208-5 in 50 overs
Olicanian 47 a/o in 20.3 overs
Batting first our 2nd XI scored 208 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 50 overs. The main feature of the innings was a great opening partnership of 157 runs between Mick Wilson (85) & Matt Price (65). Mick scored his 85 runs from 108 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours; Matt scored his 65 runs from 139 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Skipper Julian Higginson scored an undefeated 30* runs from 24 balls faced with 3 fours and added 25 runs for the 6th wicket with Luke Watson (10*). 4 batting points for Steeton.
Steeton”s bowling was far too powerful for Olicanian, who crumbled to a meagre 47 runs all out in 20.3 overs. Josh Gill blitzed the batting as he took 7 wickets for 29 runs from 10.3 overs, with 6 victims clean-bowled. Off-spinner Zaggy Pearson took 3 wickets for just 7 runs from 3 overs, with a catch taken by Chris Luxton. Steeton won by 161 runs & collect 19 points, while Olicanian scrape 2 points.
10 May 2014 - 2nd XI v Beckwithshaw (H) - Abandoned (3-3)
Rain at Steeton meant the covers were never removed…and after waiting for an hour for the field to dry, a further torrential downpour put paid to any chances of any play. Both sides collect 3 points each.
17 May 2014 - 2nd XI v Rawdon (A) - Won by 4 wickets (18-8)
Rawdon 253-7 in 50 overs
Steeton 259-6 in 47 overs
Batting first Rawdon made 253 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs. Opening bowlers Josh Gill (3-77) and James Yeadon (3-35) took 3 wickets each: James was helped by a catch taken by Chris Luxton & a stumping by captain/keeper Julian Higginson. Julian also had a second stumped off the bowling of Gary Boulton (1-35)
In reply opener Mick Wilson (107*) was imperious as he finished with an unbeaten century – his 107* runs coming from 121 deliveries with 1 six & 14 fours. Chris Luxton (24) was batting well until he had his arm broken fending-off a ‘beamer’. Skipper Julian Higginson scored 28 runs but departed with the total 95 runs for 2 wickets in the 18th over. Mick Wilson (107*) shared an excellent 97-run 4th wicket partnership with Oliver Gledhill (69). Oliver scored his 69 runs from just 48 deliveries with 6 sixes & 6 fours. Having just recorded his century Mick smashed the final ball of the 47th over for six to give Steeton a convincing victory by 4 wickets. Steeton scored 259 runs for 6 wickets in 47 overs to collect 10 points for the win as well as a bonus of 5 batting points and 3 bowling points.
Mick Wilson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton.
18 May 2014 - 2nd XI v Collingham & Linton (H) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 174 runs
Steeton 308-6 in 45 overs
Collingham & Linton 134 a/o in 36.2 overs
Steeton took on struggling 2nd division opposition in the first round proper of the Birtwhistle Cup. Steeton won the toss and chose to bat first on a glorious sunny day at Steeton. Opener Mick Wilson (150*) scored his 2nd unbeaten century of the weekend – Mick recorded his highest ever score as he finished his unbeaten 150* runs from 113 deliveries with 6 sixes & 18 fours. Mick shared a 41-run 2nd wicket partnership with Aatif Modak (28) followed by an incredible 210-run 3rd wicket partnership with Hayden Tennant (89). Aatif scored his 28 runs from 28 deliveries with 6 boundaries & Hayden scored his 89 runs from 74 deliveries with 5 sixes & 6 fours. Steeton closed with a mammoth 308 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 45 overs.
In reply Collingham struggled to cope with the pace of Josh Gill, who had Collingham struggling at 18 runs having lost their top 3 wickets. Josh finished with 4 wickets conceding 31 runs from 7 overs, but would have had much better figures if he had not no-balled for 2 further dismissals. One of Josh’s dismissals was an excellent catch taken by James Yeadon running in from fine leg. Gary Boulton (2-6) bowled 6 tight overs and took 2 wickets with catches by Mick Wilson & Matt Price. Matt Price also took 2 wicket for 10 runs from 7 overs with catches taken by Hayden Tennant & Bradley Akrigg. There was a single wicket each for Luke Watson (1-25) and James Yeadon (1-22), who finished the innings with an excellent stumping by keeper Julian Higginson. Steeton fielded for the 2nd half of the Collingham innings with 10 men after Aatif Modak was knocked unconscious by a loose dog during mid-innings drinks break & taken to hospital. Collingham were all out for 134 runs in 36.2 overs, meaning Steeton win by 174 runs.
Mick Wilson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton.
24 May 2014 - 2nd XI v Tong Park Esholt (H) - Abandoned (3-3)
Tong Park 3pt
No play possible due to rain.
26 May 2014 - 2nd XI v Ilkley (A) - Lost by 42 runs (6-19)
Ilkley 206-9 in 50 overs
Steeton 163 a/o in 47.4 overs
Steeton lost the toss & were asked to field first at Ilkley. Pick of the bowlers again was opening pace bowler Josh Gill, who collected 4 wickets for 67 runs from 14 overs, assisted by 2 catches in the slips by Phil Barrett. Gary Boulton bowled 15 overs that conceded 51 runs as he collected 3 wickets with catches taken by Luke Watson & a second neatly plucked from the air by James Yeadon. James Yeadon (1-32) took a single wicket, as did spinner Zaggy Pearson (1-42), whose wicket was well caught running in from deep square leg. Luke Watson earned himself a fielding point as did young debutant Adil Modak, whose fielding was exemplary. Ilkley scored 206 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs…4 bowling points for Steeton.
Steeton’s reply was always going to be difficult without last week’s double centurian Mick Wilson. Instead it was Matt Price (51) who anchored the innings with 51 runs scored from 111 deliveries with 6 boundaries, before being given out LBW whilst advancing down the track to a spin bowler. Matt shared a 37-run second wicket partnership with 13-year-old debutant Adil Modak, who contributed a very composed 13 runs; and Matt also added 53 runs for the 4th wicket with skipper Julian Higginson, who contributed 36 runs from 38 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Luke Watson (19) & Zaggy Pearson (21) added late resistance, but Steeton were all out for 163 runs in 47.4 overs…still 42 runs short of the Ilkley target. The spoils of victory go to Ilkley and Steeton must settle for 2 batting points to add to their 4 bowling points.
Matt Price is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton.
31 May 2014 - 2nd XI v Adel (H) - Lost by 59 runs (8-20)
Adel 272-9 in 50 overs
Steeton 213 a/o in 49.1 overs
Batting first Adel were initially well-contained as Steeton had them at 32 runs with 2 wickets down after 16 overs. When the Adel onslaught began Steeton were unable to take their chances and allowed Adel to register a commanding total of 272 for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Mark Pennington, who recorded his first 5-wicket haul, and finished with 5 wickets for 38 runs from 11 overs, with a well-judged catch by debutant Jamie Davey and an rapid stumping by keeper Julian Higginson. Opening bowler James Yeadon took 3 wickets for 70 runs from 15 overs with catches taken by Gary Boulton & stumper Julian Higginson. The other wicket-taker was Gary Boulton, whose 4 overs conceded 33 runs, but had a smart stumping by keeper Julian Higginson. Steeton had collected 4 bowling points, but Adel should really have been restricted to 50 fewer runs.
Steeton’s reply got off to a steady start with the in-form Mick Wilson (66) & Matt Price (20) taking the score to 86 runs before losing the first wicket in the 25th over. Mick Wilson scored his 66 runs from 85 deliveries with 10 boundaries; and Matt Price scoring his 20 runs from 58 deliveries with 1 boundary. On debut Jamie Davey (48) played an excellent innings with his 48 runs coming from 46 deliveries with 3 sixes & 3 fours. With the required run-rate creeping up to 8 runs per over, Jamie shared a 33-run 3rd wicket partnership with Luke Watson (13) followed by a 12-run 4th wicket partnership with skipper Julian Higginson (11). With a combined age of 97 years, Phil Barrett (38) joined Jamie as the required run-rate reached 10 runs per over. Together Phil & Jamie added 61 runs for the 6th wicket partnership from 8 overs, before Phil departed with 38 runs scored from just 22 deliveries with 6 boundaries. With the departure of Jamie Davey, Steeton’s tail-end capitulated to 213 runs all out in 49.1 overs. Steeton collect a further 4 batting points, but lost by 59 runs.
My Man-of-the-Match for Steeton was Mick Wilson.
7 June 2014 - 2nd XI v Otley (H) - Abandoned (3-3)
Persistent rain meant no play was possible. Both sides collect 3 points each.
8 June 2014 - 2nd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 5 wickets
Burley 88 a/o in 31.1 overs
Steeton 89-5 in 25.2 overs
Steeton outplayed Burley to stroll through to the quarter-Finals of the Birtwhistle Cup. Asked to bat first Burley’s top-order were blown away by Paul Hardwick, who finished with 3 wickets for 30 runs from his 9 overs, with catches taken by Josh Gill & keeper Julian Higginson. Mark Pennington (1-17) took 1 wicket courtesy of a catch by James Yeadon. Luke Watson (1-5) only bowled 1 over, but the main destroyer of Burley was spinner Zaggy Pearson, who bowled 4.1 overs, collecting a 5-wicket haul and only conceding 2 runs. Zaggy had catches taken by Jamie Davey & Mark Pennington as well as a stumping by keeper Julian Higginson. Having been well placed at 62-3 after 20 overs, Burley were crushed to 88 runs all out in 31.1 overs.
Chasing a meagre target is often more difficult than might be expected, but the in-form Mick Wilson (28*) was steadfast as he carried his bat for an unbeaten 28* runs scored from 66 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Mick was losing partners as Steeton tottered at 24 runs with 3 wickets down after 11 overs. Mick shared a 31-run 4th wicket partnership with Luke Watson (15), followed by a 29-run 5th wicket partnership with skipper Julian Higginson (24), who smashed 5 fours as he faced 22 deliveries for his 24 runs. With victory in sight & the storm clouds gathering Steeton completed their 5-wicket victory – scoring 89 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 25.2 overs. Steeton now play Ben Rhydding away on 29th June.
Zaggy Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton.
14 June 2014 - 2nd XI v Horsforth (A) - Lost by 2 wickets (7-19)
Steeton 230-9 in 50 overs
Horsforth 233-8 in 49.4 overs
Our 2nd XI scored 230 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs at Horsforth. Matt Price scored 85 runs. 5 batting points for Steeton.
Horsforth passed the Steeton target with 8 wickets down & just 2 balls to spare – scoring 233-8 in 49.4 overs. Steeton lost by 2 wickets, but collect 4 bowling points.
Matt Price is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match
21 June 2014 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (H) - Won by 7 wickets (17-6)
Guiseley 298-5 in 50 overs
Steeton 299-3 in 49.1 overs
On a great batting surface on a warm summer’s day, Guiseley 2nd XI scored a massive 298 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 50 overs at Steeton. All the bowlers toiled under the sun, but the pick of the them was Gary Boulton, who took 3 wickets for just 23 runs from 10 overs with 2 catches taken by James Yeadon. There was a single wicket each for Zaggy Pearson (1-56), well caught in the deep by Luke Watson & Mark Pennington (1-50). Just 2 bowling points only for Steeton. For Guiseley Tom Woodley scored an exciting 63-ball 113* runs with 8 sixes. Many of the younger Guiseley players must have believed they had amassed an unassailable target, but on a sunny day at Steeton almost anything is possible (a 1st XI ‘tied’ game with both sides scoring 371 runs in 2007 against Green Lane is a salutary example!)
Steeton had scored 96 runs before losing their 1st wicket in the 19th over…Mick Wilson was caught out for 47 runs scored from 57 deliveries with 1 six & 7 fours. The score had progressed to 176 in the 33rd over (an 80-run 2nd wicket partnership) before Matt Price was bowled for an excellent 82 runs scored from 90 deliveries with 2 sixes & 12 fours. A 99-run 3rd wicket partnership saw the score reach 275 runs in the 44th over before David Robinson was bowled for 79 runs, scored from 81 deliveries with 2 sixes & 11 fours. Steeton’s success was built on a series of excellent scores and the victory was completed by skipper Julian Higginson (54*) & Adam Hardwick (10*). Julian scored his unbeaten 54* runs from 39 deliveries with 10 boundaries. Steeton knocked off the mammoth target to beat Guiseley for the loss of just 3 wickets. Steeton scored 299 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 49.1 overs, to complete a remarkable win by 7 wickets with 5 balls to spare… and added 17 points to their season”s tally.
Matt Price is my Man-of-the-Match
28 June 2014 - 2nd XI v North Leeds (H) - Won by 83 runs (19-5)
Steeton 211-8 in 50 overs
North Leeds 128 a/o in 36.4 overs
North Leeds came to Steeton as top-of-the-league and without having lost a match this season. North Leeds won the toss and asked Steeton to bat first. Steeton had a solid start before losing Craig Walton for 11 runs with the score on 20 runs. When Mick Wilson departed with 32 runs to his name, Steeton were wobbling at 58 runs with 5 wickets down in the 22nd over. Mick had scored his 32 runs from 39 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Adam Hardwick joined Luke Watson and together they turned the game in favour of Steeton with an excellent 72-run 6th wicket partnership. Luke Watson contributed 27 runs from 57 deliveries with 3 boundaries; while Adam Hardwick played a remarkable game-changing innings of 93* runs not out scored from 87 deliveries with 7 sixes & 7 fours – including 23 runs plundered off the penultimate over. Adam shared a 60-run unbroken 9th wicket partnership in just 5 overs with his brother Paul Hardwick, who contributed an unbeaten 17* runs, including a memorable six smashed over extra cover. From being 58 runs for 5 wickets, Steeton finished with 211 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs…the momentum of this match was shifting in Steeton’s favour.
Despite being under expert physio care, Paul Hardwick led the Steeton bowling well as he ripped out 3 early wickets for 34 runs from 10 overs, with 2 catches taken by keeper Julian Higginson. Gary Boulton (1-28) nipped out a further wicket before ‘straining a fetlock.’ Spinner Zaggy Pearson removed the North Leeds middle-order, as he finished with 3 wickets for 20 runs from 8 overs, with catches taken by Mick Wilson at point and a nice low catch in the slips by Gary Boulton. Suicidal running removed another batsman as Paul Hardwick threw in for Zaggy Pearson to remove the bails. The last wickets fell to Luke Watson, who took 2 wickets for 9 runs with a 3rd catch by keeper Julian Higginson. North Leeds had been dismissed all out for 128 runs in 36.4 overs. Steeton won by 83 runs and claim 19 points, while North Leeds suffer their 1st defeat and leave with just 5 points.
Adam Hardwick is my Man-of-the-Match
29 June 2014 - 2nd XI v Ben Rhydding (A) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 84 runs
Steeton 247-4 in 45 overs
Ben Rhydding 163 a/o in 37.4 overs
Steeton beat 2nd division opposition Ben Rhydding to win through to the semi-finals of the Birtwhistle cup. Steeton won the toss and chose to bat first, and Steeton’s opening batsmen put on a terrific 158 runs before losing their 1st wicket. Mick Wilson scored 83 runs from 104 deliveries with 1 six & 10 fours; and Matt Price scored 78 runs from 101 deliveries with 3 sixes & 8 fours. At No4 Hayden Tennant (50*) scored a 36-ball unbeaten half-century including 5 boundaries, and shared a 40-run 4th wicket partnership with Phil Barrett (11). Steeton closed their innings with a massive 247 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their 45 overs. Advantage Steeton.
In reply Ben Rhydding survived an early blast from Steeton’s opening bowlers to put on 61 runs before losing their 1st wicket. Wickets started to tumble with the introduction of spin-bowler Zaggy Pearson (3-41) with a catch taken by Josh Gill & stumping by keeper Julian Higginson; and James Yeadon (2-42) with catches taken by keeper Julian Higginson & Matt Price. The re-introduction of Josh Gill (2-27) brought him his just rewards, courtesy of a 2nd catch taken by keeper Julian Higginson. Matt Price (1-17) had a catch taken in the slips by veteran Phil Barrett, and the final wickets fell to Luke Watson (2-17), with a 2nd stumping by keeper Julian Higginson. Ben Rhydding were all out for 163 runs in 37.4 overs…Game, Set & Match to Steeton. Steeton won by 84 runs & will now play Rawdon at home on 20th July in the semi-finals.
Matt Price is my Man-of-the-Match
12 July 2014 - 2nd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A) - Won by 7 wickets (17-3)
Burley-in-Wharfedale 159 a/o in 48.1 overs
Steeton 160-3 in 28 overs
Batting first Burley were skittled all out for 159 runs in 48.1 overs. James Yeadon (5-24) took 5 wickets, Adam Hardwick (2-22) took 2 wickets and there was a single wicket each for Luke Watson (1-20) & Zach Pearson (1-38). 5 bowling points for Steeton.
Steeton’s reply was led by Craig Walton (53), who raced to his half-century from 39 deliveries. Craig opening with Mick Wilson, who batted through the innings for 38* runs not out. Oliver Gledhill (46) contributed good runs before getting out with just 2 runs required for victory. Steeton knocked-off the runs for the loss of 3 wickets to win by 7 wickets, and collect 2 batting points….making a total of 17 points for Steeton.
19 July 2014 - 2nd XI v Olicanian (H) - Abandoned (3-3)
Persistent rain meant no play was possible at Steeton. Both sides must settle for collecting 3 points each.
20 July 2014 - 2nd XI v Rawdon (H) in Birtwhistle Cup - Lost by 12 runs
Rawdon 267-8 in 45 overs
Steeton 255-6 in 45 overs
Batting first Rawdon scored 267 runs in their 45 overs. In reply Steeton fell just 13 runs short on 254 runs and fail at the penultimate hurdle of this year’s Birtwhistle cup. Notable performances: Gary Boulton 4-42 in 9 overs; Josh Gill 2-58; Hayden Tennant 1-14 & Paul Hardwick 1-51.
Batting: Julian Higginson 83*, Gary Boulton 48 & Hayden Tennant 31. An excellent game of cricket, but the wrong result for Steeton
26 July 2014 - 2nd XI v Beckwithshaw (A) - Won by 118 runs (20-7)
Steeton 319-6 in 50 overs
Beckwithshaw 201 a/o in 47.1 overs
In almost a mirror image of the 1st XI result our 2nd XI beat Beckwithshaw by 118 runs. Steeton won the toss and it was a simple decision to bat first on a hard track…and let Beckwithshaw toil in the baking sun for 50 overs! Craig Walton (119) & Mick Wilson (121) were not going to miss out on this opportunity to ‘make hay while the sun shines’. Steeton’s inning was all about this opening partnership, which looked likely to break the Club record, but fell 7 runs shy on 253 runs in the 42nd over. Craig Walton scored his majestic 119 runs from 121 deliveries with 18 boundaries. Mick notched his 3rd century of this fantastic season – his imperious 121 runs coming from 119 deliveries with 2 sixes & 13 fours. Both got out to ‘tired’ shots as they wilted in the heat. As Steeton tried to fully capitalise on such a great start there was a number of cameo innings: Jamie Davey scored 24 runs from 18 balls; Adam Hardwick scored 13 runs from 11 balls; and Gary Boulton scored 18* not out from 12 balls. Steeton finished with an impressive 319 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 50 overs. Having ‘chased leather’ for 50 overs in the blistering heat, Beckwithshaw would now need to score at almost 6½ runs per over.
Beckwithshaw’s strong opening partnership was broken with the score on 38 runs by the pace bowling of Josh Gill, who finished with 3 wickets for 72 runs from his 15 overs. Paul Hardwick took 2 wickets for 21 runs from 10.1 overs…but the pick of the bowlers was undoubtedly the every dependable Gary Boulton, who finished with a 5-wicket haul. Gary took 5 wickets for 45 runs from his 15 overs, with 2 catches by keeper Julian Higginson along with 3 excellent outfield catches. Craig Walton plucked a single-handed catch in the covers; Hayden Tennant judged a fine catch running back from mid-on; but these were both bettered by a great pouch taken low by Paul Hardwick racing around the the long-on boundary. Beckwithshaw were all out for 201 runs in 47.1 overs…Steeton won by 118 runs. Steeton bagged all 20 points.
2 August 2014 - 2nd XI v Rawdon (H) - Won by 99 runs (17-3)
Steeton 189-6 in 28 overs
Rawdon 90-8 in 28 overs
A thoroughly impressive and enjoyable performance saw Steeton exact revenge for their Birtwhistle cup exit semi-final defeat by Rawdon. Rain before the match started had reduced this fixture to a 28 overs per side match…and Steeton lost the toss, which meant they were asked to bat first. Craig Walton (16) got Steeton off to a great start as he plundered 16 runs off the first over. Craig’s opening partner was Chris Luxton, who top-scored with 41 runs scored from 40 deliveries with 3 sixes & 3 fours…despite having to bat with a ‘runner’ after a calf strain. Chris added 76 runs for the 2nd wicket with Jamie Davey, who contributed 32 runs from just 29 deliveries with 2 sixes & 3 fours. Both batsmen departed in consecutive deliveries with the score on 99 runs. Adam Hardwick (37) had an excellent 75-run 5th wicket partnership with Gary Boulton (37*): Adam scored his 37 runs from 40 deliveries with 2 sixes & 3 fours; the in-form Gary scored his unbeaten 37* runs from 36 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Steeton closed on 189 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 28 overs…almost 7 runs per over.
By stark contrast Steeton began by bowling 2 consecutive maiden overs as the run rate pressure began to build. Skipper Paul Hardwick (2-18) collected the first 2 Rawdon wickets with the score on 18 runs, courtesy of a nice low catch at point by Jamie Davey. Jamie took an even better 2nd catch off the bowling of Gary Boulton (4-25) with great reactions in the gully and earned himself a league fielding point. Gary bowled 6 excellent overs which only conceded 25 runs as he collected his 4 wickets, with catches by Jamie, a high catch taken in the covers by Adam Hardwick, and a sharp reaction catch taken by Phil Barrett in midwicket. For his catch as well as several diving stops, Phil was awarded 2 league fielding points. Adam Hardwick (1-4) took a 2nd low catch from the bowling of Josh Gill (1-18) and also clean bowled 1 of the Rawdon batsmen. Steeton’s great batting display had been followed by an excellent bowling performance, back-up by exemplary fielding. Rawdon had been out-played in all departments. Worthy of mention is substitute wicket-keeper Craig Walton, who only conceded 3 byes. Rawdon scored 90 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 28 overs. Steeton won by 99 runs and collect 17 points. With rivals Ilkley & Otley (who were playing one another) being rained off Steeton leapfrog Ilkley into 2 place in the top division.
9 August 2014 - 2nd XI v Tong Park Esholt (A) - Lost by 86 runs (6-20)
Tong Park Esholt 232 a/o in 49.3 overs
Steeton 146 a/o in 36.5 overs
Tong Park won the toss and chose to bat first on an uneven wicket…and when Steeton had reduced them to 118 runs with 7 wickets down in 32 over Steeton were definitely in the ascendancy. However Tong Park’s No7 batter scored 42 runs & their No9 batsman scored 60 runs with a total of 8 sixes between them. Tong Park pushed the total to 232 runs all out in 49.3 overs. With 3 wickets each, James Yeadon (3-34) & Gary Boulton (3-36) were Steeton’s best bowlers. Skipper Paul Hardwick took 2 wickets for 54 runs, and there was a single wicket each for spinners Zaggy Pearson (1-36) & Adam Hardwick (1-40). Keeper Craig Walton took 3 catches, Paul Hardwick took 2 catches including a great take on the long on boundary, and Phil Barrett & Jamie Davey took a single catch each. At the tea interval Steeton were disappointed that they had been unable to finish Tong Park’s tail-end off more quickly.
Steeton’s depleted batting started badly…losing their top 3 batsmen with just 30 runs on the board and only Craig Walton (10) managing double figures. Adam Hardwick (21) steadied the innings as he added 40 runs for the 4th wicket with Gary Boulton (15). Adam scored his 21 runs from 66 deliveries with 3 boundaries, and went on to add a further 43 runs for the 5th wicket with Phil Barrett, who top-scored with 45 runs scored from 49 deliveries with 1 six & 8 fours. Steeton were helped by 33 extras, including 25 byes, but unfortunately collapsed to 146 runs all out in 36.5 overs. Steeton lost by 86 runs & leave Esholt with just 6 points, while Tong Park collect 20 points.
Phil Barrett is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
16 August 2014 - 2nd XI v Ilkley (H) - Won by 1 wicket
Ilkley 167 a/o in 47.5 overs
Steeton 168-9 in 42.5 overs
Asked to bat first Ilkley were teetering at 45 runs with 3 wickets down in the 18th over. The first 2 wickets went to James Yeadon, who was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with 3 wickets for 29 runs from 9 overs. James was also in the action with a run out of Ilkley’s top-scorer Malik (61) with a direct-hit from the boundary. Ilkley’s middle order was demolished by Gary Boulton, who took 3 wickets for 54 runs from 13.5 overs, with a comfortable catch at mid-on pouched by Mick Wilson. All Steeton’s other bowlers took a single wicket each: Paul Hardwick (1-26); Josh Gill (1-20) with a catch taken by keeper Julian Higginson; and Adam Hardwick (1-10). Ilkley were slightly aggrieved that 5 of their batsmen had been given out LBW, meaning they were all out for 167 runs in 47.5 overs…not a bad score on a quite lively ‘green’ wicket.
In reply Steeton had progressed to 30 runs before losing their 1st wicket – Craig Walton (12). Back from his holiday, Mick Wilson top-scored with 37 runs from 48 deliveries with 8 boundaries…Mick’s season total is now 936 runs with 4 matches still remaining. At No3 Hayden Tennant (33) was also in good form with his 33 runs coming from 45 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. Steeton’s usually reliable middle order collapsed as 91-3 soon became 122-7, with only Gary Boulton (11) making a noteworthy contribution. A steadying 8th wicket partnership of 41 runs between Phil Barrett (29) & Paul Hardwick (16) brought Steeton tantalisingly close to victory. Phil scored his 29 runs from 44 deliveries with 2 boundaries, but was stumped with 4 runs remaining. Paul smashed a six & 2 fours for his 16 runs, but was clean bowled with the scores level. With 9 wickets down and the scores level a tied match was looking likely. James Yeadon was hit on the pads first ball, prompting a big appeal for LBW by Ilkley, but as the fielders looked to the umpire James & Josh Gill scampered through to collect the single run Steeton needed to seal victory. A jubilant Steeton 2nd XI had scored 168 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 42.5 overs to win by 1 wicket and collect 17 points…Ilkley have to settle for 6 points.
Mick Wilson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton.
23 August 2014 - 2nd XI v Adel (A) - Won by 3 wickets (15-3)
Adel 118 a/o in 41.3 overs
Steeton 119-7 in 42 overs
Having arrived at the ground in bright sunshine, the rain arrived before the start of play and took 16 overs out of this fixture – now a 42-over per side fixture. Steeton won the toss and asked Adel to bat first on a damp track. The difficult track made batting perilous and Steeton benefitted as Adel were reduced to 52 with 6 wickets down and then 79 runs with 9 wickets down. The innings continued through further rain, which meant Steeton had to bowl and field with a ‘bar of soap’…batting became easier as the ball skidded-on to the bat and Adel benefitted with a 39-run last wicket partnership. Gary Boulton was Steeton’s best bowler with 4 wickets for 32 runs from 12 overs, with 2 catches taken by keeper Julian Higginson, 1 by Josh Gill & a reaction one-handed catch taken from his own bowling…the C&B was Gary’s 600th wicket in senior cricket at Steeton and also ensured that Gary has now qualified for the league’s bowling averages. Josh Gill took 2 wickets for 31 runs with a 3rd catch taken by keeper Julian Higginson, bringing Julian’s total dismissals for this season to 31 (23 in the league). Spinner Zaggy Pearson took 2 wickets for 16 runs courtesy of a catch at midwicket by Adam Hardwick. Luke Watson bowled 7 overs, 5 of which were maidens, and finished with a single wicket for 9 runs, with a catch taken by Zaggy Pearson. Adel’s final partnership was broken in the 42nd and final over by a throw from Phil Barrett to James Yeadon to complete a run out. Adel finished with 118 runs all out in 41.3 overs.
Chasing meagre targets can often lead to complacency, and this was evident in Steeton’s reply. In the 12th over Steeton were struggling at 18 runs with 4 wickets down. The prolific Mick Wilson departed with the score on 45 runs for 5 wickets…Mick had scored 22 runs from 54 deliveries with 2 boundaries. Mick’s aggregate runs for the season has now reached 958 runs at an average of 73. Skipper Julian Higginson scored 22 runs from 51 deliveries with 2 boundaries and had a 27-run 5th wicket partnership with Mick Wilson followed by a 23-run 6th wicket partnership with Luke Waton (8). Steeton were 68 runs with 7 wickets down in the 30th over when Gary Boulton (34*) was joined by Josh Gill (12*). Together they forged a match-winning, unbroken 8th wicket stand of 51 runs in 12 overs to snatch victory for Steeton. Gary scored his unbeaten 34* runs from 52 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours; Josh scored his unbeaten 12* runs from 24 deliveries with 1 six. Adel’s bowling attack was all spinners. With 4 overs to go Steeton needed 25 runs, but a couple a impressive sixes meant Steeton started the final (42nd) over needing just 2 runs to win. 5 deliveries and just a single meant we were at least going to get a ‘tie’…and a nail-biting finish! With the tension building a scampered single from the final ball of the match meant Steeton had snatched victory. Steeton had scored 119 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 42 overs to win by 3 wickets and collect a valuable 15 points from this encounter. With top-of-the-league Otley to play next week Steeton are beginning to get the habit of finishing the right side a close matches.
Predictably Gary Boulton is my Man-of-the-Match
30 August 2014 - 2nd XI v Otley (A) - Won by 33 runs (16-5)
Steeton 125 a/o
Otley 92 a/o
Steeton 2nd XI were all out for just 125 runs against league leaders Otley, but in a great bowling & fielding performance they got Otley all out for 92 runs. Steeton win by 33 runs and collect 16 points, while Otley collect just 5 points. Craig Walton top-scored with 60 runs & Josh Gill took 5 wickets.
6 September 2014 - 2nd XI v Horsforth (H) - Won by 138 runs (19-2)
Steeton 206-5 in 39 overs
Horsforth 68 a/o in 15.5 overs
Choosing to bat first our 2nd XI’s innings was built around 2 excellent partnerships. Mick Wilson (70) & Hayden Tennant (49) added 116 runs for the 3rd wicket. Mick Wilson scored his 70 runs from 84 deliveries with 2 sixes & 8 fours and passed 1,000 runs this season for Steeton. Hayden Tennant deserved a half-century, but had to settle for 49 runs scored from 75 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. The next partnership of note was an unbroken 6th wicket partnership of 64 runs between Adam Hardwick (23*) & Gary Boulton (41*). Gary scored his unbeaten 41* runs from just 29 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. Rain had reduced this match by 22 overs, which meant Steeton declared after 39 overs with 206 runs scored for the loss of 5 wickets – 4 batting points for Steeton.
Steeton’s bowling was ‘clinical’ as Horsforth were demolished by Steeton’s opening bowlers. Josh Gill was devastating as he took 6 wickets for 24 runs from 8 overs with all 6 wickets being clean bowled. His opening partner was Paul Hardwick, who took 4 wickets for 38 runs from 7.5 overs, with catches by Craig Walton & Zaggy Pearson. No other bowlers were needed as Horsforth were all out for 68 runs in 15.5 overs. Steeton won by 138 runs & collect 19 points, so they move closer to the league leaders Otley, who only collected 15 points. Steeton are currently in 2nd place in the league and the championship will be decided in next week’s final match.
Mick Wilson is my man-of-the-Match for Steeton
13 September 2014 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (A) - Won by 86 runs
Steeton 156 a/o in 47.4 overs
Guiseley 70 a/o in 23.5 overs
Two great stalwarts of the Club have chosen this to be their final match of their glittering careers: the prolific Mick Wilson and skipper & keeper Julian Higginson. Steeton went into this match with an outside chance of clinching the championship…in 2nd place just 4 points from leaders Otley. Opening the batting Mick Wilson scored a solid 35 runs from 77 deliveries with 7 boundaries…and having watched Steeton slump to 20-2 he shared a 73-run 3rd wicket partnership with Hayden Tennant (36). Hayden top-scored with his 36 runs coming from 50 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Skipper Julian Higginson scored 16 runs & Gary Boulton scored 14 runs, but no-one was able to come to terms with the vagaries of the wicket. Steeton were bowled all out for 156 runs in 47.4 overs, and were indebted to the byes tally of 24 (33 extras in total).
In reply Guiseley had progressed to 29 runs before they lost their 1st wicket, but were then blasted by opening bowler Paul Hardwick, who finished with a great 5-wicket-haul, his 5 wickets costing just 31 runs from his 10 overs, including 3 wickets in the space of 4 deliveries. Gary Boulton bowled 9 overs and only conceded 14 runs as he took a further 3 wickets with a catch by Hayden Tennant. Steeton only needed 3 bowlers as Josh Gill took 2 wickets for 19 runs with a second catch for Hayden Tennant. Steeton had blitzed Guiseley all out for 70 runs in just 23.5 overs to win by 86 runs and collect 17 points from the last match of the season. Incidentally Steeton did not concede any runs as byes, wides or no-balls. Unfortunately other results did not favour Steeton, who had to settle for the runners-up place in the championship.
Paul Hardwick is my Man-of-the-Match
Third XI 201420 April 2014 - 3rd XI v Olicanian (A) - Won by 121 runs (20-2)
Steeton 226-4 in 40 overs
Olicanian 105 a/o in 35.4 overs
Steeton began the season with new skipper Hayden Tennant losing the toss and being asked to bat first. Opening the innings Hayden scored 38 runs in 47 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours and shared an excellent 2nd wicket partnership of 72 runs with Mark Chapman, who started the season with a magnificent unbeaten century. Mark scored his 105* runs not out from 105 deliveries with 1 six & 12 fours, and went on to share a 60-run 3rd wicket partnership with 13-year-old Adil Modak, who contributed an excellent 27 runs from 44 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Mark then shared a 4th wicket partnership of 55 runs with Luke Watson who scored 22 runs, followed by an unbroken 39-run partnership in just 4 overs with Phil Barrett, who chipped-in with 21* runs not out from just 14 balls faced with 1 six. Steeton finished their innings with 226 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their 40 overs – 5 batting bonus points already in the bag!
In reply Olicanian lost their first wicket to the bowling of Aatif Modak (1-13) & their 2nd to a throw by 12-year-old Mikey Hofman-Tennant to keeper Ryan Birch to run out the other Olicanian opening batsman. Skipper Hayden Tennant’s off-spin then removed 2 batsmen as he bowled 4 overs without conceding a single run. The rest of the Olicanian batsmen were mopped-up by vice-skipper Luke Watson, who took 3 wickets for 18 runs from 7.4 overs, and the returning Danny Hanson, who also took 3 wickets for 11 runs from 5 overs. 8 of the Olicanian batsmen were clean bowled, as they were bowled all out for 105 runs in 35.4 overs. Steeton collect the 10 points for a comprehensive 121-run victory and a further 5 bowling bonus points for taking all 10 wickets. Steeton leave with 20 points, while Olicanian only collect 2 points.
4 May 2014 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (H) - Lost by 113 runs (3-20)
Guiseley 245-5 in 40 overs
Steeton 132 a/o in 31.4 overs
Guiseley won the toss & chose to bat first, but were soon regretting the decision as they lost their first 2 wickets with just 1 run on the board. Opening bowlers Mark Pennington finished with 2 wickets for 43 runs from his 10 overs with catches by Luke Watson & Bradley Akrigg; and Aatif Modak took 1 wicket for 34 runs from 6 overs. If there is any batsmen in 3rd team cricket who you need to get out early it is Guiseley’s Steve Dickinson. At a conservative estimate Steeton dropped him on at least 3 occasions & he took full advantage as he finished with 119 runs. Chris Karakiozakis could have finished with much better figures, but his 10 overs conceded 61 runs as he took 2 wickets. Guiseley added 123 runs for the 3rd wicket & 112 runs for the 4th wicket and finished with an impressive 245 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 40 overs – 2 bowling points only for Steeton.
In reply Steeton’s top order all made good starts, but no-one was able to push on and make a significant contribution: Matt Price (8), Bradley Akrigg (12), Mark Chapman (14), Phil Barrett (16) & skipper Luke Watson (10). To challenge the Guiseley target Steeton need at least one of these top-order batsmen to continue to make a sizeable score. Aatif Modak (33*) was the pick of the batsmen with his unbeaten 33* runs coming from 37 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Aatif added 19 runs for the 7th wicket partnership with Mark Pennington (13) & earned Steeton a single batting point with Ryan Birch (14). Steeton were bowled all out for 132 runs in 31.4 overs and so lost by 113 runs. Steeton collect just 3 points as Guiseley collect the full 20 points.
Aatif Modak is my Man-of-the-Match.
5 May 2014 - 3rd XI v Ilkley (A) - Lost by 32 runs (6-17)
Ilkley 166 a/o in 39.4 overs
Steeton 134 a/o in 38.1 overs
Ilkley won the toss and chose to bat first and were bowled all out for 166 runs in 39.4 overs…5 bowling points for Steeton. Pick of the bowlers was Mark Pennington, who took 4 wickets for 28 runs from 9.4 overs, with catches safely pouched by Luke Watson & Phil Barrett. Danny Hanson clean bowled 2 batsmen as his 6 overs conceded 32 runs. Opening bowlers Luke Watson (1-24) & Aatif Modak (1-20) collected a single wicket each…Aatif’s wicket being a skied catch taken at mid-off by Mikey Hofman-Tennant. Mikey also bowled 10 excellent overs of leg-spin that only conceded 29 runs as he clean-bowled an Ilkley batsmen. They final wicket was a farcical run out by keeper Ryan Birch. Steeton were quite happy that they would only need to score at just over 4 runs per over. 5 bowling points for Steeton.
Steeton’s reply started poorly as they were reduced to 27 runs with 4 wickets down in 14 overs, with only opener Bradley Akrigg (14) managing double figures. Luke Watson (52) steadied the innings as he added 33 runs for the 5th wicket partnership with Phil Barrett (12). Luke scored his 52 runs from 68 deliveries with 4 boundaries, and also shared a 22-run 8th wicket stand with Danny Hanson (12). Steeton were all out for 134 runs in 38.1 overs, losing by 32 runs, but collecting a single batting point.
Luke Watson is my Man-of-the-Match.
11 May 2014 - 3rd XI v Thackley (A) in Chappell Cup - Won on Bowl-Out (2-1)
As predicted Steeton’s Chappell Cup match at Thackley was decided on a bowl-out. Steeton won the bowl-out 2-1, the legend that is Phil Akrigg & youngster Adil Modak hitting the stumps for Steeton. The difference in age between the 2 successful bowlers is 54 years! Steeton now meet Guiseley away on 15th June in the Quarter-Finals.
1 June 2014 - 3rd XI v Otley (A) - Won by 12 runs (18-7)
Steeton 187-8 in 40 overs
Otley 175 a/o in 38.2 overs
Batting first Steeton 3rd XI made 187 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 40 overs. Steve Pearson top-scored with 57 runs.
In reply Otley were all out for 175 – Luke Watson took 7 wickets for 33 runs – a new Club record bowling figures since it is the first time any Steeton player has ever taken 7 wickets in 3rd XI cricket. A 12-run victory restores some pride for Steeton this weekend.
Luke Watson is my Man-of-the-Match
15 June 2014 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (A) in Chappell Cup - Lost by 143 runs
Guiseley 221-4 in 40 overs
Steeton 78 a/o in 18.5 overs
Steeton won the toss and asked Guiseley to bat first on a damp track at Nethermoor Park. After taking a wicket in the first over, Guiseley’s strong batting line-up amassed 221 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their 40 overs. Luke Watson (2-22) took 2 wickets – both from skied catches safely pouched by Matt Price & Phil Barrett. Skipper Hayden Tennant (2-41) also took 2 wickets, courtesy of a smart stumping by keeper Ryan Birch. To challenge the massive Guiseley total Steeton would have to score at over 5½ per over.
In reply Matt Price (19) & Hayden Tennant (15) got Steeton off to a an excellent start as they took Steeton to 39 runs in 8 overs before both batsmen departed. Matt scored his 19 runs from 24 deliveries with 3 boundaries & Hayden scored his 15 runs from 23 deliveries with 2 boundaries. 39 runs for 2 wickets soon became 44 runs for 6 wickets. Ryan Birch (9) & Danny Hanson (11*) showed some resistance, but the regular procession of wickets meant Steeton were all out for 78 runs in 18.5 overs. Steeton crash out of the Chappell Cup, losing by a margin of 143 runs.
Hayden Tennant is my Man-of-the-Match
22 June 2014 - 3rd XI v Green Lane (H) - Won by 30 runs (15-5)
Steeton 91 a/o in 26 overs
Green Lane 61 a/o in 33.2 overs
In an incredible turn-around from yesterday’s high-scoring match, the neighbouring wicket produced an equally exciting, but remarkably low-scoring match. Choosing to bat first Steeton lost wickets regularly, but the reliable Mark Chapman top-scored with 20 runs scored from 17 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Skipper Luke Watson chipped in with 10 runs; Aatif Modak hit 3 boundaries as he finished with 14 runs; and a recuperating Paul Hardwick scored a very composed unbeaten 9* runs. Steeton had been bowled out for just 91 runs in 26 overs…a conservative 100 runs short of what might have been considered a reasonable total. No batting points for such a meagre score.
Often a small score is more difficult to chase than expected with batsmen not ‘treasuring’ their wicket…the next batter will score the runs! Steeton’s young opening bowlers Aatif Modak was in great form as he reduced Green Lane to 13 runs with 2 wickets down, and finished with fantastic figures of 5 wickets for 13 runs from 9 overs, a catch taken by keeper Ryan Birch and all the other victims being clean-bowled. Paul Hardwick was the other opening bowler, as he tentatively tested his sore back. Paul took 3 wickets for 17 runs from 9.2 overs, with catches taken by keeper Ryan Birch, skipper Luke Watson & Danny Hanson in the gully. Danny Hanson (1-5) took 1 wicket with a 2nd catch for Luke Watson; and Mikey Hofman-Tennant took a single wicket with a stumping by Ryan Birch. Not only had Steeton defended their paltry total, they had won by 30 runs. Green Lane were all out for 61 runs in 33.2 overs. Steeton collect 15 points in total from this unlikely victory.
Aatif Modak is my Man-of-the-Match
13 July 2014 - 3rd XI v Olicanian (H) - Lost by 4 wickets (7-18)
Steeton 211-8 in 40 overs
Olicanian 214-6 in 38 overs
Our 3rd XI were unable to make it 3 wins this weekend, as they lost by 4 wickets against Olicanian. Steeton won the toss and decided to bat first on a sunny day on a good batting track at Summerhill Lane. The experienced opening pairing of skipper Hayden Tennant (34) & Mark Chapman (55) got Steeton off to a fine start with an opening partnership of 93 runs scored from 17 overs. Hayden scored his 34 runs from 43 deliveries with 3 boundaries; Mark Chapman scored his 55 runs from 60 deliveries with 1 six & 9 fours. In the middle order Adil Modak chipped in with 11 runs; Luke Watson with 29 runs from 33 deliveries with 3 boundaries; and Bradley Akrigg scored 15 runs. Batting at No9 Aatif Modak smashed a much-needed 22* runs not out from 16 deliveries with 2 boundaries as Steeton closed with 211 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 40 overs…a little short of the total they had hoped for.
In reply Steeton’s opening bowlers restricted Olicanian…after 15 overs they had 47 runs on the board with 1 wicket down, courtesy of a great direct-hit run out by Luke Watson. As Olicanian increased the scoring rate they started to give chances…but unfortunately catch after catch was spurned. Skipper Hayden Tennant (1-30) nipped out a single wicket, as did Aatif Modak (1-51), but the pick of the bowlers was Luke Watson, who took 3 wickets for 49 runs from 9 overs with catches taken by skipper Hayden Tennant & a return catch from his own bowling. Olicanian scored 214 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 38 overs, to win by 4 wickets with 2 overs remaining. Steeton collect 7 points…and rue their missed catches.
3 August 2014 - 3rd XI v Thackley (H) - Won by 72 runs (15-3)
Steeton 116-6 in 40 overs
Thackley 44 a/o in 25 overs
Our 3rd XI completed a good weekend for the Club with a sensational win at home to Thackley. Batting first Steeton could only manage 116 runs for 6 wickets in their 40 overs. This total was only made possible by an excellent 33 runs by Mark Pennington and a top-scoring, career-best 44* runs not out by Bradley Akrigg.
In reply Mark Pennington removed the top Thackley batsmen and finished with great figures of 3 wickets for 7 runs from 7 overs. The ‘legend’ that is Phil Akrigg continues. The Thackley middle-order could not cope with 67-year-old Phil’s left arm spinner bowling and he finished with a 5-wicket haul…5 wickets for 12 runs from 10 overs. There was also a single wicket each for Danny Hanson (1-14) & Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1-10). Keeper Ryan Birch had a stumping and there were 2 terrific slip catches: 1 each for skipper Mark Chapman & Danny Hanson. Thackley were skittled all out for a meagre 44 runs. Steeton win by 73 runs and collect 15 points.
10 August 2014 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (A) - Cancelled (3-3)
Guiseley were unable to fulfill this fixture due to other commitments and got permission from the league to postpone this fixture. Since both clubs had no free Sunday this fixture was cancelled, and both sides were awarded 3 points.
17 August 2014 - 3rd XI v Ilkley (H) - Lost by 60 runs
Ilkley 186-5 in 36 overs
Steeton 126-8 in 36 overs
The bare facts of this match – that Steeton lost by 60 runs – do not tell the true story of this fixture. This strong Ilkley side had only one junior, whereas Steeton fielded 3 players from our league championship winning under 13 side as well as 2 other of our juniors. Steeton were also without the services of many of their regular players, including skipper Hayden Tennant and top run-scorer Mark Chapman. Steeton’s stand-in skipper Mark Pennington got us off to the best of starts taking a wicket in the very first over of the match, before a run had been scored. With the score on just 11 runs Phil ‘the Legend’ Akrigg (1-33) took the 2nd wicket with a stumping by keeper Gabe Manthorp. A short rain stoppage took 8 overs out of this fixture, which became a 36 overs per side match. Steeton had to wait until another 146 runs had been added before they could celebrate the 3rd wicket – centurian Haynes (101) became Mark Pennington’s (2-45) 2nd wicket with a catch taken behind the wicket by Gabe Manthorp. Steeton’s fielders stuck to their tasks admirably and 2 run outs in the final over meant Ilkley finished with 186 runs for the loss of 5 wickets from their 36 overs…a tough target!
In reply Steeton’s openers had reached 13 runs before losing Danny Hanson (10) & 39 runs before losing his opening partner Callum Lowe (11). At No3 Gabe Manthorp scored an excellent 25 runs from 34 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Skipper Mark Pennington scored 21 runs from 37 deliveries with 3 boundaries and shared an excellent 34-run 7th wicket partnership with 13-year-old Harry Farnell. Harry top-scored for Steeton with a fantastic unbeaten 26* runs scored from 54 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Picking up a cricket bat for the first time since 2005, Nick ‘Troggie’ Brown scored an unbeaten 6* runs and helped see Steeton to a batting point. Where many had predicted a trouncing, Steeton had scored 126 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 36 overs. An ‘honourable’ defeat for Steeton by 60 runs – Steeton 3 points, Ilkley 17 points. If the same teams were to play in 3 years’ time it would be a very different result!
Mark Pennington is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton.
24 August 2014 - 3rd XI v Thackley (A) - Won by Walkover (20-0)
On Sunday our 3rd XI were meant to be playing at Thackley, but the match has been cancelled because Thackley are unable to raise a side. Steeton win by a walkover – 20 point
31 August 2014 - 3rd XI v Otley (H) - Lost by 27 runs (4-17)
Otley 151-8 in 40 overs
Steeton 124 a/o in 40 overs
With 1 win by our 2nd XI & 1 loss by our 1st XI, this match was a ‘decider’ between the clubs this weekend. Before the match even began Otley’s skipper was influential in not allowing Steeton to play the team who had been selected – no match for James Yeadon this weekend! With 7 juniors, including 4 of our under 13s, Steeton were playing against a clearly very determined top-of-the-table side. Otley won the toss and chose to bat first. Steeton’s had 3 bowlers who took 2 wickets each: Mark Pennington (2-21) with catches by Phil Barrett in the slips & Mikey Hofman-Tennant at mid-on; Tom Meakin (2-26) with a 2nd spectacular one-handed catch taken by Phil Barrett diving at point; and Mikey Hofman-Tennant (2-25), courtesy of a catch & a stumping by keeper Ryan Birch. Adil Modak (1-21) took a single wicket, and a smart pick-up and throw by Bradley Akrigg to Luke Watson ran out another batsman. For his catches & fielding Phil Barrett was awarded 2 fielding points. After their 40 overs Otley had scored 151 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. 4 bowling points for Steeton.
In reply Mark Chapman (25) & Aatif Modak (33) put on 51 runs for the opening partnership in 15 overs. Mark scored his 25 runs from 44 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours; and Aatif scored his 33 runs from 65 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Skipper Luke Watson scored 29 runs from 32 deliveries with 5 boundaries and added 36 runs for the 3rd wicket with Phil Barrett (14). When Phil was out Steeton were 115 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 32 overs, but Steeton’s youngsters were unable to score freely. Steeton had 4 batsmen run out as they tried to reach 125 runs and a batting point. Trying to scramble a single off the last ball Steeton lost their final wicket, and closed with 124 runs all out in 40 overs. Steeton lost by 27 runs, and must settle for 4 points, while Otley left with 17 points.
Luke Watson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
7 September 2014 - 3rd XI v Green Lane (A) - Won by 110 runs (19-2)
Steeton 234-5 in 40 overs
Green Lane 124-9 in 40 overs
Playing their final fixture of the season, our 3rd XI ended 2014 with an excellent result at Green Lane. Steeton won the toss and chose to bat first at Nunroyd Park. Experienced opener Mark Chapman scored a great 68 runs from 80 deliveries including 8 boundaries. Mark shared a 56-run 2nd wicket partnership with Adil Modak (17), followed by a 62-run 4th wicket partnership with skipper Luke Watson (32). Luke scored his 32 runs from just 27 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. Steeton were 133 runs with 5 wickets down in the 29th over when Mark Pennington (40*) and Ryan Birch (52*) came together. Together they added an unbroken 101 runs in 11 overs for the 6th wicket. Mark scored his unbeaten 40* runs from 46 deliveries with 3 boundaries, and Ryan Birch scored a magnificent 52* runs not out from just 35 deliveries with 5 fours and 2 sixes – the 2nd from the last ball of the innings to bring up his maiden half-century in style. Steeton had collect the full 5 batting points as they closed with a substantial 234 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 40 overs.
In reply Green Lane had progressed smoothly to 22 runs without losing a wicket, but then lost 5 wickets adding the next 3 runs to take the score to 25 runs for 5 wickets. Chief destroyer was the ‘Legend’, Phil Akrigg, who took 3 wickets for 7 runs from 7 overs with a catch taken by Aatif Modak. Mark Pennington was also in good form as he took 2 wickets for 42 runs, including a leaping catch by Mark Chapman in the slips. Adil Modak (1-12) took 1 wicket and also took a comfortable catch at mid-off from the bowling of skipper Luke Watson (1-3). Steeton also had 2 run outs: the first by Harris Rowlett & the second by Luke Watson. Steeton were unable to winkle out the last Green Lane wicket as they finished their innings with 124 runs with 9 wickets down in their 40 overs. Steeton won by 110 runs & collect 19 points, while Green Lane have to settle for just 2 points. An impressive finish to the season for a side comprising 7 juniors (including 4 under 13s)…as well as a 67 year old!
Mark Chapman is my Man-of-the-Match