Match Reports 2015

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First XI 2015

18 April 2015 - 1st XI v Rawdon (A) - Tied (13-13)

Rawdon 208-9 in 50 overs

Steeton 208-9 in 50 overs

With a new skipper & 5 new players, Steeton started the season with an exciting ‘tied’ match. Steeton won the toss and decided to field first, with Jon Best (1-32) opening the bowling with debutant Joe Stead (2-53). New skipper Steve Pearson (1-36) collected a single wicket along with the returning Tom Stead (1-30) & James Emmott (1-27). Keeper Andrew Foulds took the only catch of the innings from the bowling of Joe Stead, but there were 3 run outs by Australian Max Tomkinson, Joe Stead & Neil Spragg. Rawdon closed on 208 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs – 4 bowling points for Steeton & 4 batting points for Rawdon.

In reply Steeton debutant opening batsman Freddie Pearson (11) was the first person out and he was soon followed by Andrew Foulds (17). When Australian Max Tomkinson (10) was out Steeton were wobbling at 51 runs with 3 wickets down in the 16th over. The innings was steadied by the experienced pairing of John Akrigg (36) & Neil Spragg (39), who added 68 runs for the 4th wicket partnership. John scored his 36 runs from 61 deliveries with 6 boundaries, while Neil’s 39 runs came from 88 deliveries with 1 four & 2 sixes. Neil went on to share a 45-run 5th wicket partnership with another debutant, James Freebury, who top-scored with an unbeaten 63* runs scored from 60 deliveries with 5 fours & 2 sixes. With wickets tumbling at the other end, James Freebury stood firm and with last man Joe Stead at the other end, James was faced with scoring 20 runs from the final over to win the game for Steeton. James managed 19 runs & a fantastic climax saw Steeton tied with Rawdon on 208 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. A thrilling start to the season saw both sides sharing the spoils with 13 points each.

James Freebury is my Man-of-the Match

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25 April 2015 - 1st XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Lost by 7 wickets (6-16)

Steeton 231 a/o in 49.5 overs

Burley-in-Wharfedale 232-3 in 44 overs

With rain an ever-present threat Burley won the toss and asked Steeton to bat first. After just 4 overs Steeton had lost their first 2 wickets with 22 runs on the board. Opener Andrew Foulds (48) shared a 57-run 3rd wicket partnership with Australian Max Tomkinson (30). Max scored his 30 runs from 24 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. Andrew deserved a half-century, but had to settle for 48 runs scored from 67 deliveries with 9 boundaries. Following the 3rd wicket stand, Steeton lost 6 wickets adding just 34 runs: 97-6 soon became 113-8 with only James Freebury (29) showing any resistance. James hit 5 fours as he scored his 29 runs from 31 balls faced, but when he departed it brought the final pairing to the wicket with the score on 127 runs. What happened next was a remarkable partnership which set a new league record for the 10th wicket. James Emmott top-scored with a great unbeaten 58* runs scored from 49 deliveries with 1 six & 7 fours. His partner in this record-breaking endeavour was Paul Hardwick (41), whose previous top score was just 12* runs. Paul scored 41 runs from 38 deliveries with 2 sixes & 3 fours, before being bowled with 1 delivery of their 50 overs to go. Steeton were all out for 231 runs in 49.5 overs, thanks to this fantastic 104-run 10th wicket partnership.

In reply Steeton had difficulty making any significant inroads into the Burley batting order. Predictably it was Paul Hardwick (1-33) & James Emmott (1-44) who were the only successful bowlers. Keeper Andrew Foulds took a catch from the bowling of Paul Hardwick…and Paul took a catch from the bowling of James Emmott. Along with a run out, Burley were tottering at 94 with 3 wickets down, but an unbroken 4th wicket stand of 138* runs saw them comfortably pass the Steeton target with 6 overs to spare. Burley scored 232 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 44 overs. Steeton (6 points) lost by 7 wickets to Burley (20 points)

James Emmott is my Man-of-the Match

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2 May 2015 - 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (H) - Abandoned (6-3)

Steeton 192-1 in 42 overs

Kirkstall Educational

Rain was the main factor in this fixture. Batting first Steeton had reached 192 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket in 42 overs, when rain brought a premature end to proceedings. Opener Andrew Foulds (99*) was left high & dry just 1 run short of what would have been a great century. John Akrigg had scored 45* not out. The match was abandoned with Steeton collecting 6 points & Kirkstall 3 points.

Andrew Foulds is my Man-of-the Match

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9 May 2015 - 1st XI v Otley (A) - Lost by 139 runs (5-20)

Otley 271-8 in 50 overs

Steeton 132 a/o in 42.2 overs

Batting first Otley scored 271-8 in their 50 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Paul Hardwick, who took 3 wickets for 71 runs from 16 overs, with catches taken by John Akrigg & Tom Stead. There was a brace of wickets each for opening bowlers: skipper Stephen Pearson (2-68) with a catch taken by Freddie Pearson; and Joe Stead (2-62) with catches taken by Paul Hardwick & Tom Stead. 4 bowling points for Steeton, but 5 batting points for Otley.

In reply Steeton were all out for 132 runs in 42.2 overs. Top-scorer for Steeton was opener Freddie Pearson with a meagre 23 runs scored from 65 deliveries with 2 boundaries. John Akrigg scored 21 runs from 35 deliveries with 3 boundaries, but none of Steeton’s batsmen was able to provide the stability needed. Andrew Foulds (12), James Freebury (12), Tom Stead (17), skipper Stephen Pearson (13) & Paul Hardwick (14) all managed double figures, but were unable to make a sizeable contributions. Otley won by 139 runs & collect a full 20 points, while Steeton must settle for 5 points.

Paul Hardwick is Steeton’s Man-of-the-Match

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16 May 2015 - 1st XI v Guiseley (H) - Won by 9 runs (17-7)

Steeton 172 a/o in 49.1 overs

Guiseley 163 a/o in 45.4 overs

Asked to bat first Steeton scored 172 runs all out in 49.1 overs. Steeton began with a solid 57-run opening partnership between Freddie Pearson (27) & Andrew Foulds (30). Freddie scored his 27 runs from 66 deliveries with 5 boundaries & Andrew scored his 30 runs from 47 deliveries with 6 boundaries. At No3 John Akrigg top-scored with 31 runs scored from 62 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Once again Steeton’s top-order had made good starts, without being able to capitalise on them & convert them into sizeable contributions. 58-1 soon became 104 runs with 5 wickets down in the 37th over. Neil Spragg (11), Tom Stead (20) & skipper Stephen Pearson (20) all chipped-in as Steeton were all out in the first ball of the final over.

In reply Joe Stead (1-39) made the initial breakthrough with Guiseley on 20 runs. Spinner Tom Stead took 3 wickets for 28 runs from 10 overs & James Emmott took 2 wickets (1 caught by Neil Spragg) for 37 runs from 12 overs as Guiseley were reduced to 98 runs with 7 wickets down. However a 63-run 8th wicket partnership saw Guiseley to the brink of victory, before the introduction of James Freebury into the bowling attack. James needed just 10 deliveries to remove the final Guiseley wickets, without conceding a single run! Australian Max Tomkinson took a catch to help remove Guiseley’s top-scorer Towner (78). Guiseley had been bowled all out for 163 runs in 45.4 overs. Steeton (17 points) beat Guiseley (7 points) by 9 runs & record their first victory of the season.

Tom Stead & James Freebury are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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17 May 2015 - 1st XI v Ilkley (H) in Waddilove Cup - Lost by 7 wickets

Steeton 214-6 in 45 overs

Ilkley 215-3 in 43.3 overs

Asked to bat first Steeton began with a 40-run opening partnership in 15 overs between Freddie Pearson (27) & Andrew Foulds (15), but then began to lose wickets on a regular basis. John Akrigg chipped in with 10 runs & Australian Max Tomkinson scored an excellent 30 runs from 25 balls faced with 5 boundaries, but when he departed Steeton had been reduced to 97 runs with 6 wickets down in the 32nd over. James Emmott (36*) joined Tom Stead (74*) and together they amassed an excellent unbroken 7th wicket partnership of 117 runs. James scored his unbeaten 36* runs from 38 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours; while Tom top-scored with his unbeaten 74* runs coming from just 48 deliveries with 3 sixes & 9 fours. Steeton had posted 214 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 45 overs.

In reply skipper Steve Pearson (1-40) got Steeton off to a great start taking the first Ilkley wicket in his first over with just 2 runs on the board courtesy of a catch taken by Neil Spragg. Wickets were hard to come by, but the Stead brothers collected 1 each: Joe Stead (1-44) & Tom Stead (1-31) with a catch taken by Paul Hardwick. Ilkley passed the Steeton target in the 43rd over to win by 7 wickets – they had scored 215 runs for 3 wickets in 43.3 overs. Steeton are dumped out of the Waddilove Cup at the first hurdle.

Tom Stead is my Man-of-the-Match

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23 May 2015 - 1st XI v Ilkley (A) - Won by 5 wickets (15-2)

Ilkley 99 a/o in 36.2 overs

Steeton 104-5 in 22.3 overs

Ilkley won the toss & chose to bat first, but they lost wickets regularly, with Joe Stead (2-26) making the initial breakthroughs, courtesy of catches by Freddie Pearson & Andrew Foulds. Joe’s brother Tom Stead collected 3 wickets for 12 runs with catches taken by Australian Max Tomkinson & Neil Spragg. Skipper Steve Pearson (1-37) chipped in with 1 wicket, before James Emmott polished-off the late-order with 3 wickets for 18 runs from 8.2 overs, with a catch taken by Freddie Pearson. A clinical performance had seen Ilkley bowled all out for 99 runs in 36.2 overs…5 bowling points for Steeton.

Steeton’s reply began with a 24-run opening stand between Freddie Pearson (15) & Andrew Foulds (19). Neil Spragg (18) & Australian Max Tomkinson (12) edged Steeton closer to Ilkley’s meagre target, before James Freebury (23*) brought the innings to a swift conclusion. James top-scored with his unbeaten 23* runs coming from just 10 deliveries, with 1 six & 4 fours. Steeton (15 points) had scored 104 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 22.3 overs to beat Ilkley (2 points) by 5 wickets with 40 overs to spare!

Neil Spragg, James Freebury & Tom Stead are my Men-of the Match

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30 May 2015 - 1st XI v North Leeds (H) - Lost by 44 runs (5-18)

North Leeds 194-7 in 50 overs

Steeton 150 a/o in 46.2 overs

North Leeds won the toss & having chosen to bat first, they set a target of 194 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs. Pick of the Steeton bowlers was Neil Spragg, who collected 4 wickets for 43 runs from 15 overs, with catches taken by John Akrigg & keeper Chris Baines. James Freebury (1-31) took a single wicket, as did brothers Tom & Joe Stead. Spinner Tom Stead (1-45) had a wicket courtesy of a catch taken by James Emmott; and opening bowler Joe Stead (1-40) had a wicket courtesy of a catch taken by Freddie Pearson. 3 bowling points for Steeton & 3 batting points for North Leeds.

In reply Steeton had lost both openers in the 7th over with 29 runs on the board. David Robinson hit 4 boundaries as he scored 17 runs, but Steeton were further reduced to 62 runs with 4 wickets down in the 27th over & the required rate rising to almost 6 runs per over. Neil Spragg (41) & James Freebury (34) added 56 runs for the 5th wicket partnership. Neil top-scored with his 41 runs coming from 77 deliveries with 6 boundaries; and James scored his 34 runs from 41 deliveries with 6 boundaries. The required rate continued to rise and Steeton’s late wickets were wasted trying to bring the rate back down. Tom Stead chipped in with 11 runs, but Steeton were all out for 150 runs in 46.2 overs. Steeton (5 points) had lost by 44 runs to North Leeds (18 points)

Neil Spragg is my Man-of-the-Match

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6 June 2015 - 1st XI v Follifoot (A) - Won by 6 wickets (16-2)

Follifoot 124 a/o in 41.4 overs

Steeton 126-4 in 26.5 overs

Follifoot won the toss and decided that they would bat first at Rudding Park. Steeton’s opening bowlers were in great form as they removed the top 3 Follifoot batsmen with just 28 runs on the board: Joe Stead (2-27) had catches taken by skipper Steve Pearson & keeper Chris Baines; and Steve Pearson (1-28) had a catch taken by Andrew Foulds. Neil Spragg (1-25) chipped in with a catch taken by James Emmott, but then it became a procession of wickets for James Freebury. In an incredible spell, James took 6 wickets for 39 runs from 11.4 overs, with a 2nd catch for James Emmott & a stumping by keeper Chris Baines. Follifoot had been dismissed for 124 runs in 41.4 overs…5 bowling points for Steeton.

In reply Steeton began with an 83-run opening partnership between Freddie Pearson (38) & Andrew Foulds (30). Freddie top-scored with his 38 runs coming from 57 deliveries with 7 boundaries; and Andrew scored his 30 runs from 62 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Neil Spragg chipped in with 12 runs and Chris Baines with 13* runs as Steeton passed the meagre Follifoot target with 31 overs to spare. Steeton (16 points) had scored 126 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 26.5 overs to beat Follifoot (2 points) by 6 wickets.

James Freebury is my Man-of-the-Match

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13 June 2015 - 1st XI v Beckwithshaw (H) - Lost by 145 runs (3-20)

Beckwithshaw 282-4 in 43 overs

Steeton 137 a/o in 36 overs

Batting first Beckwithshaw had progressed to 158 runs in the 24th over before losing their first wicket – opener Ingles scored 141 runs. Steeton’s only successful bowler was Jon Best, who finished with excellent figures of 4 wickets for 37 runs from 11 overs. Jon had catches taken by Chris Luxton & Steve Pearson. With forecasters predicting rain, Beckwithshaw declared after 43 overs with 282 runs on the board and 4 wickets down…giving Steeton 7 extra overs to bat. 2 bowling points for Steeton, but 5 batting points for Beckwithshaw.

In reply Steeton were 3 wickets down in the 10th over with just 22 runs on the board. Australian Max Tomkinson (17) & Chris Luxton (17) steadied the innings, but Steeton continued to lose wickets and in the 25th over with 94 runs they were 6 wickets down. John Akrigg top-scored with 45 runs scored from 43 deliveries with 9 boundaries. Adding to his 4 wickets, Jon Best scored an unbeaten 27* runs with from 25 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. Steeton were all out for 137 runs in 36 overs. Steeton (3 points) lost to Beckwithshaw (20 points) by 145 runs.

Jon Best is my Steeton Man-of-th-Match

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20 June 2015 - 1st XI v Bilton (A) - Lost by 171 runs (5-20)

Bilton 304-8 in 50 overs

Steeton 133 a/o in 31.1 overs

Batting first Bilton amassed a commanding 304 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Pick of the Steeton bowlers was Joe Stead, who nipped out both openers with the score on just 33 runs & finished with 3 wickets for 61 runs from his 12 overs, with 2 catches for keeper Andrew Foulds. Skipper Stephen Pearson (1-98) chipped in with a single wicket caught by John Akrigg. Bilton centurian Bradshaw (105) was clean bowled by James Emmott (1-78). With a push for late runs Bilton lost 3 late wickets to run outs by Jon Best, Australian Max Tomkinson & skipper Steve Pearson. Bilton had set a formidable target of 304 runs – 4 bowling points for Steeton, 5 batting points for Bilton.

In reply Steeton had lost their top 3 batsmen with just 37 runs on the board, with only Freddie Pearson (14) & Australian Max Tomkinson (10) managing double figures. Chris Luxton (20) & James Freebury (23) steadied the collapse with a 37-run 4th wicket partnership. Chris Luxton scored his 20 runs from 51 deliveries with 2 boundaries & James Freebury top-scored with 23 runs scored from just 18 deliveries with 3 boundaries. As Steeton continued to lose wickets only John Akrigg (13) & James Emmott (19) showed any resistance. Steeton were all out for 133 runs in 31.1 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Bilton (20 points) by 171 runs.

Joe Stead is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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27 June 2015 - 1st XI v Collingham & Linton (H) - Lost by 1 wicket (5-16)

Steeton 128 a/o in 36.4 overs

Collingham & Linton 129-9 in 35.3 overs

The pendulum of fortune swung both ways in this topsy-turvy match. Asked to bat first Steeton began with a steady start and had reached the 10th over before losing opener Neil Spragg (13). Neil’s opening partner was Andrew Foulds, who scored 22 runs from 49 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Andrew went on to add 35 runs for the 2nd wicket with Freddie Pearson, who top scored with 28 runs scored from 49 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. Freddie also had a 32-run 3rd wicket partnership with James Emmott (17). When Australian Max Tomkinson (11) departed Steeton had reached 103 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in the 24th over, but the pendulum was swinging back in favour of Collingham. A catastrophic collapse saw Steeton lose their last 6 wickets as they only added 25 extra runs. Steeton were all out for 128 runs in 36.4 overs…1 batting point for Steeton & 5 bowling points for Collingham.

Chasing Steeton’s small total the pendulum of fortune began swinging back into Steeton’s favour in the guise of Joe Stead, who had removed both Collingham openers with the score on just 8 runs. Joe finished with great figures of 4 wickets for 47 runs from 11.3 overs, with a catch taken by keeper Andrew Foulds. With Joe bowling in tandem with James Emmott Steeton reduced Collingham to 63 runs with 7 wickets down in the 20th over…Steeton were now clear favourites to complete an unlikely victory. James was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with 4 wickets for just 25 runs from 13 overs with 2 catches taken by skipper Steve Pearson. James Freebury (1-13) took 1 wicket courtesy of a third excellent catch by Steve Pearson. Collingham were 9 wickets down with 105 runs in the board…the game on a knife-edge with Steeton needing 1 more wicket & Collingham needing a further 24 runs. Consecutive sixes by Collingham’s Wetherall (55*) ripped the match from Steeton’s grasp as they scraped past the Steeton target. Collingham had scored 129 for the loss of 9 wickets in 35.3 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Collingham (16 points) by 1 wicket. At the mid-point of the season our 1st XI are in 9th place in the top division.

James Emmott is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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4 July 2015 - 1st XI v Rawdon (H) - Won by 1 wicket (16-5)

Rawdon 148 a/o in 44.3 overs

Steeton 149-9 in 46.1 overs

In recent years matches against Rawdon have tended to be thrillers…and this one proved no exception. Rawdon won the toss and decided to bat first. Rawdon had progressed to 39 run in the 10th over before losing their 1st wicket to the pace bowling of Josh Gill to a stumping by Oliver Gledhill. This must be Josh’s only ever stumping! Up until this point both Josh & Oliver have been playing for the 2nd XI. Josh finished with excellent figures of 2 wickets for 37 runs from 12 overs, with a catch taken by James Freebury. James was awarded a fielding point. The top-order was then ripped out by the pace of skipper Steve Pearson, who was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets for just 38 runs from 15 overs courtesy of catches by James Emmott, Neil Spragg & Josh Gill. The dependable James Emmott continued his recent good form with 2 wickets for 31 runs from 10 overs with a catch taken by skipper Steve Pearson. It took Neil Spragg (2-3) just 9 deliveries to polish off the last 2 batsmen with a catch taken by Freddie Pearson. Rawdon had been bowled all out for 148 runs in 44.3 overs…5 bowling points for Steeton and a single batting point for Rawdon.

In reply Steeton had reached 42 runs in the 8th over before losing opener Chris Luxton (19) & had only added a further single when his opening partner Neil Spragg (20) also departed. Neil had scored his 20 runs from 28 deliveries with 4 boundaries. A mini-collapse saw Steeton at 60 runs with 4 wickets down in the 17 over, with Freddie Pearson (10). Australian Max Tomkinson top-scored for Steeton with 26 runs scored from 33 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours, but when he departed Steeton’s second mini-collapse saw them at 99 runs with 8 wickets down in 26 overs…still needing 50 runs with just 2 wickets in the tent! Jon Best (23) added 38 runs for the 9th wicket partnership with skipper Steve Pearson (11*). Jon scored his 23 runs from 33 deliveries with 3 boundaries, but when he departed it brought last-man Josh Gill (6*) out to join Steve, with 12 tense runs still required for victory. Batting carefully they inched their way to 149 runs with 9 wickets down in 46.1 overs. Steeton (16 points) beat Rawdon (5 points) by 1 wicket.

Stephen Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match

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11 July 2015 - 1st XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A) - Won by 18 runs (17-9)

Steeton 221 a/o in 49.4 overs

Burley-in-Wharfedale 203-7 in 50 overs

Batting first Steeton scored 221 runs all out in the 50th over at Hodson Park. Steeton had progressed to 21 runs in the 6th over before losing opener Neil Spragg (14). Freddie Pearson (12) followed with the score on 34 runs, and when opener Chris Luxton was caught behind for 26 runs the Steeton score was 54 runs for 3 wickets in the 18th over. Chris had scored his 26 runs from 57 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Australian Max Tomkinson scored a solid 30 runs from 46 deliveries with 5 boundaries, and James Freebury chipped in with 15 runs, but Steeton were struggling at 127 runs with 5 wickets down in the 32 over. Oliver Gledhill top-scored with an belligerent 59 runs from just 50 deliveries, including 3 sixes & 7 fours, and shared a great 6th wicket partnership of 52 runs with Jon Best (22). Jon Best scored his 22 runs from 36 deliveries with 3 boundaries and Jon went on to share a 29-run 7th wicket partnership with James Emmott (19). Steeton were all out for 221 runs in 49.4 overs…4 batting points for Steeton, but 5 bowling points for Burley.

In reply Burley were restricted to 203 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs. Steeton were admirably led by opening bowler Joe Stead, who decimated the top-order Burley batsmen and finished with 4 wickets for 33 runs from 11 overs, with a catch taken by James Emmott. Steeton’s other successful bowlers were James Emmott (1-49), skipper Stephen Pearson (1-44) & Neil Spragg (1-37) with a catch taken by keeper Oliver Gledhill. Jon Best was awarded a fielding point. After their 50 overs Burley were still 18 short of Steeton’s target. Steeton (17 points) beat Burley (9 points) by 18 runs.

Oliver Gledhill is my Man-of-the-Match


18 July 2015 - 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (A) - Lost by 51 runs (8-20)

Kirkstall Educational 301-7 in 50 overs

Steeton 250 a/o in 49.3 overs

Kirkstall Educational won the toss and chose to bat first. Opening bowler Joe Stead (1-45) got Steeton off to a great start with a wicket in his first over. Joe’s brother Tom Stead (2-30) took the next 2 wickets with a catch taken by skipper Stephen Pearson, but not before the Kirkstall total had progressed to 123 runs in the 31st over. It was then Stephen Pearson’s (2-79) turn to collect 2 wickets. Finally it was Jon Best (2-78) who took 2 wickets with catches taken by Matthew Price & John Akrigg. Kirkstall had scored a formidable 301 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs. 3 bowling points for Steeton & 5 batting points for Kirkstall.

In reply Steeton were wobbling at 17 runs with both openers out in the 8th over, before a half-century by Freddie Pearson steadied the innings. Freddie scored an excellent 62 runs scored from 79 deliveries with 13 boundaries. Freddie shared a 3rd wicket partnership of 30 runs with David Robinson (15), followed by a 4th wicket partnership of 49 runs with John Akrigg (25), followed by a 17 run 5th wicket partnership with Oliver Gledhill (15) & finally a 31-run 6th wicket partnership with Jon Best (16). When Freddie was bowled out Steeton were 149 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the 34th over, and this brought together Tom Stead (48) with James Emmott (47). Together Tom & James amassed a fantastic new Club record 99-run partnership for the 8th wicket. Both deserved half-centuries, but Tom had to settle for 48 runs scored from 49 deliveries with 1 six & 7 fours and James had to settle for 47 runs scored from just 39 deliveries with 2 sixes & 5 fours. Steeton lost 2 wickets in the final over of their innings to finish 250 runs all out in 49.3 overs. Steeton (8 points) lost Kirkstall Educational (20 points) by 51 runs.

Freddie Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match


25 July 2015 - 1st XI v Otley (H) - Lost by 8 wickets (1-15)

Steeton 107 a/o in 34.2 overs

Otley 110-2 in 15 overs

Choosing to bat first Steeton lost wickets regularly to a strong Otley bowling attack. Steeton were all out for just 107 runs in 34.2 overs. Joint top-scorers were John Akrigg (19) & Tom Stead (19). John scored his 19 runs from 50 deliveries with 4 boundaries & Tom scored his 19 runs from 55 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Together John & Tom added 45 runs for the 6th wicket partnership, but both departed in quick succession with the score on 98 runs. The only other batsmen to reach double figures were opener Matt Price (14) & James Freebury (13). With 20 added runs, extras made the biggest contribution to Steeton’s total.

In reply Otley’s opening batsmen seemed in a hurry to finish this match. Spinner Tom Stead (1-25) made the first breakthrough with the Otley score on 71 runs after 9 overs. In the very next over skipper Stephen Pearson (1-22) took the 2nd wicket, but that was the last Steeton success. Otley scored 110 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 15 overs, to pass the Steeton target with 50 overs spare. Steeton (1 point) lost to Otley (15 points) by 8 wickets.

Tom Stead is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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1 August 2015 - 1st XI v Guiseley (A) - Lost by 15 runs (2-15)

Guiseley 148-3 in 23 overs

Steeton 133-8 in 23 overs

Rain played a major part in both matches played on Saturday. Batting first Guiseley scored 148 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 23 overs. Joe Stead was again the pick of the Steeton bowlers with 2 wickets for 47 runs from 9 overs with a catch taken by Matt Price. The other successful Steeton bowler was Neil Spragg (1-26) with a catch taken by Steve Pearson. A single bowling point for Steeton & a batting point for Guiseley.

In reply opener Andrew Foulds was back from injury &in great form as he scored a rapid half-century. Andrew scored 50 runs from 45 deliveries with 2 sixes & 6 fours. Andrew added 43 runs for the 3rd wicket with Freddie Pearson, who contributed 20 runs from 26 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Skipper Steve Pearson added great late impetus as he smashed 2 sixes & 2 fours for an unbeaten knock of 30* runs scored from just 13 deliveries. After their 23 overs Steeton had scored 133 runs for the loss of 8 wickets – 15 runs short of the Guiseley target. Steeton (2 points) lost to Guiseley (15 points) by 15 runs.

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8 August 2015 - 1st XI v Ilkley (H) - Lost by 3 wickets (7-19)

Steeton 219 a/o in 49 overs

Ilkley 220-7 in 49.5 overs

Today’s fixture was crucial to restore Steeton’s failing fortune, as they were playing bottom club Ilkley. Asked to bat first having lost the toss, Steeton were off to a poor start by losing both opening batsman with just 15 runs on the board in the 8th over. Steeton’s wobbly start was rectified by a great 120-run 3rd wicket partnership between Freddie Pearson (81) & Neil Spragg (43). Celebrating his birthday & his engagement Freddie top-scored with his 81 runs coming from 94 deliveries with 11 boundaries, while Neil’s 43 runs came from 83 deliveries with 4 boundaries. James Freebury hit 4 fours as he needed just 15 balls to score 22 runs & Oliver Gledhill hit 3 fours as he needed just 13 balls to score 17 runs, but when James Freebury was out Steeton had gone from 135 runs for 3 wickets in the 39th over to 181 runs for 8 wickets in the 45th over. Jon Best helped Steeton’s tail to wag as he scored 24 runs from 15 deliveries with 2 sixes & 2 fours, but when he was run out Steeton had been bowled all out for 219 runs in 49 overs. 4 batting points for Steeton, but 5 bowling points for Ilkley.

In reply Joe Stead (1-20 from 11 overs) & James Emmott (1-14 from 6 overs) removed both Ilkley openers with the score on 34 runs in the 14th over. Joe’s wicket was caught by keeper Oliver Gledhill & James’ wicket was caught by Matthew Price. Neil Spragg then ripped through the Ilkley middle order as he finished with 4 wickets for 69 runs from 11 overs, with a catch by skipper Stephen Pearson and a 2nd & 3rd catch for keeper Oliver Gledhill. Tom Stead & Steve Pearson also combined to run out another Ilkley batsman…Steve was awarded a fielding point. Ilkley lost their 7th wicket to the first delivery of the 43rd over with 139 runs on the board…so they needed 80 runs from the last 8 overs – Steeton were clear favourites at this stage! But a late onslaught by Ilkley’s R. Spivey (81*) & D. Pennet (46*) battered the latter overs and snatched the victory from Steeton’s grasp. Ilkley scored 220 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 49.5 overs. Steeton (7 points) lost to Ilkley (19 points) by 3 wickets.


15 August 2015 - 1st XI v North Leeds (A) - Lost by 58 runs (5-17)

North Leeds 150 a/o in 45.5 overs

Steeton 92 a/o in 41.2 overs

Steeton won the toss at the quaintly named ground – ‘the Homestead’ – and chose to bowl first. North Leeds lost wickets regularly with the main beneficiary being James Emmott, who took 5 wickets for 39 from 14.5 overs, with catches taken by Neil Spragg, Freddie Pearson & Andrew Foulds. A brace of wickets each for Jon Best (2-20) with a catch taken by keeper Oliver Gledhill & also Neil Spragg (2-23). The other successful bowler was James Freebury (1-29). North Leeds were all out for 150 runs in 45.5 overs…5 bowling points for Steeton & 2 batting points for North Leeds.

Steeton opening batsman Andrew Foulds score 23 runs from 82 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours, but when he was out Steeton were 52 runs with 4 wickets down in the 28th over. Oliver Gledhill scored 22 runs from 28 deliveries with 2 sixes & 1 four, but when he was out Steeton were 73 runs for 6 wickets in the 35th over. Skipper Steve Pearson was unbeaten on 15* runs, but Steeton were all out for 92 runs in 41.2 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to North Leeds (17 points) by 58 runs.

James Emmott is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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22 August 2015 - 1st XI v Follifoot (H) - Won by 3 wickets (17-5)

Follifoot 156 a/o in 40.5 overs

Steeton 157-7 in 46 overs

Steeton won the toss and chose to field first with heavy rain forecast. Follifoot progressed to 57 runs in the 18th over before losing their first wicket to the bowling of James Emmott (3-64) who finished with 3 wickets for 64 runs from his 15 overs, with catches by Andrew Foulds & two by skipper Steve Pearson. Playing what will be his last home game for Steeton, Jonathan Best was in devastating form as he finished with career best figures: 7 wickets for 44 runs from 11.4 overs. Jonathan had 3 catches taken by John Akrigg (which earned him a fielding point), second & third catches for Steve Pearson & a second catch for Andrew Foulds (which also earned him a fielding point) & finally a catch for James Freebury. In a great fielding display 9 of the 10 wickets were out caught. Follifoot were all out for 156 runs in 40.4 overs…5 bowling points for Steeton & 2 batting points for Follifoot.

In reply Steeton had preogressed to 41 runs in the 13th over before losing opener Andrew Foulds for 21 runs scored from 46 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Andrew’s opening partner John Akrigg finished with 18 runs. With 4 wickets down and 68 runs on the board in the 22nd over Jon Best (29*) came to the wicket. Jon shared an 11-run 5th wicket partnership with James Freebury (10), followed by an even better 29-run 6th wicket partnership with Oliver Gledhill, who contributed 21 runs from 19 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. To complete a great all round performance Jon Best scored an unbeaten 29* runs scored from 68 deliveries with 5 boundaries to see Steeton to a much needed victory. Steeton scored 157 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 46 overs. Steeton (17 points) beat Follifoot (5 points) by 3 wickets.

Jon Best is my Man-of-the-Match

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29 August 2015 - 1st XI v Beckwithshaw (A) - Lost by 57 runs (5-20)

Beckwithshaw 250-7 in 50 overs

Steeton 193 a/o in 48.2 overs

Steeton lost the toss at Beckwithshaw and were asked to field first. With just 10 runs on the board in the 3rd over Beckwithshaw lost their first wicket to opening bowler Josh Gill (1-15) with a catch taken by keeper Oliver Gledhill. In his 4th over Josh unfortunately ‘turned’ his ankle and left the field for the remainder of the innings. Spinner Tom Stead (1-63) took a wicket caught by skipper Steve Pearson, who also collected a single wicket for 45 runs. Pick of the bowlers was James Emmott, who took 3 wickets for 52 runs from 9 overs with 2 catches taken by Freddie Pearson and a catch by Jon Best, which earned him a fielding point. Beckwithshaw closed on 250 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs…3 bowling points for Steeton, but 5 batting points for Beckwithshaw.

In reply Steeton had moved to 54 runs in the 14th over before losing opening batsman Andrew Foulds (26), scored from 40 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Andrew’s opening partner was John Akrigg (43), who went on to share a 28-run 2nd wicket partnership with Freddie Pearson, who contributed 14 runs. John’s 43 runs came from 91 deliveries with 4 boundaries. When Oliver Gledhill (10) departed Steeton were 104 runs with 5 wickets down in the 35th over. Jon Best was playing his last ever match for Steeton before moving to Jersey, and he was clearly wanting to leave in style! Jon smashed 14 boundaries as his swansong was 70 runs scored from just 63 deliveries. Jon shared a 22-run 8th wicket partnership with skipper Steve Pearson (5) & an even better 43-run 10th wicket partnership with Josh Gill, who contributed an unbeaten 11* runs. Jon was the last man out as Steeton were all out for 193 runs in 48.2 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Beckwithshaw (20 points) by 57 runs.

Jon Best is my Man-of-the-Match

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5 September 2015 - 1st XI v Bilton (H) - Lost by 8 wickets (4-18)

Steeton 184 a/o in 45.2 overs

Bilton 187-2 in 34.4 overs

Bilton won the toss and decided to ask Steeton to bat first as Summerhill Lane. Openers Andrew Foulds (38) & John Akrigg (35) got Steeton off to a solid start as we progressed to 50 runs in the 10th over before losing the first wicket. Andrew scored his 38 runs from 41 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. A valuable contribution was added by Tom Stead, who score 20 runs from 40 deliveries with 2 boundaries, but when he departed Steeton were 126 runs with 6 wickets down in the 32nd over. Luke Watson (26) & James Emmott (31) added 39 runs for the 8th wicket, with Luke scoring his 26 runs from 55 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours; while James scored his quickfire 31 runs from just 18 deliveries with 6 boundaries, but Steeton were dismissed for 184 runs all out in 45.2 overs.

In reply Steeton were only able to remove 2 Bilton batsmen…1 for each of the Stead brothers. Spinner Tom Stead (1-45) made the initial breakthrough. Opening bowler Joe Stead (1-28) claimed the 2nd wicket with a catch taken by Callum Lowe. Bilton had scored 187 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 34.4 overs. Steeton (4 points) lost to Bilton (18 points) by 8 wickets.

Andrew Foulds is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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12 September 2015 - 1st XI v Collingham (A) - Lost by 8 wickets

Steeton 86 a/o in 19 overs

Collingham 88-2 in 18 overs

Rain reduced this fixture to a 20-overs per side slogfest, and the pitch was not really fit for even for this curtailed match. It is important to win the toss and bat second on such occasions, but unfortunately Steeton lost the toss and found themselves batting first. John Akrigg (20) & Andrew Foulds (10) opened for Steeton, with John anchoring the innings with his 20 runs coming from 45 deliveries with 1 boundary. Oliver Gledhill smashed a quickfire 12 runs, including a six & a four as he added 19 runs for the 3rd wicket with John. Skipper Steve Pearson (24*) then added 33 runs for the 4th wicket with John. Steve scored his unbeaten 24* runs from 24 deliveries with 2 boundaries. When Luke Watson (6) departed Steeton were 77 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the 14th over. Skipper Steve could only watch from the other end as the final 5 Steeton wickets could only add 9 further runs…with all 5 batsmen being clean bowled. Steeton had scored 86 runs all out in 19 overs.

In reply Steeton tried 7 different bowlers, but it was only skipper Steve Pearson who bowled with any success. Bowling spin Steve took 2 wickets for 19 runs from 6 overs with a catch taken by Callum Lowe. Callum & Bradley Akrigg were awarded fielding points. Collingham had scored 88 runs for the loss of 2 wicket in 18 overs. Steeton (1 point) lost to Collingham (15 points) by 8 wickets.

Stephen Pearson is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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18 April 2015 - 2nd XI v Rawdon (H) - Won by 6 wickets (19-7)

Rawdon 233-8 in 50 overs

Steeton 239-4 in 44 overs

Rawdon won the toss and chose to have first use of an excellent batting track at Steeton. Opening bowlers Josh Gill (2-44) & Paul Hardwick (1-12) got Steeton off to a great start. Pick of the bowlers was leg-spinner Andrew Luxton, who took 3 wickets for 34 runs from 9 overs, and Gary Boulton (1-59) chipped in with a single wicket. Keeper Oliver Gledhill took a catch from the bowling of Josh Gill & 2 stumpings from the bowling of Andrew Luxton. David Wynn & David Robinson took comfortable catches, while skipper Craig Walton took a fine catch sprinting in from long off. After 18 overs Steeton had reduced Rawdon to 59 runs with 5 wickets down, but excellent late order batting took their total to 233 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs. 4 bowling points to Steeton & 5 batting points for Rawdon.

In reply Steeton had a great opening stand, losing Chris Luxton (38) just short of a century opening partnership. Chris had scored his 38 runs from 42 deliveries with 3 sixes & 2 fours. His opening partner was David Robinson, who went on to top-score with 72 runs coming from 72 deliveries with 9 fours & 2 sixes. Batting at number 3, skipper Craig Walton scored an unbeaten 53* runs from 59 deliveries with 2 sixes & 6 fours. Oliver Gledhill scored a quickfire 34 runs from just 20 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. Fittingly skipper Craig Walton hoisted a six to win the match as Steeton scored 239 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 44 overs: 5 batting points to Steeton and 2 bowling points for Rawdon. Steeton beat Rawdon by 6 wickets bringing their points tally to 19 points for Steeton, while Rawdon have to settle for 7 points.

David Robinson is my Man-of-the-Match

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25 April 2015 - 2nd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (A) - Won by 5 wickets (16-6)

Burley-in-Wharfedale 222-4 in 50 overs

Steeton 224-5 in 26 overs

Steeton won the toss at Burley & with rain clouds gathering they asked Burley to bat first. Assisted by some woeful catching Burley had reached 131 runs in the 35th over before losing their first wicket. David Wynn (1-46) broke the opening partnership with a catch taken by skipper Craig Walton. Pick of the bowlers was Gary Boulton with 2 wickets (both caught by David Wynn) as his 15 overs conceded 67 runs. Burley’s top-scored, James Frost (91) was removed by the leg-spin bowling of Andrew Luxton (1-44). Craig Walton & Phil Barrett were awarded fielding points. In their 50 overs Burley had scored 222 runs for the loss of just 4 wickets.

Persistent light rain during tea break knocked 22 overs from the Steeton innings, so when they went out to bat they had just 28 overs to score what Burley had amassed in 50 overs! David Robinson (22) was the first man out with the score on 54 run after 10 overs. David had scored his 22 runs from 28 deliveries with 2 sixes. David’s opening partner was Chris Luxton, who scored 31 runs from 38 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours. At No3 skipper Craig Walton (108*) scored an incredible century, his unbeaten 108* runs coming from just 57 deliveries with 1 six & 16 fours. Craig shared an 83-run 3rd wicket partnership with Andrew Luxton, who contributed 25 runs from 21 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Craig then shared a 37-run 4th wicket partnership with Oliver Gledhill (12); a 25-run 5th wicket partnership with Gary Boulton (4); and finally an unbroken 10-run 6th wicket partnership with Phil Barrett (9*). Steeton had scored 224 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in just 26 overs, with 2 overs spare! Steeton (16 points) beat Burley (6 points) by 5 wickets.

Craig Walton is my Man-of-the-Match

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2 May 2015 - 2nd XI v Tong Park Esholt (A) - Won by 86 runs (20-7)

Steeton 281-9 in 46 overs

Tong Park Esholt 195 a/o in 40.2 overs

Batting first Steeton compiled a series of good scores, beginning with an excellent 74-run opening partnership between David Robinson (28) & Chris Luxton (32). In-form skipper Craig Walton added 39 runs & Oliver Gledhill 31 runs. Gary Boulton smashed 5 sixes & 3 fours as he top-scored with 62 runs. 8 overs were lost for rain, so Steeton had to declare after 46 overs to ensure that both sides had the same overs. Late runs were added by Luke Watson (16), Aatif Modak (13) & Josh Gill (16), as Steeton scored 281-9 in 46 overs. 5 batting points for Steeton & 4 bowling points for Tong Park.

In reply Tong Park were bowled all out for 195 runs, with the wickets being shared. Josh Gill finishing with the best return of 3 wickets, and a brace of wickets each for Gary Boulton, Zaggy Pearson & Luke Watson. David Wynn deserved more but had to settle for a single wicket. Aatif Modak & Gary Boulton both took excellent catches as Tong Park fell 86 runs short of the Steeton target. Steeton (20 points) extend their lead as early front-runners in the top division – Tong Park collect 7 points.

Gary Boulton is my Man-of-the-Match

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9 May 2015 - 2nd XI v Otley (H) - Lost by 1 wicket (5-15)

Steeton 142-8 in 35 overs

Otley 143-9 in 34.5 overs

Winning the toss Steeton chose to bat first in a fixture reduced to 35 overs per side by early rain. Steeton were soon reduced to 26 runs with 4 wickets down in 7 overs, with only Chris Luxton (10) & skipper Craig Walton (10) managing double figures. When all about him wickets were tumbling Gary Boulton played a fantastic innings of 67 runs from 79 deliveries with 4 sixes & 7 fours. Gary shared a 20-run 6th wicket partnership with Josh Gill (13) & an excellent 46-run 8th wicket stand with Bradley Akrigg, who contributed an unbeaten 21* runs from 29 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. Steeton closed on a disappointing 142 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 35 overs.

In reply Otley had reached 27 runs when David Wynn (1-35) broke the opening partnership with a catch taken by Aatif Modak. Otley appeared to be coasting to an easy victory at 99 runs with 1 wicket lost in 21 overs, but the bowling partnership of Gary Boulton (4-13 from 8 overs) & Zach Pearson (3-46) almost turned the course of this match. Gary had catches taken by keeper Oliver Gledhill, Luke Watson, Chris Luxton & an excellent catch by Andrew Luxton taken over his shoulder as he sprinted backwards. Andrew was awarded a fielding point. Zach Pearson had a catch taken by Luke Watson (his second), but started the final over with Otley only 7 wickets down and just 2 runs short of Steeton’s target. A 2 off the first delivery brought the scores level, but a great dive to touch a ball driven back at him by Zach ran out one batsman & then he clean bowled the 9th batter with the 3rd delivery…scores level with with the last two batsmen at the wicket! A dot ball was followed by a scrambled single and Otley had clinched this thriller with 1 ball to spare. Steeton (5 points) had lost to Otley (15 points) by 1 wicket.

Gary Boulton is my Man-of-the-Match

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16 May 2015 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (A) - Won by 4 wickets

Guiseley 212-4 in 50 overs

Steeton 213-6 in 47.3 overs

Winning at Guiseley is always a great feeling! – but coming in to this fixture Steeton were top of the league, with Guiseley & Otley level on points just 4 points behind. Guiseley won the toss and elected to bat first. Steeton’s opening bowling attack was very effective at containing the runs, but after David Wynn’s initial breakthrough with the score on 18 runs, Guiseley made sedate progress to 78 runs for the loss of 1 wicket after 30 overs. David Wynn finished with excellent figures of 1 wicket for 16 runs from 10 overs with a catch taken by keeper Oliver Gledhill. In the latter overs of their innings as Guiseley upped their scoring rate they lost a few wickets to the bowling of Gary Boulton. Gary finished with 3 wickets for 57 runs from 11 overs with a second catch for keeper Oliver Gledhill & a sharp return catch from his own bowling. In their 50 overs Guiseley had posted 212 runs for the loss of 4 wickets: 2 bowling points for Steeton & 4 batting points for Guiseley.

In reply Steeton are indebted to opener Chris Luxton, who batted through the innings and scored a remarkable unbeaten 117* runs from 121 deliveries with 4 sixes &15 fours. Chris shared a 54-run 2nd wicket partnership with his brother Andrew Luxton (14); he then went on to add 50 runs for the 4th wicket with Oliver Gledhill (19); 27 runs for the 5th wicket with Gary Boulton (20). With the required run-rate creeping up to over 5 runs per over, Steeton lost their 6th wicket in the 40th over with the score on 161 runs, and Phil Barrett (18*) went out to join Chris. It took Phil & Chris 7½ overs to score the remaining 52 runs to win by 4 wickets with 2½ overs to spare. Steeton (16 points) had score 213 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 47.3 overs to beat Guiseley (7 points) by 4 wickets.

Chris Luxton is my Man-of-the-Match

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17 May 2015 - 2nd XI v Ilkley (A) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 8 wickets

Ilkley 240-6 in 45 overs

Steeton 242-2 in 41 overs

Asked to bat first Ilkley made good use of a placid wicket as they put on 86 runs before losing their first wicket to the leg-spin bowling of Andrew Luxton (1-21) with a return catch. Ilkley then added a further 107 runs for the 2nd wicket before the introduction of skipper Craig Walton, who removed Ilkley centurian Bott (105) and finished with 3 wickets for 42 runs from 5 overs with a catch taken by Luke Watson. From 193-2 in the 40th over Ilkley lost wickets rapidly as they tried to add quick late runs. A curious scorecard began with a century, but included 2 ‘golden ducks’. David Wynn (2-47) was the other successful bowler, with catches taken by Craig Walton & a 2nd catch for Luke Watson. Ilkley had scored a formidable 240 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 45 overs.

In reply David Robinson (84) & Mark Chapman (27) scored 73 runs in 16 overs as an excellent opening partnership. Mark scored his 27 runs from 46 deliveries with 2 boundaries and David scored his 84 runs from 94 deliveries with 10 boundaries. David went on to share a 95-run 2nd wicket partnership with skipper Craig Walton, who contributed an unbeaten 82* runs from just 69 deliveries with 11 boundaries. Craig then went on to share an unbroken, match-winning 74-run 3rd wicket stand with Andrew Luxton, who scored an unbeaten 25* runs from 32 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. Steeton had scored 242 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets in 41 overs, to win by 8 wickets with 4 overs to spare. Steeton will now play Skipton at home on 7th June in the 2nd round of their Birtwhistle Cup campaign.

Craig Walton is my Man-of-the-Match

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23 May 2015 - 2nd XI v Ilkley (H) - Won by 5 wickets (15-2)

Ilkley 88 a/o in 21.4 overs

Steeton 91-5 in 30.1 overs

Asked to bat first Ilkley were blitzed by Steeton’s opening bowling attack. Josh Gill was in devastating mood as his sheer pace wiped out Ilkley’s top order. Josh took 6 wickets for 53 runs from 11 overs, with most of his victims clean bowled, but Paul Hardwick pouching a steepling, skied catch…on the second attempt! Paul Hardwick polished off the tail-end with his 4 wickets costing 31 runs from 10.4 overs, with a catch taken at mid-off by Bradley Akrigg, who was awarded a fielding point. Ilkley had posted a meagre 88 runs all out in 21.4 overs…5 bowling points for Steeton.

Steeton started with 78 overs to score just 88 runs…and Oliver Gledhill promptly smashed a four & a massive six off their very first over! Oliver was the first man out with the score on 23 runs, stumped for 14 runs from 17 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. Oliver opened with Luke Watson, who top-scored with 32 runs from 46 deliveries with a six from the 2nd over of the innings and 4 fours. Luke was caught out with the score on 55 runs. Skipper Craig Walton is in great form this season, and added an unbeaten 21* scored from 25 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. Steeton (15 points) had scored 91 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 30.1 overs to beat Ilkley (2 points) by 5 wickets with 47 overs to spare!

Josh Gill is my Man-of-the-Match

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30 May 2015 - 2nd XI v North Leeds (A) - Lost by 9 wickets (0-15)

Steeton 68 a/o in 25.4 overs

North Leeds 72-1 in 11.5 overs

Asked to bat first Steeton lost wickets with embarrassing regularity to some excellent North Leeds bowling & fielding. The only partnership of note was between opener Chris Luxton (34) & skipper Craig Walton (12), who added 38 runs for the 3rd wicket. Chris top-scored with 34 runs scored from 40 deliveries with 2 sixes & 4 fours. Before this match skipper Craig Walton was averaging over 100, but his 12 runs was the only other score into double figures. Steeton were skittled out for a meagre 68 runs in 25.4 overs.

In reply Steeton were unable to make any inroads into the North Leeds batting. With the scores level Mick Wilson threw in from the boundary for Gary Boulton to run out the only wicket that Steeton could muster. North Leeds had scored 72 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket in 11.5 overs – match over at 10 minutes before 4pm. Steeton had been out-played in all departments by an efficient North Leeds side…and did not collect a single point from this one-sided encounter. Steeton (0 points) lost to North Leeds (15 points) by 9 wickets.

Chris Luxton is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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6 June 2015 - 2nd XI v Adel (H) - Lost by 3 wickets (7-18)

Steeton 213-8 in 50 overs

Adel 214-7 in 46.5 overs

Asked to bat first Steeton were led by opener Chris Luxton, who top-scored with 58 runs scored from 66 deliveries with 10 boundaries. Chris shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 51 runs with skipper Craig Walton, who contributed 37 runs scored from 32 deliveries with 8 boundaries. Chris then went on to share a 43-run 3rd wicket partnership with his brother Andrew Luxton (14), but when Chris was out Steeton had scored 145 runs in the 39th over. Phil Barrett (47*) took control of the later overs as he added 22 runs for the 7th wicket with Luke Watson (17) & then 44 runs for the 8th wicket with Paul Hardwick (4). Phil added real impetus as he scored his unbeaten 47* runs from just 28 deliveries with 2 sixes & 6 fours & Steeton had added 65 runs in the final 10 overs of their innings. Steeton finished with 213 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs: 4 batting points for Steeton & 4 bowling points for Adel.

In reply Josh Gill (2-32) had blasted out both openers with the score on 32 runs in the 13th over, with a nice inside-edge catch taken by stand-in keeper & skipper Craig Walton. Gary Boulton was again excellent with the ball as he finished with 3 wickets for 33 runs from his 11 overs. Paul Hardwick (2-62) was also among the wickets, with a comfortable catch taken by Chris Luxton. Steeton had Adel ‘on the rack’ at 85 runs with 6 wickets down in the 32nd over, but with the match all-but won Steeton seemed to ‘drift’ and lacked a ruthlessness to apply the coup-de-grâce. This allowed Adel back into this match and as they added 124 runs for the 7th wicket at a rapid rate, they ripped this game from Steeton’s grasp. Adel (18 points) had scored 214 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 46.5 overs to win by 3 wickets. Steeton had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and must settle for 7 points.

Chris Luxton is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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7 June 2015 - 2nd XI v Skipton (H) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 208 runs

Steeton 293-2 in 45 overs

Skipton 85 a/o in 26.4 overs

Steeton won the toss and chose to bat first on a sunny day at Steeton. Steeton’s innings was dominated by a Club record 2nd wicket partnership of 283 runs between opener Chris Luxton (138) & skipper Craig Walton (136*). Chris scored his 138 runs from 110 deliveries with 21 boundaries; and Craig scored his unbeaten 136* runs from 118 deliveries with 1 six & 18 fours. Steeton finished with an impressive 293 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets in their 45 overs – a rate of over 6½ runs per over.

In reply Steeton’s opening bowlers Josh Gill (2-35) & Paul Hardwick (3-17) ripped the heart out of Skipton’s top-order, including ex-Steeton player David Hedges (4). Josh had a good catch pouched by Paul Hardwick at fly-slip, and Paul Had catches taken by Luke Watson, skipper Craig Walton & keeper Oliver Gledhill. Gary Boulton finished with the best figures of 4 wickets for 24 runs from 4.4 overs, courtesy of a 2nd catch by Luke Watson & a stumping by keeper Oliver Gledhill. Luke Watson (1-7) took the other wicket as Skipton were bowled all out for 85 runs in 26.4 overs. Bradley Akrigg was awarded a club fielding point & it was another ex-Steeton player Graham Williamson (8*) who was Skipton’s not-out batsmen. Steeton had won by an mammoth 208 runs and progress without any worries into the quarter-final stage of the Birtwhistle cup, where they will play Horsforth at home on 28th June.

Chris Luxton & Craig Walton & my joint Men-of-the-Match

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13 June 2015 - 2nd XI v Horsforth (A) - Won by 7 wickets (17-3)

Horsforth 152 a/o in 41.1 overs

Steeton 153-3 in 28.5 overs

Steeton won the toss and chose to field first at St George’s Field. Pick of the Steeton bowlers was undoubtedly Gary Boulton, who bowled 7 consecutive maiden overs. Gary finished with his 12 overs, 8 of which were maidens, conceding just 16 runs as he collected 4 wickets, with catches taken by Josh Gill; an excellent diving catch by Paul Hardwick; and a sharp slip catch by Phil Barrett. Paul Hardwick also took 4 wickets for 50 runs from his 13.1 overs, courtesy of catches pouched by Luke Watson & skipper Craig Walton. The other 2 Horsforth wickets fell to Luke Watson (2-26), with an excellent diving catch taken by Bradley Akrigg & a well-judged catch in the deep by Matt Price. Horsforth had been dismissed for 152 runs in 41.1 overs…5 bowling points for Steeton & 2 batting points for Horsforth.

In reply Steeton had progressed to 22 runs before losing opener David Robinson (14). An excellent 95-run 2nd wicket partnership between Matt Price (82*) & Andrew Luxton (30) saw Steeton to within 35 runs of victory. Matt Price scored his excellent unbeaten 82* runs from 79 deliveries with 1 six & 14 fours; and Andrew Luxton scored his 30 runs from 35 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Along with Luke Watson (7*), Matt added 35 runs for an unbroken 4th wicket stand to see Steeton comfortably home with 29 overs to spare. Steeton (17 points) had scored 153 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 28.5 overs to beat Horsforth (3 points) by 7 wickets.

Matt Price is my Man-of-the-Match

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20 June 2015 - 2nd XI v Bilton (H) - Won by 3 wickets (18-8)

Bilton 265-7 in 50 overs

Steeton 266-7 in 45.5 overs

A memorable match for many reasons. Gary Boulton was 50 years young on Thursday, and to celebrate Gary scored his 50th fifty for Steeton (as well as taking 4 wickets and hitting the winning runs!). Oliver Gledhill hit a new Club record 31 runs off 1 single over – breaking his own previous record of 30 runs that he shared with Graham Harrison. Steeton won the toss and chose to field first. Josh Gill (1-36) took the opening wicket with a catch taken by Phil Barrett, with the Bilton total on just 16 runs. Gary Boulton then claimed 4 wickets for 79 runs from his 15 overs, with catches by skipper Craig Walton & 2 well-judged catches at long-on by Luke Watson – which rightly earned Luke a fielding point. Gary also removed Bilton centurian Heslop (105). David Wynn was also awarded a fielding point & David (1-33) also collected a single wicket with a catch at point by Andrew Luxton. Luke Watson (1-47) was Steeton’s other successful bowler. Bilton had amassed a formidable total of 265 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 50 overs.

In reply David Robinson got Steeton of to a good start with 27 runs scored from 22 deliveries with 5 boundaries, but Steeton had lost both openers with the score on 36 runs. In-form skipper Craig Walton smashed 3 sixes & 6 fours as he scored 54 runs from just 35 balls faced. Craig added 41 runs for the 4th wicket with Andrew Luxton (11), but when he departed Steeton were 101 runs with 4 wickets down in the 21st over. Oliver Gledhill was in uncompromising mood as he top-scored with an excellent 72 runs from 34 deliveries including 7 sixes & 6 fours – and plundering a new Club record 31 runs from a single over! When Oliver departed Steeton were 183 runs with 6 wickets down in the 32 over. This brought together birthday boy Gary Boulton with veteran Phil Barrett…with a combined age of 102 years! Gary scored an unbeaten 59* runs from 48 deliveries with 4 sixes & 4 fours & together with Phil Barrett (23) they added 81 runs for the 7th wicket to bring the scores to almost parity. Fittingly it was Gary who added the coup-de-grâce as Steeton completed an excellent run chase – to win with 266 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 45.5 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Bilton (8 points) by 3 wickets with 4 overs to spare.

Gary Boulton is my Man-of-the-Match

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27 June 2015 - 2nd XI v New Rover (A) - Won by 8 wickets (15-1)

New Rover 55 a/o in 20.4 overs

Steeton 56-2 in 14 overs

Steeton lost the toss at New Rover, but that was the only thing they lost all day. Josh Gill was devastating as he ripped through the New Rover top-order and finished with great figures of 4 wickets for 20 runs from 9 overs. All of Josh’s victims were clean bowled, and in fact the first 7 batsmen out were all bowled. Equally effective was Josh’s opening partner Paul Hardwick who also finished with 4 wickets for 18 runs from 10 overs, with a great diving return catch from his own bowling to earn himself 2 fielding points. The final 2 wickets fell to the wrist-spin of Andrew Luxton (2-10) with a well-judged catch by Luke Watson, which removed New Rover’s only batter to reach double figures: Robins (15). New Rover had been dismissed for a meagre 55 runs in 20.4 overs. Tea-break at 2:21pm seemed far too early!

In reply Steeton had 79 overs to score 55 runs, but lost opener David Robinson (2) with the score on 6 runs. Skipper Craig Walton (10) was the only other wicket to fall with the score on 20 runs. Opener Chris Luxton top-scored with an unbeaten 30* runs scored from 35 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Chris shared an unbroken 36-run 3rd wicket partnership with his brother Andrew Luxton (14*). Steeton had scored 56 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 14 overs…all done & dusted by 3:30pm! Steeton (15 points) beat New Rover (1 point) by 8 wickets. In an anomaly of the new points system our 2nd XI drop from top of the league to 2nd place despite such a convincing victory.

Josh Gill & Paul Hardwick are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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28 June 2015 - 2nd XI v Horsforth (H) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 7 wickets

Horsforth 229 a/o in 43.5 overs

Steeton 234-3 in 31.1 overs

Steeton won the toss and decided they will give Horsforth first use of a excellent-looking track at Steeton. A very brief rain delay after the first over saw Horsforth at 4 runs with 1 wicket down from a sharp slip catch pouched by Phil Barrett from the bowling of Josh Gill. Josh finished with 2 wickets for 43 runs from his 9 overs, with a nice catch by Paul Hardwick. Horsforth added 74 runs before losing their 2nd wicket…but then lost 2 wickets in the same over to the bowling of David Wynn. David was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets from 8.5 overs while conceding 37 runs, with a catch taken by keeper Oliver Gledhill & a 2nd catch by Phil Barrett. Phil was awarded a fielding point. Gary Boulton took 2 wickets at a cost of 37 runs from 9 overs with a 2nd catch for keeper Oliver Gledhill & another for skipper Craig Walton. The other successful bowlers were skipper Craig Walton (1-24) with a catch on the long-on boundary by Josh Gill, and Paul Hardwick (1-49). After 30 overs Horsforth were 151 runs for the loss of 3 wickets and looked poised to make a substantial total, but taking late wickets contained them to 229 runs all out from 43.5 overs. Many clubs come to Steeton thinking they have set a challenging target, not realising that big scores are easily possible on a sunny day at Summerhill Lane.

In reply Steeton had progressed smoothly to 47 runs in the 10th over before losing opener David Robinson for a fluent 23 runs scored from 35 deliveries with 4 boundaries before being caught by a fumbling catch at mid-on. David’s opening partner was Chris Luxton, who deserved a century but had to settle for an excellent 98 runs scored from 77 deliveries with 4 sixes & 12 fours. Chris shared 57-run 2nd wicket partnership with his brother Andrew Luxton, who contributed 18 runs from 26 deliveries with 1 boundary. Chris then went on to share an even better 3rd wicket partnership of 103 runs with skipper Craig Walton, who scored an exciting unbeaten 71* runs from just 39 deliveries, including 4 sixes & 11 fours. When Chris was bowled just short of his century, Steeton still needed 22 runs, Oliver Gledhill was in no mood to prolong this match as he smashed an unbeaten 17* runs from just 8 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. Steeton scored 234 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 31.1 overs, to win by 7 wickets with almost 14 overs to go. Steeton progress smoothly to the semi-finals of the Birtwhistle cup where they will meet Beckwithshaw at home on 19th July.

Chris Luxton & Craig Walton are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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4 July 2015 - 2nd XI v Rawdon (A) - Lost by 3 wickets (5-17)

Steeton 156 a/o in 49.3 overs

Rawdon 157-7 in 39.1 overs

Steeton lost an important toss at Rawdon and were asked to bat first. Overnight torrential rain had made the track very damp and the longer grass in the outfield slow, but hot sunny weather was forecast, which would dry out the track and quicken-up the outfield for the side batting second. Losing 4 players to 1st XI duty and 2 players to Adam Hardwick’s wedding, meant the Steeton side playing this week was completely different from last week’s contingent. Steeton’s batting relied heavily on Matt Price (74) who opened the innings and scored an excellent 74 runs from 122 deliveries with 2 sixes & 11 fours on a difficult track. Matt watched as partners perished and Steeton slumped to 48 runs with 3 wickets down in the 18th over. Brought in to cover absences and batting for the first time since last year’s retirement, Julian Higginson scored an excellent 28 runs from 51 deliveries with 4 boundaries, and shared an excellent 4th wicket partnership of 79 runs with Matt Price. Unfortunately no other batsman managed double figures and Steeton were all out for 156 runs in 49.3 overs…2 batting points for Steeton and 5 bowling points for Rawdon.

Steeton were without the services of either of last week opening bowlers, but stand-in skipper Gary Boulton (2-6) nipped out both openers before compounding Steeton’s bowling shortage by pulling his hamstring in his 5th over. When Luke Watson (1-28) took Steeton’s 3rd wicket Rawdon were 58 runs for 3 wickets in the 13th over, and all 3 batsmen had been caught out by Bradley Akrigg. Called on for bowling duties John Akrigg’s off-spin earned him a single wicket with a stumping by keeper Julian Higginson. When Matt Price threw in to hit the wicket and run out Rawdon’s 5th wicket they had score 86 runs in the 19th over. Leg-spinner Andrew Luxton (1-39) took a single wicket, as did David Wynn (1-44) courtesy of a catch taken one-handed at 2nd slip by Phil Barrett fielding at 1st slip! Phil earned himself a fielding point. Steeton were unable to remove Walker (37*) and Rawdon scored 157 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 39.1 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Rawdon (17 points) by 3 wickets.

Matt Price is my Man-of-the-Match

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11 July 2015 - 2nd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Won by 7 wickets (18-5)

Burley-in-Wharfedale 200-9 in 50 overs

Steeton 201-3 in 32.3 overs

On a warm day on a great Summerhill Lane track, Steeton wanted to bat first to gain maximum points, but unfortunately lost the toss and found themselves fielding. Burley had reached just 4 runs before losing their first wicket to the bowling of Paul Hardwick (1-40) with a smart one-handed catch by stand-in keeper John Akrigg. The perennial Gary Boulton took 3 wicket for 39 runs from 12 overs with a low catch in the slips by Phil Barrett, a spectacular diving catch at mid-off by Paul Hardwick & a stumping by keeper John Akrigg. Luke Watson also took 3 wickets for 39 runs from 13 overs with a 2nd diving catch at mid-wicket by Phil Barrett. Phil was awarded a fielding point. Suicidal running in the closing overs saw 2 run-outs: David Wynn throwing to John Akrigg and skipper Craig Walton also throwing to John Akrigg. Craig Walton was also awarded a fielding point. With 146 catches Phil Barrett has now overtaken Graham Hodgson’s career total of 2nd XI catches, and so he now holds the record number of catches for the 1st XI, 2nd XI & 3rd XI. Burley had scored exactly 200 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs…4 bowling points for Steeton & 4 batting points for Burley.

In reply Steeton had reached 38 runs before losing opener Matt Price (9) in the 6th over. Matt’s opening partner was David Robinson, who top-scored with an imperious 78 runs from just 71 deliveries with 4 sixes & 10 fours. David shared a 41-run 2nd wicket partnership with John Akrigg (13), followed by a 43-run 3rd wicket partnership with skipper Craig Walton (28*). Craig scored his unbeaten 28* runs from 42 deliveries with 2 boundaries. Craig went on to share an unbroken 4th wicket stand of 79 runs with Gary Boulton, who was clearly in a hurry to finish this match as he smashed 3 sixes & 7 fours in a 48-ball knocked that earned him an unbeaten 55* runs. Gary brought up his half-century with one of the biggest sixes I have ever seen hit at Steeton! Steeton scored 201 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 32.3 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Burley (5 points) by 7 wickets with 17 overs to spare.

Gary Boulton is my Man-of-the-Match

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18 July 2015 - 2nd XI v Tong Park Esholt (H) - Lost by 17 runs (6-17)

Tong Park Esholt 163 a/o in 46.3 overs

Steeton 146 a/o in 38.5 overs

Steeton won the toss and chose to field first at Summerhill Lane. Both opening bowlers bowled through their full quota of 15 overs without a break. David Wynn took 2 wickets for 39 runs, with a catch taken by Callum Lowe & Paul Hardwick took 1 wicket for 31 runs with a catch taken by keeper Craig Walton. So after 30 overs Tong Park were 75 runs with 3 wickets down. Steeton’s change bowlers were less economical, but picked-up more wickets. Pick of the bowlers was Luke Watson, who took 4 wickets for 24 runs from 6.3 overs, with catches taken by Phil Barrett, Paul Hardwick and a 2nd catch for Callum Lowe. The perennial Gary Boulton took 3 wickets for 35 runs from 8 overs with 2nd catches for both Phil Barrett & keeper Craig Walton. Phil Barrett & Callum Lowe were awarded fielding points. Tong Park finished with 163 runs all out in 46.3 overs…5 bowling points for Steeton & 2 batting points for Tong Park.

163 runs is not usually enough on a good batting track at Summerhill Lane, but in reply Steeton’s weakened batting line-up were struggling at 28 runs with 3 wickets down in the 9th over. Opener Hayden Tennant (playing his 1st 2nd XI game of the season) scored 30 runs from 35 deliveries with 4 boundaries before being given out LBW. At No6 Gary Boulton scored an excellent 60 runs from 58 deliveries with 3 sixes & 6 fours. Gary shared a 26-run 5th wicket partnership with Phil Barrett (11) & 42 runs for the 7th wicket partnership with Aatif Modak (7). No other batsman managed double figures as Steeton’s innings fizzled out at 146 runs all out in 38.5 overs. Steeton (6 points) lost to Tong Park (17 points) by 17 runs.

Gary Boulton is my Man-of-the-Match

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19 July 2015 - 2nd XI v Beckwithshaw (H) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 7 wickets

Beckwithshaw 145 a/o in 35.3 overs

Steeton 149-3 in 24 overs

When 2nd division opposition play 1st division opposition you might expect an easy win for the 1st division side. This was not the case today…Beckwithshaw arrived at Steeton to play the semi-final match as clear leaders of the 2nd division, accustomed to winning, with an determined side who had already dispatched 1st division opposition reaching this stage. This was no walk-in-the-park for Steeton, and next year when Beckwithshaw inevitably gain promotion back into the 1st division they will certainly be a side to be reckoned with. Steeton began by winning the toss and asking Beckwithshaw to bat first. A rapid opening blast by Josh Gill toppled both Beckwithshaw opening batsmen with the score on 18 runs in the 7th over, with a sharp low catch in slips by Phil Barrett & a first catch for keeper Oliver Gledhill. Another catch by Oliver meant Josh Gill finished with 3 wickets for 38 runs from his 9 overs. A miserly spell by Paul Hardwick conceded just 18 runs from his 9 overs as he collected 2 wickets…giving keeper Oliver Gledhill a third catch. The Beckwithshaw middle order was further demolished by Gary Boulton, who took 2 wickets for 35 runs from 7 overs with comfortable catches pouched by Josh Gill & Luke Watson. Finally the obstinate tail-enders were mopped-up by David Wynn, who took 3 wickets for 37 run from 8.3 overs, with a catch by Paul Hardwick & a further 2 catches for keeper Oliver Gledhill. In a strong fielding display Steeton had taken 9 catches, with 5 of them by keeper Oliver Gledhill. Beckwithshaw had been bowled all out for a meagre 145 runs in 35.3 overs.

In reply Steeton’s openers saw us to 41 runs in 7 overs, before both getting out from consecutive deliveries: Chris Luxton caught for 23 runs from 25 deliveries & then David Robinson bowled for 16 runs from 18 deliveries. Andrew Luxton (30*) shared an 88 run 3rd wicket partnership with skipper Craig Walton (70). Craig top-scored with an aggressive 70 runs scored form just 59 deliveries with 1 six & 14 fours, before crashing a hard-hit catch into the covers. Andrew faced 37 deliveries as he scored his unbeaten 30* runs which included 1 six & 5 fours, including hitting the winning boundary. Andrew also added 20 runs for an unbroken 4th wicket stand with Oliver Gledhill (6*). Steeton had scored 149 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in just 24 overs to book their place in this year’s Birtwhistle Cup final. Steeton won by 7 wickets and will now meet Guiseley at Horsforth Hall Park on Sunday 16th August.

Craig Walton is my Man-of-the-Match

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25 July 2015 - 2nd XI v Otley (A) - Lost by 47 runs (9-19)

Otley 274-8 in 50 overs

Steeton 227-9 in 50 overs

Steeton lost the toss and Otley chose to bat first at Cross Green. With 2 wickets down and just 8 runs on the board in the 6th over Otley were reeling, but Steeton were unable to capitalise on this early success. It was opener Josh Gill (1-53) who had made the initial breakthrough with a catch taken by keeper Craig Walton. Luke Watson ran-out the 2nd batsman with a direct hit…a feat he repeated later in this fixture! Gary Boulton (2-73) nipped out another couple of batsmen…giving keeper Craig Walton a 2nd catch. Pick of the bowlers was Luke Watson, who finished with 3 wickets for 65 runs from 12 over, with a sharp return catch & a comfortable catch at mid-off pouched by Paul Hardwick. After their 50 overs Otley had set a formidable total of 274 runs for the loss of 8 wickets…4 bowling points for Steeton & 5 batting points for Otley.

In reply opener Chris Luxton smashed a six & a four from the very first over, and continued in that vein through to a magnificent century. Chris scored 119 runs from 114 deliveries with 1 six & 22 fours, before being given out LBW. Chris shared a fine opening partnership of 74 runs with Aatif Modak (15), followed by a 69-run 4th wicket partnership with Gary Boulton (20). Both Chris & Gary departed with the Steeton score on 173 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the 37th over. Steeton lost some wickets looking for quick runs, but the Steeton tail-enders did us proud as they saw us safely past the 225-run score that ensured full batting points. Well batted Bradley Akrigg (12), Paul Hardwick (17*), Callum Lowe (10) & David Wynn (6*). Steeton closed on 227 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. Steeton (9 points) lost to Otley (19 points) by 47 runs.

Chris Luxton is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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1 August 2015 - 2nd XI v Guiseley (H) - Lost by 3 wickets (4-13)

Steeton 137-4 in 23 overs

Guiseley 138-7 in 22.2 overs

In this precursor to the Birtwhistle cup final, rain before the start of this fixture meant this fixture was reduced to 30 overs per side. Steeton won the toss and with the benefit of hindsight made the wrong decision to bat first. Both of Steeton’s opening batsmen had recently scored centuries against Guiseley, but today both departed with ducks. Steeton were 5 runs with 2 wickets down in 2nd over. Skipper Craig Walton was in great form as he scored a scintillating unbeaten 73* runs from just 55 deliveries with 5 sixes & 4 fours. Craig shared a 3rd wicket partnership of 68 runs with Luke Watson (18) & a 4th wicket partnership of 49 runs with Gary Boulton (18). Frequent rain delays were knocking more overs from the match…and the disjointed nature of the innings meant Steeton were frequently having to ‘play themselves in’ while the Guiseley bowlers enjoyed nice rests. Rain on the pitch while the covers were being rolled into place also livened up the bounce. A further 14 overs were lost & the match was reduced to 46 overs. Steeton had scored 137 runs for the loss of 4 wickets after 23 overs at which point they declared.

The weather had cleared up for the Guiseley reply and so the pitch dried up to a more usual Steeton batters paradise. There were no further rain delays, which meant the Guiseley innings was able to gain momentum without annoying interruptions. In an anomaly of the current rules the Steeton bowlers could only bowl a maximum of 6 overs for a 23 over match, whereas the Guiseley bowlers were able to bowl 9 overs maximum as at that point it was a 30-over match. Our opening bowlers got Steeton off to a great start: Paul Hardwick took 2 wickets for 18 runs from his 6 overs & Josh Gill also took 2 wickets for 26 runs from his 6 overs with a catch safely pouched by Chris Luxton. After 12 overs Guiseley were 46 runs for the loss of 4 wicket needing a further 91 runs in the last 11 overs, but Steeton’s change bowlers were not able to exercise the same control. David Wynn bowled 3 overs and took 2 wickets for 22 runs with a great running catch at mid-on taken by Paul Hardwick, which earned him a fielding point. Gary Boulton bowled 5.2 overs and took 1 wicket for 48 runs, with a nice catch at long on taken by Luke Watson. With 4 balls spare Guiseley overtook the Steeton target. Guiseley had scored 138 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 22.2 overs. Steeton (4 points) lost to Guiseley (13 points) by 3 wickets.

Craig Walton is my Man-of-the-Match

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8 August 2015 - 2nd XI v Ilkley (A) - Won by 5 wickets (19-6)

Ilkley 221 a/o in 48.5 overs

Steeton 222-5 in 39.1 overs

Steeton arrived at Ilkley wanting to put their league season back on track, having lost their previous 3 league matches. Steeton lost the toss & Ilkley chose to bat first. Ilkley raced to 67 runs in 10 overs before losing their first wicket with an excellent catch taken by keeper Craig Walton off the bowling of leg-spinner Andrew Luxton (1-34). Gary Boulton (1-71) nipped out the next wicket with an good catch at backward point by Mark Chapman, but Ilkley still looked on course for a score well in excess of 300 runs! Pick of the Steeton bowling was Luke Watson, who collected 4 wickets for 38 runs from 14 over with a 2nd catch taken by Mark Chapman on the long-off boundary & a smart stumping by keeper Craig Walton. There were 2 direct hit run-outs: the first by Mark Chapman & the second by Hayden Tennant. With 2 catches & a run out Mark Chapman definitely earned his fielding point. The final 2 wickets were clean bowled by Paul Hardwick (2-33 from 9.5 overs). Ilkley’s run charge had been stopped in its tracks by Steeton, and they were all out for 221 runs in 48.5 overs. 5 bowling points for Steeton & 4 batting points for Ilkley.

Steeton’s reply also started at a brisk tempo, led by opener Hayden Tennant, who scored 31 runs from 25 deliveries with 5 boundaries, but when he was given out LBW, Steeton were 54 runs for 3 wickets in the 9th over. Skipper Craig Walton scored a magnificent unbeaten century…his 103* runs not out came from 87 deliveries with 1 six & 15 fours. Craig shared a 119-run 4th wicket partnership with Andrew Luxton, who contributed 44 runs from 83 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Steeton scored 222 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 39.1 overs for a comfortable victory with almost 12 overs spare. Steeton (19 points) beat Ilkley (6 points) by 5 wickets.

Craig Walton is my Man-of-the-Match

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15 August 2015 - 2nd XI v North Leeds (H) - Lost by 57 runs

North Leeds 199 a/o in 49.5 overs

Steeton 142 a/o in 46 overs

Steeton won the toss and chose to bowl first on a moist track at Summerhill Lane following heavy overnight rain…in the hope that the track would be easier once it had dried out for the 2nd innings. The North Leeds innings started briskly as they notched-up 40 runs in the first 10 overs…followed by a mid-innings stagnant lull…followed by a frenetic dash for runs at the expense on wickets. Steeton had 2 bowlers who took 5 wickets each: opener Josh Gill took 5 wickets for 39 from 14 overs, with 3 catches taken by keeper Craig Walton; and Luke Watson took 5 wickets for 46 runs from 9.5 overs with excellent catches at long-off by Paul Hardwick & long-on by Bradley Akrigg, which earned him a fielding point. Steeton’s fielding had been good, but it is interesting to speculate how many runs they might have scored in opener J Burnet had not been dropped on nought, as he went on to score 93 runs of North Leeds total. North Leeds were all out for 199 runs in 49.5 overs…5 bowling points for Steeton & 2 batting points for North Leeds.

In reply Steeton were wobbly at 21 runs with 3 wickets down in the 12th over, before a good 38-run 4th wicket partnership between David Robinson (38) & Andrew Luxton (19). David scored his 38 runs from 71 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours, but when he was out Steeton were 81 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the 31st over. Gary Boulton smashed 3 sixes & 5 fours as he score 47 runs from just 29 deliveries. Phil Barrett chipped in with 10 runs before Gary shared a 43-run 9th wicket partnership with Paul Hardwick (2*). North Leeds had taken 4 spectacular catches as well as a first class run-out, and Steeton were all out for 142 runs in 46 overs. Steeton (6 points) lost to North Leeds (18 points) by 57 runs.

Luke Watson & Josh Gill are my joint Steeton Men-of-the-Match

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16 August 2015 - 2nd XI v Guiseley at Horsforth Hall Park in Birtwhistle Cup Final - Won by 7 wickets

Guiseley 198-9 in 45 overs

Steeton 199-3 in 37.4 overs

Let’s just try to put this game into perspective…Steeton have been members of the Airedale-Wharfedale Senior Cricket League since 1954, but it was 42 seasons later in 1996 that they first reached the Birtwhistle cup final. On the previous 5 appearances in the final Steeton had lost Today Steeton CC history was made as we lifted the Birtwhistle cup for the first time!

When Steeton arrived at Horsforth Hall Park to soak-in the atmosphere before the final, the sun was shining, the wicket looked perfect & the outfield lightning fast…this should be a high-scoring encounter. Steeton lost the toss, but it was immaterial as they were asked to field first…Steeton have been at their most successful this season chasing down totals.

Guiseley lost their first wicket with the score on 23 runs clean bowled by opening bowler Paul Hardwick. Paul finished with 2 wicket for 26 runs from 8 over…both clean bowled. David Wynn (2-20) bowled an excellent 8 overs and ripped out the next 2 Guiseley batsmen with a high catch running back at mid-off by Paul Hardwick and a low catch taken by wicket-keeper Oliver Gledhill…Guiseley were 77-3 in the 21st over. Evergreen Gary Boulton (2-49) nipped out Guiseley’s middle order, including their top-scorer J Reed (45) to a well-judged low catch at point by Phil Barrett. Skipper Craig Walton (1-29) bowled 9 excellent overs, and had the dangerous Steve Dickinson caught out in the deep by a diving Andrew Luxton. Guiseley’s skipper Nick Fraser departed to a bizarre run-out…Josh Gill threw in from the fine-leg boundary over the intended recipient keeper Oliver Gledhill and rolled down the track to hit the wickets at the bowler”s end. Nick had been looking for a run from the overthrow and was out of his ground! Josh Gill (1-30) also bowled an great 8 over spell and cleaned bowled Guiseley’s 9th wicket. Guiseley finished with 198 runs for the loss of 9 wicket in their 45 overs. Runs on the board are important to build pressure in a final, but Steeton felt they had contained Guiseley to a below-par total.

Steeton”s reply began nervously…Chris Luxton was not his usual fluent style and after hitting a six & 3 fours all to the mid-wicket boundary he was caught out at point for 18 runs from 23 deliveries. Steeton 37-1 in the 11th over. Opener David Robinson (29) was looking comfortable before he too sent a catch to point. David had scored 29 runs from 46 deliveries with 4 boundaries, and Steeton were 48-2 in the 13th over. Craig Walton (65*) added 35 runs for the 3rd wicket with Andrew Luxton, who contributed 8 runs from facing 14 balls…Andrew hit a great four through the covers, but was clean bowled the very next delivery. Steeton were 83 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in the 20 over when Oliver Gledhill went out to bat with skipper Craig Walton. An ominous indication of what was to come came as Oliver smashed his first delivery to the boundary. Together Craig & Oliver took the game away from Guiseley was they amassed an unbroken 4th wicket partnership of 116 runs in 18 overs…scoring at almost 6½ runs per over! Craig finished with an unbeaten 65* runs scored from 83 deliveries with 10 boundaries: Oliver finished with an unbeaten 66* runs scored from 56 deliveries with 2 sixes & 9 fours. Steeton had scored 199 run for the loss of 3 wickets in 37.4 overs. Steeton emphatically win the Birtwhistle cup by 7  wickets with over 7 overs to spare.

Craig Walton was the Man-of-the-Match

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22 August 2015 - 2nd XI v Adel (A) - Abandoned (6-8)

Steeton 131 a/o in 44.3 overs

Adel 45-4 in 18.5 overs

Stand-in skipper Paul Hardwick lost the toss at Adel and Steeton were asked to bat first. With 3 enforced changes from the selected team Steeton gave debuts for youngsters Harris Rowlett & Tom Meakin (who arrived at Adel expecting to be scoring!) Steeton were indebted to an excellent 65 runs scored by opener David Robinson…as well as some poor catching by Adel! David scored his 65 runs from 92 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. Steeton had progressed to 45 runs in the 17th over before Aatif Modak (9) became Adel Jeff Shires’ first victim. Bowling on a track that was definitely conducive to spin, Jeff Shires ripped through the Steeton middle order as 45-1 soon became 69-7 in the 25th over. When David Robinson was caught & bowled by Jeff Shires he had taken the first 8 Steeton wickets…and finished with 8-24 from 15 overs. It was skipper Paul Hardwick who stopped the collapse as he scored a composed 36 runs from 54 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Debutantes Harris Rowlett scored 4 runs & Tom Meakin scored 1 run not out. On a difficult track Steeton had scored 131 runs all out in 44.3 overs…1 batting point for Steeton & 5 bowling points for Adel.

In reply Steeton had a substitute replacement deputy keeper – Phil Barrett, who had never kept wicket before. Josh Gill clean bowled the first 2 batsmen and finished with 2 wickets for 17 runs from 8 overs. Adel were 27 run for 2 wickets in the 9th over. Skipper Paul Hardwick then took 2 wickets from consecutive deliveries, including a return catch. Paul was unable to complete a hat-trick, but finished with 2 wickets for 18 runs from 7 overs. Thunder & lightning with torrential rain had the final word in this match as the fixture was abandoned after 18.5 overs with Adel 4 wickets down and 45 runs on the board…nicely poised for an interesting finish! Youngster Tom Meakin earned a fielding point & keeper Phil Barrett conceded no byes as Steeton collect 6 points, whereas Adel collect 8 points.

Paul Hardwick & David Robinson are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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29 August 2015 - 2nd XI v Horsforth (H) - Won by 96 runs (20-8)

Steeton 299-8 in 50 overs

Horsforth 203 a/o in 50 overs

Steeton won the toss and chose to bat first in this 3rd meeting between these teams this season. Opener Chris Luxton was in great form as he scored a sparkling century, his 120 runs coming from 93 deliveries with 5 sixes & 15 fours. As Steeton built a formidable total, Chris shared a 144-run 2nd wicket partnership with Matt Price, who contributed 48 runs scored from 63 deliveries with 9 boundaries. Skipper Craig Walton scored his 1,032nd run of the season as he scored 47 runs from just 35 deliveries with 8 boundaries. Steeton’s excellent scoring continued with evergreen Gary Boulton, who hit 2 sixes & 4 fours as he scored 44 runs from just 33 deliveries. Andrew Luxton chipped in with 17 runs as Steeton closed on 299 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 over…5 batting points for Steeton & 4 bowling points for Horsforth.

In reply a great opening spell had Horsforth reeling at 49 runs with 5 wickets down in the 17th over. Pick of the Steeton bowlers was Paul Hardwick with a 5-wicket haul – Paul took 5 wickets for 32 runs from 15 overs with all 5 wickets being clean bowled. Gary Boulton took 3 wickets for 36 runs & skipper Craig Walton took 2 wickets for 31 runs, with a catch by Paul Hardwick. Craig took Horsforth’s 10th wicket with the very last ball of the innings. Harris Rowlett was awarded a fielding point. Horsforth were all out for 203 runs in 50 overs. Steeton (20 points) beat Horsforth (8 points) by 96 runs.

Chris Luxton & Paul Hardwick are my joint Men-of-the-Match

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5 September 2015 - 2nd XI v Bilton (A) - Lost by 5 wickets (4-17)

Steeton 147-9 in 50 overs

Bilton 151-5 in 43.2 overs

With a number of young players, Steeton won the toss and chose to bat first at Bilton. Opener Aatif Modak (18) added 47 runs for the 2nd wicket with David Robinson (22). Aatif faced 34 deliveries for his 18 runs & hit 2 boundaries; and David also faced 34 deliveries for his 22 runs & hit 3 boundaries. 13-year-old Harris Rowlett chipped in with 12 runs and skipper Craig Walton brought his season runs total to 1,062 with 30 more runs from 52 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Gary Boulton’s great season continues with 28 runs from 41 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. On debut 12-year-old Will Luxton scored 2 & youngster Mikey Hofman-Tennant scored an unbeaten 9* runs. Steeton finished with 147 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs.

In reply pick of the Steeton bowlers was James Yeadon, who took 3 wickets for 37 runs from 11 overs with catches taken by young keeper Harris Rowlett, Adil Modak as well as a caught & bowled. Gary Boulton bowled 11 tight overs that only conceded 29 runs as he took a single wicket, with another catch by keeper Harris Rowlett. Hayden Tennant also bowled a miserly 10 overs that conceded just 20 runs as he had a single wicket courtesy of a catch taken by skipper Craig Walton. With 5 wickets down in the 44th over Bilton passed the meagre Steeton target – Bilton scored 151 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 43.2 overs. Steeton (4 points) lost to Bilton (17 points) by 5 wickets.

Gary Boulton is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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12 September 2015 - 2nd XI v New Rover (H) - Won by 7 runs

Steeton 164-5 in 35 overs

New Rover 157-8 in 35 overs

Heavy rain in the morning & early afternoon had made this fixture look very doubtful, but at 2:30pm the rain relented enough to allow the match to start…it had been reduced to a 35 overs per side fixture. Steeton lost the toss were unsurprisingly asked to bat first on a track, which had a striped appearance due to water seeping under the covers. Steeton got off to a poor start losing Chris Luxton (0) with just 2 runs on the board – Chris unable to add to his season’s total of 862 runs! Steeton’s total had progressed to 27 runs in the 11th over when they lost skipper Craig Walton for 17 runs caught out at third man – Craig finished with a season’s total of 1,079 runs. Opener Aatif Modak (25) added 25 runs for the 4th wicket with Hayden Tennant (15) & 34 runs for the 5th wicket with Gary Boulton (32). Aatif was out in the 23rd over with the score on 86 runs for the loss of 4 wickets, having scored 25 runs from 71 deliveries with 1 six & 1 four. Gary Boulton was joined by Phil Barrett (34*) and together they added 27 runs for the 5th wicket, before Gary was bowled for 32 runs scored from 34 deliveries with 4 boundaries…Gary’s season total of runs is 539 runs. Phil went on to add a fabulous unbroken 6th wicket partnership of 51 runs in just 6 overs with Paul Hardwick (23*). Phil top-scored with 34* runs scored from 38 deliveries with 3 boundaries; and Paul scored his 23* runs from 21 deliveries with 1 six & 1 four. Steeton closed on 164 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 35 overs.

In reply Paul Hardwick (2-41 from 10 overs) removed both New Rover openers with the score on 46 runs in the 13th over, courtesy of a sharp slip catch by Phil Barrett, which earned him a fielding point. 14-year old Adil Modak bowled 6 excellent overs with 3 maidens which only conceded 10 runs as he collected 2 wickets, including a confident catch from his own bowling. Gary Boulton needed just 1 wicket to bring his season total of wickets to 50 – to go with his 539 runs & complete a fantastic all-round season…but his first spell of 7 overs was wicketless. Gary bowled one of his worst ever deliveries, but it ‘yorked’ the base of the stumps on the second bounce with just enough force to remove the bails! Gary (1-42 from 10 overs) had taken his 50th wicket of the season. Skipper Craig Walton (1-8) bowled just 1 over…the penultimate over of the innings. Off spinner Hayden Tennant had bowled 7 tight overs, which had only conceded 27 runs with one wicket courtesy of a catch taken at long on by skipper Craig Walton, which earned him a fielding point. Hayden was brought back to bowl the final over with New Rover needing to score 27 runs to pass the Steeton target. Including 2 sixes Hayden’s first 5 deliveries went for 19 runs, but he was rewarded with a stumping by Harris Rowlett from the final delivery of the season. New Rover had scored 157 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 35 overs. Steeton (16 points) beat New Rover (4 points) by 7 runs.

Paul Hardwick is my Man-of-the-Match

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19 April 2015 - 3rd XI v Horsforth (H) - Lost by 1 wicket (9-18)

Steeton 186-7 in 40 overs

Horsforth 187-9 in 37 overs

Anyone who was able to stand the bitterly cold wind was treated to a very competitive cricket match, which unfortunately Steeton lost by a single wicket in the gathering gloom. Asked to bat first Steeton began the season with an excellent 51 run opening partnership between Aatif Modak (28) & skipper Hayden Tennant (53). Hayden scored his 53 runs from 69 deliveries with 1 six & 11 fours, while Aatif scored his 28 runs from 43 deliveries with 5 boundaries. At No3 Mark Chapman (46) continued the excellent scoring with 46 runs coming from just 43 balls with 1 six & 7 fours. Adil Modak added 21 runs from 32 deliveries with 4 fours & Mark Pennington (10*) added good late impetus. Steeton had scored 186 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 40 overs & secured 5 batting points.

In reply the pick of the Steeton bowlers was Thomas Meakin, who collected 4 wickets for 40 runs from his 8 overs with catches taken by Aatif Modak & Mark Pennington. There was a single wicket each for Mark Pennington (1-30); James Yeadon (1-23) courtesy of a catch by keeper Ryan Birch; skipper Hayden Tennant (1-9) giving keeper Ryan Birch his 2nd catch; and Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1-33) courtesy of a catch by his dad Hayden Tennant. A run out by Thomas Meakin got Horsforth 9 wickets down, but in the gathering gloom young Horsforth batsmen were still able to see the ball. Horsforth scored 187 runs with 9 wickets down in 37 overs. Steeton (9 points) lost to Horsforth (18 points) by 1 wicket.

Hayden Tennant is my Man-of-the-Match

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26 April 2015 - 3rd XI v Follifoot (A) - Won by 68 runs (20-5)

Steeton 233-2 in 40 overs

Follifoot 165 a/o in 37.4 overs

Batting first on an excellent track, Steeton certainly enjoyed the sunny weather. A great opening partnership saw Steeton reach 138 runs in 27 overs before losing their first wicket: Aatif Modak bowled for 57 runs made from 92 deliveries with 8 boundaries. His opening partner was skipper Hayden Tennant, who went on to score an excellent 106 runs from 92 deliveries with 14 boundaries, before being well caught driving at mid-off having progressed the total to 177 runs in the 33rd over. With quick late runs required Mark Chapman (35*) & Danny Hanson (29*) added 56 runs in the last 7 overs. Mark scored his unbeaten 35* runs from 33 deliveries with 3 boundaries & Danny scored his unbeaten 29* from 25 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Steeton had scored an impressive 233 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets in their 40 overs: 5 batting points for Steeton – 1 bowling point for Follifoot.

In reply Follifoot had progressed to 47 runs in the 13th over before losing their first wicket to an unnecessary run out with a smart pick-up & throw by Mark Pennington to Thomas Meakin to catch & remove the bails. Young leg-spinner Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1-46) took the next wicket with a sharp catch by keeper Ryan Birch. An excellent bowling spell by Thomas Meakin (2-35) was rewarded with 2 wickets: the first clean bowled & the second well caught by Mark Pennington. Aatif Modak (2-20) also collected 2 wickets: the first clean bowled & the second courtesy of a smart stumping by keeper Ryan Birch. Not to be outdone, Aatif’s brother Adil Modak (2-7) also took 2 wickets with an LBW & a second catch for keeper Ryan Birch. Adil Modak also had an excellent pick-up & throw for keeper Ryan Birch to catch & remove the bails & run out another batsman. The final wicket was clean bowled by Mark Pennington (1-24). Adil Modak & Mark Pennington were awarded fielding points. Follifoot had scored 165 runs all out in 37.4 overs. Steeton (20 points) beat Follifoot (5 points) by 68 runs.

Hayden Tennant is my Man-of-the-Match

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10 May 2015 - 3rd XI v Ilkley (H) in Chappell Cup - Won by 4 wickets

Ilkley 191-8 in 40 overs

Steeton 193-6 in 39 overs

Our 3rd XI salvaged some pride for the Club this weekend as they progressed successfully to the next round of the Ian Chappell Cup. A confusion over the official start time meant James Yeadon missed the first 4 overs of the match, but with his first touch of the ball he picked-up and threw down the stumps to run-out the first Ilkley batsman…and when given the ball he dived to his right to take a spectacular one-handed catch to dismissed the second Ilkley batsman with their score on 38 runs in the 11th over. James finished with 1 wicket for 21 runs from his 8 overs…and was so irrepressible that when when a catch went to point from the bowling of Mark Pennington (1-17) it could only be one man there waiting to take the catch – James Yeadon! James rightly earned himself a fielding point. Ilkley were progressing well, and looked likely to register as many as 250 runs, until the introduction of skipper Hayden Tennant into the bowling attack. Hayden’s off-spinners earned him 5 wickets for just 22 runs from his 7 overs, with 2 catches by Mark Pennington (earning him a fielding point) & a sharp return catch to remove Ilkley’s top-scorer, Yates (96). With 8 wickets tumbling Ilkley’s runaway innings had been curtailed to a formidable 191 runs in their 40 overs.

In reply skipper Hayden Tennant was also in great form with the bat…although it must be said he prospered from some very poor Ilkley catching. Hayden scored his second successive century – his 109 runs coming from 90 deliveries with 3 sixes & 15 fours before being run-out. Hayden shared an 81-run opening partnership with youngster Adil Modak, who contributed 23 runs from 64 deliveries with 2 boundaries. Hayden went on to add 89-runs for the 2nd wicket with Mark Chapman, who contributed 32 runs from 41 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. When Mark was the 3rd batsman out the score was 182 runs and Steeton needed to score just 12 runs in 4 overs for victory. Steeton managed to lose 3 wickets adding those remaining runs – Phil Barrett (15*) & Danny Hanson (4*) seeing us safely home with 1 over to spare. Steeton had scored 193 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 39 overs, to win by 4 wickets. They progress to the quarter finals of the Ian Chappell Cup, where they will travel to Horsforth on 21st June.

Hayden Tennant is my Man-of-the-Match


24 May 2015 - 3rd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale (H) - Lost by 2 runs (7-20)

Burley-in-Wharfedale 212-5 in 40 overs

Steeton 210 a/o in 40 overs

Our 3rd XI finished 210 all out off the last ball of their 40 overs…a tantalising 2 runs short of the Burley target.Burley’s strong batting had scored freely in the early overs, with young leg-spinner Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1-36) making the breakthrough with a catch taken by his father skipper Hayden Tennant. Oliver Myers’ (1-22) lively pace earned him a single wicket in a tight spell of 8 overs that cost 22 runs. Once again it was the introduction of off-spinner skipper Hayden Tennant (3-42) when wickets began to tumble. Hayden collected 3 wicket for 42 runs from 6 overs with 2 catches taken by Mark Chapman & a return catch from his own bowling. Mark Chapman & James Yeadon were awarded fielding points. Burley closed with an impressive 212 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 40 overs. 2 bowling points for Steeton…and 5 batting points for Burley.

In reply Steeton’s 25-run opening partnership was broken when Aatif Modak (11) was clean bowled. Aatif’s opening partner was skipper Hayden Tennant (85) who went on to add a further 121 runs for the 2nd wicket partnership with Mark Chapman (55). In-form Hayden Tennant scored 85 runs from 83 deliveries with 2 sixes & 13 fours; and Mark Chapman scored 55 runs from 81 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. Bradley Akrigg scored 27 runs from 28 deliveries with 5 boundaries, but had to watch as a procession of batsmen were out at the other end. Bradley was out with Steeton on 199 runs with 7 wickets down. Late resistance came from James Yeadon (11), but Steeton lost their last 3 wickets with the score on 210 runs…on the brink of what would have been a remarkable victory. It was an incredible finish to a great game, but unfortunately we just fell the wrong side of the result. Steeton (7 points) had scored 210 runs all out losing their last wicket on the last delivery of the day, and had lost by the tiny margin of 2 runs to a relieved Burley (20 points).

Hayden Tennant is my Man-of-the Match

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31 May 2015 - 3rd XI v Adel (A) - Lost by 124 runs (4-20)

Adel 193-9 in 40 overs

Steeton 69 a/o in 35.4 overs

Our 3rd XI were unable to redeem a poor weekend for the Club. Batting first Adel scored 193-9 in their 40 overs. Mark Pennington (2-27) removed both of the Adel opening batsmen, courtesy of a catch taken by Aatif Modak. Pick of the bowlers was James Yeadon who took 4 wickets for 22 runs from his 8 overs, with 2 catches taken by keeper Ryan Birch & single catches taken by Nick Brown & Oliver Myers. Skipper Hayden Tennant (1-36) chipped in with a wicket caught by Bradley Akrigg & Oliver Myers (2-26) took 2 wickets, courtesy of a stumping & a third catch for keeper Ryan Birch. 4 bowling points for Steeton & 5 batting points for Adel.

In reply Steeton’s experienced top 4 batsmen were all removed cheaply with the score on 27 runs in the 14th over. A 25-run 5th wicket partnership between Mark Pennington (11) & Ryan Birch (21) brought some hope of a revival. Ryan top-scored with his 31 runs coming from 50 deliveries with 3 boundaries. When Ryan was out Steeton were 61 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the 27th over. Steeton’s last 4 batsmen were only able to add a further 8 runs. Steeton were all out for 69 runs in 35.4 overs. Steeton (4 points) lost by 124 runs to Adel (20 points)

Ryan Birch is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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14 June 2015 - 3rd XI v Green Lane (A) - Abandoned (3-3)

Steeton 3pt

Green Lane 3pt

Our 3rd XI’s match at Green Lane was called off by the umpires at 2:45pm (¼ hour after the scheduled start time) due to a waterlogged pitch. No play was possible & both sides collect 3 points.


21 June 2015 - 3rd XI v Horsforth (A) in Chappell Cup - Won by 8 wickets

Horsforth 71 a/o in 27 overs

Steeton 73-2 in 21.1 overs

Batting first the as yet unbeaten Horsforth side were unable to set a competitive total and were bowled all out for just 71 runs in 27 overs. Opening bowler Mark Pennington took 2 wickets for 13 runs from 5 overs, with a catch taken by keeper Ryan Birch. Skipper Hayden Tennant bowled 3 overs that only conceded 4 runs as he took 1 wicket with a caught & bowled. Oliver Myers (3-16 from 7 overs) had 3 catches taken from his bowling by Adil Modak, Mikey Hofman-Tennant along with a 2nd catch for keeper Ryan Birch. Adil Modak & Mikey Hofman-Tennant were awarded the fielding points. Young leg-spinner Mikey Hofman-Tennant also took 3 wicket for 27 runs from 8 overs, courtesy of a catch by James Yeadon and a 3rd catch for keeper Ryan Birch. The final wicket was run out by Ryan Birch as Horsforth set the meagre target of 71 runs.

In reply Steeton opened the batting with with brothers Aatif & Adil Modak. The Modaks took Steeton’s score to 29 runs before Adil was caught for 13 runs scored from 38 deliveries. Aatif went on to add 17 runs for the 2nd wicket with Bradley Akrigg (8); before an unbroken 3rd wicket partnership of 27 runs with Ryan Birch, who contributed an unbeaten 14* runs scored from just 12 deliveries. Opener Aatif ‘carried his bat’ as he top-scored with an unbeaten 35* runs scored from 71 deliveries. Steeton had scored 73 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 21.1 overs. The average age of the 4 Steeton batters was just 15½! Steeton beat Horsforth by 8 wickets and progress smoothly into the semi-final stage of the Ian Chappell Cup, where they will meet Adel at home on 2nd August.

Ryan Birch is my Man-of-the-Match

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5 July 2015 - 3rd XI v Ilkley (H) - Drawn (9-8)

Ilkley 164-8 in 40 overs

Steeton 108-3 in 26 overs

Batting first Ilkley’s opening partnership was broken with the score on 33 runs in the 8th over by opening bowler Thomas Meakin (1-38) with a remarkable catch taken one-handedly by Bradley Akrigg as he ran backwards at mid-off. Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1-29) took the 2nd wicket with the score on 88 runs in the 19th over with a well-judged catch taken by Adil Modak. Adil was awarded 2 fielding points. After 25 overs what had been a lovely sunny day was suddenly turned into squally torrential rain with Ilkley on 109 runs with 2 wickets down. Tea was taken early & the rain looked ‘set-in’, but then it cleared up into a sunny evening just as quickly as it had begun. 14 overs had been lost from the match. On resumption Ilkley’s middle order was ripped out by James Yeadon (2-29) & Mark Pennington (2-25) with a catch taken by skipper Hayden Tennant. At the point where Ilkley should have declared to make this into a 33-overs per side match they were on 138 runs with 6 wickets down…they took the decision to continue batting their full 40 overs. Skipper Hayden Tennant came on to bowl and took a further 2 wickets for 11 runs from 4 overs. Ilkley had scored 164 runs for the loss of 8 wickets from their 40 overs…4 bowling points for Steeton & 4 batting points for Ilkley.

In reply Steeton had been given just 26 overs to try to score what Ilkley had done in 40 overs. Steeton had lost 3 wickets with the score on 28 runs in the 8th over and any thoughts of a heroic runfest vanished. The ‘non-declaration’ had condemned this to a boring non-entity of a match with teams merely playing for bonus points. Mark Chapman scored an excellent 52* runs from 77 deliveries with 7 fours and shared an unbroken 4th wicket partnership of 80 runs with Adil Modak. Adil contributed 27* runs scored from 50 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Steeton closed on 108 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in their 26 overs…confident that they would have knocked off target of 164 runs if they had also had their full quota of 40 overs. Steeton collect 2 batting points, while Ilkley collect just 1 bowling point. Steeton (9 points) drew with Ilkley (8 points).

Mark Chapman is my Man-of-the-Match


12 July 2015 - 3rd XI v Rawdon (A) - Lost by 3 wickets (7-18)

Steeton 159-9 in 40 overs

Rawdon 165-7 in 38.3 overs

Batting first at Rawdon father & son Hayden Tennant & Mikey Hofman-Tennant opened the batting for Steeton. A steady 37-run opening partnership was broken when Mikey departed for 6 runs. Hayden Tennant (50) went on to share another 37-run partnership for the 2nd wicket with Mark Chapman (29). Hayden scored his 50 runs from 67 deliveries with 10 boundaries & Mark scored his 29 runs from 45 deliveries with 5 boundaries…both were out LBW. When Hayden was out with the score on 74 runs in the 20th over, Mark watched as the middle order crumbled to 85 runs with 5 wickets down. Ryan Birch was in belligerent mood as he smashed 1 six & 7 fours as he faced just 35 balls to score 40 runs. Mark Pennington scored 18* runs not out as Steeton closed with 159 runs for the loss of 9 wickets from their 40 overs…4 batting points for Steeton & 4 bowling points for Rawdon.

In reply another father & son led the attack with Ben Yeadon (1-14) breaking the opening partnership & father James Yeadon reducing Rawdon to 42 runs with 2 wickets down in the 16th over, with an excellent catch on the mid-wicket boundary by Oliver Myers. James Yeadon was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets for 21 runs from 7 overs. Young leg-spinner Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1-31) took a single wicket well caught by Bradley Akrigg. In the middle order Rawdon lost 2 wickets to run-outs: Bradley Akrigg throwing to keeper Ryan Birch for the first run-out & James Yeadon also throwing in to Ryan Birch for the second. With the required scoring rate briefly reaching 7 runs per over, it began raining sixes from the late order batsmen’s bats and Rawdon passed the Steeton target with 9 balls spare. Rawdon had scored 165 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 38.3 overs. Steeton (7 points) lost to Rawdon (18 points) by 3 wickets.

Hayden Tennant is my Man-of-the-Match

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26 July 2015 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (A) - Abandoned (3-3)

Steeton 3pt

Guiseley 3pt

No play was possible due to persistent rain. Both sides collect 3 points


2 August 2015 - 3rd XI v Adel (H) in Chappell Cup - Won by 83 runs

Steeton 244-6 in 40 overs

Adel 161 a/o in 34.3 overs

Playing one of the most important games of the season did not start well for Steeton’s skipper, who spent much of the morning struggling to get a full team together. 68 year old Phil Akrigg & 51 year old Graham Harrison were drafted in at the last minute – Phil has over 1,000 wickets in his career, including 64 5-wicket hauls & Graham Harrison has over 7,000 runs, including 301 sixes…so not too bad replacements! Batting first Steeton lost skipper Hayden Tennant (12) in the 11th over with the total on 43 runs for 2 wickets. 13-year-old Harris Rowlett scored a very composed 23 runs from 25 deliveries with 4 boundaries, but when the experienced Mark Chapman departed cheaply Steeton were 72 runs with 4 wickets down in the 17th over. Steeton have often relied on the experience of either Hayden Tennant or Mark Chapman to make the bulk of their runs…but perhaps it is now time to rely more on Steeton youth. It was very enjoyable watching juniors Bradley Akrigg (50) & Ryan Birch (107*) amassing a sparkling 103-run 5th wicket partnership in 15 overs. Bradley scored his maiden half-century from 54 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours; and Ryan scored an amazing unbeaten maiden century…his 107* runs coming from just 67 deliveries with 5 sixes & 9 fours. Ryan added 22 runs for the 6th wicket with Mark Pennington (6), followed by an unbroken 47-run 7th wicket partnership with Graham Harrison, who contributed 18* runs not out from 12 deliveries with 1 four & 1 six to add to his career tally. Steeton had scored 244 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 40 overs…Adel would need to score at over 6 runs per over to threaten the formidable Steeton target.

In reply Adel had reached 52 runs in the 15th over before Oliver Myers made the initial breakthrough…Oliver finished with 3 wickets for 37 runs from 8 overs with a great low catch taken by keeper Ryan Birch & a return catch from his own bowling. The 2nd breakthrough came from a direct-hit run out by Bradley Akrigg, before Adel lost 3 wickets during a single over by skipper Hayden Tennant. Hayden began with a hard-driven return catch, before a 2nd suicidal run out performed by Nick Brown picking up smartly to throw in for Hayden to remove the bails…and finally Hayden clean bowled the next batsman. Hayden finished with 3 wickets for 24 runs from 5 overs. Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1-48) collected a single wicket with a stumping by keeper Ryan Birch, and Adel’s final wicket fell to Mark Pennington (1-12) with a comfortable catch pouched by Graham Harrison. Fielding points were awarded to Mark Pennington & Nick Brown. Adel never really managed to challenge the Steeton total, and were all out for 161 runs in 34.3 overs. Steeton won by 83 runs & are through to the Ian Chappell cup final, where they will meet Burley-in-Wharfedale at Green Lane on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August.

Ryan Birch is my Man-of-the-Match


16 August 2015 - 3rd XI v North Leeds (H) - Won by 6 wickets (17-7)

North Leeds 168-7 in 40 overs

Steeton 169-6 in 39.1 overs

On Saturday both our 1st XI & 2nd XI had lost against North Leeds, so it was down to our 3rd XI to try to prevent a North Leeds whitewash this weekend! This match was started at 11am so that the players could get to Hall Park to support our 2nd XI in the Birtwhistle cup final. Batting first North Leeds scored 168 runs for 7 wickets in their 40 overs. Opening bowler Mark Pennington (2-24) nipped out the first 2 wickets, courtesy of a catch taken by keeper Ryan Birch. There was also a brace of wickets for off-spinning skipper Hayden Tennant (2-11) with a catch by James Yeadon; and youngster Adil Modak (2-10) with a catch taken by Hayden. The other wicket fell to James Yeadon (1-40). Steeton collect 3 bowling points, while North Leeds have 4 batting points.

In reply the bulk of Steeton’s runs came from the experienced pairing of opener Hayden Tennant (61) & Mark Chapman (60), who added 119 runs for the 2nd wicket partnership. Adil Modak chipped in with 12 runs, but in a tense finish it came down to youngsters Mikey Hofman Tennant (5*) & Tom Meakin (7*) to scramble the winning runs in the final over. Steeton had scored 169 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 39.1 overs. Steeton (17 points) beat North Leeds (7 points) by 4 wickets.

Hayden Tennant is my Man-of-the-Match

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23 August 2015 - 3rd XI v Otley (A) - Lost by 4 wickets (5-17)

Steeton 122 a/o in 36.4 overs

Otley 123-6 in 24.3 overs

Batting first Steeton had reached 32 runs in the 10th over before losing opener Aatif Modak for 11 runs. Aatif’s opening partner was skipper Hayden Tennant, who went on to score 24 runs from 42 deliveries with 2 boundaries. Adil Modak (24) shared an excellent 45-run 4th wicket partnership with top-scorer Bradley Akrigg. Adil scored his 24 runs from 43 deliveries with 2 boundaries & Bradley scored his 28 runs from 49 deliveries with 3 boundaries. With no other batsmen managing double figures, Steeton were all out for 122 runs in 36.4 overs.

In reply Otley looked to score quickly as the forecast was for heavy rain later. Opening bowler Mark Pennington finished with 1 wicket for a frugal 11 runs from his 8 overs, with a catch taken by keeper Ryan Birch. Skipper Hayden Tennant had the best bowling return with 2 wickets for 12 runs from 3 overs. There was a single wicket each for Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1-32) with a catch taken by Tom Meakin, which earned Tom a fielding point; Tom Meakin (1-27) took the wicket of Otley’s top-scorer Mullens (40) courtesy of a great reaction catch by Mark Chapman, which earned Mark a fielding point. The other wicket fell to Ben Yeadon (1-16) with a catch taken by his father James Yeadon. After 24.3 overs Otley passed the Steeton target as they closed on 123 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Steeton (5 points) lost to Otley (17 points) by 4 wickets.

Hayden Tennant is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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30 August 2015 - 3rd XI v Knaresborough (H) - Lost by 1 wicket (7-19)

Steeton 148 a/o in 39.3 overs

Knaresborough 153-9 in 39 overs

Batting first skipper Hayden Tennant got Steeton off to a good start with 36 runs scored from 39 deliveries with 7 boundaries, but when he departed Steeton had slumped to 51 runs with 4 wickets down in the 15th over. Bradley Akrigg scored an excellent 25 runs from 28 deliveries, including 1 six & 3 fours. Bradley added 32 runs for the 5th wicket, but when he departed Steeton were 90 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the 24th over. Coming in at No9 youngster Tom Meakin scored a career-best 32 runs from 49 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Tom shared a good 32-run 8th wicket partnership with Mikey Hofman-Tennant (13) followed by a 19-run 9th wicket partnership with Oliver Myers (4). In the last over Steeton were all out for 148 runs in 39.3 overs…3 batting points for Steeton, but 5 bowling points for Knaresborough.

In reply Steeton had Knaresborough reeling at 19 with 2 wickets down in the 5th overs with a wicket for Tom Meakin (1-33) caught by Aatif Modak, as well as a run out by Tom. Skipper Hayden Tennant clean bowled 3 batsmen and finished with great figures of 3 wickets for 14 runs from 5 overs. Mark Pennington (1-15) bowled 8 frugal overs – finishing with a wicket maiden an a catch from his own bowling. Oliver Myers (1-26) chipped in with a single wicket & leg-spinner Mikey Hofman-Tennant (2-27) took 2 wickets with catches by Adil Modak & James Yeadon. As the game closed in on a nail-biting finale, Knaresborough passed the Steeton target with 1 over & 1 wicket remaining. Knaresborough had scored 153 runs for the loss of 9 wicket in 39 overs. Steeton (7 points) lost to Knaresborough (19 points) by 1 wicket.

Hayden Tennant is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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31 August 2015 - 3rd XI v Burley-in-Wharfedale at Green Lane in Chappell Cup final - Lost by 9 wickets

Steeton 149-6 in 40 overs

Burley-in-Wharfedale 153-1 in 32 overs

In 2003 Steeton fielded a 3rd XI for the first time and in the past 12 years they have reached the Chappell Cup final on 2 previous occasions in 2004 & 2006. After a 9 year absence Steeton were back again! The weather was much better than had been forecast, but was a light drizzle, which was due to clear-up around 4pm. The toss was important as batting second would be easier with drier conditions making the outfield faster & wicket truer…unfortunately Steeton lost the toss and were asked to bat first. For Steeton the damp wicket was livelier & the wet outfield sapped the pace off the ball making boundaries hard to reach.

Skipper Hayden Tennant opened the innings and scored a good 37 runs from 56 deliveries with 3 boundaries, before being caught out at mid-off. Hayden had an opening partnership of 43 runs in 15 overs with Aatif Modak, who contributed 18 runs from 44 deliveries with 2 boundaries before he was caught & bowled. Mark Chapman added 16 runs from 33 deliveries with 1 boundary before he was well caught out at mid-off & Adil Modak chipped-in with 8 runs from 28 balls faced before he too was caught & bowled. Steeton were 83 runs for 4 wickets in the 28th over when Ryan Birch (42*) came in to join Bradley Akrigg (22) & together they added 43 runs for the 5th wicket in 9 overs. Bradley scored his 22 runs from 31 deliveries with 2 sixes before becoming the 3rd batsman caught & bowled; and Ryan top-scored with his unbeaten 42* runs coming from 44 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Mark Pennington (1) was run out getting Ryan Birch back on strike & Mikey Hofman-Tennant scored 1 run not out. In their 40 overs Steeton had scored 149 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.

Burley’s reply coincided with better weather…and they made excellent use of the favourable conditions. Steeton had chances to break the opening partnership, but it was Oliver Myers (1-21) who made the only break-through with a skied catch safely pouched by keeper Ryan Birch. Burley’s opening partnership had been 114 runs in 24 overs. Burley’s skipper Nick Day (93*) was quite-rightly chosen as man-of-the-match as he saw Burley pass the Steeton target with 9 wickets and 8 overs to spare. A Burley-in-Wharfedale side with 8 juniors had scored 153 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket in 32 overs. Steeton had been well beaten by a 9-wicket margin & in the Ian Chappell cup they slip-up for the 3rd time at the final hurdle…and must settle for runners-up medals.

Ryan Birch is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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6 September 2015 - 3rd XI v Olicanian (H) - Lost by 64 runs (5-19)

Olicanian 170-7 in 40 overs

Steeton 106 a/0 in 37.3 overs

Batting first Olicanian had progressed to 34 runs in the 9th over before skipper Mark Pennington (1-20) made the initial breakthrough with a catch taken by keeper Ryan Birch. At 68 years of age the ‘legend’ that is Phil Akrigg (2-23 from 8 overs) took the next 2 wickets with catches taken by Mark Chapman & a 2nd catch for keeper Ryan Birch. Rarely if ever has there been a greater difference in ages on the same team, but at 56 years younger it was 12-year-old Will Luxton on debut who secured the best figures with 3 wickets for 15 runs from 5 overs, with a catch by Aatif Modak, a 3rd catch by keeper Ryan Birch & also a stumping by Ryan. A run out by Bradley Akrigg was the only other wicket as Olicanian closed on 170 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 40 overs

In reply Steeton opened with the Modak brothers: Aatif & Adil. Adil came out on top with 26 runs, although Aatif had scored 9 runs from a 10-run opening partnership. Adil scored his 26 runs from 72 deliveries with 4 boundaries. In the middle order juniors Bradley Akrigg (23) & Ryan Birch (20) scored useful runs. Bradley scored his 23 runs from 48 deliveries with 3 fours; and Ryan scored his 20 runs from 21 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. No other batsmen were able to make a noteworthy contribution and so Steeton were all out for 106 runs in 37.3 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Olicanian (19 points) by 64 runs.

Ryan Birch is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match

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13 September 2015 - 3rd XI v Bilton (A) - Won by 6 wickets (17-6)

Bilton 107 a/o in 38.4 overs

Steeton 108-4 in 40.1 overs

Batting first Bilton lost wickets regularly, with the wickets shared out. Ben Yeadon bowled 7 excellent overs which only conceded 9 runs and was rewarded with a single wicket caught behind by keeper Ryan Birch. Adil Modak (2-19 from 5 overs) clean bowled 2 batsmen. Oliver Myers (2-12 from 5 overs) collected 2 wickets including another catch by keeper Ryan Birch. Steeton had young leg-spinners bowling in tandem: 14-year-old Mikey Hofman-Tennant took 2 wickets for 29 runs from 8 overs, with a catch safely pouched by mark Chapman; and 12-year-old Will Luxton also took 2 wicket for 22 runs from 6 overs, with a 2nd catch pouched by Mark Chapman, as well as ‘Shane-Warne-like’ delivery which turned sharply to clean bowl a bamboozled batsmen around his legs. Bradley Akrigg (1-9) needed just 10 deliveries to clean bowl the final batsmen. Oliver Myers was awarded 2 fielding points. Bilton were all out for 107 runs in 38.4 overs…5 bowling points for Steeton & 2 batting points for Bilton.

In reply Steeton’s innings was held together by 12-year-old Will Luxton, who top-scored with 31 runs scored from 123 deliveries with 1 boundary. Will was unfortunately caught out driving into the covers with just 3 runs required for victory. Will’s opening partner was Aatif Modak (0*) who retired injured having been hit on the hand by a ‘beamer’. Will shared a 35-run partnership with James Yeadon, who had been promoted to bat at No3, and rewarded that confidence with 27 runs scored from 33 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Will went on to share a 37-run 2nd wicket partnership with Mark Chapman, who contributed 26 runs from 37 deliveries with 2 boundaries. After Will’s late departure it was left to Ryan Birch (6*) to hit the winning runs from the first ball of the 41st over. Steeton had scored 108 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 40.1 overs. Steeton (17 points) beat Bilton (4 points) by 6 wickets.

Will Luxton is my Man-of-the-Match

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