This Week’s Matches:-
19th June 2021 – 1st XI v Green Lane (A)
Steeton travelled to Nunroyd Park on a sunny day and when skipper Gary Boulton won the toss he confidently decided to bat first. Steeton were disappointing in their batting with no-one prepared to graft hard for runs. Opening batsman James Robinson top-scored with 39 runs scored from 60 deliveries with 1 six & 4 fours. Unfortunately only 2 other batsmen managed double figures: Stephen Pearson (13) & Luke Watson (12). Steeton were all out for a depressingly low 110 runs all out in 39.5 overs.
In reply Green Lane chased down the meagre Steeton target with gusto, but not before Steeton did manage to take a couple of wickets. The first wicket fell to skipper Gary Boulton (1-13) with a catch taken by Harris Rowlett. The second wicket fell to spinner Aatif Modak (1-25) courtesy of a stumping by keeper John Akrigg. Cameron Knowles was awarded a fielding point, as Green Lane scored 111 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in just 14.2 overs. Steeton (1 points) lost to Green Lane (19 points) by 8 wickets.
James Robinson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
19th June 2021 – 2nd XI v Calverley St Wilfrid’s (H)
Steeton were expecting a tough match as before this match we were 3rd in the division and Calverley were 4th. Steeton skipper Paul Hardwick won the toss and asked Calverley to bat first on a sunny day at Summerhill Lane. The Calverley innings was topped and tailed by David Wynn, who had the opening wicket caught by skipper Paul Hardwick and then finished off the tail with 2 caught & bowleds. David bowled 10.5 overs and finished with 3 wickets for 31 runs. Wilf Roberts bowled a sublime spell and was rewarded with 2 wickets for 24 runs from 7 overs, including a very fine edge through to keeper Max Roberts which the batsman very sportingly ‘walked’ for. The Hardwick brothers did the remainder of the damage: skipper Paul clean bowled 2 batsmen in an 11-over spell that only conceded 32 runs; and brother Adam took 3 wickets for 27 runs from 7 overs with a looped catch safely pouched at slip by Will Smith and a catch on the long-on boundary which Simon Cox made look nonchalantly easy. Archie Smith was awarded a fielding point, as Calverley St Wilfrid’s were bowled all out for a below par 151 runs in 42.5 overs.
In reply Steeton were again masterful…and ruthless on anything loose. Steeton passed the 100-run opening stand without loss in the 16th over. Simon Cox was the only batsman to fall after scoring 32 runs from 44 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours. Simon shared a 105-run opening stand with Will Smith, who carried his bat through the innings. Will finished with a super 61* scored from 77 deliveries with 5 sixes and 6 fours. Will also went on to share an unbroken match-winning 47-run 2nd wicket partnership with Wilf Roberts, who contributed an unbeaten 16* runs scored from 28 balls faced with 2 boundaries. Steeton scored 152 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in 24.3 overs. Steeton (20 points) beat Calverley St Wilfrid’s (3 points) by 9 wickets. As a result of this match Steeton went from 3rd place in the division into 2nd place, whereas Calverley went down from 4th place to 6th.
Will Smith is my Man-of-the-Match
20th June 2021 – 1st XI v Skipton (A)
Steeton’s match against Skipton has been postponed until 18th July