11th September 2021 – 1st XI v Adel (A)
Steeton travelled to Adel’s Church Lane ground with their relegation worries slightly eased following good results last weekend, but still wary that if they did not perform today then either of the sides below them could still leapfrog them. Before this match Adel were 4th from the bottom and Steeton 3rd from the bottom. Skipper Gary Boulton and veteran John Akrigg have both declared this to be their final 1st XI match and wanted to leave in style! As skipper Gary won his final coin toss, he asked Adel to bat first. Steeton’s opening bowlers tore into the Adel top-order and quickly reduced them to 33 runs with 6 wickets down. Chief destroyer was Stephen Pearson, who finished with 3 wickets for 45 runs from 14 overs, including a return catch from his own bowling. His opening partner was Ewan Johnston who bowled 11 tight overs that only conceded 14 runs and took a single wicket. Skipper Gary Boulton brought himself on to bowl and took a wicket with his very first delivery, and finished with commendable figures of 4 wickets for 16 runs from his 8 overs, with two catches taken by keeper John Akrigg as well as catches by Adam Hardwick & Aatif Modak. Both Adam & Aatif were awarded fielding points. The final 2 wickets were collected by off-spinner Adam Hardwick, who took 2 wickets for 19 runs from 9.3 overs, including a smart take down the leg-side by keeper John Akrigg. Adel had been demolished for a below-par 104 runs all out in 42.3 overs.
In reply Steeton’s innings was anchored by opener Simon Cox, who played a traditional opener’s innings and faced 82 deliveries to score a steadfast 22* runs not out with 2 boundaries. With a solid batter at one end playing the ‘Boycott’ role a Steeton collapse was unlikely to happen and would allow his partners to bat more flamboyantly…but the runs would inevitably lead to Steeton victory. Simon shared an 52-run opening partnership with James Robinson, who top-scored with 37 runs scored from just 27 deliveries with 7 boundaries. Simon then shared a 24-run 3rd wicket partnership with Matt Nutter, who contributed the major proportion of the runs with 19 runs from just 9 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. As the Adel target approached Simon shared a match-winning 28-run unbroken 4th wicket stand with Chris Wademan, who contributed 19* runs not out from 20 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. Steeton had scored 107 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 24.5 overs. Steeton (19 points) beat Adel (1 point) by 7 wickets. Steeton’s Great Escape was complete and they leapfrogged 2 teams (including Adel) to finished a credit-worthy 8th in the division. A good season and a great final match celebration went late into the evening.
Gary Boulton is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match
11th September 2021 – 2nd XI v Addingham (H)
Steeton entertained Addingham at Summerhill Lane for the last match of this season. Neither side really had anything to play for (neither sides would be promoted nor relegated), except Steeton wanted to remove the scars from a poor performance in the away fixture earlier in the season. Skipper Paul Hardwick won the toss and asked Addingham to bat first. An obdurate opening partnership was finally broken by David Wynn, who finished the season with excellent figures of 3 wickets for 20 runs from 13 overs with a catch and a stumping by Max Hibbert as well as a good catch at square-leg by Nathan Joseph, which earned him a fielding point (and a share of the club’s fielding trophy). A further fielding point went to Jake Hill, who had some excellent stops in the covers. The best bowling figures, however went to Bradley Akrigg, who took his first wicket of the season with only his 2nd delivery. Bradley finished with an excellent 4 wickets for 24 runs from 9.4 overs…and will ache tomorrow. Bradley had 2 catches from edges taken by keeper Max Hibbert and by Phil Barrett in the slips. Off-spinner James Nowell took 2 wickets for 27 runs with a comfortable catch taken Bradley Akrigg and a single-handed grab at backward point by David Wynn. Jake Hill (1-29) bowled well and was rewarded by a single wicket clean-bowled. Addingham had been dismissed all out for 127 runs in 37.4 overs.
In reply Steeton sent out the experienced pairing of Robert Wynn & Alex Howarth…115 years of experience with over 15,000 Steeton runs and 5 centuries between them. This opening duo quickly took away any hopes Addingham may have had in this match. Alex Howarth took the lead as he crashed 3 sixes & 14 fours in a score of 81 runs from just 61 deliveries before being the first man out caught behind. The opening partnership was 112 runs in the 17th over, leaving Steeton only needing a further 16 runs for victory! After Bradley Akrigg (6*) smashed a big six to complete the impressive victory, Robert Wynn came off to warm applause having ‘carried his bat’ with an unbeaten 34* runs scored from 59 deliveries with 7 boundaries. Steeton had their revenge as they scored 128 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 23.2 overs. Steeton (20 points) beat Addingham (3 points) by 7 wickets. Steeton finish the season in an impressive 4th place in the division.
Alex Howarth is my Steeton Man-of-the-Match