First XI 202117 April 2021 - 1st XI v Guiseley (A) - Won by 1 wicket (18-8)
Guiseley 221-7 in 50 overs
Steeton 222-9 in 49.4 overs
What a fantastic game to start the season off at Nethermoor Park. Steeton skipper Gary Boulton lost the toss and Guiseley chose to bat first. An excellent opening blast by Josh Gill reduced Guiseley to 38-2 and Josh finished with 2 wickets for 24 runs from 6 overs with a catch by John Akrigg. A run out by Steve Pearson helped the cause but wickets were becoming harder to get. Jack Luxton (1-36) bowled well and also took a catch off the bowling of Steve Pearson (1-34) who bowled an excellent tight spell. Skipper Gary Boulton will ache tomorrow as he bowled 10 overs and collected 2 wickets for 59 runs with a second catch for John Akrigg. John Akrigg & Matt Nutter were awarded fielding points. After their poor start Guiseley finished strongly with a substantial total of 221 runs for the loss of 7 runs in their 50 overs.
Steeton’s reply began solidly with a opening partnership of 71 runs, between John Akrigg (19) and James Robinson, who deserved a half-century, but had to settle for a fine 46 runs scored from 61 deliveries with 9 boundaries. A shuttering of wickets put Steeton on the back-foot as they lost 5 wickets before reaching 100 runs. Making his debut Tom Winetroube steadied the innings as he contributed a solid 18 runs to a 31-run 6th wicket partnership. Two wickets in consecutive deliveries saw Steeton at 130 runs with 7 wickets down. Steve Pearson was steadily accruing runs as he shared a 19-run 8th wicket stand with Aatif Modak (12) and 27 runs for the 9th wicket with skipper Gary Boulton (9). When last man Josh Gill came in to join Steve the Steeton total was 176 runs for the loss of 9 wickets… the last pair at the crease 5½ overs to go and 46 runs required at 8½ runs per over. The odds were definitely stacked against Steeton! Steve Pearson played a remarkable innings as he increased the tempo and together with Josh Gill (8*) they knocked off the runs with 2 balls to spare…a memorable unbroken last wicket partnership of 46 runs. Steve finished with a heroic unbeaten 61* runs from 62 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours. Steeton had scored 222 runs for the loss of 9 wicket in 49.4 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Guiseley (8 points) by 1 wicket.
Steve Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match
24 April 2021 - 1st XI v Bardsey (H) - Lost by 58 runs (6-20)
Bardsey 276-4 in 50 overs
Steeton 218 a/o in 49 overs
Steeton entertained visitors Bardsey at Summerhill Lane. Skipper Gary Boulton lost the toss and Bardsey chose to bat first on a fine sunny day. Wickets were hard won on a good track but pick of the bowlers was off-spinner Aatif Modak, who removed both opening batsmen and finished with 2 wickets for 53 runs from his 15 overs. The only other successful bowlers were Josh Gill (1-53) and Steve Pearson (1-58) with a catch taken by keeper Tom Wintroube. A number of catches were spilled and no fielding points were thought appropriate as Bardsey closed with a formidable 276-4 in their 50 overs.
In reply both Steeton openers made 24 runs apiece but were unable to convert good starts into sizeable contributions: John Akrigg scored 24 runs from 60 deliveries with 3 boundaries, whereas James Robinson scored his 24 runs from 15 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Despite a cameo 12 runs by Harris Rowlett, Steeton were struggling at 90 runs with their top 4 batsmen back in the tent. Cameron Knowles was joined by last week’s batting hero Steve Pearson and together they forged an impressive 89-run 5th wicket partnership. Cameron Knowles top scored with an excellent 65 runs scored from 76 balls with 7 boundaries and Steve Pearson scored 39 runs from 54 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Jack Luxton scored 10 runs but no-one else from the Steeton tail could manage double figures and Steeton were all out for 218 runs in 49 overs. Steeton (6 points) lost by Bardsey (20 points) by 58 runs.
Cameron Knowles is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
1 May 2021 - 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (A) - Won by 8 wickets (19-1)
Kirkstall Educational 59 a/o in 22 overs
Steeton 61-2 in 10.4 overs
Steeton travelled to the usually high-scoring ground at Kirkstall and when skipper Gary Boulton lost the toss were expecting a long toil in the field. Our opening bowlers had other thoughts and proceeded to rip through the Kirkstall batting line-up. Chief destroyer was Josh Gill who finished with a fabulous 6 wickets for 25 runs from his 11 overs with catches taken by keeper Tom Winetroube, Steve Pearson & James Robinson, who was awarded a fielding point. The other 11 overs were bowled by Steve Pearson, who took the remaining 4 wickets for just 19 runs. Steeton tucked into their packed lunches very early with Kirkstall Educational all out for a mere 59 runs in 22 overs.
In reply Steeton set about the meagre total with gusto and had surpassed the small target before 3:30pm. Opener James Robinson led the way with an unbeaten 27* runs scored from 33 deliveries with 6 boundaries. James shared an opening partnership of 19 runs with John Akrigg (7); a 2nd wicket partnership of 13 runs with Harris Rowlett (8); followed by an unbroken 3rd wicket partnership of 29 runs with Tom Winetroube (7*). Steeton scored 61 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 10.4 overs. Steeton (19 points) beat Kirkstall Educational (1 point) by 8 wickets.
Josh Gill is my Man-of-the-Match
8 May 2021 - 1st XI v Colton Institute (H) - Rained Off (3-3)
Steeton 3 pt
Colton Institute 3 pt
Along with all the other fixtures in the division Steeton’s home fixture against Colton was a victim of the weather. Heavy overnight rain and into the morning meant this match was called off in the morning. Both sides collect 3 points
9 May 2021 - 1st XI v Horsforth (A) in Waddilove Cup - Won by 32 runs
Steeton 132 a/o in 43.4 overs
Horsforth 100 a/o in 34.3 overs
Following heavy rain on Friday and wet overnight Horsforth’s ground along with most of the country was damp. When skipper Gary Boulton lost the toss Steeton were unsurprisingly asked to bat first. Opener James Robinson was again in good form as he registered 29 runs from 44 deliveries with 6 boundaries. James shared a good partnership with Chris Wademan making his 1st XI debut. Chris may have secured a regular 1st XI position as he top-scored with 41 runs from 51 deliveries with 7 boundaries. Batting was undoubtedly difficult but late knocks by Tom Wintroube (11) & Stephen Pearson (19) helped Steeton to a mediocre 132 runs all out in 43.4 overs.
In reply Ewan Johnston bowled a good opening spell and removed the first 2 wickets…Ewan finished with 2 wickets for 32 runs with a catch taken by Stephen Pearson. Debutant Chris Wademan bowled 8 tight overs that only conceded 17 runs and finished with 1 wicket caught by Cameron Knowles. The evergreen skipper Gary Boulton tore through the middle-order and finished with 3 wickets for just 9 runs from 9 overs. The Horsforth tail-end was polished off by off-spinner Aatif Modak who finished with the best bowling figures of 4 wickets for 11 runs from 6.3 overs with catches taken by Harris Rowlett, John Akrigg and Gary Boulton as well as a return catch from his own bowling. Horsforth had been skittled for 100 all out in 34.3 overs. Steeton won by 32 runs and progress to the 2nd round of the Waddilove cup competition, where they will next play Bardsey at home on 6th June.
Chris Wademan & Aatif Modak are my Joint Men-of-the-Match
15 May 2021 - 1st XI v Pool (A) - Rained off (4-4)
Pool 134-2 in 32 overs
Steeton travelled to Pool with an unpromising weather forecast and when skipper Gary Boulton won the toss the decision to field first was not difficult. A 42-run opening stand was broken by Gary Boulton, who finished with 1 wicket for 28 runs from 7 overs courtesy of a catch by Cameron Knowles. Pool had progressed to 107 runs before losing their 2nd wicket to a catch taken by Stephen Pearson off the bowling of Chris Wademan (1-17). Unfortunately after 28.4 overs the predicted rain did arrive with Pool on 134 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. With no further play possible both sides settled for a rained off draw. To add to their 3 points each for a rained off fixture, Steeton collected a single bowling point and Pool had a single batting point – honours even!
22 May 2021 - 1st XI v Follifoot (A) - Rained Off (3-4)
Steeton 39-2 in 14.4 overs
Steeton travelled the long journey to Rudding Park to play Follifoot following a week of almost constant rain. Follifoot won the toss and asked Steeton to bat first on a damp track. In the 15th over rain returned and the already sodden pitch was declared unfit to proceed. Steeton only managed to bat for 14.4 overs and were struggling with 2 wickets down on 39 runs runs when this match was abandoned. Opener James Robinson had scored 17 of those 39 runs. With the match abandoned Steeton collected 3 points whereas Follifoot collected 4 points.
29 May 2021 - 1st XI v Horsforth Hall Park (H) - Won by 6 wickets (18-2)
Horsforth Hall Park 115 a/o in 30.4 overs
Steeton 118-4 in 26 overs
Steeton hosted Horsforth Hall Park on a sunny day at Summerhill Lane. Steeton skipper Gary Boulton won the toss and asked Hall Park to bat first…hoping early dampness might help our bowlers while the wicket dried out during the day. With the ball Steve Pearson was devastating as he ripped into the Hall Park batting. Steve finished with a fantastic 6 wickets for 39 runs from his 15 overs with 2 catches taken by keeper Tom Wintroube, 2 catches taken by Chris Wademan and a single catch each for Jack Luxton & Luke Watson. Chris Wademan was awarded 2 league fielding points. Steve’s early work was completed by Matthew Nutter who swiftly polished off the tail and finished with 4 wickets for 53 runs from 10.4 overs, courtesy of a 3rd catch taken by keeper Tom Winetroube. Horsforth Hall Park had been summarily dispatched all out for just 115 runs in 30.4 overs.
In reply Steeton’s opener James Robinson posted a solid 32 runs to top-score. Cameron Knowles chipped in with 21 runs and the meagre target was finally passed by an unbroken partnership between Steve Pearson (25*) and Chris Wademan (17*). Steeton had scored briskly and finished early! Steeton had scored 118 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 26 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Horsforth Hall Park (2 points) by 6 wickets
Stephen Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match
5 June 2021 - 1st XI v Tong Park Esholt (A) - Lost by 26 runs (6-20)
Tong Park Esholt 231-5 in 50 overs
Steeton 205 a/o in 47.2 overs
Steeton travelled to Tong park Esholt and when skipper Gary Boulton lost the toss they were asked to field first on a hot sunny day. Both Tong Park openers were removed with a great opening blast by Steve Pearson, who finished with 2 wickets for 56 runs from 15 overs, including a return catch from his own bowling. Aatif Modak (1-39) bowled 15 miserly overs that only conceded 39 runs as he collected a single wicket. Matthew Nutter was the only other successful bowler as he collected 2 wickets for 46 runs from 8 overs with catches taken by Steve Pearson and Cameron Knowles. Steve Pearson and Chris Wademan were both awarded 2 fielding points each. Tong Park Esholt closed with a significant 231 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 50 overs.
Steeton’s reply was led by opener James Robinson, who deserved a half-century, but was bowled for 48 runs scored from 92 deliveries with 6 boundaries. James shared a good 58-run 2nd wicket partnership with Harris Rowlett, who contributed 23 runs from 68 deliveries with 3 boundaries. When James Robinson was out Steeton were teetering at 99 runs with 4 wickets down, but this brought together Steve Pearson & Matthew Nutter and together they forged an excellent 51-run 5th wicket partnership: Steve Pearson scoring a rapid 45 runs from just 34 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours, while Matthew Nutter smashed 29 runs from 22 balls faced with 2 sixes & 3 fours. Chris Wademan chipped in with 14 runs and Tom Winetroube scored 10 runs but Steeton’s onslaught finished a tantalising 26 runs short of the Tong Park target. Steeton were all out for 205 runs in 47.2 overs. Steeton (6 points) lost to Tong park Esholt (20 points) by 26 runs.
Steve Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
6 June 2021 - 1st XI v Bardsey (H) in Waddilove cup - Lost by 5 runs
Bardsey 238-9 in 45 overs
Steeton 233-9 in 45 overs
Steeton entertain visitors Bardsey on a sultry day at Summerhill Lane. Skipper Gary Boulton lost the toss and Bardsey chose to bat first. A great opening burst by Jack Luxton helped reduce Bardsey to 45 runs with 3 wickets down and Jack finished with 2 wickets for 42 runs from 9 overs with a catch taken by keeper Tom Winetroube. The other opening batsman was removed by skipper Gary Boulton (1-20) also caught by keeper Tom Winetroube. For Bardsey Tom Franklin scored 108 runs and wickets became scarcer. Luke Watson (1-35) gave keeper Tom Winetroube a stumping and giving Tom a third wicket-keeping catch was Steve Pearson (1-27). Pick of the bowlers however was Chris Wademan, who took 3 wickets (including Bardsey centurian Tom Franklin) for 57 runs from 8 overs with catches taken by Steve Pearson and Jack Luxton…both catchers were awarded fielding points. Steve Pearson also ran-out a further batter from the final ball of the innings. Helped along by 22 wides Bardsey closed with 238 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 45 overs.
In reply Steeton’s top-order all made solid starts that they were unable to capitalise on. James Robinson scored 29 runs from 30 deliveries with 5 boundaries; Jack Luxton chipped in with 10 runs: Harris Rowlett 14 runs; and Matthew Nutter 18 runs. Steeton were floundering on 81-4 until some stability was established by Cameron Knowles, who scored a fabulous unbeaten 73* runs from 86 deliveries with 7 boundaries. Cameron shared a 29-run 5th wickets stand with Steve Pearson, who contributed 11 runs; followed by a 28-run 6th wicket partnership with Chris Wademan, who contributed 20 runs; followed by a 22-run 7th wicket partnership with Tom Winetroube, who contributed 11 runs. Steeton were 160-7 when Cameron was joined by Luke Watson with 79 runs were still required. Together Cameron & Luke added 50 runs for the 8th wicket partnership before Luke was run-out for 13 runs trying to get Cameron back on strike. With the Bardsey target getting ever closer the required run rate was also climbing and the new batsmen were under run-pressure. Unfortunately for the 2nd match this weekend Steeton finished tantalisingly close the the target. Steeton finished with 233 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 45 overs. Steeton lost to Bardsey by a mere 5 runs and crash out of this year’s Waddilove cup.
Cameron Knowles is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
8 June 2021 - 1st XI v Bingley Congs (A) in Keighley T20 Cup - Won by 8 wickets
Bingley Congs 144-6 in 20 overs
Steeton 145-2 in 17 overs
Steeton travelled to Bingley Congs for a dose of the bish-bash-bosh version of the game. Batting first Bingley Congs looked likely to post a formidable total thanks largely to opener Mohammed Adil who scored 61 runs. Stephen Pearson (2-27) took the first 2 wickets with a return catch off his own bowling and a catch pouched by James Robinson. Skipper Gary Boulton (1-14) bowled 4 tight overs and had a good low catch taken by Stephen Pearson on the long off boundary. Bingley Congs late charge looked to be about to set a challenging target, but was curtailed by the introduction of Luke Watson’s medium pace in-swing. Luke finished with fantastic figures of 2 overs which went for just 8 runs as he collected 3 wickets. All Luke’s wickets were caught on the boundary…the catchers being Chris Wademan & 2 catches by Jack Luxton. Bingley Congs closed with 144 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 20 overs…a required run rate of 7¼ runs per over.
Steeton’s reply began with James Robinson & Cameron Knowles, who put on 19 runs before Cameron (4) was well caught at point. Cameron was replaced by Steve Pearson and the running between the wicket became more daring. However they took one chance too many and a direct hit from the boundary was the undoing of James Robinson for 13 runs scored from 11 deliveries with 1 boundary. This brought Chris Wademan out to join Steve Pearson and together they compiled a match-winning unbroken 3rd wicket partnership of 124 runs…with frequent lost balls. Chris Wademan was the dominant hitter as he smashed 5 sixes & 4 fours in an unbeaten knock of 74* runs from a mere 42 deliveries. Almost as prolific was Steve Pearson, who smashed 2 sixes & 4 fours in an unbeaten 45* runs scored from 37 deliveries. Steeton had scored 145 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 17 overs to win by 8 wickets. Steeton have knocked Bingley Congs out of the Keighley T20 cup and progress through to the quarter-final stage of the competition.
Steve Pearson is my Man-of-the-Match
12 June 2021 - 1st XI v New Rover (H) - Lost by 21 runs (7-20)
New Rover 240-7 in 50 overs
Steeton 219 a/o in 47.2 overs
Steeton entertained the club riding high at the top of the division on a warm sunny day at Summerhill Lane. Skipper Gary Boulton lost the toss and New Rover chose to bat first – possibly after looking at Steeton’s recent record with run chases! Josh Gill (1-34) made the initial breakthrough with the New Rover score on 21 runs with a catch taken by Matthew Nutter. New Rover continued to build a solid base until the introduction of Luke Watson, whose in-swing removed the other opener and the No3 batsman. Luke was the pick of the bowlers with his 2 wickets only conceding 9 runs from a short spell of just 4 overs, with catches taken by keeper Tom Winetroube and Stephen Pearson. Skipper Gary Boulton brought himself on and he also was rewarded with 2 wickets at a cost of 32 runs from 7 overs, with a 2nd catch taken by Stephen Pearson. Stephen (1-51) was also involved in the next 2 dismissals: firstly he ran out a New Rover batter and then clean bowled another batsman. Stephen Pearson & Matthew Nutter were awarded fielding points. New Rover closed with 240 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. On a warm sunny day at Summerhill Lane this can prove to be not as substantial target as it may seem!
In reply Steeton had lost both of their opening batsmen with the score on 32 runs and only Tom Winetroube (16) reaching double figures. However a great 3rd wicket partnership swung the game back in Steeton’s favour. Matthew Nutter and Harris Rowlett added 77 rapid runs for the 3rd wicket. Having just reached his half-century Matthew was caught at slip for a swash-buckling 50 runs scored from 45 deliveries with 3 sixes & 6 fours, while Harris was well caught driving for 36 runs scored from 41 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Stephen Pearson (12) was caught in a very similar fashion to Harris as he drove hard but in the air. Steeton’s early advantage had vanished and New Rover looked in command apart from an enjoyable innings by Chris Wademan, which nearly wrenched the game back for Steeton. Chris despatched ball after ball into the neighbouring field (losing many of them) but was also losing his batting partners just as quickly! Chris played a fantastic innings of 71 runs scored from 75 deliveries with 5 sixes & 7 fours before also falling to a good catch on the boundary as he attempted a further maximum. Steeton were all out for 219 runs in 47.2 overs…once again so close but so far. Steeton (7 points) lost to New Rover (20 points) by 21 runs.
Chris Wademan was my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
19 June 2021 - 1st XI v Green Lane (A) - Lost by 8 wickets (1-19)
Steeton 110 a/o in 39.5 overs
Green Lane 111-2 in 14.2 overs
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
26 June 2021 - 1st XI v Adel (H)
3 July 2021 - 1st XI v Guiseley (H)
10 July 2021 - 1st XI v Bardsey (A)
17 July 2021 - 1st XI v Kirkstall Educational (H)
24 July 2021 - 1st XI v Colton Institute (A)
31 July 2021 - 1st XI v Pool (H)
7 August 2021 - 1st XI v Follifoot (H)
14 August 2021 - 1st XI v Horsforth Hall Park (A)
Horsforth Hall Park
21 August 2021 - 1st XI v Tong Park Esholt (H)
Tong Park Esholt
28 August 2021 - 1st XI v New Rover (A)
4 September 2021 - 1st XI v Green Lane (H)
11 September 2021 - 1st XI v Adel (A)
Second XI 202117 April 2021 - 2nd XI v Beckwithshaw (H) - Won by 2 wickets (17-6)
Beckwithshaw 125-9 in 45 overs
Steeton 131-8 in 36.3 overs
Steeton skipper Paul Hardwick won the toss and asked visitors Beckwithshaw to bat first at Summerhill Lane. Our 2nd XI has a surfeit of bowling talent, but the pick of the Steeton bowlers today was Chris Wademan on debut and playing against his previous club. Chris took took first 3 Beckwithshaw wicket as they struggled to 24-3 and Chris finished with 3 wickets for 34 runs with catches taken by David Wynn, Simon Cox & Wilf Roberts. A brief economical spell from skipper Paul Hardwick saw him collect 2 wickets for 4 runs from 4 overs, with a catch taken by Luke Watson, who earned himself a fielding point. Luke (1-7) also bowled 4 tight overs. Adam Hardwick clean-bowled 2 victims for 25 runs from his 7 overs and Beckwithshaw’s top-scorer was run out by Will Smith. After their early set-backs Beckwithshaw had knuckled-down and managed to bat through their 45 overs losing 9 wickets and scored a below-par 125 runs.
Sometimes chasing a small total can prove more difficult than expected, but with a solid 50-run opening partnership Steeton looked to be cruising to an easy victory. The opening partners were Will Smith, who contributed 23 runs from 36 deliveries with 5 boundaries and Simon Cox, who contributed 32 runs from 41 deliveries with 6 boundaries. 50-1 soon became 55-3 with some cavalier batting. Despite a solid 15 runs by Wilf Roberts and 10 runs by debutant Chris Wademan Steeton kept losing rash wickets and the tide had turned in favour of Beckwithshaw as Steeton slid to 101 runs with 8 wickets down. Adam Hardwick provided some much needed stability with a careful unbeaten 21* runs scored from 61 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Adam was joined by David Wynn, who needed just 21 deliveries to hit his unbeaten 21* runs, which included 3 fours & a six to win the match! A much harder won victory than it should have been…but any victory is sweet! Steeton had scored 131 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 36.3 overs. Steeton (17 points) beat Beckwithshaw (6 points) by 2 wickets.
Adam Hardwick is my Man-of-the-Match
24 April 2021 - 2nd XI v Bardsey (A) - Won by 160 runs (20-5)
Steeton 282-9 in 45 overs
Bardsey 122 a/o in 32.5 overs
Steeton skipper Paul Hardwick lead our 2nd XI to Bardsey, who won the toss and asked Steeton to bat first. Steeton’s inning was built around a fantastic 131-run 3rd wicket partnership between opener Simon Cox, who scored an excellent 82 runs from 90 deliveries with 11 boundaries and Chris Wademan, who deserved a century but had to settle for a great 94 runs scored from 103 deliveries with 13 boundaries. Chris also shared a solid 78-run 5th wicket partnership with Adam Hardwick, who contributed a quick-fire 47 runs from just 25 deliveries with 3 sixes & 5 fours. Max Hibbert scored 20 runs from just 16 balls with a six & 1 four as Steeton finished with a daunting 282 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 45 overs.
In reply Bardsey’s batting was dissected by 2 excellent bowling performances. The first 3 wickets all fell to the metronomic opening bowler Ewan Johnston, who finished with 3 wickets all clean bowled for 30 runs from 7 overs. The best was yet to come as in-swing bowler Luke Watson took all the remaining 7 wickets. Luke finished with a great 7 wickets for 37 runs from 9.5 overs with catches taken by skipper Paul Hardwick, Chris Wademan & Simon Cox as well as a stumping by keeper Max Hibbert. Chris Wademan’s sharp slip catch earned him a Fielding Point and Adam Hardwick was awarded one as well. Bardsey were dismissed for 122 runs all out in 32.5 overs. Steeton (20 points) beat Bardsey (5 points) by 160 runs.
My joint Men-of-the-Match are Luke Watson, Chris Wademan & Simon Cox
1 May 2021 - 2nd XI v Kirkstall Educational (H) - Won by 4 wickets (18-6)
Kirkstall Educational 171-7 in 45 overs
Steeton 174-6 in 36 overs
Steeton entertained Kirkstall Educational at Summerhill Lane and when skipper Paul Hardwick lost the toss Kirkstall unsurprisingly chose to bat first. The Kirkstall innings began cagily as tight opening bowling kept the scoring rate low, but wickets were hard to take. It was the introduction of skipper Paul Hardwick which brought the breakthrough and he removed both openers reducing Kirkstall to 37-2 after 17 overs. Paul finished with excellent figures of 4 wickets for 45 runs from 11 overs, with a catch taken by keeper Max Hibbert. Steeton used 7 different bowlers but only 2 other bowlers had any success: David Wynn took 1 wicket for 14 runs & Ewan Johnston took 1 wicket for 26 runs…both wickets courtesy of catches by keeper Max Hibbert. It is a shame Wicket keepers are not eligible for fielding points as Max also had a run out…but Tom Stead earned 2 fielding points as well as 1 each for Will Smith & Ewan Johnston. After their 45 overs Kirkstall Educational had scored a battling 171 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
In reply Steeton had reached 32 runs before losing both openers in rapid succession – Will Smith departing with 14 runs. As Steeton’s assault faltered great middle-order stability was provided by Chris Wademan, who scored an outstanding 73 runs from 91 deliveries with 1 six & 12 fours. Chris shared a 38-run 3rd wicket partnership with Wilf Roberts, who contributed 18 runs; followed by 41-run 4th wicket partnership with Tom Stead, who contributed 15 runs; and finally a 51-runs 5th wicket partnership with Adam Hardwick, who contributed 12 runs. When Luke Watson smashed the winning boundary Steeton had scored 174 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 36 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Kirkstall Educational (6 points) by 4 wickets.
Chris Wademan is my Man-of-the-Match
8 May 2021 - 2nd XI v Alwoodley (A) - Rained Off (3-3)
Steeton 3 pts
Alwoodley 3 pts
Steeton were due to play an inter-divisional match against Alwoodley, who are in a lower division. Unfortunately heavy rain meant this match was impossible and was promptly called off early. Both sides collect 3 points.
9 May 2021 - 2nd XI v Horsforth (H) in Birtwhistle Cup - Won by 9 wickets
Horsforth 87-7 in 45 overs
Steeton 91-1 in 13.5 overs
Steeton skipper Paul Hardwick won the toss and asked Horsforth to bat first on a pitch that was damp from recent rain. Opening bowler David Wynn ripped through the Horsforth top order and reduced them to 18 runs with 4 wickets down. David finished with 4 wickets for just 9 runs from 9 overs with 2 catches to keeper Max Hibbert and 1 each for Wilf Roberts & Paul Hardwick. Paul Hardwick was awarded a fielding point as well as Will Smith. Horsforth batted slowly and all of the Steeton bowlers were very economical. The other successful bowlers were Adam Hardwick (1-18) with a catch by Simon Cox, Luke Watson (1-7) with a 2nd catch for skipper Paul Hardwick & James Nowell (1-15). After their 45 overs Horsforth had only managed 87 runs.
With further rain looking a distinct possibility Steeton set about the Horsforth bowling with one eye on the sky. Opener Simon Cox scored an unbeaten 25* runs from 34 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Simon shared an unbroken 88-run 2nd wicket partnership with Bradley Akrigg, who was playing his first game of the season. Bradley notched an unbeaten half-century…his 51* runs not out coming from just 43 deliveries with 1 six & 8 fours. Steeton had scored 91 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket in 13.5 overs. Steeton won by 9 wickets and progress to the 2nd round of the Birtwhistle cup competition, where they will next play away at Thackley on 6th June.
David Wynn and Bradley Akrigg are my joint Men-of-the-Match
15 May 2021 - 2nd XI v Horsforth (H) - Rained Off (5-3)
Horsforth 70-5 in 32 overs
Steeton were playing the same side that they had decimated in the cup match last weekend and so were praying for enough playing time among the showers to repeat the performance. Skipper Paul Hardwick got the first thing right by winning the toss and asking Horsforth to bat first again and the Steeton bowlers proceeded to begin dismantling the Horsforth batting. Pick of the bowlers was Ewan Johnston, who took 2 wickets for 7 runs from 7 overs, with a catch taken by Adam Hardwick. Also very economical was David Wynn, who took 1 wicket for 16 runs from 12 overs and Wilf Roberts, who took 1 wicket for 24 runs from 9 overs. A break for rain knocked 16 overs from the fixture. Shortly after skipper Paul Hardwick (1-20) had a catch taken by Ewan Johnston, Horsforth declared to make the match even overs despite only have 70 runs with 5 wickets down in 32 overs. Duckworth-Lewis revised the Horsforth total to be 76 runs, but the weather gods never gave Steeton a chance to go for the win. The match was called off and both sides had 3 points from the cancelled fixture, but Steeton also had 2 bowling bonus points.
22 May 2021 - 2nd XI v Horsforth Hall Park (H) - Lost by 82 runs (5-19)
Horsforth Hall Park 186-9 in 45 overs
Steeton 104 a/o in 35.2 overs
Steeton were entertaining the top side in the division and after winning the toss Steeton skipper asked Hall Park to bat first on a green track. Opening bowler David Wynn got Steeton off to a great start with 2 wickets reducing Hall Park to 12 runs with 2 wickets down. David finished with 2 wickets for 22 runs from 7 overs, with both wickets caught by keeper Max Hibbert. Early in the match Will Smith fell awkwardly and was escorted to hospital with a sprained ankle. Will Smith would have been opening batting and is a useful bowler and keen fielder. Substitute fielder was James Nowell. Skipper Paul Hardwick brought himself on to bowl and claimed 3 wickets for 49 runs from 13 overs with an excellent driven catch in the covers by Ewan Johnston…a catch worthy of a fielding point but sadly overlooked. Ewan Johnston (1-39) was rewarded with a single wicket. Adam Hardwick ran out one of the Hall Park batsmen and when he was brought on to bowl he took 2 wickets for 39 runs from 11 overs with a comfortable catch safely pouched by Tom Stead and a great snatch taken at mid-off by Paul ‘The Claw’ Hardwick. Paul was rightly awarded a fielding point and for solid ground-fielding Luke Watson was awarded a further point. Hall Park closed with a six, which took their total to an excellent 186 runs for 9 wickets from their 45 overs.
Steeton reply began disjointedly without the services of usual opening batsman Will Smith and replacement opener Wilf Roberts only faced one delivery which crashed into his elbow and he retired hurt and shortly afterwards also visited Airedale hospital. Neither injured player returned and Steeton’s batting was reduced to 9 fit men. Replacement substitute opener was Tom Stead, who scored controlled 22 runs from 58 deliveries with 1 six & 1 four before falling to a spectacular catch on the long-off boundary. Tom shared a good 39-run 3rd wicket partnership with Luke Watson, who contributed 18 runs from 28 deliveries with 1 boundary. Steeton’s top-scorer was Max Hibbert, who scored 28 runs from 44 deliveries with 1 six & 2 fours. Max shared an excellent 46-run 6th wicket partnership with skipper Paul Hardwick, who was the last man out having scored 17 runs from 44 balls faced. Steeton were 104 runs with 8 wickets down – so all out – in 35.2 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost Horsforth Hall Park (19 points) by 82 runs.
Paul Hardwick is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
29 May 2021 - 2nd XI v Olicanian (A) - Lost by 92 runs (5-18)
Olicanian 157 a/o in 44.4 overs
Steeton 65 a/o in 26.4 overs
Steeton travelled to Olicanian on a warm day and with the pitch still drying they asked Olicanian to bat first when skipper Paul Hardwick won the toss. Steeton took 2 quick wickets with the Olicanian total on just 9 runs. Both of Steeton’s opening bowlers were successful: David Wynn took 2 wickets for 48 runs from 13 overs with a good catch taken by keeper Julian Higginson and Ewan Johnston (1-28) took a sharp return catch from his own bowling. When skipper Paul Hardwick brought himself on to bowl he was rewarded with 2 wickets for 24 runs from 12 overs with a fine catch a deep mid-wicket taken by Max Hibbert. Max also fielded quickly and threw in for Adam Hardwick to run out another Olicanian batter and earned a fielding point. Adam Hardwick finished with the best bowling figures of 4 wickets for 50 runs from 12.4 overs with catches taken by Jonathan Walshaw & Phil Barrett. Thanks largely to a controlled innings by their skipper James Hudson (55*) Olicanian had managed a good target of 157 runs all out in 44.4 overs.
Steeton’s reply was disastrous with 14 runs on the board and 3 of the top 4 batsmen back in the tent with ducks to their name. Max Hibbert scored 16 runs from 29 deliveries with 1 boundary and shared the only stand worth mentioning (22 runs for the 4th wicket) with top-scorer Phil Barrett, who scored 19 runs from 35 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Steeton lost their last 4 wickets without the scoreboard progressing and succumbed to 65 runs all out in 26.4 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Olicanian (18 points) by 92 runs.
Adam Hardwick is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
5 June 2021 - 2nd XI v Bolton Villas (H) - Won by 5 wickets (18-6)
Bolton Villas 188-7 in 45 overs
Steeton 189-5 in 40.5 overs
Steeton entertained Bolton Villas at Summerhill Lane on a hot sunny day on a track that looked to be laden with runs. Skipper Paul Hardwick lost the toss and Bolton Villas had little hesitation in deciding to bat first. After a slow start David Wynn made the initial breakthrough followed quickly by skipper Paul Hardwick and Bolton Villas was 27 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in the 15th over. David Wynn also removed Bolton Villas top-scorer Chris Elsworth (52) courtesy of a catch by Phil Barrett running in from ‘cow-corner’. Phil Barrett was awarded a fielding point and David Wynn finished with 2 wickets for 37 runs from 13 overs. Skipper Paul Hardwick also picked-up 2 wickets from his 8 overs which conceded just 22 runs, with a catch taken by Wilf Roberts, which earned Wilf a fielding point. There was also a brace of wickets for Paul’s brother Adam Hardwick, who took 2 wickets for 30 runs from 8 overs, with a catch safely pouched by Ewan Johnston. Steeton’s bowlers all suffered with a number of difficult half-chances…all of which went to ground. The only other wicket to fall was a run-out by keeper Max Hibbert, as Bolton Villas closed with 188 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 45 overs.
Steeton’s reply was built around a series of solid partnerships: opener Simon Cox scored a good 31 runs from 64 deliveries with 5 boundaries and he shared a 29-run 2nd wicket with Wilf Roberts who contributed 26 runs scored from 60 balls with 4 boundaries. Top-scorer was Tom Stead, who deserved a half-century but had to settle for 45 runs from just 42 deliveries with 2 sixes & 5 fours. Tom shared a good 44-run 4th wicket partnership with Luke Watson, who contributed 17 runs from 17 deliveries with 1 six & 1 four. Tom Stead was out with Steeton on 141-5 in the 36th over and the required run rate already over 5 runs per over. Club President Phil Barrett went out to join Max Hibbert and together they dismantled the Bolton Villas bowling unit. Max scored an unbeaten 25* runs from 25 deliveries with 3 boundaries and Phil scored 23* runs not out from just 20 deliveries with 4 boundaries. Their unbroken 6th wicket partnership was 48 runs in just 5 overs as Steeton blazed past the Bolton Villas target with 4 overs to spare. Steeton finished with 189 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 40.5 overs. Steeton (18 points) beat Bolton Villas (6 points) by 5 wickets.
Tom Stead is my Man-of-the-Match
6 June 2021 - 2nd XI v Thackley (A) in Birtwhistle cup - Won by 9 wickets
Thackley 169 a/o in 36.5 overs
Steeton 170-1 in 36 overs
Steeton travelled to Thackley in the hope of a comfortable victory as they were facing 6th division opposition. Skipper Paul Hardwick lost the toss and Thackley chose to bat first on a warm, dry & humid day. Thackley had glimpses of class, but Steeton kept nipping out wickets. Jake Hill bowled an excellent opening burst and deserved more success than the 2 wickets that he took. Jake bowled 9 overs that conceded just 25 runs as he collected his 2 wickets courtesy of catches by Simon Cox & keeper John Akrigg. With more luck Ewan Johnston could also have had more flattering figures, but he closed with 3 wickets for 36 runs from 8.5 overs with a high catch on the long-on boundary taken by Paul ‘the Claw’ Hardwick. Ben Yeadon ripped-out the top of the middle-order batters and finished with 2 wickets both clean bowled for 22 runs from 5 overs. Archie Smith (1-24) took a wicket with his very first delivery and gave Paul Hardwick his second good catch. Paul rightly deserved a fielding point. Max Hibbert is proving a very useful bowler and having relinquished the keeping gloves to John Akrigg he bowled 4 overs which only conceded 9 runs as he collected 2 wickets, including a great return catch which was well worthy of a fielding point. Thackley finished with 169 runs all out in 36.5 overs.
In reply Steeton were led by opener Simon Cox who carried his bat throughout the innings and finished with an unbeaten 72* runs from 107 deliveries with 1 six & 10 fours. Simon shared a great 84-run opening partnership with John Akrigg, who contributed 40 runs from 56 deliveries with 1 six & 6 fours. Simon went on to share a match winning unbroken 2nd wicket stand of 86 runs with Archie Smith, who batted really well for his unbeaten 30* runs scored from 61 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Steeton had scored 170 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket in 36 overs to beat Thackley by 9 wickets. Steeton progress through to the quarter-final stage of the Birtwhistle cup, where they must travel to Bilton on 4th July.
Simon Cox is my Man-of-the-Match
12 June 2021 - 2nd XI v St Chads Broomfield (A) - Won by 10 wickets (20-1)
St Chad’s Broomfield 119 a/o in 31.4 overs
Steeton 120-0 in 23.2 overs
Steeton travelled to St Chad’s Broomfield expecting a close match from opposition just above themselves in the divisional league table. However Steeton out-performed St Chad’s in every department: bowling, fielding and batting. Skipper Paul Hardwick lost the toss and St Chad’s chose to bat first. A strong bowling attack collected wickets regularly and never allowed any partnerships to form. Pick of the bowlers was skipper Paul Hardwick who finished with 3 wickets for 18 runs from 8 overs…all clean-bowled! Both opening bowlers collected a brace of wickets apiece: David Wynn took 2 wickets for 32 runs from 10 overs with a catch taken by keeper Max Hibbert; and Ewan Johnston took 2 wickets for 36 runs from 7.4 overs also with a wicket-keeping catch by Max Hibbert. Wilf Roberts (1-30) was the only other bowler used. There was also 2 batsmen run-out both to good fielding: firstly Wilf Roberts fielded smartly and threw in for Max Hibbert to remove the bails and then Ewan Johnston had a direct hit from mid-wicket and the umpire also gave that out. Wilf Roberts and James Nowell were awarded fielding points. St Chad’s Broomfield had had a torrid time and were all out for 119 runs in 31.4 overs.
In reply Steeton were masterful. Openers John Akrigg and Simon Cox collected runs with consummate ease and Steeton did not lose a wicket in this minor run chase. Simon Cox continued his excellent recent form and finished with an unbeaten 58* runs not out from 70 deliveries with 1 six & 10 fours; while John Akrigg finished with an unbeaten 56* runs not out from 70 deliveries with 2 sixes & 10 fours. Steeton had scored 120 runs without losing a wicket in 23.2 overs. Steeton (20 points) beat St Chad’s Broomfield (1 point) by 10 wickets.
John Akrigg & Simon Cox are my joint Men-of-the-Match
19 June 2021 - 2nd XI v Calverley St Wilfrid's (H) - Won by 9 wickets (20-3)
Calverley St Wilfrid’s 151 a/o in 42.5 overs
Steeton 152-1 in 24.3 overs
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
26 June 2021 - 2nd XI v Addingham (A)
3 July 2021 - 2nd XI v Beckwithshaw (A)
4 July 2021 - 2nd XI v Bilton (A) in Birtwhistle cup
10 July 2021 - 2nd XI v Bardsey (H)
17 July 2021 - 2nd XI v Kirkstall Educational (A)
24 July 2021 - 2nd XI v Alwoodley (H)
31 July 2021 - 2nd XI v Horsforth (A)
7 August 2021 - 2nd XI v Horsforth Hall Park (A)
Horsforth Hall Park
14 August 2021 - 2nd XI v Olicanian (H)
21 August 2021 - 2nd XI v Bolton Villas (A)
28 August 2021 - 2nd XI v St Chads Broomfield (H)
St Chads Broomfield
4 September 2021 - 2nd XI v Calverley St Wilfrids (A)
Calverley St Wilfrids
11 September 2021 - 2nd XI v Addingham (H)
Third XI 202118 April 2021 - 3rd XI v St Chads Broomfield (H) - Won by 58 runs (20-6)
Steeton 221-4 in 40 overs
St Chads Broomfield 178 a/o in 34.4 overs
Steeton 3rd XI made it a fantastic winning weekend to begin the 2021 season. Steeton lost the toss and St Chad’s gave Steeton first use of the batting track. Our young openers took great advantage of the opportunity as they amassed an impressive opening partnership of 132 runs. Top-scorer was Jack Luxton who deserved a century but had to settle for a fantastic 92 runs scored from 95 deliveries with 16 boundaries and he was partnered by Will Smith who scored an excellent 67 runs scored from 74 deliveries with 2 sixes & 13 fours. When quick runs are want who better than to be strolling to the middle than skipper Oliver Gledhill. Oliver faced just 29 balls to score an unbeaten 37* runs which included 6 boundaries. Steeton closed with a colossal 221 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their 40 overs.
Chasing over 5½ runs per over, visitors St Chad’s began poorly and had lost 2 wickets for 12 runs before their middle order rallied. Steeton kept collecting wickets without any bowler entirely dominating. After his batting heroics, early damage was done by Jack Luxton who took 2 wickets for 15 runs with a catch taken by keeper Max Hibbert. Jake Hill (1-24) nipped out a single wicket & Harry Rowe ran out another batsman. Spinner James Nowell took 2 wickets for 46 runs with a return catch off his own bowling and also a catch by Harry Rowe. Also collecting 2 wickets was young debutant Nathan Joseph, who took 2 wickets for 20 runs with catches taken by Will Smith & Jake Hill. Jake Hill & Nathan Joseph were awarded fielding points. Will Smith (2-5) came on for a quick blast and polished-off the last 2 batsmen. St Chads Broomfield had scored a good 178 runs all out in 34.4 overs, but Steeton (20 points) beat St Chads (6 points) by 58 runs.
Jack Luxton is my Man-of-the-Match
2 May 2021 - 3rd XI v Adel (H) - Lost by 5 wickets (7-16)
Steeton 231-3 in 32 overs
Adel 232-5 in 31.3 overs
Steeton welcomed Adel to Summerhill Lane and rain delayed the start which reduced the fixture to 32 overs per side. When skipper Oliver Gledhill won the toss he decided to bat first…a decision certainly vindicated by Steeton’s young openers Will Smith & Jack Luxton who reached 50 runs in 29 balls, 100 runs in 68 balls and 150 runs in just 17 overs. Unfortunately just 5 runs short of the club record opening partnership Jack Luxton was caught behind for an excellent 85 runs scored from 61 deliveries with 4 sixes & 12 fours. The opening partnership had been 177 runs and Jack’s opening partner, Will, continued by adding a further unbroken 3rd wicket partnership of 52 runs with Max Hibbert, who contributed an unbeaten 24* runs from 28 deliveries with 5 boundaries. Will Smith carried his bat and finished with an outstanding 111* runs not out from 97 deliveries with 1 six & 19 fours. Steeton finished with a mammoth 231 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in their 32 overs.
In reply Adel would have to score at over 7 runs per over…a rate which did not daunt them even after losing their 1st wicket with the score on 11 runs to the opening blast by Jake Hill (1-19) courtesy of a catch by Nathan Joseph. There was a single wicket apiece for Ben Yeadon (1-38) & Archie Smith (1-42) with a catch by Jake Hill, as Adel were reduced to 62 runs for 3 wickets. Steeton looked odds-on favourites to complete a comfortable victory. Pick of the Steeton bowlers was spinner James Nowell, who took 2 wickets for 33 runs from 6 overs, with catches taken by Harry Rowe & skipper Oliver Gledhill. James removed Adel’s top-scorer Joe Harrison (83), but Adel were still blasting their way towards the Steeton target. James Nowell was also awarded a fielding point. In a tight finish and just 3 balls to spare Adel did manage to win this high-scoring encounter. Adel had scored 232 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 31.3 overs. Steeton (7 points) lost to Adel (16 points) by 5 wickets.
Will Smith is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
16 May 2021 - 3rd XI v Horsforth (A) in Chappell Cup - Won by 9 wickets
Horsforth 173 a/o in 39.3 overs
Steeton 179-1 in 18.5 overs
A great 5-wicket haul for Ben Yeadon – a 2nd consecutive not out century for Will Smith (106*) as well as 3 wickets – 63 runs for Jack Luxton – and a convincing 9 wicket victory as Steeton storm through into the quarter-final of the Ian Chappell cup where they will meet Rawdon
23 May 2021 - 3rd XI v New Rover (A) - Lost by 106 runs (6-20)
New Rover 280-4 in 40 overs
Steeton 174 a/o in 35.1 overs
Steeton travelled to New Rover under an angry sky…more in hope than expectation of playing some cricket. With in-form opener Will Smith being injured during yesterday’s 2nd XI match veteran club president Phil Barrett was drafted-in. Skipper Oliver Gledhill won the toss and asked New Rover to bat first on a damp track. An opening blast from bowler Jack Luxton had New Rover reeling as they slumped to 27-2 but Steeton were unable to remove their opening batsman Ratnalingam, who went on to score a massive 158 runs. With better catching Jack Luxton could have had more flattering figures, but he finished with 2 wickets for 23 runs from 7 overs. Jack was also involved with the wicket of Ben Yeadon (1-59) as he caught the New Rover centurian. With wickets hard to come by the only other successful bowler was Mikey Hofman-Tennant (1-39). Nathan Joseph was awarded a fielding point as New Rover finished with a mammoth 280 runs for the loss of 4 wicket in their 40 overs.
Steeton’s reply began well with a great opening partnership between Jack Luxton & Max Hibbert, who was the first man out with the score on 106 runs of which Max had scored 45 runs from 59 deliveries with 1 six & 5 fours. With the required run rate rising and a tumbling of wickets 106-1 soon became 122-5. Jack Luxton was still batting well but needed someone to support him. Playing his first game for 2 years Phil Barrett (11) was the only other batsmen to reach double figures. Jack Luxton tried hard to drag his team to the formidable target, but he was the last batsman to get out having recorded a battling 82 runs scored from 95 deliveries with 2 sixes & 7 fours. Playing the last half hour in heavy rain Steeton were eventually all out for 174 runs in 35.1 overs. Steeton (6 points) lost to New Rover (20 points) by 106 runs.
Jack Luxton is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
30 May 2021 - 3rd XI v Rawdon (H) - Lost by 113 runs (5-20)
Rawdon 231-7 in 40 overs
Steeton 118 a/o in 29.1 overs
Steeton were pitted against a good Rawdon outfit on a hot sunny day at Summerhill Lane. Skipper Oliver Gledhill lost the toss and Rawdon chose to bat first. With the score on just 2 runs Jack Luxton (1-28) made the initial breakthrough, but then the fall of wickets became a scarce occurrence. Before the match Paul Roberts was merely delivering the scorer and was expecting to spectate in the sun, but he was ‘roped-in’ to play and bowled 8 overs (he will ache tomorrow!) and took 3 wickets for 50 runs courtesy of 2 good catches by Max Hibbert at mid-wicket. Yes, Max was not wicket-keeping today so he could have a bowl. Max did not disappoint and took 3 wickets for 28 runs from 7 overs with a nice catch safely pouched by Nathan Joseph. Both Max (2) and Nathan were awarded fielding points. After their 40 overs Rawdon had posted a solid 231 runs for the loss of 7 wickets…almost 6 runs per over!
Steeton’s reply began with a 28-run opening partnership between Jack Luxton, who scored 20 runs from 32 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours; and Max Hibbert, who scored 17 runs from 34 deliveries with 2 boundaries. Unfortunately there was only one other partnership worthy of note: a very entertaining and enjoyable 5th wicket partnership of 45 runs which involved two of Steeton’s juniors. 14-year-old Nathan Joseph played a very mature innings for his 15 runs scored from 41 deliveries with 2 boundaries and Steeton’s top-scorer was a great knock by 13-year-old Matthew Hutchinson, who scored a fabulous 35 runs from just 25 balls with 7 boundaries. Steeton’s innings fell well short of the Rawdon target when they were all out for 118 runs in 29.1 overs. Steeton (5 points) lost to Rawdon (20 points) by 113 runs.
Jack Luxton is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton
13 June 2021 - 3rd XI v Rawdon (H) in Ian Chappell Cup - Lost by 9 wickets
Steeton 170 a/o in 36 overs
Rawdon 173-1 in 18.2 overs
Steeton crash out of the Ian Chappell cup…losing to a strong Rawdon side by 9 wickets. Max Hibbert scored a half-century before being caught on the boundary as Steeton scored 170 runs all out in 36 overs. Rawdon were given a few ‘lives’ but scored quickly as they passed the Steeton target for the loss of a single wicket taken by Ben Yeadon courtesy of a nice catch by Archie Smith in the covers. Rawdon finished with 173 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in 18.2 overs.
27 June 2021 - 3rd XI v Alwoodley (H)
18 July 2021 - 3rd XI v Skipton (A)
25 July 2021 - 3rd XI v Saltaire (A)
8 August 2021 - 3rd XI v Calverley St Wilfrid's (H)
Calverley St Wilfrid’s
15 August 2021 - 3rd XI v Green Lane (A)
22 August 2021 - 3rd XI v Guiseley (A)