Hello again to another warm weekend for cricket.
The 1st team were at home to Ackworth but missing 4 players from the previous weeks. The Sharlston side were skippered by Ste Roberts in the absence of captain Tom Craig who was getting burnt in Palma Nova. He won the toss and decided to bowl. He opened with Simon Kemp and Jason Ball as Luke Reeves and Robert Simpson were also missing. Danny Bridges and Kieren Dinnage opened for Ackworth and it was Dinnage who started like a rocket. He hit most things his way to the boundary off Kemp. By the time the first wicket fell the score was on 56 and Dinnage had 47 of them. Bridges edging to Ball off the bowling of Kemp. Still Dinnage continued his assault. Dinnage was caught behind when he was in the 40s but neither the umpire gave it or the batsmen walk. Kemp was replaced by Ryan Kelsall who was making his 1st appearance back in the 1st team for 2 years. Tilly Perera replaced Ball and it was Tilly that tried to drag momentum Sharlston’s way. He got Scott Walker and Joe Seddon both LBW and both for 3 to leave Ackworth 95-3 but Dinnage was unbeaten on 75 and looking imperious. The spin of Tilly and Ryan helped to slow things and cause Dinnage to start to take bigger risks but just nothing went towards a fielder for a chance. The next wicket to fall fell to the bowling of Kelsall. This was taken by captain Roberts with an amazing athletic one-handed catch with a twist. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Dinnage as he was still there on 83 and Ackworth were 110-4. Dave Harris came to the crease and hung around in a partnership of 34 of which he scored 11 but saw Dinnage to his hundred. Harris was another wicket for Kelsall as e was trapped LBW. Another wicket and another catch for Roberts again off Kelsall saw Ackworth 161-6 and Dinnage on 112. Kelsall finished his overs and Kemp returned but Dinnage had decided he was going to attack some more. This time the ball went over the boundary more than to it. He raced to 150 and was finally out bowled by Tilly for 156 off 130 balls 12 x fours and 10 x sixes. Ackworth 218-7 and finishing on 220-7. Best for Sharlston was Ryan 3-49 and Tilly 3-67 both off 14 overs.
In reply, Sharlston had a rejigged batting order with Byron Dean opening with Ste Roberts and Byron was out for a duck 2nd ball when he played all around his delivery and was bowled by Kieran McIntyre. Mark Reeves came in at number 3 after his batting exploits with the 2nd team last week but was caught for 4 and Sharlston were 13-2 and still needing over 200 runs. Jack Rogers joined Ste at the crease and they put 31 on with some nice stroke play and running between the wicket until Ste gave a simple catch to McIntyre off the bowling of Matthews and Sharlston were 44-3. Jason joined Jack and again tried to steady and kick on and just as Jack looked comfortable he succumbed to the spin of Longfield and was caught for 24 off 31 balls. Sharlston 63-4 which soon became 63-7 as Ryan was caught on his first ball and then Tilly was stumped on his first ball. In the following over Jason then was caught for 10 and in the blink of an eye, Sharlston was in the mire. Colin Scattergood and Simon Kemp put on 10 before Simon was LBW for 6. 73-8 now and Daniel Bullock was in at number 10, He made 2 before being bowled and the score was 78-9. Tom Murray was the last man in and together with Colin tried to sneak Sharlston towards 100 and an extra bonus point but it was not meant to be as Tom was LBW for 5 leaving Colin 15notout and Sharlston all out for 95 and a very sorry batting display.
A heavy defeat and Sharlston only getting 2 points.
The 2nd team again having to change due to the depleted 1st team were away at Rothwell. Winning the toss Ant decided to bowl just like the 1st team. The decision was justified as Jon Railton opening the bowling removed both openers. First was a fantastic caught and bowled and the second bowled the batsmen through the gate and Rothwell wee 19-2. Rothwell responded and built a partnership slowly and reached 50 before the next wicket fell. Luke Rogers was brought into the attack with Ant himself and rewarded that faith with some aggressive bowling and got the batsmen to snick behind for an easy catch to Danny Rowett. Ant then himself hit a purple patch and using the muggy conditions picked up 4 wickets for next to nothing to go from 50-3 to 67-7. First, he got the in batsmen Mattock to play a lofted shot which was caught by Mark Carlton for 23 but this meant that the batsmen now were all new to the crease, his next wicket was a caught and bowled then he also then bowled the next batsmen and then his fourth and final wicket he trapped him in front for an LBW. Rothwell then dug in and managed to post a total of 116-7 off there 40 overs. Ant the pick of the bowlers with 4-25 off 13. Jon 2-24 and Luke 1-20.
Sharlston’s batting reply was quick, to say the least. Dave Taylor batted just like Dinnage for Ackworth and when Danny Rowett was Lbw for 5. Dave was on 29 and score was 36-1. Dave was joined by Ant and the two of them took the Rothwell bowling apart. Dave raced to 50 and carried on finishing on 72 not out and Ant 35 not out. Dave hit 9 x fours and 4 x sixes. While Ant hit one four and 4 x sixes. Sharlston knocking this off in 16 overs and taking another maximum 16 points.
All in all, another good weekend for the 2nd team while the 1st team needs to get back to winning ways after the 2 defeats.
This weekend sees the 1st team on there travels away at Hatfield Town and the 2nd team at home to Calder Grove. The 1st team is also in cup action on Sunday as they travel to Frickley.