Month: April 2019

1st XI Match Report v North Stainley (H)


Spanning almost a season and a half, including the entirety of a memorable 2018 campaign, Arthington’s terrific unbeaten run has finally come to an end. Despite a day of intermittent showers and the odd downpour, the ACG was able to host a full match, with the 1st XI taking on North Stainley’s 1st XI, the away side eventually running out comfortable winners in a low-scoring contest.

For the second week running, Arthington lost the toss and were put in to bat. Rain threatened throughout the first innings and did lead to two brief interruptions, but it was not enough to dampen a strong North Stainley bowling attack. Once again, Arthington fielded a considerably different side, only 5 of whom played the majority of last season’s fixtures in the 1st XI. The new opening pair of Shabir Ahmed and Naveed Andrabi started well by accumulating 37, but Andrabi ended up mistiming a shot to be caught at cover for 26. Ahmed and new man at the crease Khamrosh Khan added another 17, before the opener was dismissed, causing the figurative heavens to open as Arthington proceeded to lose their next 7 wickets for only 14 runs, including a hat-trick from the North Stainley first change bowler, who finished the innings with impressive figures of 6-3-12-6. It was certainly lovely weather for ducks and Arthington managed to make 5 in total. However, the final partnership of Mohsin Ali and Zameer Ahmed were still able to secure a solitary batting point, Ali eventually being bowled for a courageous 21, including four boundaries. The innings finished after 27.1 overs: 91 all out.

Despite having a low total to defend, Arthington’s bowling and fielding efforts managed to take the 2nd innings into the 33rd over and all 4 bowlers managed to get on the scoreboard. Andrabi (11-3-21-2) took the first two wickets; a caught and bowled and a catch at slip taken by Matthew Moss, on his return to the side. After his fine performance with both bat and ball in the 2nd XI the week before, Martin Hings was able to dismiss the number 4 batsman and Khan (K) was able to cling on to a good catch to see the back of the remaining North Stainley opener from the bowling of Ali. Umer Khan took the final wicket to fall; caught behind by Andrew Dowson. Batsmen 6 and 7 for North Stainley were able to add the final runs required and achieved victory with a final score of 95-5.

An unfortunate end to a fantastic achievement by Arthington and congratulations to everyone involved. The result need not dampen any spirits as there are many fond performances to look back on. Arthington’s next unbeaten run begins at the ACG next week against South Kilvington.

The 2nd XI did not have a match this week.

The match ball sponsor for the 1st XI game was Simon Eltringham, to whom the club extends its gratitude.

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1st XI Match Report v Rainton (A)


The 1st team travelled to Rainton for the opening match of the season, following their promotion to division 3 and their unbeaten campaign last year. However, the line-up was almost unrecognisable from the team that played the majority of last season’s games, with 5 of the top 8 in the batting order missing. In glorious sunshine, the Rainton skipper won the toss and put Arthington in to bat.

Having been named Most Valuable Player in the Nidderdale league for his exploits last season and after an encouraging pre-season, Captain Naveed Andrabi retained his place in the side and opened the batting alongside Martin Dickinson. A 1st wicket stand of 59 gave Arthington a strong foundation, however, a flurry of wickets saw the game sway back into Rainton’s favour, when the score reached 77-5; Kevin Braithwaite, Andrew Dowson and Luke Seaborne all being dismissed without scoring and Andrabi eventually being well-caught at long-on after just passing his 50.

Khamrosh Khan and Wasim Malik restored some respectability to the score with a partnership of 30, the former scoring 24 and the latter, an exhilarating 35 that included 6 boundaries. Finally, it was left to the tail to make the score a competitive one. Trevor Lobley, following his return to Arthington after a year’s sabbatical, scored a well-made 30 and was supported ably by numbers 9 and 11. The final score for the innings: 196 all out from 39.3 overs.

The fielding innings began well for Arthington, as both Rainton openers lost their wickets early; Khan (K) taking a fine one-handed catch off the bowling of Seaborne before Umer Khan rearranged the timbers from the other end. The opposition recovered well though and a partnership of 73 for the 3rd wicket kept the forthcoming chase interesting. Wickets began to fall at fairly regular intervals, thanks to a good spell from Andrabi (10-2-24-3), who managed to take the wickets of the Rainton middle order.

Rainton’s number 4 batsman was, unfortunately, forced to retire hurt on 2 occasions. Firstly through injury and finally illness, but played well for his 51. Had he been fully fit, the winning margin may have been smaller. Some tight bowling in the latter stages of the innings meant that the required rate continued to increase, but Arthington failed to hold onto some quite simple catches, which may have seen the contest end sooner than it eventually did. Seaborne (9.1-0-30-3) took the last wicket from the 1st ball of the final over, as Braithwaite held a welcome catch, to leave the opponents all out for 171. Arthington won by 25 runs.

All in all, a very good start to the season. A 20-point win and some excellent performances throughout the team.

At the ACG, the 2nd XI also started with a win against North Stainley. Batting first, they posted 157-8 (Martin Hings 60, Josh Rhodes 41) and restricted the opposition to 139-8 from 40 overs (Martin Hings 4-35, Zameer Ahmed 3-18)

A special thank you to our match ball sponsors this week:

1st XI: Chris Pennington
2nd XI: Josh Rhodes

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