Month: May 2019

1st XI Match Report v Bolton Abbey (A)


In a match that was once again heavily influenced by bad weather, Arthington 1st XI suffered their second defeat of the season in their ‘rematch’ against last week’s opponents, Bolton Abbey. It was very much cricket weather for this fixture, after a week of glorious sunshine and high temperatures, it could not hold out for the weekend and the two teams braved the overcast and later damp conditions to complete a close match, where most other matches in the division and indeed the league were abandoned.

Arthington skipper Naveed Andrabi won the toss and elected to bat first, which had proved to be successful in the previous week. The opening pair of Andrabi and Sajid Hussain started strongly once again, creating a strong platform and reaching 99-0 at drinks, after 20 overs. In an attempt to increase the scoring rate, which had started to drop, Andrabi began to play more expansively and played some sublime shots on both the off and on side, before he was stumped in the 25th over by what can best be described as an enthusiastic wicketkeeper, having reached 77, including 12 fours and 1 six. Hussain, who was struggling to score against a good and much changed bowling attack, was eventually trapped LBW for 45 from 83 balls. A risky single proved costly for Ahmer Sadiq and the third wicket, but Matthew Moss played well for his 19, including 3 nice boundaries. He too was run out, as he was unable to make his ground trying to complete a second run. Alex O’Neil was unable to add to the score and was caught on the boundary in the same over, with the score at 153-5, which soon became 157-6. Khamrosh Khan (36) and Andrew Dowson (20 not out) combined well in the final overs for a partnership of 58, displaying some good running between the wickets and nicely struck boundaries. Khan had clearly not understood Dowson’s plan to run on the last ball and was run out, shortly after setting off for a leg-bye. The final score from the 40 overs: 216-7.

The very first over of the Bolton Abbey reply was dramatic. Luke Seaborne bowled it and had his second ball dropped at cover. Thankfully, the opening batsman played the same shot three balls later and this time, Ahmer Sadiq held on to arguably a more difficult catch than the one that he put down. Seaborne and Andrabi bowled well in their first spells and the latter struck in the 8th over to make the score 40-2.

As the change bowlers came on, the rain began to fall and it would continue to do so for most of the remaining overs. Umer Khan and Ahmer Sadiq began well, both only conceding two runs from their first two overs, but the conditions became more and more difficult and the sodden ball prevented any chance of swing. The batsmen were playing well and a few fielding errors also kept the score ticking over. In an effort to change things, captain Andrabi brought on the spin of Mohsin Ali, who produced probably the most telling moment of the game; the remaining opener playing the ball onto his legs and back onto the stumps. Although the bail reportedly moved out of its groove, it did not fall and the batsman survived, going on to make an unbeaten 96. Seaborne and Andrabi returned for the final overs, but they were not able to repeat the heroics of the victory at Spofforth from two weeks prior. Bolton Abbey ultimately reaching the target with 15 balls to spare with the score 217-2.

The weather summed up Arthington’s mood quite accurately at the end of the game, as the disappointed and now damp 1st XI headed to the dressing room. However, there were still many positives to take from the game, which was very close in the end, going down to the last three overs. It is difficult to say whether the game would have turned out differently had it been played in glorious sunshine and 25 degree heat throughout, or if Arthington had fielded first. The 1st XI’s next game is against Bishop Monkton at the ACG, where they will aim to get back to winning ways with an improved performance.

Unfortunately, the 2nd XI’s home match against Wath & Melmerby did not take place, as the opposition conceded. This leaves the 2nd XI second in the table with a game in hand. They face Dacre Banks next week, away from home.

Arthington CC would like to thank the match ball sponsor this week: Headingley Councillors

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1st XI Match Report v Bolton Abbey (H)


A fine batting display was the difference at the ACG as Arthington ran out deserved winners against Bolton Abbey. Some strong partnerships, as well as several fine individual performances with both bat and ball proved the key to success in an excellent match.

Arthington, who fielded a side with five changes from last week’s thriller at Spofforth, were put in to bat on a good wicket and made an excellent start to the innings. Sajid Hussain made his highly anticipated return to the side to form half of the 5th consecutive different opening pairing this season, however, one that was prolific and familiar last season. The openers put on 84 runs for the first wicket in reasonable time, before Naveed Andrabi was caught at cover for 37. Khamrosh Khan then contributed 19 to a 50-run partnership for the second wicket, falling once more to a catch as Hussain looked on. It was Hussain, who scored over 600 runs at the top of the order last season, that held the innings together nicely and late in the innings reached a fine century, Arthington’s first of the season, which included 15 fours and 2 sixes. A quickfire 20 from Ahmer Sadiq ended with an LBW before Hussain finally fell; caught off the bowling of Bolton Abbey’s very own Naveed for 109 from 113 deliveries. Arthington also welcomed Alex O’Neil back to the team and he showcased his usual destructive style to round off the innings, scoring 25 not out from 17 balls, including 3 sixes. The final score from the 40 overs: 233-5.

In reply, Bolton Abbey made a promising start, until they lost both openers to Andrabi in quick succession; the first caught behind by wicketkeeper Andrew Dowson, also returning after a week away from the side and the second, an LBW. The middle order recovered well and at one point had increased the score to 165-4, but some crucial wickets at crucial times from Sadiq (9.1-1-44-4) and Umer Khan, as well as a fine catch on the boundary from O’Neil, when a boundary seemed inevitable, pegged the opposition back. Andrabi returned to polish off most of the tail, completing his 5-for and finishing with figures of 9–1–34–5. Bolton Abbey fell 39 runs short of Arthington’s first innings total: 194 all out.

This week saw the welcome return of two key players from last season in Hussain and O’Neil, both of whom had missed the previous four matches and they ended up making large contributions in a good win for the 1st XI. Due to the miracle of scheduling, Arthington’s next game is an away fixture against the same opposition. We are left wondering whether a similar performance will allow the team to prevail or whether Bolton Abbey will return with increased determination and know-how to dent Arthington’s early promotion aspirations.

Away from the ACG, the 2nd XI travelled to Kirk Deighton. Bowling first, they restricted their opponents to 121-6, thanks to some good bowling (Wasim Malik 3-29, Dennis Nash 2-26) and, by all accounts, top class wicketkeeping from Dave Howard. Shabir Ahmed scored a majestic 70 as part of a controlled reply: 122-3. Arthington win by 7 wickets.

Thanks, as ever, to this week’s match ball sponsors:

1st XI match ball sponsor: Tim Taylor
2nd XI match ball sponsor: David Howard

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1st XI Match Report v Spofforth (A)


Last season, Arthington 1st XI took part in a truly memorable game against Hampsthwaite, where they were able to win against all odds and keep their unbeaten run for the season intact. Many believed that a game like that could never be repeated, however, several months yet only 6 league games later, lightning struck twice, as a depleted 1st team managed to win against Spofforth, when defeat seemed inevitable.

Lightning was probably the only thing missing from the game that had almost everything, but it all looked to be heading towards a cancellation, as the team travelled to the ground in torrential rain. Thankfully, the skies cleared temporarily and the match got underway on time. For the first time in the season, captain Naveed Andrabi won the toss and elected to bat first; his reasoning being that Arthington would have the better fielding conditions in the second innings. Sadly, this turned out not to be the case.

Another new opening pair of Andrabi and Ahmer Sadiq faltered early on, as Andrabi was given out LBW for only 6, and Khamrosh Khan swiftly followed, shortly after a huge shot that cleared the ropes: 6 and out. Kevin Braithwaite was the next man in and formed the beginnings of a good, rain-interrupted partnership with Sadiq that reached 35. Sadly, this was brought to a premature end by a mix-up and a slip, leaving Sadiq halfway down the wicket and run out. Wasim Malik, who has impressed with the bat in recent weeks, also managed to work well with Braithwaite, combining for a partnership of 38. He then tried to hit a full, straight delivery back to Arthington, missed, and heard leather on wood, signifying the end of his 21-run innings.

That wicket signalled the start of another lower order collapse, as the score went from 101-3 to 131 all out. The ducks were once again out in force in the wet weather, as Arthington made another 4 in total. In the latter part of the innings, the majority of the damage was done by the Spofforth opening bowler, in his second spell, who sent bails flying as he bowled out Malik, Ravinder Bhanot and Luke Seaborne in similar fashion.

Due to the earlier rain delay, the match had been reduced to 38 overs per side and Arthington were able to last until the end of the penultimate over, until Braithwaite attempted to sneak a single to retain the strike and Mohammed Adil was caught napping at the other end, failing to make his ground. This left Braithwaite stranded not out for a crucial and well-made 47.

The Spofforth response started out in a fairly controlled manner. The opening bowling pair of Andrabi and Seaborne failed to make significant impact, although Andrabi did strike with an LBW in the 6th over to remove the Spofforth opener for 1. It wasn’t until the change bowlers began their spells that things really began to happen. An incredible spell of economic bowling by Ahmer Sadiq (10-4-13-1) tightened the screw and it was his impact that made the breakthrough to dismiss the other opening batsman, who had been going nicely on 40. At the other end, teenage superstar Umer Khan was having none of the luck, as he induced a drive to Trevor Lobley at gulley, only to see it put down; the driving rain summing up the mood fairly accurately at this point. However, Lobley made up for this in remarkable fashion in the next over, as he ran out another batsman who had been going along well, his throw from cover sending the off stump crashing to the ground, following a poorly judged single. Khan did eventually get the wicket that he deserved though; caught behind by Khamrosh Khan, who had donned the gloves in the absence of regular wicketkeeper Andrew Dowson and who performed admirably and energetically throughout.

A 20-run partnership for the 5th wicket had taken the score to 123-4 at the end of the 31st over. With Spofforth only requiring a further 9 runs for victory with 7 overs still to play, they were on the brink of victory. But as has been proven in the past, Arthington cannot be written off so easily. Seaborne (7-0-20-2) and Andrabi (10-3-28-4) returned for their second spells and Seaborne struck immediately. A length ball kept low on the now difficult batting surface and crashed into the base of off stump, which keeled over in resigned fashion onto the soggy surface. 3 balls later and history repeated itself, only in far more spectacular fashion. Seaborne, who later informed anyone who would listen that this was the greatest ball he has ever bowled, sent down a jaffa that pitched on middle stump and moved off the pitch, striking the top of the off stump and sending it cartwheeling back towards wicketkeeper Khan. Jubilation ensued and the new batsman even did Arthington the kindness of taking a single from the last ball of the over; spoiling the opportunity of a double-wicket maiden, but keeping the set batsman at the wrong end for Andrabi’s next over.

And costly, it proved to be. Andrabi sent down a wicket maiden, uprooting the stumps once more with his 3rd ball and firing down another three thunderbolts to keep the new man at the crease honest. The field spread for the start of Seaborne’s next over and the number 6 batsman, who ended not out on 12, only managed a single from the first ball, but Seaborne was not able to make further inroads into the Spofforth tail. 5 dot balls.

And so began the final over of that match, with the fielders standing on all parts of the boundary to entice an easy single. The batsman duly obliged from the first ball of the over, which left Andrabi, in his tenth and final over, with the chance of sealing a most unlikely victory. The first two balls did not trouble the batsman unduly, but the third crashed into the timbers. A member of the Spofforth side had, unfortunately, had to leave the match early, so this brought the last man across the spongy outfield and to the crease. The tension intensified as Andrabi bowled a dot ball, but in almost poetic fashion, with the last ball of his spell, he produced a straight and low full-toss, the batsman missed it and the whole team appealed...LBW!

5 wickets from 4 overs for only 3 runs. 126 all out. Arthington win by 5 runs.

Great credit must be given to all 11 players for their performances in horrible conditions, as well as to the opposition. There were 2 lengthy rain delays during the match, which the report glosses over somewhat, one in each innings. Had not both teams thought they could win towards the end, the match may well have been abandoned, as it began raining heavily again. This was a remarkable ending to a great match. Those who failed to perform with the bat more than made up for it with the ball or in the field. Congratulations to everyone. Well played.

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The victorious Arthington 1st XI post-match (sans Lobley but avec Greaves-Newall)
The victorious Arthington 1st XI post-match (sans Lobley but avec Greaves-Newall)

At the ACG, the 2nd XI made 118-8 (Matt Moss, 40) from a reduced 32-over 1st innings. The opposition were 61-4 in their reply, when the bad weather meant that the match was abandoned.

Arthington CC would like to thank the match ball sponsors for this week’s matches:

1st XI match ball sponsor: Kevin Braithwaite
2nd XI match ball sponsor: Ken Clayton

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Dennis Nash – 400 Wickets


Arthington legend Dennis Nash took his 400th wicket for the club in the 2nd XI's 135-run victory against Ripley 4th XI on Saturday 4th May 2019.

The evergreen opening bowler was yet again instrumental in his side's victory, claiming 4-27 from his 10 overs as the 2nd XI skittled their opposition for just 89. Dennis also contributed 5no with the bat.

Since joining Arthington in 2002, Dennis has established himself as one of the legends of the club, and you just need to take a look at his statistics to see why. He has notched up 287 matches, making him 4th on the all-time appearances list.

His 400th wicket means that he is only the second player in Arthington history to pass 400 wickets, and is second on the all-time wicket takers list. Now with 402 wickets for Arthington, deadly Dennis has claimed his scalps at an impressive average of just 19.69, and with a miserly economy rate of just 2.70 runs per over, and a best return of 6-16, Dennis has made a name for himself as not just a legend of Arthington Cricket Club, but of the entire Nidderdale League.

Many, many congratulations Dennis. A true gentleman of the game, we are proud to call you one of our own - and we just know that you will continue to terrorize league batsmen for many more years to come.

On behalf of everyone at Arthington Cricket Club, we wish you all the best, and congratulations again on the monumentous achievement.


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1st XI Match Report v South Kilvington (H)


After the disappointment of last week, Arthington 1st XI bounced back in spectacular style, with a convincing win against South Kilvington at the ACG. For the third week running, captain Naveed Andrabi opted to lose the toss and Arthington were asked to field first. It was later revealed to this reporter that Andrabi would also have fielded first had he won the toss.

Umer Khan struck early in his opening spell, dismissing the first South Kilvington opener caught behind, but then a fine 2nd wicket partnership of 53 appeared to have steadied the ship. Having helped his team to 60 after only 9 overs, Khan taking the brunt of the punishment, the remaining opening batsman fell LBW to Andrabi, 1 run short of what would have been a quickfire 50. What followed was an incredible spell of bowling from Martin Hings. Despite seeing his second ball disappear for 6, Hings proceeded to bowl a total of 10 overs for only 10 runs; incredibly the final 5 of which were all maidens (10-6-10-2). The consistent line and length was inevitably the undoing of 2 members of South Kilvington’s middle order; one LBW and the other caught by Matthew Moss at slip to end a 36-run stand and the final show of real resistance for the 5th wicket.

On his long overdue return to the side, Ahmer Sadiq also impressed with the ball. Although his line was understandably not as consistent as Hings’, his trademark tricky inswing was able to dislodge several batsmen. No doubt inspired by the economical bowling of Hings, Sadiq’s second spell of 4 overs featured 3 consecutive maidens, including a double-wicket one. He finished with figures of 10-4-21-3. Spin from Mohsin Ali and another double wicket maiden in the first over of his second spell from Khan (6-1-40-3) finished off the South Kilvington innings: 129 all out.

A fan of experimentation, captain Andrabi decided on a 3rd different opening partnership in 3 matches and Shabir Ahmed and Mohsin Ali began the chase. Ali fell in the 3rd over, bringing Andrabi to the crease, and together with Ahmed took the score to 36, Ahmed eventually being trapped LBW for 15. Andrabi reached his second 50 of the season in style, his knock containing eight 4s and two enormous 6s, but was dismissed almost immediately afterwards, mistiming a shot straight up in the air and eventually into the bowler’s grateful hands. Matthew Moss, batting at number 4, batted confidently and was able to increase his season’s batting average from 0 to 37, thanks to his 37 not out. Khamrosh Khan did not trouble the scorers but Ahmer Sadiq proved that class is permanent and together with Moss guided the team across the line. The final score was 133-4, which was reached in the 26th over.

Away from home, the 2nd XI played against Ripley. Batting first, they amassed an impressive 224 all out, including a first wicket maximum break of 147: Ayoub Khan 67 and Mohammed Faiyazuddin 42. Wasim Malik also contributed with 49, as did the extras. With the ball, Zameer Ahmed got 4-24 from his 10 overs, but the performance of the day goes to Dennis Nash, who, during his spell (also 4-24 from 10), took his 400th wicket for Arthington in his 287th match. A phenomenal achievement. Ripley were eventually bowled out for 89.

Next weekend, the 1st XI expects to field a strong side away at Spofforth and the 2nd XI host Rainton at the ACG.

The club thanks the match ball sponsors for both teams this week: Olicana Properties

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