Month: June 2019

1st XI Match Report v North Stainley (A) (Cup)

CAPTAIN LEADS FROM THE FRONT TO SECURE SEMI-FINAL SPOT FOR ARTHINGTON

It was an inspirational performance from Arthington 1st XI Captain Naveed Andrabi in the Barrett cup quarter final match against North Stainley that proved the difference, on an overcast Tuesday evening. Much like most of the matches in the season so far, there were doubts as to whether it was going to be played at all, due to the continuous downpour on the journey north, but North Stainley seemingly had its own microclimate and the match took place, albeit reduced to 18 overs a side. Arthington won the toss and, more out of necessity than for any tactical reason, chose to bat first.

Sajid Hussain opened the batting with Andrew Dowson, but neither had made a significant impact on the score, before both returned to the dressing room in the 4th and 5th overs respectively. Ahmer Sadiq was also not quite able to reproduce the fireworks from the previous round, although we did see glimpses in his short 17-run innings, which included 2 fours and a six and the pre-match confidence of the returning Matt Moss was not converted into big runs. He managed to barely scrape into double figures, before he was caught off the bowling of the useful North Stainley spinner.

With seven overs completed, the score was a perilous 45-4, but Andrabi had made his way to the crease in the previous over, batting at number 5, and he began to stamp his authority on the match. However, not before two more wickets had fallen to take the score to 55-6, as Kevin Braithwaite did his very best attempt at a cricketing copy and paste of Khamrosh Khan’s dismissal; both players were bowled by the same spin bowler for 2 runs.

Contrary to the earlier batting frailty, the 7th wicket stand took the match into the final over and was worth 81 runs, of which Andrabi scored the majority, but Wasim Malik’s useful contribution (12) and staying power must not be overlooked. Andrabi scored stylishly and freely for his 78 not out, but it was not a chanceless knock. He was dropped on at least two, arguably three, occasions by North Stainley fielders, the most unfortunate of which saw the boundary fielder at deep mid-wicket take a clean catch, only to step back onto the boundary rope and gift Andrabi one of his 6 total sixes in the innings, which also included six fours. Andrabi’s batting performance displayed intelligence in not only keeping the majority of the strike but also expert targeting of the shorter boundary. In the final over, Luke Seaborne’s 3-ball cameo added a further 5 runs to the final score of 149-7.

A word that accurately summarises Arthington’s fielding effort would be ‘brave’. Several players took painful blows in the course of assisting the bowlers to restrict the runs. Ahmer Sadiq began the bowling innings in bizarre fashion, conceding 4 wides in the over, but he would be redeemed in his following over with a catch by Andrabi before a superb run out by Khamrosh Khan stole the show. Khan raced in from his position in the ring at backward point and seemed to pick up and throw the ball at great speed, mid-dive, all in one wristy motion. The bails flew and the remaining opening batsman was short of his ground.

Luke Seaborne was economical but not impactful at the other end from his first three overs and it took the change bowling of Andrabi to alter things further, as he removed the number three, four and five North Stainley batsmen in identical fashion; all bowled. At the other end, Sajid Hussain was hit on the wrist by a thunderbolt on the final ball of his third over and was forced off the field, unable to continue. Only he will know whether he was trying to stop the ball, or was simply unsuccessful in avoiding it. Seaborne returned to complete his five overs and struck with his second ball, having just been hit for six. This time, the yorker was on the money and the ball smashed into middle stump. Just two balls later, the new batsman lobbed up a simple catch to Matt Moss at mid-wicket to give Seaborne his second wicket, finishing with figures of 5-0-27-2. Whilst North Stainley briefly counter-attacked, the required rate quickly became unmanageable and forced another couple of run outs by Andrew Dowson and Ahmer Sadiq. Sadiq and Andrabi (5-0-21-3) completed the overs and with them, the North Stainley reply, as they finished their innings on 109-9. Arthington won by 40 runs.

Because the other quarter finals were postponed, as they were due to be played outside of the North Stainley rain-free zone, the 1st XI do not yet know who they will face in the next round nor when the next round is due to take place. It is safe to say that Captain Naveed Andrabi’s performance with both bat and ball was the key to victory in this match though and Arthington will look to take their now impressive cup form into their next few league matches, including another away match against North Stainley, where they will try to unseat them from top spot in the table.

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1st XI Match Report v Whixley (H)

ARTHINGTON'S HIGHEST TOTAL OF THE SEASON NOT ENOUGH TO STAVE OFF UNBEATEN WHIXLEY

A close contest at the top of division three ended in defeat for Arthington 1st XI, as an undefeated Whixley side chased down a very competitive total with balls to spare.

For a change, the weather decided to be kind on a Saturday and the ACG was warm and sunny throughout the duration of the match. Arthington captain Naveed Andrabi won the toss and elected to bat first on what appeared to be a good surface at first glance. After only 5 balls, many would have had grounds to question this decision, as Arthington found themselves two wickets down; Sajid Hussain and Khamrosh Khan being dismissed in consecutive deliveries, with the score still at zero. However, Kevin Braithwaite, batting at number four saw off the hat-trick ball, whilst the other opener, Andrabi, watched on, having not yet faced a ball at the other end. The pair put on a terrific partnership of 120 runs together for the third wicket allowing Arthington to recover from the poor start. Sadly, all good things must come to an end and it did for Andrabi, finally failing to connect completely cleanly with a leg-side shot to be caught on the boundary, having made 92, including 5 fours and 9 sixes.

From this new, stronger position, Arthington were able to accelerate the scoring. Ahmer Sadiq and Braithwaite, who had played the anchor role up to this point, were able to score more freely, striking a number of boundaries, but Braithwaite eventually succumbed to this new aggressive strategy, shortly after passing his 50; his valuable 55-run contribution contained 4 fours and 2 sixes. From there, the middle to lower order added runs quickly, whilst still losing wickets at regular intervals. Sadiq (39), Alex O’Neil (34*) and Wasim Malik (31) all managed to clear the ropes on several occasions and, despite losing seven wickets in total, which slowed progress, Arthington reached their highest batting total of the season so far of 269 from the 40 overs.

Although the required rate of just under seven runs per over seemed daunting initially, it allowed Whixley to start their innings aggressively. They were also able to profit from some unusually poor bowling from Arthington as none of the opening three bowlers, Andrabi, Hussain or Luke Seaborne, were able to control the rate of scoring. The opening partnership had reached 97 runs before it was finally broken; Alex O’Neil taking a good catch at long on from the bowling of Ahmer Sadiq. Captain Andrabi turned to spin during the middle part of the innings and whilst this reduced the number of boundaries that were being scored, the Whixley batsmen were still able to keep the score ticking over, comfortably ahead of the rate.

The 82-run 2nd wicket partnership ended in very similar fashion to the first, as O’Neil held on to a high ball at long-on, this time off the bowling of Mohsin Ali. As if O’Neil’s position at long-on needed to be justified yet further, he took another catch there for the 3rd wicket, shortly after the Whixley batsman had reached his century. This dismissal brought with it a small ray of hope for Arthington, where there had previously been none, as there were two new batsmen at the crease and additional wickets did fall. Ahmer Sadiq, the pick of Arthington’s bowlers, took another two wickets, including a sharp catch off his own bowling and finished with figures of 8-0-49-4 and Seaborne knocked over off-stump in what turned out to be the final over. But it was too little too late and the expensive bowling and poor fielding at the start of the innings came back to haunt Arthington, who ultimately suffered their third defeat of the season. Whixley reached the target of 270 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the 38th over.

Despite the obvious disappointment of losing to a promotion rival at home, there were still some positives to take from the game for Arthington. The batting performance was the best that the 1st XI has produced this season, which looked unlikely after a disastrous first over and the fielding innings showed signs of recovery towards the end, albeit overdue and in vain. The team will look to bounce back next week, when they travel to Birstwith.

Away from home, the 2nd XI also had their own top of the table clash against Ripley. Despite restricting the hosts to 188-7 (Vince Greaves-Newall 10-0-61-3, Dennis Nash 10-3-25-2), they were unable to chase down the target, eventually being bowled out for 142 from 32 overs (Martin Hings 38, Greaves-Newall 26) to round off a rare double-defeat weekend for the club.

Thank you to Arthington’s match ball sponsors for both teams this week: Gipton & Harehills Councillors

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2nd XI Match Report v Whixley (A) (Cup)

NERVOUS NAIL-BITER ENDS IN DEFEAT ON THE FINAL BALL FOR ARTHINGTON 2nd XI

This season has not been lacking in high drama and tight finishes for Arthington Cricket Club and so it proved once again, as the 2nd XI lost their Peter Bentley Cup quarter final match to Whixley by the narrowest of margins, having overcome several hurdles to take the match to the final ball.

Stand-in captain Dave Howard won the toss and had no hesitation in putting Whixley in to bat. Bowling options were somewhat limited for Arthington, but the openers, Vince Greaves-Newall and Martin Hings did an excellent job in containing the runs and there were very few bad balls to put away. The pressure eventually told for one opener, who looped a catch up to Hings from the bowling of Greaves-Newall. A further two quickfire wickets in Trevor Lobley’s first spell put Whixley on the ropes. The first was a catch near the boundary by Luke Seaborne and the second, a simpler chance for Greaves-Newall. With one opening batsman still in the middle, he and the Whixley number five had a small, but important stand of 34 in the middle overs, but both fell in quick succession: a fine catch in the deep from Greaves-Newall’s bowling, before Martin Hings dismissed the opener, clean bowled, one run short of an impressive 50. With the score at 80-5, that was to be the end of the wickets and the final pair put on a further 41 runs in the remaining overs to reach a total of 121-5 and leave Arthington with a tricky chase of 122.

With the required run rate at just over 6 an over, the match was delicately poised at the halfway stage and so it would remain until the death. The opening pair of Jo Nash and Ayoub Khan batted sensibly and kept the runs ticking over at a healthy rate. Despite some questionable running between the wickets at times, the chase seemed under control, but the introduction of slower bowling proved to be the downfall of both opening batsmen, as they fell in the same over; Nash stumped for 20, trying to hit the ball down the ground and Khan, bowled, playing across the line to a full toss, for 24. However, their job had been done as two new batsmen prepared to continue the chase in the forms of Martin Dickinson and Vince Greaves-Newall.

The match was taken deep into the remaining overs by the pair, all the while keeping the required rate at or around one run a ball and they struck some nice boundaries in doing so; the highlight being a sumptuous cover drive for four by Greaves-Newall. But then disaster struck. Having seen off another over and looking in good touch, Greaves-Newall was forced to hobble from the field and retire his innings; 24 not out. This brought Martin Hings to the crease with the match in the balance. 19 runs were required from the final 3 overs. 6 an over would force a tie. But two overs and 10 runs later, lightning would strike twice, specifically to the hamstring of Hings, as he too retired hurt and left the field. The drama intensified as Luke Seaborne came to the non-striker’s end to observe the rest of the innings from a safe distance. The equation was simple: 6 balls and 9 runs to win with an abundance of wickets in hand. 8 for a tie. Agonisingly, with the field spread, Dickinson struck the first delivery straight back at the bowler for no run. The second was put away for 2, but the third stuck in the keeper’s gloves. 7 now required from 3. The next two deliveries both went for two runs, but Dickinson was struggling with the running and it seemed an unlikely option for him to be able to run 3 and win the game. The only hope was to strike a boundary, which had been noticeably lacking in the previous few overs. The field was changed for the last ball, as Whixley were going for the win and wanted to prevent two runs and the prospect of a tied game and boundary opportunities presented themselves. However, Dickinson, who finished the innings on a well-made 30 not out, failed to connect properly and only managed a single to mid-on, to leave the score at 120-2, one solitary run short of the opposition’s total.

Despite the disappointment of coming so close to victory and the injuries sustained by Greaves-Newall, Hings and Dickinson, it was later discovered, the two teams still played out a thoroughly entertaining and closely fought contest. Sadly, the injuries at key times to set batsmen were probably the main, unfortunate reasons for the loss, but the whole team bowled, fielded and batted well to make the contest as close as it ultimately was. Congratulations to Whixley, who move into the semi-finals and commiserations to Arthington 2nd XI who bow out of the cup for another year.

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1st XI Match Report v Thornton-Le-Moor (H) (Cup)

INCREDIBLE BATTING DISPLAY TAKES ARTHINGTON THROUGH TO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE CUP

At the third time of asking, the Barrett cup match between Arthington 1st XI and Thornton-le-Moor finally took place, after two consecutive washouts. Another cancellation seemed likely, as the rain began to fall just as the teams arrived at the ACG, forcing the covers to go back on before play got underway. However, the match did start on time and Arthington batted first in a reduced 16-over match, having won the toss.

Playing in his favourite format, Alex O’Neil opened the batting with Sajid Hussain and had already raced on to 20 before Hussain mistimed a clip off his legs to be caught at mid-wicket. This brought Arthington captain Naveed Andrabi to the crease and he, together with O’Neil, formed a partnership of 59 for the 2nd wicket, dealing mainly in boundaries. The score had reached 82 in the 8th over when O’Neil, who had earlier been caught off a no-ball, was finally caught at cover trying to nudge the ball for a single. After already striking 3 fours and 5 huge sixes in his innings, this came as somewhat of a surprise, and saw him depart for 48, one O’Neil-sized stroke away from a rapid 50.

Wasim Malik’s innings was short, but eventful. Striking his very first ball for a six, he followed this up by missing two balls in a row, the second of which hit the stumps. With the score at 88-3 at the start of the 9th over, Ahmer Sadiq strode to the wicket. By his own admission, Sadiq had been struggling to find his form with the bat this season, but the shorter format suited him perfectly and what followed was some of the best scoring the ACG has ever seen; Andrabi and Sadiq combining for an unbeaten partnership of 117 from only 8 overs. Although Andrabi survived a difficult chance on the boundary for a Thornton-le-Moor player, Sadiq played flawlessly, regaining immeasurable confidence after every delivery. His 71* from only 29 balls included 4 fours and 6 sixes. Andrabi had to settle for second place in the scoring stakes; his leisurely 69* coming off 34 balls and containing 2 fours and 7 sixes. The 16th over proved to be the most expensive, going for 29, and helping the final score from the 16-over first innings reach 205-3, meaning a required rate for the chase of a staggering 12.88 runs per over.

Despite a six and a couple of no-balls in the first over from the bowling of Umer Khan giving the opposition a ray of hope, Luke Seaborne’s first over was a double-wicket maiden, dismissing the number two and three batsmen, and more or less sealed Thornton-le-Moor’s fate. Both catches were taken at cover by man of the match Ahmer Sadiq, determined to follow up his incredible batting performance with a fine fielding display. The second dismissal, in particular, was a fantastic 1-handed effort. Seaborne finished with figures of 3-1-10-2. Not wanting to be outdone, Khan (3-0-21-2) took 2 wickets in the following over; Alex O’Neil held on to a catch at long-on and Khan himself baffled the batsman with a perfect slower ball to unseat the bails and take the score to 17-4 in the 5th over. At this stage, it had been several overs since Sadiq had done something spectacular and he must have been getting restless. Cue a shot to a vacant mid-off and Sadiq darting around from cover to pick up the ball one-handed and shying at the non-striker’s end, whilst parallel with the ground in a full-length dive. Needless to say, the ball clattered into the stumps and the batsman was short of his ground.

In total, Arthington used a further six bowlers to complete the remaining overs and one more wicket fell to the part-time spin of Alex O’Neil; stumped by wicketkeeper Andrew Dowson. At the end of the innings, Thornton-le-Moor were 82-6. Arthington won by 123 runs.

The victory takes Arthington 1st XI into the quarter finals, where they will travel to North Stainley. Hopefully, this match takes place at the first time of asking and, following this performance, Arthington must be confident of reaching the semi finals.

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1st XI Match Report v Markington (H)

RAIN STOPS PLAY FOR THE 1st XI, BUT 2nd XI CLAIM STUNNING VICTORY

After a week of some truly miserable weather, the prospect of playing a match to its completion seemed unlikely at the start of Saturday. The 1st XI hosted Markington at the ACG, looking to replicate their impressive performance last time out. Markington won an important toss and, in one of the least surprising moments of the season so far, opted to bowl first.

The opening pair of Sajid Hussain and Naveed Andrabi started tentatively and it took several overs for the first boundary. The score increased gradually for the first few overs, without major incident, until Hussain was trapped LBW in front of middle stump in the 14th over. Markington seized on Ahmer Sadiq’s cautious approach and crowded the bat with close fielders and just as it seemed as though Sadiq had broken the shackles, after a big shot over mid-on, he looped a defensive push up to a grateful short mid-wicket, for a simple catch. One of the biggest moments of the first innings came when Andrabi was on 27, getting a thin edge on an attempted cut shot. Inexplicably, the wicketkeeper let it spill out of his gloves giving the opener a reprieve. This was gladly accepted by Andrabi, who batted stylishly and sensibly, going on to reach 93 and eventually being caught on the long-on boundary. Despite the best efforts of two fielders to mess it up by running in to each other, the bigger man held on and left the other in a heap. Andrabi’s innings was his highest score of the season so far and included 7 fours and 4 sixes.

Alex O’Neil also wasted no time continuing his good form and played an exciting innings of 35, including 4 sixes, 2 fours and, significantly, 3 singles, after which he looked positively worn out. The rest of the lower order added a few runs in the final overs and the final score of 194-8 looked to be a good one, given the conditions. There had been several short showers during the batting effort, but they were not enough to force the players off the field.

In reply, Markington were 21-2 after only 4 overs, when heavy rain stopped play. Naveed Andrabi was the pick of the two opening bowlers, striking twice in his second over and finishing with figures of 2-0-10-2. Sadly, there was to be no more play, as the rain persisted. The captains eventually shook hands and abandoned the game as a draw. It was an unfortunate end to what looked like a good contest. The result, or lack of one, had little impact on the 1st XI’s league position though, as every game in the division was abandoned as well. Next week sees 2nd play 3rd when Whixley travel to the ACG in one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the season so far. Everybody has everything crossed in the hope of a nice, sunny day.

Due to the weather and the subsequent lack of inches devoted to the 1st XI this week, it seems fitting to give the 2nd XI a fuller round-up of their match against Ouseburn 3rd XI. In an extraordinary match, the 2nd team beat both their opponents and the weather in decisive style and there were some remarkable performances from several players. Crucially, stand-in captain Dave Howard won the toss and elected to field first. Zameer Ahmed and the ever-reliable Dennis Nash opened the bowling and the pair blasted away the top order in devastating fashion. Ahmed took five wickets, four of which separated bail from stump in a fine display of swing bowling. Incredibly, he was twice presented with an opportunity of a hat-trick, but failed to bowl the magic third consecutive delivery, finishing with figures of 6-1-24-5. Change bowler Martin Hings, who has already had some impressive bowling figures this season, produced another set in a short but deadly spell, taking three wickets in two overs for the concession of only one run. He, too, was on a hat-trick and nearly had it as well, but for a fumble in the gully. After the match, there were varied reports on the level of difficulty of the catch, depending on who was asked. Mohammed Faiyazuddin wrapped up the innings with only his 3rd ball, taking the final wicket without conceding a run. Ouseburn all out for 48.

The reply was not without a few jitters, as three wickets did fall in the 12.2 overs it took to chase down the total, but the (almost) birthday boy Vince Greaves-Newall, in his full return to match cricket, made sure of the victory with a quickfire 23 runs, batting at number four, including 2 fours and 2 sixes. Everyone at Arthington is glad to see Vince back playing and in the runs; the winning total 49-3, and all before the rains came!

It is still unclear what the victory really means for Arthington’s promotion hopes, as division seven is using an alternative formula to determine who advances, due to the number of conceded games so far, but this was an emphatic victory that can only inspire the team to more victories in the weeks to come.

As ever, Arthington Cricket Club extends its gratitude to the match ball sponsors for both teams this week: Gipton & Harehills Councillors

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Website Sponsored by Arthington Parish Council

Arthington Cricket Club are delighted to announce that Arthington Parish Council will be sponsoring the club website for 2019.

We would like to thank the Parish Council for the generous donation.

If you are interest in sponsoring the website for the 2020 season please contact us.

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1st XI Match Report v Bishop Monkton (H)

ARTHINGTON BACK TO WINNING WAYS AFTER SHAKY START

It had the potential to be another soggy affair at the ACG this week, due to a downpour a few hours before the start of play, but thankfully things cleared up, which allowed the 1st XI’s home match against Bishop Monkton to go ahead uninterrupted and saw Arthington overcome a difficult start to achieve a comfortable 20-point win.

On a green pitch that was a bit of a bowler’s paradise, Arthington captain Naveed Andrabi turned a few heads by winning the toss and electing to bat first. His goal was simple: intimidate the other teams in the league, by putting on a batting display so formidable, that every game from here on in would be a concession by the opposition. However, the plan did not start perfectly, as first Andrabi, then Ahmer Sadiq and finally Sajid Hussain all saw their respective shots caught by Bishop Monkton fielders, taking the early score to 27-3. Not being accustomed to being on the back foot and with plenty of batting ability still tanning nicely outside the hut, it had not yet reached ‘panic required’ stage, and a fourth wicket stand of 61 between Khamrosh Khan (24) and Andrew Metzelaar (16), ably assisted by Wide Ball steadied the ship, seeing the score reach 88-3. In seemingly no time at all though, it was 88-6. Khan missed a straight one that clipped the extra coat of varnish on the bails to send them tumbling, Metzelaar was trapped LBW in the very next over and Martin Hings’ stay was akin to that of a particularly disobedient dog, as he managed a golden duck.

Despite the number six batsman, Alex O’Neil, heading to the crease earlier, it was actually the number eight, Andrew Dowson, who faced a ball first from the pair. The two combined for a 22-run partnership, with Dowson (15) scoring the bulk of the runs, before stepping away to the leg-side to allow the ball room to crash into the stumps. The situation looked all too familiar for Arthington, following last week’s defeat, but where there were once two ducks next to the names of O’Neil and Mohsin Ali, the new man in, there now soared two magnificent birds of prey, both of whom seized on the meaty offerings served up by the Bishop Monkton bowlers, clearly tiring in the heat, and their 83-run partnership would prove to be decisive in the outcome of the match. Ali was eventually caught for an explosive 28, which included 2 fours and 2 sixes but the star of the show was O’Neil, who struck an unbeaten 78, with 6 fours and 5 sixes, even contributing the majority of the runs in a quick 29-run partnership with Luke Seaborne, from only 13 balls to round off the innings: 222-8.

Seaborne and Hussain opened the bowling for Arthington in the second innings and each took a wicket in their first spell; Seaborne cleaning out middle stump and Hussain forcing a loose shot and a catch at point by Khamrosh Khan. But a stubborn 45-run partnership for the 3rd wicket, including the opening batsman who would go on to reach his 50, saw the pair profit from the bowling of Andrabi and Martin Hings to take the score to 88-2 at the halfway point. At the interval, Arthington welcomed back club legend Vince Greaves-Newall, who had only featured as a dedicated scorer in the season so far, as a substitute fielder for Hings. Clearly his entrance inspired Umer Khan, on as a second-change bowler after drinks, as he mopped up the upper and middle order in quick time. A devastating 5-over spell of 5-1-26-3 including catches by Andrabi and Metzelaar and a Bowled. Seaborne and Andrabi then returned for their second spells and both took a wicket in their first over, Andrabi sending the bails flying from one end before Seaborne (7-3-25-3) sent his very first ball back into the base of leg stump from the other.

With the Bishop Monkton resistance depleted and the runs required seemingly beyond them, captain Andrabi turned to spin in the unlikely form of 6’7” Alex O’Neil, whose back had luckily suffered no ill effects from carrying the earlier batting performance. The unpredictable nature of his bowling certainly posed a few problems for the tail-enders and, despite seeing the number eleven club a fabulous six over the hedge from a leg-side full toss, O’Neil (2-0-15-2) took the final two wickets; a catch at long-off by Arthington’s star fielder of the day, Khamrosh Khan and a tidy stumping from wicketkeeper Andrew Dowson. Bishop Monkton all out for 166.

It was important for Arthington to bounce back from the disappointment of their previous week’s performance against Bolton Abbey and they did so in fine style after a tricky start to their batting innings. The middle and lower order played their part and the bowling and fielding was much improved. The 1st XI’s next game is away against their fellow promoted team, Sessay.

Away from home, the 2nd XI had a disappointing performance in a close game. Batting first they made 81 and were all out in only the 29th over. However, Dacre Banks needed all eleven batsmen, nine of their wickets and 34.3 overs to chase down the total, reaching 82-9 to clinch victory. Wasim Malik top scored with bat and ball: 26 and 10-3-17-4.

Thanks to the match ball sponsors for both teams this week: Headingley Councillors

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