Month: August 2019

1st XI Match Report v Markington (A)


Arthington travelled to Markington for their latest fixture in division three to try and complete a match, having seen the earlier match between the two sides abandoned halfway through. The weather threatened before the match and there were several light showers throughout, but not enough to call a halt to proceedings. Arthington 1st XI used nine bowlers, the most that they have used all season, who were able to keep Markington at bay to allow for what turned out to be a comfortable chase.

Markington won the toss and elected to bat first but their innings could not have started in worse fashion, as Sajid Hussain took a wicket with the very first ball. It was somewhat fortunate that the wide half-volley ended up stinging the palms of Dave Cleasby at short extra-cover, rather than being dispatched to the cover boundary. Not to be outdone, fellow opening bowler Luke Seaborne also took a wicket in his first over, bowling a yorker to the remaining opening batsman who was unable to get his bat down in time and giving the scoreline more of a football feel to it, albeit briefly, at 3-2. Two overs later, it had turned into a rugby union score as Seaborne’s second over, a wicket maiden, made it 10-3. This time, the number three batsman, in trying to be positive, misjudged the bounce from a length delivery and hit the ball high in the air, eventually falling into the waiting hands of Ahmer Sadiq at mid-off. With no further wickets in the next three overs, Seaborne’s spell ended at 5-1-16-2.

Hussain (4-0-17-1) also ended his spell and was replaced by Sadiq. In keeping with the tradition of the day, he struck in his very first over as well. Having set up the batsman beautifully with variety in both pace and line and finally serving up an irresistible half-volley on the stumps, the batsman could only deposit the ball straight down a deliberately placed Umer Khan’s throat at long-off, who gobbled up an excellent catch. And Sadiq did not stop there, also taking wickets in his second and third overs, both bowled, to bring the score to 47-6 after only 13 overs. The second of these wickets was particularly noteworthy, as Sadiq was busy appealing for an LBW and looked most upset that the umpire had given nothing, whilst the rest of the team had seen the ball hit the stumps off the pads and had begun celebrating the dismissal. Sadiq finished with another set of excellent figures: 5-1-17-3.

With the scoreboard finally resembling a cricket match, or a very one-sided netball contest and with both Naveed Andrabi and Akash Hazra sadly bucking the trend and being unable to take a wicket in their short spells, the skipper turned to Umer Khan, whose 3-over spell was very eventful. Khan broke the 26-run partnership for the seventh wicket, the highest of the innings, when the batsman got an inside edge, which diverted the ball onto the stumps. He struck again in his very next over, when a short delivery bounced more than the batsman anticipated and his pull shot came off the top edge of the bat, ballooning to Mohammed Adil at square leg. Ahmer Sadiq did his best to put Adil off, by charging at him from mid-wicket screaming ‘Mine!’, but he sensibly stopped prior to a collision and allowed the catch to be taken. Khan’s spell of 3-0-6-2 could have been even better, as there were a further two wickets from no-balls; one correctly awarded for being above waist-height leading to a catch at gulley and a catch at mid-off ruled out for overstepping the popping crease; not an uncommon occurrence for Khan and his complicated run-up. Nevertheless, it was pleasing to see last season’s player’s player of the year back in the wickets.

Arthington captain Naveed Andrabi opted to use his seventh and eighth bowling options towards the end of the innings; Mohsin Ali and Mohammed Adil. The former took a wicket in the third and final over of his economical spell (3-1-2-1) and there was even time for a ninth bowler, as debutant Dave Cleasby, signed just before the transfer deadline, was able to end the innings with the final ball of his second over by trapping the batsman LBW. The final score in the Markington innings: 103 all out, from 30 overs.

Despite the pitch appearing to be more of a batting surface than a bowler’s playground, Arthington made hard work of the reply to begin with, as they lost four wickets in the first nine overs. The score reached first 10-3 and then 21-4 and all four dismissals came from the bowling of the same Markington bowler. However, despite the frailty at one end, Naveed Andrabi, together with Andrew Dowson, was able to steady the ship and ultimately steer it home. The two combined for an excellent 75-run partnership, with Andrabi scoring the bulk of the runs. Dowson’s contribution of 17 was important, not so much for the runs scored but for the time spent at the crease, which allowed Andrabi to settle into his innings, before accelerating towards the finish line.

It was unfortunate that Dowson was dismissed with only 8 runs required for victory, edging to slip, but fitting that Andrabi should hit the winning runs with one of many fine boundaries in his unbeaten innings of 66, which included 10 fours and a six. In contrast to many of his high-scoring efforts in recent history, this was a chanceless knock and with him at the crease, the result was never in doubt, provided that the Arthington middle order batsmen could stem the early flow of wickets at the other end. Arthington completed their 20-point victory from 21.2 overs: 104-5.

This result sees Arthington creep a further two points closer to their second place rivals, North Stainley and more or less see off the charge of Bolton Abbey, from fourth place, who suffered defeat. Realistically, Arthington 1st XI need to win their remaining two fixtures, extending their recent unbeaten run, and hope that North Stainley fail to win one of theirs. There is just the small matter of unbeaten Whixley at the top of the table to contend with next week.

At the ACG, Arthington 2nd XI were unable to end their recent run of defeats, as they lost to Darley. Batting first, they posted a total of 137-6 from the 40 overs. Mohammed Faiyazuddin acted as the glue to hold the innings together with his 57 and there was a 23-run cameo from Trevor Lobley at the end. Darley reached the total at the end of the 22nd over for the loss of only one wicket; a stunning catch by Gareth Meredith, by all accounts, from the bowling of Nitin Jain.

Arthington CC thanks the match ball sponsors for this round of fixtures.


1st XI match ball sponsor: Reward Financial Group

2nd XI match ball sponsor: John Darnbrook

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1st XI Match Report v Sessay 3 (H)


Arthington 1st XI’s latest match was against familiar opposition. Sessay, who they had faced twice in the lower division last season, had proven tough opposition and provided some close encounters. However, a very different picture was painted in this fixture, as the away side were blown away by the Arthington bowling display in a ruthless performance.

Sessay won the toss and opted to bat first on what seemed a decent pitch. Their innings started in the best possible fashion as the opening batsman struck the very first ball for six. However, that was about as good as it got for Sessay, as they proceeded to lose a wicket in the second over, a catch at point by Khamrosh Khan from the bowling of Naveen Ali, and never really recovered. Ali went on to take the second wicket as well and if the first ball was poor the second was arguably worse and yet somehow the result was two wickets, the second, a caught and bowled from a top edge, in an otherwise excellent spell of bowling. With his job done, Ali finished his spell with incredible figures of 6-4-4-2. Unfortunately, the remaining opening batsman for Sessay was struck at the top of his back by a throw from the field in attempting a quick single. Despite playing on for a couple of overs, he decided he was not fit to continue and retired hurt, not to return until the very end of the innings.

In contrast to the previous game, Arthington’s bowling options were seemingly endless, as the opening bowlers were replaced by the leading wicket takers for the club this season in Ahmer Sadiq and Naveed Andrabi. What followed were two devastating spells of pace bowling from the pair. Sadiq took a couple of overs to find his rhythm, but in his third bowled a double wicket maiden. The first wicket came via a catch by Andrabi and the second was a wickedly fast inswinger that the batsman failed to prevent hitting the stumps. Andrabi, at the other end, took no time at all to settle into his rhythm and after conceding no runs from his first over repeated the feat with his second but with the added bonus of a wicket. The ball looped up over the batsman’s head after he had top-edged a short ball and although wicketkeeper Andrew Dowson did his best to give the slip cordon a scare by juggling the ball in his gloves, he eventually took the catch.

Sajid Hussain replaced Sadiq (4-1-21-2) after four overs and continued the trend, bowling with incredible consistency and giving nothing away. His persistence was eventually rewarded in his third over, yet to concede a run, by hitting the top of the off-stump with a beautiful ball that jagged away slightly off the pitch. Andrabi then took a wicket in consecutive overs, both bowled by full and straight deliveries, to more or less end the Sessay resistance. Their score had gone from a respectable 34-2 after 14 overs to 44-8 after 22. Hussain ended his 5-over spell with superb figures of 5-4-2-1 but Andrabi was the stand-out performer in the Arthington bowling innings finishing with three wickets from five overs for the concession of only one run.

Umer Khan and Mohsin Ali then came on to bowl at what turned out to be the end of the Sessay innings. Ali took a wicket in his second over when the ball lobbed up to Sadiq at short mid-wicket before the opening batsman returned to the crease for the last wicket. However, after swinging at a few balls he was once again unable to carry on on a hot day and opted to retire hurt once more and thus end the innings. 77 all out.

The batting reply for Arthington, whilst brief, was not without incident. Andrabi wasted no time getting his scoring going and hit his second ball for six behind square leg with the first over going for 12 runs. But off the very first ball of the next over, he top-edged the promising female opening bowler to be caught straightforwardly by the wicketkeeper. Sajid Hussain was flying along at the other end and could only watch on as another wicket fell. However, no more would fall after that as Khamrosh Khan, following his fifty in the previous game, along with Hussain, saw the match to its conclusion. Hussain hit the final ball for six to not only win the match but also bring up his fifty, finishing on 52 not out, which also included 10 fours. The winning total was 79-2 from only 11.2 overs.

With this latest victory, Arthington continued their unbeaten run of good form. The Sessay team was barely recognisable from last season, where they finished runners-up and joined Arthington in being promoted to the third division, but they still needed to be beaten and Arthington accomplished that in excellent style, with the obvious highlights being the bowling performances of Ali, Sadiq, Hussain and Andrabi. Only three fixtures remain in the season and Arthington still have an outside chance of securing second place and their third consecutive promotion.

The Arthington 2nd XI were away at Pannal Ash. The match was their first for over a month, for various reasons, and saw the return of some familiar faces amongst this season’s regulars. Pannal Ash managed 223-9 from their 40 overs. Gareth Meridith starred with the ball with figures of 6-0-19-5 and Zameer Ahmed also bowled well for his 10-2-25-2. However, the total was too much for the 2nd XI as only two batsmen managed double figures in their 137 all out. Meredith scored 21 and Vince Greaves-Newall, on his return, a magnificent 84, including 7 fours and 7 sixes.

As ever, Arthington Cricket Club thanks the match ball sponsors for this week’s matches.
1st XI match ball sponsor: Moortown Councillors
2nd XI match ball sponsor: Mohammed Faiyazuddin

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1st XI Match Report v Bishop Monkton (A)


Arthington 1st XI saw their most recent match go right down to the wire against bottom of the table Bishop Monkton, but they managed to keep the opposition at bay and came out victorious in an exciting match where both teams ended up fielding only ten players.

With an almost unrecognisable 1st XI side taking the field, including only five regular first team players, Arthington were up against it from the beginning as they were put in to bat on a bowler-friendly surface. However, an unfamiliar opening partnership of Ahmer Sadiq and Kamrosh Khan got the innings off to an excellent start. The two combined for an opening stand of 84 before Sadiq finally fell for 32; playing around a straight delivery and therefore unable to protect his stumps. Arthington captain Naveed Andrabi’s stay at the crease was unusually short-lived, making only 14, but in-form batsman Andrew Dowson continued where he left off in the previous match a fortnight ago, this time in the number four spot, but could only look on as Khan did his very best impression of Sadiq and watched his stumps get toppled, having made an excellent 55, including 5 fours and a six.

Matthew Moss had missed the last few matches, although he showed no signs of being out of practice, forming a 37-run partnership with Dowson. The latter eventually succumbed to his favourite form of dismissal, bowled, for a well-made 33, which included 3 boundaries. Having ticked the score onto 175-4 and in doing so, securing maximum batting bonus points, Arthington proceeded to lose three wickets in quick succession, including that of Moss for 26, to leave the innings at a much more perilous 177-7. But David Howard, in as a replacement wicketkeeper turned batsman for this match provided a late surge in the run-scoring and his 22-run cameo, including 3 fours and one huge six, proved vital in pushing the final score to a tricky 206-8.

With only two regular first team bowlers available, the fielding innings looked like it may pose some issues and it began to look ominous with the score at 74-1; Andrabi having taken the only wicket up to that point. But Martin Dickinson and Matthew Moss proved themselves to be more than capable with the ball and made the next breakthroughs; Dickinson forcing the remaining opener to play the ball aerially to the hands of a grateful fielder and Moss sending the stumps backwards with a fiery, straight delivery.

At the halfway stage, Bishop Monkton were 83-3 with the game still very much in the balance. Moss (9-0-35-2) struck again via a catch from Andrabi, but the real damage was yet to be done as Ahmer Sadiq returned for what turned out to be a devastating second spell, crucially removing the Bishop Monkton number four for a well-constructed 46 runs, before taking the scalps of a further two opposition players. All three wickets came in familiar fashion for Sadiq, who required no outside assistance with his inswingers, unseating the bails on all three occasions. Whilst expensive, Sadiq’s bowling proved pivotal and he finished with figures of 10-1-57-3. The final wicket to fall was an inspirational run-out from Arthington newcomer Will Sparling, who retrieved the ball from just outside the circle and launched an accurate throw to a waiting fielder behind the stumps who took off the bails, with the batsman well short of their ground. Although Arthington were unable to take the final wicket, Bishop Monkton were also unable to reach the target, finishing an agonising 7 runs short. Final score, 199-8.

Despite not being quite as big an achievement as it first sounds due to bad weather putting pay to two recent fixtures, it has been a month since the 1st XI’s last defeat. Rather unexpectedly, both teams above them in the promotion race failed to win, meaning the hunt for an unlikely third successive promotion is still very much a possibility. Arthington will simply need to play as well as they can in their remaining games, to give themselves every chance.

Unfortunately, for the second week running, the 2nd XI were unable to field a side and were forced to concede their match against Whixley. With player availability being a rather key issue for the club at this time, it is hoped that both teams will be able to field a full side for their next matches.

Arthington Cricket Club thanks Moortown Councillors for their sponsorship of the 1st XI match ball.

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Congratulations Naveed!


Congratulations go to Naveed Andrabi, who passed the landmark of 3,000 runs for Arthington in the 1st XI's comfortable victory over Ripley on Saturday 3rd August 2019.

Naveed reached his latest milestone during his innings of 78 opening the batting, and helping his team to a commanding total of 251-4 which was defended with relative ease.

Only the 6th person in club history to pass 3,000 runs, Naveed is also the quickest to the total, doing so in just his 48th match.

Naveed has now racked up a total of 3,047 runs at a staggering average of 87.06. 11 centuries and 16 half-centuries with a highest score of 166*, all in just 48 matches.

Congratulations Naveed from all at Arthington Cricket Club.

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1st XI Match Report v Ripley (A)


Following back-to-back defeats in both league and cup two weeks prior and a rainy weekend of no cricket at all, winning a cricket match was becoming somewhat of a distant memory for the Arthington 1st XI. However, the team got back to winning ways in convincing fashion in their latest league match away at Ripley.

The pitch was easily the largest that the 1st XI have played on this season and the weather was excellent, which made for a pleasant but slightly draining affair in the middle. Word had obviously not reached the Ripley captain, prior to winning the toss, of Arthington’s fondness of batting first, as he decided to field.

Arthington’s opening pair of Sajid Hussain and Naveed Andrabi started tentatively against the Ripley opening bowlers, but soon found their rhythm. They combined for a good opening stand of 110 for the first wicket, before Hussain was eventually bowled for 33. Having found his scoring form in the previous overs, Andrabi finally hit the ball to the wrong fielder and was well caught for 78 runs from 74 balls, including 6 fours and 3 huge sixes, considering the distance to the boundary rope from the square. From the ashes of the previous partnership was born the next run-scoring effort from Andrew Dowson, promoted up the order to number three for this match, and the ever-effective Ahmer Sadiq. The latter played in his usual flamboyant fashion and was the main contributor in the 47-run partnership for the third wicket, scoring 39, including 4 fours and a six.

With wickets in hand towards the back end of the innings, the remaining Arthington batsmen played freely and, despite losing Khamrosh Khan for a quickfire 17, the total was eventually moved to its final resting place of 251-4. The innings showcased some fine running between the wickets, including several all-run fours and some excellent hitting. Andrew Dowson finished unbeaten on a well-made, although exhausting, 54 not out, including 5 fours; his first fifty of the season.

The Ripley innings never really got going due to wickets falling at regular intervals. Luke Seaborne took the first, following a good catch from Mohsin Ali at point and the change bowling of Sajid Hussain unsettled the wickets to dismiss the other opener with the score on only 25. Star fielder Ali proved pivotal in the third dismissal as well, holding on to a catch at short cover from the bowling of Umer Khan. Khan (5-0-26-2) struck again shortly afterwards, as the Ripley batsman took a swing at a wide one and edged to first slip, Seaborne, who took a good, head-high catch.

After a brief lull, the wickets tumbled suddenly as Ripley went from 67-4 to 69-7 in the space of two overs as Arthington captain Andrabi took his first wicket before some fantastic bowling from Ahmer Sadiq took the sixth and seventh scalps in the same over. The first was a slower paced ball that started well outside off-stump, so much so that the batsman went to leave it, only for it to swing violently back in towards him and unseat the bails. In contrast, Sadiq’s second wicket two balls later was an express delivery that beat the new batsman for pace, producing the same result.

The next two partnerships provided more resistance. Andrabi eventually broke the eighth-wicket stand of 38, once more hitting the timbers, before the spin bowling options of Matthew Clough and Mohsin Ali were employed to take pace off the ball. Unfortunately, this proved ineffective for Arthington, yet fruitful for the 9th wicket pairing, who played sensibly for their 30 runs, before Seaborne returned and struck from the third over of his second spell to finish with figures of 7-1-16-2. Having played in such a disciplined manner up to that point, the number ten batsman clearly had no confidence in the number eleven, and proceeded to slash at a ball outside off-stump from Sadiq (5.3-0-17-3), taking the faintest of edges and carrying through to Dowson behind the stumps to end the innings. Ripley all out for 137, resulting in a 114-run win for Arthington.

With the previously third-placed team’s defeat to Whixley, the 20-point victory moved Arthington back up to third place in the league table, still with a slim chance of promotion, provided some other results go their way in the coming weeks.

Unfortunately, there was no game to report on for the Arthington 2nd XI this week, as they were unable to field enough players.

Arthington CC would like to thank the match ball sponsor for this fixture: Moortown Councillors.

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