Month: July 2020

1st XI Match Report v Knaresborough Forest (A)


Following last week’s triumph at home to Raskelf, the Arthington 1st XI travelled to Knaresborough Forest; the other side in division 3 that was relegated last season. In an entertaining game at a great location for recreational cricket, Arthington ran out comfortable winners once again.

The 1st XI captain, Naveed Andrabi won the toss and elected to bat first. This decision looked like it may have backfired as both openers, including last week’s star man with the bat Kamrosh Khan fell cheaply. But Andrabi and Hamza Mahmood (15) brought Arthington back into the match with a 37-run partnership and the former would go on to make an excellent 60, including 9 fours and 2 sixes, before missing a sweep and being trapped plumb in front of his stumps; an easy decision for the umpire.

At number five, debutant Rafiullah Khan’s innings was particularly exciting. He started cautiously, but soon found his timing and began dispatching balls all around the ground to the boundary. His score of 72, the highest of the match, came in just 52 balls and featured 7 fours and 3 sixes, before he was deceived by a clever, slower delivery and bowled. Throughout the innings the extras flowed and by the end were the third top score, finishing at 44. There was still time for another late cameo from Luke Seaborne, whose 23 came at more than a run a ball and included 2 fours and 2 sixes. The run out of Will Sparling on the final ball of the innings left the other 1st team debutant Joe Seaborne (7) the not out batsman and meant that Arthington were all out for 241 from exactly 40 overs.

In a slightly changed bowling attack, brothers Joe and Luke Seaborne opened the bowling together for the first time and kept things very tight, conceding only 23 runs from the first 10 overs with the added bonus of a wicket. This allowed Naveed Andrabi to take over the baton with the pressure very much on the home side to up their run rate. However, in a devastating spell of seam bowling, Andrabi dismissed three Knaresborough Forest players in very similar fashion by disturbing the top of the stumps and followed that up with another wicket, this time via a catch taken at mid-on by Luke Seaborne.

After his success with the bat, Rafiullah Khan took a few overs to get into his rhythm but then ended his spell with three consecutive wicket-maidens, finishing with three wickets for 19 runs from his six overs and taking the important wicket of the opposition opener for 49. There was still an opportunity for the tail to wag though, and it did so to great effect before the Knaresborough Forest captain took on one big shot too many to be well caught on the long-on boundary by Alex O’Neil off the bowling of Luke Seaborne (10-2-33-2).

The 10th wicket stand of 39 was the second highest of the innings and took the match into the penultimate over, before Naveed Andrabi wrapped up his five-for by unseating the bails once again to finish with an impressive 9.1-2-42-5 to add to his 60 runs with the bat. Knaresborough Forest all out for 168.

Despite being frustrated at times by mistakes in the field, Arthington’s high-scoring in the first innings and economical bowling in the second saw them achieve victory by a margin of 73 runs. It was particularly pleasing to see some new recruits turning in excellent performances at the start of their respective journeys with the club. The 1st XI’s next match is at home against Bolton Abbey.

The Arthington 2nd XI did not have a fixture this weekend.

Arthington CC would like to thank Andrew Dowson for sponsoring the match ball.

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Jo Nash – 5,000 runs for Arthington


Congratulations go to Jo Nash, who passed the landmark of 5,000 runs for Arthington in the 2nd XI's victory over Walton Park on Saturday 18th July.

The 2020 season has taken a long time to get started, but for Jo it was well worth the wait as his agonising wait to get to the milestone was finally achieved.

The former club captain becomes only the 2nd player in Arthington history to reach 5,000 runs, and is second only behind Arthington legend Brian Meredith in overall runs scored.

Since his arrival at The ACG in 2005, Jo has reached the landmark in his 185th match for the club, over two stints (2005 & 2010 - present)

Amassing a total of 5,003 runs in 170 innings, Jo has scored 27 half-centuries and 8 centuries (not to mention bagging 9 ducks), and has a highest score of 140.

More than useful with the ball as well as bat, Jo has also taken 69 wickets at an average of 21.06, with an impressive best of 6-52.

Jo's tireless work behind the scenes for Arthington is further testament to his importance to the club  both on and off the field.

Congratulations Jo from all at Arthington Cricket Club.

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1st XI Match Report v Raskelf (H)


The beginning of the 2020 season could not have come soon enough for Arthington, with players eager to take to the cricket field once again following the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions on recreational sport. Both teams produced fine displays to come away from their matches victorious to add to the existing euphoria of simply being able to play cricket after a long and restless wait.

The 1st XI faced a visit from relegated Raskelf at the ACG and fielded a strong side. Despite early attempts by the weather to put a dampener on proceedings, the match began on time with Raskelf winning the toss and putting Arthington in to bat; one of the easier decisions they will have this season.

A new-look opening partnership of Kamrosh Khan and Lawrence Barraclough began positively, but difficult batting conditions soon claimed the first of several victims as Barraclough, on his return to Arthington, mistimed a straight drive into the air and was easily caught for 12. An excellent 69-run partnership for the second wicket between Khan and Matthew Moss (22) laid a solid platform, on which Naveed Andrabi (20) and Khan built further to leave Arthington on a very healthy 143-2 after 25 overs.

However, a wicket in each of the next three overs soon made things tense, as the home side slumped to 153-5; opener Khan among the victims, finally losing his wicket for a stylish and at times explosive 88, which contained 6 sixes and 7 fours. Kevin Braithwaite and debutant Hamza Mahmood each made double figures to steady the ship before an almighty collapse of the middle to lower order saw four wickets fall for only nine runs, leaving only numbers 10 and 11 at the crease, both on 0, with six overs remaining.

A cameo by Luke Seaborne of 30 not out, as exhilarating as it was unlikely, was ably supported by Will ‘The Wall’ Sparling and the final pair took the score over 200. While the latter did not score any runs in their 34-run stand, he determinedly blocked out several overs from Raskelf bowlers to enable Seaborne to punish some bad deliveries with 3 sixes and 2 fours at the other end. Final score for Arthington: 221-9.

Raskelf’s reply seemed to be on track in the early stages, shortly before the first 6-over sanitiser break, with both openers picking up early boundaries from the bowling of Luke Seaborne and Umer Khan. This prompted action from Andrabi, who brought on himself and Ahmer Sadiq for the first early bowling changes. The decision immediately bore fruit, as Andrabi took two important wickets, first bowling a great delivery that moved off the pitch to take off-stump to dismiss the Raskelf opener, before inducing an edge and a low, diving catch at second slip by Seaborne to see off the number three.

With their highest partnership of the match behind them, wickets fell steadily and both Sadiq and Hamza Mahmood helped themselves to the remaining eight. Sadiq finishing with figures of 7.4-1-13-3 and Mahmood, who impressed with both bat and ball, 8-2-19-5. An excellent five-for on debut. Raskelf all out for 131.

Getting a good win capped off an already great day for Arthington, as cricket returned to this part of the world and motivated many plump men and women to don their whites. The 1st XI will look to take their solid performance into their next fixture against Knaresborough Forest.

The Arthington 2nd XI also had a good win away at Walton Park. Jo Nash, on loan for a season from the umpires association, top-scored with a well-made 45 at the top of the order. There were also sizeable contributions from Vince Greaves-Newall (32), Josh Rhodes (17) and new Captain Martin Dickinson (16). The final total: 168-7

With the ball, Martin Hings kept it very tight, conceding just 17 runs from his 11 overs and on debut, Joe Seaborne took a key scalp on his way to figures of 11-2-27-2. Vince Greaves-Newall also took two wickets and there were two run outs. Walton Park finished 26 runs short on 142-6. The next league game for the 2nd XI is in a fortnight’s time against Rainton.

Arthington CC wishes to thank the match ball sponsors for this weekend’s games, each of whom take their ball home with them in addition to getting a mention on the match report.

1st XI match ball sponsor: Kevin Braithwaite

2nd XI match ball sponsor: Mohammed Faiyaz

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