1st XI Match Report v Raskelf (H)

ARTHINGTON START THE SEASON WITH TWO WINS ON A GREAT DAY FOR RECREATIONAL CRICKET IN YORKSHIRE

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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Congratulations Naveed!

100 WICKETS FOR ARTHINGTON

Congratulations go to Naveed Andrabi, who passed the landmark of 100 wickets for Arthington in the 1st XI's final league game of the season -a comfortable victory over Birstwith 2 on 14th September 2019.

Naveed is the 14th player in Arthington league history to reach 100 wickets, and has done so in just his 53rd match.

His 100 wickets come at a healthy average of 14.11, an economy rate of 3.17 per over and a best of 7.15. Naveed has claimed a total of 3 five-wicket hauls in his Arthington career.

Congratulations Naveed from all at Arthington Cricket Club.

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1st XI Match Report v Birstwith 2 (H)

EMPHATIC VICTORY FOR ARTHINGTON ON FINAL DAY NOT ENOUGH TO SECURE PROMOTION

On the final day of the 2019 cricket season, even an unlikely league title for the Arthington 1st XI was still a possibility and the team did all they could to make the dream of a third successive promotion a reality by comfortably beating Birstwith to earn a 20-point victory.

Birstwith, who had their own agenda to consider at the opposite end of the table, decided to bowl first upon winning the toss, seeing that as their best chance to accumulate the most batting and bowling points, in the event of a defeat. This allowed last week’s successful 133-run opening partnership of Sajid Hussain and Naveed Andrabi to carry on where they left off. Things did start positively in this innings as well, though neither batsman played quite as fluently on this occasion, which may have had something to do with a pitch that was doing a little bit, including some inconsistent bounce; evident throughout the match.

Andrabi soon hit his stride though, with Hussain starting more sedately, and the score had reached 74 before the fall of the first wicket; a disastrous run out where the two batsmen were in complete disagreement over the possibility of a single. Andrabi set off and was two thirds of the way down the pitch before being sent back, with Hussain unmoved at the striker’s end. The resulting throw was taken at the stumps to leave Andrabi well-short of his ground. His 44 came in just 40 balls and included 5 fours and 2 sixes.

Hussain adopted the role of the aggressor once Andrabi had departed and began playing some more attacking shots to all areas of the ground. The fifth Birstwith player to bowl proved most effective and took the wickets of Matt Moss and Ahmer Sadiq, both of whom struggled to get going. Despite the pair being dismissed for 7 apiece, they formed healthy partnerships with Hussain as he swung the willow from the other end. However, just two deliveries after Sadiq’s dismissal, Hussain lost his wicket, finally missing the ball having come down the wicket to meet it. His efforts to get back in his crease were in vain, as he was easily stumped by the second of Birstwith’s wicket keepers on the day. Hussain made an important 71 in the context of the match from 101 balls, including 6 fours and 4 sixes.

Khamrosh Khan took over the mantle from Hussain and played excellently to remain not out, scoring at over a run a ball. With the overs running out and wickets in hand, the remaining Arthington batsmen did the right thing in wasting little time to get themselves in and instead trying to score runs in as quick a manner as possible. Andrew Dowson, Wasim Malik and Dave Cleasby all hit boundaries in their short cameos and there was even time for Akash Hazra to hit his only ball, the final one of the innings, for four over cover. Khan finished 38 not out from 30 balls, hitting 3 fours and 2 sixes in the process. Arthington’s final first innings score: 215-7.

After a bountiful tea interval, Birstwith began their innings and lost one of their opening batsmen in only the second over. In fairness to the batsman, he did his best to fend off a short-pitched ball from Naveed Andrabi, but it bounced more than anticipated and looped off his gloves straight into the waiting mits of wicket keeper Andrew Dowson behind the stumps. Having regained a little control of a free-flowing start with Andrabi, Luke Seaborne took the second Birstwith wicket. The batsman was induced into a straight drive that he did not really get hold of and Umer Khan took a straightforward catch at mid-off.

The third wicket partnership proved a tough nut to crack. In the end, the 71-run stand was broken by Wasim Malik in his first over, after several other bowlers had tried and failed. Having already hit two boundaries in the over and being one run short of an excellent fifty, the number four batsman clearly had visions of striking another one to the rope. However, his attempted drive only went upwards and after a long time in the air, the ball was well held by Malik himself, running across the square and catching as the ball came over his shoulder.

The innings had reached the 33rd over before the fourth wicket fell. In seemingly a final attempt to make a breakthrough, knowing that every wicket and bowling point was vital, captain Andrabi threw the ball to Umer Khan. Despite turning up on time and in the right place earlier in the day, Khan had somehow forgotten all his kit except his whites and so ran in to bowl wearing black trainers and his now customary headband, in a magnificent contrast, perhaps looking to emulate Arthington’s veteran hair specialist, Ahmer Sadiq. However daft he may have looked, what followed was nothing short of spectacular and surely one of the most remarkable spells of bowling ever seen at the ACG.

His first wicket came from only his third ball when the batsman lofted a drive to long-off and was caught by Khamrosh Khan. At the other end, Malik (7-0-31-2) took his second wicket with a full-toss that smashed into middle stump. Umer Khan then took two wickets in his second over, the first was a full delivery that clattered into the poles and the second an unfortunate inside edge that brought about the same result. A further two wickets fell in Khan’s third over. Having batted through the entire innings at this point, reaching 52, the remaining opening batsman took a swing at a ball that was full and wide outside off-stump. The ball skewed off the outside edge and somehow carried all the way to Matt Moss at deep point, who made his way across the undulating Arthington outfield to take a smart catch. Four balls later and Moss’ big brain struck again, having moved himself to backward square leg, where he felt sure a catch would come his way. Sure enough, the batsman flicked a leg-side full-toss straight to Moss, who didn’t have to move to take a simple catch and give Khan his fifth wicket.

In his fourth and final over, the 39th of the innings, Khan wrapped up the match, forcing an edge behind to wicket keeper Dowson, who took a fine diving catch at the second attempt. Birstwith all out for 169. Arthington won the match by 46 runs, with Umer Khan finishing with extraordinary bowling figures of 3.3-0-14-6, the 19th best ever set of bowling figures in the history of Arthington cricket club but surely the best in terms of strike rate; a wicket every 3.5 balls.

Having done all they could to give themselves a chance at going up, Arthington were ultimately left disappointed as both teams above them managed to win, meaning that they finish the season in third place. They will look back at several games earlier in the season where they suffered defeat, most notably perhaps the reverse fixture against Birstwith, where they were thoroughly outplayed. However, Arthington 1st XI can take pride in how they ended their season, winning their last 6 games played and not losing a match since mid-July.

Sadly, the Arthington 2nd XI suffered another defeat against their favourite opponents, North Stainley, who they faced for the fourth time this season. This match was a much closer encounter than their most recent clash, with North Stainley needing until the final over to clinch victory. Batting first, Arthington posted 141-7 from their 40 overs, Martin Dickinson 45. North Stainley reached 144-5 after 39.3 overs. Vince Greaves-Newall and Martin Hings with two wickets apiece and a special mention to Zameer Ahmed, in what could be his final game for Arthington, for bowling six maidens from his ten overs. Because division seven is a complicated one, splitting in two halfway through, it’s difficult to say exactly how well the second XI fared over the season as a whole. However, after a promising start with five wins from their first six games, they ended the season in disappointing fashion with eleven consecutive defeats, including two concessions, which is very unfortunate.

Arthington Cricket Club thanks the match ball sponsors for the final fixtures of the season:
1st XI match ball sponsor: Colin Seaborne
2nd XI match ball sponsor: Moortown Councillors

Thanks to everyone in and outside of the club for your kind words during the season regarding the match reports, I hope that you have enjoyed them and that I could paint a picture for those not playing or in attendance of the Arthington 1st XI’s experiences throughout the season.

 

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Congratulations Sajid!

1,000 RUNS FOR ARTHINGTON

Congratulations go to Sajid Hussain, who passed the landmark of 1,000 runs for Arthington in the 1st XI's crucial victory over Whixley on 7th September 2019.

Sajid passed the milestone during his invaluable innings of 56 whilst opening the batting and chasing down the total of 175 set by the league-leaders.

A valuable all-rounder, Sajid also starred with the ball, claiming an Arthington career-best 5-31 to dismiss their previously-unbeaten hosts.

Sajid is the 29th Arthington player to reach 1,000 runs, and did so in his 27th match for the club. He has accumulated a total of 1,012 runs at an impressive average of 42.17 which includes 9 fifties and one century, a best of 109.

Also extremely handy with the ball, Sajid has claimed 20 wickets at an average of 18.90 and an economy rate of 4.85 runs per over, with a best of 5-31.

Congratulations Sajid from all at Arthington Cricket Club.

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1st XI Match Report v Whixley (A)

ARTHINGTON END WHIXLEY'S UNBEATEN RUN TO KEEP THEIR HOPES FOR PROMOTION ALIVE

The 2018 season was a special one for Arthington 1st XI; going the entire campaign without a single defeat. The 1st XI’s most recent opponents, Whixley, were looking to pull off exactly the same feat having won all of their games to date, with only two fixtures remaining. Arthington, however, had other ideas and produced a superb all-round performance to claim a stunning victory and ensure that their achievement remains all the more unique. Perhaps more importantly, it means that there are still three teams vying for two promotion places with only one more match still to play.

The reverse fixture at Arthington had been a run-fest, when Arthington posted their highest total of the season, 269, only to see it chased down by Whixley with overs to spare. The same result occurred in the Cup Final, with Arthington failing to defend their first innings total. It was for this reason that Arthington captain, Naveed Andrabi opted to bowl first, having won the toss, to let Whixley set the first innings target on this occasion.

Although the opening bowlers Luke Seaborne and Andrabi were unable to make an early breakthrough, both managed to keep the scoring to a minimum and after 10 overs, Whixley had only reached 28-0. The change bowling of Ahmer Sadiq and Wasim Malik proved slightly more expensive, yet it was Sadiq that made the first two breakthroughs in the 17th and 19th overs. The first wicket was a well-caught effort by Malik at cover and the second saw a top-edged full-toss rise high into the air, which gave Luke Seaborne enough time to run from mid-wicket towards mid-on and make the catch his.

Shortly after drinks, Seaborne returned for his second spell and struck straight away. The remaining opening batsman failed to clear Dave Cleasby at long-on, despite the strong breeze assisting the attempt, and was well caught to give Seaborne his only wicket of the match in an economical effort: 10-0-31-1. At the other end, Sajid Hussain had replaced the impressive Malik (6-0-23-0) and took a wicket in his very first over, caught behind by Andrew Dowson.

There was then a period of relative calm as Seaborne and Hussain took the game into the 32nd over, with no further loss of wickets, before perhaps one of the more significant moments. After a short discussion, Hussain, who had been due to be replaced, convinced the Arthington captain to allow him to keep bowling and proceeded to take a wicket in each of his next four overs, one of which being the key wicket of the Whixley number 4, who holed out against the wind to Seaborne at long-on for 38. The other catches went to Akash Hazra back-pedalling to grab a lofted shot at cover, a second for Wasim Malik, this time at long-off and a third for Seaborne, running in from the long-on boundary once more to take a low catch. Hussain finished the innings as the star-performer with figures of 9-0-31-5. Sadiq also impressed with his second spell, but was unable to do further damage to the Whixley tail, finishing on 8-0-46-2. The Whixley final first innings score: 175-8.

Knowing that the target was almost 100 runs fewer than the losing total in the home fixture might have prompted some opening pairs to opt for early caution, but Sajid Hussain and Naveed Andrabi chose a more aggressive approach and started the chase going at almost six runs per over, dismissing the early Whixley pace-bowling to all parts. With the score at 65-0 from the first 12 overs, pace was taken off the ball and the rate dropped slightly, yet the two batsmen remained untroubled. In fact, they combined for a first wicket partnership of 133 before Hussain finally fell, charging down the wicket and missing the ball to be easily stumped by the wicket-keeper for an elegant 56. His half-century included 7 fours and 1 six. Ahmer Sadiq’s stay at the crease was brief, as he attempted a suicidal single to mid-wicket and was comfortably run-out by a direct hit at the non-striker’s end. The debate regarding whose fault it was has yet to be settled.

After reaching another chanceless fifty, Andrabi flirted with danger on several occasions, firstly  mishitting a couple of shots skyward that landed safely and finally serving up a simple chance to the deep mid-wicket fielder, who inexplicably dropped the ball, having had all the time in the world to steady himself underneath it. As a result, there were some jubilant cries of relief from the sidelines. Andrabi and Kevin Braithwaite saw the match to its conclusion in the 35th over, with Braithwaite striking the winning runs over mid-wicket when the scores were level, to finish on 21 not out. Andrabi also ended up unbeaten, for the second match running, making 86, including 12 fours and 1 six.

Arthington 1st XI produced arguably their best performance of the season in this victory against the strongest side in the third division. Unfortunately, their fellow promotion chasers North Stainley were awarded a 20-point victory thanks to a concession, which brings the chase for promotion and potentially even the league title to the final round of fixtures. Both Whixley and North Stainley sit level on points, 14 ahead of Arthington, who must win their final match against Birstwith comprehensively and hope that either of the other two teams lose badly. Despite the equation looking less than favourable for Arthington, to still be in the hunt for a third successive promotion at this late stage is a great achievement that seemed unlikely two months ago.

Arthington 2nd XI were also in action away against Studley Royal. Bowling first, Vince Greaves-Newall (3), Abdul Bhatti (2), Zameer Ahmed (1) and Mohammed Faiyazuddin (1) were all in the wickets, restricting their opponents to 145-7 from the 40 overs. However, the 9 men of Arthington were not able to reach the target, falling an agonising 14 runs short in the 39th over. Ayoub Khan top scored with 51 and both Dudley Rawlings and wicket-keeper batsman Dave Howard scored 16 in reply. 131 all out. In their final game of the season, the 2nd XI take on North Stainley for the fourth time in a very strange summer, looking to square things up as they currently trail 2-1.

Arthington Cricket Club thanks the match ball sponsors for both teams this week: Hunslet Councillors

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1st XI Match Report v Markington (A)

SUPERB ARTHINGTON BOWLING ENOUGH TO SET UP VICTORY, DESPITE TOP ORDER COLLAPSE

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)

10-MAN ARTHINGTON STROLL TO COMFORTABLE VICTORY AGAINST WEAKENED OPPONENTS

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 HANG ON TO ACHIEVE VICTORY IN CLOSE ENCOUNTER

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!

3,000 RUNS FOR ARTHINGTON

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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