Big hits bring cup win

RASTRICK moved into the next round of the Oddfellows Cup beating Hall Bower from the division above in the Huddersfield League.

Rastrick went into the game without all-rounder Chris Dennison who has made a shock move to Halifax League side Copley.

Skipper Matthew Lambert put Hall Bower in to bat and they got off to a good start, putting on 38 for the first wicket.

Then Ateeq Rehman got one to nip back and cleaned up opener Crines for 28.

He went on to reduce the visitors to 89 for seven with figures of 10 overs two maidens, four for 27.

He was well supported by John Anderson (two for 22).

There was some resistance from J. Ahmed with 53 who was finally taken out by Anderson but he had with the lower end taken the score to 155 all out in 39 overs.

In reply, Rastrick got off to a shaky start, Anil Singh falling first ball, then slumping to 20 for three as Lee Walker went and then Ateeq Rehman.

Tom Owen, back from rugby with Huddersfield RFC, hit 23 before inside edging on to his stumps.

Club professional Mohammed Saddiq, who had only taken two wickets in the innings, used his bat powerfully, hitting 76 not out in 13 overs to put his side into the next round as they reached the target in 29 overs.

l ON Monday Rastrick made their first visit to the Barnsley village of Cawthorne and came away defeated in a game sponsored by Rehman Sports.

Morning rain had made the surrounds wet and the start was delayed three hours before the hosts put their Round Hill visitors in.

A series of attacking shots lead to the fall of wickets on a regular basis as the scoreboard soon showed 37 for five.

Matthew Lambert (16), Jordan Ghani (12 no) and Simon Farlow (12) then showed caution and added respectability to the score which finished on 85 for eight after 25 overs.

Despite Saddiq claiming an early success, the home side moved steadily towards a five-one point win, with number three batsman Chris Matthewman scoring 43 before falling to Ateeq Rehman.

Lambert’s side have an immediate chance to redeem themselves on Saturday when they make another trip back there.

l RASTRICK seconds put in an improved performance in a narrow defeat at Hall Bower in the first round of the Earnshaw Cup.

Electing to bowl first on a green track, the Rastrick bowlers struggled in the early stages as the Hall Bower openers built a strong platform.

However, after an initial breakthrough from all rounder Andy Pearson, Rastrick fought back well.

Two great one-handed slip catches from Paul Shaw left Hall Bower at 71 for four before the hosts took control again.

A late flurry of runs left Rastrick 221 for five to overhaul for victory.

They started the run chase in erratic fashion as a number of key batsmen got themselves established before losing their wickets tamely.

After losing the key wicket of Shaw, the odds were stacked against them but veteran Andy Pearson managed to find some batting form after a long period in the doldrums.

He brought Rastrick within sight of victory but once Chris Todhunter’s cameo innings had ended, a late collapse left Pearson an exhausted 76 not out!

l RAIN hit the game on Monday as Rastrick seconds were looking to get their league season on track at home to league newcomers Cawthorne in a game sponsored by Armitage’s Garden Centre.

The game was reduced to 25 overs and the Barnsley side took first knock, putting the Rastrick attack to the sword and rattled up 187 for the loss of four wickets.

Daniel Thaxter was the pick of the bowlers with two for 45. from seven.

Rastrick’s chase never really got going and they could only manage 93 for six. Mark Knight managed 30 not out and Joe Vickers hit 22.