THE Rastrick Gentleman Spoofers began their new evening cricket league season, with high hopes of improving on last year’s debut season’s finishing position.
They have not only recruited new faces over the winter but also attracted a good group of supporters who travelled to Kirkheaton to watch the opening fixture sponsored by G. Newsome Auto’s of Rastrick.
Tim Driver and Scott Wood opened the batting and looked confident after the first over.
Driver quickly reached double figures, but last season’s top batsman, Wood was out for five.
New signing Ricky Brady, after impressing pre-season, only got six runs.
J.S Crowther looked in fine form and gave the Spoofers some hope. He was joined by vice-captain Jamie Westwood, who fell just short of double figures.
AJ Hemingway joined Crowther but was out lbw for two.
Evtually captain Damian Roebuck lifted his troops with a quickfire 10.
With the score at just 66, the Spoofers knew they had it all to do.
The Spoofers fielding was of a high quality. It was an outstanding catch from Evian Davis, from his own bowling, which gave the Spoofers a breakthrough, and he got the only other wicket after a good catch at square leg from Roebuck.
The lack of runs however proved too much to defend as the Yetton Dukes went onto win the game with just eight balls remaining.
Tonight (Thursday) The Spoofers play a derby against their friendly ground sharing opponents the Rastrick Right Armers.
The match is sponsored by Kenny Kendal and Sons. Both teams will be looking to bounce back after suffering opening fixture defeats.