Mixed fortunes against weakened teams for juniors

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Rastrick U17’s were involved in an exciting game against a determined nine-man Almondbury team who on the last ball ended up being three runs short of victory.

Rastrick batted first and got 116-5 in their 20 overs with the innings being held together by Benji Birkhead with a 
retired 50 and Siraj Sajid with 36.

Almondbury bowled very well and their young team never gave up trying.

When Almondbury batted, an excellent 43 from H Walker was followed by J Panday (23) and 17 not out from L Hanson only to see them get one off the last ball instead of the four needed for victory.

For Rastrick, Chris Karmasyn got two wickets and Eddie Uttley two good catches and an excellent throw for a run out.

The last game of the season was at home against nine- man Slaithwaite who somehow hoodwinked Rastrick into letting them bat first in the dreary drizzle which made bowling and fielding difficult.

Slaithwaite raced to a very good 131-2 in their 16 overs with the Rastrick bowlers punished all around the ground with F Brook getting a good 55 retired and E Garside 35 not out.

Rastrick never gave up trying and young bowlers got valuable experience.

When Rastrick batted they managed to get a point finishing on 98-9 with the innings held together by Andrew Jarratt with 41. Other useful contributions came from Adam Shaw (10) and Nathan Shaw (12 not out) and for Slaithwaite six wickets for J Newman.

Rastrick U11s travelled to Marsden with a very weakened side due to holidays but put in a very credible display.

Marsden batted first posting a total of 308 but losing nine wickets producing a net total of 236.

Jack Fitt was the pick of the Rastrick bowlers picking up four wickets for 13 runs.

The whole Rastrick side fielded excellently with two run outs included in the wickets.

The Rastrick innings started badly with two wickets going down in the first two balls but the team recovered to post a total of 290 but lost 11 wickets to produce a net total of 202.

The pick of the Rastrick batsmen were Adam Taylor who scored 17 with one dismissal and Calum Croughan with 16 and no dismissals.