Rastrick celebrate new sponsors but Hartshead fall victim

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Rastrick Cricket Club members are pleased that a local business is supporting the club in its 150th Anniversary Year.

Following on from the kit sponsorship by Thornhill’s Estates and Energy Unique, they have welcomed on board Villa Farm Shop.

Former club player-secretary John Edge said: “We especially welcome help from any local individual or organisation in order for us to keep providing cricket and social facilities for the local community.

“We are particularly delighted that such a high profile local business like the Villa Farm Shop should team up with us.”

Yvonne Kershaw from Villa Farm shop said: “We are proud to be supporting Rastrick Cricket Club in their 150th year celebrations.”

Hartshead Moor became New Farnley’s fifth sucessive victim in the new season as the Leeds side march on towards promotion from Division Two of the JCT600 Bradford Cricket League Division Two at the first attempt.

Hartshead batted first and only Keegan Moodley with 32 offered any prolonged resistance. Nadeem Hussain (4-29) and Dave McCallum (4-11) were the twin destroyers of the Highmoor Lane boys.

Matthew Good with two sixes and 12 fours in his 84, assisted by the stonewalling Nick Cullen (18no) ensured a 10 wicket victory.

Hartshead’s second team was also on the receiving end of a thumping defeat, this time by eight wickets to Woodlands.

Hartshead, batting first were all out for 98 with only Martin Riley hitting anything like an innings with 23 in the 34.2 overs that his side took to compile their 98 runs.

Christian Jackson (5-41) and Rabat Shah (3-21) did the damage before colleagues Cieran Garner (38) and Elliot Richardson (44no) saw them safely across the finishing line.

With rain again a constant threat former winners Eastfield Old Boys batted first against a much younger outfit in Barney’s Swingers in the latest of the first round matches in the annual Brighouse CC Workshop competition.

Bryn Howard immediately had Eastfield in trouble when he bowled veteran Paul Briggs on the second ball of the game, took another wicket in the same over and then caught Richard Lumb in the field.

At one point, Eastfield were on 2 for 3 and looked doomed until Drew Johnson took charge and hit an unbeaten 50 before retiring. Gaz Skinner also supported well with an unbeaten 16, taking the Eastfield total to 116 for 5.

After losing a wicket in the first ball of the second innings, Swingers steadily built their reply with Jennings and Parnell both hitting 16 each and captain Matt Balmforth swinging well with 25.

However, they were totally unprepared for a devastating spell of bowling from Steve Jones. After bowling Balmforth at the end of his first over, he then took another three wickets in his second over, just missing a hat-trick to demolish Swingers’ tail end.

He finished with amazing figures of 4 wickets for 6 runs off his two overs as Swingers were all out for 79.