Rastrick finally get off the mark in style

Actions from the Halifax Junior Cricket League finals at Sowerby SPCC, Sowerby'Barkisland v Old Crossleyans under 17s'Pictured is Bradley Birkhead for Barkisland
Actions from the Halifax Junior Cricket League finals at Sowerby SPCC, Sowerby'Barkisland v Old Crossleyans under 17s'Pictured is Bradley Birkhead for Barkisland

RASTRICK CC picked up their first win of the Drakes Huddersfield League Conference season following a 197 run success at Almondbury.

Apart from the win it was the first time in three weeks that Rastrick had managed to get a game in and completed.

With skipper Robin Lambert and three other team members away in Newquay for a rugby union sevens competition, Simon Farlow took over the reins and his first duty as captain saw him lose the toss and was asked to bat by Almondbury’s leader in chief.

Openers Joe Vickers (26) and Farlow (14) did well to put on 45 for the first wicket and take some shine off the ball. The men from Round Hill continued to maintain a good scoring rate throughout their innings and youngster Bradley Birkhead, who shows immense promise, hit a maiden century with his teammates all doing their best to stay with him.

He was well supported by Jordan Ghani (15), Mark Knight (15 not out) and a quickfire 19 from James Anderson. With Birkhead finishing on 106, Rastrick, also with the help of 22 extras, set Almondbury a total of 241 to aim for.

The Almondbury reply could not have got off to a worse start with a Farlow with a direct hit removing an opener for a duck in the first over. This was a sign of things to come as Dan Thaxter removed another home player with a good shot at the stumps.

This, combined with a fine spell of medium paced bowling from former Elland player Kamran Hussain, who ended up with figures of five for 13 off 10 overs, including four maidens, put the skids well and truly under the hosts.

Ghani, Knight and Jack Pearson all chipped in with a wicket apiece to secure that welcome first success.

RASTRICK’S second eleven had a very weakened side at home to Cumberworth with former Badger Hill stalwart Paul Shaw at the helm as Dan Thaxter was with the first team. Cumberworth won the toss and asked the home side to bat and they did not start too badly after the early loss of Julian Marsh for two.

Andy Pearson (26) and Shaw (19) were making the scoreboard tick over nicely, but once they departed it was a downhill slide as the Rastrick junior players were exposed to senior bowling and they were all out for 83 in 26 overs.

Cumberworth made light work of the total, getting the runs for the loss of one wicket which went to Benji Birkhead who bowled five overs, securing one maiden and conceded just eight runs.