Rastrick go top at the double as Aussie import McCoach strikes

Action from the Halifax Junior Cricket League finals at Sowerby SPCC, Sowerby'Barkisland v Old Crossleyans under 17s. 'Pictured is Bradley Birkhead for Barkisland
Action 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 firsts took another step closer to achieving promotion from the Drakes Huddersfield League’s Cedar Court Conference with a comfortable away victory over fellow promotion rivals Hall Bower.

The home side won the toss and decided to bowl on what looked like a track that would provide some assistance to the bowlers.

This proved to be the case as Jordan Ghani got the ball rolling for Rastrick with 3-24.

Hall Bower were struggling and when opener Russell Evans (35) fell to Jacob Waterson (3-32) Bower limped to 110 all out.

Australian import Mitchell McCoach, now well and truly settling in, ripped through the middle order with 4-30.

Rastrick chased down the total in 32.3 overs but there were some scares along the way as they lost five wickets.

Oliver Ashford with 31 and Bradley Birkhead (25) led the way for the visitors in another good win.

Rastrick’s Second XI were in action against Linthwaite, another team at the business end of the league.

Linthwaite won the toss and batted and this looked like the wrong decision as they found themselves on 27-6.

James Anderson (3-14) and Nick Marsden (3-13) had done the damage but Lee Renwick was not going down without a fight as he took the attack to the Rastrick bowling, smashing the ball to all parts of the Round Hill ground.

He eventually went on to make 109, a score the rest of the team did not look like achieving.

Rastrick eventually managed to claw things back and bowled the visitors out for 184 and Mark Knight finished with 3-29.

Rastrick’s run chase got off to a good start with Simon Farlow (24) and David Bottomley (36), but when captain Farlow fell the runs dried up for a short period as the Linthwaite bowlers bowled a tight line.

Matthew Essex stayed patient and waited for the bad ball and, at one point, he looked like running out of partners as Rastrick lost a couple of quick wickets.

However, Essex found a good partner in Anderson (19 not out) and it was Essex who smashed a six to win the game for the Round Hill men as he finished on 70 not out to see the side home.

The second XI have now gone seven points clear at the top of the league as the second-placed side lost and it is a long time since both Rastrick sides topped their respective divisions.

Rastrick Under-17s suffered another Huddersfield Junior League defeat on a dull night at home to Honley where, after batting first, Rastrick reached a respectable 119- 2 in their 20 overs.

Opener Siraj Sajid hit a quick 14 before getting caught on the boundary.

This was followed by a good partnership between Benji Birkhead (52 retired) and Andrew Jarratt (33 run out). For Honley, the pick of the bowlers were Woodhead and Linely.

When Honley batted, they got off to a flying start with the openers putting on 51 for the first wicket.

Woodhead struck 50 before retiring and Kenworthy made 36 before Pestell came in and smashed 16 to get his team home for the loss of two wickets in the 17th over.

Rastrick once again fielded a young team but never gave up trying as the runs flowed easily on the night with the home bowlers unable to contain the relatively experienced Honley batsmen.