Rastrick vanquish Dale in league action

Rastrick were once again victorious, this time at home to Denby in their Huddersfield League Conference fixture.

The Round Hill side won the toss and batted and this looked a good decision as 42 was put on for the first wicket.

Skipper Robin Lambert was the first man to fall for 17 but fellow opener Karin Hussain had a timely return to form with 52 and Brad Birkhead continued his good form with a breezy 69 and was supported well by all-rounder Joe Vickers with 20.

However, Rastrick lost wickets late on as they looked to push the score on. Denby’s M. Smith taking 4-50 in 13 overs, the pick of their bowlers. Denby’s chase got off to the ideal start as they had 42 off the first seven overs. Rastrick pulled things back with the ever dependable R. Majid as he bowled a tight 14 over spell to take 3-30 with five maidens.

He put Rastrick right back in the box seat and he was well backed up by Ollie Pearson with some more tight bowling.

As Rastrick really truned the screw, T. Jones top scored for the visitors, but he was removed by Vickers in an eight overs spell of good bowling (4-24) to wrap things up for his side as the Denby side finished on 168-9.

Rastrick’s second XI were away to Linthwaite where they picked up their third win of the season.

Daniel Thaxter won the toss and batted and his charges were faltering on 34 for 4 before Nick Marsden (21) and Mark Knight (41) started to rebuild the innings.

Marsden fell but Andy Pearson took over the mantle and batted beautifully for 52 and Rastrick got themselves to 178-9 off their 45 overs in the rain-reduced overs game.

L. Renwick (4-33 in 12 overs and with five maidens) was the pick of the Linthwaite attack.

Rastrick were very tight in the field as they picked up early wickets and they had their hosts on 28 for three. Keith Wilson with a good spell of opening bowling picked up two for 32 in 10 overs.

Knight then proceeded to rip through the middle order in a fine spell of bowling to take 4-20 in 11 overs and with five of those maidens.

However Rastrick were made to work for win as the tail end tried their utmost to frustrate them and hold out for a point but were finally put back in the pavilion for 114.

Hartshead Moor’s young opening bowler George Saville took 5-8 and off spinner Will Smith 3-7 as Idle were bowled out for 79 in their JCT600 Bradford League Division Two match on the Saturday. Hartshead Moor then eased to an eight-wicket win with Adnan Raza Ali hitting an unbeaten 37.

On the Sunday at home to second-placed Yeadon, visiting skipper James Todd made a superb 109 before rain wrecked the game.

He hit six sixes and nine fours as his side declared on 239-6 after 46 overs. Oliver Halliday (48) and Shaun Miller (45) were the other main contributors.

Hartshead Moor were labouring at 105-5 when the rain intervened.

Matty Yeadon was his side’s best bowler with 3-25. The result leaves Yeadon 10 points adrift of leaders and league newcomers New Farnley.