Seconds crash out

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RASTRICK Seconds crashed out of the Paddock Shield at the first hurdle against a strong Hoylandswaine outfit, bolstered by a number of first teamers.

Captain Jason Middleton’s early assessment of the wicket proved to be questionable as he elected to field first.

Hoylandswaine got off to a quick start and were only temporarily held back by two early wickets for Shakir.

All the bowlers took harsh punishment as the Barnsley-based side powered their way to a massive 399 for four.

Andy Pearson could only grimace as he reflected on a relatively easy chance to have caught Potter when on 10.

The home club’s sixth batsmen went on to hit 104 not out in ten overs.

In reply, Rastrick were never in the hunt but fought bravely to bat out their overs for a respectable total of 188 for five.

Veteran opener Colin Jowett battered through for a resilient 68 not out and Middleton hit a swashbuckling half century on the strip he was reluctant to take first use of.

Rastrick will be hoping for a change of fortune away to Clayton West in the league on Saturday.