In-form Rastrick cross Bridge challenge

Rastrick CC are on the march after they recorded their second Drakes Huddersfield League Conference win in a week.

They were entertaining high-flying Armitage Bridge and on winning the toss elected to bat on one of the best days of the season so far.

Rastrick got off to an accepteable start with 25 on the scoreboard for the first wicket.

Karim Hussain scored a decent 25 runs of his own before he was subject to a debateable umpire’s decision. Then, typical of late, a collapse set in and Rastrick were all out for 89, which looked to be 100 runs too short.

Opening bowler C. Jump did the damage with four for 19 in 13 overs with seven of them maidens. He was also backed up well by S. Atkinson who took three for 13 in six overs.

The Rastrick bowlers came out fired up and proceeded to rip through the Armitage Bridge top order batsmen, leaving them on one run for four wickets.

It was soon three for five and Rastrick were well on top. There was then a good partnership between A. Haigh (41) and J. Williamson (23) which looked likely to see the visitors home.

However, Rastrick managed to remove Williamson as he tried hitting out off Anil Singh’s bowling and there was a great catch in the deep by Lee Walker, sparking scenes of celebration and a remarkable victory.

Hussain topped off a good all round display with five for 32 in 11 overs and Jordan Ghani came to the party with four for 24.

Rastrick’s second XI were away to League newcomers Denby looking for their first win of the season.

Skipper Dan Thaxter won the toss and on a sun-baked wicket opted to bat and then saw his side get away to a good start with 41 for the first wicket.

Simon Farlow was the first to fall, bowled for 21, and this sparked a mini collapse as his side fell to 47 for three and shortly afterwards 62 for four.

This brought in form batsman Nick Marsden to the crease and he continued where he had left off against Paddock the previous match. Along with veteran Nigel Stead (30) he put on 68 runs and he passed the 50 mark.

With overs to spare Keith Wilson came in to join him and Rastrick upped the scoring rate, putting on 70 in the last five overs.

Wilson batted through for a cheeky 25 and Marsden also carried his bat for 89 in the total of 216 for six.

Rastrick then picked up an early wicket but veteran P.Pickford (35) was going well for the home side until he went for one quick run too many and was run out superbly by Farlow.

B. Roebuck then smashed the ball to all parts as his side needed 60 from 15 overs with six wickets remaining.

Thaxter brought himself and opening partner Marsden back into the attack and it soon paid off as he had Roebuck caught brilliantly of the boundary edge by Wilson.

Thaxter then tore through the Denby line up from the other end, collecting a sensational hat trick with a caught and bowled and two bowled.

He finished his spell with four for 43 in 12 overs before Marsden (four for 33) wrapped things up as Denby were 173 all out.

Wilson didn’t claim a wicket but he tied down the Denby batsmen as he had two maidens in his 10 overs at an overall cost of 27.