Rain fails to dampen 
the spirits of Rastrick

Rastrick’s crucial Drakes Huddersfield League Championship encounter at Holmfirth fell victim to the weather with honours even at the halfway stage.

Holmfirth batted first in damp conditions and lost an early wicket when opener Cowell offered a smartly-taken slip catch to Fisal Javed, giving his brother Wasim a victim.

A good partnership from Jake Morley and dangerman Scott Richardson threatened to take the game away from Rastrick before Mitchell McCoach clean bowled Morley for 34 and then bowled youngster Alec Jakeman shortly afterwards.

Rastrick battled back in the second half of the innings, taking regular wickets and never letting the run rate get out of control. Wasim Javed was the pick of the attack, taking 4-26 in 10 lively overs.

There was good support from Jack Pearson (3-78) and McCoach (2-33) as Holmfirth reached 209 all out in the 49th over.

Rastrick were happy at tea-time and confident of chasing the runs down but the weather had other ideas and no further play was possible.

However, the two points gained for the abandonment started to look better with news of defeats for promotion rivals Slaithwaite and Moorlands which leaves Rastrick joint top going in to another crunch game at home to Thongsbridge on Saturday (1pm) when the club expects its biggest gate of the season so far.

n Rastrick Under-15s put in a solid all-round performance to take the spoils at Kirkheaton.

Captain Nathan Shaw lost the toss and was asked to field on an evening of brilliant sunshine. Eddie Uttley and Amir Khan bowled tight opening spells but Rastrick had to wait for the introduction of Jas Sangha, fresh from his senior debut at the weekend, before the first wicket fell thanks to a smart catch at mid-off by Sean Edley. Kirkheaton batted well but never really accelerated as they finished on a respectable total of 105-5 off 25 overs. Sangha was the pick of the bowlers with 2-14, supported by Uttley who took 2-16.

In reply, Rastrick had a new-look opening partnership of Edley and Sam Shaw, who quickly took the score to 56 in just eight overs before Shaw fell for 12. Edley went on to score 22 before running himself out attempting an ambitious second run. Rastrick cruised to victory with seven wickets and 11 overs left thanks to 26 not out from Sam Sangha and over 30 extras conceded by the opposition.