Rastrick record a rare double

Cricket - Lightcliffe v Bradford and Bingley.'Alex Stead bats for Lightcliffe.
Cricket - Lightcliffe v Bradford and Bingley.'Alex Stead bats for Lightcliffe.

RASTRICK CC recorded its first double result since 2010 as the first team and the second XI collected victories over the Paddock club.

The first team was away to Paddock where skipper Robin Lambert won the toss and elected to bowl and this looked a great piece of decision making as his side picked up early wickets.

First of all it was John Pearson who ran out their opener and then Jordan Ghani and Oliver Pearson struck and Paddock were teetering on 37 for five.

Kamran Hussain kept going at one end and he took five for 20 in 14 overs with seven of them maidens, while Ghani was very tight and he had at the end two for 10 in seven overs, with five of them maidens. Pearson in his 6.5 overs took two for 29.

Rastrick made fairly light work of knocking off the runs with in form batsman Joe Vickers scoring 34 not out while first Hussain (14) and then Bradley Birkhead (12no) saw them home to an eight wicket win in 25.1 overs.

Dan Thaxter lost the toss at Round Hill and he was asked to insert his side on a damp looking wicket.

Veteran opening pair Colin Jowett and Nigel Stead opened the batting and the former first team wicketkeeper Stead was first out for just one.

That brought Nigel Marsden to the crease and he added a quickfire 20 before being caught in the deep.

Simon Farlow added 18 and when he went there was something of a collapse and former Badger Hill star Paul Shaw was the only other batsman besdies opener Jowett (30) to reach double figures plus 14 valuable extras.

Rastrick were all out for 119 in 35 overs and Thaxter had been hoping after a reasonable start to have had a much higher score for his bowlers to defend.

Rastrick got off to a good start as Marsden and Thaxter picked up wickets at will and in doing so reduced Paddock to 60 for six.

Nobody was really sticking around with Paddock’s Faisal Ahmed (50 not out) and that was a relief in one way for Rastrick who had their visitors at 81 for nine. However slow bowler Shaw was then carted to all parts of the ground for 18 runs and he was soon whisked out of the attack and Farlow returned. Last man Chris Ward snicked his second ball to Shaw who somehow managed to drop it.

He must have been the most relieved man in Rastrick when with the next ball Stead had him stumped and the spectators and Rastrick players went wild with excitement as Paddock were all out for 111.