Rastrick run out winners over title-chasers

Cricket - Rastrick v Hoylandswaine'Robin Lambert bats for Rastrick
Cricket - Rastrick v Hoylandswaine'Robin Lambert bats for Rastrick

Rastrick declared themselves pleased after completing a 96-run Huddersfield League victory at promotion-chasing Almondbury Wesleyans last Saturday.

Rastrick batted first and got off to a flying start with 33 for the first wicket off just seven overs.

Robin Lambert batted well for 42 and he was beautifully supported by Oliver Marsh, who was also playing his shots going well as they built a good total.

However, as Marsh was approaching three figures, he was trapped lbw for 99 denying him what would have been a deserved century.

Mark Knight also had a good afternoon with the bat and finished on 41 not out.

Rastrick also got off to a fine start in defending their total as Maj Hussain picked up a wicket in the first over.

Jordan Ghani then proceeded to rip through the top order as Almondbury slumped to 26 for four, Ghani finishing with three for 33.

There was a partnership of 40 for the hosts before Knight ended it with four for 33.

Oliver Pearson (two for 33) then duly wrapped things up for Rastrick.

A weakened Rastrick seconds were beaten at home by a high-flying Moorland side.

With Daniel Thaxter on first team duty, veteran Paul Shaw was in charge and the toss was won by the visitors and called Rastrick in to bat first.

It wasn’t long before Rastrick’s vulnerable batting line up was under pressure as they slipped to 40 for seven, Daniel Pauley picking up five wickets.

However, Clayton Smith showed some fight for the home side as he finished on 45 and Rastrick managed to reach a disappointing 108 all out.

That was a target that looked reachable for Moorlands and they got off to a comfortable start before they lost a few wickets, Clayton Smith picking off a couple to top off a good game for him.

It was all in vain, however, as Moorlands chased down the runs for the loss of four wickets.