A NEW look Rastrick X1 were away at Kirkheaton in the first Drakes Huddersfield League Conference fixture with new skipper Robin Lambert at the helm of a very young side.
Veteran Paul Shaw was the only player over 25 and this lack of experience was to be key in the outcome of this match.
Lambert lost the toss and Rastrick were asked to bat on a very green and damp wicket,
Batting was not easy but Rastrick were making steady progress at 62 for two after 19 overs, but after Ben Birkhead (18) played across a straight one, Rastrick capitualted.
Lambert fell for 25 two overs later and Rastrick’s next seven batsmen managed a mere 19 betwen them.
Saleem was the middle order destroyer with eight wickets for 15 runs and the Round Hill men were in a hole and eventually all out for 84..
Kirkheaton made light work of the run chase, if you could call it that, but there was a slight glimmer of hope very early in the innings when Ghani pixcked up skipper John Bishop in the second over.
However, Saleem picked up where he left off with his bowling, racing to 50 in quick time and with his colleague Matthew Lambert, playing against his old team, saw off the run total in 16 overs.
Rastrick will need all the next practice they can get this week before they entertain Almondbury on Saturday.
l AFTER a slow start and some very economical bowling by the Kirkheaton opening pair, Rastrick’s second eleven saw their first wicket of the day fall as veteran Nigel Stead was caught at mid-on.
Andy Pearson (66) came to the crease and put on a steady partnership with Colin Jowett, before Jowett lost his wicket on 18.
After Pearson was run out, the middle order collapsed followed shortly by the tail, with five of the last six batsmen failing to score and the locals were all out for 122.
A solid start in the field gave Rastrick hope as Jack Pearson fired in a direct hit to remove opener Conroy for two runs as he fell two yards short of his crease.
After a decent partnership between Sarwar (82 not out) and Ahmed (21), Clayton Smith removed Ahmed with a simple caught and bowled.
Another wicket soon followed, Pearson trapping Savat leg before, but Sarwar continued batting aggressively and got his team over the line with a six.
Rastrick’s second team are away on Saturday to Cumberworth,.