Jacob lands Linthwaite in ton of trouble with another big score

Jacob Waterson.
Jacob Waterson.

Rastrick maintained their position at the top of the Drakes Huddersfield League Championship table with a comfortable victory in a match reduced to 30 overs at Linthwaite.

Batting first, opener Jacob Waterson was quickly out of the traps and punished any errors in line and length.

He outscored his more cautious opening partner Mitchell McCoach and went on to reach 50.

McCoach fell for 22 with the score on 66 but the momentum was maintained by a quick 18 from Faisal Javed.

There were contributions from Bradley Birkhead (16) and captain Olly Pearson (26) but the innings was dominated by Waterson’s excellent knock of 111 not out as Rastrick finished on a commanding total of 203 for four in their 30 overs.

Ex-Lightcliffe and Northowram Fields player Waterson was taking his run tally to well over 500 runs at the half-way point in a rain-affected season.

Linthwaite, needing almost seven runs an over, were under more pressure when Rastrick’s Wasim Javed and Jordan Ghani dismissed their opening pair for four runs each.

Linthwaite kept themselves in the game but were always second favourites and were all out for 172. Pearson took 3-37 in his nine over spell, whilst Jack Pearson added to his impressive haul for the season with 3-39, including the final wicket.

There were two wickets each for Ghani and Javed.

Rastrick go to Kirkheaton on Saturday, having been due to face their in-form opponents in the T20 Shield quarter final at the same ground on Tuesday.

n Rastrick 2nds made it three wins on the spin with a comprehensive victory over fellow promoted side Denby Dale.

Simon Farlow again won the toss and asked the visiting team to bat first on a damp track in a game reduced to 40 overs per side due to the poor weather.

Denby Dalestarted well and were 55-0 off eight overs before Farlow 3-28 and Tom Owen 1-29 put the brakes on. At the 20-over mark the game finely poised with Denby Dale 100-4.

Rastrick turned the screw through Dan Thaxter whose 3-23 restricted the visitors, who scored just 49 off the last 20 overs to finish on 149-9.

The run chase was never in doubt, apart from a slight stutter at the start when Rastrick found themselves 4-2.

But then Leon Risdon and Matt Clark took control for the Round Hill men.

Risdon continued his good form by scoring 48, with Clark adding an accomplished 43.

Owen then finished things for the home side with an unbeaten 41.

The 2nds are slowly getting their promotion push back on track and will try to keep the momentum at home to Almondbury on Saturday.