Treble up as Rastrick forge ahead in title race

Bradley Birkhead
Bradley Birkhead

Rastrick 1st X1 scored more than three hundred for the second successive Drakes Huddersfield Cedar Court Conference match as they ran out comfortable winners over Emley Clarence.

It was also back-to-back hundreds for opener Jacob Waterson as he carried his bat for 119 not out and must be heading right now, if he keeps his consistency for the top scoring prize in the division and the league.

Bradley Birkhead was also a centurion for the Round Hill men with 134, which included nine sixes, as the visitors made their way to 327, helped also with 24 from Alex Rowles.

In reply, Clarence were never in the game s they were 167 all out with Jack Pearson, the pick of the Rastrick bowlers with 5-47.

Jordan Gahni (2.39) and Mitchell McCoach (2-52) also bowled well and did meet some resistance from Allan Greenwood (58), David Stratford (24) and Raja Mohammad Ali Adman (22).

The victory moved Rastrick firsts five points clear at the top of the Conference table, and more importantly, 14 points clear of the third-placed team in the race for promotion

Rastrick second XI also posted a 300-plus score with two centurions in their side at home against Lepton Highlanders.

Batting first, Tom Owen hit his third century of the season with 105 and Matthew Essex made his maiden ton in the last over as he recorded 112 not out, and Rastrick had posted 319-4.

In reply, Nick Marsden was to hot for Lepton to handle as he ripped through the top order while picking up 5-28 and the visitors were 81 all out.