RASTRICK took on Cawthorne at home in a crucial Huddersfield League Cedar Court promotion battle and stand-in skipper Muhammed Saddiq lost the toss.
Rastrick with three players suspended by the Huddersfield League, including skipper Matthew Lambert, Khalid Rehman and Laurence Pearson, looked to have missed out on a batting paradise.
The Rastrick attack made it hard work for the Cawthorne batsmen although they did manage 55 for the first wicket but the scoring was slow.
With the burning sun and the wicket not offering much for seam bowling Saddiq and Ateeq Rehman decided to change their style of attack and go with spin. This move paid off as wickets began falling at regular intervals but Cawthorne still managed to post a score of 186 for nine off their 50 overs.
Rehman took five for 60 in his 24 overs and Saddiq four for 110 in his 25 overs of the game sponsored by Kenny Kendall and Sons.
Rastrick’s run chase was dealt a massive blow when Rehman fell for just eight runs and the home side struggled to make inroads into their target.
Joe Vickers managed to hang around for some 25 overs for a dogged 19 but at 60 for five they were in trouble. However, a fine partnership of 70 between Saddiq and Simon Farlow put them on the right track as the Pakistani professional hit the ball to all parts of the Round Hill ground.
When Farlow (11) went this sparked another collapse and at 157 for nine, 30 more runs were still needed.
With the last pair at the wicket, veteran Julian Marsh and Saddiq, it looked a tall order, but ‘Super Sid’ just kept on blazing the ball to all parts as March looked on.
When he left the field 107 not out Saddiq was given a standing ovation by his teammates and spectators as it was went down as one of the best innings to have ever graced the old ground.
l RASTRICK Seconds have still to win a game this season after going down by eight wickets away to Cawthorne.
Batting first on a good strip, Rastrick could only manage a measly 80, with opener Joe Whiteley showing any sort of for his 31 runs before being beaten by an inswinging yorker.
Paul Shaw (11) and extras were the only other scores to reach double figures.
The Barnsley side took no time at all in knocking off the runs, 22 overs in fact, and in that time only two wickets fell, both taken by left arm medium bowler James Anderson.
l THERE was better news from the Rastrick Third team’s outing on the Sunday at home to Illingworth.
Rastrick batted first and registered 167 thanks to a superb knock of 72 from Daniel Thaxter and a good 31 from Joe Pearson.
Illingworth used eight bowlers with Mark Bright being their best one with six for 47 in 9.1 overs.
Thaxter was easily man of the match as he also took four for 30 in seven overs and the Pearson brothers gave him good support with Joe taking three for seven in 2.3 and Oliver one for 27 in seven as Illingworth were all out for 73 in 19.3 overs.