Match Report – East Leeds A v Adwalton A 12th May 2018
Report by John Steel
East Leeds Edge Out Adwalton in Thriller
East Leeds A 138-10 Adwalton A 139-10
With a full side this week, East Leeds were asked to bat on a surface which, whilst appearing good, was slow and low for the majority of the match.
Martin Kent and Adam Lines opened for the home side and were immediately under pressure from the miserly Simon Bagnall at the Abattoir End and the promising youngster Tom Davidson from the pavilion. Lines played across the line to offer of simple chance to Emmett off Davidson and departed for 0 and was followed in fairly quick succession by Mushtaq, LBW to Davidson for 9, Thewlis taken superbly at mid-wicket by Craig Wright; (so moved by the catch, Wright offered to retire there and then) and debutant Shaan Ahmed caught behind second ball for 0 from a reckless drive leaving the home side struggling at 28-4.
Kent dropped anchor and was joined by John Steel to commence the much needed repair job; progress was fairly slow against Bagnall’s nagging line and length and Kent had almost succeeded in weathering the threat before the wily old seamer held one back and Kent lobbed an easy chance to Paul Bennett at mid-off to depart for 20 from 60 deliveries to leave the score 47-4.
Replacing Davidson at the pavilion end, Ben Allinson’s spell started accurately before Steel took advantage of some loose deliveries to drive him out of the attack and add 36 with Baulk before the latter was late responding to a call and was run out from the boundary edge for 5.
Steel’s 54 ball vigil ended when he had made 40 with 4 boundaries and a tin rattling six when he was bowled by Blakeney aiming a pull at a delivery which kept low and when Pearce gave Blakeney his second wicket, East Leeds looked unlikely to make a batting point with the score 95-8.
Javed Aslam, (23) came in to join Sam Thewlis, (20) and the pair applied careful defence with intelligent hitting to add an invaluable 40 for the 9th wicket before they both perished to James Curtis leaving Hussain 1 not out and gifting 1 over to the visitors.
Davidson bowled well for his 3-29 with good support; Bagnall conceded only 20 runs from his 12 over allocation as he, Blakeney and Curtis claimed two wickets apiece.
Adwalton’s experienced opening pairing of Paul Bennett and Craig Wright started brightly against Shaan Ahmed and Shamraz Hussain; the former having to be removed from the attack in only his second over having been called for two full toss no-balls.
The score had moved on to 30 before the introduction of Mushtaq saw the departure of Wright, LBW for 8 from an injudicious attempt at a sweep and Chris Curtis went soon after for 1, edging the accurate Hussain through to Pearce behind the wicket.
Skipper Andy Ingham perished LBW to Mushtaq for 4 bringing former 1stXI captain James Curtis to the crease.
Bennett continued to strike the ball handsomely through the off-side and the partnership appeared to have promise until Curtis, wandering from his crease backing up, was run out by Mushtaq; this incident led to a good deal of most regrettable acrimony between the teams; the fact that the batsman was attempting to take unfair advantage by stealing ground was completely lost by the visiting team and their support, however the point was made that Conference level cricket between two teams with a hitherto excellent relationship should be taken into account and a warning routinely given to any errant batsman in the future.
Emmett came in to join Bennett amidst the furore and played some attractive shots to contribute 21 to a partnership of 36 before the introduction of Sam Thewlis at the Abattoir End saw him trapped LBW to leave the score on 92-5.
Allinson came and went quickly; another LBW to Mushtaq, but while ever Bennett remained at the crease, Adwalton would have been confident; Blakeney gave excellent support before both he and Bennett fell quickly to Thewlis; Bennett’s 63 from 95 balls was an exemplary display and he will have been deeply disappointed with the manner of his dismissal; holing out to Thewlis, courtesy of Mushtaq’s safe hands at long-on.
Bagnall gave Thewlis his fourth wicket; although his reaction to the decision left no-one in doubt as to how he felt about it and with Andrew Blackburn playing a rash heave to be bowled by the returning Aslam, the Adwalton innings was over, just 9 runs short of victory.
East Leeds recovered from some poor batting to post a score which represented at least something to bowl at; Kent, Steel, Sam Thewlis and Aslam taking the plaudits and, recriminations aside, the bowling and fielding effort was excellent; Sham Hussain took 1-9 in 7 searching overs before Mushtaq, (3-47) and Thewlis (4-42) applied the pressure with Aslam wrapping the game up with 1-21.
After the first week’s dismal effort; this was a marked improvement; whilst Shaan Ahmed’s debut can hardly be termed as an unqualified success, it is clear that once the cobwebs of several years’ cricketing activity have been blown away, he will be a valuable asset to this side.