Bad Day at Black Road
Report by John Steel
Match Report – East Leeds A v Gildersome & Farnley Hill A 23rd June 2018
Gildersome & Farnley Hill A 175-8
East Leeds A 92-8 (All Out)
East Leeds were on the back foot from the start against a useful Gildersome side on Saturday; Shaan Ahmed pulled out prior to commencement followed by the returning David Young breaking down in just the 4th over of the match with a groin injury which provoked a writhing response worthy of a Panamanian footballer after an ankle tap.
Nine men to cover a fast outfield was always going to be a difficult task and some wayward early bowling provided the Gildersome openers with ample scoring opportunities to race to 38 in 8 overs before Farrell was trapped to a very dubious LBW for 9.
Ben Clay mixed fortunate edges with some good leg side shots to reach 27 before he went back to a good length ball from Dan Thewlis who had replaced Young at the pavilion end and saw his stumps shattered. Mahmood came in to join the classy Zaman and provided Thewlis with a second wicket; a firm drive back to the bowler which Thewlis located from within his considerable midriff to claim and leave the visitors 64-3.
The introduction of Mushtaq at the Abattoir end met with immediate success, former 1stXI skipper, Martin Morley being trapped LBW aiming an ambitious sweep. Joshua Farrell then joined Zaman in adding 39 for the 5th wicket before he perished for 13 to an superb running catch by Adam Lines at long-off to give Sam Thewlis his first wicket.
Gildersome skipper Ash Wynn joined Zaman who by now was batting with a good deal of fluency and reached 59 from 73 balls with 10 boundaries before a rare long-hop from Mushtaq got him sufficiently over excited to miss the gift and be bowled.
Baulk and Jamil came and went; each striking a glorious 6 over cow corner before being dismissed by the spin twins and Sanderson and Wynn with a laboured 19 from 43 balls saw out the overs to finish on 175-8.
Under the circumstances, this was an excellent effort from the home side; fielding point to Adam Lines, but both Jones and Mushtaq did good work in the deep.
Mushtaq was, once more the pick of the bowlers with 3-36 in 11, Thewlis father and son had two wickets apiece with Shamraz Hussain claiming the remaining wicket to fall.
Gildersome’s merger with Farnley Hill has brought dividends in terms of the Farrells and it was Peter Farrell who joined Maddy Jamil in opening the bowling.
East Leeds presented a fifth opening combination to no avail; Osman Malik was bowled by Farrell to an off-cutter for 1 whilst Sam Thewlis fell the following over, LBW to Jamil for 0.
Mushtaq, (32) came in and mixed aimless wafts with telling cuts to add 27 with Dan Thewlis, (3) before the latter aimed a drive to a Farrell outswinger and present Wynn with a straightforward catch at gully to precipitate a collapse from 44-2 to 49-7. Mushtaq could do little with a ball from Jamil which exploded from a goodish length to glove an easy chance behind. Lines; who could sometimes be accused of batting by numbers, fell to an LBW decision which appeared to have been arrived at using the same process; the fact that it was, high, leg-side and he hit it didn’t prevent the Gildersome umpire from raising the finger of doom. Steel, (5) came and went quickly; a well struck drive off Jamil followed by edging a Farrell outswinger to fall to an excellent low, one handed catch by Morley at slip. Pearce, (0) gave Farrell his fourth wicket; bowled in similar fashion to Malik by one which nipped back and with only Shamraz Hussain remaining, the odds were on East Leeds being routed for less than 60, however Jones and Hussain combined watchful defence with good running and intelligent hitting to frustrate the visitors and add 43 before Jones’s vigil of 21 from 79 balls was ended by a nick through to the keeper. Hussain’s career best 20 not out occupied 55 balls and included 2 boundaries.
Both Gildersome’s openers bowled through and they were, perhaps the main difference between the two sides; Farrell was excellent with 4-21 from his 12 overs and was well supported by Jamil who claimed 3-32 from his allotment.
Overall, a disappointing day, but the fielding effort, another fine all-round performance from Mushtaq and an entertaining last wicket stand provided some solace.