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EAST LEEDS 2nd XI v ADWALTON 2nd XI 21 July 2018

Match Report – v Adwalton A 21st July 2018

Report by John Steel

East Leeds A  254-7     Adwalton A            133-10

With a full side this week, skipper Dan Thewlis won another toss and decided to bat first. Overnight rain had enlivened the pitch a little, but the presence of a 20 metre boundary to one side held the promise of some high scoring.

John Steel was joined by David Young to become his 35th opening partner for East Leeds; Young drove the wayward Allinson out of the attack after just two overs whilst Steel picked off the occasional bad ball from Bagnall to reach 26 from 29 balls before finding himself at the other end, dragging one on to his stumps from Blakeney with the score on 43.

The pivotal partnership of the innings ensued with arrival of Bobby Mushtaq whose brute force combined with elegant stroke play from Young to add 91 in even time before Young nicked off against Tom Davidson to depart for a fine 65 from 61 balls with 11 boundaries and two sixes.

A further 6 runs were added before Dan Thewlis responded to a poor call, (quickly rescinded) by Mushtaq, but was unable to turn the battleship around in time to make his ground and fall to that most unwelcome of birds, the diamond duck.

Mushtaq however continued with his profitable policy of hit one / miss one until another aerial sortie found the safe hands of Josh Cutt to give Davidson his second wicket.

Any suspicion that momentum would falter as Sam Thewlis joined Darrell Jones was quickly dispelled as the pair ran well and dispatched the bad ball to add 42 before Jones was bowled by the returning Allinson for 21. Osman Malik came and went, quickly; LBW to Allinson for 2 before Sam took full charge; being particularly harsh on Allinson, (whose 8 overs yielded 75 runs) to race to a maiden senior half-century making 60 from just 39 deliveries with 6 fours and 3 maximums before holing out with one ball of the innings to spare.

Pearce joined Mathew Knight who struck a couple off the final ball to leave the East Leeds innings on an imposing 254-7

It’s never easy to judge a winning score at Adwalton and whilst the home side was missing the prolific Paul Bennett, (busy top scoring for Adwalton 1stXI) and regular skipper, Andy Ingham, there was still the issue of the division’s top run scorer, James Curtis to contend with.

The experienced Craig Wright opened with stand-in skipper Chris Curtis against an attack of Shamraz Hussain and Dan Thewlis; fresh from his Spanish holiday and a return trip home to collect his trousers, Hussain put in his best spell of the season, bowling with accuracy and movement to remove both openers for only 5 runs between them; Thewlis, by contrast struggled for accuracy but was able to pick up the key wicket of James Curtis for 15, courtesy of a well-judged catch by debutant, Justin George at cover.

Chris Blakeney joined Matthew Lyles, but had only made 10 when he gifted a straightforward chance to Dan Thewlis off Mushtaq before Lyles, who had played well for his 40 skied an intelligently flighted delivery off Mushtaq to be well called for and caught by Pearce, running from behind the stumps to short-midwicket to complete the dismissal.

Ben Allinson came and went in his customary style; a moosed six off Mushtaq before being well taken on the boundary by Justin George off Young for 7, followed quickly by Tom Davidson whose season aggregate of just one run belied the skill and aggression he displayed by climbing into Mushtaq to make 23 before the being bowled off his pads by David Young.

At this point, with a required run rate in double figures, the innings fell apart; Bagnall skied Mushtaq to Matthew Knight at mid-on for 4, Andrew Blackburn was beaten for pace and comprehensively bowled by Young for 0 and father Wayne holed out to Justin George’s first delivery for East Leeds, (caught by Sam Thewlis) to wrap the innings up for 133.

Pick of the bowling was David Young with 3-20 and Shamraz Hussain with 2-25. Bobby Mushtaq kept his nerve to take 3-38, Dan Thewlis 1-32 and, of course, Justin George 1 for nothing.

Whilst the centurions of last week’s crushing defeat of Rodley were both absent, East Leeds once more found a way of dominating in all aspects of the game against title chasing opposition.

A double weekend coming up which Thewlis; father and son will miss due to nautical activities, but let’s hope that we can field two strong sides and come home with the points.

 

Oldest

Age

Youngest

Age

1st XI Batting Averages

J Steel

45

Kevin Rich

16

1st XI 100

Gary Edwards

42

I Pearson

18

1st XI 50

A Stirk

53

Kevin Rich

16

1st XI 5 Wickets

W Quirk

52

M Roberts

18

         

2nd XI Batting Averages

J Steel

53

Danny McGuire

15

2nd XI 100

J Steel

55

Danny McGuire

15

2nd XI 50

R Northall

57

Danny McGuire

14

2nd XI 5 Wickets

W Quirk

60

S Thewlis

12

Thanks to John Steel