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Match Report – East Leeds A v Cross Bank A 28th April 2019

 Fielding Costs East Leeds Dear

 East Leeds A 135-9      Cross Bank A        136-4

In sunny weather, a stark contrast from the previous day’s gloom, East Leeds were asked to bat on a surface which, whilst appearing good, was slow and low for the majority of the match.

Junaid and Rajab got off to a customary cavalier start against an opening attack of Shuttleworth and the leg spinner, Nigel James.

The pair had added a brisk 29 before Rajab, with 19 from only 13 balls was drawn into a shot off a ball which stopped off the pitch to present an easy catch to James at gully.

Junaid was next to go, reaching for a rank long hop off Shuttleworth and pulling firmly, but straight to mid-wicket, where Rushton took an excellent catch to remove him for 16.

Bobby fell, LBW to James for 5 with no further addition to the score which brought kid brother Hassan to the crease to join Waqar; Hassan played some pleasing strokes to reach 15 before he was bowled by the naggingly accurate James.

Waqar’s tortuous 5 from 43 balls came to an end when former 1stXI captain, Simon Copland, replacing James at the pavilion end, cleaned him up with a fine Yorker.

John Steel holed out to extra-cover off Shahban to leave for a disappointing 3, before Copland, bowling full and straight, accounted for both Pearce, (6) and Haseeb, (6) and when Umar was run out in bizarre circumstances, the home side was in deep trouble at 94-9.

Sheru arrived to join Shazaib at the crease and the pair restored respectability with a fine unbroken stand of 41combining good running and lusty hitting; Shazaib finished on a gutsy 31 from 41 balls, with Sheru contributing good support with 16.

Overall a disappointing performance, but hopefully something to bowl at.

The pick of the bowlers were James with 2-21 from 10; this after conceding 12 runs in his first over and Copland with 3-42.

On the resumption, skipper Bobby Mushtaq elected to open the bowling himself alongside Sheru; the tactic did not meet with success however as Steve McNally took advantage of a rare full toss to sweep for 4, before hitting a length ball handsomely over long-off for 6.

Sheru delivered 5 tidy oversA for just 12 runs before limping out of the attack as the pair were replaced by Hassan and Rajab. Both bowlers struggled to maintain control of the run rate however as McNally and Copland took risks running between the wickets which East Leeds could not capitalise on; a number of run out opportunities being squandered by wild throw ins. The more enterprising of the openers, McNally had just reached a well-earned 50 before Rajab, with a beautiful slower ball, sent him packing with the score on 88.

Bobby returned to the attack to bowl Copland for a steady 40 and give the home side a chink of hope when he caught and bowled Shahban for 4. Thompson was then run out for 18 by a direct hit from cover by Rajab before Rushton came in to join James and take Cross Bank over the line in emphatic style.

Bobby with 2-41 from 12 and Rajab, 1-35 from 10 were the wicket takers; Sheru 0-12 from 5, Shazaib 0-17 from 5 and Hassan with 0-27 from 4.1 could all count themselves unlucky.

In summary, Cross Bank probably took 25 singles to fielders in run saving positions and ultimately, that was probably the difference between the sides, however some good points emerged as the new look East Leeds 2ndXI learns more about its strengths and areas of challenge.

John Steel

29th April 2019