Report by Danny Thewlis
ALL ROUND SOLID DISPLAY HELPS EAST LEEDS TO SUPERB WIN.
After winning the toss and Dan Thewlis choosing to bat on what looked a good pitch, East Leeds found themselves in a bit of of trouble when the veteran openers John Steel and Martin Kent went cheaply leaving East Leeds 19 for 2. Bobby (not Booby) Mushtaq and skipper Dan Thewlis set out to see off the new ball and capitalise on any loose deliveries. This worked very well, and batting became much easier allowing a well constructed partnership of 104 before Bobby was eventually out for 55. This brought Adam Lines to the crease who carried on the momentum with a quick fire 18 off 15 balls. Despite 10 overs still left, East Leeds slightly lost their way loosing the wickets of Aaron Pearce, Wajid Shafiq and Mu Razzie in quick succession, slowing the run rate down.The in form Michael Shelton with the bat came to party, determined to finish the innings strongly. Michael achieved this superbly with some lusty blows to the boundary and combined this with some positive running between the wickets, even making a tiring Dan Thewlis run a couple of 2's. East Leeds finished the innings well, batting the full 40 overs for 213. Michael Shelton finished 23 not out and Daniel Thewlis held the Innings together with 83 not out.
With a total of 213 to defend with the ball, East Leeds set out to bowl tightly and restrict the Buttershaw reply. With skill and accuracy, they achieved this superbly. Opening bowlers Michael Shelton, 9 overs for just 33 runs and Javed Aslam, 10 overs for just 22 runs and taking 2 key top order wickets were superb. In particular Javed bowled a superb line allowing Dan Thewlis to set an 8/1 offside field. With the pressure mounting on the Buttershaw batsman and the required run rate increasing with every ball, it was time to turn to the spin twins of Bobby Mushtaq and Sam Thewlis. Both the spinners were able to exploit the favourable conditions and on a turning pitch soon made mince meat of the Buttershaw batting line-up. Bobby bowled 5 overs taking 4 for 11 and Sam bowling 4 overs 3 for 12, it was very quickly game over and East Leeds had won the game.
A near perfect display from East Leeds. Batted the full 40 overs to post a solid score of 213. Line and length bowling from the openers kept things tight and built the pressure on the opposition, increasing the required run rate with every over. This allowed the spinners to come on with attacking fields, exploiting the conditions and the wickets soon tumbled. Backed up superbly in field with a much improved effort, East Leeds in the end won comfortably.
Lessons to Learn.
10 overs to go is a long time in cricket, we don't need to slog.
Fielding practice before the game can make a difference (Go that extra mile, reap the rewards).
Fielding Point - Martin Kent (Turned the clock back a few years with a couple of great catches).
Man of the Match - Bobby Mushtaq (All round performance, 55 with the bat, 4 wickets with the ball and superb slip catch, showing his class).