Guiseley CC v New Rover CC (Airedale & Wharfedale League – Division 2)
Guiseley Cricket Club welcomed local rivals New Rover Cricket Club to Nethermoor Park this weekend for an Airedale & Wharfedale Cricket League Division Two fixture. The game also attracted a number of footballer supporter, including sports reporter John Helm who was attending the Lions pre-season game against Bradford City.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first with Captain Michael Richmond and Amir Bhatti opening the batting, however Bhatti’s stay at the crease didn’t last long as he was trapped lbw by Marcus Brown for a duck after facing just five balls. Marcus Brown struck again just four balls later as Imran Patel was caught by James Colledge again for a duck leaving the visitors on eight for two. Matthew Strickland was next into bat but he made six runs from fifteen balls including one four before being bowled by Joshua Findlay.
Michael Richmond, was next to be dismissed caught by Joseph Reed off the bowling of Marcus Brown for eight runs from thirty balls which included two (4’s). Another quick wicket followed when Christodoulos Bogdanos was caught by Sam Bean for a duck off five balls, leaving the visitors on twenty-six for five.
Hanzaq Mir, Rob Thomas and Michael Shotton then took control of the innings scoring one hundred and forty-six runs between them, which moved the score onto one hundred and eighty-nine for eight. Rob Thomas top scored with sixty-nine runs for the visitors which included nine (4’s), before he was bowled by James Grubb.
Michael Shotton hit a vaulable half century from seventy-seven balls, including six (4’s) whilst Mir hit twenty-seven from thirty-three balls as the visitors finished on one hundred and ninety-six all out. Marcus Brown was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for thirty runs off his fifteen overs, whilst Joshua Findlay, James Grubb and Joel Newlove all took two wickets, the final wicket went to Benn Hallas.
James Grubb and James Davey opened the batting for Guiseley and made an excellent start with the bat adding seventy-one runs before the first wicket fell, James Grubb was caught by Daniel Binks off the bowling of William Pearson for thirty-nine. Jack Kelly was next to the crease and he scored nineteen runs from forty-three balls which included three (4’s) before he was caught by Michael Shotton off the bowling of William Pearson.
Joseph Reed was next into bat for the home side and he made a quick fire nineteen from twenty-eight balls before being caught by Daniel Binks again off the bowling of William Pearson. A further eleven runs were added by Robert Butterfield whilst James Colledge was dismissed for a duck, both wickets being taken by Minhaj Patel.
It was Captain James Davey that lead by example finishing the game on an unbeaten ninety-four off one hundred and forty-six bowls, including thirteen (4’s) and one (6) to give the home side maximum points.
Guiseley CC – Grubb, Davey, Kelly, Reed, Butterfield, Colledge, Bean, Brown, Findlay, Newlove, Hallas
New Rover CC – Richmond, Bhatti, Patel, Strickland, Mir, Bogdanos, Thomas, Shotton, Pearson, Patel, Binks