Ducks dominate at Steeton
6 blanks in middle order collapse hands Steeton victory
Otley 2nd X1 travelled to their bogey team Steeton with a very changed side and looked well set for a rare victory, only for a shocking batting collapse handed the hosts 6 points.
Missing a host of players, Otley gave a debut to Matt Garrett aswell as call ups for Deccy, Dom Kellett, KP and Daddy Brads. Things started well for Trev as he won the toss and stuck the home side in on a very damp wicket. A pissed up, sorry fired up, Dobby soon got Toby working his pen with 4 early breakthroughs leaving the much vaunted Steeton batters in trouble at 30/4. Trev replaced a super 6 over spell from Deccy and took out Dave Robinson who made a patient 20 to leave the home side 45/5. Julian Higginson started the fightback and was brutal on anything short from Micky G. His partner Boulton, playing some absolute rank slogs, found the boundary regular and Steeton went past 3 figures. A dropped catch by Garrett proved costly as Higginson past 50, again saving all his runs for Otley, before falling to close to the end. Jimmy Emmott came and went and it was Gay Manlove and Boulton who posted a average 166.
Now lets talk teas.
Just stunning, I cant do them justice.
Needing a solid partnership between Beef and the Sulk to get the chase going, erm...., didnt happen. Sulk trudged off run out again, so Beefy had to stay in for a bit. Joined by Rich Rhodes, these 2 soon put the score past 50 with some big hitting and some patient defence. Ignoring the utter drivvle that was being spouted by Manlove behind the sticks, they continued until Jimmy Emmott took a good return drive from Beefy to get the importnant breakthrough. Pappa Brads returned soon after as Emmott turned the screw. Soon the OCC dressing room resembled a pond as a line of ducks returned to their seats. Only the skipper put any late resistance up before being last man out. Emmott finished with top figures of 6-36 as OCC were skittled for 103
The batting needs to seriously improve in the middle order if the same as last season is to be avoided. Double-header this weekend, away at Bilton Then Kirkstall in the cup