Back to back wins for 2's
Coops & Cooey in the runs as Pool see off Steeton
This weekend saw Steeton visit Arthington Lane with Pool hoping to build on the Bank Holiday victory over Otley. Steeton won the toss and decided to have a bat in the humid conditions.
Opening up for the home side were Matthew Naylor and Dan Hewer. Both were settling in to their stride nicely with young opener Rowlett struggling to get bat on ball. At the other end, Luxton was having more success and was dispatching anything loose. The first breakthrough came with the score on 13 with Buzz bowling Rowlett for 2. Disaster struck for Dan though, when an injury to his calf brought about an early end to his game. Jack Wood came on as sub and Jamie Wilkinson replaced Dan at the road end. Jamie was to claim the next wicket, with the left handed Robinson being adjudged LBW to an inswinging delivery. A bit of a partnership followed but 28 for 2 became 49 for 3 when Buzz found the edge of Gledhill’s bat and into the safe hands of Mark Wilkinson at slip. Phil Dibb replaced Buzz at the river end and was soon into the wickets, removing Pearson LBW and then the major wicket of Luxton for 46. At 68 for 5 Steeton were reeling but a frustrating partnership then developed between Modak and Boulton. It was eventually broken with 118 on the scoreboard when Modak sliced one up for Josh Bent to snaffle at deep gully. Boulton and the new man Barrett continued to add important runs before Boulton was caught by Cooey off Dibby for 31. Buzz came back on for a second spell and removed Barrett for 17, nicking off to Carlts. Dibby then removed Z Pearson to claim his 4th of the match before the final ball saw Wynn run out after tripping over his bat going for a quick second run. Steeton 179 all out and maximum bowling points once again for Pool. 4 wickets for Dibby, 3 for Buzz and 23 for Jamie.
Will Cooper and Phil Dibb opened up for Pool to begin the run chase, and things were going well until Dibby nicked off to Wynn with 10 on the board. Mark Wilkinson was in at 3 and after a couple of early positive strokes followed in similar fashion, leaving the home side in a slightly precarious position of 14 for 2. The Steeton boys were up for it and were looking to press home, but Will and the Adam Collett, in at 4, had other plans. They gradually built a solid partnership and chipped away at the target. Both passed 50 for the first time this season, with Will eventually falling for 54 with the score on 103. Richard Carlton was in at 5 and continued where Will had left off. Cooey reached his half century before falling to the bowling of Wynn for 58. This partnership had taken Pool on to 146, just 34 short of victory. 3 runs later, Carlts was back in the hut after playing around a straight one, being replaced in the middle by Ollie Eaves. Jimmy Carlton and Ollie moved the score on to 155 before Jimmy fell LBW to Stead. Jamie was in at 8 and that was the end of the dramas for Pool as Eavesy took the lead in steering the home side to a 4 wicket victory and the first 20 pointer of the season.
This win took Pool out into a mid-table position which they’ll look to consolidate with next weeks’ tough game away to Bilton.