With the weather finally changing to something more cricket like Streethouse travelled the short distance to local rivals Featherstone looking to build on the previous weekend's two victories.
On a wicket that looked ideal for batting Featherstone had no hesitation in choosing to bat first. Openers James Dunn
and Jim Robinson looked to survive early on and nearly handed Streethouse the ideal start with Dunn hitting a catch to mid-off, however the catch was dropped and Dunn was given a, what proved to be costly, reprieve on 0. Streethouse did make an early breakthrough however with Scott Bland
removing Robinson caught behind for 4. Adam Perry came to the crease to join Dunn and consolidate. Scoring was slow to start but the pair ran well and looked to build an innings. Perry eventually fell caught behind for 22 off the bowling of Ismail Patel and immediately after Joe Bakali was deceived by a slower ball and picked out mid-off.
Alex Clemo was trapped LBW by Richard Vigars for 3. With 3 quick wickets falling Streethouse looked to contain Featherstone with overs ticking out, Dunn continued on his way striking the ball well and was supported well by Jamie Robinson. Dunn brought up what seems to be a customary century against Streethouse and looked to take advantage of the bowling and some poor fielding from the away team. Robinson finally fell for 31 bowled by Scott Bland
after being dropped twice in the same over. A further wicket fell, Simon Hall caught off the bowling of Vigars for 5 and the Featherstone innings closing on 198 for 6, Dunn batting through for 120 not out. Patel and Bland both ended up with figures of 2 for 43 with Bland especially being left to wonder when his luck will change after five catches were spilled from his bowling.
The Streethouse reply got off to a solid start with Paul Langley and Steve Bourne scoring relatively freely. The partnership was eventually broken with Bourne being bowled by Mark Swales for 30. Mark Robinson
fell cheaply caught at cover for just 3 and this inspired a collapse in the Streethouse middle order with Ismail Patel falling for 13, Liam Geddis
for a duck and Martin Rhodes
for 1, leaving Alwyn Dyke and Richard Vigars as the only recognised batsmen left, all the wickets were claimed by Mark Swales who collected figures of 6 for 41 from his allotted 14 overs.
With the run rate required increasing Vigars and Dyke attempted to play some big shots to get back level but Vigars fell for 14 caught at mid-wicket off the bowling of Jamie Robinson. Richard Wild struck a boundary and a six before falling for 10 with the needed rate rising above 8 an over. Streethouse's last hope was Dyke and with 13 needed from the last over he was bowled by Joe Bakali. Michael Bates
came to the crease at number 11 looking for heroics against his old club but was run out for 3 and Streethouse were bowled out for 190, 9 runs short of their target and suffered their first league defeat of the season.
Performance of the match: James Dunn
's unbeaten 120 helped Featherstone build a total that was defendable
Game changing moment: Streethouse's middle order collapse left them with too much to do at the end
Points scored: Featherstone 10 Streethouse 4
Written by M.Bates