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Weekly Preview 19th August

There were three wins from three last week as the 1s and 2s both dominated East Bierley. The 3s had a strong win at Muff Field. Our batting total for the three teams that played was 575-5. This week sees the 1s at Batley, the 2s host Bradford and Bingley and the 3s face off against Leeds Sikh

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Saturday 19th Baildon 1st XI v Batley 1st XI - Batley CC @ 12:30 Match Day sponsor: Atko Flymo

Last week saw a vital win for the first team as they collected the maximum 20 points from East Bierley. They scored 233 for the loss of just two wickets; Kev McDermott (90), James Ford (51), Jonny Reynolds (49*) and Will Kelly (21*) were the run scorers. A top bowling performance followed as our seamers took regular wickets - no East Bierley batsman reaching 30. Raman Athwal took 4-23 and Jamin Barron-Toop 3-41. Josh Capper came on at the end and took his first 1st XI wicket to close the game out. This Saturday they travel to Batley high on confidence and keen to demonstrate that our place is not at the bottom of the table. Team: K McDermott, C Reynolds, J Reynolds, M Khan, S Holmes, S Kelly, R Athwal, J Barron-Toop, J Ford, M Khan, C Malik.

Baildon 2nd XI v Bradford & Bingley 2nd XI - Jenny Lane @ 12:30 Match Day Sponsor: Sam Holmes

The 2s kept their promotion hopes alive with a 20 point win against East Bierley. An excellent spell from Haris Hussain saw him take 6-47. An almighty collapse from their batting line up saw them fall from 140-5 to 149 all out. When it came to chase, George Barker led the way with an unbeaten 84 supported by Jamie Denison's 49. Sam Holmes scored a crucial 0* to ensure we took home 20 points. The responsibility displayed has seen him promoted to the 1s this week.

A local derby against Bradford and Bingley this week will give a few players chances with a few players missing from 1s and 2s. Team: S McDermott, H Hussain, J Abbott, H Brook-Dobson, W Baker, A Turner, G Barker, D Grimmitt, D Metcalfe, J Terry, L Turner

Baildon 3rd XI v Leeds Sikh 2nd XI - Belmont Superdome @ 13:30 A guest write up from Mini this week follows the mighty Baildon's overhaul of Muff Field:

The mighty Baildon travelled to Sunnybank to play Muff Field hoping to get their first win since the 24th of June and get their promotion chase back on track. Muff Field started well taking the first 5 overs for 35 runs before the mighty Baildon started to fight back taking a wicket with the first ball of the 6th over and with the introduction of Lucas Shaw in to the attack the mighty Baildon kept things tight with Muff Field only getting 32 runs from the next 11 overs before losing their next wicket.

Muff Field continued making steady progress in between some very short rain delays and some tricky fielding conditions to advance their total to 155-5 in the 37th over. With Sunnybank being a famously high scoring ground the mighty Baildon were in danger of having to chase a score in excess of 200 but manage to avoid this through some smart catches from Sam Miller and Sufyan Mahmood and some disciplined death bowling restricting the opposition to 197-8.

The chase began with an almighty stutter as the mighty Baildon lost their talismanic skipper David Hodgson and the big hitting Parth Sunil to some disciplined bowling which reduced the score to 23-2 which made the target look a long way off when Simon Bullock joined J Lo (John Lovatt) to the crease. It was at this point that I realised if I wanted to show someone an example of how batters should run between the wickets this pair would not be it, yet someone they survived and their partnership grew in confidence and ended up 175 unbeaten with J Lo hitting his highest ever score of 89* and Simon 50*.

Thanks for that Mini. This week they host Leeds Sikh who are always a tough team. Hopefully they'll have been similarly impacted by summer holiday availability woes as us, we should be able to manage the keeping duties well at the very least with 4 playing. Team: D Hodgson, B Fawkes, F McCaul, A Norton, L Modhwadia, S Mahmood, F Rehman, T Pickles, S Miller, L Shaw

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