Skipper backs Scarcroft to start winning streak

hsb  Jonny Braithwaite batting for Scarcroft
hsb Jonny Braithwaite batting for Scarcroft

Scarcroft first team captain Richard Stephens wants his squad to build mid-season momentum to edge closer to a first title in more than 50 years.

‘Croft were missing four bowlers last Saturday as they slipped to a seven-wicket loss at home to Barwick-in-Elmet despite hitting 252-6 batting first.

The loss saw Scarcroft slip from the top of the Wetherby League as Kirk Deighton replaced them.

But captain Richard Stephens reckons his side can reverse the positions when they visit Deighton on Saturday.

Damian Aston fired 91 not out against Barwick but the away team’s Nick Swales bettered it with 112 not out to win the clash.

Stephens bemoaned missing more than half of his bowling attack as it became “impossible” to remove Swales.

“He didn’t give any chances throughout the innings,” he said.

“I thought before the game that anything above 220 would be a reasonable score so when we made 250 I was more than happy.

“But we basically only had two bowlers and they got two wickets. During the middle overs we didn’t stop them scoring.

“It hurt us quite a bit as if we had won we would have been four or five points clear at the top.”

Front-line bowlers Shoaib Rehman, Matt Baker and Jonny Braithwaite all return for the Deighton trip.

Stephens said Deighton played “confident cricket” and their unit have capable batsman throughout their line up.

The skipper believes his side are in a strong position to clinch their first championship in more than 50 years.

He said: “The season has pretty much gone to plan.

“We strengthened up quite a bit over the winter with three new guys and our overseas returned.

“If we can get to the half way point and we are at the top or in and around the top, then that is not too bad at all.

“Then it’s about seeing it through.

“It is a very tight league though this season. One of those where there are five or six teams that can beat anyone.

“I think you will get one team that will go on a run.

“That’s what Wetherby did last year. Hopefully that’s what we can do.

“But the biggest threats will be Deighton and Great Preston.”

Meanwhile, two 13-year-olds starred for Walton A this weekend and took six wickets between them in Division Four.

Spinner Sammy Clews (4-38) and seamer James Young (2-30) helped bowl Old Modernians out for 220 all out. But they failed to prevent their side losing the match.

Several Wetherby League sides held a minute’s silence on Saturday for Sherburn Eversley player Andy McGrath who died on the field on June 1.