Sun Shines On Headingley CC
The summertime finally returned to that most famous of Leeds suburbs and provided the backdrop for a good week of cricket at Headingley Cricket Club.
Tuesday saw the A team in action in the Wetherby League's Evening Cup competition against Crompark.
HCC eked out a total of 125 for nine which felt pretty competitive due to a very slow outfield, this feeling was reinforced by the steady start Crompark made which saw them fall behind the rate.
However, this didn't take into account Ali Malik who quickly changed things with a couple of overs of brutal hitting yielding 43 runs. When Malik departed for a super 77, Headingley managed to slow things down again and the game continued to ebb and flow ultimately ending in a tie.
HCC exited the competition due to Crompark having lost one fewer wicket in their innings.
Saturday saw the 1st XI entertain fellow promotion chasers Great Preston. Rogers, Dutta, Frosdick and Kumar all played well to set up a total of 149 for seven.
A good all-round effort from the bowlers with economical spells from Clifton and Atkinson set the tone, and then Abid Hussain and Steve Gilks collected three wickets apiece and HCC ripped through the visitors, who were dismissed for just 82.
The 2nd XI were at near neighbours Old Modernians. 'Old Mods' batted first and Asif Sharif continued his great start to the season with another four wickets, all of them clean bowled clean bowled as 'Mods' were restricted to 127.
Club stalwart Jim Hinks and new recruit Ghulam Nabi gave HCC a great start, putting on 50 for the first wicket, but with Dave Clapham taking five for 17 for the home team it was left to a couple of the other old heads - Steve Manton and Mark Stelfox - to score the last 41 runs required for victory.
The 3rd XI's great recent form experienced a hiccup against Hillam and Monk Fryston. A total of 157 posted by Hillam wouldn't have held any fears for HCC having chased three totals in excess of this in recent weeks, but it wasn't to be on this occasion as good Hillam bowling saw them dismissed for 101 with only vice-captain Rob Smythe mustering much resistance.