DESPITE no batter in their side scoring more than 25, Steeton are off the mark in the Aire-Wharfe League this year.

The Summerhill Lane club, promoted to the Premier Division this season, chose to bat at Tong Park Esholt, but could only make 131.

Adam Smith (25) and Luke Chapman (24) led the way, but only three other players progressed into doubles figures, in Tom Smallwood (11), skipper Stephen Pearson (17) and Paul Quinlan (18).

However, TPE crumbled in the face of a wily attack and were dismissed for just 91, with experienced duo Pearson and Quinlan taking 4-36 and 3-14 respectively.

Steeton’s new overseas player Tremaine Dowrich also chipped in with a handy 2-8.

Harden, promoted to Division One for this season, fell to a heavy defeat at Bardsey, who made 232-9 after being sent in.

New-ball pair Matthew Hogg (3-55) and Jason Warriner (4-55) took the bulk of the wickets to give the visitors some hope ahead of their innings.

Harden were well placed at 75-2 after tea, but then collapsed to 103 all out, with Toby Priestley (37) and keeper Will Grace (28) making the only significant scores for the away side.

Among the second teams, Steeton notched an 11-run win over visiting TPE in Division One, keeper John Akrigg (56), teenager Archie Cox (36) and captain Adam Hardwick (39 not out) helping the hosts to 188-6.

Hardwick (3-32) and Bradley Akrigg (3-21) then restricted the visitors to 177-9.

Martin Falkingham (70no) and opener Matthew Milburn (50) made significant contributions to Harden’s 186-9 in their home game against Old Leodiensians in Division Three.

The visitors were then dismissed for 125, with Neil Waite bagging 6-29 in the home side’s big victory.