NEWLY-PROMOTED Steeton will be glad just to survive in the Premier Division of the Aire-Wharfe League this season.

After a heavy defeat to Horsforth Hall Park at the weekend, they sit third from bottom on 48 points, only eight ahead of Tong Park Esholt, who are in the second relegation berth.

Hall Park chose to bat first on Saturday and made 208-9, which was more than seemed likely when they were 128-8, only for the ninth wicket to add 77.

Steeton’s overseas player Tremaine Dowrich bowled superbly to take 5-24 off his 15 overs, Paul Quinlan chipping in with 3-65.

However, the visitors’ batting then failed as they were back in the pavilion for just 79, although they did resist until the 36th over.

Opener Craig Walton top-scored with 18, with skipper Steve Pearson (16) and Max Harrison (11) the only other players to reach double figures.

The news was no better from Cuckoo’s Nest, where Harden were dismissed for 55 by leaders Addingham inside 24 overs in the pair’s Division One clash.

Sent in, skipper Andy Wear made 20, but it was a shambolic effort from the rest of the batsmen.


No-one else even made it into double figures, with Toby Priestley doing next best after Wear with a mere six.

Addingham then won by nine wickets, taking only 6.3 overs to pass Harden’s paltry total.

The losers are now stuck in the bottom two as a result, facing the realistic prospect of immediate relegation back down to the third tier.