STEETON finally broke their duck on the road as they beat struggling Leeds Modernians by 47 runs.

Their first away win of the season in Aire-Wharfe League Division Two came after they had posted a commanding 317-5 after being asked to bat first.

Dependable opener John Akrigg notched another half-century (57) and he shared an excellent 76-run second-wicket partnership with Andrew Foulds (37).

Craig Walton added a quickfire 46 before Tom Stead and Jake Starkey blasted an unbroken 142-run sixth-wicket stand.

Stead finished with an unbeaten 94 from just 48 balls, including four sixes and ten fours, while Starkey hit 61 not out from only 32 deliveries with five sixes and four fours.

Leeds Modernians' reply was bizarre, beginning at rapid speed but fizzling out despite only losing three wickets.

Mods raced to 82-3 before Quizam Mahmood (100no) added 189 unbroken runs with Dane Rogers (79no). Skipper Paul Hardwick (1-65) could not find the same form as his record nine-wicket haul of the previous week – even conceding 22 wides.

Mods finished with an impressive 271-3 but seemed to lack the ambition to push on for victory, especially as this defeat saw them drop into the relegation area.

Steeton are now comfortably placed sixth in the table – 42 points above the drop zone.

Steeton II pulled off a shock win at home to Division One leaders Rawdon II.

Chris Luxton (37) and David Greaves (34) gave the hosts a good platform for teenager Bradley Akrigg – who had just celebrated his 18th birthday – to score his maiden century.

Making the most of excellent conditions, he scored an unbeaten 101 from 99 deliveries, bringing up his century in style with a massive six.

Akrigg shared a 73-run fourth-wicket partnership with Oliver Gledhill, who contributed 42 from just 29 balls as Steeton closed on 257-8.

In reply Rawdon’s top order was decimated by the in-swing of Luke Watson, who finished with 4-34 from 13 overs, which saw Rawdon reduced to 64-5.

Skipper Gary Boulton ran out his opposite number with a spectacular direct hit before the final two wickets fell to youngster Ewan Johnston (2-43), with fielding-point winner Akrigg capping a memorable day to take a catch at short mid-off in the last over.

Rawdon were bowled all out for 225 in 49.4 overs.

While Harden's first team had no game, George Gill was the undoubted star of their second team's win at Colton.

He made 74 in their 125 all out before taking 5-9 to help dismiss the Leeds side for 102.