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1st XI round-up 2 September 2017

Posted by on 02/09/2017 17:27

1st XI round-up 2 September 2017

Skipton's ground looking in fine fettle in their clash with Leeds Modernians. Pictures here and below courtesy of John Heald (

Division 1

After last weekend's games Beckwithshaw were on the brink of clinching the league title, but a 20-point deduction for disciplinary issues has given Otley a chance of snatching the championship. Beckwithshaw looked to be carrying the news of their points deduction with them into the game as their batting folded in the face of accurate bowling from struggling Colton and they were bundled out for just 127. George Myers hit 45 but received little support and three wickets apiece for David Wright and Jonathan Horner gave Colton a real shot at an upset. However, the Waddilove Cup winners are not defending league champions for nothing and they summoned up a bowling performance to keep their title challenge on track. Skipper Alex Lilley again led from the front with 5-26, well supported by Taylor Williams with 4-22, as Colton were skittled for just 104 in reply to give Beckwithshaw 16 points and keep them ahead at the top of the table before next week's crunch game with Otley. Colton's first season in Division 1 now ends in relegation after this result left them bottom of the table and 73 points from safety with only two games to play.

Otley closed the gap on leaders Beckwithshaw to 12 points as they defeated Rawdon at home by 39 runs. Otley batted first and were struggling somewhat until David Hester (52) and George Huntley (36) knuckled down to push the innings forward, the end result being that Otley nudged themselves up to 200-9 at the end of their 50 overs. Marcus Berryman kept Rawdon in the chase with 55 but he needed one more partner to make a significant contribution. Chris Thompson had other ideas however, and 5-46, including the key wicket of Berryman, saw Rawdon bowled out for 161 to secure a 19-pooint victory for Otley.

Collingham's exit from the top flight was also confirmed on Saturday as their defeat at home to Horsforth left too big a gap up to North Leeds and safety. Horsforth skipper Ollie Hardaker led the way for the visitors with 52, and Charlie Swallow saw the innings home with an unbeaten 48 as his side totalled 206-6. Collingham were always on the back foot in the chase as they slipped from 40-0 to 59-5 then 95-6. Luke Kilby smashed 75 from just 62 balls to give Collingham an outside chance of victory, but when he fell to make it 152-9 the writing was on the wall. Michael Lambert (4-35), Swallow (3-41) and Corey Barsby (3-58) were in the wickets as Collingham were bowled out for 172 and consigned to the Division 2 cricket next season as a result.

Guiseley were on good form and secured a 35-run victory as Burley suffered another defeat to make it four losses on the bounce. Openers James Thistlethwaite (113) and Lee Gordon (81) fired Guiseley off to a flying start and their partnership powered them to 266-5 from their 50 overs. Burley lost wickets at regular intervals, despite 63 from skipper Ed Brown, and 4-32 from the experienced Richard Nichols resulted in Burley coming up short in their chase. 

North Leeds secured their status as a first division side for next season after defeating Ilkley by just 15 runs at The Homestead. The match was a low-scoring affair, and Ilkley's Paul Dover bagged 5-37 in the first innings as North Leeds were bowle out for 145. Things could have been worse for the home side at 96-8 but Nuaman Khan hit a crucial 46 batting at number 8 to push his team to a competitive total. Ilkley came up short on 130 thanks to a fantastic spell from Aftab Karim. At 90-2 Ilkley were crusiing to victory, but Karim entered the fray and turned the game on its head with 8-24 in 11.1 high-quality overs. Ilkley's collapse was 8-40 as they fell short and dropped down to ninth in the table as a result.

Pool and Bilton were involved in the closest finish of the day as the former held their nerve to pip their visitors to a one-wicket victory. Bilton batted first and were skittled for just 116 as the wickets were shared around by the Pool bowling attack, Ryan Sharrocks leading the way with 3-29. Pool slumped to 27-7 in response in the face of fine opening bursts from Sajad Ali (3-13) and Will LIddle (4-34). However, the Pool lower order dug in and numbers 8, 9 and 10 all made it into the 20s to allow their team to pull off an unlikely victory as they snuck over the line. Key to the victory was a last-wicket stand of 36 between Will Pallister and David Amos to take their team from 81-9 to the finishing line at 117, the pair occupying 142 balls between them to eke out the necessary runs.

Division 2

Adel are on the brink of promotion back to the first division needing just three points from their next game to secure their return. On Saturday they thrashed Addingham by a whopping 208 runs to keep themselves ahead of Ben Rhydding in the chase for the title as well. Adel's innings was built off the back of a fine innings from Willem Moolman who smashed his second ton of the season to finish on 157. He was well supported by 77* from keeper James Dobson as Adel ended their innings on 279-4. Addingham's batting, as has happened a number of times this season when chasing, simply fell away and they were shot out for just 71. Moolman turned destroyer with the ball to blow away the tail with 4-6 after Andy Laws had chipped away at the top order with 3-33. The result keeps Adel 24 points ahead of Ben Rhydding with two games to play. 

Ben Rhydding secured a four wicket victory at home to Hall Park to keep in touch with Adel, but also to stay ahead of Follifoot, who are keeping up the pressure from third place. Shane Wineti did the damage with the ball in the first innings as he bagged 6-36 to skittle Hall Park for 136. He then led the way with the bat, hitting 50 not out to hold the innings together and ensure that the promotion-chasers got over the line, passing their target six wickets down. Winetti's 50 sees him leapfrog Andy Laws of Adel to become the division's leading run-scorer with just two games to play.

Follifoot gained a point back on Ben Rhydding to close the gap to 14 points as they easily saw off Steeton by 95 runs. Batting first, Follifoot ground their way to 178-9 from their 50 overs. In response, Steeton's batting fell away as they were dismissed for just 83 to give Follifoot a comfortable win.

At the bottom of the table, Leeds Modernians produced a fine performance to give themselves a chance of avoiding the drop as they defeated fellow strugglers Skipton. Both teams started the day on 180 points, but it was Mods who struck a potentially decisive blow as they controlled the game from the outset. Skipton batted first but their batting struggled again in the face of good work from Stuart Borrill (5-25) and Manni Hussain (5-23) to be bowled out for just 104. Gary Owens tried his best for Skipton in the second innings with 3-16 but Mods eased to victory four wickets down to move 16 points clear of the relegation zone with two games to play.

629 runs were scored at Kirkstall on a day that most of the bowlers will want to forget as the home side beat Thackley in a high-scoring affair. Kirkstall batted first and smashed their way to 345-9, albeit it took a slightly peculiar looking scorecard to get there. Callum Oliver opened the batting and made a fine century, hitting 138, but the rest of the top order largely failed to support him. Enter numbers 8 and 9, Shamsullah Dost and Alex Kelly who then took the attack to Thackley with 52 and 49 respectively to power the run rate up close to seven runs an over by the time they were finished. Although there were some damaged bowling figures, Shane Marshall kept going gamely for Thackley and he ended with 6-72 from his 15 overs. In response, Thackley made a good fist of chasing down such a large total and Umar Farooq hit a century of his own, finishing with an excellent 133. Rico Webb picked up 5-87 as Thackley were eventually dismissed for 284, their highest total of the season.

Calverley secured a one-wicket victory in a thriller at home to Tong Park Esholt. The visitors batted first and a fine unbeaten 89 from Gareth Wilkinson took his side to 225 and maximum batting points. At 105-6 in response, Calverley were seemingly dead and buried, but Ally Long (72) and Chris Coates (35) combined with a 102-run seventh wicket stand to haul them back into the game. Three quick wickets left Calverley teetering on 208-9 but Tom Westerman and Johnny Hudson held their nerve to knock off the remaining 16 runs and complete a remarkable recovery. Muhammad Khan picked up 5-50 for Tong Park but his efforts ultimately proved in vain as Calverley all-but secured their place in Division 2 for another season.

Division 3

The Division 3 promotion issues have now been sorted as Saltaire climbed up to Division 2 in their debut season in the Aire-Wharfe League and they will be joined by Olicanian.

Saltaire hosted third-placed Green Lane, with the visitors needing to win to keep their promotion hopes alive. As happened last season, however, Green Lane's defeat in the penultimate game of the season to promotion rivals mean they will have to spend another season in Division 3. Green Lane batted first and were indebted to opener Waleed Akhtar who carried his bat to finish unbeaten on 82 as the rest of his team fell away around him. Green Lane posted 144 and Saltaire knocked the runs off, but it was a tense affair as they lost eight wickets in the process. Azhar Mahmood picked up 4-35 for Green Lane as Saltaire were wobbling on 114-8 after Marcus Richardson was out for 46. However, Humare Amjad (26)* and Usman Munir (13*) joined forces to squeeze the hosts home and secure promotion.

Olicanian secured their promotion with a five-wicket victory at home to Bardsey. Ed Broadley was on fine form with the ball for the hosts as his 6-27 rattled Bardsey out for just 111, despite an unbeaten 63 from Eddie Clayton. Olis had an early wobble in the chase, losing three quick wickets at the top of the order, but 44* from Daren Murray means that Olis have finally been able to climb out of the third division. The remaining issue now to be sorted is that of league champions - with one game each to play, Saltaire lead Olis by a single point, so it's all to play for in the final game.

David Heslop and Zarshad Khan were in record-breaking form for Menston as each scored a century in a new 7th wicket record partnership. At 125-6, Harden were well on top of their clash, but Heslop his 108* from 121 balls and Khan smashed 102* from just 74 balls, including six sixes, to power Menston to 301-6. Their partnership was an unbroken 176 and is the second 1st XI batting record to fall in the 2017 season. Josh Brooksbank fought gamely in response for Harden with 67 but Amer Ayoub took 5-48 to ensure there was no danger of a surprise victory, and the visitors were ultimately bowled out for 172.

Alwoodley are now guaranteed to finish bottom of the table again as they were sunk in a low-scoring affair at home to Bolton Villas. The hosts batted first, but 4-22 from Sam Lawrence and 3-19 from Christiaan Opperman means that Alwoodley could only muster 84. If Villas had any thoughts of an early finish, however, they were quickly dispelled as Declan Normanschild ripped through the top order. He finished with 4-27 but Alwoodley didn't have quite enough runs in the bank and Villas limped home eight wickets down.

Match photos

Dan Asquith of Leeds Modernians cutting as he led his team to victory with the bat

Gary Owens of Skipton did his best with three wickets but was ultimately on the losing side

Aussie Dane Rogers pulling one away at Skipton

Leeds Mods were only chasing 104 in the second innings

Christian Slinger keeping one out before he hit the winning runs