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1st XI round-up 9 September 2017

Posted by on 10/09/2017 14:03

1st XI round-up 9 September 2017

The weather played havoc with the programme on Saturday as only five games even started and just three games were completd. However, given it was the penultimate game of the season, even a lack of action had a big impact for clubs across the three divisions.

Division 1

All eyes were on the 1st v 2nd clash between Beckwithshaw and Otley, but this was one of the games where not a ball could be bowled. Otley will be cursing the weather as this was a big chance for them to claw back ground on the long-time league leaders. Otley will go into the final game of the season with a chance to leap-frog Beckwithshaw on the final game of the season, but with a 12-point lead the Harrogate outfit are still favourites to retain their title. Beckwithshaw's final game as a trip to in-form North Leeds whilst Otley host Guiseley to see who takes the title.

With the relegation issues already settled, there was little else to play for across Division 1. Bilton started in their game at home to Burley and reached 43-1 before the rain brought proceedings to an end after just 14 overs.

Elsewhere, Guiseley picked up a 59-run win over Colton in a match reduced to 20 overs per side. James Thistlethwait led the way at the top of the order for Guiseley with 46 as Guiseley made 126-5 from their 20 overs. A rare opportunity for Nick Thackray to turn his arm over resulted in him picking up 4-28. In the second innings Marcus Brown was the star performer in the second innings as he picked up 5-35 in just six overs as Colton were skittled for just 67 as they tried in vain to reach their target.

Division 2

As with Division 1, it was 1st v 2nd on the bill as Adel hosted Ben Rhydding. Unfortunately, the weather held sway here too as the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled, which was sufficient to crown Adel champions of the second division.

Attention shifted to Follifoot as they hosted second-bottom Skipton. Nine balls were bowled before the 3.30 cut-off time and, when the players returned to the field around 4pm, the match was reduced to 46 overs per side. However, given that Skipton had already started batting, they had the control over if and when to declare. With Leeds Modernians having been rained off, Skipton knew that even a draw with some additional bonus points would allow them to close the gap for the relegation places. They were handily placed to potentially go better and set up a declaration at 90-2, but a swift collapse on a wet wicket saw them fall to 138 all out from 26 overs.

That left Follifoot 20 overs in which to chase down their target and it proved to be a thrilling chase in the late evening sunshine. They lost a wicket from the first ball of the innings, but steady accumulation laid the platform. After the fall of the second wicket Istikhar Hussain entered the fray at four and played the decisive innings, smashing 75 in no time to leave Skipton nowhere to run. Follifoot still needed 70 runs from the last ten overs, but Hussain accelerated at the right time and struck a match-winning six with an over remaining to give Follifoot a full 20 point victory. Robinson also struck 45* at the top of the order in support of Hussain. The result lifts Follifoot over Ben Rhydding, who have occupied second place for much of the season, into the promotion places with a single game to go. For Skipton, despite Leeds Mods not playing, they slip further from safety as they were only able to collect two bonus points from the game.

In the only other game that was completed in the division, Tong Park Esholt rattled up the runs in a 28 over game to defeat Addingham by 68 runs. Philip Hiley hit 52 and Monhammed Nadim 40 as Tong Park smashed their way to 192-5 from their 28 overs. Addingham's top order disappeared quickly in the face of good bowling from Mahir Ali and Mick Scott. Although the lower order put a little respectability into the total, notably Rob Ellis with 35*, their 124 was well short in the end. Ali ended with 3-16 from his eight overs and was well supported by Scott (3-30) and Nadim (3-47).

Division 3

Saltaire were left cursing the bad weather on Saturday as they were rained off against Bardsey whilst their title rivals Olicanian had a rest week. The three points gained by Saltaire for the abandoned game move them five points clear of Olicanian but their title rivals have a home game against Bolton Villas on the final game of the season to pick up the six points they need to lift the title.

The only game that started in the third division on Saturday was, ironically, at Bolton Villas as fives overs only were bowled. St Chads made it to 15-0 by the time the weather intervened.