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1st XI round-up 16 September 2017

Posted by Kevin Owens on 18/09/2017 11:25

1st XI round-up 16 September 2017

Beckwithshaw celebrate the North Leeds wicket that clinched the title. Pictures courtesy of John Heald (

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Beckwithshaw clinched the league title, and secured the double, with a comprehensive 120-run victory over North Leeds. The victory was a fitting reward for the team that have led the league from early on in the season and was another example of an all-round team effort.

North Leeds started well with the ball, and had Beckwithshaw in some difficulty at 73-4. A brace of rapid 40s, one from Sam Moore (46 off 33 balls) and the other from Miles Buller (42 off 32 balls) got the innings back on track and allowed Beckwithshaw to post a good total, ending on 227-9.

The North Leeds reply was over in just 21.1 overs in the second innings, with the wickets being shared around. Strangely, Alex Lilley was not amongst the wicket takers and he conceded top spot in the leading wicket takers race as a result, being pipped by Collingham's Toby Jacklin. However, Eugene Burzler (3-41), Oliver Hotchkiss (3-37) and James Lilley (2-0 from seven balls) did the damage and saw Beckwithshaw to their fifth league title.

Earlier in the day, Otley did everything they could to keep the pressure on Beckwithshaw, dispatching Guiseley in double-quick time to take a maximum 20 points. Guiseley batted first and were skittled for just 68 as Chris Thompson in particular enjoyed conditions, bagging 4-21 from his 11.2 overs. Otley were in no mood to hang around with Stephen Brown and Ben Morley leading the charge as Otley romped home just one wicket down.

Collingham and Colton were relegated before the final weekend of fixtures and must now prepare themselves for an immediate attempt to bounce back at the first attempt.

In Division 2, Adel had already wrapped up the league championship last week, so the focus turned to the second promotion place. Ben Rhydding had occupied second spot for most of the season but Follifoot had jumped over them last week as they managed to play (and win) whilst Ben Rhydding had sat in the pavillion watching the rain fall.

This week, both teams managed to play, and Ben Rhydding registered their victory first, taking 18 points from their trip to Steeton. The hosts had batted first and made 133-7 from the 32 overs allocated to them after a late start. Rob Withers took his total wicket haul for the season up to 51 in the league with 4-42 as he gave his team a shot at victory. Ben Rhydding's batsmen then finished the job, Struan Connor setting up the win with a 32-ball 63*, well supported by Shane Wineti, whose 40* took him past 800 league runs for the season.

There was a nervous wait for Ben Rhydding as Kirkstall took their time in posting the result of their game with Follifoot, and it was a wait in vain as Follifoot thrashed Kirkstall by 126 runs to seal the final promotion spot back into Division 1 after two years in the second tier. Follifoot batted first and made an imposing 245 in their innings. Kirkstall had nothing to give in response, and were bowled out for only 119 to cue the start of the celebrations for Follifoot.

At the bottom end of the table, there was still the final relegation spot to decide. Skipton started the day 17 points behind Leeds Modernians, with the latter needing just three points from their trip to Calverley to be certain of survival.

Leeds Mods bowled first and, although they were frustrated early on in their hunt for the six wickets they needed, an inspired spell of bowling from skipper Dwayne Heke turned things around. He picked up 5-36 to secure Mods' place in Division 2 next season, although his Calverley counterpart Ben Waller smashed 53* from just 33 balls to send Calverley up to 181. 

Although the second innings was irrelevant in terms of the relegation places, Calverley fired back at Mods, and had them in trouble at 88-6. However, 43 from Alex Briggs, 59* from Christian Slinger and an unbeaten 24 from Matt Walker saw Mods over the line to win by three wickets.

On the final day of the 2015 season Skipton were pipped by Pool for promotion up to Division 1, but they now return to the third division after four years in Division 2. It was a familiar tale against Hall Park on Saturday as their batting failed to post enough runs on the board, allowing their opponents enough room to ultimately win the game. Ben Holderness scored 49 for Skipton, but he didn't get enough support as Skipton's innings finished on 151 all out, James Carlill picking up 3-29. In the second innings Sam Dobson top-scored with 33* and enough other batsmen got starts as Hall Park reached their target seven wickets down. Youngster James Mukherjee again impressed with the ball for Skipton taking 3-26 but in the end Skipton left themselves too much to do after a slow start to the season and are relegated along with Thackley.

In Division 3 the one remaining issue was whether Olicanian could take the six points they needed to usurp Saltaire at the top of the table. In the end, they managed this comfortably to send the Division 3 title their way. Bolton Villas were the visitors and they struggled to 89-6 from their 43 overs, Ed Broadley taking 3-30. Olis skipper Harry Smallwood then took responsibility with the bat as he scored an unbeaten 54 to lead his side home to take the prize.

Saltaire are the other promoted team, finshing their debut season in the Aire-Wharfe by climbing up to the second division at the first attempt.

Match photos

North Leeds v Beckwithshaw

Calverley v Leeds Modernians