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1st XI round-up 28 April 2018

Posted by on 28/04/2018 18:34

1st XI round-up 28 April 2018

After the tropical temperatures of last week, this Saturday's games were played in wild and windy conditions, more resembling a wet weekend in winter in Whitby than the backdrop for our summer sport. Gotta love the British weather.... With eight games being called off without a ball being bowled, 10 first team games were left on the card and even at this early stage of the season there are some interesting patterns starting to emerge.

Division 1

Beckwithshaw's ground was unfit for play in Division 1 and Otley, their nearest rivals from 2017, took full advantage with a 20 point win over Burley. Otley rattled up 280-8 from their 50 overs and that total was built on a 172 run stand for the third wicket between Alex Atkinson and Stephen Brown. Atkinson, making his Otley debut after moving across from Woodlands in the winter, struck his first half century for the club with a patient 72. Brown, by contrast, was much more aggresive as he smashed his way to 113 from just 106 balls. Chris Thompson applied the finishing touches to the innings with a 20-ball 44 as Otley set a target that was far too stiff for Burley to chase, despite 4-78 from Jason Wright. Nick Brook hit a fine 95 opening up for Burley in response, but from 162-3 their innings fell away as they lost their last seven wickets for just 29 runs. Brown capped a man-of-the-match performance by taking 4-39 with the ball as Otley won by 89 runs.

Follifoot notched up their first win on their return to Division 1 as they secured a comfortable victory at home to Rawdon. The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first, but must have rued that decision as they were bundled out for just 129. Andrew Doidge top-scored for Rawdon with 38 but the Follifoot attack kept up the pressure throughout and shared the wickets around. Two run-outs didn't help matters either and Rawdon's total was put into perspective as Follifoot breezed past their target with more than 20 overs to spare. That being said, it wasn't all plain sailing and at 30-3 Rawdon were in the hunt. However, Paul Angove (62*) and Yasir Ali (55*) combined in an unbroken stand of 103 to take Follifoot to a maximum-point victory with no further alarms.

Horsforth started well last week by upsetting the defending champions, but were brought back down to earth by North Leeds and The Homestead. North Leeds chose to bat first and solid contributions throughout their innings allowed them to reach 230-4 at the end of their 50 overs. 40 at the top of the order from skipper Andy Carson was backed up by 81* from George Wales as the Horsforth bowlers struggled to make inroads. Horsforth's response needed a big contribution from skipper Ollie Hardaker to give them a chance, and the game was delicately poised when he was on 53 with his team on 145-4. However, he was the first victim for Taran Chana who picked up five of the last six wickets to fall, running through the lower order to help dismiss Horsforth for 193. He finished with 5-33 and North Leeds ran out winners by 37 runs.

Guiseley v Adel and Pool v Bilton also fell victim to the weather in Division 1.

Paul Angove and Yasar Ali walk off after their unbroken century partnership for Follifoot (photo courtesy of Peter Wood).

Division 2

Kirkstall are the team to go and watch in Division 2 as they were involved in yet another thriller. Last week they lost by two runs to Leeds Modernians and this week they crept home with three balls to spare in a game of nigh on 500 runs away at Ben Rhydding. The home side batted first and fired out of the blocks with a fine 178 run opening partnership between Sam Housam (98) and Forrest Hamilton (77). 4-29 from Kirkstall's Tom Speak kept the remainder of the innings in check, but Ben Rhydding will have felt very positive about their total of 247-8 from their 50 overs. Kirkstall were not overawed, however, and 72 from Callum Oliver got the innings off to a good start. This was backed up by 74 from Gabriel Field, and good contributions from Steve Wilkinson and Aadam Hussain were enough to help Kirkstall over the line and banish the memory of the narrowest of defeats last week.

Tong Park top the table at this early stage of the season with another commanding performance, this time at home to Calverley. Tong Park batted first and were in some difficulty at 34-3 but Gareth Wilkinson hit his second half-century in a week to lead the recovery. He hit 78 and Daniel Groom smacked 70* from 61 balls as Tong Park recovered to post 253-5. Calverley never threatened and were bundled out for just 109. Mahir Ali was the pick of the bowlers with 3-16 as Calverley were thrashed by 144 runs.

Addingham made it two wins from two with a storming comeback in their game at Leeds Modernians. Mods batted first and their opening stand was worth 86 as they looked well placed to set a decent target. Dwayne Heke completed hit 101 in his first game of the season but the rest of the batting fell away and a string of single figure scores meant that Mods were bowled out for 171, Alex Hentschke cleaning up the tail to finish with 4-29. Addingham's response in the second innings was brutal as they blasted their way to victory at seven and over to romp home. Keeper Ben Brearley was the architect of the innings, smashing his way to a 67-ball 82 as Addingham reached their target in just the 26th over to be in amongst the early pace-setters in Division 2. 

Steeton sit bottom of the table with just five points from their opening two games as they folded to a 132 run defeat at Collingham. The home side were inserted by Steeton but Charlie Swallow's unbeaten 105, his first century for three seasons, was the backbone of Collingham's 221-4. Steeton used seven bowlers in their quest for a breakthrough but struggled to make an impact as Collingham set a total that was far too stiff. Steeton's batting again failed to perform and nobody outside the top three could reach double figures in the response. Toby Jacklin has started the season well with the ball and he picked up 6-34 this time out. Steeton were bundled out for just 89 as they were consigned to a heavy defeat.

Hall Park bounced back from defeat last week to grind out a hard-earned win away at Saltaire. Hall Park batted first and it was slow going for the first 30 overs or so as Hall Park were struggling at 64-5. The key partnership of the innings came from Sam Dobson (64* from 125 balls) and Sam Wilkson (50 from 46 balls) as they added 106 for the sixth wicket to steer Hall Park to 170-6 from their 50 overs. Adeel Ashraf hit 40 from just 32 balls in the response for Saltaire but their innings lacked the one key partnership that was needed to overall the visitors' total. Denis Rock was promoted back from the second team and used all his experience to pick up 3-16 as Saltaire fell short on 133 all out.

Colton v Olicanian was the one game in this division to fall victim to the weather.

Division 3

Only two games survived in Division 3, and spare a thought for new boys Shadwell who are still waiting to make their Aire Wharfe debut having been called off for the second week in a row.

Green Lane were involved in one of the two games to play and they took full advantage to romp to a ten wicket victory and open up an early 17 point gap at the top of Division 3. The stuck St Chads into bat at Nunroyd Park and shot them out for just 79. Azhar Mahmood was the star performer with the ball, ripping out the top order to finish with 5-16 from his 15 overs.  Philip Atkinson (47*) and Ian Hawkridge (27*) saw their team home without losing a wicket as Green Lane set the early pace.

Harden were the other victors of the day in Division 3 as they picked up an 82-run win at home to Bolton Villas. Andy Wear (44) and Daniel Giblin (40) started the innings well for Harden but Junaid Bashir picked up 5-54 to keep the innings in check, closing on 173. The Villas' response never really got started and 4-16 from Andy Bailey helped bowl them out for 91 in the 36th over. Harden lie in third now with 23 points whilst Bolton Villas are still looking for their first win of the season.