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1st Xi round-up 5 May 2018


Posted by on 06/05/2018 07:46


1st XI round-up 5 May 2018

It was a beautiful day at Adel as they took on Follifoot in Division 1.

The sun came out again this week and the fixtures were played out in glorious conditions. There was plenty of intrigue throughout the league and a number big results came through as the league tables are starting to take shape.

Division 1

North Leeds' good start to the season continued and they now top the table after thumping Ilkley on Saturday. Batting first, North Leeds made a respectable 201-7 from their 50 overs, the innings anchored by George Wales with 51. Ilkley's reply subsided almost as quickly as it started as they slumped to 59 all out. Aftab Karim was the pick of the bowlers with 4-12 and he was well supported by Joel Morley who took snared 3-11 in eight miserly overs.

Otley's unbeaten start to the season ended at Rawdon as the home side emerged victorious by four wickets. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Otley struggled to get any momentum going in their innings. Four batsmen made starts but none could go on to play the big innings that was required and 4-39 from Marcus Berryman ensured that Otley registered an under-par 150. Harry Scanlan and George Myers put on 75 for the first wicket as Rawdon threatened to cruise to victory, but Otley kept plugging away. Myers fell for 54, one of four wickets for Nathan Goldthorp, but Rawdon still had enough in reserve to ultimately ease to a comfortable win.

Pool clocked up their second victory of the campaign with a 91 run victory at Horsforth. Pool skipper Charlie Bell led from the front with the bat as he hit 56, but 7-26 from Ben Heritage appeared to have swung the game Horsforth's way as Pool were all out for 155. David Amos and Matt Naylor had other ideas, however, and they bowled unchanged to skittle Horsforth for just 64 in 20 overs. Amos bagged 6-25 and Naylor 4-39 as Horsforth capitulated to leave them with a solitary win from their opening three games.

Beckwithshaw's troubled start to the season continued as they succumbed meekly to Burley. Beckwithshaw chose to bat upon winning the toss but only youngster Joseph Holderness put up any real resistance as he carried his bat for 44*. Ex-Otley man Nicky Bulcock took 4-25 for Burley as they rolled Beckwithshaw for just 137. Skipper Jason Wright then set about the 'Shaw bowling in the second innings with a quickfire 80 to lead Burley to victory inside 23 overs, five wickets down.

Bilton got their season up and running as they defeated Guiseley by five wickets. Guiseley batted first and, like others in the division, their innings lacked the one decisive innings to take them to a challenging total. A number of batsmen made starts, but with a top score of 37 from James Thistlethwaite and a second top score of 32 from the extras, their eventual total of 168 proved light. Bilton's Ryan Bradshaw showed what Guiseley's innings missed with an unbeaten 66, and he was well supported Joshua Doherty (46) as they hunted down their target with five wickets and plenty of overs to spare. Guiseley remain without a victory after three games. 

Follifoot defeated Adel by four wickets in the battle of the two promoted teams in a low-scoring affair. Adel batted first and Ishi Hussain made early inroads into the batting line up on his way to 5-44. Alex Fox backed him up with three wickets of his own as Adel were bowled out for 127. David Forster opened the bowling for Adel in the second innings and kept things interesting with 3-17 but an unbroken 57 run stand between Yasar Ali and Fox was enough to take Follifoot to victory.

Division 2

Tong Park Esholt maintained their strong start to the season and they now have 59 points from a possible 60 after three games. A comfortable seven wicket victory at Olicanian was their reward this week and a number of players contributed to their win. Mahir Ali and Muhammad Khan led the way with the ball, picking up three wickets apiece in Olicanian's 162. The second innings response was driven by Waleed Akhtar, signed from Green Lane over the winter, who hit his best score of the season to date with 94. Tong Park ran out easy winners and are currently sitting pretty at the top.

Close behind them, however, are the surprise package of the season so far, Addingham. They registered their third win from three games as they defeated Ben Rhydding, the latter now having lost all three of their opening matches. Ben Rhydding batted first and could only limp to 107 in the face of 4-41 and 4-30 from Alex Hentschke and Ricky Palacio respectively. Addingham lost six wickets in their chase but always had enough in the tank to get them home and they will be delighted with their start to the year.

Steeton are now bottom of the table having only picked up nine points from the opening three matches as they succumbed to Leeds Modernians. Steeton's fragility in the batting department was again exposed as they slumped from 41-0 to 69-7. A late rally from James Emmott (32) and Stephen Pearson (37) boosted the total to 155, but the everybody chipped in for Leeds Modernians in the chase as they eased home by five wickets.

Hall Park registered an enormous 306 run victory at home to Colton. Batting first, the hosts blasted their way to 327, with Marco Wyngard (92 off 74 balls), Tom Lester (58 from 94) and Sam Wilkinson (43 from 27) to the fore. Faced with such a large total, the Colton batsmen didn't hang around to waste the last of the day's sunshine as they were shot out for a paltry 21. Mark McEneaney took 5-17 and Wilkinson 4-3 as they took no time to blast through Colton's feeble response. 

Saltaire are adjusting well to life in Division 2 as they picked up a win at Kirkstall. Aadam Hussain (64) and Gabriel Field (53) were in the runs as the home side posted 205. Saltaire's keeper Bilal Hamid scored 62 in the second innings as they knocked off their target in the 31st over to make it two wins from three games.

Collingham collected their second win in as many games as they cantered to victory at Calverley. Batting first, Collingham were again led by Charlie Swallow, who followed up last week's ton with 70 in this game. Jack Harrison hit 58 as Collingham scored an imposing 271-7. Calverley were never in the hunt, and folded meekly again in the face of a stiff target. Swallow capped a fine day with 4-20 in the second innings and Calverley subsided to 105 all out to sit just above Steeton on 12 points.

Division 3

Shadwell have been kept waiting by the weather for their first game in the Aire Wharfe league and it was a rude awakening for them as they were thrashed by Green Lane. Batting first Shadwell could only muster 34 from 33 overs as no batsman could reach double figures. Chris Spivey took 4-11 and Azhar Mahmood 3-6 for Green Lane, and they knocked off their target for the loss of two wickets inside ten overs to complete the rout.

New Rover are the only other team in the division to have won more than a single game, and they crept over the line in a tight game at home to Thackley. The visitors chose to bat first and a pair of 49s from Muhammad Khurshid and Alan Cuff set them on their way to 206-9 from their 50 overs. The game was in the balance at 141-7 in the reply as Shane Marshall took 5-59, but an unbroken 69 run stand between Kieiren Thurston (61*) and Stuart Taylor (41*) saw New Rover home by three wickets. 

Bolton Villas secured their first win of the season as they overcame Bardsey by 27 runs. Joe Lawrence hit 81 for Villas as they totalled 207-8 in the first innings, and 5-65 for Louis Brown ensured that Bardsey came up short on 180.

Menston had an early finish and were able to enjoy the sunshine as they defeated Old Leodiensians in little over 50 overs. Leos batted first and could only muster 112 as Akthar Mahmood (5-44) and Nadeem Hanif (4-44) kept the pressure on. Mohammad Shamir hit 57 for Menston in the reply and they cantered home four wickets down.

Skipton registered their first win of the season as they took down Harden at Sandylands. Mark Portlock hit 86* for Harden as they posted 200-7 from their 50 overs and Skipton were indebted to Ben Holderness in the reply as he hit his second century in as many innings. His 120 was the highlight of the day  and he held the innings together to take his team to victory by four wickets.

Alwoodley sit in mid-table after they defeated St Chads by six wickets.  Chris Field was to the fore with 4-25 as Chads could only reach 124 and Alwoodley had no problems chasing that total down, cantering to victory in the 32nd over. 

Match photos

Adel v Follifoot

 

Follifoot's Patrick Nagel opening the bowling against Adel

Tom Harrison whips one off his legs in his innings of 20

Follifoot celebrate the key wicket of David Foster, trapped LBW by Ishi Hussain for duck

Griffin Lea of Adel on the drive

The scoreboard tells the tale of Adel's early plight

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