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1st XI round-up 26 May 2018

Posted by on 26/05/2018 20:22

1st XI round-up 26 May 2018

This was one of the Calverley wickets as they were defeated by Kirkstall on Saturday (picture courtesy of John Heald Photography)


Division 1

Defending champions Beckwithshaw look a long way from the form that took them to the title last year and they now sit in the relegation zone after ultimately suffering a heavy defeat at home to fellow strugglers Bilton. 'Shaw chose to bat first but it was slow going for much of the innings, epitmoised by the fact that opener Joe Holderness faced nearly half of the balls in the innings in grinding his way to 57. Oliver Hotchkiss gave the innings some late impetus with 49* from just 32 balls as 'Shaw ended on 213-6 from their 50 overs. Mustahsan Ali Shah blasted Bilton to victory in the second innings with a magnificent unbeaten 156 from just 125 balls. None of the Beckwithshaw bowlers could contain him as his blitz allowed Bilton to romp home in 37 overs, losing just a single wicket in the process, and give Bilton a morale-boosting win.

Otley continue to impress and they comfortably dispatched bottom club Guiseley to remain at the top of the table. Guiseley chose to bat, but with only two batsmen reaching double figures, a total of 100 all out always looked light. James Davies showed form with the ball for Otley as he took 4-14 from his 11 overs, and he was unbeaten at the end in the second innings alongside David Hester (54*) as Otley cruised to a seven wicket win.

Follitoot continue to keep up the pressure on Otley and are just six points behind after they recorded a fine victory at Pool. 62 from Pool's James Rosewarne was the key contribution in their total of 177 all out as Ishi Hussain took 6-41 for Follifoot. Their response was measured and controlled, the highlight being 52* from Nick Robinson as he saw Follifoot home by seven wickets. 

Horsforth and Rawdon are locked together in the middle of the Division 1 table and their game on Saturday was an equally close affair. Horsforth batted first and it was ex-Rawdon man Ben Heritage who came back to haunt them, batting through the first innings for an unbeaten 100. He was well supported by Ollie Hardaker (47) and they led Horsforth to 253-6 from their 50 overs. Harry Scanlan opened up for Rawdon and hit 56 but they collapsed to 127-8 and the game looked over. Harry Nicholson (54) and James Harding (48) then combined in a ninth wicket stand of 81 to make Horsforth nervous, but Rawdon were eventually bowled out for 229 to give Horsforth a 24 run victory. Ryan Sharrocks was the main man with the ball in the second innings, taking 4-50.

Burley sit in third after they secured a 23 run win at Ilkley. Nicky Bulcock (52) and Jason Wright (46) were key contributors for Burley as they were bowled out for 201, spinner Nick Cockroft picking up 3-49 for Ilkley. Oscar Forster hit 48 for Ilkley in response but 4-33 from Josh Challenger, coupled with 4-44 from Daniel Gill, was enough to bowl out Ilkley for 178 and hand Burley the win.

North Leeds remain in the mix towards the top of the table after the defeated Adel by 30 runs at The Homestead. North Leeds batted first, but a steady stream of batsmen departing when well set meant that they couldn't strike out beyond 164. Sam O'Sullivan helped keep North Leeds in check as he picked up 3-38 from his 15 overs. Adel skipper David Foster hit 55 in the second innings but 4-54 from Farhan Khan and 5-18 from Barry Singleton meant that the rest of the innings faded away and Adel were bowled out for 134 to give North Leeds a 17 point win.

Division 2

It was a day for bowlers in Division 2 as only one side batting first could go past 100 in the six matches in this division.

First up to struggle were Leeds Modernians as they crashed to 61 all out against a Mark McEneaney inspired Hall Park. He tore through the Mods batting line up on his way to 8-22 and the Hall Park top order did the business with the bat to secure a maximum point victory, winning by nine wickets.

Steeton fared marginally better at Addingham but still ultimately lost by six wickets. Steeton batted first and were rolled for just 86 as Alex Hentschke was again in the wickets with 4-30. Addingham lost four wickets in their reply but an unbeaten 38 from Ben Brearley led them home, and his team now sit second in the Division 2 table.

Tong Park remain top of the table after they overcame Saltaire in a low-scoring affair in Roberts Park. Saltiare were inserted by the visitors and that proved to be a good decision as Mahir Ali and Mick Scott picked up three wickets apiece to help bowl Saltaire out for 92. After a comfortable start in the reply, Tong Park stumbled along, and 3-14 from Zahid Nissar ensured this would not be an easy victory. Muhammad Khan finally sealed the victory for Tong Park with a six as the crept over the line seven wickets down.

Colton were the one team to buck the trend and they managed to score more than 100 in their innings as they faced Collingham, with whom they were relegated from Division 1 last year. Nigel Danby (41) and Daniel Gautrey (39) were in the runs for Colton, and Chris Bridge picked up 4-38 for Collingham as the first innings closed on 162. Collingham's batting struggled in the chase and it required an unbeaten 32 from number nine Jack Burke to help Collingham pick up a solitary batting point. Kris Parker and Jonathan Horner took three wickets each as Collingham were all out for 125. Both teams now sit squarely in mid-table after six games.

Calverley would like to climb up to mid-table but at the moment their batting form continues to elude them. On Saturday they could only muster 100 against Kirkstall batting first, despite a battling 40* from Sam Gascoyne. Joe Williams (4-28) and Callum Oliver (4-40) were the chief architects of this low total and Kirkstall had few problems chasing this down. reaching their target three wickets down with more than 35 overs to spare.

Ben Rhydding and Olicanian were involved in a thriller of a game at Countances Way. The hosts batted first and continued the theme of the day as they struggled with the bat. Ed Broadley used conditions to his advantage and he bagged 6-55 to shoot through Ben Rhydding for just 96. The hosts roared back in the second innings, however, and it was another left-armer in Henry Barrow that led the way. His 5-45  left the game wide open and at 64-8 it looked like Ben Rhydding held the upper hand. A crucial partnership of 27 for the ninth wicket moved the game towards Olis and it was a nervous finish as the scored the final six runs with the last pair at the crease to win by a single wicket.

Division 3

Bardsey blasted their way north of 300 for the second time in as many games as they hammered Shadwell by 171 runs. Batting first, both Tom Franklin (102) and Eddie Clayton (110) scored centuries to put themselves on the honours board as Bardsey rattled up 318. This proved too much for Shadwell and they were bowled out for 147 in the second innings.

Green Lane made it five wins from six games as they comfortably dispatched Thackley to stay top of the table. Paul Naylor hit 51 for Thackley as they batted first and made 173, with Azhar Mahmood and Michael Ellis taking three wickets each for Green Lane. Mahmood also hit 40 in the second innings but it was an unbeaten 64 from Imran Zaman that was the key knock as Green Lane eased to a seven wicket victory.

New Rover kept up the pressure in second with a six wicket victory over St Chads. A fine 125 from Aidan Thatcher set St Chads on their way in the chase after Dave Watson (73) and Matt Dinsdale (76) had seen New Rover to 273-8 in the first innings. That innings from Thatcher, unfortunately, wasn't enough and his side came up agonisingly short with three balls to go when they were bowled out for 267.

Harden also kept up their run of recent good form as they emerged victorious from their game at home to Menston. Batting first, Harden made 233-9 from their 50 overs, 60 from Tom Cummins being the main contribution. In response, Menston battled hard but could only muster 171 all out, despite 80 from Mohamed Shamir, as Matthew Hogg bowled his way to 7-66.

Skipton continue to struggle on their return to Division 3, and Bolton Villas were the victors in their clash on Saturday. Skipton batted first and Rob Walker was again in the runs with 43 but nobody else could play a big innings alongside him and Skipton were bowled out for 152, Sam Lawrence taking 5-34. Most of the Villas batsmen chipped in during the second innings and, although nobody scored more than 28, the target was small enough for this not to matter. Gary Owens took 4-51 but Villas moved quickly to victory in 26.4 overs, six wickets down.


Match photos - courtesy of John Heald Photography

Kirkstall v Calverley

A huge appeal for LBW from Kirkstall keeper Gabriel Field

Few arm exercises for the umpire on duty!

Another Calverley batsman is clean bowled as Kirkstall take control

Tom Simpson is bowled towards the end of the Calverley innings