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1st XI round-up 2 June 2018


Posted by on 03/06/2018 06:27


1st XI round-up 2 June 2018

As England battled their way into a first-innings lead amongst the showers against Pakistan at Headingley, the Aire Wharfe league also had to contend with late starts and damp pitches after the morning's rain. The cricket was, nevertheless, still fascinating with one or two surprises along the way.

Division 1

Otley remain the team to catch in Division 1 as they travelled to Follifoot in a match between the top two in the league and ran out comfortable winners. Otley were always in control of this game after inserting Follifoot as the hosts struggled to 114-9 from their alloted 30 overs. This target proved no difficulty for the visitors as they chased down their target for the loss of just two wickets to take 18 points from the match and extend their lead at the top of the league to 14 points.

Follifoot slipped down to third after Burley won at home against Pool to move up into second place. The hosts batted first and skipper Jason Wright led the way with 56 from 59 balls. Pool's Adam Slater bowled his way to 4-20 as Burley closed on 172-8. Nick Brook and Nicky Bulcock took three wickets each in the second innings to restrict Pool to 105 all out and seal a 17 point victory. 

Beckwithshaw are now 11 points adrift at the foot of the table after they were comfortably beaten at Guiseley. The hosts started the day at the bottom but have leapfrogged both Beckwithshaw and Bilton to climb out of the relegation zone after collecting 18 points from this game. Beckwithshaw batted first but only Ross Sedgley (34) and Ollie Hotchkiss (37) could reach double figures. Had it not been for the extras coming in at 27, the picture could have been even worse, but as it was, 111 all out wasn't a total sufficient to seriously trouble the hosts. James Thistlethwaite scored 38 at the top of the order for Guiseley to set the tone and, although five wickets were lost in the chase, the end result was a comfortable five wicket win.

Adel registered the lowest total of the day in Division 1 as they were bundled out for just 75 by Horsforth. Sajad Ali picked up 4-19 for Horsforth and he was well supported by Alex Myers who collected 3-18. The chase for Horsforth wasn't straightforward and they lost six wickets in the process but the target was low enough for them to get over the line and come away with 17 points.

In contrast to Adel, Rawdon had no problem rattling up the runs in their match at home to Ilkley. Batting first, the hosts flew along at more than six runs an over driven by their top three. Henry Scanlan (49), George Myers (52) and Jake Hodges (78) were all in the runs as Rawdon forged their way to 257-7 from their 42 overs, despite the best efforts of Dave Pennett who picked up 4-58. Ilkley never threatened to overhaul Rawdon's total and they trundled along to collect three batting bonus points, ending their innings on 186-8. Nick Cockroft top-scored with an unbeaten 50 and Andrew Doidge took 4-42 as Ilkley remain hovering just above the bottom two in the table.

Bilton's home game with North Leeds was called off and the three points they collected wasn't sufficient to keep them out of the relegation zone as they sit second bottom, just above their Harrogate rivals Beckwithshaw.

Division 2

Addingham jumped to the top of Division 2 after overcoming bottom side Calverley by four wickets. Calverley batted first and were indebted to Ben Waller as he smashed his way to a round 100 from just 78 balls. Alex Hentschke (3-49) and Ricky Palacio (3-44) were in the wickets for Addingham as Calverley posted a competitive 187. Addingham, confidence high after recent wins, hunted down their target and reached it six wickets down. Ben Brearley top-scored with 42 and the rest of the batting unit chipped in to give them the win that sees them head the table.

Erstwhile leaders Tong Park Esholt fell to a thumping 120 run defeat at home to Collingham, their biggest blip of the season to date. Collingham batted first and had three batsmen passing 50 as Ed Hayhurst (54), Nishant Desai (52) and Charlie Swallow (61*) helped them to 212-6 from 40 overs. Swallow then turned star act with the ball, bagging 6-37, as Tong Park folded for just 92 and surrendered their lead at the top of the table. Collingham moved up to third in the table with this win and now sit just 12 points behind Tong Park.

At the other end of the table, Steeton finally picked up their first win of the season as they overcame Saltaire in a low-scoring affair. Batting first, Saltaire could only post 124 as Joe Stead (4-57) and James Emmott (4-19) did the damage. Steeton's wobbly batting line up kept Saltaire interested all the way, but a timely unbeaten 24 from Oliver Gledhill dragged Steeton over the line eight wickets down to lift them off the bottom of the table. Had Saltaire won they would have sat third in the table but a congested top half sees them sit in sixth after this defeat.

Colton's recent run of good form continued and they have now climbed up to fifth following a home victory over Leeds Modernians. Colton went into bat first and posted 209 in their innings. A brace of 40s from Rhys Olbison and Brad Firn formed the backbone of the innings and youngster Ash Rowden claimed career-best figures of 6-37 for Mods. Joe Horner was the key figure with the ball for Colton in the second innings as he collected key top-order scalps on his way to 4-22. Mods were bowled out for 114 to give Colton a comfortable 89 run victory.

Ben Rhydding dented Hall Park's promotion challenge as they ran out deserved winners in their clash. Ben Steyn, Forrest Hamilton, Alex Miller and Robbie Miller all passed fifty on their way to helping Ben Rhydding post 245-5 from the 42 overs they faced. Hall Park never looked like reaching their target as Nick Smith (3-60) and Alex Miller (3-31) worked their way through the batting line up. Hall Park's innings ended on 158 and they slip to fourth in the table as a result.

Olicanian had a comfortable victory over Kirkstall in a match reduced to 30 overs per side. Batting first, Olis reached 159-2 from their 30 overs with James Hudson contributing an unbeaten 82. Ed Broadley collected his third five-fer in a row as he took 5-17 to help dismiss Kirkstall for just 75 in the response.

Division 3

Green Lane remain on track at the top of Division 3 as they thrashed Alwoodley. Leading the way for the league leaders was Philip Atkinson as he scored his second ton of the season. His unbeaten 112 was the foundation for his side's 251-7 and Alwoodley's batting was blown away for just 50 in the second innings. Chris Spivey and Azhar Mahmood both picked up five wickets for Green Lane as they collected maximum points once again to stay at the top.

New Rover are still in second place, but they were made to work by Shadwell for their win. Shadwell batted first and it was a familiar tale of batting struggles as they slumped to 96-9 before an extraordinary innings of 61* from just 34 balls from number 10 Sajith Warnakulasuriya propelled them to 167-9. 55* from New Rover's Hanzaq Mir was the key knock as his side reached their target with five wickets to spare to leave Shadwell searching for their first win in Aire Wharfe cricket, despite an improved performance.

Bardsey piled on the runs again in their win at Menston. Eddie Clayton scored his second consecutive ton as he hit exactly 100 from just 74 balls to take his side to 268-9, being well supported by Mohammed Altaf with 63. Sameer Manjrekar then turned on the style with the ball, taking 6-56 as Menston folded for just 104 to give Bardsey a thumping 164 run victory.

Harden remain a place further back in fourth as they eased to a five wicket victory at Old Leodiensians. Batting first, Old Leos posted 155-8 as Matthew Hogg and Andy Wear both collected three wickets for Harden. Tom Cummins top-scored in the second innings with 33 as Harden strolled home five wickets down.

Thackley picked up their second win of the season away at Skipton in another low-scoring affair. Skipton struggled when batting first, despite a 55 run opening stand, and four wickets apiece for Mamoon Rashid and Mohammed Shoaib saw Skipton stumble to 132 all out. In the second innings Iqbal Khan (3-23) and Gary Owens (3-33) reduced Thackley to 68-7 but 65 run stand for the eighth wicket took Thackley over the line to a three wicket win.

St Chads moved up to sixth after overcoming Bolton Villas. Villas batted first and Bilal Ejaz was again in the runs with 97 as he helped his team to post 200. Aidan Thatcher followed up last week's ton with 52* to anchor the innings and lead his side home to a five wicket win.