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1st XI round-up 9 June 2018

Posted by on 09/06/2018 18:16

1st XI round-up 9 June 2018


Division 1

Otley fell to their second defeat of the season as they lost a tight game away at Pool by two wickets. After winning the toss, Otley will no doubt have been disappointed to only post 138. David Amos (4-58) and James Rosewarne (3-27) were the key men with the ball for Pool, and it was the latter who was the lynchpin for Pool with the bat in the second innings. Opening up, he hit an unbeaten 51 to lead his side to victory by two wickets in the face of strong pressure from the league leaders. Stephen Brown collected 3-18 for Otley but it wasn't enough to prevent Pool sneaking home. The win lifts Pool up to seventh, but it's a congested mid-table at the moment and a couple of quick wins for any team in that area will make a big difference.

Burley failed to take advantage of Otley's slip up as they lost an extraordinary game at home to Rawdon. Burley batted first and posted an imposing 279-9 from their 50 overs. No Burley batsman could make a half-century, but with Nick Brook, Jason Wright, Nicky Bulcock and Red Bolton all getting into the 40s, their total was looking better than par at half way. Rawdon had other ideas however, and blasted out of the blocks led by George Myers with 44 off 29. Three quick wickets left Rawdon on 88-3 but that was as good as it got for Burley as Andrew Duckworth and Marcus Berryman put on an unbroken 195 fourth wicket stand. Duckworth was unbeaten on 68, but it was a sparkling century from Berryman, who ended on 125 from just 87 balls that proved the real difference. Rawdon romped to victory by seven wickets with a remarkable 63 balls to spare, closing the gap to second-places Burley to just 13 points.

Bilton climbed a place up the table with the narrowest of victories at Horsforth. Batting first, the home side were well placed at 104-3, but a flurry of wickets meant they were bowled out for 169, Bailey Worcester hitting 43. At 64-6 in Bilton's reply, Horsforth were definitely ahead of the game but Matt Giles (28) and Amir Hussain (42) pulled the visitors back into the game. Even so, three quick wickets left Bilton reeling on 137-9 but Richard Vaas and Sam Thompson combined to pull off an unlikely one wicket victory. Horsforth will be ruing not batting out their overs as Bilton took 51.5 overs to reach their target and claim what may turn out to be a crucial 18 points come the end of the season.

Guiseley remain in peril as they fell to defeat at high-flying North Leeds. The home side batted first and were indebted to Nick Summerscales, playing his first 1st XI game of the season, as he whacked 51* from just 41 balls at the end of the innings to haul his side up to 178. Heynrych Nel had earlier collected 3-44 for Guiseley and he top scored in the second innings as well with 52. Unfortunately for him, he received little support and Guiseley came up short, being all out for 149, Farhan Khan being the pick of the bowlers for North Leeds with 3-44.

Beckwithshaw pulled off a surprise victory at home to Follifoot as they fought valliantly from a perilous position to keep in touch with the clubs above them. Follifoot batted first and 43 from skipper Alex Fox helped his side to post 212-7. Beckwithshaw's reply started poorly as they lurched to 19-3, but 50 from Oliver Hotchkiss started the recovery. At 131-6 the game was still looking like Follifoot's, however, a fine 87* from skipper Ross Sedgeley formed the backbone of the chase and he found a willing ally in Chris Wademan as the pair added 73 for the seventh wicket. Wademan fell before the end but Sedgeley remained unbeaten to give his side a priceless three wicket win. Defeat for Follifoot leaves them in fourth, missing out on the chance to end the day in second place.

Ilkley leapfrogged Adel in the table after a 56 run win in a low scoring game at Denton Road. Adel won the toss, choosing to field, and would have been comfortable with that decision at half way as Ilkley could only make 144. Nick Cockroft (39) and Will Spivey (37) battled hard, but 4-32 from spinner David Foster ensured Ilkley didn't get away. Adel's reply started in shambolic fashion as they slumped to 15-3, two of the wickets being run outs. From there, David Pennett (5-28) and Henry Wilson (3-18) turned the screw as Adel were bundled out for just 88.

Division 2

Addingham maintained their position at the top of the second division after defeating Olicanian by seven wickets. After inserting Olicanian, Addingham's bowlers backed up their captain's decision by bowling Olis out for 157. In the second innings, Addingham cruised to victory three wickets down with almost 20 overs still to bat.

Tong Park Esholt got back to winning ways after last week's thrashing by Collingham as they served up a big victory of their own against struggling Leeds Modernians. Key to the victory were experienced duo Daniel Groom and Gareth Wilkinson, who hit 54 and 78 respectively, as TPE made 217 batting first. Jarran Cook picked up 4-39 for Mods, and it was he who led the resistance in the second innings with 34, but once he was out their batting fell away to be bowled out for just 101.

Collingham are keeping the pressure on the top two and their good run of form continued with a 153 run victory at Saltaire. Jack Harrison led from the front for Collingham, hitting 104 at the top of the order to guide his team to 248-8 and maximum batting points once again. The response from Saltaire was disappointing, and they were shot out for 95 as nobody passed 18. The wickets were shared around the Collingham bowlers, but Charlie Swallow returned the best figures of the afternoon for his team with 3-24.

Hall Park are now up to fourth in the table after a crushing 189 run win at Kirkstall. Tom Lester took up the charge with the bat early on for Hall Park with 77 and Mark McEneaney, demoted down the order to eight, smashed his way to 78 to propel his side to 312-8. In reply, Kirkstall folded to 123 all out, with only Stephen Wilkinson putting up any resistance, hitting 47. John Brough twirled his way to 5-37 and Hall Park made the short journey home content with their day's work. 

Steeton made it two wins from two, and are now back in touch with the pack, after defeating Calverley by 16 runs. Steeton batted first and were well led by Will Luxton who hit his maiden 1st XI ton on his way to carrying his bat with 101*. Steeton's total of 246-4 proved just enough, but they were made to work hard by Calverley who battled all the way to the death. At 145-7, the game looked over, but 52 from Daniel Hall gave them hope. Tom Simpson and Tom Westerman each hit 20s to set up a nervy finish but Stephen Pearson finished things off with 4-37 to bowl Calverley out for 230 and send them to the foot of the table. 

Colton are now climbing the table quickly after another win, this time a seven wicket canter at Ben Rhydding. The home side chose to bat but must have wished they hadn't as they crumbled to 104 all out. Only Forrest Hamilton put up any resistance with 40, but Jonathan Horner spun his way to 5-19 to put Colton in command. That was a position they never relinquished, strolling to victory in just 15.2 overs as Dan Coates hit 42* and Brad Firn 53*.

Division 3

Shadwell's season shows no signs of improvement as their bowling attack was blasted for 400 by a rampant Bolton Villas. Rehan Butt hit 81 at the top of the order but it was 132 off just 92 balls from Parag Mohite that started the acceleration. Bilal Ejaz weighed in with 72 from 37 balls and 400-6 from 50 overs told the tale. Jeremy Rowland picked up 3 wickets for Shadwell, but conceded 111 runs in the process. Faced with such a mammoth total to chase, it was no surprise that Shadwell struggled in reply. At 104-7 the game was over, but Sajith Warnakulasuriya (40) and Rowland (46) entertained with a quickfire stand of 65 for the eighth wicket. The final three wickets fell for one run as Shadwell ended on 170, Sam Lawrence doing the bulk of the damage with 6-41.

Green Lane surrendered top spot in Division 3 as they went down to a five wicket defeat away at Harden. Green Lane chose to bat, but struggled for any momentum in their innings as Andy Wear strangled the middle order, collecting 5-40 as the visitors were bowled out for 141. Wear then anchored the reply with a patient 53 at the top of the order as Harden cruised home five down with 27 overs left of their innings. 

New Rover have usurped Green Lane at the top after they secured a five wicket win of their own against Menston at the Richmond Oval. Menston were in trouble batting first at 100-7, but 50* from Adam Montague-Miller and a rapid 44 from Ben Richardson pushed their total up to 193 by the time they were bowled out, Rahat Shah collecting 3-51. New Rover chased down their target relatively comfortably, getting over the line with 24 overs still to bat to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign and lead the table after a third of the season.

Bardsey complete a congested top three after they too followed the trend and also won by five wickets. Old Leodiensians were the opponents and this match followed a similar pattern to the others in the division. Batting first, Old Leos made 151. Chris Butt hit his first half-century of the season on his way to 65, but 6-40 from Amjad Ali meant that Bardsey finished the first innings on top. Tom Franklin (43) and Eddie Clayton (37) kept up their good form with the bat as Bardsey took just 31.2 overs to reach their target and keep things tight at the top of the division.

Skipton collected their second win of the season with a six wicket victory at home to St Chads. Batting first, St Chads made 216-9 with contributions from Mitchell Lewis (44), Umar Ishaq (62*) and Tom Erxleben (42). Iqbal Khan and Ben Southern picked up three wickets each to prevent St Chads posting a bigger total, and that proved important. Skipton cantered to victory in the end, reaching their target four wickets down with 11 overs to spare, but the chase was built almost entirely on the shoulders of Ben Holderness. As with Skipton's only other win this season, he was required to make a big century, batting throughout the innings to make 120*, his third ton of the season.

Alwoodley's bright start to the season is fading at the moment as they suffered their fourth straight league defeat, this time away at Thackley. That being said, this was a tight affair that either side could have won. Alwoodley batted first and made 195, being bowled out after 43 overs. In reply, it was a nerve-wracking finish as Thackley's final pair saw them over the line to record a one wicket victory.