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1st XI round-up 23 June 2018


Posted by on 24/06/2018 06:35


1st XI round-up 23 June 2018

Division 1

Otley continue to power on at the top of the Division 1 table after a comprehensive 198 run victory away at North Leeds. The key to the victory at the Homestead was a century partnership for the fourth wicket between Stephen Brown and David Hester. Brown passed fifty for the third time this season on his way to 79 but after his departure it was Hester who carried on, finishing unbeaten on exactly 100 in his side's total of 288-8. Joel Morley collected 5-92 for North Leeds, but their batting capitulated in the second innings faced with such a chase. Only George Wales resisted with an unbeaten 35 as the home side crashed to 90 all out, Ricky Halloran and Nathan Goldthorp helping themselves to three wickets apiece.

Burley and Bilton combined to produce an exciting match, as a game of more than 500 runs was decided in the penultimate over. Bilton batted first and produced a good batting display with both Ryan Bradshaw (78) and David Hardcastle (50) hitting half centuries as their side posted 255-9 from their 50 overs. Daniel Revis picked up 4-36 with the ball for Burley and then turned his hand to star with the bat. Hitting 148* from an even number of balls, he led the chase for his team after the loss of an early wicket, pacing his innings well and ensuring that Burley reached their target five wickets down in the 49th over to remain in second place.

Rawdon climbed up into third place as they eased to a four wicket win at home to Adel. The visitors won the toss and chose to bat, but they never recovered after slipping to 21-4 early on. David Foster did his best with a counter-attacking 51, but 6-48 from Marcus Berryman ensured that Adel ultimately posted a below-par 154. Rawdon suffered a similar start in the second innings, stumbling to 15-3, but Berryman (44) teamed up with Henry Scanlan (35) to steady the ship and see their side a good portion of the way to their target. The winning runs were hit in the 36th over and, although Rawdon are moving upwards, Adel are now starting to slip down the table, ending the day in eighth.

Follifoot suffered a defeat on their travels on Saturday, this time away at Horsforth. Nick Robinson and Yasar Ali both hit fifties for Follifoot, but 3-44 from Haris Mohammad helped to bowl them out for 195. Ryan Sharrocks was the star turn for Horsforth, hitting an unbeaten 84, and he was well supported by NIck Smith (42*) as the pair combined in a stand of 108 to take their team to victory from a precarious 88-5.

Ilkley are keeping themselves just out of reach of the relegation zone as they conjured up a home win against Guiseley. The visitors batted first and, at 126-5, had their sights set on posting a decent first innings score. However, Bradley Goodaire triggered a collapse, taking 3-7 in quick time as the visitors collapsed to 142 all out. That was the decisive moment in this clash as Guiseley's total ultimately proved 30-40 too light. Ilkley's Ian Chaplin hit 58 and led his side to a five wicket win, wrapping up the victory in the 44th over, a result which means Guiseley slip back to the bottom of the table again.

Beckwithshaw kept themselves in touch with safety after they secured a four wicket victory away at Pool. Patrick Dixon top scored with 87 for Pool as they posted 218-8 batting first, Chris Wademan and Cameron Bradley colleting three wickets each. Alex Morrell was the key man for Beckwithshaw in the response, striking 98 vital runs as the visitors chased down their target with four wickets and three overs to spare. David Amos took 4-67 for Pool, but this  result means they now sit uncomfortably just above the relegation zone in tenth.

Division 2

It's all tight at the top of second division as the top five are now separated by just 11 points. The division has a new leader too, as Tong Park Esholt climbed back to the top of the table after Addingham slipped to defeat at home to Colton. 

In the Addingham match, it was first v third, and Colton came out of top, winning comfortably by 68 runs. Batting first, Colton posted 213 from their innings. Addingham stumbled through their innings and could only muster 145 in response.

Tong Park Esholt came out on top of high scoring affair at Kirkstall to move back to the top of the table. Waleed Akhtar hit a fine 118 for TPE, but equally crucial were the contributions from Muhammad Khan (50 from 21 balls) and Gareth Wilkinson (50 from 38 balls) as they provided the impetus to drive the total up to 339-5. In the face of such a total, Kirkstall could have folded, but they made a good fist of the chase. Will Watson hit 87 at the top of the order and Joe Williams bludgeoned his way to 55* from just 28 balls towards the end of the innings. Their efforts were, however, in vain as Kirkstall's innings ended short on 295-7, with Mick Scott collecting 3-44 for TPE.

Collingham's good run of form continued as they ran out 78 run winners at Ben Rhydding. Charlie Swallow made it back-to-back centuries for Collingham, this time hitting 115 against his former club. He was well supported by Toby Jacklin (67) and the pair took Collingham up to 233-6 at the end of their 50 overs. Jacklin then turned chief tormentor with the ball in the second innings, collecting 4-57 to help skittle Ben Rhydding for 155.

Hall Park complete the top five and they comfortably despatched Steeton at Summerhill Lane. Tom Lester (74) and Sam Wilkinson (55) were again the driving force behind Hall Park's innings, helping their team to a total of 299-6. Steeton slumped to 49-5 in the reply and, although Tom Stead (69) and Stephen Pearson (44) resisted, the chase was always too great. James Carlill collected 4-63 for Hall Park as Steeton were eventually bowled out for 214.

Saltaire picked up a big victory against Leeds Modernians. Because of dragon boat racing in Roberts Park, this fixture was moved to Silsden, but Saltaire were soon settled in their temporary surroundings as they rattled up 302-8 batting first. Zahid Nissar was the main architect of this total, smacking 85 from 65 balls. Usman Munir and Adeel Ashraf then snared three wickets each in the second innings as Mods crumbled to just 98 all out in reply, a result which leaves the visitors third bottom and searching for a win.

Calverley remain bottom of the table after they lost by 49 runs at home to Olicanian. The visitors batted first with Tom Watson (68) and Tom Smallwood (58) to the fore with the bat. Alex West collected 5-47, but Olis total of 227 would ultimately prove to steep for Calvereley. The hosts battled hard in the second innings, but nobody could better the 40 scored by Ally Long. At 170-6, Calverley still had a chance, but a single over from Hizar Hayat put a stop to any thoughts of victory as he snared three wickets in the over to end the innings on 178. Victory moves Olis up to sixth.

Division 3

New Rover have opened up a gap at the top of the third division after a thrilling game between the top two ended in a five run win for the home side over Green Lane. New Rover batted first and MIchael Richmond led the way with his 20th Aire Wharfe century. Stuart Taylor smacked 74* from just 44 balls to power the innings to 302-6 after Azhar Mahmood had threatened to stall progress with four wickets. Mahmood opened the batting and got the reply off to a good start with 73. This was followed up with 61 from Michael Abbott and 45 from Sohail Khan. The game appeared to going New Rover's way but Neil Britton made it a tight finish as he slapped 43* from just 22 balls. Green Lane, however, came up just short, ending on 297-8 and remain in second place.

Bardsey closed the gap to Green Lane to just five points as they easily saw off their visitors Alwoodley. Tom Franklin hit his second century of the season and ended unbeaten on 118. He was well supported by Eddie Clayton (50) and Bardsey rattled up 297-5 from their 50 overs. Amjad Ali was in the wickets for Bardsey and his 4-39 helped dismiss Alwoodley for 197. Declan Normanschild hit a defiant 55* but it wasn't enough and Alwoodley slip to third bottom after this defeat.

Harden are a place behind Bardsey in fourth after they charged to victory at Thackley. The home side batted first and were well placed at 116-2 with Mohammed Shoaib (63) and Mohammad Khurshid (46) going well. The rest of the batting, however, fell away in the face of an inspired spell from Tom Cummins who collected 7-39 to bowl Thackley out for 177. Harden were in no mood to hang around in the chase and smashed the target in just 25 overs. Cummins completed a memorable match for him with 64* from 60 balls to drive Harden to maximum points from the fixture.

Skipton regrouped after last week's defeat to bottom club Shadwell and they moved up the table after defeating Menston at Sandylands. Batting first, Skipton were led again by Ben Holderness (77) at the top of the order. Overseas Jack Forrester hit his first half century of the season but it was a brutal display of hitting from Iqbal Khan which really pushed the total out of Menston's reach. He smashed 88* from just 30 balls in a devastating display, his innings containing eight fours and seven sixes. Skipton's 279-6 was too much for Menston, despite Nadeem Hanif hitting 56 from just 29 balls as he tried to emulate Khan. Holderness collected 4-80 as Menston were bowled out for 229 and Skipton now sit just two points behind their opponents in the table.

Bolton Villas show no signs of letting up on their opponents and they blasted Old Leodiensians for 350 on Saturday. Parag Mohite (109) and Junaid Bashir (120*) both hit centuries in an innings that rattled along at seven an over. Old Leos put up little resistance in the second innings and they folded for just 110, Junaid Jamshed taking 4-14 in a monstrous 240 run win for the hosts.