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1st XI round-up 7 July 2018


Posted by on 07/07/2018 19:57


1st XI round-up 7 July 2018

As the England football team took a giant leap into the semi-finals of the World Cup, the league took the unprecedented step of changing the start times of a number of games to allow teams to watch the World Cup quarter final. On another gloriously sunny day, the matches unfolded like this...

Division 1

Otley maintained their grip on top spot after beating Ilkley at Cross Green, albeit it was an 18 point victory for the league leaders rather than a maximum 20 point haul. Otley made 199 batting first, thanks largely to Alex Atkinson's 65. Will Lennard collected 4-10 to finish the Otley innings in a hurry, and the visitors gave the chase a real go before being bowled out for 175 to give Otley the win. Nick Cockroft hit his second consecutive half century for Ilkley to keep his side in the game but ultimately 5-41 from James Davies and 4-38 from Stephen Brown turned the game in Otley's favour.

Burley kept up their challenge and closed the gap to Otley by two points as they took the maximum possible points from their visit to Follifoot. Josh Challenger picked up 4-46 for Burley as they bowled out the home side for 224, Yasar Ali hitting 59. Nick Brook smashed 104 from just 81 balls to lead the charge to victory in the second innings as Burley rollicked to their target in just 33.4 overs.

Pool grabbed themselves a lifeline towards the bottom end of the table, and pulled themselves clear of trouble for now after defeating North Leeds. It was the latter who batted first and a brace of 50s from Taran Chana and Dominic Cowley gave North Leeds a decent total to defend, closing on 208-8, James Rosewarne again in the wickets with 4-58. It was Rosewarne who anchored the chase as well, striking a patient 75 to put Pool on course. There was a small wobble in the middle of the innings to set up a slightly nervy finish, but Pool eventually got over the line with three wickets to spare and claim what may turn out to be a vital 19 points.

There was no such luck for Beckwithshaw who remain in the bottom two after defeat at home to Horsforth. The visitors batted first and notched up 201, Charlie Fairbank hitting 42, and Andy Tiffany, playing his first 1st XI game in years, rolling back the years to collect three wickets. Sam Moore threatened for Beckwithshaw in the second innings, striking 71, but he didn't get the support he needed and 6-52 for Ryan Sharrocks helped bowl out the hosts for 160 and give the Leeds side the win.

Bilton missed the change to move clear of the relegation zone as they too fell to defeat, this time in a low-scoring game at home to Adel. The visitors batted first but could only make 129 in the face of 6-40 from Mustahsan Ali Shah. Bilton's hopes of a morale-boosting victory were dashed, however, as they were shot out for just 110 in the second innings. Sam O'Sullivan was the main man for Adel, taking 4-18 and effecting a run out, with David Foster also weighing in with 4-33.

Guiseley remain stuck at the bottom of the table after they were sunk by Rawdon. Marcus Berryman was again in the runs for Rawdon with 69 and, with Jake Hodges weighing in with 56, Rawdon were able to post a challenging target after making 271-6. Guiseley battled hard, Tom Brady in particular doing well as he hit an unbeaten 60, but they fell short, ending their innings on 228-7.

Division 2

Collingham's good run of recent form came to an abrupt end as they ran into an Alex Hentschke-inspired Addingham. It was Addingham who batted first, but they struggled in the first innings, limping to 142 all out. Any thoughts of an easy victory were soon scuppered though as Hentschke got to work. He took 8-42 to rip through the Collingham line up and, although Charlie Swallow resisted with 54, they were bowled out for just 119 to fall back to fourth in the table.

Hall Park are up to second in the table after they recorded a comfortable seven wicket win at home to Olicanian. 42 each for Tom Smallwood and James Gifford helped Olis to 182 all out, with the wickets shared around the Hall Park attack. 67 from opened Steve Phillips set Hall Park on their way and they cruised home from their, reaching their target in the 30th over just three wickets down.

Tong Park Esholt remain top after they saw off the challenge from an improving Steeton side. Muhammad Khan smacked 76 to rescue the TPE innings and help them post a competitive 204, with Paul Hardwick taking 4-58 for Steeton. In reply, Steeton collapsed to 58-5 in reply and were on the back foot from then on. Although there was some lower order resistance, the damage was done by Mahir Ali (4-46) and Steeton finished on 179.

Saltaire thrashed Ben Rydding by a mammoth 259 runs in as one-sided a game as is possible to see. Saltaire batted first and had four people reaching half centuries, Feyaz Akram (50), Chris Langley (64), Zahid Nissar (74) and Amjid Hussain (61) all making hay in the sunshine. A total of 365-7 was always going to be a daunting task, but Ben Rhydding had clearly thrown in the towel by this point and collapsed to 106 all out in just 19.1 overs. Adeel Ashraf got in on the act with 5-52 and he was well supported by Usman Munir who collected 4-23 to complete the rout.

Leeds Modernians slipped to another defeat as they went down to Kirkstall in one of the early starts. After being inserted, Mods were undone by Callum Oliver (5-55) and James Watson (4-23) as they slumped to 114 all out. Kirkstall wasted little time in chasing down these runs, with 59 from Alexander Grey being the highlight. Kirkstall reached their target for the loss of three wickets and they climb to eighth in the table as a result.

Bottom club Calverley picked up a surprise win away at Colton. As is sometimes the case, Colton's top order collapsed and they were bailed out by their lower order, recovering from 74-6 to post a competitive 174 ultimately. Johnny Hudson was in the wickets with 5-44, with Daniel Hall (58*) and Dave Britton (51*) ensuring his efforts were not wasted as Calverley cruised to their target just two wickets down. The win brings Calverley back in touch with the pack at the bottom of the table but dents Colton's promotion ambitions.

Division 3

New Rover won their 11th game of the season as they continue to maintain a tight grip on the top spot in Division 3. This week's victims were promotion-chasing Harden and a 94 run win underscores perhaps how well New Rover are currently playing. Batting first, New Rover's key men this week were middle order duo Stuart Taylor and Matthew Stickland who hit 62 and 81* respectively out of New Rover's total of 280-6. Daniel Giblin battled hard with 59 for Harden in the second innings, but 4-30 from Rahat Shah helped ensure there would not be a successful chase, with Harden being all out for 186.

Green Lane continue to give chase in second place and they came out on top on their trip to Sandylands with victory over Skipton. The hosts chose to bat but it was a struggle throughout as the Green Lane bowlers all kept the pressure on. With the wickets shared around Chris Spivey, Azhar Mahmood, Neil Britton and Nadeem Safdar, Skipton spluttered their way to 121 all out. Green Lane lost regular wickets in the chase, and at 82-5 Skipton sniffed a small chance of an unlikely victory. However, an unbeaten 59 from Imran Zaman ensured no further alarms and Green Lane made it home five wickets down, ending the game with a six and taking 19 points from the fixture as a result.

Bardsey are just three points behind Green Lane in second and they had a comfortable victory away at Thackley. Thackley were bowled out for 162 batting first and Bardsey hunted this down for the loss of five wickets to claim maximum points for their efforts.

Bolton Villas' good form continued as they comfortably saw off Alwoodley on their trip over to Leeds. Sam Lawrence set things rolling for the visitors, removing top order batsmen on his way to 4-16 and Michael Clarke backed this up with 5-27 as Alwoodley were bundled out for just 90. Given Bolton Villas' recent form with the bat, it was perhaps a surprise that they lost four wickets reaching their target, but an unbeaten 40 from Parag Mohite ensured there would be no upset and Villas eventually cruised to a six wicket win.

Menston hosted Shadwell and the two teams combined to produce an entertaining game. Shadwell chose to bat and Mohammad Khan (69) and Zarshad Khan (88) came to the fore in a total of 229 for the visitors. Nadeem Hanif showed the value of his experience on his way to 4-61 and Uwais Mehmood also collected four wickets to keep the total in check. Menston were struggling at 28-3 in the reply but Nadeem Asghar anchored the innings with a patient 67*. Khan collected 4-57 for Shadwell to keep them in the game but Menston held their nerve and reached their target for the loss of six wickets. 

St Chads wracked up the runs against Old Leodiensians and ended up thrashing the bottom club by 162 runs. Alastair Fearns led the way from the top of the order with 79 but good contributions throughout meant that Chads posted 290, despite 4-40 from Nick Boyes. Leos had no response to this and were bundled out for just 128, the wickets being shared amongst four Chads bowlers.