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1st XI round-up 25 August 2018

Posted by on 26/08/2018 07:40

1st XI round-up 25 August 2018

Collingham hosted Saltaire and came away victorious to put them on the brink of becoming Division 2 champions. Pictures courtesy of John Heald (

Division 1

Two weeks ago the title looked to be comfortably heading to Otley but successive defeats against teams in the bottom half of the table have allowed Burley to jump into pole position with three weeks to go.

Otley chose to bowl first in their home game with Pool and things looked to be going their way as they skittled Pool for just 126. Chris Thompson collected 6-34 and a side note to the first innings was Pool stalwart John Goldthorp being caught and bowled by Nathan Goldthorp for a golden duck. Otley have been picking off such totals with relative ease all season but the second innings this time was anything but simple. From 64-3 Otley collapsed as David Amos (4-60) and James Rosewarne (6-41) rattled through the lower order and shot out the home side for just 103. This 23-run victory gives Pool a great chance of avoiding relegation now and has certainly dented Otley's title hopes.

Burley managed to take advantage of Otley's surprise defeat by overcoming Rawdon, albeit they did it the hard way. Seemingly down and out at 96-8, Josh Challenger, batting at nine smashed an incredible 100 from just 67 balls to haul Burley up to 203. The last two wickets added 107 to the total but scarcely believable was the fact that numbers 10 and 11 added just two of those runs between them. Challenger followed up his blitz with an early wicket, but Henry Scanlan stood firm at the top with 51 for Rawdon. Once he was sixth out, however, only Harry Nicholson put up further resistance and Rawdon were eventually bowled out for 161 to give Burley the 19 points needed to send them top.

With Pool winning, Guiseley needed to do likewise in order to stay in touch at the bottom of the table, but they couldn't overcome North Leeds. The latter batted first and made 201-9 from their 50 overs, although it took 76* from Dominic Cowley in the middle order to get them up to that total as Damon Reeve collected 4-55. Guiseley struggled in the chase and could only muster 132 in response, Barry Singleton in the wickets for the third week in a row with 4-25. Guiseley now sit 43 points behind Pool with a maximum of 60 left to play for.

Beckwithshaw remain bottom and could be relegated next week after they came off second best in the Harrogate derby at Follifoot. Dax Guy top-scored with 29 for Beckwithshaw, but three wickets each for Yasar Ali and Paul Angove ensured that Beckwithshaw posted a sub-par 129. Matthew Willams anchored the chase for Follifoot with an unbeaten 52 and the hosts romped to their target three wickets down in just 15 overs.

Bilton have all but secured their survival with a straightforward victory at home to Horsforth. Lewis Mallinson set up the Bilton innings with a patient 52 and a run-a-ball 46 from Siraj Hussain helped boost the hosts to 186, Ryan Sharrocks taking 4-35. Mustahsan Ali Shah spun Bilton to victory in the second innings, bamboozling the Horsforth batting line up with 5-33 from his 12 overs. From 80-3, Horsforth's collapse was swift as their last seven wickets fell for just 28 runs, giving Bilton a 78-run win.

Adel's first season back in the top flight has been a decent one, and they climbed to fifth after a four wicket win at home to Ilkley. The visitors batted first but only Rob Spivey (47) could pass 20. Sam Baxter took 3-40 for Adel and Griffin Lea then hit 48* in the reply to anchor the innings, although Will Lennard did his best to keep Ilkley in the game with 3-30. Ilkley sit sixth after this game, now eight points behind Adel.

Division 2

Collingham have the chance to wrap up the second division title title next weekend after they were too good for Saltaire this weekend. Collingham were struggling at 137-7 as their top order failed for once, but an unbroken 105-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Adam Wetherall and Steve James turned the game. Wetherall finished unbeaten on 40 and James smashed 70* from just 46 balls. The game was over as a contest not long into the second innings as Saltaire slumped to 38-5. Some lower order resistance dragged the game out but Charlie Swallow and Toby Jacklin both picked up 3-13 as Saltaire were bowled out for 121.

Tong Park Esholt remain in second, albeit 36 points behind Collingham, after they hammered relegation-threatened Leeds Modernians. Waleed Akthar hit 59 at the top of the order but it was Fawad Maqsood that did the damage, whacking 106* from 85 balls to drive TPE up to 304-6. Leeds Modernians' innings was a non-event as they crashed to 58 all out, albeit they did manage to use up 29.2 overs. Saqib Mir was the main threat with 4-16 and this defeat now leaves Mods in a perilous position.

Steeton gave themselves some breathing space from the relegation places as they dropped Calverley in deeper trouble by romping to a nine wicket victory at Victoria Park. Calvlerley struggled with the bat, and 4-22 from Gary Boulton helped bowl the hosts out for just 126. David Robinson (57) and Will Luxton (46*) shared a 115-run first wicket stand as Steeton cruised home and have taken a big step to keeping themselves in the second division next year. Calverley are now 37 points behind Steeton and could be relegated next week if results go against them.

Hall Park remain third and only three points behind TPE after they rattled up the runs at home to Kirkstall. Marco Wyngard smashed 136 from 92 balls and was well supported by Tom Lester who hit 82. 338-6 was an imposing total and Kirkstall were never really in the hunt. John Brough spun his way to 5-57 to keep the pressure on throughout and Kirkstall's innings ended on 191.

Ben Rhydding were also on form with the bat as they rattled up 314-5 at Colton. Forrest Hamilton (106) hit his maiden Ben Rhydding 1st XI ton, with Robbie Miller (60) and Nick Smith (64) chipping in. Brad Firn battled hard for Colton in the second innings with 89 but Rob Withers was in no mood to let them back into the game and his 7-49 was key in bowling Colton out for 216.

Addingham have remained in touch with the promotion places after they won a low-scoring affair on their short trip to Olicanian. Addingham were 96-8 in the first innings but were rescued by Alex Hentschke who hit an important 58 after Sajjad Ijaz had ripped out the top order with 6-33. Any thoughts of victory for Olis were soon dispelled in the second innings as Rob Ellis took 5-32. With only two people in double figures, Olis collapsed to just 69 all out to help keep Addingham just eight points behind second place.

Division 3

Bardsey remain top of the table going into the final three games after they travelled to Old Leodiensians and came away victorious. Although Bardsey would have been expected to defeat the team at the bottom of the table, Leos made life tricky for Bardsey at times. Batting first, Leos demonstrated a resoluteness to value their wickets, and their total of 181-4 from their 50 overs demonstrated this. Bardsey had a couple of tough moments in the chase as they lost six wickets on their way to their target but they ultimately had enough in the tank to get home and retain their place at the top.

Green Lane are now in second, a single point ahead of third placed New Rover after they comfortably dispatched Harden, whose own promotion challenge is now fading fast. Harden's Andy Wear struck 61 at the top of the order but he received little support as Azhar Mahmood, Neil Britton and Nadeem Safdar each took three wickets. Imran Zaman hit 57* to lead the Green Lane response and they cruised home just three wickets down inside 28 overs and picked up maximum points in the process.

New Rover's season is also threatening to implode as they surrendered the spot in the promotion places that they have held for most of the season. New Rover's batting struggled at first as they slipped to 89-6. Hanzaq Mir (45) and Rahat Shah (36) fought back and New Rover eventually totalled 204, Uwais Mehmood taking 4-73. At 15-6, Menston were in danger of being routed but Akhtar Mahmood (58) and Nadeem Hanif (62) added 97 for their seventh wicket to pull their team back into the game. There was still a great deal of work to do from 112-7 but Anais Imitaz weighed in with 45* as Menston completed a remarkable two-wicket win.

Alwoodley and Thackley played out a low scoring affair in which all 20 wickets fell for just 147 runs. Thackley won the toss and chose to bat, but must have been regretting that decision when they were bundled out for just 86. Only two batsmen could score more than six runs as Declan Normanschild (4-13) and Chris Field (4-32) shared the majority of the wickets. Alwoodley, however, contrived to do even more poorly with the bat with again only two people passing six. Shane Marshall was the chief tormentor with 5-32 as Thackley managed to pull off the great escape and emerge with a 25 run win.

Normal service was more in evidence at St Chads as they managed to beat Skipton by 37 runs. Chads had Alasdair Fearns (71) and Aidan Thatcher (54) to the fore as Carl Tetley picked up 5-63 for Skipton. In reply, the visitors were well placed at 164-2 as Ben Holderness (58), James Muhkerjee (72) and Tom Starkey (41) all scored decent top-order runs. From there, however, there was a steady stream of wickets as spinner Mitch Lewis (5-58) and Atiq Khan (4-68) turned the screw and Skipton ultimately fell short on 231.

Bolton Villas took a trip to Shadwell and emerged victorious in a win that moves them to fourth. Shadwell were on the back foot from the off with the loss of three early wickets and, although Zarshad Khan rallied with 44, it was Louis Brown's 5-50 that was the more important first innings contribution. Bilal Ejaz hit 69* in the second innings to ensure his Villas side reached their target. In the end, five wickets were lost in the chase but Villas will be happy with the 19 points they collected from this fixture.

Match photos

Rawdon v Burley

Collingham v Saltaire

St Chads v Skipton