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1st XI round-up 1 September 2018

Posted by on 01/09/2018 16:50

1st XI round-up 1 September 2018

It was a close and tense day around the league as the first promotion and relegation issues were settled.

Division 1

Otley returned to the top of the table, and in the process consigned last season's champions Beckwithshaw to the ignomony of relegation the year after claiming the title, after an eight wicket win on Saturday. As has been the case frequently this season, Beckwithshaw were not able to put up a big score and Stephen Brown's 5-35 sent Beckwithshaw stumbling to 132 all out. Brown then turned chief destroyer with the bat as his 59* from just 44 balls saw Otley reach their target in just over 15 overs, romping home at eight runs an over. For Beckwithshaw, the loss of so many of their key players from their championship winning side has proved to much for them to cope with this season and life in Division 2 now beckons.

Otley's maximum point victory meant that Burley slipped back to second, two points behind, despite a 39 run win against Adel. Burley have been making heavy weather of winning in recent weeks and they again had to dig deep to overcome a spirited Adel side. Sam Fox opened the batting for Burley and top-scored with 40, but good bowling from Rishi Chopra (4-34) and Griffin Lea (3-37) ensured that the hosts could only make 148. Fox turned on the style with the ball in the second innings and it was his 5-24 that proved the difference as Adel were skittled for just 109. Burley's 16 points keeps them right in the title hunt, but they will be hoping to put more runs on the board in the final two weeks to keep the pressure on Otley.

Pool inflicted a fourth defeat in five games on Rawdon and, in doing so, ensured their survival for another season. Rawdon batted first and their innings was one of promising starts, but as nobody could pass the 34 scored by the returning Marcus Berryman, their innings flattered to deceive. James Rosewarne collected 4-57 as Rawdon's innings closed on 187. Pool's innings threatened to follow a similar course as Cameron Duncan top-scored with 37, but they had enough in the tank to reach their target six wickets down, thus helping themselves to maximum points and safety.

Pool's win meant that Guiseley were also relegated, albeit they went down fighting after turning in a good performance at Horsforth. The hosts batted first and were reduced to 119-7 before a stand of 86 for the ninth wicket between Nick Smith (39) and Matt Wainwright (52*) pulled Horsforth up to 210-9. Guiseley's chase was well-paced throughout and, although nobody could better the 40* hit by Damon Reeve, three other batsmen got into the 30s and that team effort was enough to see Guiseley home. Theirs was a four wicket win with 16 balls to spare and gives them breathing space of 23 points from Beckwithshaw at the bottom.

Ilkley and Bilton played out a mid-table match with nothing but pride riding on it at Denton Road. Bilton batted first and, at 90-7, were in a spot of bother. David Hardcastle rescued the innings with an important 49 and, although Will Lennard returned excellent figures of 6-28, Bilton were still able to claw their way up to 168. This total proved too steep for Ilkley to chase, although Ian Chaplin hit 44 to give them hope. However, even he had no answer to Turseif Arshad who returned 8-33 to almost single-handedly lead Bilton to the win. Ilkley were bowled out for 132 and Bilton close to within 10 points of Ilkley in the table.

North Leeds picked up maximum points in their game against Follifoot at The Homestead to stay third in the table. Amir Farooq hit a patient 75 for North Leeds to take his team to 239-9 from their 50 overs. Barry Singleton took 4-17 in the second innings and Aftab Karim also collected four wickets as Follifoot lost wickets at regular intervals to end on 148 all out.

Division 2

Collingham sealed the Division 2 title after they put up another hugley effective display against Leeds Modernians. Mods were going well at 96-0, Dwayne Heke hitting 66, but collapsed to 108-6 in the face of the twin spin threat of Steve James (3-27) and Toby Jacklin (4-31). Charlie Swallow mopped up the tail and Mods were bowled out for 159. Collingham were in no mood to hang around and romped home for the loss of just one wicket in under 20 overs. Ed Hayhurst led the charge with 87* from 65 balls and Swallow chipped in with 51* from just 33 balls to send their team to the league title and promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt.

Tong Park Esholt crashed to defeat at Ben Rhydding by 95 runs and, in doing so, surrendered their place in the top two ahead of the penultimate round of games. Henry Barrow was the star turn with the bat for Ben Rhydding, his maiden ton (103*) setting them on course for 269-4. Forrest Hamilton (62) and Sam Housam (83) also batted well and that total proved too stiff for TPE who were bowled out for 174. They now sit eight points behind second-placed Addingham with two games to go.

Addingham jumped over Hall Park and Tong Park Esholt in the promotion race as they emerged victorious in their clash by 92 runs. Ricky Palacio showed his quality with bat in hand as his 80 took Addingham to 226-8 from their 50 overs. Only Steve Phillips of Hall Park's top six reached double figures, and his 62 was enough only to secure a solitary batting point. Alex Hentschke was again the main threat with the ball, bagging 6-35 as Hall Park were all out for just 134.

Kirkstall secured their Division 2 status for next season after a convincing win at home to Colton. The visitors chose to bat but their batting line up displayed its brittle side this week as they were skittled for just 121. That total would have been a lot worse had number eight Matt Firn not smacked 52* from just 31 balls in a show of defiance, but Callum Oliver took the plaudits with 6-53. Kirkstall put Colton's total into perspective by rattling home one down in just 20.4 overs, Will Watson top-scoring with 40*.

Calverley gave themselves a stay of execution by springing a surprise in beating Saltaire. Calverley struggled throughout their innings, although Ally Long held things together with 38. Crucially, however, Saltaire coughed up 31 extras, allowing Calverley to scramble up to 160 all out, Adeel Ashraf again in the wickets with 4-53. Saltaire's top order again failed in the chase and, although Jhanzaib Sulari hit 54 batting at nine, their lower order couldn't bail them out this time. Johnny Hudson collected 6-47 as Saltaire were bowled out for 128, a result which almost ends their promotion hopes for this season.

That Calverley and Leeds Mods still have a chance of escaping relegation was down to the fact that Steeton were hammered at home to Olicanian. Chris Wheeler (43) and Tom Smallwood (40) were in the runs for Olis as they totalled 221, Aatif Modak collecting his maiden 1st XI five-fer, finishing with 5-66. Steeton's fragile batting line-up was blown away in the second innings, Ed Broadley (5-15) and Sajjiad Ijaz (5-33) bowling unchanged to wrap up the hosts for just 52 in 19.1 overs. Steeton are still 25 points clear of trouble, but a win could have secured their spot in the second division for next season.

Division 3

The top two faced off at Bardsey as the league leaders hosted Green Lane. Eddie Clayton hit his fifth ton in a remarkable season (in which he is averaging over 90 at present) as he single-handedly repelled Green Lane. His unbeaten 107 was the only score of note in Bardsey's 177 all out, but it was a crucial innings as Neil Britton and Azhar Mahmood each collected four wickets. Green Lane's innings was almost identical to that of Bardsey, minus Clayton's heroics. Sameer Majrekar took 6-51 as Green Lane were bundled out for just 109 and, in doing so they slip out of the promotion places. Bardsey remain eight points clear at the top, but for Green Lane this will have familiar echoes of their attempts for each of the last three seasons to escape from Division 3 where they have been close but not able to end in the top two.

New Rover took full advantage of Green Lane's defeat as they strode to a simple win at home to Old Leodiensians. Old Leos were bowled out for 157 in 45 overs, Tashmial Henry striking 58. New Rover took just 25 overs to reach their target for the loss of three wickets, led by Mike Richmond's 54, and therefore secure a maximum 20 points in the process to jump back into second.

Bolton Villas still have an outside chance of promotion, albeit they need results to go their way in the last couple of weeks. That being said, they keep doing their job and this weekend they eased past Menston. Joe Lawrence hit 54 at the top of the order for Villas and Ahsan Tanveer weighed in with 47 as their side made 214. For Menston, Aktar Mahmood took 4-37 and Nadeem Hanif picked up 5-65. Menton's batting failed miserably in the second innings as all bar one of their batsmen failed to reach double figures. The one man that did get there, Anas Imitaz, made 77, but with the rest of his colleagues failing, Menton could only manage 120 in reply.

Harden's promotion chances are now over after they were surprisingly beaten by third bottom Alwoodley. Harden struggled with the bat and were bowled out for 154 after winning the toss, Declan Normanschild passing the 40 wicket mark for the season on his way to 5-69.. Alwoodley chipped away at the target and managed to sneak home with three wickets to spare, thanks in part to Matthew Gibbons' 42*, to record a fine victory.

St Chads visited Thackley and the result was a low-scoring affair. Thackley limped along and could only muster 126 batting first, Tom Erxleben and Jonathan Watkins taking three wickets each. St Chads faired even worse in response, being shot out for just 56, Shane Marshall taking 5-24 and Mohammed Shoaib collecting 4-21.

Skipton and Shadwell played out an entertaining game at Sandylands. The hosts batted first and a number of batsmen made useful contributions as they posted a total of 203, Skipton old boy Zarshad Khan collecting 3-40 for Shadwell. Shadwell's top order struggled but Sajith Warnakulasuriya, as he has done on a number of occasions this season, rescued his team by striking 74 down the order. That kept the game interesting but ultimately it was Skipton that prevailed as 4-58 from Ben Holderness and three wickets each for Gary Owens and Jack Forrester saw them to a 25 run win.

Match photos

Beckwithshaw v Otley

Burley v Adel