1st XI round-up 8 September 2018
Posted by on 09/09/2018 06:17
1st XI round-up 8 September 2018
This was the scene across the league as the entire 1st XI programme was washed out.
As Jos Buttler was rescuing England in the Test Match against India at The Oval, further north, with pitches and outfields left soggier than Mary Berry's bottom as a result of persistent rain, the penultimate round of league games in the Aire Wharfe League was entirely washed out.
For the 1st Division, this means we have a thrilling shoot out for the title going down to the last game of the season. Otley head the table by two points from Burley. Otley have a home game against mid-table Horsforth to look forward to whilst Burley travel to already-relegated Guiseley attempting to overcome their defecit in the table.
In terms of the averages, it would take a significant reversal in fortunes to deny North Leeds' Taran Chana the batting prize; currently, he averages 57 whilst his next nearest challenger averages 45. The 1st Division bowling prize is more in the balance. Barry Singleton, also of North Leeds, currently heads the bowling averages, but he is still one short of the qualifying number of games that he needs to bowl in; he needs to get on the park next week and make sure he bowls!
In Division 2, the lack of action has proved terminal for Leeds Modernains and Calverley and they are both relegated down to Division 3. Addingham are in pole position to be promoted to Division 1 alongside champions Collingham, as they currently site eight points above third-places Tong Park Esholt. Intriguingly, however, Addingham travel to TPE in what promises to be an exciting clash. Hall Park cannot be discounted either; they are currently ten points behind Addingham and host relegated Calverley so it isn't beyond the realms of possibility that they could jump up to second in the event of rain or a low-scoring TPE win.
The batting and bowling prizes look to be an all-Collingham affair, with the Division 2 champions looking set to take both prizes. In the batting, Charlie Swallow is currently averaging 88, driven by six half-centuries and three centuries in a fine season for him. The bowling is a much tighter affair; Chris Bridge and Toby Jacklin, both of Collingham, are separated by just 0.11 of a run per wicket, so it looks to be a straight shoot out between the two of them next weekend.
In Division 3, Bardsey are now assured of promotion as Green Lane in third are 22 points behind. Bardsey head the table by eight points from New Rover going into the final game, but they potentially have a harder game on paper, travelling to Harden whilst New Rover travel to local neighbours Alwoodley. New Rover will still have one eye on Green Lane as well as, although there is a 14 point gap, a New Rover upset coupled with a Green Lane win at home to Bolton Villas could see the men from Nunroyd Park jump into that second promotion spot.
In the individual stakes, Chris Spivey of Green Lane is currently in pole position for the bowling award, but with him, team mate Azhar Mahood and Bolton Villas' Sam Lawrence all separated by less than a run per wicket, this prize is still up for grabs. The batting prize looks more of a foregone conclusion; Eddie Clayton's five tons this year have lead him to an average of 90, 37 clear of his next nearest challenger.
The surfboards on the roof of this van may have been more useful this weekend...