Aire-Wharfe: Beckwithshaw close gap at top after Otley slip up

Aire-Wharfe action from Colton v Pool.
Aire-Wharfe action from Colton v Pool.
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Beckwithshaw closed the gap at the top after an impressive five-wicket victory over Follifoot. Leaders Otley dropped a few vital points away at Steeton which Beck capitalised on to keep their title hopes alive.

Follifoot are second bottom of the league after they had points deducted for fielding an ineligible player.

Alex Twigg (102) and Ben Quick (50) got Beckwithshaw off to a great start with an opening stand of 136 as the hosts batted first. Miles Buller was not out on 46 whilst Ross Sedgeley hit 30 as Beck set their opponents a target of 292-5. Mark Mcenearney then followed up his side’s impressive performance with the bat to take five wickets for just 27 runs.

Beckwithshaw captain Stuart Hudson believes that the title race is still wide open: “We’ve closed the gap on Otley slightly now with them dropping points at Steeton, but a number of sides could still play a huge part.

“Kirkstall and Bilton aren’t too far behind in the league and they could have a huge say in what happens at the top:

“We face Otley in the last game of the season but I don’t think it will necessarily come down to that. Otley play Kirkstall next week who on their day can be unbeatable.”

Hudson’s side face a tough Burley XI next weekend: “We beat them in the league but they came out on top in the cup so it will just be down to which side plays better on the day.”

With just six more fixtures of the season it could go any which way.

Otley’s eight-wicket victory over Steeton means they are still leading the way, but they will be looking cautiously over their shoulder. Otley bowled the hosts all out for 107, allowing them to reach 110-2 with ease. James Davies (4-27) and Sam Blake (4-32) were the chief tormentors as Steeton were bundled out. Jamie Pickering (42no) and Ben Morley (42) then did the damage with the bat for Otley.

Burley will be full of confidence when they face Beckwithshaw next week after their convincing 201 run success over rivals Kirkstall. Burley got the game going by racking up an impressive 276-6 in their innings, with Sami Rehman the main man with 115, before wiping out Kirkstall for 75. Bilton are another side who could impact the title race, they remain in fourth after their 91 run victory over North Leeds.

Rawdon secured an impressive 88-run success over Guiseley after Gladwin (99) and Duckworth (54) set Rawdon on their way to victory. Ilkley continued their losing streak as they succumbed to a three-wicket defeat to Collingham. Ilkley are yet to win a game this season and prop up the table.

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Another Surprise defeat for Horsforth saw Colton move back to the top of Division Two, writes DAISY YOUNG.

Their seven-wicket defeat at home to Adel was the second of back-to-back defeats, and it allowed Colton to leapfrog them into the lead.

The hosts were all out for just 122 which gave Adel a great chance of achieving victory – which they did reaching 225-3 after an impressive 88 not out from Andy Laws.

Colton took advantage of Horsforth slipping up as they cruised to an 84-run win over Pool that severely damaged the latter’s hopes of earning promotion.

Colton batted first and mustered only 167 themselves, David Amos taking 5-39 and Sam Wilkinson 4-39.

Pool’s hopes of victory were diminished quickly as Tom Glover (4-37) and David Wright (6-35) rattled through the Colton order, allowing them to make just 83.

Skipton moved up to third with a hard-fought 34-run victory at Knaresborough. Kevin Owens (51no) led Skipton to 205-7 to which Knaresborough responded well with Eben Martin (46) and Sam Ryan (50) putting them in contention before they were all bowled out for 171.

Green Lane beat Illingworth by six wickets to keep their survival hopes alive. Illingworth reached 266-8 after Danny Gibbs’ century, but Lane hit back through Waleem Akhtar (69) and Tony Cornwell (61) to reach 267-4. Harden gave themselves a massive survival boost with a six-wicket victory over Tong Park Esholt. Thackley secured a crucial two-wicket victory at Ben Rhydding in their bid to avoid the drop.

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