Aire-Wharfe Cricket League: An idyll at Adel after perfect weekend

Match action from Woodhouse v Horsforth.

Match action from Woodhouse v Horsforth.

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Division Two promotion challengers Adel booked a Waddilove Cup semi-final against Collingham with a three wicket win against plucky Third Division side Addingham, writes FORREST HAMILTON.

JH Johnson hit 102 off 85 balls for Addingham as they posted 232-6 but Mark Johnson made 76 and Rob Brown (38no) was on hand to see them home.

The win completed a sensational weekend for Adel after they thrashed Harden by 153 runs on Saturday, thanks in the main to a brilliant 146 from Chris Rowley.

An elated Nick Smith said: “It’s great to be in the semi-final.

“Addingham played really well and it was a good effort from us to knock off the runs.

“We hadn’t really targeted the cup, but the draw looked alright and we knew we had a chance.”

On the prospect of facing Collingham, who Smith lost the 2012 final to as captain of Ben Rhydding, he said: “It’s an extra incentive for sure, and it will be a good challenge playing a side in the division above us.

“I would really love to take another side to a cup final,” added Smith.

As part of a perfect weekend, Adel also moved just six points from the promotion spots on Saturday.

Smith is buoyant about his side’s chances of going up, adding: “I think it is a realistic ambition, we just have to keep consistent.

“We’ve been playing good cricket but haven’t been consistent enough so hopefully we can improve on that.

“It’s really important to be promoted, I think a club like Adel needs to be there.

“We have a good nucleus which we can build from and hopefully if we do go up we can kick on and stay there.”

In Division One, Chris Bridge took a vital hat-trick for Collingham as they moved out of the bottom two with a tense two run win over Guiseley.

John Swain (56) and Sam Anderson (48no) helped Collingham to 214-7 and it proved to be too much for Guiseley after the teenage Bridge had crucially intervened.

Ben Quick (112no) and Yasir Ali (109) put on 219 as Beckwithshaw racked up 299-3 against Kirkstall, who responded well through Lee Gordon (40) and Paul Malone (56).

However, they were restricted to 243 by Ishtikar Hussain (4-72).

Burley’s Shane Etherington took a sensational 8-38 to dismiss Pool for just 118 in their reply to Burley’s 210, who missed out on a final batting point after losing their last five wickets for just 13 runs.

Harry Nielsen (94no) played brilliantly as Ilkley chased down 190 against Ben Rhydding just four wickets down, Henry Wilson (5-44) starred with the ball whilst Robbie Miller (52) top scored for Rhydding.

League leaders Otley thrashed Rawdon by 98 runs, Josh Atkinson (74) and Ben Morley (69) leading from the front as they posted 263-5, which proved to be too much for Rawdon as they were dismissed for 165.

Bilton stayed in touch with the leaders as Saj Ali (4-40) and Vic Craven (3-26) dismissed Steeton for 129 in response to their 173-9.

In the Waddilove Cup, 2012 winners Collingham beat Ben Rhydding by nine wickets, Toby Jacklin took 4-28 before scoring an assured 71no to seal a comfortable win.

Brian Jackson (54no) and Nadim Hussain (37no) propelled Guiseley to 202-4 before Chris Wain (4-18) and Marcus Brown (3-24) bowled Bilton out for just 81.

Division Three leaders Horsforth gave Otley a mighty scare, bowling them out for 118, but they couldn’t muster the required response as Ben Morley (4-13) ensured they fell 46 runs short.

Sarfraz Ahmed.

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