Aire Wharfe Cricket League: Anderson delighted as youths make final

Match action from Rawdon v Ilkley.

Match action from Rawdon v Ilkley.

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Collingham’s youngsters booked a place in the Waddilove Cup final against Otley by beating Adel in a low-scoring affair.

Collingham were bowled out for 124 but Division Two Adel could not chase down their revised target of 108.

Needing 11 runs to win off the final over, Toby Jacklin took the final wicket and they were dismissed for 97.

Collingham captain Sam Anderson said: “We are playing five seniors and six juniors every week. All five of the senior players played in the 2012 final (which Collingham won), so we’re more pleased for the young lads to give them that experience at such a young age. It’s a great achievement, no doubt.”

Anderson was full of praise for his young charges adding: “They’re all good players in their own right. All of them have contributed and won games for us. Obviously we couldn’t have done it without the senior players but the juniors are more than holding their own, for sure.

“They’ve given us a new incentive, to be honest. I’ve got a lot of faith in them and wouldn’t have taken on this new project if I didn’t think they were good enough.

“I think if you give young players an opportunity they wouldn’t get elsewhere then they will have a greater affinity to the club and are more likely to stay.”

Despite coming up against league leaders and strong favourites Otley, Anderson was bullish about their final hopes: “Getting to the final is a great achievement so anything after that would be a bonus but I’m never going to go into a game not being desperate to win and I’m sure that will be the same for the other lads.”

In the other semi-final, Otley had new signing Dave Hester to thank as he struck 99 not out from a total of 214-9 after the Division One leaders had been 77-6.

Guiseley were made to pay for not taking advantage as they struggled to gain any momentum in their chase, eventually finishing on 170-7.

A day previously, the league schedule was ravaged by rain, the fixture between Ben Rhydding and Steeton the only one reaching completion across all three divisions.

In a match reduced to 38 overs a side, Steeton batted first and despite getting off to a flying start, they were pegged back by Andrew Jennings (5-11) and were bowled out for 99 on a difficult pitch.

Ben Rhydding struggled to chase down another low total, struggling to 50-6 before some lusty lower-order hitting from captain Alex Miller got them closer. Rhydding were 94-9 when a torrential rain and lightning finally forced the players off.

When they got back on, there were just four overs left but Rhydding fell agonisingly two runs short, to the delight of the soaking Steeton players.

Burley required 24 to beat Collingham and Beckwithshaw needed 35 runs to beat Pool, with eight wickets in hand, when their games were abandoned.

Division 1: Pool 76 (S Hudson 6-18), *Beckwithshaw 42-2 (A Lilley 28no) rsp; Steeton 99, *Ben Rhydding 97; Guiseley 92 (R Spittlehouse 5-39), *Bilton 13-0 rsp; Collingham 168-9 (J Swain 25, T Jacklin 74; N Brook 3-45, S Etherington 6-36), *Burley 145-6 (E Brown 39, J Wright 52; T Jacklin 3-34) rsp; Otley 207-7 (B Morley 37, J Davies 64, G Huntley 25), *Kirkstall Ed 54-1 (P Malone 25no) rsp; *Rawdon 192-5 (C McInerney 31, B Heritage 41, A Doidge 26, A Gilks 50no; A Wheeler 3-50), Ilkley 70-3 rsp.

Division 2: Adel 169-6 (M Johnson 76; A Scholes 4-20) v *Colton rsp; *Harden v Bolton Villas no play; Skipton 4-1 v North Leeds rsp; *Thackley v Knaresborough no play; Green Lane 236-5dec (M Abbott 41, W Akhtar 48, A Lee 73, J Agar 28), *Tong Park Esholt 60-2 (A Weerapuli 38no) rsp.

Division 3: Woodhouse 99, *Alwoodley 48-1 rsp; *Bardsey 165, Menston 28-1 rsp; *Calverley v Silsden, no play; New Rover 253-5, *Hall Park 96-1 rsp; Illingworth 159-8, *Olicanian 49-2 rsp.

Waddilove Cup semi-finals: Collingham 124 (T Jacklin 27, S James 33, S Anderson 25; R Brown 3-32), *Adel 97 (B Quirk 49; T Jacklin 4-10); Otley 214-9 (D Hester 99no), *Guiseley 170-7 (A Bell 35, B Jackson 40, J 
Davey 30).

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