Burley squandered the opportunity to close the gap on Division One leaders Otley as they fell just five runs short of beating Bilton, writes FORREST HAMILTON.
Vic Craven made 62 and Odge Davey hit 54 to lead Bilton to 197-4 in a match reduced to 35 overs a side.
Burley were reduced to 18-3 early on but recovered well through the efforts of Danny Bryan with 71 and Richard Brook with 33.
Requiring 11 runs to win from the last over with two wickets in hand, Brook was dismissed second ball and a run out from the penultimate ball ultimately ended Burley’s hopes.
Australian Jason Wright said: “We’ve been in a few winning positions this year and we haven’t got over the line.”
“From our point of view, Ilkley have done us a favour and we haven’t been able to capitalise.”
This Saturday sees Burley face off against leaders Otley in what will surely be a vital fixture.
Wright added: “I think if we lose this week it will be really tough to catch them, it’s hard to say with the points system, but it’s a must win game.”
“We have a really good mix of youth and experience,” continued Wright, “we’ve got Harry Brook and Kyme Tahirkheli who both play North of England Under 15s.”
“Danny Bryan was awesome at the weekend and with Rich (Brook) batting at eight at the moment we’ve got good depth.”
Elsewhere in Division One, Otley failed to capitalise on Burley’s defeat as they were narrowly beaten by Ilkley.
With the game reduced to 27 overs a side, Jonathan Hughes (44) top scored as Ilkley made 143-7, James Davies (2-20) was the pick of the bowlers.
Otley got off to a decent start but none of the top order capitalised on their starts.
And they were made to pay for their profligacy as they ended their innings just three runs shy of Ilkley’s total.
Due to the rain, only two games reached completion, with the remainder of the sides having to settle for bonus points.
Guiseley were left frustrated as Ben Rhydding batted out the last over nine wickets down to secure a rain affected draw.
Brian Jackson hit 61 as Guiseley made 180-7 before declaring after 45 overs, leaving Rhydding with 34 overs to bat.
Robbie Miller top scored with 33 whilst Nasir Jamal (3-9) starred with the ball but ultimately Guiseley left themselves too little time to secure the final Ben Rhydding wicket, who closed on 101-9.
Kirkstall were left similarly frustrated as they were denied victory by a defiant 32no from Richard Carlton.
After making 201-9 declared, Tom Webb (5-20) set up the victory charge but Carlton’s intervention ensured Pool finished on 77-9.
Defending champions Beckwithshaw were also denied a shot at victory against Waddilove Cup finalists Collingham by the rain.
Ross Sedgley made 58 as ‘Shaw posted 178-9 with Steve Booth taking 5-46, Collingham were reduced to 45-3 in their reply before the rain saved them. Rawdon were on their way to completing an important victory against Steeton, they were 77-0 chasing just 130, before they were forced to abandon the game.
In Division Two, North Leeds and Colton capitalised on the swathe of abandonments by winning against Harden and Bolton Villas respectively to further enhance their promotion credentials.
This Sunday, Otley play Collingham in the Waddilove Cup final, with Otley hoping their home advantage will benefit them against the 2012 winners.