Aire-Wharfe: Follifoot quick to prove a force on top-flight return

Jonathan Horner hits four runs for Colton in his innings of 48 against Thackley.

Jonathan Horner hits four runs for Colton in his innings of 48 against Thackley.

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captain Nick Robinson says confidence is back at Follifoot CC with two wins out of three proof his side have every right to dine at the Aire Wharfe League’s top table.

The village club were relegated from Division One in 2013 but bounced back in style last year when winning the Division Two championship.

That form has been taken into the higher tier with former leaders Burley toppled by 18 runs in their own backyard on Saturday, much to the delight of first season leader Robinson.

“We’ve started really well,” beamed the captain, whose side are fourth and only four points behind Beckwithshaw, whom they host this weekend.

“We were only in Division Two for a year so we knew what to expect when we came up.

“But to get a couple of wins under our belt early doors is really important for everyone’s confidence to just believe that we can play in Division One and beat sides like Burley like we did on Saturday. It’s been a really, really good start and it couldn’t have been better, really.”

’Foot were propelled to 251-9 as James Pickles (54) and Damien Lawrence (51) hit half-centuries and Burley fell short at 233-8 in reply despite a knock of 73 from Nick Brook.

Burley are now second and two points behind leaders Beckwithshaw, who made it three wins out of three with an eight-wicket success against second-bottom visitors North Leeds.

North Leeds were skittled for just 89 as Mark McEnearney (3-47), Alex Lilley (3-12) and Ishi Hussain (3-19) caused damage to North Leeds. ‘Shaw easily overhauled at 92-2 led by a knock of 31 from Alexis Twigg.

Bilton moved fifth with a 38-run triumph at home to third-bottom Ilkley. A stellar innings of 119 not out from Ryan Bradshaw led Bilton to 241-2 with Victor Craven (67) and Michael Donnelly (44) supporting.

Ilkley were then dismissed for 202 with Sajad Ali proving a handful by taking 3-53. Jonathon Hughes and Nick Cockcroft both scored highest for Ilkley with 35-runs each.

Collingham moved sixth after securing their first win of the season with a 99-run conquest at bottom club Guiseley. The visitors set Guiseley a target of 226-runs to win but the hosts could only manage 125 all out.

Champions Otley dropped to third after their clash at eighth-placed Rawdon was abandoned. Rawdon had set Otley a target of 139 all out when play was stopped. Another fixture abandoned due to the bad weather was between seventh-placed Kirkstall at fourth-bottom Steeton. Home side Steeton were 192-1 when play was stopped.

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colton moved top of Division Two with a three- wicket victory over Thackley to make it three wins out of three, writes DAISY YOUNG.

Thackley were all out for 147 as Dave Wright’s 3-39 caused the most damage to the visitors whose leading scorer was Tom Johnson (41). Colton then recorded 151-7 to claim the win helped by Jonathan Horner (48) and Daniel Gautrey (49).

Green Lane are second in the table after their 32-run success against Tong Park Esholt. The hosts set Esholt a target of 132 and the visitors could only manage 100 all out with Azhar Mehmood taking 5-25.

Skipton narrowly beat Horsforth by seven runs. The visitors set Horsforth a target of 183. However Horsforth were unfortunate to miss out after Gareth Lee (77) and Oliver Hardaker (52) looked to give the hosts the advantage but they could only manage 176 all out.

Knaresborough moved up to fifth with a two-wicket triumph over Pool. Visiting Pool hit 207-7 thanks to Jake Zjilinszki (66). But the hosts struck 208-8 helped by Sam Ryan (70).

Illingworth moved up to third with a two-run victory over Ben Rhydding who recorded 224-8 but it wasn’t enough as the hosts hit 226-5.

Alwoodley are top of Division Three after their four-wicket success over Upper Wharfedale. Wharfedale hit 180-9 with Geoff Weir proving a handful (4-54). Barry McCormick struck an impressive 115 to take his side to 181-6. New Rover dropped down to third after a nine-wicket loss to Calverley St Wilfrid’s. The visitors were bowled out for 78 thanks to Singh (7-29) before Calverley hit 81-1.

A big appeal from James Massheder of Yeadon is in vain against Jordan Sleightholme of Wrenthorpe, who went on to score 119. PIC: Steve Riding

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