Aire-Wharfe League: Colton on course for promotion

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Colton thrashed Division Two promotion rivals North Leeds by 86 runs to secure their fourth-straight win and further boost their hopes of promotion, writes FORREST HAMILTON.

Colton got off to a flying start in Saturday’s crunch clash with Daniel Gautrey top scoring with 56 and they scored 70 runs in the last six overs to post an intimidating 227-6.

North Leeds were never seriously in the running as Jonathan Horner (5-27) and Andy Scholes (3-40) dismissed the visitors for 141

Colton skipper Nick Thackray said: “They never really got going, they were always behind the eight ball.

“It keeps us in the hunt, we’re hopeful we can keep up the challenge to Follifoot at the top, we’re aiming to come first, it’s not in our hands but that’s our target.”

Since joining the league in 2000, Colton have never been in the top division before.

“The majority of the side have come through the juniors,” continued Thackray.

“And to get that team into that division, which is such a high standard, would be the most pleasing thing for the club.

“The club policy is going to stay the same, promoting the likes of Bradley Firn who has had a breakthrough season, scoring four half centuries and making his runs quickly.”

Leaders Follifoot also won on Saturday, edging home against Knaresborough by three wickets, David Mahoney steering them to the finish line with 27no.

Mark Richards took 5-43 as Knaresborough were restricted to 150-9, Alex Fox (48) led the response for Follifoot before Mahoney finished things off.

Green Lane also remain in the promotion hunt after they thrashed Adel by ten wickets.

Chris Spivey (4-18) and Neil Britton (4-19) were in top form as Adel were dismissed for just 77, Waleem Akhtar hit 57no as Green Lane cruised home in 8.5 overs.

In Division One, Otley’s title charge shows no sign of stuttering as they beat relegation threatened Pool by 101 runs.

James Davies (46 & 3-34) and James Wilcock (42no & 3-21) starred for Otley as they posted 187-8 before dismissing Pool for 86.

Collingham thrashed Kirkstall by ten wickets to ease their relegation worries, Steve Booth took 4-10 as Kirkstall were bowled out for just 116.

John Swain hit 82no as Collingham knocked off the runs with ease, the two sides are now level on 154 points, eight clear of the drop zone

Ross Sedgley (55) led from the front as Beckwithshaw beat local rivals Bilton by 53 runs to keep their slim title hopes alive.

‘Shaw posted 191-9 and it always looked like too much for Bilton, who were bowled out for 138, Ishtikar Hussain taking 4-28.

Burley remain Otley’s biggest title threat, though despite thrashing Ben Rhydding by 102 runs, they still trail the leaders by 25 points.

Opener Charlie Davy batted through the innings and was ably supported by an Ed Brown half-century as Burley posted 243.

Ben Rhydding lost early wickets and were eventually dismissed for 141 as Nick Brook took control with the ball.

Rawdon are still trapped in the relegation dogfight after Guiseley chased down their total of 158 with just one wicket in hand.

Bradley Reeve took 4-28 for Guiseley whilst Brian Jackson (85) starred with the bat to set up their tense run chase.

Henry Wilson took 6-26 for Ilkley as they dismissed Steeton for 131, Jonathan Best took 5-33 in response but Ilkley edged over the line by two wickets.

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