Aire-Wharfe League: Hudson confident Beck’s will be among contenders

Barry McCormack

Barry McCormack

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Beckwithshaw captain Stu Hudson believes his side will be contenders after they continued their perfect start to the new season with a 74-run win against Ilkley on Saturday.

The victors chose to bat first, running up a total of 207-7 in their innings. Yaser Ali and Alex Lilley hit 66 and 58 respectively, putting Beckwithshaw on their way to the win.

Ilkley fired back but couldn’t match Beckwithshaw, hitting 133 all out. Ian Chaplin’s 40 was their best display, but they struggled to deal with Tom Lilley’s bowling as he took six wickets.

Hudson revealed that after last season’s third-place finish, his side are pushing for the title.

He said: “We’ve consistently finished in the top five, won it two out of the last five season. With the additional signings, we’ve strengthened this year. We’ll be certainly looking at improving on last season’s finish.”

Hudson also highlighted the players he sees as potentially playing key roles, adding: “Tom Lilley, who took six wickets on Saturday is fit from the start, whereas last year he wasn’t fit for the first seven or eight games. Alexis Twigg, who we signed from Harrogate, is a particularly high class batsman.

“We’ve also given the younger players a chance, and they’ve stepped up. Miles Buller batted 50 on Saturday and that gives me headaches.”

The clash between North Leeds and Follifoot was abandoned shortly after Leeds began their batting innings.

Follifoot won the toss and elected to bat, managing a total of 275-5. Nick Robinson was their key player on the day, hitting a huge 104. It would be remiss to not mention the efforts of Umar Yaqoob, who scored 72.

Leeds responded, with Farhan Khan hitting 29. The game was abandoned with their score at 79-2 after 12 overs played. This gave North Leeds five points and Follifoot nine.

The clash between Rawdon and Kirkstall was also abandoned shortly into the second innings. Rawdon had managed a score of 274-7 while at the crease, but Kirkstall were chasing their score, reaching 74-2 before the game was called off.

Guiseley fell to a six-wicket loss against Bilton.

Bilton decided to field after winning the toss, and Guiseley were all out for only 164. Damon Reeve hit 57 for the Leeds-based side, but they struggled to deal with Mustahsan Ali Shah’s excellent bowling display, as he took five wickets for only 35 runs.

Victor Craven hit 59 as Bilton strolled to 168-4 to earn the win.

Collingham (55) were routed in their game against Otley (294-9). Burley also put together a win, their 232-3 enough to beat Steeton’s 231.

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