Aire-Wharfe League: Rigby ton fires North Leeds into top flight

North Leeds secured promotion back to Division 1 win a win at Adel thanks mainly to Jamie Rigby who scored 146.
North Leeds secured promotion back to Division 1 win a win at Adel thanks mainly to Jamie Rigby who scored 146.
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North Leeds secured second-place in the table and promotion into next season’s Aire-Wharfe Premier Division courtesy of an 80-run victory over Adel, writes ANDY DONLEY.

Leeds posted 266-5 batting first, with Jamie Rigby smashing a brilliant, match-winning 146 and Adel struggled in response, only managing to reach 186-9 from their overs.

Green Lane narrowly missed out on top-flight status, despite a storming 118-run victory over Bolton Villas.

Andy Lee (75), Phillip Atkinson (67) and Michael Abbott (62) all found form as Green Lane posted 290-7, whilst Michael Ellis’ 5-36 helped restrict Bolton to 172.

At the other end of the table, Upper Wharfedale failed to take advantage of Harden and Skipton’s losses, as they slipped to a 30-run loss to Colton, sealing their relegation.

Wharfedale needed both of their rivals to lose, which they duly did – Harden falling to a 91- run defeat to Follifoot and Skipton losing by 53 runs to Knaresborough – but their tenth loss of the season sealed Wharfe’s fate regardless.

In Division Two, champions Horsforth had their chance to sign out from the division with a win scuppered, as their match against New Rover was abandoned.

Runners-up Illingworth will also be playing in Division One next year and they narrowly beat bottom-side Woodhouse by five runs, with batsman James Whiteley top-scoring with 89.

Relegated Alwoodley won their final fixture in Division Two by 34 runs against Menston, but it was too little too late for them, as they finished 26 points adrift of safety.

In the Premier Division, there were only the minor positions left to play for.

Otley were crowned as champions last week, and they celebrated in style with a 140-run victory over Collingham.

Openers Josh Atkinson (82) and Ben Morley (53) laid the platform for Otley, as they posted 308 batting first, despite Collingham bowler Stephen James taking 5-59.

Collingham were then bowled out for 168, with Otley’s bowler Ricky Halloran doing the damage, claiming figures of 5-38.

Burley secured second spot via a 39-run win against Ilkley, who finished the campaign in fifth place.

The runners-up scored 210-9 in their innings, with Danny Bryan top-scoring with 50, before Jason Wright took 6-52 to bowl Ilkley out for 171. Beckwithshaw narrowly took third place from Bilton, despite losing their final match against Rawdon.

Phil Jeffries batted for 103 balls for his 45, as he anchored Beckwithshaw’s innings, which struggled to 201-9, with Rawdon’s Conor McInerney bowling 15 economical overs, taking 2-21.

McInerney then top-scored with 73 at the top of the Rawdon order, as the home side won the tie with four wickets in hand.

Bilton thrashed relegated Pool by eight wickets in their final fixture, after Victor Craven made short work of Pool’s first innings total.

Pool limped to 108 all out, before Craven smashed 61 from 68, including 11 fours, as Bilton scored 112-2 in 21.4 overs.

An 88-run ninth-wicket partnership between Nasir Jamal (55) and Jack Kelly (43) was not enough to secure Guiseley a victory against Steeton.

Guiseley slumped to 125-8 after winning the toss and electing to bat, but the tail-end pair of bowlers showed the batters how to do it, dragging the total to a respectable 225.

However, Jonathon Best scored 51 in Steeton’s chase, as they won the match by two wickets.

Finally, Ben Rhydding lost their last game in the division for at least a year, as Kirkstall chased down their total of 221 to win by three wickets.

Ralph Middlebrook.

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