Local cricket: Ben Rhydding keep their survival hopes alive

Chris Spivey of  Green Lane.
Chris Spivey of Green Lane.
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Ben Rhydding put an end to their disastrous run of form with a convincing victory over Collingham to raise hopes of a dramatic survival bid in Division One.

Brad Ranford (5-28) and Alex Miller (4-35) starred as Collingham were dismissed for 143 before Ranford (43), Red Bolton (46) and Charlie Swallow (40no) ensured Rhydding cruised home.

Ben Rhydding skipper, Miller, said: “It was a huge win and keeps us alive.

“The nature of the points system this year means that a couple of wins can improve your position in the league by three or four places, but realistically we needed to win on Saturday.”

“We were unlucky to lose last week because we were fighting against the weather as well as Steeton, and after such a resounding win on Saturday confidence is as high as it has been for a while, and rightly so, we played very well.”

Miller reserved special praise for overseas player, Ranford: “He was a class above with the ball. Collingham couldn’t handle him.

“He’s found it tough at times but if he plays like that during the run-in it’ll be like signing a new player. He was top drawer.

On their survival hopes, Miller was positive: “I’ve said for the last few weeks that we’ll stay up and I still believe that.

“We were in a worse position than this two years ago and managed it on the last day, and I can see something similar happening again. One thing is for certain, we won’t die wondering – this side is desperate to stay in the top division.”

At the other end of Division One, defending champions Beckwithshaw stayed in touch with the leaders as they secured their fifth straight win, thrashing Steeton by 97 runs.

Ross Sedgley blasted 150 from 141 balls and Ben Quick made 86 as ’Shaw racked up 312-5 before bowling Steeton out for 215.

Otley still top the table and show no signs of slipping as they secured another 20-point haul, Jamie Pickering (90) and George Huntley (48o and 3-12) starred as the leaders beat Bilton, who have fallen by the wayside.

Burley also remain in the title hunt, just 13 points behind Otley, Nick Brook (50) top scored as Burley made 199, with Jason Wright (3-14) and Kyme Tahirkheli (3-44) restricting Guiseley to 153.

Rawdon secured a vital win over fellow relegation strugglers Pool, who were blown away by 159 runs.

Conor McInerney (61 and 3-9) and Nick Goldthorp (71) were in fine form for Rawdon, who moved out of the bottom two at Pool’s expense.

Ilkley bagged all 20 points against Kirkstall, Will Spivey and James Pearson both hit half-centuries as Ilkley made 236-7.

Kirkstall, who were recently deducted 20 points as their second team failed to fulfil a fixture, lost early wickets and were never seriously in the hunt as they were eventually bowled out for 208.

In Division Two, Colton clinched a dramatic one-wicket win over Knaresborough, with last man Kris Parker hitting the winning boundary off the last ball of the game.

Tom Glover (72no) was at the other end after he had shared a half century ninth-wicket stand with Tom Horner (25). Follifoot extended their commanding lead at the top with a three-wicket win over Tong Park Esholt.

Third-placed Green Lane took the points against second-placed North Leeds largely thanks to a superb ninth-wicket stand of 109 from Chris Spivey (60no) and Neil Britton (41no).

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