Aire-Wharfe League: Brook out to avenge lop-sided derby stats

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“It was the Nick Brook show,” according to Burley-in-Wharfedale captain Richard Brook as Burley upset early league leaders Horsforth.

After a difficult start to the season, Burley pulled off a surprise win against Horsforth in Division One on a weekend disrupted severely by the weather.

Burley won by 43-runs after scoring 166-8 after 30 overs, which included a 59 from Nicholas Brook. In reply Horsforth struggled, with Nicholas Brook again causing problems for the visitors as he took four wickets to decimate the top order and also running out the danger man Byron Boshoff, who’s been scoring runs for fun this season.

Horsforth could manage only 123 all out in a defeat which sees them fall to second in the table.

Burley captain Brook reasoned: “It’s been a poor start (to the season). In the first two games we played two decent teams in Bilton and Rawdon but we were under-practiced and that showed.

“We were very slow to get into the groove but we’re always a challenge for any team, we’ve shown that over the years and we will be again this year.”

Next up for Burley is League champions and local rivals Otley. Brook added: “They’re our big rivals and they’ve got the better of us the last couple of years. They were the team to beat last year and they beat us twice so we’re hoping we can get one over on them, and we owe them one.

“We’ve had some good games over the years but in the last couple of years they’ve been on top so we’re going to go all out to rectify that.”

Elsewhere in Division One only three other games were completed as the fixtures between Bilton, Otley and Rawdon, Ilkey were abandoned.

Beckwithshaw took advantage of Horsforth’s defeat as they beat Steeton by 108-runs. John Inglis shone with the bat for Beckwithshaw as he scored 107-runs off just 61 balls as his side went on to score 225-3.

In reply Steeton could manage only 117 all out as they continue their poor start to the season.

Collingham have moved up to third in the table as they comfortably saw off Kirkstall Educational.

After declaring on 183, Collingham’s Toby Jacklin tore through the Kirkstall batting order to take figures of 6-30 to restrict the visitors to just 97 all out.

North Leeds made it two wins in a row in the league as they edged past Pool who have now lost all four league games this season. In a reduced overs game, North Leeds set Pool 184 to win and Pool did put up a fight but in the end didn’t quite have enough as they fell just 13-runs short on 170-10.

Division Two only saw one game played with Addingham beating Calverley St Wilfrids by 68-runs.

Ted Haggas picked up the best figures of the match with 4-9 as Addingham comfortably defended their 170 all out. The result means that Addingham climb into the second promotion spot behind league leaders Guiseley and Calverley drop into the relegation zone.

WETHERBY LEAGUE

Scarcroft rose to the top of the table after winning their crucial game against high-flying Kirk Deighton, who dropped to second in the pecking order, writes SEAN WILSON.

Kirk Deighton’s first innings of 115-9 proved not enough to prevent Scarforth from battling to a three-wicket victory off 120-7.

Garforth Parish Church raced to a comfortable eight-wicket win over bottom-placed Sicklinghall, as James Stockton’s impressive knock of 80 drove them to victory.

Richrard Brooke hit 72 for Sicklinghall in their innings as they totalled 128, but Stockton’s performance when Garforth batted stole the limelight and earned his side victory at 129-2.

Bilton in Ainsty’s match with Hillam and Monk Fryston was abandoned not long after it had begun due to the weather, with Fryston – batting first – scoring only 11-0 before play was halted.

The game between South Milford and St Chad’s Broomfield did not last much longer. St Chad’s batted first and had reached a total of 73-2 before the game was stopped.

Shadwell’s match with Barwick in Elmet fared even worse, and was adandoned before the match had started.

In Division Two, league leaders Rufforth maintained their perfect start to the season, beating Scholes and recording a fifth-straight win.

Chasing Scholes’ innings of 123, Rufforth replied with a 124-8, with Angus Campbell hitting 40 en route to a two-wicket victory.

Third-placed Headingley Bramhope cruised to a convincing 74-run win over second-bottom Meanwood, as seven players hit double figures.

Meanwood failed to surpass Headingley’s 164-9, replying with just 90-5.

Lowly Kirk Hammerton won their clash with bottom-of-the-table Garforth Parish Church A by 95 runs. Rob Cockerill top scored with 64, while Tom Main hit 55, as Hammerton amassed an impressive 195-6.

Garforth could manage only 100 all out in response.

Elsewhere, the matches between St Chad’s Broomfield A and Sherburn Eversley, and Thorner Mexborough and Long Marston were both abandoned before starting.

The match between Saxton and Ledsham, meanwhile, was called off shortly after play had begun.

NIDDERDALE LEAGUE

Leaders Ouseburn made it five wins out of five with an 87-run victory over mid-table Alne, writes SEAN WILSON.

Batting first, Ouseburn amassed 151 all out with Adam Fisher hitting 47.

Alne could manage only 64 all out in reply as Jamie Bryant claimed impressive figures of 6-25.

Ouseburn’s nearest challengers, Darley, enjoyed a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Knaresborough Forest. Chasing Knaresborough’s 177-8, Darley totalled 178-3.

Third-placed Burton Leonard enjoyed a six-wicket victory over lowly Pateley Bridge. Chasing Pateley’s total of 158-8, Neil Blaken’s unbeaten knock of 65 proved instrumental for Leonard as they eased to victory at 159-4.

Fifth-placed West Tanfield had to settle for a weather-affected draw against Spofforth, who lie two places below them in the table. Spofforth were chasing West Tanfield’s 169-9, and were aided by Andrew Bottega hitting an exceptional 74, before the weather intervened at 148-8.

Mid-table Helperby were also held to a weather-affected draw against struggling Bishop Thornton, missing out on a good opportunity to climb the table. Joe Corner hit 49 as Helperby managed 183-8, while Bishop Thornton were halted at 139-5, with Josh Davies’ knock of 74 leading the charge.

The game between Hampsthwaite and Birstwith was called off due to poor weather.

Ralph Middlebrook.

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