Wetherby League: Aussie Revell makes fine start to St Chad’s spell

Philip Wood of Sicklinghall.
Philip Wood of Sicklinghall.
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NEW Australian signing Nick Revell has quickly made his mark at St Chad’s Broomfield by scoring 247 runs in their first two Division One games.

The 23-year-old left-handed batsman, signed from Aussie club Burnie Hurricanes, hammered a second successive century with a magnificent 139 against Scarcroft.

Ben Lapworth chipped in with 69 not out as Chad’s piled up up 290-3 but the match was abandoned because of rain after Shoaib Rehman’s unbeaten 49 helped Scarcroft reply with 93-3.

Promoted teams Garforth Parish Church and Church Fenton have made excellent starts by winning their first two matches. Steve Bedford’s unbeaten 47 steered Garforth to victory against Kirk Deighton who were toppled for 120 by Darren Childe (6-39).

Tom Dean (5-21) and Stuart Turner (34no and 3-26) led Fenton to a seven-wicket win at strugglers Old Leodiensians whose batting let them down for the second successive game as they fell for 87.

Garforth and Fenton are one point behind leaders Barwick in Elmet who maintained their 100 per cent record by beating Scholes, the other promoted side.

James Todd (56no and 5-47), James Watford (55no) and Chris Harrison (31 and 2-34) were Barwick’s match-winners.

Shadwell collected their first points by narrowly coming out on top at Bilton in Ainsty.

Ed Whittingham (57) and George Lane (46) steered Shadwell to 237-5 and Bilton’s reply fell 13 runs short, despite Australian Tom Reece’s 93 and Myles Lloyd’s 61.

Paul Horsey (80) and Ian Twitchen (46) top-scored as champions Wetherby posted 212-7 in a rain-ruined match at Sicklinghall, who replied with 107-3, Phil Wood (34no).

South Milford are the only Division Two team with maximum points from two games.

An unbroken 120-run partnership between skipper Paul Hebden (83no) and Alex Ward (37no) guided them to a nine-wicket win against Crossgates who were bowled out for 124 by Steve Winspear (4-20) and Lawrence White (4-40).

Milford are one point ahead of Hillam and Monk Fryston who beat Long Marston by 51 runs thanks to Jeremy McFarlane (78no), Paul Dalby (57) and Olly Baron (47no).

Jonny Smales (153no) smashed Division Two’s highest individual score so far this season in Ledsham’s 218-6 against St Chad’s A who were indebted to Ahmed Bhatti (82no) as they held out at 153-8 in a rain-hit match.

Thorner Mexborough enjoyed a 44-run win against Saxton. Muhammed Ali (3-26) and Anjum Sabir (3-37) dismissed Saxton for 150 after Ali (46) and Dougie Hunter (32) had led Thorner to 194-9.

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