Wetherby League: Great Preston aiming to leave league in style

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GREAT Preston are chasing a clean sweep of the league’s three major trophies in their final season before they switch to the Central Yorkshire League.

They visit St Chad’s in the Fred Fleetwood Cup quarter-finals this Sunday and host South Milford in the Senior Evening Cup quarterfinals on July 8.

The other Fred Fleetwood ties are Bilton in Ainsty v Long Marston, Walton v Barwick in Elmet and Garforth Parish Church v Hillam and Monk Fryston.

Australian teenager Matt Davie (5-14) and skipper James Marston (41) led Preston to a six-wicket win at Division One title rivals St Chad’s on Saturday.

It kept defending champions Preston just one point behind leaders Kirk Deighton who comfortably beat lowly Sicklinghall.

Gavin Mills (85), captain Richard Ward (37) and Josh Nicholson (33) guided Deighton to 237-8 and Jonathan Watkins (3-17), Jonathan Smith (2-30) and Aidan Marshall (2-36) toppled Sicklinghall for 168. Andy Wood (38no) and Richard Brooke (38) led Sicklinghall’s scoring.

Wetherby and Bilton in Ainsty maintained their championship challenges.

Ian Twitchen hammered 135 and Aussie Jacob Brewer 43 as Wetherby piled up 265-7 against Barwick in Elmet who were skittled for 79 by Stephen Hoather (6-26) and Adam Wilkinson (3-19).

Luke Langley (26no) was the only Barwick batsman who reached double figures.

Tom Reece (44), Ian Hutchison (4-41) and Tim Lambert (3-14) were Bilton in Ainsty’s match-winners against bottom side Walton.

Scarcroft and Old Leodiensians remain in relegation trouble after losing at Old Modernians and Shadwell respectively.

Scott Harrison (4-33) and Sam Coutts (3-12) bowled out nine-man Scarcroft for 115 after Aussie Jake McVicar (73), Ami Mandrekar (43), Stuart Borrill (36) and Dwayne Heke (31) had steered Modernians to 287-9, the top-flight’s highest total this season.

Harry Smoothy’s unbeaten 43 guided Shadwell to victory against Leodiensians who were routed for 128 by Ben Turner (5-41).

Garforth Parish Church retained top spot in Division Two by beating Scholes whose 47-run defeat was hard on Mike Ford (48 and 5-60).

East Keswick, who were in second place, have plummeted to bottom in the table after a points deduction for fielding an ineligible player in all the league matches they have played this season.

Saxton’s promotion hopes were jolted by a five wicket defeat at Kirk Hammerton, for whom Alex Bramley and Liam Fisher both hit half centuries.

Steve Hills (44) was Saxton’s top scorer.

Ledsham and Hillam and Monk Fryston were involved in the division’s first tie of the season.

Martin Pugh (46) led Hillam to 146 and Ledsham were all out for an identical score when last man Danny Bambrook was caught off the bowling of Eric Frankland.

Sam Wright (50) and Andy Baron (5-43) were Ledsham’s best performers.

Openers Kendal Edgley (59) and Rob Lancaster (37no) put on 91 in Church Fenton’s nine-wicket victory at Whixley who were dismissed for 126 by Simon Wilman (3-4) and James Stephenson (3-40).

Crossgates lost to fellow strugglers Thorner Mexborough.

Amjum Bilal Sabir (74) and Anthony Quinlan (63) led Thorner to 224 and Crossgates managed only 143 in reply, despite Tom Chapman’s 38.

Unbeaten St Chad’s A increased their lead in Division Three to 11 points by trouncing Great Preston A by 123 runs.

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