Aire-Wharfe: Brown polishes of Otley to give Eddies a shot in the arm

Kirstall Educationall bowler Josh Williams. PIC: Steve Riding
Kirstall Educationall bowler Josh Williams. PIC: Steve Riding
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IT wasn’t just Kirkstall Educational who claimed a shot in the arm by virtue of their weekend league win over defending champions Otley, but also Beckwithshaw.

Eddies got over the line impressively to inflict a first seasonal defeat upon Otley, with Stephen Brown being the star of the show.

Brown (44) and Andy Siddall (45) led the way as Kirkstall reached 203 with Ricky Halloran picking up 4-45.

Brown then backed up with a 4-42 spell, supported by 4-49 from Tom Webb as Eddies restricted Otley to 178-9.

Eddies’ success also had ramifications for Beckwithshaw, who have now opened up a 14-point lead at the top after they comfortably overcame Burley, with two sides fairly happy by Saturday’s developments.

Kirkstall club chairman Nick Davis said: “Funnily enough, Alex Lilley from Beckwithshaw was on the phone towards the end of our game desperate to hear Otley had lost.

“It was a good result for Beckwithshaw as well.

“For us, it’s been a decent start to the season and we haven’t broken any records yet, but are unbeaten.

“We were grateful at the end against Otley as their last-wicket pairing put on a stand as Collingham did in their first game against us when they won – and it reminded us of that,” he added.

“But we didn’t let it slip away and it was a great win.”

Game star for Beckwithshaw was Yasser Ali, who hit 59 not out in Beckwithshaw’s 248-5 before taking 4-21 – well supported by Istikhar Hussain (4-45) – as they dismissed Burley for 159.

Australian Damian Lawrence hit a fine 70 in Follifoot’s 
208-7 at Bilton, who were unable to match it despite the efforts of Odge Davey (48) and Mustahsan Shah (40).

Umer Yaqoob (4-23) and Rafes Ishtaq (4-51) were simply too hot to handle and the home side were bowled out for 143.

A stand of 165 between Alex Bailey (104) and Rory Kroon (62no) helped Ilkley to 261-5, but Rawdon put up a spirited chase headed by Kuda Samunderu (83) and Ryan Gladwin (62no) and got home with two wickets to spare.

Edward Hayhurst (52no) top-scored in Collingham’s 179, but an unbeaten 52 from St Kitts all-rounder Larry Audain clinched victory for North Leeds.

Guiseley looked on the way to a first victory when Peter Towner hit 78 as they pursued Steeton’s 172 total.

But James Freebury came on to bowl and in a 1.4 over spell took the last three wickets without conceding a run in an inspired cameo to give Steeton victory by nine runs.