Aire-Wharfe: Champions Beckwithshaw slip into drop spots

Action from Adel v Knaresborough (10049a). PIC: Steve Riding
Action from Adel v Knaresborough (10049a). PIC: Steve Riding
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Burley inflicted a fourth defeat of the season on defending champions Beckwithshaw as they slipped into the bottom two, writes Forrest Hamilton.

Batting first, Burley posted 214-9 thanks to Nick Brook (50) and Eddy Brown, who scored his 85 from just 49 balls.

’Shaw were never seriously in the chase as they slipped to 32-5 in the face of a typically restrictive opening spell from Nick Brook (3-14). Jason Wright (4-41) got in on the act as Beckwithshaw were dismissed for 111.

On a hugely important win, Brown said: “We’ve been inconsistent so far this year.

“I think beating Beckwithshaw is one thing, but the way we did it was more pleasing.

“It is probably our most complete performance in that the top order set us up nicely to push on in the last 10 overs.

“Then our new ball bowlers got some big early wickets, there was certainly a different energy about us which was pleasing.”

“It is quite open,” Brown says of a league in which second and seventh are separated by just 14 points, “our results are proof that anybody can beat anybody which makes it quite exciting.

“Hopefully if we can get on a bit of a run in the league, we can get ourselves there and there abouts towards the business end of the year and then who knows.”

Whilst the league is an immediate priority, Burley are also facing the challenge of defending the Waddilove Cup, with a second round tie against 2012 winners Collingham.

“We have a big game on Sunday that we need to get through first.

“Collingham are a dangerous side and at their spot it will be hard work for us,” concluded Brown.

Elsewhere in Division One, Rawdon secured a vital three-wicket win against stuttering Bilton.

Paul Cannings (42) top scored for Bilton as they posted 200, Anthony Gilks (3-43) was the pick of the bowlers.

Rawdon got off to a flier thanks to Conor McInerney, who fell agonisingly one short of his hundred, but had to suffer a middle order collapse before edging over the line with three wickets and four balls of their innings to spare.

Pool earned a surprising win at home to high flying Steeton by 16 runs thanks in the main to David Amos (5-47), who ensured Steeton’s in form batting line-up couldn’t chase down 182.

Kirkstall lost more ground to leaders Otley as they were beaten at home to Guiseley by two wickets.

Ben Williams (43) hit some lusty blows late on as Kirkstall were dismissed for 180.

Brian Jackson followed up his 3-9 with an assured 73 to steer Guiseley home.

Leaders Otley extended their lead at the top to 20 points.

They survived a scare against Ben Rhydding to win relatively comfortably by 30 runs.

James Davies (75no) held Otley’s innings together as they recovered from 87-7 to post 160, Tom Pratt was the pick of the bowlers with 4-34.

James Wilcox took 5-34 as Rhydding were reduced to 28-6 before Sam Housam (41) and Robbie Miller (39) put on 75 to give Rhydding hope, which was eventually extinguished by Wilcox.

It was a bowlers day at Ilkley.

Stephen James (5-37) restricted the hosts to 152 but Andy Wheeler (5-35) saw off Collingham for 128 to leave them rooted to the bottom of the league ladder.

Division Two leaders Follifoot looked in trouble at 17-3 in reply to Bolton Villas’ 135 but Jim Pickles (41no) and Alex Fox (61) maintained their unbeaten run.

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