Aire-Wharfe: James claims ten wickets but finishes on losing side

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It was a record-breaking day for Collingham’s Stephen James as he took a phenomenal 10 wickets for just 26 runs.

His performance produced the sixth best figures in the history of the Aire-Wharfe League, gauaranteeing him a place in the history books.

James was thrilled by his achievements and told the YEP: “I’m extremely delighted, I’ve never come close to that sort of performance before. My best previously was 6-6 but this one will go down in the history books.

“I don’t think I’ll ever replicate that again in my career it was a once in a lifetime achievement really.”

Despite James’ terrific performance his side unfortunately suffered a nine-run defeat at the hands of Burley.

His astonishing analysis read 13.4-3-26-10 as Burley were bowled out for 116. Unfortunately, Collingham couldn’t cap his day with a win as Eddy Brown (5-25) hit back as the home team were bowled out for 107 to hand victory to Burley.

James was still pleased with his side’s performance not just against Burley but over the course of the season.

“We have done well as a team this season, the young players have performed well and the main aim was always to stay up and try for a top-half finish.”

North Leeds blew the title race wide open by upsetting Otley. Their opponents dropped down to second due to the defeat, despite starting the game well and at 52-0 in the eighth over they looked comfortable. However, Aftaab Karim (4-24) and Farhan Khan (3-31) saw all 10 wickets fall for 69 runs as Otley were all out for 121. Amir Farooq then hit 46 from 41 balls for North Leeds to lead his side to a three-wicket victory.

Beckwithshaw took full advantage of Otley’s slip up, moving five points clear at the top of the table as they eased past Steeton. Miles Buller hit 88 for Beckwithshaw as they registered 250-7. Jonathan Best smacked 70 from 63 balls in response, but Yasir Ali bagged 4-36 to help dismiss Steeton out for 193.

Nerves were jangling in the match between third-bottom Ilkley and second-bottom Guiseley. Ilkley’s Harry Wilson (5-52) ripped through the Guiseley order. However, M Brown roared back with 7-44 for Guiseley as Ilkley reached 94-9 and held their nerve to clinch an important one-wicket victory.

Follifoot are still in trouble at the bottom as they suffered a 73-run defeat by Kirkstall. Joe Gibson (77 not out) and Paul Malone (66 not out) led Kirkstall to an impressive total of 275-4. Follifoot struggled in response, with James Riley (44) top-scoring for the hosts before they were all out for 202.

Bilton remain in contention to claim third place as they edged past Rawdon by three wickets. Andrew Duckworth (94 not out) performed well for Rawdon as they were bowled out for 186. However runs from Vic Craven (44) and Paul Cannings (43) was enough to led Bilton to victory.


Skipton surrendered their place at the top of Division Two after a five-wicket loss at the hands of Illingworth.

Skipton batted first but were in trouble at 41-6, but Iqbal Khan (56 not out) gave the hosts a chance of victory as they were all out for 147.

However it wasn’t enough to gain the win as Jamie Moorhouse hit 67 to lead Illingworth home.

Horsforth jumped to the top of the table with Skipton’s defeat thanks to an Ollie Hardaker century at home to Green Lane.

Hardaker smashed 177 off just 139 balls as Horsforth made 257-8 which was far too much for Green Lane and their batting was quickly demolished as they fell to just 78 all out.

Matthew Wainwright took 4-21 for the hosts as they moved back into first place and relegation was all but confirmed for Green Lane.

Pool kept up the pressure on the top two as they moved to within three points of the promotion spots with a huge 215 victory over Thackley.

Charlie Bell (110), David Paynter (62) and Jake Zsilinszky (58*) led Pool to 277-2.

Thackley collapsed for just 62, with Ben Platt taking 6-6 in 3.4 overs to give the hosts a comprehensive win.

Tong Park Esholt kept alive their chances of avoiding the drop with a important victory over Adel by 44 runs.

Daniel Groom was the star man for Tong as he hit an unbeaten 75 as the hosts made 188-5 in their innings.

Lyle D’Rozario then took 4-9 with his left-arm spin as Adel were bowled out for 144 to give Tong a huge boost in their battle to stay in Division Two.

Ben Rhydding and Knaresborough are now both assured of their places in Division Two next year as they picked up enough points in their fixture to achieve safety. Ben Rhydding made 195-6, Red Bolton hit 50 not out and was well supported by Kervon Christmas (41).

Knarebsorough battled hard in response, but could only make 156-8 with Tom Pratt taking 4-40 for Ben Rhydding as they gained the victory.