Aire-Wharfe League: Bradshaw’s home comfort as Cup returns to Bilton

Waddilove Cup winners, Bilton.
Waddilove Cup winners, Bilton.
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THE Waddilove Cup is back with Bilton CC, with the experienced Ryan Bradshaw saluting a case of ‘mission accomplished’ on the hosts’ perfect day.

Four-time Waddilove Cup winners Bilton had not bagged the trophy since landing a hat-trick of cup wins in 2006 but were handed the perfect incentive for 2015 with the final staged at Bilton Lane.

And the side led by first-season captain Vic Craven made no mistake in easily defeating Burley-in-Wharfedale, who were toppled for 141 before being overhauled at 143-2.

Bradshaw was competing in his first Waddilove Cup final with Bilton following his long stint in the Yorkshire League with Harrogate and celebrated success after his nine-year-old son Max had been made mascot.

The day only got better for Bilton’s newcomer, who told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The club won it three years in a row with the last one being in 2006 so they did a hat-trick of the cup which is obviously a pretty big feat.

“The cup means a lot to the club, obviously, because they have had a lot of success in it in the past and having had the final awarded to Bilton we had been looking forward to that all season.

“It was one of our main objectives to get to the final – to make sure we could put on a good show and we were very proud that we got there.

“The Waddilove Cup is known for its local derbies and for being at the heart of the community and there was a decent crowd there – I think over 400 people came to watch and it was just a really good day.

“It was jam-packed with a great atmosphere and the Burley supporters made a great day of it by bringing a coach over with some great support. It just had a real good feel about the place.

“My son, who plays for our under-9s, was also mascot for the day and the club made him feel very welcome. He idolises the players and walked up with them to the toss and there was just a real good friendly atmosphere.”

Burley won that toss and elected to bat but their 141 never looked enough. Craven (50) and Mick Donnelly (55) then shared an opening stand of 85 to steer Bilton towards a winning 143-2 in which No 4 batsman Bradshaw was not even required to get off the mark before victory was achieved.

Cue the celebrations and Bradshaw admitted: “We stayed in the clubhouse until we got kicked out, drinking out of the cup as you do.

“Then we stumbled home; that’s the good thing about playing at my local club – it’s just a short walk home!”

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BECKWITHSHAW maintained their chase of league leaders Otley with Saturday’s 75-run defeat of subsequent Waddilove Cup winners Bilton, writes DAISY YOUNG.

Twenty-four hours before the Waddilove final, Bilton’s Mohammed Nadim took 4-38 but the 82 struck by Ross Sedgley proved crucial as ’Shaw made 211-8, despite 4-38 from Mohammed Nadim.

Bilton’s batting order were then reduced to 136 all out after an impressive five-wicket haul from Yasir Ali (5-34).

Otley remain top after their six-wicket triumph over Burley. Burley could only make 127 as Sam Balke led the Otley line with 5-21. Otley reached their target with ease thanks to Josh Atkinson (45no) and James Davies (47).

Kirkstall moved back up to third with a thumping 106-run home victory over Guiseley.

Kirkstall reached 299-7 in their 50 overs courtesy of Andrew Siddall (57), Stephen Brown (63) and Tom Webb (71).

The visitors got off to a poor start before Steve Smith hit 56 but they never came close to reaching Kirkstall’s total, finishing on 193 with Babar Butt taking 6-40.

Follifoot had the chance to move out of the relegation zone if they could beat Collingham after Guiseley’s defeat. However, they suffered a two-wicket defeat after a fine bowling and batting display from Stephen James (4-46 and 59no).

Rawdon beat North Leeds by eight runs in a thrilling high-scoring fixture.

The hosts batted first and made 252-9 with George Myers (115) and Andrew Duckworth (57) putting Rawdon in a fine position. Rob Winter opened with 49 for Leeds but it was Farhan Khan who was the main man with 91 from 77 balls.

However, North Leeds just could not quite get over the line and they closed on 244-6.

Ilkley took advantage of Guiseley and Follifoot’s defeats to move out of the danger zone after their three-wicket victory over Steeton.

Skipton continue to surprise everyone in Division Two as they climbed to the top after a comfortable 110-run victory at Ben Rhydding as Adel beat former leaders Colton.

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