Aire-Wharfe League: Bulcock’s nine-wicket burst keeps double in sight

Otley's batsman Andrew Rhodes, glances over his shoulder lucky for him the ball fails to reach the hands of Collingham's wicket-keeper Jack Harrison.
Otley's batsman Andrew Rhodes, glances over his shoulder lucky for him the ball fails to reach the hands of Collingham's wicket-keeper Jack Harrison.
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Otley’s quest for the double continues on Sunday when they entertain Bilton in the Waddilove Cup semi-finals.

They warmed up with an 82-run win over Collingham after notching 215.

Teenager Nicholas Bulcock was in devastating form, finishing with 9-63 – after scoring an unbeaten 29 – as Collingham were skittled for 133.

The cup holders will look forward to Sunday’s match, which they hope will go the same way as their fixture against Guiseley at the same stage of the competition last season.

Opponents Bilton won the cup on three successive occasions between 2004-2006 and are aiming to end a nine-year drought in the competition.

Fifth-placed Burley’s cup preparations suffered a setback as they lost by 18 runs to Steeton, who opted to bat first.

Steeton were not wholly convincing and were dismissed for 221. In reply, Burley’s Richard Brook scored 54 but they finished on 203-7.

Burley will look to bounce back with a home victory over Division Two leaders Horsforth in the cup at the weekend, as they look to emulate their performances in 2010, 2011 and 2013, when they were crowned champions.

Horsforth are looking to get their hands on the trophy for the first time since the Nineties.

Bilton suffered an unexpected league defeat on Saturday against Guiseley, losing by four wickets.

Openers Victor Craven and Michael Donnelly made 63 and 50, respectively, but Bilton’s slow run-rate cost them dearly, as they finished on 182-4.

Guiseley lost their openers early on but James Davey’s 61 and an unbeaten 45 from Harrison Durkin pushed them to 183-6.

The result meant that Guiseley put breathing space between themselves and Ilkley, but they are by no means out of relegation danger.

Beckwithshaw are still chasing the leaders after a nerve-jangling four-run win over Ilkley.

The second-placed side reached 237-8 before restricting their opponents to 233-8.

Third-placed Kirkstall saw their title aspirations take a hit as they slumped to a 48-run defeat to mid-table Rawdon, who posted 267-5 before dismissing the opposition for 219 as George Myers took 4-53.

Basement side Follifoot won by 13 runs against North Leeds, reaching 237-9 before dismissing their rivals for 224 after a season’s best 5-42 from Alex Fox. Having been docked 79 points for fielding an ineligible player, Follifoot looked set for the drop, but they have won three in a row and are only 15 points short of safety.

Harry Brook in first-team action for Yorkshire against Somerset earlier this summer (Picture: Allan Mckenzie/SWPix.com).

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