It’s all to play for at the bottom and “every point is vital” admits Follifoot captain Nick Robinson as his side face a battle to stay up.
Six points separate the bottom three sides with only four fixtures remaining and Follifoot managed to pull off a narrow one-run victory over Rawdon to jump ahead of Guiseley who now prop up the table. With tough games against Kirkstall and Otley coming up before a final day clash with fellow strugglers Guiseley, Robinson is confident is side can achieve safety.
“Our rivals also have hard games against the top sides coming up so we know that if we play to our potential we will be fine. In an ideal world it won’t come down to the final game of the season against Guiseley, but we know that every point from now until the end of the season is going to be vital,” admitted Robinson.
Follifoot have been deducted numerous points this season for fielding an ineligible player which has seen them drop into a relegation battle.
Rawdon meanwhile are sitting comfortably in fifth despite this defeat. Alex Fox (29) and James Riley (26) scoring highest for the hosts as they were all out for 130. A superb six-wicket haul from Damien Lawrence saw Rawdon dismissed for 129, giving Follifoot a thrilling victory.
Ilkley’s two-match winning streak came to an end at the hands of Kirkstall. Steve Wilkinson hit 98 for Kirkstall as they reached 217-9, despite 4-48 from Harry Wilson. Stephen Brown (5-42) and Babar Butt (4-61) then bowled Ilkley out for 175 to give Kirkstall a 42-run victory. Guiseley dropped to the bottom after their 80-run defeat against leaders Otley who reached 184 thanks to James Davies (67) and Jamie Pickering (48). Otley were ruthless with the ball with Ricky Halloran putting in a fine performance taking 5-11 as only Stewart Smith (55*) troubled Otley before Guiseley were eventually bowled out for 104.
Beckwithshaw closed the gap on Otley by a point as they were able to pick up a 19-point win over Collingham. Beckwithshaw batted first and made 213-8 from their 50 overs with Ben Quick (84) and Max Buller (53) leading the way. Yasir Ali then took 6-35 as Collingham folded for 134 and gave Beckwithshaw a key victory in the race for the title. In a repeat of last weekend’s Waddilove Cup final, Bilton came out on top again with Ryan Bradshaw (77) and Sajad Ali (54) helping them to 252-7. Burley started brightly, with Charlie Davy hitting 58, but then collapsed to 169 all out to hand victory to Bilton.
North Leeds beat Steeton by 58-runs. James Emmott took 5-39 from 14.5 overs as the hosts were bundled out for 150.
Skipton extended their lead at the top of Division Two with a narrow win over bottom of the table Green Lane.
A magnificent 105 from Steve Carling laid the foundations for Skipton to pick up maximum points as they made 231-8. Richard Nichols then took 5-47 as the bottom side were all out for 218. Skipton are eight points ahead of second-placed Horsforth who picked up a vital win against fellow title contenders Colton.
Only a few games ago both teams looked certain for promotion, but recent defeats meant this was a key game for both sides. Horsforth chose to bat and Bailey Worcester hit 75, before they were ultimately bowled out for 181 as Tom Glover (5-64) and Jonathan Horner (4-22) did the damage for Colton. In the second innings, Colton’s batting let them down as they were skittled out for just 110 as Gareth Lee took 4-3 from four overs, meaning that Colton drop to fourth.
Pool jumped above Colton into third with a thumping 180-run victory over Tong Park Esholt. Pool hit an impressive 279-7 with David Paynter (96) and Ben Platt (68*) leading the way and then Pool bowled Tong all out for 99. Adel maintained their position in fifth with a 26-run victory over Ben Rhydding. Gav Thorpe (49) helped them to 179-9 from their overs, before Ben Rhydding fell short on 153, Ben Witz taking 4-36.
Thackley picked up a vital 20 points over Illingworth with a 49-run victory. Sidhant Adhatrao hit another ton, this time 109, as Thackley made 226-8. Matty Smith hit 60 for Illingworth but it wasn’t enough as his team were bowled out for 177. Knaresborough gave themselves a big boost in their quest to avoid relegation after their six-wicket victory over Harden.
Addingham maintained their slim lead at the top of Division Three with a 134-run triumph over Bardsey. A solid batting performance saw the hosts make 250, before they skittled Bardsey all out for 119.
Fellow title challengers Olicanians beat seventh-placed Upper Wharfedale by 22 runs to keep the battle at the top extremely tight.