Aire-Wharfe League: Otley focus on league after ending search for silverware

Otley, winners of the Aire Wharfe League Waddilove Cup after beating Collingham in the final.
Otley, winners of the Aire Wharfe League Waddilove Cup after beating Collingham in the final.
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Otley clinched their first piece of silverware for 21 years and their 12th Waddilove Cup as they thrashed a youthful Collingham side by eight wickets, writes 
Forrest Hamilton.

Collingham were in trouble right from the off, as captain James Davies (3-7) and James Wilcock (2-13) dismantled the top order.

There was no respite for Collingham as Ricky Halloran came on and took 3-14, Sam Anderson (28) provided the only resistance for Collingham, who were dismissed for just 96.

Openers Josh Atkinson (38) and Ben Morley (32) were in no mood to hang around as the chase was completed in 13.4 overs.

An elated Otley chairman, Chris Smith said: “It was a huge relief for everybody at the club after so many years without a trophy, it’s certainly long overdue.

“I hope the side stays together, it should be the same side next year, it’s a really strong team and if it plays to its capabilities it should compete, there is a lot of talent there.”

Smith was quick to praise the bowling unit: “We’ve had numerous occasions when we’ve chased less than 100 this season, the bowling just keeps on coming at you.”

With a first league and cup double since 1988 in sight, Smith continued: “I think it’s ours to lose but Burley just keep going and we expect that we’ve got to win all three remaining games.”

In the league, Otley were equally as dominant as they beat bottom-of-the-table Ben Rhydding by six wickets.

Ricky Halloran took 5-8 as Rhydding’s batting let them down once again, being dismissed for a paltry 57.

Otley lost some early wickets but Andrew Rhodes (19no) swiftly finished the game with two huge sixes straight down the ground.

Burley beat Beckwithshaw by 37 runs but failed to gain any ground on Otley so remain 25 points behind the leaders.

Ishi Hussain took 4-29 as Burley were bowled out for 105, Harry Brook scoring what proved to be an invaluable 26no.

Kyme Tahirkheli (4-14) and Jason Wright (3-21) were in sensational form as they kept Burley’s faint title hopes alive by bowling ‘Shaw out for 68.

Beaten cup finalists Collingham had a better Saturday as they defeated Ilkley to all but secure their Division One status.

Stephen James hit 51 as Collingham made 161 all out, Ed Broadley (3-12) and Toby Jacklin (4-44) ensured that their total was never in danger, bowling Ilkley out for 128.

Rawdon and Pool both escaped with rain-affected draws as they battle to avoid relegation.

Rawdon were bowled out for 101 against Bilton, who were 85-6 in response before the rain intervened and both sides had to settle for three points.

Pool will have slightly mixed feelings about their abandoned game with Steeton, chasing 158 to win, Steeton were 152-9 when rain halted proceedings.

In Division Two, the promotion race remains a four-way fight between Follifoot, North Leeds, Colton and Green Lane. Colton were dealt a blow as they agonisingly lost to Harden by one wicket whilst leaders Follifoot were denied a chance at victory by the rain.

North Leeds took full points in a crushing 100-run win over Upper Wharfedale whilst Green Lane also won comfortably against Thackley.

In Division Three, Horsforth confirmed their promotion to Division Two after cruising to an eight-wicket win over Silsden, they will now be aiming to seal the title after losing just once all season.

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