Aire-Wharfe League: Unbeaten Kirkstall keep top-four target in sights

Harry Smallwood of Olicanian who took four wickets in the win at Bardsey. PIC: Steve Riding
Harry Smallwood of Olicanian who took four wickets in the win at Bardsey. PIC: Steve Riding
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Kirkstall’s unbeaten spell continues after their four-run victory over mid-table North Leeds moved them up to fourth in Division One.

Hosts Kirkstall elected to bat first and went on to reach 225-9 off 50 overs, with Aftaab Karim (5-44) and Larry Audain (4-56) keeping the innings as low as possible with North Leeds looking to take the advantage.

They got their innings off to a great start with Andy Carson hitting 81 before being bowled lbw by Callum Oliver. It then started to go downhill for the visitors, as they could manage a total of only 221 all out, giving Kirkstall their sixth win of the campaign.

Kirkstall captain Andrew Siddall was pleased with his sides’ victory: “It was a good game and it was nice for us to see it through as a few years ago we would have lost a game like that.

“It leaves us in a good position as we want to gain a top-half finish so it is brilliant to be near the top.

“We didn’t think we would be up there at this stage of the season, so we are really happy.

“We face Beckwithshaw in the next couple of weeks.

“I believe they are a really good side, and the team to beat this year. I think that they will win the title, but we will try our best to get a result.”

Elsewhere, Beckwithshaw recorded a five-wicket success over Rawdon.

Rawdon set Beck a target of 205-9 with Andrew Duckworth (48) top-scoring for the hosts. But the visitors hit back with Yasir Ali (64), John Inglis (50) and Ishi Hussain (51) all making half-centuries as they reached 206-5.

Last season’s champions, Otley, moved up to second and are level on points with the leaders after their 84-run victory over Ilkley. Impressive batting from James Davies (63) and Dave Hester (65) helped the visitors set Ilkley a target of 257-7.

But Davies carried on his superb batting form into his bowling game by taking four wickets as Otley reduced their opponents to 173 all out.

Bilton, who are another team aiming for the top, put in another impressive performance as they beat Collingham by 66 runs. Hosts Bilton won the toss and opted to bat first and set their opponents a target of 236-8 from 50 overs. Burke took (3-52) and Jacklin (4-49) as the visitors aimed to restrict their opponents as much as possible.

Collingham managed 170-8 and, as a result, they dropped down to sixth on the ladder.

Steeton beat bottom-of-the-table Folifoot away from home by six wickets to move eighth.

James Freebury took six wickets for the visitors as they limited Folifoot to just 124 all out. Steeton then easily made 126-4 to record only their second win of the season.


Tosh Baker’s century for Pool single-handedly saw off the challenge of rivals Illington in an impressive 140-run victory, writes DAISY YOUNG.

Baker’s knock – 143 not out – allowed Pool to reach 225 all out and set their opponents a huge task to come away with the win. David Amos (5-40) then made sure that Pool wrapped up the points as they hit the visitors all out for just 85.

Horsforth bounced back from a disappointing defeat by recording a one-wicket victory over Ben Rhydding to remain just one point behind leaders Colton. Matthew Wainwright took seven wickets for Horsforth as they limited their opponents to 129.

Tom Carmody took six scalps for Colton as they recorded a five-wicket success over Knaresborough to remain top of Division Two. Knaresborough were all out for 188. Harry Pujara’s 50 set Colton on their way to 191-5.

Richard Nichols’ 130 gave Skipton the perfect start as they went on to beat Tong Park Esholt by 57 runs. The hosts recorded 251-7 and Tong Park could manage only 194 all out despite 72 from Daniel Groom.

Waleem Akhtar hit 103 for Green Lane in their 38-run success over Adel at home. Andy Laws took five wickets for Adel as they limited Green Lane to 183 but Adel could reach only 145. Thackley jumped up to 10th after their two-wicket success over Harden.

Division Three leaders New Rover suffered a surprise three-wicket defeat by Old Modernians.

Michael Richmond hit 103 for New Rover as they reached 226-4 but it wasn’t enough as their opponents fired back with 227-7.