Aire-Wharfe League: Walton and Gledhill set up celebrations for Steeton

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Steeton capped a fine few weeks of cricket with their first league victory in five games to push away from the relegation zone.

The second team had been the first to celebrate as they beat Guiseley by seven wickets to claim the Birtwhistle Cup for the first time in their history.

The first team then beat Follifoot in the league on Saturday, which gave them some breathing space at the bottom end of the table.

The Birtwhistle Cup final took place at Horsforth and saw a great game of cricket.

Guiseley batted first and made 198-9 in 45 overs with everyone contributing as Joe Reed top scored with 45.

Steeton’s reply began steadily and then captain Craig Walton (65no) was joined at the crease by Oliver Gledhill (66no) and they took them to 199-3 to win by seven wickets.

Steeton Division A victory came against bottom of the table Follifoot.

Nigel Best took seven wickets as the hosts skittled their opponents for 156 with Nick Robinson (63) top-scoring. Best then struck an unbeaten 29 to see Steeton home at 157-7, despite the best efforts of Damien Lawrence (4-50).

Captain Stephen Pearson spoke of his delight at the past few weeks: “Winning the cup was a great achievement for the club and has capped a good season for us.

“We started the season with a couple of new players which took a bit of time for the team to gel but we are pleased with how we have performed this season.

“Despite being near the bottom we seem to be safe. The last couple of weeks have been great, especially for me as my daughter was born recently and I’m hoping she will be one to watch in the future!”

Steeton next face Beckwithshaw, who are still fighting it out at the top of the table.

Their fixture against Rawdon was abandoned on Saturday mid-way through Beckwithshaw’s innings as they looked to be on course for a possible victory, reaching 134-3 in reply to 186-8.

Their title rivals, Otley, also saw their game abandoned due to the bad weather, which means there is just 12 points separating the two sides going into the final three games of the campaign.

North Leeds secured back-to-back victories as they pulled off a surprise win over high-flying Kirkstall.

Just one Kirkstall batsman made double figures as they were skittled for 85, allowing Leeds to cruise to victory at 88-2 with Farhan Khan hitting 36 runs. Despite the defeat, Kirkstall remain in third, whilst North Leeds sit in eighth.

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