Horsforth have sights on back-to-back promotions

Leon Harber hits four runs for Horsforth against Knaresborough in their Aire Wharfe fixture.
Leon Harber hits four runs for Horsforth against Knaresborough in their Aire Wharfe fixture.
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HORSFORTH have signalled their intent to win back-to-back promotions with Saturday’s 89-run hammering of Knaresborough moving them seven points clear at the top of Division Two.

Horsforth were promoted as champions of Division Three last term and now lead the tier above following four wins out of six and one abandonment.

Five wickets from Jake Zslinszky and an unbeaten stand between Charlie Bell (64no) and Sam Wilson (37no) gave sixth-placed Pool victory over previous leaders Green Lane.

Green Lane lost for only the second time this season as Pool’s 141-4 out-mastered Green Lane’s 136 all out.

And Horsforth assumed leadership with an 89-run win over Knaresborough masterminded by Leon Harber (57), Gareth Lee (44) and Ryan Sharrocks (67).

Skipton are up to second following Saturday’s five-wicket success against Ben Rhydding

Rhydding were dismissed for 126 all out as Iqbal Khan and Richard Nichols took three wickets each and Khan’s unbeaten 42 then helped Skipton past the post at 132-5.

They were set nicely on their way by opener Richard Nicholas who made an unbeaten 55.

Colton are third after Saturday’s two-wicket verdict against Adel.

Opener Andy Laws made 54 to get Adel off to a decent start but a four-wicket haul from D Wright (4-23) helped dismiss the hosts for 176.

T Carmody and Nigel Danby were the top scorers in the Colton response as they made 53 and 39 respectively to see their men over the line at 180-8.

Former leaders Green Lane now sit fourth with Illingworth down to fifth after a 29-run reverse against Harden.

Stephen Cook took 5-33 to help skittle Harden for 162 as Greg Newark offered the most resistance by making 42.

But Illingworth were dismissed for 133 in reply as Harden’s Paul Quinlan and Mike O’Flaherty took three wickets each.

Tong Park Esholt recorded a four-wicket win in a low scoring game against Thackley who were dismissed for 83.

New Rover lead the way in Division Three after eclipsing Bardsey with four wickets to spare. Former leaders Alwoodley now sit second bottom after a big points deduction and Saturday’s three-wicket loss to Old Modernians who are now third. Alwoodley have been deducted 39 points for fielding an ineligible player.

Addingham occupy the division’s second promotion spot after slipping to a seven wicket loss against Upper Wharfedale.