It’s onwards and upwards claim Ilkley after first win

Jamie Pickering
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Ilkley secured their first Aire-Wharfe League win of the season with a surprise six-wicket victory over mid-table Rawdon.

Alex Bailey’s unbeaten 60 allowed his side to pick up that first win of the campaign.

Rawdon batted first but could only manage 132-9 off 28 overs, after pace bowler Dave Pennett took four wickets in the rain-hit encounter.

Along with Bailey’s half-century, Ilkley captain Nick Cockcroft added 32 as they won on 137-4.

Cockcroft was delighted to pick up their first triumph, saying: “We desperately needed it, so it was great to win.

“It’s very important because we’ve gone 15 games without a victory so it will, hopefully, give the players more confidence as we go into the remaining games.

“Rawdon have a very good battling line up so we was really pleased that we were able to limit them to just 132 runs.

“It is very tight at the bottom with three clubs fighting to stay up. Hopefully, this win set us up on a good run now. Next week we face Steeton, who again are a good side, but we beat them in the cup earlier this year so we will be looking to repeat that.”

Guiseley got their season back on track with a 15-run success over fellow strugglers Steeton.

Impressive innings from Damon Reeve (70) and Joe Inglis (50) saw the hosts get off to a great start and they reached 148-3 in 23 overs. Steeton, who dropped down a place following this defeat, started well with Andrew Foulds hitting a half-century before they were pegged at 133-8.

Eighth-placed North Leeds closed the gap on closest rivals Collingham after their comprehensive eight-wicket triumph.

A poor innings from Collingham saw only Stephen James (22) reach the 20-run mark as the visitors were all out for 104. Alex Boyle (3-11) and Taran Chana (3-27) combined for Leeds.

Rob Winter (39) and Harry Kellaway (36) put Leeds in a great position andthey cruised home at 105-2.

Otley stretched their lead at the top through bonus points after they drew at home with rivals Kirkstall.

Jamie Pickering’s stunning unbeaten 129 off just 96 balls contained seven sixes and they reached 225-3.

Kirkstall, who remain third, got off to a poor start with openers Andrew Siddall and Matthew Webb both bowled without a run on the board. However the match was rained off with Kirkstall on 89-5 after 14 overs.

Beckwithshaw had to settle for a draw against Burley due to bad weather which means that they now slip further behind Otley.

Follifoot pulled off a surprise win over fourth-placed Bilton.