Local cricket: Confidence is on the up at Collingham

Greg Anderson in action for Collingham.
Greg Anderson in action for Collingham.
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SKIPPER Sam Anderson admits confidence has increased at bottom of the table Collingham.

The captain says staying up would mean success for the season – a target Anderson feels is highly achievable after Saturday’s boost against Division One’s leaders.

Collingham, who still prop up Division One, inflicted a second successive defeat on Otley on Saturday, who surrendered their long held lead at the top of Division One.

Spin twins Toby Jacklin (4-37) and Steve James (3-46) restricted the deposed leaders to 159 all out before it was left to Tom Deane (32no) to guide Collingham to a three-wicket win, which lifts them off the foot of the table.

Anderson beamed: “We were really pleased to keep them to 159 but batting has been our weakness so we knew we would have to bat well.

“Our two 16-year-olds saw us home by putting on 50 for the seventh wicket against a very good attack.”

Anderson was encouraged by the performance of his younger charges: “We’re fielding six juniors every week, some as young as 15-years-old. I knew they were capable but I think the important thing is the confidence they will gain from those innings.”

On his aims for the season, Anderson said: “I’ll only see it as a success if we stay up, which I’m fairly confident of now.”

With a cup quarter-final looming this weekend against their 2012 final opponents Ben Rhydding, Anderson was excited, adding: “I think to get into the cup final with the team we have would arguably be a bigger achievement than winning the double.

“I’d love to give our young players the chance to play in a game like that.”

Elsewhere in Division One, Burley took advantage of Otley’s slip up with a convincing 71-run win over Ilkley thanks in the main to a stellar innings of 108 from skipper Charlie Davy.

Nick Brook followed up his 34 with figures of 4-27 as Ilkley fell well short of the required 263 runs, leaving Burley one point clear at the top.

Bilton also made up ground on the leaders as they thrashed Pool by 124 runs, Vic Craven leading the way with 66 as Bilton posted 210, Dave Amos (5-66) providing the main threat for Pool.

Only Jacob Rodgers (31) offered any resistance with the bat as Will Liddle (4-14) and Richard Spittlehouse (3-28) blew Pool out for 86.

Kirkstall recovered from being bowled out for 129 to beat Ben Rhydding by 32 runs, having been 97-1, Alex Miller (6-34) was the chief tormentor as Kirkstall lost their last nine wickets for just 32 runs.

However, they responded with the ball as Eugene Burzler (4-28) and Tom Webb (5-35) ran riot to inflict a damaging loss for Ben Rhydding, which sees them slip to the bottom of the table.

Neil Spragg’s 89 wasn’t enough for Steeton (162no) as Guiseley sneaked home by two wickets, Joe Reed (36) top scoring in the chase.

Beckwithshaw continued their recovery with a comfortable seven-wicket win over Rawdon, Conor McInerney (50) provided the sole resistance as Rawdon were bowled out for 132.

’Shaw never looked in any danger during the chase, Alex Lilley (33) top scoring for the reigning champions.

Rob Winter hit 102 for Division Two leaders North Leeds as they beat fellow promotion hopefuls Adel by 48 runs.

Follifoot remain hot on the heels of North Leeds after they cruised past Harden by eight wickets, thanks in the main to 6-40 from Umer Yaqoob.

Colton thrashed Upper Wharfedale by 145 runs thanks to a virtuoso performance from Tom Glover, who followed up his 38 with a magnificent spell of 7-25.

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