HORSFORTH began their 2018 campaign with a bang as a five-wicket haul from Ryan Sharrocks condemned defending champions Beckwithshaw to an opening-day 123-run defeat.
Hosts Horsforth piled on the runs after ’Shaw won the toss and elected to field with Bailey Worcester’s 74 the highest contribution towards a total of 351-7. Two other batsmen passed the half-century marker with Sajad Ali making 59 and Sharrocks posting 59.
Sharrocks then turned his attentions to skittling Shaw’s batsmen with the Horsforth ace taking 5-52 from 15 overs as the champions were kept to 228-8. Only Ross Sedgley (58) passed a half ton for ’Shaw.
Last year’s runners-up, Otley, are among the early leaders after an eight-wicket success at Ilkley who were skittled for just 123. Otley’s Nathan Goldthorp produced a phenomenal spell of 5-1 from just 4.1 overs, three of which were maidens.
Otley then eased to 124-2 as openers Jonathan Hughes (37) and skipper Ben Morley (67) shared an opening-wicket stand of 105.
Newly-promoted Adel began life in Division One in style with a six-wicket triumph at home to Bilton who were bowled out for 135. Adel then made their way to 137-4 with David Foster top-scoring with 49.
Rawdon recorded an opening-day success against visiting Guiseley who were seen off by 71 runs. Wicketkeeper Harry Nicholson’s knock of 56 helped Rawdon to 214-7 and Marcus Berryman then took 4-24 as Guiseley were dismissed for 143.
Burley-in-Wharfedale won a very low-scoring clash at home to Follifoot who were sent packing at just 69 all out on their return to the top flight.
Joshua Challenger snared 5-29 as only three Follifoot batsmen reached double figures.
Lewis Bolton’s unbeaten 36 eased Burley home at 70-4.
Alongside Otley, Pool were the only other team to win away from home on the opening day through a 38-run verdict at North Leeds. James Rosewarne was the star of the show, smashing 78 as Pool posted a target of 167 which proved too much for North Leeds who were knocked down for 129.
Rosewarne was again a nemesis for North Leeds as he took 7-35 from his 12.2 overs.