OLIVER HOTCHKISS shone with bat and ball as faltering champions Beckwithshaw finally bagged their second win of the season with Saturday’s three-wicket victory at home to high-flying visitors Follifott.
After winning the toss and electing to field, bottom-of-the-table Beckwithshaw kept their visitors to 212-7 with Hotchkiss taking 3-76.
Hotchkiss eventually removed Follifoot captain Alex Fox, who top scored with 45, supporting the earlier efforts of Cameron Martin with 35. ’Shaw then looked in big trouble at 19-3 in pursuit of their target as Dax Guy, Joseph Holderness and Oliver Hebblethwaite were dismissed for single figures but Hotchkiss (50) and captain Ross Sedgley (87no) put on a fourth-wicket stand of 91 to send the champions on their way.
A late 26 from Chris Wademan eventually took Beckwithshaw to a winning 213-7, putting them one point behind second-bottom Guiseley and seven adrift of third-bottom Adel.
Guiseley fell to a 29-run loss at North Leeds who continue to climb and are now up to third and 21 points off top after Otley and Burley both lost.
After electing to bat, openers Callum Carson (31) and skipper Andrew Carson (21) took North Leeds to 60 without loss but the Guiseley bowling efforts, led by Henrych Nel (3-44), saw the hosts collapse to 130-8. But an excellent unbeaten 51 from Nick Summerscales dragged North Leeds to 178 all out and Guiseley were then dismissed for 149 in reply.
Farhan Khan (3-44) proved the leading North Leeds wicket-taker with Guiseley falling short despite the efforts of Nel (52) and Michael Truswell (32).
Third-bottom Adel fell to a 56-run defeat at Ilkley who are up to eighth.
Adel put Ilkley in to bat and dismissed the visitors for 144 as David Foster took 4-32 with Griffin Lea snaring 3-38.
But captain William Spivey (37) and Nick Cockroft (39) led the fight for Ilkley whose Dave Pennett then took a fine 5-28 as Adel were sent packing for just 88 all out with Henry Wilson also taking 3-18.
Leaders Otley lost for only the second time this season through a two-wicket reverse at Pool who sit seventh.
Otley chose to bat first but limped to 138 all out with David Amos (4-58) and James Rosewarne (3-27) doing the damage as Otley’s Stephen Brown and Jamie Pickering joint top scored with 28.
Opener Rosewarne then led from the front for Pool as his unbeaten 51 guided the hosts to a winning 142-8 despite the efforts of Stephen Brown (3-18).
Second-placed Burley-in-Wharfedale failed to take advantage as they fell to a seven-wicket defeat in a high-scoring game at home to Rawdon who are fifth after the superb efforts of centurion Marcus Berryman with the highest score of the day. Burley looked booked for victory after electing to bat and powering their way to 279-9 with Nicholas Brook (48), skipper Jason Wright (41), Nicky Bullock (47) and Redmond Bolton (42) all weighing in despite a 3-61 from Berryman.
But Rawdon responded in style as Henry Scanlan (32) and George Myers (44) shared an opening stand of 61 before captain Andrew Duckworth (68no) and Berryman (125no) produced a majestic fourth-wicket stand of 195 to take their side past the winning post at 283-3. Sam Fox (3-3) took wickets in vain for Burley.
Horsforth dropped to sixth after a one-wicket loss at home to fourth-bottom Bilton, who kicked ten points clear of the dropzone.
Bailey Worcester (43) led the way as Horsforth made 169 after choosing to bat with Amir Hussain taking 3-49.
Horsforth’s Andrew Robinson then took 5-40 but Bilton still reached their target at 170-9 thanks largely to a late knock of 42 from Hussain.
Wetherby League Division One Garforth Parish Church kept up their superb form with another win to stay seven points clear at the top of the table, writes FINLEY COWPERTHWAITE.
James Stockton (87) helped Garforth (210-8) beat mid-table side South Milford (187 all out) to maintain their lead at the top and keep their unbeaten season going.
Second-placed Barwick (94-4) got back to winning ways and kept up the pressure on the leaders with a home win over Church Fenton (92), keeping the gap between them and Garforth at seven points.
Elsewhere Sicklinghall (107-6) piled the misery on rock-bottom Ledsham (104) with an away win thanks to some strong running from Ben Williams (29) to stay third behind Barwick, with just one point separating the two. Kippax Welfare (111-4), meanwhile, picked up a win over Scholes (107), allowing them to climb to fourth in the table, with Munawar Chariwala (33) impressing for the home side.
Thorner Mexborough’s (163-9) recent run of poor form continued as they fell to defeat at home to relegation rivals Rufforth (164-4) thanks to some fine running from the away side’s Richard Exley (41).
Defeat now means Thorner Mexborough’s relegation worries are ever-increasing as they look to avoid the drop into the Second Division.