Preston plan to bow out with a flourish

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GREAT Preston remain on course for a clean sweep of the league’s three major trophies in their final season before they join the Central Yorkshire League.

They have a four-point lead in Division One and have reached the semi-finals of both the Fred Fleetwood Cup and Senior Evening Cup.

Preston host Bilton in Ainsty and Division Two leaders Garforth Parish Church visit Barwick in Elmet in the Fred Fleetwood Cup this Sunday.

Preston visit Barwick and Bilton are home to St Chad’s in the Senior Evening Cup semis on July 29.

All-rounders Ian Newton (66 and 6-5) and Lee Russell (91 and 3-37) shone as Preston retained top spot by trouncing Shadwell by 170 runs.

Wetherby maintained their challenge when Adam Wilkinson (4-41) and Paul Horsey (46) gave them the edge at Bilton in Ainsty but former leaders Kirk Deighton crashed to a second successive defeat against Scarcroft.

Damian Aston (80) and Aaron Shackleford (58) guided Scarcroft to 261-6 and Parth Kulkarni (3-16) and Charles Silverton (3-27) routed Deighton for 94.

All-rounder Matt Prosser hit an unbeaten century and bagged 4-53 as Barwick continued their revival by beating St Chad’s whose 14-run defeat was hard on Oliver Tenwick (5-49) and Howard Johnson (55).

Sicklinghall were the day’s easiest winners when Steve Wood (7-13) and brother Andy (2-15) skittled winless bottom team Walton for 29.

Old Leodiensians slipped to second bottom when they conceded a league double to Old Modernians.

Sam Coutts (5-15) and Scott Harrison (4-31) toppled Leodiensians for 113, replying to Modernians’ 211-8 that featured 88 by Jake McVicar and 53 from Matt Dawson.

Garforth Parish Church and Scholes, last season’s relegated teams, moved closer to a swift return to the top flight by beating Saxton and Thorner Mexborough, respectively.

James Stockton’s unbeaten 82 steered leaders Garforth to victory after Mike Haw (5-39) and Andy Conboy (3-26) bowled out Saxton for 141.

Scholes’ two-wicket victory at Thorner put them 12 points clear of third-placed Whixley, who lost at Crossgates.

Matt Stupples hit 46 and Shirish Vishnumohan finished unbeaten on 44 as Crossgates overhauled Whixley’s 181-7 that included 69 by John Richardson.

Sam Malpass (115) and skipper Kendal Edgeley (7-37) were in top form as Church Fenton climbed to fourth with a 108-run win at South Milford.

Hillam and Monk Fryston narrowly lost a high-scoring game at Kirk Hammerton.

Alex Bramley (145no) led Hammerton to 260-6 and Hillam’s reply fell 24 runs short, despite Luke Frankland’s half century.

East Keswick, who look certain to finish bottom after a 48-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player, won by 143 runs at Ledsham.

Keswick’s Kashef Rehman and Kamar Karim each struck 36 and Imran Aziz snapped up 3-8. Johnny Smales (46) was Ledsham’s top scorer.

Division Three leaders St Chad’s A slipped to their first league defeat when they lost to rivals Headingley-Bramhope.

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