Wetherby Cricket League: Relegated duo stay on course for quick return

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GARFORTH Parish Church and Scholes are aiming for a swift return to the top-flight after relegation last season.

Garforth retained top spot in Division Two by beating Thorner Mexborough for the second time in six days and Scholes climbed to third place with a 37-run win against Kirk Hammerton.

Darren Childe claimed 6-21 and Jamie Stockton struck an unbeaten 56 as Garforth repeated their Fred Fleetwood Cup second round victory against Thorner.

A century stand between Alex Bramley (68) and Liam Fisher (57) was in vain for Kirk Hammerton who fell for 162, replying to Scholes’ 199-8 that featured a 98-run partnership between skippper James Biscombe (73no) and Jon Collier (57).

East Keswick and Saxton maintained their challenges.

Keswick, who are bidding to win promotion for a second successive season, are in second place after beating Whixley.

Bilal Shahid (37no) and Abbar Hussain (25no) guided Keswick to victory after Imran Aziz (5-25) and Wahid Khan (4-40) routed Whixley for 102. All-rounder Pat Greenwood (40 and 4-43) was Whixley’s best player.

Dan Hewer (4-20) and Matt Ball (32no) led Saxton to a nine-wicket win against Ledsham.

Martin Pugh (76), Matt McCrystal (51) and Luke Frankland (42) steered Hillam and Monk Fryston to Division Two’s highest total of the day of 254 against neighbours South Milford.

Milford’s reply fell 57 runs short, despite half centuries by Steve Winspear and Alex Ward.

Shrish Vishnumohan bagged 4-10 and Daniel Horry 3-6 as Crossgates achieved their first league win of the campaign by beating Church Fenton by 25 runs.

The Division One title race remains wide open with just six points separating the top five teams. A century by Aussie Jacob Brewer was in vain for Wetherby in a top-of-the-table clash at Great Preston.

Skipper James Marston (73no), Jim Bickerdike (34) and Richard Young (32) led the way as Preston overhauled Wetherby’s 202-9 with seven balls to spare.

Preston are one point behind leaders Kirk Deighton who were indebted to Richard Ward (69no) and Adam Marshall (55) for a four-wicket victory at winless bottom team Walton, for whom Mansoor Hussain top-scored with 81.

St Chad’s climbed to third by crushing strugglers Old Leodiensians who were routed for 90 by Atiq Khan (5-31) and Fahim Khan (4-26).

Miles Lloyd (63no), Tom Reece (4-12) and Graham Hutchison (3-29) were Bilton in Ainsty’s match-winners against Barwick in Elmet.

Scarcroft and Sicklinghall eased their relegation worries.

Aaron Shackleford grabbed a hat-trick in a return of 4-30 and skipper Richard Stephens hit 32 in Scarcroft’s first league win since April as they beat Shadwell by five wickets.

Openers Imran Ali (85) and Martin Wood (50) shared a 137-run stand in Sicklinghall’s victory against Old Modernians. All-rounder Wood also snapped up 4-36 and Jamie Crooks 3-36.

Stuart Borrill (42 and 4-39) was Modernians’ top scorer and best bowler.

Division Three’s top four teams - St Chad’s A, Headingley-Bramhope, Long Marston and Rufforth – all won on Saturday.

Umar Ishaq (5-5) toppled Sherburn Eversley for 77 after Jordan Wagner (61) and Oliver Tenwick (45no) had steered leaders St Chad’s to 215-8.

Sandeet Dutta (33), Stephen Gilks (3-22) and Abid Hussain (3-23) shone for second-placed Headingley-Bramhope as they defeated Great Preston 67 runs.

Mike Evans (3-5), Connor Sanderson (2-4), Danny Gunnell (2-5) and Edward White (2-16) were the architects of Rufforth’s six-wicket success at Amaranth.

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