Wetherby League: Leos trio strike back as champions go top

Match action from St Chads v Great Preston.
Match action from St Chads v Great Preston.
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champions Great Preston are the new Division One leaders after Kirk Deighton lost top spot with a surprise defeat at lowly Old Leodiensians.

Danny Harwood (44) and Richard Gandy (27) shared a crucial 64-run stand and Lee Russell hit 64 as Preston recovered from 101-8 to post 176 against Old Modernians, who were sent collapsing from 78-0 to 165 all out by Matt Davie (4-52), Ian Newton (3-42) and Lee Russell (2-27).

Dwayne Heke (64), Ami Mandrekar (45) and Stuart Borrill (4-25) were best for Modernians.

Preston completed a successful weekend by reaching the Fred Fleetwood Cup semi-finals.

Chris Baldwin (38 and 4-34) and Newton (3-18) gave them the edge as they won at St Chad’s for the second time in eight days to book a home tie against Bilton in Ainsty on July 20.

Kirk Deighton’s hopes of being crowned league champions for the first time suffered a setback.

Richard Ward (5-17) bowled out Leodiensians for 131 but they were rescued by Chris Lawry (3-31), Nick Boyes (3-35) and Andrew Stephenson (3-19) who toppled Deighton for 96.

Wetherby and Bilton in Ainsty maintained their challenges in a wide-open championship race.

Richard Grogan (45), Andy Twitchen (40), Syed Ahmed (3-19) and Adam Wilkinson (3-43) were Wetherby’s match-winnners against St Chad’s while all-rounder Tom Reece (50no and 3-25) led Bilton in Ainsty to a six-wicket win at Sicklinghall.

Aaron Shackleford (125) and Ghulam Hussein (68no) guided Scarcroft to 282-6 against strugglers Walton, whose reply fell 60 runs short, despite half-centuries by Javed Ahmed and Qulzam Mahmood.

Walton bowed out of the Fred Fleetwood Cup with a three-wicket defeat against Barwick in Elmet, who also beat Shadwell on Saturday.

Jamie Swales (5-22) and Matthew Prosser (2-4) routed Shadwell for 107 to set up an eight-wicket victory.

Division Two leaders Garforth Parish Church visit Barwick in the Fred Fleetwood Cup semi-finals after Hayden Mortimer (3-19), Darren Childe (2-8), Andy Conboy (2-11) and Jamie Stockton (32no) led them to an eight-wicket win against Hillam.

Garforth were cursing their luck the previous day when they foiled by rain after racing to 302-5 in a league game at Hillam.

Paul Scott (99no) and Stockton (68) top-scored for Garforth, who reduced Hillam’s reply to 78-4 before the weather intervened.

Second-placed Scholes cut Garforth’s lead to two points by crushing Crossgates.

Danusha Ranasinghe (75) and James Biscombe (65) put on 109 runs as Scholes posted 185 and Steve Cohen snapped up 4-21 as nine-man Crossgates fell for 60.

Openers Stuart Morley (67) and Peter Battye (59) put on 139 in South Milford’s highest total of the season of 249-9 at Whixley.

Pat Greenwood (88) and Jack Whitham (72) also shared a 139-run partnership to put Whixley within sight of the target but they fell narrowly short on 231-9.

Ledsham’s Andy Baron fell just one run short a century at Church Fenton.

Baron was caught on the boundary by Garry Rucklidge on 99 as Ledsham reached 199-2 from 39 overs before the match was abandoned because of rain.

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