Wetherby League: Stockton closes in on batting record

Shadwell opener James Proctor is out lbw, much to the delight of Kirk Deighton fielders Jonty Smith and wicketkeeper Ross Atkinson.
Shadwell opener James Proctor is out lbw, much to the delight of Kirk Deighton fielders Jonty Smith and wicketkeeper Ross Atkinson.
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GARFORTH Parish Church opener Jamie Stockton took his tally to 1,031 league runs this year by hitting 89 in Saturday’s Division One game at Barwick in Elmet.

With seven matches remaining, he is on target to set a new league record for most runs in a season by overhauling Australian John Causon’s 1,277 for Barwick in 1991.

But Stockton’s latest knock wasn’t enough to earn his side victory because Matt Prosser (97) and Nick Swales (54) shared an opening 141-run stand as Barwick won by eight wickets.

Leaders Kirk Deighton were foiled by rain against title rivals Shadwell. Half centuries by Rohan Sivajoti, Jamie Crooks, Matt Wills and Richard Ward steered Deighton to 293-4.

Shadwell were rescued by the weather after Wills (3-16) reduced their reply to 161-6 which included 58 by opener Ed Whittingham.

St Chad’s stepped up their challenge when Matthew Stevens (66), Tim Patterson (42no) and Oliver Tenwick (5-18) led them to an eight-wicket win at Church Fenton that put them only three points behind the leaders in a wide-open championship race.

Damian Aston’s century and Anas Imtiaz’s 66 were in vain for Scarcroft in a high-scoring game against Bilton in Ainsty, for whom Tom Reece struck an unbeaten 121 and Tim Lambert (42no and 5-52) also shone.

Arvindshetty Nijampure (83), Ian Twitchen (71) and brother Andy (62) guided Wetherby to 299-7 against Old Leodiensians who were 97-1 when the match was abandoned because of rain.

Sicklinghall returned to form by beating bottom side Scholes (141-9). Martin Wood (44) and brother Andy (38) sealing the win.

Joe Root attempts to take a catch during a nets session at The Gabba, Brisbane on Tuesday (Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA Wire).

Sledging over now time for battle in Brisbane