Wetherby League: Stockton’s new century blast for the Church men

Headingley Bramhope bowler 'Tom Lawson.
Headingley Bramhope bowler 'Tom Lawson.
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PROMOTED Garforth Parish Church have quickly found their feet on their return to the top flight.

Jamie Stockton smashed a second successive century as they followed a seven-wicket victory at champions Wetherby by winning a high-scoring game against Sicklinghall.

Openers Stockton (121) and James Allinson (100) put on 197 as Parish piled up 298-4 but they were denied maxiumum points by Andy Wood, who hammered 146 as Sicklinghall replied with 276-6.

Kirk Deighton, aiming to lift the Division One title for the first time, have a five-point lead after beating Bilton in Ainsty by 34 runs.

Captain Richard Ward (60no) and Gavin Mills (60) guided Deighton to 201 and Reuben Smith (4-38), Jonathan Smith (3-27) and Jonathan Watkins (3-41) toppled Bilton for 167.

Ian Hutchison (4-43) and Peter Hughes (38) were Bilton’s best performers.

Barwick in Elmet revived their challenge when Matt Prosser (66no and 3-18) steered them to an eight-wicket victory at Shadwell.

Andy Twitchen’s 42 was in vain for Wetherby who slipped to second bottom after being routed for 106 by St Chad’s bowlers Sultan Mehmood (4-32) and Ben Lapworth (3-23).

Rahul Sidhartha finished unbeaten on 49 as St Chad’s coasted to an eight-wicket win.

Last season’s Division Two champions Scholes suffered a sixth straight defeat against fellow strugglers Old Leodiensians.

James Sykes (5-12) and Matthew Armstrong-Hollingsworth (3-23) dismissed Scholes for 91 and opener Stuart Cobbett hit 46 as Leodiensians scraped home, despite James Biscombe’s 5-30.

Australian all-rounder Ben Doyle (30no and 3-31) and spinner Suresh Ramachandran (3-18) led Scarcroft to their first league win of the campaign against Church Fenton.

Hillam and Monk Fryston’s lead in Division Two was cut to one point with their first defeat this year.

Jonny Smales (86) took his tally to 438 runs in five matches as Ledsham overhauled Hillam’s 176 that included 45 by Martin Pugh.

Ben White (94no) and Sean Nesbitt (4-29) shone in South Milford’s win at Rufforth that lifted them to second place.

Bilal Shahid (51 and 4-29) and Wahab Hussain (4-30) were East Keswick’s match-winners against Long Marston as they recorded a fourth straight win.

Headingley Bramhope’s hopes were jolted when they fell for 78 in reply to Crossgates’ 101.

Anjum Bilal Sabir (71 and 4-38) and Muhammed Ali (43 and 3-20) led Thorner Mexborough home against St Chad’s A.

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