Wetherby League: Twitchen in top form

Ian Twitchen
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ALL-rounder Ian Twitchen (pictured) was outstanding as Division One title-chasers Wetherby beat lowly Scarcroft.

Twitchen’s unbeaten century guided Wetherby to a seven-wicket win after he claimed 4-30 to restrict Scarcroft to 161-9 which featured an undefeated 83 by Damian Aston.

Wetherby are level on points at the top with Kirk Deighton, who were indebted to Mark Harland (5-25), Aidan Marshall (3-17) and Jonathan Watkins (30) for a two-wicket victory over Old Modernians.

Jake McVicar (31), Stuart Borrill (3-26), Lewis Gomersall (3-55) and Scott Harrison (2-22) were best for Modernians.

Defending champions Great Preston and St Chad’s maintained their challenges in a wide open title race.

Great Preston crushed Bilton in Ainsty who were routed for 57 by Mark Mosby (7-32). Atiq Khan (4-14) and Fahim Khan (3-15) skittled strugglers Sicklinghall for 54, replying to the St Chad’s total of 141-8 that included 60 by Mark Bailey and 41 from Howard Johnson.

Division Two leaders Garforth PC are aiming for a swift return to the top-flight after relegation last season. Andy Barnett (45), Paul Scott (41) and Darren Childe (3-27) led them to a four-wicket success against Kirk Hammerton whose defeat was hard on Liam Fisher (41 and 3-52) and Tom Main (42).

Garforth are two points clear of Whixley who beat Saxton by five wickets thanks to John Richardson (65no) and Stewart Whitham (48). Dan Hewer (51no) led Saxton’s scoring.

Scholes and Hillam suffered setbacks to their promotion bids. Hillam lost by 61 runs to Church Fenton, for whom Steve Harrison struck 60 and Rob Love and Kendall Edgeley claimed four wickets.

Rob Peregrine (5-27) was South Milford’s match-winner as they beat Scholes by three wickets.

David Willey is hoping to be given the chance to shine in four-day cricket for Yorkshire this season (Picture: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com).

David Willey hoping he can benefit from Ryan Sidebottom’s departure from Yorkshire