Wetherby League: Wetherby go top but then bow out of cup

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WETHERBY snatched top spot in Division One on Saturday but they bowed out of the Fred Fleetwood Cup the next day.

Australian Jacob Brewer hit 94 and Ian Twitchen claimed 4-23 as Wetherby stepped up their bid to lift the league championship for the second time in three seasons by beating strugglers Walton.

But Fleetwood Cup holders Wetherby came crashing down to earth with Sunday’s first round defeat against Division Two side Garforth Parish Church.

Brewer (78) again top-scored for Wetherby but Parish Church had the match-winners in Steve Bedford (63no) and James Baldwin (43no) who shared an unbroken 88-run stand.

There were no other upsets as Great Preston, Bilton in Ainsty, Old Modernians, South Milford, Walton, Church Fenton, Hillam and Barwick in Elmet reached the second round.

Openers Peter Batty (157no) and Stuart Morley (90) put on 223 and Sam Thomas chipped in with an unbeaten 64 as South Milford piled up 354-1 against eight-man Green Hammerton who were routed for 81.

Simon Wilman (116no) and Stephen Wragg (80) steered Church Fenton to 265-5 against Sherburn Eversley who were bowled out for 178 by Thomas Dean (4-10), Rob Love (2-44) and Danny Langdon (2-33).

Kirk Deighton lost top place in Division One with their first defeat this season against St Chad’s on Saturday.

Mark Harland grabbed a hat-trick in a return of 5-12 as St Chad’s were bowled out for 99 but Deighton’s reply fell narrowly short when Sultan Mehmood (5-29) toppled them for 92.

Champions Great Preston, Bilton in Ainsty, Barwick in Elmet and Shadwell maintained their challenges.

Jim Bickerdike’s 57 gave Great Preston the edge at Scarcroft and all-rounder Graham Hutchison (54no and 3-15) and Tom Reece (4-16) led Bilton to victory against Old Leodiensians.

Brad Taylor (113no) hit the top-flight’s highest individual score on Saturday as Shadwell beat Old Modernians by 66 runs.

Taylor’s fellow Aussie Jake McVicar (62) led Modernians’ scoring. McVicar struck another half century the next day to steer Modernians to victory against Headingley-Bramhope in the Fred Fleetwood Cup.

Promoted Sicklinghall are still without a league win after narrowly losing to Barwick in Elmet, for whom Jamie Swales snapped up 4-25 and his brother Nick hit 33.

Garforth Parish Church, Scholes and Saxton are level on points at the top of Division Two, with Whixley just one point adrift in fourth spot. Jamie Stockton (82) and Mike Haw (4-50) led Parish Church to victory against South Milford whose defeat was tough on Rob Peregrine (72no).

Mike Ford (52 and 5-28) and skipper James Biscombe (53) steered Scholes to a 47-run win against Church Fenton and Matt Ball hammered 93 as Saxton beat East Keswick by 27 runs. Imran Aziz (95) and Kashif Rehman (5-51) were Keswick’s best performers.

Crossgates lost by one wicket to Hillam and Monk Fryston despite all-rounder Shirish Vishnumohan’s half-century and 5-24.

Promoted Ledsham inflicted Kirk Hammerton’s first defeat on Saturday after routing them for 100 but Ledsham went out of the Fred Fleetwood Cup at Bilton in Ainsty the next day.

Rob Hildreth (35) and Thomas Reece (32no) guided Bilton to a seven-wicket win after Tom Lawrenson (4-17) and Chris Fairhurst (2-23) restricted Ledsham to 102.

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