Bilton skipper determined to maintain momentum

hsb  Richard Spittlehouse bowling for Bilton against Beckwithshaw.  (120602M5d)
hsb Richard Spittlehouse bowling for Bilton against Beckwithshaw. (120602M5d)
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Bilton captain Chris Peareth is desperate for his side to maintain Saturday’s winning momentum and climb the ladder to Aire Wharfe safety.

The Bilton Laners have struggled for consistency this term and a run of four defeats has left them stranded down at 10th in the top flight standings.

But a seven-wicket victory over Guiseley has given them a lifeline, one that Peareth wants them to build on this Saturday at home to bottom side Adel.

“Obviously we’re close to the bottom and we need to get out and get moving up the table,” he said.

“But I’m not sure what sort of game it’ll be, they’re not doing so well and neither are we, so it could be entertaining but there probably won’t be much quality.

“We’ve really not shown our potential this year.”

Bilton did show it on Saturday against Guiseley, Darren Blenkiron (41no) and Ali Sajad (41) leading them to 94-3 after skittling Guiseley out for 91.

“We deserved it,” said Peareth.

“ Saj batted and bowled really well, Richard Spittlehouse bowled well and Darren Blenkiron also batted well.

“We need more of the same this week - hopefully we can put two or three wins together and it will snowball from there.”

Peareth expects to field a full-strength side for the clash.

Elsewhere, Beckwithshaw welcome Guiseley on Saturday and visit Burley in the Waddilove Cup on Sunday.

Ben Quick’s troops reside fourth in the top flight after losing to Steeton on Saturday.

Istikhar Hussain (5-28) and Stuart Hudson (3-48) dismissed Steeton for 167.

But although Yasar Ali made 45, Beckwithshaw faltered down the order and were all out for 134.

Follifoot beat Kirkstall Educational on Saturday, limiting them to 132-9 before pulling home in comfortable style at 135-2.

Greg Lambert’s troops pay a visit Otley tomorrow before journeying to Harden for a Waddilove Cup encounter on Sunday.