Champions Beckwithshaw condemn Follifoot to drop

hsb  Beckwithshaw players with Club Chairman David Wilson and scorer Ben Smith celebrate winning the Aire Wharfe League.  (130831M3)
hsb Beckwithshaw players with Club Chairman David Wilson and scorer Ben Smith celebrate winning the Aire Wharfe League. (130831M3)
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Follifoot were relegated from Aire-Wharfe’s top tier on Saturday after a humiliating defeat at the hands of rivals and champions Beckwithshaw.

Time had been running out on Follifoot’s relegation scrap and they needed to become the first side to defeat ’Shaw this season to have any chance of staying up.

But ‘Shaw demonstrated why they have been the dominant force in Division One this summer as they won by 161 runs.

John Inglis smashed 75 and fellow opener Ross Sedgeley (55) passed his half century as ‘Shaw dominated ’Foot’s attack.

’Foot were unable to field their strongest side, and it showed as Rob Ellis also passed fifty as ’Shaw amassed 253-7.

Ishtikhar Hussain (4-28) and Ollie Hotchkiss (3-10) then did the damage to ’Foot’s order as ’Shaw bowled them out for 92.

The loss left ’Foot on 24 points, 22 adrift of 10th-placed Pool with only two games left.

“It’s obviously disappointing,” said ’Foot captain Dave Wright.

“Consistency of selection has been our main flaw.

“We also let ourselves down early on in the season with the batting.

“It’s a matter of regrouping and keeping hold of the nucleus of the team.

“The club’s aim is to get straight back into the top division.”

Champions ’Shaw sit on 99 points with matches against struggling pair Pool and then Harden to come. Follifoot welcome Guiseley next.

Bilton missed out on a mammoth chase at second-place rivals Otley, falling 19 runs short.

Stewart Smith smashed 120 as Otley posted 267-8.

Chris Peareth (55), Chris Winn (59) and Odge Davey (66) all enjoyed the batting conditions but Bilton were left rooted on 248-7.

Bilton host third-placed Burley on Saturday.

Beckwithshaw continued their summer of success as they clinched the Claro Twenty20 Cup at St George’s Road on Sunday.

Ben Quick’s side saw off Follifoot before beating hosts Harrogate by seven runs in the final.

‘Gate had earlier beaten Knaresborough CC in the morning match to reach the final.

‘Shaw set ‘Gate 126 to win in the final but George Ross’ late dismissal for 26 meant the hosts could only muster 119-8.

‘Shaw also won the U-15’s competition.

“What a weekend for the club to top off another unbelievable year,” said Quick.

“We have created something special at the Shaw which we are looking to build on.”