Knaresborough CC’s hopes of ending a 13-year wait for top tier cricket fell at the final hurdle as Ilkley crushed them to earn promotion instead.
Ilkley exploited the better bowling conditions at Aspin Lane and blitzed through all 10 ‘Boro wickets for just 86.
Openers Andy Bailey (41no) and Jonathan Hughes (43no) then coasted to victory and the Aire-Wharfe Division One title.
“It was a shame. We let ourselves down,” said ‘Boro stalwart Jon Corcoran
“We were beaten by a better side. But we can still take positives out of the season we’ve had.”