Knaresborough eye return to top tier after 13 year absence

hsb    Cameron Pitt batting for Knaresborough against Bardsey.  (120602M3a)

hsb Cameron Pitt batting for Knaresborough against Bardsey. (120602M3a)

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Knaresborough CC face a must-win promotion decider on Saturday at home to Ilkley if they want to return to Aire-Wharfe Division One after a 13-year absence.

’Boro’ sit third in Division Two heading into the season climax knowing a win against league leaders Ilkley would ensure promotion.

With Rawdon playing relegation-threatened Bolton Villas, it looks likely Saturday’s showdown at Aspin Lane will be winner takes all.

And club stalwart Jon Corcoran reckons home advantage could be the difference.

“We have waited 21 games for this week,” he said.

“On the course of the club’s development, it is time to get promotion.

“It’s all to play. We just have to go out there, back our bowling attack and win the game.”

’Boro’ chased down North Leeds’ 206-9 on Saturday with four wickets spare.

James Tattersall hit 30 to set ’Boro’ on their way but wickets tumbled and they slipped to a precarious position at 64-4.

However, Tom Beasley (42) Graham Dodds (36no) and Adam Pryor (27no) fought to secure victory.

“It was a good, necessary win,” added Corcoran.

“It gives us good confidence going into this Saturday’s game.”

In Division One, Bilton moved closer to a second place finish as they overwhelmed high-flying rivals Burley by 51 runs.

Ryan Nicholson (51) and Chris Winn (66) helped Bilton to 206 all out.

Sajad Ali then took 5-54 to skittle Burley out for 155.

Already relegated Follifoot took some solace from their two-wicket win over Guiseley.

Alex Fox took 3-50 to restrict Guiseley to 157-7 before Nick Robinson 49 and captain Dave Wright (33no) steered ’Foot to the score.

’Foot host Burley and Bilton visit last year’s champions Collingham on Saturday.