Airedale & Wharfedale League: Sedgley century fires Beckwithshaw to victory

Ross Sedgley hit a huge ton as Beckwithshaw recorded a convincing victory over Ilkley
Ross Sedgley hit a huge ton as Beckwithshaw recorded a convincing victory over Ilkley

A stunning century from Ross Sedgley saw Airedale & Wharfedale League Division One leaders Beckwithshaw record a fourth straight victory when they beat Ilkley by 98 runs.

The wicketkeeper-batsman finished unbeaten on 149 after plundering 20 fours and three sixes as Alex Lilley’s troops racked up 327/6.

George Myers weighed in with 65 and Eugene Burzler made 53 on an afternoon where the Ilkley attack was dispatched to all parts of the ground.

Visiting skipper William Spivey (107) produced a captain’s knock, but his efforts proved to be in vain as his side could only make it to 229/9.

Stuart Hudson was the pick of the Beckwithshaw bowlers with figures of 3-40.

Bilton also extended their 100 per cent start to the campaign after getting the better of Rawdon in a fairly even affair at Larkfield Road.

Ryan Bradshaw led the way with 60 in the hosts’ 184/9, Mustahsan Ali Shah the next top scorer with 31.

Rawdon were always in the game and several of their batsmen made starts, but Bilton managed to take wickets at regular intervals and eventually dismissed their opponents for 163.

Shah bowled excellently to record figures of 4-52 and Kiel Van Vollenhoven helped himself to 3-37.

Collingham & Linton’s disappointing 2017 continued when they were beaten for the fourth game in succession.

Toby Jacklin was in form once again for the division’s bottom side, taking 4-50, while Chris Bridge also grabbed three wickets in Colton Institute’s 227/9.

A good knock of 65 from Jacklin and 58 from Andrew Guest put Collingham in a decent position in reply, but a lower order collapse saw them dismissed 29 runs short of their victory target in the 46th over.

In Division Two, Alex Fox and Yasar Ali starred with both bat and ball as third-placed Follifoot claimed a seven-wicket win over Thackley.

Changing a total of 185/7 for victory, Fox hit 71 not out and Ali 60 not out to help their side to 191/3 in 35 overs.

Earlier, Fox had taken 3-74 and Ali 2-31 as Thackley failed to put sufficient runs on the board.

Bardsey were well-beaten on the road at Harden in Division Three, going down by 141 runs.

The hosts posted 273/8, and Bardsey could only make 132 all out in reply.