Loss topples Boro’ from top

22nd June 2013. Aire Wharfe League. Knaresborough v North Leeds. Knaresborough's Mike Baxandall bowls to North Leeds batsman Martin Kellaway.

22nd June 2013. Aire Wharfe League. Knaresborough v North Leeds. Knaresborough's Mike Baxandall bowls to North Leeds batsman Martin Kellaway.

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Knaresborough Cricket Club have dropped off the top of Aire Wharfe Division Two for the first time since May.

Boro’ crashed to a five-wicket defeat at fellow high-fliers Tong Park Esholt on Saturday and were overtaken by Rawdon at the summit when they edged Colton.

Opener James Tattersall stroked a magnificent century to continue his strong form with the bat as Knaresborough recovered from 56-3 to reach 205 before being dismissed.

Jon Corcoran added 37 as he shared an 80 partnership with Tattersall but the side felt they lacked 30 to 40 runs.

And so it proved, as Tong bettered the score with less than three overs to spare thanks to below-par Boro’ bowling.

Corcoran said: “James completed a very good hundred which gave us a chance.

“But everyone bowled too many four balls. Only Mike Baxandall kept it tight. He was the best bowler by a mile.

“He put the young bowlers to shame. They couldn’t live up to it.

“Everybody was very down. We know we can play a lot better than that. We have to regroup very quickly.”

Having dropped off the pinnacle of the table, Corcoran admitted it has given the players a reminder that they can’t rest on their laurels.

“We have been in the lead since the third week. It hurts to be in second,” he said.

“Hopefully it is a reality check and a kick up the backside. We have to get back on the bike.”

Stu Carey’s side host relegation threatened Bardsey this weekend and stalwart Corcoran called for a ruthless display.

Boro’ thrashed Bardsey when they visited Keswick Lane on the second day of the season when overseas star Josh Sundberg hit 68 not out to win the game by six wickets.

Richard Geary and 18-year-old bowler Cameron Pitt should return for Saturday’s clash and Corcoran said the latter’s bowling was missed against Tong.

“He’s a very promising youngster. He’s bowled very well with little luck this year,” Corcoran added.

“The Bardsey match is a good opportunity to pick up six points. They are playing with a lot less confidence than us at the moment.

“We have to go back to basics and do what we do well, bat a long time and bowl in the right areas.

“We are on our home ground which is bigger and we are used to playing on it.”