PICTURES: Follifoot hold Collingham as Beckwithshaw march on

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Beckwithshaw continued their march at the top of the table as they gained maximum points from their derby clash against Bilton.

Ben Quick’s extended their grip on the Aire Wharfe Divison One table to nine points as they chased down a 150 target with five wickets remaining.

25/5/13   The umpire calls no-ball as Akash Fotedar of  Follifoot  bowls another speedy delivery..

25/5/13 The umpire calls no-ball as Akash Fotedar of Follifoot bowls another speedy delivery..

The defeat left Bilton in seventh place, six points away from third but six points above relegation.

Visiting Bilton captain Chris Peareth chose to bat but his side started slowly. Alex Lilley (2-33) and Ishi Hussain (0-13) bowled economically before number three Peareth and blistered the ball to all quarters of the ground with 49 off 43 balls.

Off-spinner Rob Ellis claimed 4-42 as ‘Shaw restricted the run-scoring as Bilton posted a modest 149-8.

Opener John Inglis (62) made an impressive start for Beckwithshaw as he reached his half century before overseas Mitch Farag (25) and captain Quick saw them home.

Chris Dawson’s 3-26 dented the scorecard but his spell contained two wides and six no-balls.

Quick said: “It was another excellent victory against a team that is more than capable of beating any side in our league.

“It’s great to have opened up a nine point lead however the challenge now is to increase it.”

Quick’s side host Guiseley on Saturday and the skipper said they were a side capable of punching above their weight.

He added: “They will not be taken lightly. With an inform Australian and the ultra competitive Dave Pennant we know we need to be on our A game.”

Bilton will look to bounce back when they host fifth-placed Steeton next.

Eleventh-placed Follifoot held firm against reigning champions Collingham to grab two-points.

Collingham struck 226-5 from their 50 overs with Alex Fox the only bowler impressing with four for 48 from 15.

Captain Dave Wright suffered a back injury and overseas Akash Fotedar had to be hauled off after receiving three warnings for running on the wicket.

Collingham made early inroads into ‘Foot’s batting card but Nick Robinson’s 45 and Jonathan Ross’ stoic 53 rescued the day as their side ended on 175-7

Wright said: “It’s pleasing to see we had a bit of battle which we have been lacking.

“The last two weeks have been promising. We have dug in with the bat and picked up four points.”

‘Foot travel to ninth-placed Ben Rhydding on Saturday and Wright reckons it could be a crunch clash.

Wright added: “A couple of good results against them and Kirkstall would put us back up there. They are two big games.”

In Division Two, Knaresborough CC continued their imperious early season form as they squeezed past promotion rivals Adel by one wicket.

‘Boro looked well on course to better Adel’s 148-7 target when opener Paul Startin struck a flamboyant 47.

But opposition bowler Mark Shires ripped through the order taking 9-43 to set up a tense finish.

And number nine Sam Ryan (8no) held his nerve to extend his side’s table topping lead to eight points.