’Shaw widen gap but Boro’ stunned

hsb  Sam Sam Whitham bowling for Knaresborough against Bardsey.  (130713M2b)

hsb Sam Sam Whitham bowling for Knaresborough against Bardsey. (130713M2b)

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Beckwithshaw extended their lead at the top of Aire Wharfe Division One to 19 points as they swept Otley aside by six wickets on Saturday.

Hosts Otley fell to 8907 after choosing to bat first before captain Matthew O’Grady delivered a half century to crawl his side to 164.

Ian Hussain took 4-45 and Yasar Ali an economical 1-14 as ‘Shaw produced another accomplished performance in the field.

The league leaders were never troubled in their run chase despite overseas star Mitch Farag falling for a duck at number three.

John Inglis struck 41 before Ali struck 67 not out to win the game.

The two sides will square up again this weekend at Killinghall Road in the Waddilove Cup semi-final. The runaway leaders also host last year’s double winners Collingham (eighth) in the league on Saturday.

Bilton continued their mid-season renaissance as they crushed fourth-placed Ben Rhydding by six wickets.

Richard Spittlehouse destroyed Rhydding’s top order with a fiery 10 overs for 3-38. Will Liddle, Ryan Heptinstall and Sajad Ali all also took two scalps as Rhydding were dismissed for 165.

Chris Winn then maintained his fine form with 52 as Bilton made light work of the chase. Ryan Nicholson (31) and Odge Davey (30no) also made contributions.

Chris Peareth’s side travel to Pool on Saturday.

Follifoot will be looking to cast aside their worrying league form on Sunday as they battle second-placed Burley for a place in the Waddilove Cup final.

’Foot’s position at the foot of the table deepened on Saturday when they lost to fellow strugglers Pool by 76 runs.

Captain Dave Wright took 4-46 but his inspired spell was in vein as Pool powered to 233-7 from 50 overs.

Follifoot’s chase got off to a nightmare start when Jim Pickles departed for a duck, before wicketkeeper James Ford shortly followed for four.Nick Robinson (22) and Paul Angove (43) steadied the ship before Wright stroked 39.

But Wright’s run out left ’Foot in a perilous position and the tail were cleaned up with the score sat at 157.

’Foot face a must win match on Saturday when they welcome second-bottom Harden.

In Division Two, Knaresborough collapsed to a surprise 55-run defeat at relegation-threatened Bardsey as their promotion hopes took a dent.

Youngster Sam Whitham claimed four wickets as rampant Knaresborough bowlers enjoyed their home strip to bowl Bardsey out for 151.

Captain Stu Carey (31) and wicket-keeper James Tattersall (18) looked comfortable in their chase at 39-0.

But seamer Umer Yaqoob (8-36) ripped through the order and the second-bottom outfit took 10 wickets for 57 runs for a shock win.

The loss dropped Boro’ to fourth. They travel to Green Lane on Saturday.