Wetherby League: Church Fenton move into top spot

Bilton-in-Ainsty's Thomas Reece

Bilton-in-Ainsty's Thomas Reece

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Church Fenton stormed onto the top of the Wetherby League in the third week of the season with a clinical run-chase at home to Garforth Parish Church.

A massive unbroken partnership between top order duo Stuart Turner (106no) and Simon Wilman (94no) overturned Garforth’s competitive total of 229-6 to gift Fenton a nine-wicket victory.

Australian Kendall Edgley had earlier taken three wickets in Garforth’s innings, with the visitors securing a strong total thanks to James Baldwin’s 49 not out at number seven.

Early pace-setters Barwick-in-Elmet sustained a first defeat of the season in a thriller at home to Old Leodiensians.

Andy Guest’s 61 not out guided Old Leos to 153-9 from the initial 45 overs, with overseas star Matty Prosser taking 5-21 for Barwick.

Prosser fell early in the chase, as Barwick’s top order collapsed. And James Swales was left unbeaten on 44 when he ran out of partners, with his side six runs short.

Adam Wilkinson’s mesmeric seven-wicket haul ensured reigning champions Wetherby earned a first win of the campaign with a 64-run triumph over Scholes.

Ian Twichen made a half century but Wetherby will have been disappointed to have been bowled out for just 144. But Wilkinson (7-33) bowled the Division One newboys out for just 80.

Sicklinghall and Bilton-in-Ainsty played out a dramatic encounter which resulted in a tie. Tom Reece smashed 78 to take Bilton up to a healthy first innings of 205 all out. ‘Hall opener Andy Wood led the fight-back with 74 but his side fell agonisingly short of victory, with a wicket from the final delivery leaving them stranded on 205-9.

Neighbours Scarcroft and Shadwell played out another thriller, with more than 500 runs plundered.

Scarcroft amassed 270 all out before Shadwell took victory with four wickets in hand.

The nerves were also jangling at Kirk Deighton, in a similarly high-scoring contest with the hosts chasing down St Chad’s Broomfield’s 230-8.

A maiden half century for junior Josh Powell batting alongside skipper Rich Ward (63) set Deighton on the path to victory before Michael Young’s six-filled 30 not out crept them across the line.

St Chad’s’ second string also failed to defend a 200-plus total in Division One, as South Milford impressed in a four-wicket win.

East Keswick notched up 270-6 in their demise of Ledsham, with Bilal Shahid hitting 81 in the 58 run win.

Long Marston crashed to a second successive defeat after allowing Thorner Mexborough to rack up 203-8. Jim Shaw’s unbeaten 55 rescued Thorner’s innings, and Mohammed Shujhat Alli then took 4-19 as Marston lost seven quick wickets to make just 119.

Phil Charlton hammered 90 not out as Rufforth clinched back-to-back victories over a plucky Crossgates, chasing down 190-5 with six wickets in hand.

However, Kirk Hammerton (136ao) found Hillam and Monk Fryston too stiff a challenge, losing by three wickets.

Saxton lost their lower order cheaply in their six-wicket loss at home to Headingley Bramhope, only picking up four wickets when defending 141.