Wetherby League: Cody cracks quick century as attack blitzes Kirk Deighton onto summit

Philip Wood of Sicklinghall
Philip Wood of Sicklinghall

Overseas ace Cody McGrath had a game to remember as Shadwell plundered a massive score to remind Church Fenton how strong Division One was.

McGrath smashed a quick-fire century before taking a five-wicket haul to see off Church Fenton by 166 runs.

The overseas man plundered 129 not out after the innings had been given the perfect foundation through James Proctor (111) and Ed Whittingham (65).

Church never looked like reaching Shadwell’s 354/4 as McGrath ripped through the card with 5-11. However, the hosts denied the Shadwell maximum points with their last pair hanging on at 188/9.

An electric bowling performance sent Kirk Deighton on top of the table with a destructive performance over Scarcroft.

Jonty Smith (4-26) and Mark Harlan (3-11) were backed up by captain Rich Ward (3-52) to whittle away the Scarcroft batting card for just 90 at Mark Lane.

Visiting captain Damian Aston was Croft’s highest runmaker with 27, but Deighton’s Gavin Mills (40no) and Matt Wills (32no) eclipsed him to secure a simple nine-wicket win.

Barwick-in-Elmet lost their grip on topspot after collapsing to a 91-run defeat at home to St Chads Broomfield.

Runs were shared around as Chads totalled 206-8 first up, with Dan Fitzpatrick making 4-33. But Barwick folded quickly to 115 all out once Matt Prosser (29) and Nick Swales (27) had departed.

Bilton-in-Ainsty continued their excellent start to the campaign to thrash struggling Scholes by eight wickets.

Tim Lambert put in a match-winning performance with four wickets and 31 not out, partnering Cameron Blake (42no) to chase down Scholes’ 95 all out.

James Stockton’s unbeaten hundred took Garforth Parish Church to a seven-wicket win over Wetherby, chasing down the home team’s 179-6.

Richard Grogan (49) and Thomas Hudson (56) were Wetherby’s top performers.

Hillam and Monk Fryston continued their imperious form in Division Two with a 56-run victory at St Chad’s A.

Junior Olly Baron made an important half century in Hillam’s 236 all out before Paul Dalby’s 4-13 ensured Chad’s (180ao) failed in their chase.

Long Marston got a much needed eight-wicket win over lowly Saxton thanks to Simon Lewis (66no) and Gareth Fenton (50), chasing the visitors’ 149/5.

Crossgates earned a first win of the season as they chased down Thorner Mexborough’s 151 all out with six wickets in hand.

Bilal Shahid put in a match-winning performance for East Keswick. After taking four wickets to bowl South Milford out for 215, Shahid smacked 127 not out as Keswick won with five men in the shed.

Peter Batty (57), Steve Korko (43) and wicket-keeper Alex Ward (40) had earlier put Milford firmly in control of the clash.

Elsewhere, Jack Mason (62) led Headingley Bramhope to overcome Kirk Hammerton’s low total of 98 to continue the promoted side’s strong start to the season.

Jonny Smales (90no) was equally fluent for Ledsham as they made the most of the wicket and the toss to beat Rufforth by nine wickets.