Wetherby League: Ups and Downs

hsb  Chris Harrison bowling for Barwick against Wetherby.  (130727M3d)
hsb Chris Harrison bowling for Barwick against Wetherby. (130727M3d)
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With three games of the season to go, sport reporter Ed White asks who will be going up or down.

It’s a battle royale between Great Preston and Kirk Deighton at the top of Division One. Both sides have provided a ding-dong battle throughout the summer and it’s leaders Deighton who are sitting pretty on 89 points, three ahead of Great Preston.

Scarcroft (75) remain mathematically in the hunt, and they can disrupt things at the top this weekend when they face Rich Ward’s Deighton.

Ward’s side will also travel to rivals and incumbent champions Wetherby before finishing their year at Old Mods.

Preston also visit Mods on Saturday before fixtures against Garforth Parish Church and Shadwell.

Scholes (19) look rooted to the bottom of the table as a summer in Division Two next term awaits. The other relegation spot is much closer.

Garforth must take points from at least two of their fixtures to survive and hope Barwick-in-Elmet or Shadwell lose three.

Barwick play fellow strugglers Bilton on Saturday, and a win would see them safe if Garforth lose to Walton.

In Division Two, the fight for promotion couldn’t be much tighter. Sicklinghall (78) sit in pole position, knowing two victories will clinch it.

Second-placed Thorner Mexborough (74) could also be playing first division cricket next season but face the team directly below them, Old Leos (71) on Saturday.

Saturday’s fixtures have set up an enticing clash between Thorner and Old Leos as Sicklinghall welcome promotion outsiders Church Fenton (67) on an enticing day that could determine the league.

Sicklinghall will hope to wrap up a Division One place before they host Kirk Hammerton on the final day.

It looks two from three at the bottom with Sherburn Eversley (29), Kirk Deighton A (29) and Hillam (32) all teetering.

Sherburn have to play two high flying contenders in their three remaining matches whereas Kirk Deighton will be glad their toughest test comes at Church Fenton, and equally Hillam at Hammerton.

Division Three has offered a sterling promotion fight throughout with six sides vying for two spots.

While only three points clear, top of the table Ledsham (79) look certain to be promoted with only the three relegation threatened sides left to play.

Behind them, the battle for second is highly contentious. Pole sitters Long Marston (76) still have challengers St Chads A (fourth on 75) and Headingley Bramhope (fifth on 71) to play, as do third-placed Rufforth (75).

Shadwell A (10) are as good as relegated having failed to win a match all summer. But it’s between Barwick A (24) and Bilton-in-Ainsty A (19) to who will join them in Division Four

The pair clash on Saturday.

Great Preston A (83) have romped Division Four and are worthy champions having lost just one match.

Thorner A (60), St Chads B (58) and Garforth Parish Church A (55) are all vying for the final promotion place.

After Bramham folded earlier this season, only one team will be relegated to Division Five. And that is Walton A, who are 13 points adrift.

Like Great Preston A, Meanwood (108) have left a trail of destruction in Division Five, winning every match to smash more than a century of points.

South Milford A (78) and Wighill Park (74) are battling it out for second but with Wighill still to play Meanwood, South Milford are the unofficial bookies’ favourites.

Crossgates A (19) can only stop relegation with three wins.

Kirk Hammerton A (30), Sherburn A (34) and Headingley Bramhope B (35) are all in danger of falling down into the lowest league.

And with Sherburn playing at Hammerton on Saturday before Headingley travel to the same ground on the final day it is still all to play for.

Division Six teams East Keswick A (80) and Sicklinghall A (70) have wrapped up promotion having shown dominance over their four other rivals.

Both will be in celebratory mood when they play each other on the season climax. Amaranth A (17) could be picking up the league’s wooden spoon on Saturday if they fail to beat Rufforth A.