Follifoot march to Waddilove final after super Steeton win

hsb   Follifoot v Bilton. Jim Pickles batting for Follifoot.    110514M3a.

hsb Follifoot v Bilton. Jim Pickles batting for Follifoot. 110514M3a.

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FOLLIFOOT Aussie Jack Benbow will fly out to Ibiza on Sunday safe in the knowledge a place in the Waddilove Cup final awaits him next month after his side beat Steeton on Sunday.

Paul Angove’s men will have the chance to end their long wait to lift the trophy after coming so close in the past- the last in 2004 against bitter rivals Bilton.

A trip to Colton awaits on August 7 where they will play defending champions Burley who beat BECKWITHSHAW in the other semi.

“It was a great achievement to get to the final as we have been unlucky with injuries to key members of the team recently,” he said.

“Obviously all the lads were excited with the win and it was good to have a much better performance than on Saturday.”

On Sunday youngster Alex Fox (3-18) and Nick Louden (3-39) were the pick of the bowlers as Steeton made 148-9. James Ford (54no) and Jim Pickles (34) saw ‘Foot through on 149-4 in reply.

A day earlier they lost to Otley who chased down their 91-9 to win by eight wickets. Tomorrow they are at home to Green Lane in Division One.

BECKWITHSHAW are at home to top flight table-toppers Thackley tomorrow.

On Saturday they picked up four points at Rawdon.

After making 125-9 with John Inglis (38) and Stuart Hudson (31) top scoring they held the home side to 103-9. James Lilley (4-43) and Hudson (3-54) divided up the wickets.

On Sunday they had less luck at Burley. Batting first Charlie Davey (70) top-scored for the home side with Paul Thompson (3-37) the pick of the bowlers. Inglis made 51 in reply but they fell short on 165-9.

BILTON will be looking for a response after picking up just the one point at Kirkstall on Saturday. Tomorrow they welcome Otley. On Saturday Kirkstall made 203-7 with Paul Cannings’s side closing on 111-8.

KNARESBOROUGH’S march to promotion continues. They welcome Harden tomorrow.

On Saturday Jonathon Corcoran’s troops moved second in Division Two with a winning draw at Menston. After posting 131-8, Graeme Whiles (4-17) and Greg How (3-42) held their opponents on 106-7.

BECKWITHSHAW 2nds moved through to the final of the Birtwhistle on Sunday after a comprehensive victory over Burley. BILTON can join them if they win their rearranged clash against Steeton this Sunday.

‘Shaw saw their league game on Saturday called off due to the rain.

However a day later a superb opening partnership of 189 between Steve Walmsley (79) and Dax Guy (114) saw ‘Shaw eventually make 252 all out. Sam Critchley (3-13) was the pick of the bowlers in reply as Burley were all out for 161.

In Division Two BILTON moved back to the top after beating Hall Park.

The visitors made 126-7 which Bilton rubbed off for seven wickets, Mike Donnelly (51) top-scoring. They travel to Tong Park tomorrow. KNARESBOROUGH meanwhile are at Thackley.

FOLLIFOOT travel to Illingworth.