BECKWITHSHAW skipper John Inglis has his eyes on the prize this weekend.
After a slight wobble ‘Shaw are very much back in the title race with his side just eight points off Aire Wharfe leaders Thackley.
A double header weekend now awaits them.
Tomorrow they journey to local rivals FOLLIFOOT before Sunday’s visit of Pool in the Waddilove Cup (2pm start).
Inglis is licking his lips ahead of tomorrow’s clash which will pit ‘Shaw batsman Mike Stanford and ‘Foot duo James Ford and Nick Louden against their former clubs.
“It’s a bit of a grudge match,” said Inglis.
“A lot of lads know each other. It should be a good game.
“Follifoot always seem to put together good sides. But if we’ve got any aspirations of winning the league we need to win this one.”
On Saturday ‘Shaw picked up a nine-wicket win over Collingham.
James Lilley took three wickets as ‘Ham posted 236-3. In reply Inglis (44), Essex born Ant Brown (77no) and a superb 108 not out from Phil Critchley saw them home.
FOLLIFOOT will come into tomorrow high on confidence after Saturday’s win over Rawdon. Greg Lambert (4-63) and David Wright (3-49) bowled out the bottom club for 189.
Former Yorkshire batsman Simon Kellett made just 19 for the hosts.
Nick Robinson (72no) and James Ford shared an opening stand of 74 before Mike Halmshaw’s (57no) brought them home on 190-1.
On Sunday they welcome Rawdon in the next round of the Waddilove Cup.
BILTON skipper Paul Cannings has praised his side after their battling 25-run victory over defending champions Burley last Saturday.
They travel to Adel tomorrow.
Cannings (48) and Daz Simpson (40) came to the party as Bilton made 175 all out. Burley were 30-5 in reply with Will Liddle (6-56) again proving his worth. Despite a late order fightback Bilton pulled home for a crucial win.
“Hopefully we can keep the run going this Saturday,” said Cannings.
KNARESBOROUGH hold no fear ahead of their Waddilove clash at home to Collingham on Sunday according to skipper Jonathon Corcoran.
The Aspin Lane outfit picked up a hard-fought three wicket win away at Olicanian on Saturday in Division Two. Mike Baxandall (4-48) and Simon Bridson (4-24) helped bowl out Olis for 120.
Aussie Calum How (53no) top scored as ‘Boro’ came through on 121-7 in reply.
“It was a great win,” said Corcoran.
“We’ve got three massive games coming up now in the next three weeks which will shape our season.”
The first of those is at current leaders Steeton tomorrow.
“They are 11 points in front of us at the moment,” he added.
“It’s a massive game for us. It’s a high-scoring ground there and they seem to know how to bat on it.”
Then a day later his side will welcome Collingham. “It’s a great test for us against a side in the division above,” said Corcoran.
“But we’ll go into into with no fear.”
It was a good weekend for BECKWITHSHAW 2nds who put Olicanian 2nds to the sword in Reserve Division One.
‘Shaw were asked to field first which gave skipper Steve Walmsley time to recover after he received a sickening blow from a ball from the bowling machine prior to the game.
Andy Gott (6-55 off 25 overs) restricted Olis to 185-7.
Walmsley (36) and Dax Guy (91) saw ‘Shaw home to a comfortable win. They welcome Steeton tomorrow before Sunday’s Birtwhistle Cup trip to Tong Park/Esholt.
In Division Two BILTON are now level on points with FOLLIFOOT after thrashing Pool last weekend. Matt Shaw’s side welcome Horsforth tomorrow before Sunday’s trip to Rawdon in the Birtwhistle.
On Saturday Ben Simpson (3-62) helped bowl out Pool for 136. Mickey Donnelly (50no), Si Clemerson (43) and Lee Heslop (42no) saw Bilton home with eight wickets in hand.
‘Foot travel to KNARESBOROUGH tomorrow. On Saturday they picked up a 4-2 result at home to Upper Wharfedale posting 250-7 through Adrian Sturdy (64) and 47no from David Nudds.
Steve Goalen (4-79) and Shaun Ledger (3-39) kept Woodhouse at bay on 242-8 in reply.
‘Boro’ will be looking for a reaction after losing to Collingham last week. They travel to ‘Ham in the Birtwhistle on Sunday looking for revenge.