Aire-Wharfe League: Bilton cling on for draw with Ilkley

Toby Jacklin was in fine form for Collingham & Linton once again
Toby Jacklin was in fine form for Collingham & Linton once again

Bilton CC clung on for a draw in a weather-affected Airedale & Wharfedale League Division One encounter with Ilkley.

Ryan Bradshaw’s men looked to be on their way to victory when they reduced their visitors to 38/6, but in the end a batting collapse of their own meant that the home side’s last-wicket pair had to dig deep to earn a share of the spoils.

The 10 Ilkley wickets to fall in the first innings were shared equally between Sam Thompson (2-16), Matt Giles (2-21), Amir Hussain (2-22), Mustahsan Ali Shah (2-32) and Tuseif Arshad (2-35).

And although in deep trouble early, the West Yorkshiremen managed to recover from a position of peril to post 127 all out, thanks largely to Rob Spivey (54), who shared a seventh-wicket partnership of 80 with Paul Dover (26).

The Bilton response did not go well, however, Josh Doherty top-scoring with 23 as they slumped to 89/5 before the rain came and forced an early abandonment.

Denying Ilkley that final wicket was to prove crucial as it meant both sides ended the match with eight points, leaving Bradshaw’s troops just one behind Saturday’s opponents in the league standings.

Third-placed Follifoot’s clash with North Leeds was also brought to a premature conclusion by the weather, but with the Harrogate side in a significantly stronger position than Bilton had been.

A half-century from Cameron Martin (71) and a knock of 45 by Nick Robinson saw home captain Alex Fox in a posiiton to declare at 235/5 after 46 overs.

Josh Cutts then took three wickets to leave North Leeds 153/5 in the 39th over when the players were forced off.

Beckwithshaw remain rooted to the bottom of the table having been soundly-beaten at league leaders Otley.

Opener Dax Guy (44) and Oli Hotchkiss (37) were the only away batsmen to show in the Killinghall Road outfit’s 132 all out.

That total was never going to be enough and the hosts eased to a seven-wicket triumph inside 22 overs, despite 2-24 from ‘Shaw bowler Joseph Holderness.

In Division Two, promotion-chasing Collingham & Linton were left frustrated having been denied the opportunity to finish off Leeds Modernians by the rain.

A fine century from Charlie Swallow (110 not out) steered the home side to 250/3 declared, Toby Jacklin (46 not out) and Jonny Haslem (38) also chipping in.

The ever-reliable Jacklin then snapped up 4-33 to reduce the Mods to 144/8, but Collingham did not have time to complete what looked like an inevitable victory as the heavens opened.

The 12 point-haul that Jack Harrison’s charges did manage to acquire leaves them fourth in the standings.