Bilton off to a flyer while Carey impresses for ‘Boro’

tis  Oral Blackford bowling for Bilton against Rawdon. 110416M1b.
tis Oral Blackford bowling for Bilton against Rawdon. 110416M1b.

BILTON’S return to the Aire Wharfe top-flight proved a fruitful one last weekend and captain Paul Cannings will be looking for more of the same at Thackley and their dreaded slope tomorrow (1pm start).

“We’re looking forward to the test,” said Cannings.

“Hopefully we can carry on where we left off last week.”

A relatively straight forward seven-wicket win over Rawdon was achieved on Saturday with Andy Walker (4-23) bowling them out for 147.

Darren Blenkiron (62) and Chris Peareth (35) then helped Bilton over the winning line with 43.3 overs left.

“It was a great start to this season’s campaign and there were lots of positive signs,” added Cannings.

“It’s always nice to win the first toss of the season and with four new players in our side it was great to take all six points and see them all contribute.”

BECKWITHSHAW’S Phil Critchley sent a warning shot to the division’s bowlers last week.

The consistent opener smashed a superb 121, with support from new boy Andy Johnston (46) and Aussie Simon Heyting (30) as ‘Shaw closed on 239-9.

Heyting’s 4-56 then held Green Lane short on 203-7 for two points.

Inglis will come face-to-face with Dave Pennett’s Guiseley tomorrow in West Yorkshire.

FOLLIFOOT were also in high scoring form on Saturday.

They fell short in an exciting run chase at home to Kirkstall Education.

After posting 287-6, Jack Benbow’s 3-60 the pick, openers Jim Pickles (39) and James Ford put on 58 for the first wicket.

Number three Michael Halmshaw then stepped up with a fine 89 with Benbow chipping in with 33 as ‘Foot closed on 259-5 for two points.

Paul Angove’s men are on the road to Adel tomorrow.

He will be eyeing their first six points of the season early in the campaign.

In Division Two returning KNARESBOROUGH batsman Stuart Carey will want to build on a superb start to the new season tomorrow at Ben Rhydding.

He cracked 101 at home to Upper Wharfedale on Saturday as his side agonisingly missed out on an opening day victory.

Chasing 226 the points looked sewn up with centurion Carey still at the crease and with three needed from seven balls.

But after he was dismissed their opponents managed to restrict Jonathan Corcoran’s side to just one off the final over and they closed on 225-9 for two points.

lThe 2011 Harrogate Evening League will begin next Wednesday when Division Seven teams play their first round of fixtures.

The season in earnest will then start the following week.

Meanwhile the first round of the Addison Cup has been drawn with the pick of the ties pitting last year’s winners Bardsey at home to Harrogate.

Follifoot will welcome Beckwithshaw in another tasty clash.

For a full season fixture list for the league, Addison, CB Atkinson, George Greaves and MMP Cup visit