Corcoran confident ahead of busy weekend for ‘Boro’

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

AMBITIOUS Knaresborough captain Jonathon Corcoran is predicting double trouble for his opponents over the weekend.

After their second week loss against Ben Rhydding, ‘Boro’ have won three on the bounce to move up to fourth in the Aire Wharfe Division Two table.

With his top four firing on all cylinders last weekend Corcoran is in confident mood ahead of their trip to Tong Park/Esholt tomorrow (1pm start).

“They’ve started slowly but we can’t take them lightly,” said Corcoran.

“Mick Scott is still there. He’s always one to look out for.

“It will interesting to see how he does against Mike Baxandall, they’re always an interesting match up together.”

Then a day later his Aspin Lane troops will fill up the petrol tanks for a trip to Division Three outfit Illingworth in the Waddilove Cup.

“It’s a good ground, a good wicket and they’re a good set of lads there,” continued Corcoran.

“But hopefully we’ll travel there with a couple of the Academy lads, Johnny Tattersall and Dave Girling should be available.

“They might have Alex Lees playing for them so it should be a good game.

“Looking at the draw if we win and Collingham win we’ll have them in the next round.

“That’ll be a nice local derby.”

On Saturday ‘Boro’s batsmen came to the party at home to Calverley.

After losing the toss Corcoran’s men were sent in.

But a stable opening partnership between Stuart Carey (89) and Richard Geary (73) yielded 137 runs before it was broken.

Aussie youngster Calum How then came in and cracked 88 not out off 53 balls with support from Peter Barnes (28no) as they closed on 299-2.

Baxandall (3-49) and Graeme Whiles (2-19) bowled with control in reply before Corcoran (3-39) chipped in at the death as Calverley clung on for a point at 202-9.

“It was a fanstic performance,” added Corcoran.

In Division One BECKWITHSHAW and FOLLIFOOT are also in action Saturday and Sunday.

John Inglis’s troops have a tester away at Otley before a tricky Waddilove first round clash away at Bardsey.

On Saturday Stu Hudson starred with the ball in their home contest against Kirkstall.

His 6-81 bowled the away side out for 226. Mike Stanford (44) and Simon Barker (40) got going in reply but they had to settle for two points at 203-8.

Paul Angove’s men meanwhile will be looking to get over their BILTON hangover when they travel to Guiseley tomorrow before Sunday’s

On Saturday bowlers Chris Dawson (4-19), Oral Blackford (3-30) and Tommy Baron (3-27) saw ‘Foot all out for 147.

David Wright (46) and Jim Pickles (57) produced the goods with the willow.

In reply Darren Blenkiron (47) top-scored as Bilton pulled home against their rivals with five wickets left in the hutch.

Paul Cannings’ side only have the one game this weekend.

They welcome Toby Jacklin’s Collingham in an interesting battle at Bilton Lane tomorrow.