Aire-Wharfe: Knaresborough plot for North Leeds revenge

Cameron Pitt of Knaresborough
Cameron Pitt of Knaresborough

Knaresborough Cricket Club face a potentially decisive clash on Saturday according to club stalwart Jon Corcoran.

Knaresborough travel to Aire-Wharfe Division Two pace-setters North Leeds hoping to banish the memory of their opening day demise.

Simon Bridson’s men were hammered when the Leeds side came to North Yorkshire in April. North Leeds amassed 243-6 before dismissing Boro for just 80.

The Aspin Laners have renewed hope of promotion since that opening day defeat.

But, an unexpected loss this weekend at the hands of Skipton, has left them 25 points behind in the title race at the half-way stage.

Corcoran said: “We took eight points but it’s a set back. We need to regroup quickly.

“We are stronger this week and we are going to need to be against North Leeds.

“Hopefully, that’s a big wake-up call.”

Boro were hampered by absentees for the trip west, with Dave Girling, Sam Whitham and Neil Marshall all out.

Second-teamer John Dodman came into the side and hit 58 whilst Aussie Dylan Grandell added 61 as Boro hit 185-7.

Skipton were pegged back to 112-4 in their chase against a youthful Boro attack, but they got over the line with three wickets spare.

“We were probably 20 or 30 runs short on a good track,” Corcoran added.

“With the ball, the injuries gave lads the opportunity that wouldn’t normally open the bowling. But we gave them too many four balls.

“They always seemed to be ahead of the run rate. At one point we had a sniff of victory. With a full strength team, we would have won the match.”

North Leeds, along with Follifoot, have been the dominant force in Division Two this season and have only lost one completed match.

Knaresborough have suffered defeats on three occasions, and Corcoran knew an upturn of form was required in the second half.

He added: “We know we can compete in this division. We have played everybody and we have nothing to fear. We have to apply ourselves over the second half of the season and stick to the basics.

“We have to do that quickly. If we want to threaten, we have to put a run of wins together.

“If North Leeds win on Saturday, that’s going to be quite a decisive step for them.

“They are on a roll. But if we beat them on Saturday, it will make them start to think about their own game and it would give us a lot of confidence.”

Meanwhile, Knaresborough’s evening league team lost a tense Addison Cup semi-final against Beckwithshaw on Monday night.

The cup holders from Harrogate stole victory from the final ball with three wickets remaining.