Aire Wharfe run continues for rivals Collingham and Bardsey

hsb    Eddie Clayton bowling for Bardsey against Knaresborough.  (120602M3c)
hsb Eddie Clayton bowling for Bardsey against Knaresborough. (120602M3c)

It’s all looking rosy for Collingham and Bardsey at the moment in their respective Aire Wharfe seasons.

In Division One, ‘Ham have hit a purple patch, defending 208-6 to beat Follifoot by two runs on Saturday.

They travel to Burley on Saturday looking to cement their second place position in the table. Victory over their rivals and a negative result for leaders Steeton at Beckwithshaw could see them sitting top by the evening.

In Division Two, Bardsey are also in form, slowly climbing up the table.

Captain Andy Bowes is looking forward with relish to the next few weeks, which promises to be a stern test for his side.

They travel to Ilkley on Saturday, welcome North Leeds a week later and finish the first half of the season with fixtures against Green Lane and Pool.

“It’s going to be tough,” he said.

“They are four hard games. Ilkley on Saturday will be a difficult one, they’ve got an ex County bowler in their ranks, Jeremy Batty, who’s been bowling well. They also came up with us last season so they’ll have a point to prove.

“But we’re in good form. We’ve got a good competitive side this season.”

That was evident on Saturday when both sides of their game clicked against Knaresborough.

Umer Yaqoob bowled a strong opening spell to take 3-32 as ‘Boro’ were restricted to 200-8. Bowes then led the way with 72, Tom Clayton (51) also chipped in to see Bardsey home by six wickets.

In the York Senior League, Tadcaster Magnet travel to Londesborough Park on Saturday. A day later they travel to Bolton Percy in the Readman Trophy.

On Saturday, they drew with York 3rds. Magnet made 157-8. Paul Clark then took 4-27 in reply as York held on at 102-9.

Rivals Thorp Arch & Boston Spa are away to York 3rds on Saturday. They welcome Whitkirk and Harrogate in the Readman on Sunday.

On Saturday Andy Griffith’s carried his bat to make 102no in their 262-3. James Perkins (38) and Will Bartlett (68no off 33 balls) produced some late order fireworks.

Alliance reached 216-6 to gain a draw in reply.

Magnet still sit top of the Division Two tree with 166 points. TABS are third with 115.