Aire-Wharfe League: Another weekend of woe for Harrogate sides

Cameron Martin narrowly missed out on a half-century as Follifoot were beaten by Burley-in-Wharfedale
Cameron Martin narrowly missed out on a half-century as Follifoot were beaten by Burley-in-Wharfedale

It was another weekend of frustration for Harrogate’s trio of Airedale & Wharfedale Senior Cricket League Division One sides.

Just as was the case in the previous round of top-flight fixtures, Follifoot, Beckwithshaw and Bilton all tasted defeat.

Alex Fox’s Follifoot are the highest placed of the town’s teams, but Saturday’s loss to Burley-in-Wharfedale means they are now six games without a win and have dropped from second place down to sixth.

Yasar Ali (59), Nick Robinson (49) and Cameron Martin (48) all got among the runs as the hosts posted 224 all out in 44.1 overs.

When Burley took their turn at the crease it quickly became apparent that the home total was not going to be enough.

The visitors raced to 118 without losing a wicket, and although Ali did knock over three away batsmen, the West Yorkshiremen made it over the line with ease inside 34 overs.

Beckwithshaw remain stuck in the relegation zone following a 41-run home reverse at the hands of Horsforth.

Joe Holderness (3-44) and Andrew Tiffany (3-46) bowled nicely to keep the away side within touching distance at 201 all out.

Sam Moore then struck a fine 71 in response, but received little by the way of support from his team-mates and ‘Shaw were sent back to the pavilion on 160.

Just one place better off in the league standings are Bilton, beaten now in their last three outings.

They dismissed Adel with only 129 to their name thanks largely to a superb bowling display by Mustahsan Ali Shah(6-40), however Ryan Bradshaw’s men then failed to knock off the required runs.

Wickets fell all too regularly for Bilton, and only Shah (29) and Siraj Hussain (28) offered any kind of resistance as the away bowlers ran riot.

The home side were eventually skittled for 110, bringing to an end another disappointing afternoon of cricket for the strugglers.

Collingham & Linton’s good run of recent form came to an abrupt end when they lost out to promotion rivals Addingham in Division Two.

Four consecutive wins had taken the men from Harewood Road up to second position, but they now find themselves down in fourth having been bundled out for 119.

Three wickets apiece for Toby Jacklin, Chris Bridge and Nishant Desai meant that Adidngham were all out for 142 batting first.

Collingham were however unable to reach their victory target despite Charlie Swallow (54) hitting a half-century.

Opener Ed Hayhurst chipped in with 20, but that was as good as it got for the hosts who were eventually dismissed for 119.