Aire-Wharfe League: Shaw and Bilton’s struggles go on but Follifoot shine once again

Yasar Ali struck a vital half-century to steer in-form Follifoot to victory over Guiseley in Division One of the Airedale & Wharfedale League
Yasar Ali struck a vital half-century to steer in-form Follifoot to victory over Guiseley in Division One of the Airedale & Wharfedale League

Beckwithshaw continue to struggle to adapt to life after Alex Lilley, the defending Airedale & Wharfedale League champions suffering a third defeat in five in 2018 on Saturday.

The Killinghall Road outfit have found the going tough without their talismanic skipper – now of Bradford League side New Farnley –and other key members of last season’s title-winning squad this term.

Their latest loss, on the road at Adel, came after they were dismissed with only 146 on the board, Phil Raikes top-scoring with 23.

Oli Hotchkiss claimed 2-31 as the hosts replied, but they were still able to canter to 150/3 in 32 overs, captain and ex-Harrogate CC man David Foster leading his new team home with an unbeaten half-century.

Bilton have also had to endure a difficult start to the season and find themselves bottom of the pile following a crushing reverse at the hands of Otley.

The visitors racked up 285/6 from their 50 overs, opener Ben Morley smashing 109, while Tuseif Arshad (2-31) was the pick of the home attack.

Bilton then collapsed to 68 all out, none of their batsmen managing more than Joshua Doherty (13) in what ended up a 217-run mauling.

By stark contrast, newly-promoted Follifoot continue to flourish in the top flight.

Paul Angove’s side are up to second in the table having come out on top of a close-run thing at Guiseley.

The hosts posted 197/8, Istikhar Hussein returning figures of 3-32 with the ball.

Nick Robinson then provided a good platform for the Follifoot run-chase with a knock of 56, but when he was dismissed the visitors looked in some trouble at 89/5.

Yasar Ali stepped up to the plate, however, striking an unbeaten 58 to guide his team to a two-wicket win with just five balls to spare.

Collingham & Linton fell to a first defeat in four Division Two outings when they travelled to Horsforth Hall Park.

The home side made it to 175 batting first as both Toby Jacklin and Charlie Swallow effected a trio of dismissals apiece.

In response, Jonny Haslem hit 56, but Collingham were sent back to the pavilion 15 runs short on 160.