Aire-Wharfe League: Vic Craven finds form immediately in Bilton victory

Bilton captain Vic Craven
Bilton captain Vic Craven

The Aire-Wharfe League finally got underway after the previous week’s wet weather caused a false start to the campaign.

Ex-Yorkshire player Vic Craven found early form as Bilton kicked off the season in convincing fashion with maximum points from their contest at Steeton.

Craven struck two early blows as Bilton restricted their hosts to 9-3 before Mustahan Ali Shah cleaned up the tail to bowl Steeton out for a meagre 128.

The Harrogate visitors strolled to their target, losing only two wickets thanks to an unbeaten 74 from Craven.

Elsewhere in Division One, champions Otley proved their strength in defeating Collingham by 113 runs.

Jamie Pickering and Andy Rhodes made Collingham rue their decision to bowl first with half-centuries as Otley compiled 237-9, with youngsters Adam Wetherall (3-54) and Chris Bridge (3-26) leading Collingham’s attack.

John Swain (43) found little support in Collingham’s reply as seven players failed to make double figures and the hosts were skittled for 124.

The 2014 champions Beckwithshaw beat Pool in a low-scoring affair.

Having bowled out their opponents for just 104, ‘Shaw overcame the loss of John Inglis, Ross Sedgley and Yasar Ali for ducks to claim a three-wicket victory, captain Alex Lilley top-scoring on 36.

Elsewhere, promoted Horsforth made an encouraging start to their campaign, defeating North Leeds by 35 runs, while there were also wins for Rawdon and Ilkley.

In Division Two, Knaresborough went down to a three-wicket defeat at home to promoted Addingham after failing to defend 163.

Extras topscored following a poor batting display from Knaresborough, as Addingham bowled 28 wides, and the visitors reached the total in the 45th over.

Follifoot (177ao) had better fortune on their return to Division Two as captain Alex Fox took 4-34 and struck 26 in a 35-run victory over Thackley (142/9).

Bardsey had a nightmare start in Division Three as they were bowled out for 99 and watched Olicanian chase down the total for the loss of two wickets.