Airedale & Wharfedale League: Bilton see off Otley

Collingham & Linton's Toby Jacklin took five wickets against Burley-in-Wharfedale. Picture: Adrian Murray
Collingham & Linton's Toby Jacklin took five wickets against Burley-in-Wharfedale. Picture: Adrian Murray

Bilton managed to defend a total of 153 as they overcame Otley in Division One of the Airedale & Wharfedale League, ending up victorious by 25 runs.

Andrew Hawkswell’s fine 79 was the cornerstone of their innings as Stephen Brown took 5-57.

In reply, the West Yorkshiremen were hampered by losing wickets at regular intervals, Brown (31) and Chris Thompson (31 not out) their top scorers as they struggled to 128 all out.

Bilton’s Kiel Van Vollenhoven caused all sorts of problems for the Otley batsmen with a spell of 5-27, leaving his side third in the league standings.

Second-placed Beckwithshaw compiled a score of 193 at Horsforth, then got rid of their hosts for 165 to secure a 28-run success.

Opening pair Steve Bullen (75) and George Myers (26) put on 99 for the first wicket, before Sam Moore (29) and Charlie Stokes (28) chipped in lower down the order as the reigning champions set a decent target.

Horsforth’s Michael Kitson was in devastating form with the ball, claiming 8-38 then hitting 32 when the hosts went into bat.

Oli Hardaker also contribiuted 38, but the home team were dismissed for 165, Taylor Williams the pick of the Beckwitshaw bowlers with 3-39.

James Brecknock smashed 93 for bottom-of-the-table Collingham & Linton, but couldn’t prevent a home reverse to Burley-in-Wharfedale.

Nicky Bulcock (89) and Ed Brown (76) batted superbly to help their side to 247/8, despite Toby Jacklin recording 5-49.

The runs then flowed for opener Brecknock, but he received little in the way of support, Will Atherton Collingham’s next highest scorer with just 18 as they were bowled out for 190.

In Division Two, Follifoot crushed Tong Park Esholt, sending them packing for just 62, to finish up winners by the huge margin of 175 runs.

Yasar Ali led the way with a knock of 82 and Nick Robinson stuck 54 as Paul Angove’s men put 237/9 on the board.

Tong Park’s reply never got going and they were blown away inside 18 overs, Istikhar Hussain and Josh Cutts both grabbing five wickets apiece.

Bardsey fell agonisingly short of victory in their third division clash with Menston, losing out by just seven runs.

Josh Hughes produced a fine spell of bowling to return figures of 4-27, and Sameer Manjrekar also took two wickets as the visitors closed on 279/8.

Gary Hopton (53) and Tom Franklin (51) helped Bardsey to 137/3 and Matt Wells added 43 lower down the order to take Bardsey to the verge of their target, but they were all out for 272 in the end.