’Shaw remain unbeaten but ’Foot and Bilton lose

hsb  Beckwithshaw celebrate a wicket against Collingham.  (120728M3b)
hsb Beckwithshaw celebrate a wicket against Collingham. (120728M3b)

Beckwithshaw stretched their unbeaten start to the season to four games with a winning draw against Ben Rhydding.

John Inglis and Yasar Ali were again in the runs as Ben Quick’s dominant hosts batted first and compiled 225-8 from their overs.

Inglis’ 50 coupled with Ali’s 53 set ‘Shaw up well before the destructive Ross Sedgley’s smashed a timely 44 not out.

Former Yorkshire star Alex Lilley returned to full fitness after his early season bike crash and he joined ‘Shaw’s disciplined attack to restrict Rhydding to 153-6.

The win extended ‘Shaw’s lead at the top of the table to five points and captain Quick heaped praise on his side.

He said: “There is a strong desire to kick on from this excellent start and widen the gap at the top.

“The great thing with this team is that we’re still not firing on all cylinders.

“There is still room for improvement.”

‘Shaw face Kirkstall next week and Quick said his side are seeking revenge after a frustrating defeat there last year.

“They have a number of potential match winner who we need to keep quiet,” he said.

On Lilley’s return to bowling at full pace, the skipper added: “For us to have him bowling at full pace and with control is fantastic news.

“It will definitely put the skids up the opposition.

Follifoot’s dismal start to the season continued as they suffered their third heavy defeat to remain second bottom.

Steeton were the visitors on Saturday and the away bowlers made use of helpful bowling conditions to rattle through the ‘Foot order and bowl them out for 109.

David Mahoney (43) and captain Dave Wright (30) saved some grace for ‘Foot but the rest of the order failed to mount a noteworthy innings.

‘Foot bounced back with the ball as they snatched seven scalps and Alex Fox took 4-29.

But Steeton’s Andrew Luxton (41no) withstood the pressure and saw his side home with three wickets remaining.

Bilton lie one place above ‘Foot after they failed to chase down 209 at Kirkstall.

The home side’s shared their 208 runs around their batsman with none scoring above 40. Will Liddle continued to impress with the ball as he took 3-45 .

Sajad Ali claimed 3-81 as Bilton took nine of the Leeds-based side’s wickets.

R Nicholson (45) and C Winn (42) led Bilton’s charge for victory but Chris Peareth’s side were bowled out 39 runs short.