Top of the table clash for white-hot Beckwithshaw

hsb  Bryan Vance batting for Beckwithshaw against Bilton.  (120602M5b)
hsb Bryan Vance batting for Beckwithshaw against Bilton. (120602M5b)

The two form teams in the Aire Wharfe top flight collide on Saturday when Beckwithshaw welcome table-topping Steeton (1pm start).

‘Shaw come into the contest riding the crest of a wave after Saturday’s pummelling of Bilton.

The nine-wicket win keeps them very much in the title race, five points and three places below the league leading surprise package.

“It’s probably our toughest game of the season so far,” said Quick.

“We’ve only played Steeton once in six years, so they’re a bit of an unknown quantity. They’re unbeaten all year, it’s a game between the best batting team against the best bowling team at the moment.”

Quick is hoping overseas Bryan Vance continues to fire at the top of the order.

The Aussie has been a revelation since his arrival, scoring 87 not out and adding 137 for the second wicket with Quick (46no)on Saturday. He’s now notched over 300 runs for the club.

Earlier Istikhar Hussain was the main protagonist with the ball for ‘Shaw. He took an eye-watering four wickets in four balls, all bowled, as Bilton were restricted to 167-7.

He finished with 5-41, Darren Blenkiron (30) and Chris Peareth (54) in the runs.

“It’s not very often you see four in four balls,” continued Quick.

“Ishy was superb. But it was just a really professional performance by us. Bilton were something like 25-1 at drinks, we just didn’t bowl them many bad balls.”

Bilton travel to Guiseley on Saturday.

Follifoot are also eyeing a comeback at home to Kirkstall. Greg Lambert’s men lost an exciting game at home to Collingham on Saturday. They were bowled out for 206, chasing 210-6.