Wetherby keep a lid on title talk

hsb   Ian Twitchen batting for Wetherby against Sicklinghall.  (120707M4b)
hsb Ian Twitchen batting for Wetherby against Sicklinghall. (120707M4b)

They are up there with the usual suspects challenging at the top of Division One but talk of the Wetherby League title coming to Grange Park has been banned by captain Andy Twitchen at the moment.

Wetherby CC have been the in form side of late, and remain been full of confidence despite losing to local rivals Kirk Deighton recently.

Victory in that crucial fixture would have kept them further clear of second placed Old Modernians.

However, defeat has opened the door and blown the championship race wide open again.

This Saturday, Wetherby collide with Barwick.

Twitchen knows it’s another important game for his charges.

“The next two weeks will be crucial,” he said.

“Barwick just seem to be always winning games and picking up points. If we had won against Kirk Deighton we could have looked at the next few and thought we could afford to lose one.

“Not now. It’s a crucial part of the season.”

Wetherby’s bowlers have pulled them out of a hole one or two times this season.

Twitchen is hoping both parts of their game can come together for the business end of the season.

“There may be a few teams in the league a little surprised at where we are in the league, but we’re not surprised.

“We think we should be up there looking at the side we’ve got.

“The one thing we need to improve is the batting.

“We’ve not been posting high enough scores and that’s nearly cost us in a number of games.

“The wickets have been more conducive to bowling and our batting has struggled at times. But hopefully in the next few weeks our batting will click.”

Twitchen would have been delighted with Wetherby’s battling batting performance on Saturday.

Chasing Great Preston’s 224-5, they came through for a four-wicket win in reply, Twitchen hitting 118no.

It certainly puts to bed their Kirk Deighton loss and keeps them above the rest as the race for the championship begins to hot up.

Elsewhere in Division One tomorrow, Bilton in Ainsty welcome St Chads Broomfield; Shadwell are on the road to Leeds Police; Scarcroft have a local derby against Walton; Kirk Deighton travel to Old Mods and Sicklinghall welcome Great Preston. For more results see page 140.

Meanwhile the final of the Fred Fleetwood Cup will be played on August 12, between Leeds Police and Walton, at Walton CC. Wetherby