Wetherby League: St Chad’s see off champions Wetherby but 2nds lose Division Three title

NAWN 1404263AM6 Wetherby CC V Shadwell CC. Shadwell's James Proctor.  (1404263AM6)
NAWN 1404263AM6 Wetherby CC V Shadwell CC. Shadwell's James Proctor. (1404263AM6)

With the title already secured, Wetherby capped off the season in dismal fashion with a crushing 118-run defeat at St Chad’s Broomfield.

Chad’s had helped Wetherby win the league last weekend with victory over Great Preston but they were in no mood to gift the Division Onechampions for a second week.

A much-changed Wetherby team, without the Twitchen brothers Andy and Ian, were uprooted for 76 as they attempted to chase down Chad’s’ opening 194-4.

Callum Oliver (77no) and Ahammad Jeelani (71) were Chads’ main runscorers as Wetherby switched their order around in their chase.

Barwick-in-Elmet ensure they would finish in second spot with a narrow two-wicket triumph at Shadwell.

Barwick, who have enjoyed a historic year with two cup final victories, bowled Shadwell out for 141 with Andrew Styan (4-27) and Matthew Prosser (3-46) moving the ball around.

Ed Whittingham’s half century was Shadwell’s only decent score as they set a modest total.

Prosser, the league’s highest runscorer of the summer, made 38 and captain Gary Bettison hit 46 fro Barwick but they required their tailenders Bruce Duncan and Jack Swift to bat out the win.

On their final match in the Wetherby League, Great Preston were thwarted by the wet weather at Old Modernians, having amassed 179-7.

Relegated Walton were on the wrong side of another hammering at home to Scarcroft as they failed to get their first win of the campaign.

Quizam Mahmood’s unbeaten 42 was Walton’s only resistance to Scarcroft’s attack as they were undone for 111.

Scarcroft eased past the Nelson with Shoaib Rehman (61no) and Jonny Taylor (33no) sharing a big second-wicket partnership.

Bilton-in-Ainsty were thankful for Tim Lambert’s 62 not out as they defended 127-8 at home to Sicklinghall.

Ian Hutchinson and Ben Aked both took three wickets as Sicklinghall fell 11 runs short of victory on 117.

Runs were also at a premium in Kirk Deighton’s four-wicket defeat to Old Leodiensians, as less than 200 runs were scored.

Deighton made only 91 after a top order collapse. Aidan Marshall then took four wickets but second bottom Old Leos scraped home to earn only their fifth win of the summer.

Church Fenton will be joining the top tier next season after securing promotion with a seven-wicket win over Ledsham to pip Garforth Parish Church for second in Division Two.

Johny Smales (67) was Ledsham’s only batsmen to fire as they made just 93, with Robert Love taking 4-21.

Kendall Edgley’s half century eased Fenton into Division One.

Garforth did all they could at home to Hillam but were ultimately beaten off promotion by two points.

Andy Conboy’s magnificent 6-6 bowled Hillam out for only 80 and GPC made the chase with only two men falling.

Whixley’s final match before they move across to the Nidderdale League ended in defeat to South Milford despite Pat Greenwood’s 61.

Whixley could only field ten players as they scored 144-6, before Alex Ward (40) led South Milford to victory.

Muhammed Ali took six wickets to give Saxton a final knock-out blow as Thorner Mexborough won by five wickets to finish in fourth.

Saxton needed a late 44 not out from John Potter to rescue them to 119 and Thorner had little qualms chasing it down.

Champions Scholes piled misery onto the nine men of relegated Crossgates with a seven-wicket win, chasing down 91.

Kirk Hammerton saw off East Keswick by seven-wickets as they chased 152-9.

In Division Three, Long Marston batsman Simon Lewis’ battle-hardened knock ruined St Chads A title hopes and gained his side promotion to Division Two.

Lewis batted 50 for his 51 not out to secure Marston a two-wicket win with only one ball to spare – putting his side two points above Rufforth, who gained six points from Thorner A’s concession.

Chads’ defeat left the title up for grabs for Headingley, who hammered ten man Green Hammerton by six wickets.