Wetherby League: Wetherby climb top of tree with three to play

NAWN 1404263AM1 Wetherby CC V Shadwell CC. Wetherby's Ian Twitchen. Picture : Adrian Murray.  (1404263AM1)
NAWN 1404263AM1 Wetherby CC V Shadwell CC. Wetherby's Ian Twitchen. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1404263AM1)

Wetherby are the new leaders of Division One with only three more weekends to go, after usurping Great Preston.

Neil Thomas was the star of the show for the 2012 winners as his 6-30 bowled Old Leodiensians out for just 107 on Saturday.

Fresh from taking 2-25, in-form all-rounder Mansoor Hussain stroked 64 as Wethreby triumphed by eight wickets.

Preston felt the full force of the league’s form side Barwick-in-Elmet as they lost a thriller by two wickets. Ian Newton’s 64 set Preston up to make a modest 160, with James Todd (4-42) the top bowler.

Barwick’s overseas Matt Prosser, top of the batting averages in Division One, hit 57 before Andrew Styan (16no) and Tony Wood (10no) held their nerve to take victory.

Kirk Deighton returned to form, despite a mighty top order collapse in their 17-run win over Bilton-in-Ainsty.

Five of Deighton’s top six fell for ducks before Jonny Watkins plundered a half-century as they mustered only 119.

But Bilton failed to reach the total, as Mark Harland (4-20) and Rich Ward (3-25) bowled them out for 102.

Sicklinghall reversed the form guide to see off Shadwell in another low-scoring game, winning by 26 runs.

Tom Ryshowski and Imran Khan both made 33 in ‘Hall’s 137-9 before junior Dan Holmes took 4-16 to bowl Shadwell out for 113.

Walton’s relegation into Division Two was all but confirmed after a devastating nine-wicket win at home to Old Modernians.
Old Mods raced past Walton’s total of 114 to cast the bottom side 18 points adrift.

Meanwhile, St Chad’s Broomfield edged past Scarcroft 200-8 with one wicket remaining.

Scholes can secure promotion to Division One this Saturday after beating Ledsham by 89 runs at the weekend, with Chris Roberts making a valuable 60 not out.

Garforth Parish Church gave relegation threatened Crossgates a cricket lesson to win by 200 runs, and boost their hopes of a rise next year.

James Baldwin’s 111not out led GPC to 252-3, partnered by Paul Scott’s unbeaten 66.

Stephen Bedford then took 4-6 as 10-man Gates were all out for just 52.

Church Fenton were equally impressive as they hammered East Keswick by eight-wickets, bowling the hosts out for just 60.

David Venables’ six-for cast Whixley to one side as Hillam and Monk Fryston eased past their score of 124, with eight wickets in hand.

South Milford and Saxton also played out a low-scoring tie, with Saxton falling for 97 in the chase to Milford’s 115-5.

Kirk Hammerton were another team that failed to pass the century mark, as they lost by 81 runs at Thorner Mexborough. Number eight Jim Shaw score of 80 was the key for Thorner, who made 152 all out. Muhammed Ali took 6-28 as the visitors collapsed for 71.

The promotion race is hotting up across the divisions. In Division Three, St Chad’s A and Headingley Bramhope have secured promotion into Division Two, but it’s a battle between Long Marston, Rufforth and Sherburn for the final spot, with Great Preston A leaving the league.

Marston hold the advantage but they have the leading pair to play in their final matches.

In Division Four, Meanwood and Headingley A are both heading up, with GPC A, St Chad’s B, Barwick A and Old Mods A vying for third.

Newboys Crompark have cemented promotion in Division Five - losing just one match - alongside East Keswick A.

Kippax Welfare are 10 points above Hillam A and 13 ahead of Church Fenton A in the race for third.