Airedale & Wharfedale League: Bilton CC enjoy derby success over Beckwithshaw

Bilton CC recorded a derby success over Beckwithshaw to extend their flawless start to the 2021 Airedale & Wharfedale League season.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 11:45 am
Updated Monday, 7th June 2021, 11:46 am
Beckwithshaw CC's Oliver Hotchkiss attempts to take a catch off his own bowling during Saturday's defeat to local rivals Bilton. Pictures: Gerard Binks

David Cummings’ men beat their local rivals by 17 runs to make it six top-flight victories in as many completed fixtures this term.

Callum Cardwell top-scored for the high-flyers, hitting 44, while Ryan Bradshaw (30) and Tuseif Arshad (29 not out) also made useful contributions in a total of 200/9 from 50 overs.

Oliver Hebblethwaite (4-26) was the pick of the ‘Shaw attack, and the all-rounder also impressed with the bat, making 31 at the top of the order as the hosts made a positive start to their run-chase.

Bilton batsman Ryan Bradshaw hits out.

Hebblethwaite and fellow opener Ben Holderness (43) put on 62 for the first wicket, but although Alex Morrell (32) and Oliver Hotchkiss (30) also chipped in, the home response ended on 183.

Luke Jarvis did much of the damage for Bilton, taking 4-55, while Sam Dale also picked up a trio of scalps.

Saturday’s 19-point haul leaves Cummings and his troops second in the Division One standings, 22 points shy of leaders Saltaire – who have had better luck with the weather this term and lost just the one match to rain.

Beckwithshaw, meanwhile, sit in sixth position following back-to-back defeats.

Collingham & Linton also lost out, failing to chase down Rawdon’s first-innings score of 262 all out.

Charlie Swallow bagged a five-wicket haul for the away team before capping an excellent afternoon’s work with 44 not out.

Jack McGahan (40) and Jonny Haslem (39) also batted well, though Collingham didn’t progress any further than 209 in the end.

Follifoot made it two wins on the bounce when they overcame Horsforth Hall Park in Division Two.

Nat Cutts was the star of the show for the Pannal Road outfit, narrowly missing out on a century with a knock of 92 which included 12 fours and one six.

He received support from Alex Fox (43) and Yasar Ali (41 not out) as the hosts put 228/7 on the board.

Joshua Cutts then scooped 4-32 alongside Istikhar Hussain (3-36) to help send Park on their way 42 runs short of their victory target.

Follifoot’s triumph leaves them eighth in the division, just a single point shy of Bardsey, who went down by 12 runs on the road at Guiseley.

Five wickets from Amjad Ali saw the home side all out on 213.

Skipper Tom Clayton led by example when Bardsey took their turn at the crease, weighing in with 63.

A couple of his team-mates made starts, though none of them managed more than Ali – who ended up stranded on 21 not out – as the visitors were dismissed for 201 in the 49th over.