Airedale & Wharfedale League: Bilton CC extend fine start to the season

Bilton CC sit second in the Airedale & Wharfedale League Division One standings having extended their 100 per cent start to the 2021 season by beating Rawdon on Saturday.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 7:43 pm
Updated Monday, 24th May 2021, 7:51 pm
Ryan Bradshaw's half-century helped Bilton CC make it four wins in as many completed fixtures in 2021. Picture: Caught Light Photography

David Cummings’ team secured a fourth victory from as many completed matches this term in what was a closely-contested affair.

The visitors made a steady start to their innings having been put into bat, openers Cummings (32)and Sam Dale (31) both looking in decent touch before being dismissed.

They then found themselves in a bit of trouble at 114/6 before Ryan Bradshaw struck 55 from 61 deliveries as the away innings closed on 194/9.

Rawdon seemed well placed to go on and reach their victory target having made it to 161/3,but then lost their last seven wickets for just 21 runs, eventually being dismissed for 182.

Awais Ejaz shone with the ball for Bilton grabbing 5-51, while Luke Jarvis also did his bit with 3-40.

Oliver Hebblethwaite was the star of the show for Beckwithshaw, who sit just one place further back in third position following their five-wicket success at Addingham.

In a match reduced to 30 overs per side, the all-rounder helped himself to 5-34 as the hosts posted 206/8.

Hebblethwaite then opened the batting for ‘Shaw and smashed seven fours and four sixes in a quick-fire knock of 90 not out, guiding the Killinghall Road outfit to 208/5 with three-and-a-half overs to spare.

Collingham & Linton fell to a narrow loss on the road at Olicanian.

Charlie Swallow took 3-31 to help restrict the home team to 208/6.

Swallow (40), Daniel Kilby (32) and Jonny Haslem (27) all made starts when Collingham took their turn at the crease, though none of them were able to go on and make the big score needed to get their side over the line, the visitors running out of deliveries on 198/9.

In Division Two, Bardsey suffered a 39-run reverse at the hands of Green Lane.

Waqas Rasheed (4-32) and Amjad Ali (3-32) both impressed to ensure that the hosts did not progress any further than 179 all out.

Bardsey then slumped to 61/6 and despite the efforts of Sameer Manjrekar (35) and Ali (30), they ended up well short on 140 all out.

Follifoot’s home clash with Steeton was abandoned due to bad weather.