Wetherby Cricket League: Wilkinson six-for keeps Wetherby sniffing title

NAWN 1404263AM4 Wetherby's Adam Wilkinson. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1404263AM4)
NAWN 1404263AM4 Wetherby's Adam Wilkinson. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1404263AM4)

Strike bowler Adam Wilkinson was Wetherby’s hero as they cemented second spot with victory in the top of Division One clash at Bilton-in-Ainsty on Saturday.

Wetherby maintained the pressure on reigning champions Great Preston as they battled past Bilton by 37 runs.

Richard Grogan’s title chasers were under the cosh early after making the short trip towards York and lost opener Neil Thomas for one before Grogan (nine) and Neil Belton (zero) also departed.

Paul Horsey’s 46 rescued them before number 10 Syed Ahmed’s unbeaten 32 helped the Grange Parkers scramble to 166 all out.

However, Bilton were never on track in their reply as Wilkinson tore through the top order, taking six scalps for just 41 runs.

Late order resistance from second-teamer Chris Fairhurst (37no) and Rob Wilson (39) grabbed Bilton a bonus point.

But the third-placed side were eventually dismissed for 129.

Table-topping Great Preston enjoyed the luxury of declaring in a dominant afternoon at Shadwell’s Brandon Oval. Ian Newton (66) and Lee Russell (91) gave the visitors a perfect start on a sun-kissed afternoon with a century opening partnership.

Preston reached 260-6 before declaring. Newton then produced a day to remember when the teams turned round, as he took six wickets for just five runs to bowl Shadwell out for only 91.

The Leeds side now have 52 points at the top of Division One, with Wetherby four behind and Bilton eight further back.

Fourth-placed Kirk Deighton also lost ground on the leaders as they were smacked around by Scarcroft, losing heavily by 165 runs.

Damian Aston plundered 80 runs and overseas star Aaron Shackleford (58) rose his bat as Scarcroft amassed 261-6 from their 45 overs.

Peter Hynes (33) and Richard Stephens (40) also made valuable contributions from the top of the order.

In reply, Deighton never made an impression on the huge target and only Josh Powell (16) and Division Three top runscorer Keith Lambert (22) passed into double figures.

Parth Kulkarni, another player to have starred in Division Three this season after taking 16 wickets at 3.75, took 3-16 and Charles Silverton got 3-27 for Scarcroft.

Bottom side Walton endured a miserable, and short, afternoon at home to Sicklinghall after being humbled for just 29 in the opening knock.

No batsman scored more than seven runs as Sicklinghall’s Steve Wood (7-13) and Andy Wood (2-15) caused all sorts of problems.

Imran Ali fell for a duck in the visitors’ chase, but Martin Wood (12no) and Richard Brooke (20no) sealed an easy nine-wicket win.

Walton are now in a precarious position at the bottom of the table, with only one team set to be relegated in the revised plans for the 2015 league structure.

Mid-table Barwick-in-Elmet will not be in the relegation mix after a tense 13-run win over St Chad’s Broomfield.

Aussie Matt Prosser (101no) starred with the division’s only century of the day as Barwick totalled 207-9 batting first.

Prosser then took 4-52 alongside Dan Fitzpatrick’s 4-43 to deny Chad’s victory, however, they failed to bowl the North Leeds side out for the maximum six points.

Meanwhile, Old Modernians beat Old Leodiensians by 98 runs in the ‘Old’ Leeds derby.

In Division Two, Garforth Parish Church and Scholes both continued their pursuit of a rise into the top tier with maximum point victories.

Scholes squeezed past Thorner Mexborough on a lively bowling surface, as 18 wickets fell for less than 120 runs.

Mark Sirrell’s 5-15 bowled Thorner out for just 58, with only three players making double figures.

Scholes collapsed in their simple chase as Anjum Bilal Sabir took 4-18 for Thorner.

However, the second-placed side clung onto victory with numbers nine and ten at the crease.

Garforth reached the half century of points by seeing off Saxton in an eight-wicket triumph. The leaders toasted Mike Haw’s 5-39 as Saxton were bowled out for 141, with Harry Fletcher topscoring on 34.

Opening batsman James Stockton hit an unbeaten 82 to clinch their seventh six-point win of the season.

East Keswick once again showed they would not be demoralised by their 48-point deduction which has left them cut adrift at the bottom, by hammering Ledsham by 143 runs.

Keswick amassed 248-9, with Kamar Karim (36) and Kashef Rehman (36) joint-topscoring. In reply, Johny Smales scored 46 for Ledsham but he found little support as his side were dismissed for 105.

Second-bottom Crossgates caused the shock of the week as they dented wantaway Whixley by two wickets.

John Richardson made 69 as Whixley, who are moving to the Nidderdale League next year, hit 181-7 batting first.

Crossgates shared the responsibility on the chase, and it was left to number eight Shirish Vishnumohan (44no) and Matt Stupples (46) to lead them over the winning line.

Elsewhere, Church Fenton leapfrogged South Milford after thrashing them by 108 runs.

Kirk Hammerton only just saw off Hillam and Monk Fryston’s brave challenge by 24 runs, after originally posting a massive 260-6 from their 45 overs.

Alex Bramley smashed 145 not out in Hammerton’s opening knock.

Luke Frankland then passed 50 as Hillam made a fist of the chase, but they ultimately fell short in taking a 75 per cent bonus point.

Division Three: Sherburn Eversley 169ao lost to Amaranth 175-7; Scarcroft A conceded against Kirk Deighton A; Rufforth 174-6 beat Bilton-in-Ainsty 116ao; Long Marston beat Thorner A conceded; Headingley Bramhope 73-7 beat St Chad’s A 72ao; Great Preston A 228-5 beat Green Hammerton 115ao.

Division Four: Wetherby A 105-9 lost to South Milford A 164-6; Garforth PC A beat Saxton A conceded; Old Leos A 191-9 lost to Old Mods A 192-6; Meanwood 185-3 beat Shadwell A 184ao; Headingley A 127-9 beat Long Marston 123ao; Barwick-in-Elmet 273-7 beat St Chad’s B 117ao.

Division Five: Church Fenton A 277-7 beat Wighill Park 171ao; East Keswick A 158-8 beat Kippax Welfare 149ao; Hillam and Monk Fryston A bt Sherburn A conceded; Sicklinghall A 209-7 bt Gledhow 173ao; Whixley 59ao lost to Headingley B 235-6.

Division Six: Amaranth A 145-7 lost to Kirk Hammerton 146-3; Green Hammerton A 134-8 lost to Meanwood A 135-2; Scholes A 62 ao lost to Crossgates A 111ao.