Wetherby League: Matt Prosser ignites Barwick-in-Elmet’s late title challenge

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Form side Barwick-in-Elmet beat the rain and Bilton-in-Ainsty to move into contention for the Wetherby League title.

Overseas star Matt Prosser was the hero again as Barwick claimed a seven-wicket win over Bilton.

Prosser took four wickets and three catches to restrict Bilton to a modest 144-9, with opposing Aussie Thomas Reece smashing 85 for Bilton.

The leading batsman in Division One then hit 41 from the top of the innings as Daniel Fitzpatrick (31), Gary Bettison (32) and Matthew Wood (29no) knocked Barwick across the line.

With the rain cancelling Great Preston and Wetherby’s title shoot-out, Barwick have made a late dash to the line in the title race.

Four points separate the top three with two matches left to play and Barwick are set to play leaders Wetherby this Saturday.

Wetherby were dangling on 95-5 at home to Preston when the incessant rain became too much.

Elsewhere, Walton’s relegation to Division Two was confirmed after their clash at Kirk Deighton was abandoned, with the hosts 182-3 and John Marriott unbeaten on 65.

Walton have failed to win a match in the top tier this season and captain Mansoor Hussain jumped ship to move to title chasing Wetherby in August.

Meanwhile, Old Modernians wicketkeeper Dwayne Heke produced the performance of the week to smash 128 not out to beat Sicklinghall by 10 wickets.

‘Hall made a competitive 167-6 with Andy Wood (46) and Martin Wood (50) both scoring well. However, Heke provided a batting masterclass alongside Jay Atkinson to complete a comprehensive win.

St Chad’s Broomfield beat Old Leodiensians by 20 runs in the other match to come to a close. Chad’s made 199-9 before Sultan Mehmood’s four-for bowled Leos out for 179.

Scholes will join Division One next season after the rain secured their rise on Saturday, with third-placed Church Fenton left frustrated at home to relegated Crossgates.

Fenton remain in contention for promotion, though, with Garforth Parish Church just four points above them in second with two games to play.

Fourth-placed Hillam and Monk Fryston are also in with a sniff, despite their clash at South Milford suffering from the weather with Milford on 115-1.

Saxton were the only team to complete a win on Saturday after thrashing Ledsham by eight wickets

Steve Hills (4-6) and Harry Fletcher (3-6) produced the goods as Ledsham were ousted for just 55. Liam Bishop chased it down with 31 not out.

In Division Three, Long Marston hold the advantage for the third promotion place, with fierce rivals Rufforth the only team able to pip them.

St Chad’s’ second string and Headingley Bramhope have both secured a step up into Division Two at the head of the table, with two points separating the pair.

The top two are set to play Marston in their remaining fixtures, while Rufforth play mid-table Kirk Deighton A and bottom side Thorner Mexborough A.

Already promoted Meanwood were the only team to take a victory from Division Four, beating Wetherby A by seven wickets.

Headingley B will join Meanwood in Division Three next year but the wet weekend left the third spot up for grabs between GPC A, St Chad’s B Old Mods A and Barwick-in-Elmet.

Crompark and East Keswick A are up in Division Five but Kippax Welfare, Hillam A and Church Fenton A are vying for third.