Aire-Wharfe League: Beckwithshaw downed again as Bilton thump 2012 champions Collingham

NADV 1404264AM3 Bilton CC V Collingham CC. Bilton's Danny Hardacre.  (1404264AM3)
NADV 1404264AM3 Bilton CC V Collingham CC. Bilton's Danny Hardacre. (1404264AM3)
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Reigning Aire-Wharfe champions Beckwithshaw lost a second league clash in a row after failing to match the batting of newly promoted Ilkley on Saturday.

‘Shaw struggled to contain the West Yorkshire side early in their innings before captain Ben Quick (3-39) introduced himself to the attack. Alongside Stu Hudson (2-36), Quick reduced Ilkley to 199-9 from their overs.

However, in reply Shaw got off to a terrible start and fell to 50-5. Only Quick (35no) and Hudson (45) resisted the Ilkley attack as Shaw were dismissed for 123 to lose by 69 runs.

However, Shaw bounced back in the Waddilove Cup preliminary round on Sunday, beating Tong Park Esholt by 55 runs. Quick continued his excellent form with 99 from 72 deliveries (including seven sixes) and Sam Moore struck 62 to help Shaw post 267-7. Tong Park fell short making 212-9 with Charlie Lister the pick of the bowlers.
Bilton eased past 2012 winners Collingham and Linton after opening bowler Sajid Ali’s mesmeric 15-over spell. Odge Davey (45) topscored for Bilton as they made 228-9 declared from 49 overs, with Dan Hardaker also making a valuable contribution of 39 not out.

Ali then removed Collingham’s top order cheaply before Richard Spittlehouse (3-20) and Vic Craven (1-0) completed the rout.

Collingham collapsed from 83-5 to 96 all out as Bilton secure a 132-run 20-point victory. Ryan Nicholson’s side go to Guiseley on Saturday and Beckwithshaw travel to Pool.

In Division Two, Follifoot extended their perfect start by thrashing Colton by 64 runs. James Orton’s 88 and Jim Pickles’ 65 helped Follifoot make 218-8. Ed Clayton (5-55) led the attack to bowl the home side out for 154. However, ‘Foot went out of the Waddilove Cup on Sunday with a narrow two-wicket defeat to Steeton.

Follifoot scored 240 all out but the Bradford side sneaked over the line.

Knaresborough got their promotion hopes on track with a low-scoring 57-run victory over Harden.

Overseas star Dylan Grandell scored 75 as Knaresborough struggled to 146-8 from 40 overs. Neil Marshall’s 4-33 then ripped through Harden’s line-up to secure a comfortable win.

Knaresborough welcome Thackley to Aspin Lane on Saturday while Follifoot will look to make it three out of three at home to Upper Wharfedale.