Wetherby League: Kirk Deighton hit monster total to boost hopes of maiden title

Barwick-in-Elmet's Hilton Bellis(1506274AM3)
Barwick-in-Elmet's Hilton Bellis(1506274AM3)

Overseas man Matt Wills cracked a magnificent century as Kirk Deighton got their title charge back on track in devastating fashion on Saturday.

Wills topscored on a destructive day of batting by the Deighton batsmen, who notched up 349/4 against a modest Church Fenton attack.

As well as Wills’ unbeaten 104, openers Gavin Mills (94) and Rohan Sivajoti (62) plundered runs to all quarters of the Mark Lane ground, allowing Rich Ward to declare before their 45 overs were up.

Fenton then folded like a pack of cards against Mark Harland (4-16) and Jonty Smith (5-46), totalling just 108.

Despite the big margin win, Deighton remain three points behind leaders St Chad’s Broomfield, who saw off Sicklinghall by 51 runs.

Sicklinghall’s Andy Wood collected figures of 4-17 and brother Martin made 61 but their side failed to chase down 184/9.

Kirk Deighton captain Richard Ward. (1406213AM6)

Kirk Deighton captain Richard Ward. (1406213AM6)

Ian Hutchinson, Tom Reece and Andy Walker all took three wickets as third place Bilton-in-Ainsty obliterated Old Leodiensians’ batting line-up for just 52.

That came after Cameron Blake (56) and Reece (39) had taken Bilton to 195/7 on their home track.

Barwick-in-Elmet kept alive their faint title hopes thanks to Matt Prosser’s all-round performance. Prosser hit 61 and took 5-24 to see off Scarcroft by 112 runs, as teammate James Todd made a vital 67 not out.

Runs were hard to come by for both Wetherby and Shadwell, as the former edged a gripping contest by 12 runs.

It was a day for the bowlers, as Cody McGrath (4-22) helped bowl Wetherby out for just 85 before Rupert Martin (5-15) and Adam Wilkinson (4-26) routed Shadwell for 73.

Scholes are one defeat away from having their relegation to Division Two confirmed, after crashing to a seven-wicket defeat at Garforth Parish Church.

Likewise, Hillam and Monk Fryston need one victory to secure their promotion to the top tier. Victory at Rufforth on Saturday will seal their rise despite falling to a heavy defeat against title rivals South Milford last week.

Milford skipper Peter Batty was unlucky not to make a century as his 99 took his side to 193 batting first. Resident Aussie Sean Nesbitt then snared five wickets for 29 as Hillam were dismissed for 146.

Headingley Bramhope are the only team that can stop the leading pair, and they took six points with a 48-run win over St Chad’s A.

Rufforth’s Dan Gunnell took a hat-trick in the first over against East Keswick but still found himself on the losing team, as his side failed to chase a target of 104.

Bilal Shahid made 50 and took two wickets for Keswick, as they held to victory on by 12 runs.

Elsewhere, Ed Rawling made a composed 73 as Long Marston saw off Kirk Hammerton by 58 runs and Saxton jumped off the bottom of the table with a much-needed win over Crossgates.

John Potter’s valuable 48 turned out to be the difference as Saxton sealed a 91-run win,

Jonny Smales surpassed the 1,000-run milestone for the season to take Ledsham past Thorner Mexborough by 21 runs.

Meanwhile, Leeds side Meanwood have secured promotion from Division Three.