’Shaw show top of the table class

Ross Sedgley batting for Beckwithshaw
Ross Sedgley batting for Beckwithshaw

Beckwithshaw have ramped up their bid for a trophy laden season with a quick-fire treble this week.

’Shaw moved imperiously clear at the Aire Wharfe Division One half-way stage on Saturday with a comfortable seven wicket triumph over Harden.

Ben Quick’s side then progressed into the Waddilove Cup semi-final, overwhelming Rawdon by five wickets.

The Killinghall Roaders trebled their victory count when they hammered Knaresborough to earn their first silverware of the season in the Addison Cup on Monday evening (for a full report turn to page 102.)

’Shaw’s impressive attack caused bottom side Harden all sorts of problems on Saturday.

Alex Lilley bagged five wickets for 41 to restrict the away side to 186-9 before John Inglis (73) and Ross Sedgley (60) helped them home with a 132-opening stand.

Captain Quick said: “Saturday showed the gulf between top and bottom of the league.

“We carried out our plans superbly and destroyed Harden in all facets of the game.

“Whilst we have remained unbeaten all season we know there is still room for improvement.

“It was very pleasing to see Alex Lilley back amongst the wickets and bowling with good pace and late swing.”

Sedgley continued his impressive form into Sunday as he smacked 78 from 79 balls to ease past Rawdon’s 155 with 15 overs to spare.

Ollie Hotchkiss had earlier rattled through Rawdon’s middle order and Quick paid special praise to his bowler.

“I couldn’t have asked much more,” he said.

“It was yet another very professional performance.

“Ollie again showed his growing qualities as a quick bowler and he was backed up by impressive performances from the rest of the team.”

Quick praised the whole club for its start to the season with both the first and second teams unbeaten in 16 matches.

With Steeton visiting on Saturday, ‘Shaw sit 17 points adrift at the top with rivals Otley and Burley struggling to keep pace.

“Things are going exceptionally well,” Quick added.

“The whole club is buzzing, it’s great.

The focus now is to ensure our standards stay high and we keep notching up the wins.”