Wetherby League: Wetherby clinch 16th league title with Barwick win

Wetherby celebrate (14080995AM4)
Wetherby celebrate (14080995AM4)

Wetherby have won the Wetherby League for the second time in three years after ending Barwick-in-Elmet’s late charge to secure the crown on Saturday.

Richard Grogan’s men secured the Division One title with a weekend to go, after collecting their 12th victory of the season at Barwick.

Reigning champions Preston will hand over the trophy after their spirited defence of the crown eventually came unstuck at home to St Chad’s Broomfield.

Their five-wicket defeat meant Wetherby went into an unassailable seven-point lead at the top which will see the trophy return to Grange Park for the 16th time.

Wetherby last won the trophy in 2012 when they ended a 25 year baron spell.

Thomas Hudson’s half century set Wetherby up for their crowning glory as he made 59 in his side’s imposing 186-5 at Barwick’s Chapel Lane.

In reply, Barwick, who headed into the game unbeaten since losing to Wetherby on June 21, lost Aussie Matt Prosser for 16 and Nick Swales (38) and were unable to recover.

Ian Twitchen (3-31) and Syed Ahmed (3-30) kept the wickets tumbling and, despite captain Gary Bettison (31) and James Swales (22no) moving Barwick close, Wetherby wrapped up the innings with the hosts 27 runs short.

Preston, in their penultimate match in the Wetherby League, were bowled out for just 149 at home to Chads, and the visitors saw the win home with ease.

Elsewhere, relegated Walton were unable to gain their first win at home to Bilton-in-Ainsty as Ian Hutchinson’s 4-26 bowled them out for 133.

Phil Atkinson (54) and Thomas Reece (30no) batted out a seven-wicket win for Bilton.

Andy Wood fell five runs short of his century as Sicklinghall thumped Kirk Deighton by 104 runs.

Aidan Marshall took four wickets for Deighton to bowl the hosts out for 169. But Wood (2-15) and Steve Wood (4-25) rattled through in the second innings as Deighton made just 65.

Scarcroft amassed 295-6 at home to Old Modernians, largely thanks to Peter Hynes (78) and Damian Aston (94no) electric batting.

Aaron Shackleford, Ghulam Hussain and Shoaib Rehman all took three scalps to bowl Old Mods out for 142.

Graham Dickson was Old Leos hero in beating Shadwell. The bowler took seven wickets for nine runs, before holding his nerve at number 10 to chase down Shadwell’s 117all out with one wickets left.

In Division Two, Scholes (66-1) confirmed their status as champions with a comprehensive nine-wicket win over third place Garforth Parish Church (60ao), Mark Sirrell taking 7-19.

Church Fenton (227ao) benefited from Garforth’s demise by hammering Whixley by 130 runs to leave them in charge of the second promotion spot, largely thanks to Kendall Egdley’s 86.

A win against Ledsham on Saturday will secure Fenton a rise into Division One.

Ledsham ruined Hillam and Monk Fryston’s promotion hopes with a two-wicket win, chasing down 206.

A century stand between Matthew Ball (59no) and Liam Bishop (58no) saw Saxton past Kirk Hammerton by 10 wickets.

Meanwhile, East Keswick (151-9) beat South Milford by two runs in a thriller, with Bilal Shahid scoring a vital 57 not out. Paul Hebden was unlucky to be on the losing side after scoring 89.

Thorner thrashed relegated Crossgates by 80 runs, despite only scoring 126-9, with Anjum Bilal Sabir taking 6-22 to bowl ‘Gates out for 46.