It was a case of runs galore on Sunday afternoon, as fierce rivals Bilton and Beckwithshaw played out a thrilling Aire-Wharfe Waddilove Cup first round tie.
More than 550 runs were scorched at Beckwithshaw’s Killinghall Road ground as Bilton just prevailed by four runs, despite the hosts’ dramatic late surge for victory.
Bilton captain Ryan Nicholson (103no) and new recruit Vic Craven (101) plundered centuries and Odge Davey smacked 65 runs of 39 balls as Bilton amassed 282-2 from 45 overs.
‘Shaw looked in trouble when star all-rounders Yasir Ali (61) and Ishi Hussian (14) departed to leave them on 189-7.
But, Harry Lister’s late blast of 44 runs from just 27 balls took ‘Shaw onto the verge of a remarkable victory.
However, Lister failed to complete the run chase as he was the last man out, caught by Sajid Ali off Will Liddle’s bowling, with four runs still needed and two balls of the match left.
“It was probably the best game I have every played in, and one of the best wickets I have played on,” said Nicholson.
“We were winning the game all the way through until the last six or seven overs. They were unlucky not to win it.
“To win against the team that came second last year, it gives us that extra boost that you want in the cup.”
Opposing captain Ben Quick said: “Bilton are a quality outfit and should be clear favourites to do the double this year.
“No side should really come close with the depth of talent that they have.”
Bilton were also victorious in Division One on Saturday, against former champions Burley. Burley amassed 202, with Mustahsan Ali Shah’s 3-45 the pick of the bowling.
Nicholson (54) passed his half century in the reply before wicketkeeper Paul Cannings (34no) and Ali (42no) put on 57 together to seal a four-wicket win.
Nicholson said: “Up until this weekend, we had had a bad start. But this weekend has kick-started our season.”
Beckwithshaw also chased down a score of more than 200, as they beat 2012 champions Collingham by seven wickets.
Former Yorkshire seamer Alex Lilley took five wickets as he continued his return from injury, as Collingham scored 207-8 batting first, Toby Jacklin topscoring with 89.
In their reply, Yasir Ali’s unbeaten 64 guided Ben Quick’s side home, with Ross Knellor (54) and Lilley (48) also in the runs.
Quick added: “We have had an excellent weekend and played some great cricket which we can draw so many positives from.
“We will concentrate hard on the league and continue to try keep climbing the league and developing our young lads.”
In Division Two, Follifoot continued their unbeaten charge for an immediate return to Division One as they hammered Green Lane by eight wickets.
Umer Yaqoob snared five victims for 41 runs as ‘Foot dismissed their hosts for a measly 119.
Jim Pickles and James Orton were the only wickets to fall, as stand-in captain Nick Robinson (38no) and Alex Fox (78) steered the title chasers to a comfortable win.