Wetherby League: Kirk Deighton crash and burn in crunch tie with title rivals

Barwick-in-Elmet captain Gary Bettison

Barwick-in-Elmet captain Gary Bettison

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Long-time leaders Kirk Deighton crashed off the top of Division One following a devastating display by title rivals Bilton-in-Ainsty on Saturday.

Half centuries for Tom Reece (63) and Phil Schofield (58no) were supported by resident Aussie Cameron Blake’s contribution of 48 as Bilton racked up 239/5 at Kirk’s small Mark Lane ground. Reece maintained the spotlight as the teams reversed as he took three wickets alongside Tim Lambert’s devastating spell of 4-31 to bowl the former leaders out for just 93.

Deighton relinquished the leaders’ jersey to St Chad’s Broomfield, who were far too strong for Wetherby.

At Grange Park, Ewan Brannan (67) and Tim Patterson (41) gave St Chad’s the perfect foundation at the top of the order in setting up 216/9.

Wetherby’s Neil Thomas added 17 to his 4-60 in the reply, but only Rich Grogan (25) and Paul Horsey (15) made double figures as the 2014 champions were skittled for 73.

Barwick-in-Elmet maintained their title hopes on an excellent weekend for the club. The Fred Fleetwood Cup winners beat Shadwell by 47 runs, after Lee Storey (79) and Christopher Harrison (64) set them on their way to 244/5. Matty Prosser then took 4-62 as Shadwell were rooted for 197, Cody McGrath topscoring on 68.

Sicklinghall continued their upsurge with a simple nine-wicket win over Garforth Parish Church. Andy Wood (55) and Richard Brooke (49no) cantered over Garforth’s 129 all out, which saw Zubair Ahmed take 4-30.

Scholes (125) moved closer to the trap door as Andy Guest’s 73 took Old Leos (231/7) to a 106-run victory. James Sykes (4-62) and Jack Kane (4-24) haunted Scholes with the ball.

Thomas Dean was Church Fenton’s hero, as his six-wicket burst bowled Scarcroft out for 107. In partnership with Kendall Edgley (4-46), Dean helped Fenton defend 176/8 – with Stephen Wragg scoring an unbeaten 66.

The leading pair in Division Two continued their promotion push, despite both being pushed to the wire.

Teenager Olly Baron’s five-for inspired Hillam and Monk Fryston to victory over Ledsham. Baron helped bowl Ledsham out for 154. Nine batsmen were needed in the successful chase, with Rob Edwards topscoring on 54.

Title rivals South Milford put on a ninth-wicket partnership of 30 to see off Rufforth by two wickets, after the visitors had amassed 192 batting first. Father and son Dave and Chris Green both scored half centuries for Rufforth, while Ben White took 5-55. Brother Dan White (38) top scored in the chase, while Peter Batty smacked the winning runs.

Headingley Bramhope stayed third with a comprehensive 85-run win over Crossgates.

Ahmed Bhatti smacked 90 as St Chad’s A compiled 258/7 against Thorner Mexborough. The runs flowed in Thorner’s reply, too but Josh Walker’s 57 turned out to be in vain.

Tom Main (53) and Liam Fisher (74) sent Kirk Hammerton to victory over bottom side Saxton. Chris Kidman (4-54) and Alex Bramley (3-30) completed a good day for Kirk, with Ian Cunningham scoring 69 in Saxton’s 182.

Meanwhile, Long Marston (231/7) missed out on beating East Keswick in a final ball classic. Bilal Shahid made a century in Keswick’s 237/9, before Simon Lewis (85) and James Bryant (60) took Marston mightily close.