Anderson: Four in title hunt

Aire Wharfe League Waddilove Cup Final at Ilkley'Ollie Hardaker of Collingham  attacks the bowling of  Alex Miller
Aire Wharfe League Waddilove Cup Final at Ilkley'Ollie Hardaker of Collingham attacks the bowling of Alex Miller
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Collingham captain Sam Anderson believes it is now a four-way battle for the Aire-Wharfe title.

The reigning champions applied more pressure on leading pair Beckwithshaw and Burley on Saturday as they showed steel to beat Steeton by 75 runs.

But they did so without overseas batsman Matt Fielding who has returned home after ‘disagreements’ soured his stay at the club.

Collingham’s top order struggled on their home track but number seven Ryan Sharrocks rescued the innings with a flamboyant 50 to post 197-9.

In Steeton’s reply, Mark Taylor flashed 84, including five sixes in one Sam Booth over, but he found little support from his teammates.

Dave Girling ousted four victims and Booth took 3-47 as Steeton were bowled out for 122.

“It was pretty comprehensive. The scorecard flattered them,” said Anderson.

“They were never in the game. It was pretty one sided

“Ryan Sharrocks has been a real revelation this year. He’s probably got four or five 50’s for us batting at seven. He saved us with the bat.

“It seems to be coming off every time for him at the moment.”

Next, the Harewood Laners travel to fourth-placed Otley and Anderson reckons along with ‘Shaw and Burley they have title credentials.

Anderson said he was looking forward to matching up against former junior teammate James Davies, who took all 10 Bilton wickets on Saturday for 15 runs.

“That’s the sort of player he is,” Anderson added.

“I have been looking forward to playing Otley all year. They have a strong team and they have been strengthened this year by James’ arrival.

“We will give them a tougher game then Bilton that’s for sure.”

Charlie Fairbank returns to the squad after a charity bike ride and Anderson hopes the break from cricket will have a positive impact on his game.

“He hasn’t had a great start to the season. I hope that the break will have refreshed his mind,” he said.

On Fielding’s exit, Anderson said: “There were some disagreements and it didn’t pan out quite as hoped. It was agreed that the best thing was for him to go back home.

“It’s brought us a bit closer. I’m not too upset he has gone as it give other people the opportunity.”