Knaresborough pull well clear at top

hsb  Mike Baxandall bowling for Knaresborough against Follifoot.  100508M6d.
hsb Mike Baxandall bowling for Knaresborough against Follifoot. 100508M6d.

Knaresborough CC distanced themselves at the top of the table as they dismantled a struggling Calverley side by seven wickets on Saturday.

Cameron Pitt starred with bat and ball as ‘Boro eased to the basement club’s 126 total with 36 overs in hand.

Victory extended ‘Boro’s Aire-Wharfe Division Two winning streak to five games and stretched their advantage at the top to 11 points.

Stu Carey’s men will look to continue their merry course at fourth-placed Thackley on Saturday.

Calverley chose to bat after winning the toss at Knaresborough’s Aspin Lane ground. But they were soon put under pressure by Pitt ( 3-31) and veteran Mike Baxandall (4-26).

Opener Nav Panesar carried his bat for the visitors but his patient knock of 38 from 141 balls did little to harm ‘Boro’s chances of success.

Chasing 127 to clinch victory, ‘Boro lost three wickets to the potent Jonny Hudson but Pitt’s 46 not out steered the side home.

Stalwart Jon Corcoran added 25 not out as ‘Boro scored at more than six an over.

“We kept taking wickets at important times,” Corcoran said.

“We are improving week by week. We are full of confidence and we showed it against a team without any confidence.”

The batsman saluted Pitt’s “quality” all round showing and said the club were riding high.

He said: “Cam’s developed over the years. His bowling was a handful from the start.

“He’s just needed an innings to get him going this year. Hopefully he can go on now.

“It’s given us a little bit of breathing space at the top.

“We have to be confident and keep that going. A winning mentality is something you can’t breed into people.

“We have balance all around the side giving everybody a good game.”

Corcoran labelled Thackley as a “hit and miss” squad but expects them to pose a tougher test next weekend.

“If their top players fire they are a good team,” he said.

“They fire one week and then not the next. If they come off they can be dangerous.”

Meanwhile, youngster Jonny Tattersall maintained his impressive early season form as he top-scored for Yorkshire seconds against Derbyshire.

The batsman struck 65 as Yorkshire drew a rain-affected contest.