Wetherby League: Garforth openers serve up batting masterclass as Kirk Deighton stay top

Scarcroft's Jonny Doyle.(1505093AM4)
Scarcroft's Jonny Doyle.(1505093AM4)

Half centuries from Gavin Mills and captain Richard Ward extended Kirk Deighton’s stay at the top of the Wetherby League with a win over title hopefuls Bilton-in-Ainsty.

The batting pair were the only two to pass 30 in Deighton’s order as Ian Hutchison’s four-for bowled out the away side for a competitive 201.

Bilton were unable to mount a strong enough run-chase after losing openers Miles Lloyd and Cameron Blake cheaply.

Three wickets apiece for Jonny Watkins and Jonty Smith, and Reuben Smith’s four-for, ousted the hots for 167, 35 runs short of victory.

St Chad’s Broomfield moved into the championship running by humbling Wetherby with eight wickets in hand.

Sultan Mehmood’s 4-32 sent Wetherb ytumbling for just 106, with wicketkeeper Andy Twitchen topscoring on 42.

Wetherby failed to match Chad’s bowling, as Rahul Sidhartha’s unbeaten 49 clinched the win.

Scholes remain rooted to the bottom despite a spirited performance to defend a below-par 91 against Old Leodiensians.

James Sykes (5-12) caused trauma to Scholes’ batting and Leos were charging to victory until James Biscombe responded with five scalps of his own. However, it was too little too late, as Leos won with two wickets in hand.

Centuries from opening batsmen James Allinson and James Stockton set Garforth Parish Church towards victory against Sicklinghall, who earned a point in a classic fixture.

Allinson (100) and Stockton (121) shared a mammoth opening stand before Thomas Spur (64no) sent the total flying up tp 298-4.However, the demoralised ‘Hall soon focused on chasing the total down and Andy Wood responded with 146.

Support lacked around the opener, though, and the innings finished on 278-6, 20 runs short.

Scarcroft earned their first win in six matches after bowling Church Fenton out for just 113.

Ben Doyle (3-21) and Suresh Ramachandran (3-18) caused the damage and Doyle saw victory home with an unbeaten 30.

Meanwhile, Barwick-in-Elmet (104-2) eased past Shadwell (102) by eight-wickets to maintain second-place.

In Division Two, Chris Lewis’ seven wicket haul was in vain for Long Marston after they threw away victory at East Keswick.

The veteran spin bowler was a thorn in Keswick’s side with figures of 7-27, with only Bilal Shahid’s half century taking East to 148 all out.

Marston were coasting towards the points with Keiran Trotter (24), Si Lewis (22) and Gareth Fenton (35) all set. But from 70-1, they collapsed to 199 all out, Shahid taking 4-29 and Wahab Hussain 4-30.

Leaders Hillam and Monk Fryston were another team to come a cropper against in-form batsman Jonny Smales in a two-wicket defeat to Ledsham.

Smales took his seasonal tally to 454 runs with 86 as Ledsham chased Hillam’s 176all-out.

Anjum Bilal Sabir put in a match-winning display with ball and bat for Thorner Mexborough over St Chad’s A,

Sabir’ 71 took Thorner to 181, before his four wickets bowled Chad’s out for 151.

Saxton remain without a win at the bottom despite Matthew Ball’s half century. Saxton were removed for just 136 against Kirk Hammerton, before Tom Main (68no) and Alex Bramley (31no) won the game by nine wickets.

South Milford bounced back from a top order collapse to see off Rufforth by 68 runs. Ben White was dropped costly early on before making an unbeaten 94 alongside Sean Nesbitt (54) as Milford scored 234/8.

Ben Lodge manufactured 64 in Rufforth’s chase, but Nesbitt’s four wickets ensured maximum points for the visitors.