Wetherby League: Leaders Kirk Deighton cruelly denied by new rain regulations

Rohan Sivajoti bating for Kirk Deighton (Photo: Visualised Photography)
Rohan Sivajoti bating for Kirk Deighton (Photo: Visualised Photography)

The Wetherby League title race was blown wide open as the 2015 rain rules caused a storm on Saturday.

Division One leaders Kirk Deighton were cruelly denied six points by a 30-minute rain delay shortly after the tea interval.

With only one over played in Shadwell’s reply to a massive first innings score of 293-4, the players were forced from the field and four overs were lost.

The 2015 league changes state that a game will end in a draw if the team batting second that does not receive the same number of overs as the opposition, unless they are bowled out.

Second-placed Shadwell used it to their advantage to bat out to 161-6 in the reply as the points were shared in the top of the table crunch.

Rohan Sivajoti (72), Matt Wills (55), Jamie Crooks (64) and captain Rich Ward (61no) had all found batting comfortable in Deighton’s huge total.

Ed Whittingham defied the close catchers with 58 in Shadwell’s response.

The rain rules also heavily struck defending champions Wetherby. Having amassed 299-7, an afternoon storm took overs out of Old Leodiensians chase and they patted the ball back until the captain’s shook hands with the score on 97-1.

Ian Twitchen (71), Andrew Twitchen (62) and Arvindshetty Nijampure (83) were Wetherby’s run machines.

Deighton’s dismay allowed St Chad’s to close the gap at the top with an easy eight-wicket win over Church Fenton, chasing down 136.

Tom Reece’s century fired Bilton-in-Ainsty to a high-scoring win over Scarcroft. Aussie Reece made 121 not out before taking 3-48.

Tim Lambert also starred with bat and ball with 42 and 5-52 as Scarcroft were ousted for 275. Damon Aston (119) made the game’s second century, while Anas Imtiaz made 66.

Matt Prosser’s 97 wascrucial to Barwick-in-Elmet’s eight-wicket win over Garforth Parish Church, who had amassed 202-5 batting first – James Stockton passing the 1,000 runs mark with 89.

Finally Sicklinghall chased down Scholes’ meagre 141-9 with four wickets in hand, George Barton starring with 4-26.

Hillam and Monk Fryston are just two wins away from securing Division One cricket next season despite a test at Crossgates. Shirish Vishnumohan (5-39) helped bowl Hillam out for 238 but ‘Gates could not make the total, ending on 206.

South Milford are also nearing promotion after defending 180 against Ledsham, who were all out for 156 in reply.

Bottom side Saxton won their third game on the bounce thanks to Ian Cunningham’s five wickets.

Gareth Bottomley topscored as Saxton made 168 before bowling East Keswick out for just 132.

Kirk Hammerton were hammered by seven wicket against Thorner Mexborough after totalling just 93.

Simon Lewis and Gareth Fenton made half centuries in vain for Long Marston as Headingley Bramhope chased 168 for the loss of two wickets.

And St Chad’s A chased down Rufforth’s 181-7 with two wickets in hand despite Dan Gunnell’s 44no and 4-31 for the visitors.

l The Hare Cup final will take place at Long Marston on Sunday from 1pm. Favourites St Chad’s A will bid to win the trophy for a fourth successive time aginst Division Five side Rufforth A.