Wetherby League round-up: Church gong puts Barwick-in-Elmet back on top

Bilton in Ainsty's Myles Lloyd.  (1505093AM5)
Bilton in Ainsty's Myles Lloyd. (1505093AM5)

Barwick-in-Elmet took advantage of the wet weather conditions to leapfrog Church Fenton into the leader’s jersey of the Wetherby League.

Barwick had things all their own way from early on against Garforth Parish Church, but failed to clean up the home side’s tail to earn maximum points.

Nick Swales (79), Christopher Harrison (79) and Aussie Matthew Prosser (65) were the destructive trio at the top of the order as Barwick amassed a winning score of 248-7.

Prosser then took 4-54 as Garforth toiled to 165-8 in the unsuccessful chase.

The five points tied Barwick with previous leaders Church Fenton, who had to twiddle their thumbs all afternoon with St Chad’s Broomfield’s ground under a lake.

Wetherby’s visit to Old Leodiensians fell to the same fate, with each side collecting two points.

Miles Lloyd hit an eye-catching 96 as Bilton-in-Ainsty chased down Scarcroft’s imposing 191-9, with three wickets to play with.

Ben Doyle and Jonny Braithwaite both scored half centuries as Scarcroft set a decent total. But the bowlers could not dislodge Lloyd at the top of Bilton’s order, as he amassed a majestic 96 to guide Bilton home.

Kirk Deighton had Kiwi Mat Wills’ 87 to cheer about as they crushed Shadwell by 52 runs. An understrength Deighton would have been slightly disappointed to have only posted 161-9. But Mark Harland’s five wicket haul did the damage in the second innings to bowl Shadwell out for just 109.

Sicklinghall climbed off the bottom of the table thanks to Martin Wood’s unbeaten Nelson. Wood made the 111 not out in a strong total of 214-5, with wicketkeeper Phil Wood also notching up 56.

‘Hall then shared the Scholes scalps across their bowlers to take all six points by 87 runs.

Division Two leading pair Hillam and Monk Fryston and South Milford continued their unbeaten start to the season in jointly impressive style.

Milford’s strong batting line-up were too much for Ledsham’s attack in a comprehensive nine-wicket win.

Sam Thomas’ five wickets helped Milford restrict Ledsham to 186-8 before Stuart Morley (79no), Peter Batty (63) and Martin Bramley (30no) coasted home – reaching the total in the final over.

Hillam required the help of junior Michael Jarvis to rescue them to an 87-run win over struggling Crossgates. Left-arm spinner Matt Stupples (6-37) caused Hillam’s top order all sort of problems before Jarvis, batting at ten, topscored with 46 to drag his side up 164 all out.

However, Crossgate offered little with the bat as they collapsed for just 77.

Saxton (118) remain rooted to the bottom alongside Crossgates after a fourth straight defeat, losing to East Keswick (119-3) by seven wickets.

Long Marston crashed to a third straight defeat to fellow Division Two newboys Headingley Bramhope, in a crushing 10-wicket defeat.

Marston made only 105 before Ian Rogers (63no) and Jack Mason (41no) put on a century stand to clinch the victory.

Ten-man Kirk Hammerton were equally poor with the bat in losing by five wickets to Thorner Mexborough. Liam Fisher’s 55 was in vain as Hammerton made just 120ao before comfortably made the chase.

Meanwhile, Rufforth collapsed in their chase of St Chad’s A’s 157-7, losing by 67 runs.