Kirk Deighton held on for a momentous victory on their search for a first Wetherby League crown and gave St Chad’s the first part of a crushing weekend in the process.
Spectators were left on the edge of their seats as Chad’s went in pursuit of Deighton’s 264-8. Overseas star Nick Revell led the way with 102 but his side fell agonisingly short as three wickets apiece for captain Rich Ward and Matt Wills handed Deighton a 14-run win.
Jamie Crooks (87) and Ward (49) had earlier laid the tracks for the league leaders to post a huge score in the opening innings.
Chad’s weekend of misery was capped off on Sunday when they lost in the Fred Fleetwood Cup semi-finals to Barwick-in-Elmet by two wickets.
Andy Styan was Barwick’s hero as his 46 took them across St Chad’s 150 all out.
Barwick face Rufforth at Church Fenton in next month’s final after the Division Two side saw off Crompark by 105 runs in the other semi.
Ed White took four wickets and topscored with 37 as Rufforth strolled past their fourth tier opponents.
Barwick will head into the final as favourites after climbing up to sixth in Division One with a seven-wicket win over Old Leodiensians.
Styan took 5-48 to bowl Leos out for 130 before Matty Prosser’s unbeaten 71 clinched the six points.
Shadwell kept the pressure on leaders Deighton with a simple win over neighbours Scarcroft. Cody McGrath’s 73 not out was the highest score of the day as Shadwell surpassed Scarcroft’s weak first innings total of 143.
Tom Reece maintained Bilton-in-Ainsty’s faint hopes of a league championship with four wickets and 56 in their 44-run win over Sicklinghall.
Tim Lambert (33) and Ben Aked (43) sent Bilton up to 175-7 before Reece (4-21) and Lambert (3-30) sent ‘Hall packing for just 131.
Wetherby’s renaissance at the bottom of the table continued with a resounding thrashing of struggling Scholes. Ian Twitchen (95) and Simon Jackson (66) cracked Wetherby up to 262 all out before Adam Wilkinson got his teeth into the Scholes top order with a mesmeric 7-29.
Elsewhere, James Allinson (139no) and James Stockton (91) smashed Garforth Parish Church to 260-1 before Adam Lewis took 4-24 to see off Church Fenton by 74 runs.
Tailenders Danny Langdon (56no) and James Stephenson (53no) saved Fenton’s bacon and denied Garforth maximum points, staying at the crease at 187-7.
Half centuries for Adrian Joynson (61), Martin Pugh (66) and Jeremy McFarlane (74) set Hillam and Monk Fryston up to a massive 293 all out against Kirk Hammerton. Matthew Shillito was the pick of the Hammerton bowlers with 6-63.
William Vaks (4-29) bowled the league leaders to victory as Hammerton ended up on 162.
South Milforth remain the closest challengers after a significant win over Hare Cup finalists St Chad’s A. Alex Ward’s 67 not out followed up Steven Winspear’s 4-44 in the six-wicket win.
Bottom side Saxton won their second match in a row with middle order contributions from Daniel Todd (36), Steve Hills (44) and Ian Cunningham (38).
Headingley Bramhope finished on 171-7 in reply, with Cunningham taking 3-28.
Warren Lowe (48) and Pete Atkinson (42no) sent Rufforth up to 218-7 in the bottom of the table crunch against Crossgates. Ten man Gates were then all out for just 129.
Long Marston also picked up a valuable six points as Gareth Fenton starred with 3-24 and 45 to see off downward-spiralling Thorner Mexborough by five wickets.
Meanwhile, East Keswick first team conceded against Ledsham with special dispensation from the league – owing to Ramadan.
Division Three: Sherburn Eversley 124/4 bt Green Hammerton 123ao; Scarcroft A bt Thorner Mexborough A (conc); Meanwood 62/2 bt Headingley Bramhope A 60ao; Kirk Deighton A 183ao lost to Bilton in Ainsty A 184/8; Barwick in Elmet A 103/0 bt St Chads B 101ao; Amaranth 170ao lost to Garforth Parish Church A 248/6
Division Four: Saxton A 130/7 lost to Walton Park 131/7; Wetherby A 162/5 bt Old Leodiensians A 159/9; Long Marston A 134/8 lost to East Keswick A 135/3; Crompark 130/6 bt Shadwell A 129ao; Kippax Welfare 336/8 bt South Milford A 208/7; Church Fenton A 200ao bt Hillam and Monk Fryston A 197ao.
Division Five: Kirk Hammerton A 262/4 bt St Chads C 32ao; Crossgates A 52ao lost to Meanwood A 53/3; Headingley Bramhope B 155/6 bt Sherburn Eversley A 87ao