Abandonment fails to deny Otley the double

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Josh Atkinson hit a century as Otley made sure they added their first championship since 1993 to the Waddilove Cup they won last month.

Although their match against last season’s champions Beckwithshaw was abandoned, Otley had already done enough to make sure that second-placed Burley cannot catch them in next week’s final match. Burley were left frustrated after Charlie Davy (78no) helped them to 180-6 and they had Kirkstall struggling on 82-6 only for the soggy summer to get the final say.

Pool’s hopes of avoiding relegation took a knock when they were soundly beaten at Guiseley, Harrison Durkin (48no) and Brian Jackson, whose 40 took him past 800 in all competitions, seeing the home side past their 103-9 target with eight wickets in hand.

Andrew Foulds hit an unbeaten 65 in 67 balls in Steeton’s 150-9 but it wasn’t enough to beat Collingham who recovered from 96-7 to clinch a three-wicket win thanks to Steve Booth (47no).

Nick Cockcroft (38no) and Paul Dover (44no) put on 86 to take Ilkley to 187-7, but even though Dave Pennett (3-25) and Rob Spivey (4-13) had Bilton reeling on 88-7, the weather intervened.

Eddie Clayton (5-34) and Nick Robinson (52no) starred as Follifoot clinched the Second Division title with victory over their closest rivals North Leeds, who are in a three-team scrap for the second promotion spot.

Green Lane beat Colton to displace them in third spot, Michael Slater (3-30) and Waleed Akhtar (3-19) sparking Colton’s collapse from 99-2 to 146 all out.

At the other end of the table, Upper Wharfedale are favourites to join Bolton Villas in relegation after losing to fellow strugglers Thackley