Champions crash into the relegation zone

champions Beckwithshaw continued their nightmare start to the season with defeat by Burley. It was their fourth loss in six starts and saw them drop into the bottom two.

On a day when bowlers dominated, Nick Brook (50) and Ed Brown (85) saw Burley set a healthy target of 214-9 and despite the efforts of Istikhar Hussain, who followed up a five-wicket spell with a battling 38, Beckwishaw could only manage 111 against the accuracy of Brook (3-14) and Jason Wright (4-41).

James Davies (75no) and James Wilcock (5-34) were the heroes as leaders Otley beat Ben Rhydding by 30 runs although they were given a late fright by a seventh-wicket stand of 75 between Sam Housam (40) and Robbie Miller (42).

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Brian Jackson (73 & 3-9) and Nadim Hussain (31 & 3-26) saw Guiseley recover from 13-4 to pass second-placed Kirkstall’s 180 with two wickets in hand.

There was another tight finish at Rawdon where opener Conor McInerney (99) and Shane Franklin (26no) saw the home side past Bilton’s 200-8 with three wickets and four balls to spare.

Bowlers were on top at Ilkley with Stephen James (5-37) restricting the hosts to 152 but Andy Wheeler (5-35) seeing off Collingham for 128 to leave them rooted to the bottom of the table.

A five-wicket spell from Josh Gill that saw Pool bowled out for 182 proved in vain because Steeton fell victim to David Amos (5-47) and were 17 short of victory despite James Emmott adding 46 not out to his earlier three wickets.

Division Two leaders Follifoot looked in trouble when they were 17-3 in reply to Bolton Villas’ 135 but Jim Pickles (41no) and Alex Fox (61) maintained their unbeaten run.