Last-day twist sees Follifoot relegated as Beckwithshaw bounce back

The oddest of cricket seasons closed with a knife-edge result that saw Olicanian win their first match of the Aire-Wharfe campaign and in doing so, escape relegation at the expense of Follifoot.
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Follifoot started the final day with a 10-point advantage but failed to add to that when they were outplayed by Saltaire.

The division’s leading wicket-taker, Sajid Ali, took his tally to 41 with a 6-28 spell and together with Usman Munir (3-21), skittled Follifoot for 74. Amjid Hussain made short work of clinching the win, crashing five fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 52.

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A fourth-wicket stand of 60 between Harry Smallwood (52) and Ryan Hodgson (26) helped Olicanian post a target of 154-9, which looked plenty when North Leeds struggled to 60-6.

But Adam Copley steadied things with 41 and even when he was out Michael Shelton took up the challenge.

He and last man Archie Relphs moved to within four of victory but in a final, tension-filled twist, Mohammed Nadim caught Shelton (24) off Tom Starkey and Olicanian could finally breathe a sigh of relief.

Champions Otley rounded off a 100 per cent winning season by defeating second-placed Rawdon.

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Josh Atkinson and James Davies recorded half-centuries in Otley’s 274 before Davies took 4-68 as Rawdon were restricted to 254 despite the sterling efforts of Harry Scanlan (69) and Ben Morley (54).

A century stand between Ryan Cooper (86) and Joe Hall (68no) helped Burley to 254-4 and with Redmond Bolton taking 5-29, Bilton could only manage 157-9.

Ricky Palacio hit seven fours and six sixes in a sparkling 96 not out as Addingham made 254-8, which proved far too good for Ilkley, who were always struggling against Robert Ellis (5-36).

Jonny Haslam (50) and Charlie Swallow (44) were the main contributors to Collingham’s 224-9 and with Fahad Rafiq and Jacob Duscher each picking up three cheap wickets, Horsforth were bowled out for 101.

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With Ben Holdlerness (56 & 5-30) leading the way, Beckwithshaw won by 63 runs at New Rover to ensure they return to the top flight next season.

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