Around the Yorkshire leagues: Beckwithshaw on course for the title

Striking out: 'Woodlandsd opener Tim Walton scored 35 but his side lost to New Farnley to hit hopes of winning the Bradford League.''Picture: Steve Riding
Striking out: 'Woodlandsd opener Tim Walton scored 35 but his side lost to New Farnley to hit hopes of winning the Bradford League.''Picture: Steve Riding
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Beckwithshaw put one hand on the Aire-Wharfe championship trophy with a 109-run victory at Guiseley while their two closest rivals, Burley and Otley, crashed to defeat.

George Myers (72) and Ross Sedgley (70) led the way as Beckwithshaw set a target of 237-6 before Alex Lilley (6-25) masterminded Guiseley’s downfall.

Four wickets each from Chris Thompson and Stephen Brown restricted Horsforth to 187, which included a half-century from Ben Heritage, but Otley never got going and, despite a late flourish from Sam Kellett (40), they came up 27 runs short.

Burley fell victim to Rawdon’s Australian, Marcus Berryman. who followed up his 49 with a 5-35 spell to dominate a 136-run crushing of Burley’s title hopes.

In contrast, the race for the Huddersfield Premiership title was thrown wide open when Nasir Jamal (5-29) and Danny Glover (3-31) bowled out leaders Hoylandswaine four runs short of Shepley’s 147-4.

That allowed Delph & Dobcross to reduce the gap to 13 points, winning a 22-over thrash at Cawthorne by 40 runs, Graeme Simpson hitting 34 off 25 balls.

Delph and Hoylandswaine meet next weekend.

The top four in Yorkshire North all won, Bilal Anjam (87no) helping leaders Yorkshire Academy to recover from the loss of two early wickets to pass Driffield’s 179 in which Afaq Rahim made 87.

Stamford Bridge made short work of Sheriff Hutton Bridge, Luke Robinson (5-25) and Dominic Rhodes (5-26) skittling them for 53, a total passed in 6.5 overs.

York also had a comfortable win over Hull after Tom Pringle wrapped up the visitors’ innings at 191 with three wickets in eight balls on his way to 5-45. The result was never in doubt after Tom Friend (77) and Duncan Snell (34) put on 114 for the first wicket.

There was also a century opening stand from George Ross (100) and Jonathan Tattersall (73). With Josh Atkinson adding an unbeaten 60, Harrogate reached 274-5 on the way to beating Acomb by 76 runs.

Chris Bilton (100) and Chris Wood (70no) starred in Woodhouse Grange’s 222-4 but a sparkling 112 from Jack Beath, including five sixes, and half-century from John Gilham helped Clifton Alliance clinch victory.

Easingwold captain Kyle Waite scored 41 but Linden Gray (5-14) and Bradley Scott (3-18) tore out the rest of the side for 91 and Scarborough’s 10-wicket win confirms the visitors’ relegation.

Jarred Warner (80) and David Toft (60) were the main contributors to Wakefield Thornes’ 289-5 but the Yorkshire South leaders were given a fright when Bill Kirby (78), Alex Osmond (68), Harry Warwick (62) and David Mansfield (48no) got Cleethorpes to within 11 runs.

Will Root followed up a 5-64 spell with 92 off 67 balls in a victory over Tickhill that keeps alive Sheffield Collegiate’s hopes of overhauling Thornes.

A century stand between Sam Chatterton (58) and Greig Batty (36) took Whitley Hall to 246-7 and 77-run win over Appleby Frodingham.

Harpreet Singh Bhatia (62no) steered Barnsley to victory at Treeton, while Humphrey Emery was the hero of Hallam’s win over Aston Hall hitting a half-century and taking 7-39.

Gary Fellows smashed 15 fours and four sixes in racing to 146 and shared an opening stand of 266 with Nick Connolly (121no) as Bradford Premership leaders Hanging Heaton scored 231-1. Tom Chippendale (6-26) and Muhammed Rameez (3-2) then ripped out bottom club Pudsey Congs for 57.

Jack Hartley also took six cheap wickets and with Yassir Abbas (3-25) skittled Batley for 60, giving Bradford & Bingley an easy win.

Farsley still have title hopes e but with Johnathan Whiteoak picking up four wickets, they had a few nervous moments before passing Lightcliffe’s 222-6. Arthur Price (85) was their top scorer.

A stand of 155 between Adam Waite (63) and Charles Best (101) was the foundation of Pudsey St Lawrence’s 259-5 before Chris Marsden, who had hit five sixes in his 63 not out, took four wickets to restrict Cleckheaton to 204.

East Bierley fell victim to Townville’s Conor Harvey and Jack Hughes, each taking four wickets as the home side made 165. Hughes hit 34 and Harvey 52 to clinch a four-wicket win.