Anderson: Toby Jacklin is the ‘best’ in Aire-Wharfe cricket league

NAWN 1405174AM  Collingham's Toby Jacklin. (1405174AM)
NAWN 1405174AM Collingham's Toby Jacklin. (1405174AM)

Toby Jacklin’s inspired performance with bat and ball helped Collingham and Linton CC overcome Bilton CC by 57 runs on Saturday.

Jacklin’s vital 83 runs, as well as an impressive 36 from Stephen James, set Collingham on their way to victory as they set Bilton a difficult 230 to chase down.

However, the visitor’s run chase was hampered early on as they lost their opening three batsmen to the bowling of Jacklin, with them only amassing 50 runs between themselves.

A five wicket haul for James, including the decisive final wicket, then followed as he finished with figures of 5-41 off 8.2 overs as Bilton crumbled to 172 after 46.2 overs.

The victory sets Collingham up perfectly for their upcoming Waddilove Cup semi-final against Division Two outfit Adel this Sunday.

Collingham reached the semi-final stages after thrashing Ben Rhydding in the quarter-finals, bowling their Division One rivals out for 110 before Jacklin fired an unbeaten half-century to record victory by nine wickets.

And captain Sam Anderson said he could not happier with the team’s form as they aim to reach the final of the competition they won in 2012.

He said: “We just can’t stop winning at the moment.

“We are turning out the same team and it seems to be beating anyone.

“Jacklin is in such good form that I just knew he was going to get runs and take wickets.

“I think he is the best player in the league so his performances never surprise me.”

“We have developed a great team spirit in the dressing room and the lads have just grown in confidence since the start of the season.”

After completing a league and cup double in 2012, Collingham have experienced a transitional period, losing their paid players and blooding in a number of youngsters,

Anderson said: “The kids were really thrown into the first team and they reacted well to that. We are really enjoying playing with these young cricketers.

“They are all decent players and I have known them since they were about 10 or 11. That’s made it easier for me and for them, knowing the people in the dressing room.”

With Otley and Guiseley competing in the second semi-final, Anderson knows that securing the trophy will not be an easy task.

However, the captain is not looking any further ahead than the next game and completing the task at hand.

“I’ve seen Adel have done quite well recently,” he said.

“We need to make sure that we don’t take anything for granted when we come up against them.”