Wetherby League round-up: Kirk Deighton topple champions to remain in hotseat

Action from Kirk Deighton v Wetherby (Visualised Photography)

Action from Kirk Deighton v Wetherby (Visualised Photography)

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Kirk Deighton remain at the top of the Division One chart, but only following a desperately low-scoring win over depleted rivals Wetherby on Saturday.

On a cloudy afternoon, Wetherby’s opening bowler Adam Wilkinson (5-18) caused carnage to Kirk’s top order with only Rohan Sivajoti (26) and captain Rich Ward (21) offering any resistance.

Deighton lost three of their top six to ducks and it was left to bowler Jonty Smith to hit 23 to take them into three figures.

However, chasing 104 to win, reigning champions Wetherby were undone by Mark Harland (6-21) and Ward (4-28) as they were skittled for just 67 on their home deck.

The 36-run win means Deighton now have a six point gap over St Chad’s Broomfield, with Wetherby stuck in second bottom.

Chad’s continued their title challenge with a nine-wicket win over Old Leodiensians, with Aussie Nick Revell (64no) extending his fine form with the bat to chase down Leos’ total of 95.

Bilton-in-Ainsty stayed in third spot with a nerve-wrangling chase at Garforth Parish Church. Max Latchmore (4-16) was the best of Ainsty’s bowlers as Garforth made 149, James Stockton topscoring on 62.

Cameron Blake (33) and Thomas Reece (32) gave Bilton a steady start to their chase, but it was left to the tail to see them home by two wickets.

Barwick-in-Elmet’s James Watford (66no) and Gary Bettison (62) set up a 52-run win over Church Fenton. Overseas star Matty Prosser (5-40) was the key man with the ball for Elmet as Fenton were dismissed for just 186.

Martin Wood’s century gave Sicklinghall a third win of the season in a dominant display over Scarcroft.

Wood stroked 114 not out and Richard Brooke added 52 as ‘Hall made 257-5. Zubair Ahmed’s five-wicket haul then bowled Scarcroft out for just 110.

Scholes’ miserable campaign continued in a six-wicket defeat against Shadwell. Scholes’ top seven all fell without making double figures as Ben Turner took five wickets for Shadwell, who easily chased down 94.

Hillam and Monk Fryston extended their stay at the top of Division Two with a two-wicket victory over East Keswick.

Paul Dalby’s half century set the chase to 148 up nicely before Richard Hardman (26) rescued a mid-order collapse.

Second-placed South Milford proved six-wickets too strong for Haeadingley Bramhope to keep the pressure on Hillam at the top. Lawrence White took four wickets to bowl high flying Headingley out for 205

Dan White then made 96 from the top of the order as Milford clinched victory.

Kirk Hammerton moved clear of the relegation zone with a third win of the season. Tom Main (82) and Alex Bramley (46) took Hammerton to 205, before Bramley’s four wickets bowled Crossgates out for just 107.

Wicketkeeper Matthew Ball’s 99 was not enough to see Saxton to a first win as Andrew Kelly’s century took Ledsham to a five-wicket win.

Jonny Smales unusually failed with the bat for Ledsham, but he’d done the business with the ball after taking five wickets to restrict Saxton to 198. Lenny Miller’s 68 was in vain for Long Marston as they were beaten by one wicket against St Chad’s A.

Meanwhile, Rufforth’s match against Thorner fell foul to the wet weather.