Wetherby League: Barwick on Todd at top as rain frustrates Wetherby

Cameron Sanderson took six wickets for Rufforth in Division Two (Ian Parker)
Cameron Sanderson took six wickets for Rufforth in Division Two (Ian Parker)

Two weeks into the new Wetherby League season and only Barwick-in-Elmet remain with a 100 per cent points haul.

On a rain-affected weekend, Barwick took full advantage of other games failing to finish.

Gary Bettison’s men added to their comfortable opening day victory over Sicklinghall with a crushing seven-wicket demise of Scholes on Saturday.

James Todd was the star of the show with five wickets to bowl Scholes out for 171 before the number five’s composed 56 not out saw Barwick home.

Todd shared a winning partnership with junior James Watford (55no) to earn a second bonus point win.

Bilton-in-Ainsty fell just short of overhauling Shadwell’s 237-5 in a run-heavy contest at the Frogs B1224 ground.

Several batsman got in for Shadwell with opener Ed Whittingham’s half century leading them to a monster score.

Miles Lloyd (61) and Aussie Tom Reece shared a mammoth partnership to set Ainsty up for victory. But when Reece departed on 93, the chase stuttered and Andy Walker’s outfit finished 13 runs short with four wickets in hand.

Kirk Deighton came down to earth with a bump following their incredible opening day glory as Darren Childe’s six-for paved the route to victory for Garforth Parish Church.

Deighton struck just 120 with youngster Josh Powell topscoring on 36 not out. Garforth were never under pressure in the chase, with Stephen Bedford sticking around on 47 not out in a six-wicket win.

The weather frustrated Wetherby’s victory charge at Sicklinghall, after Paul Horsley’s 80 helped Tom Hudson’s side to 212-7.

Sicklinghall, who had George Barton (3-38) as the pick of their bowlers, were on 107-3 when the rain arrived, with wicketkeeper Phil Wood stranded on 34no.

The rain came to the rescue of Scarcroft, however, with them faltering in their chase of St Chad’s’ monstrous 290-3. Aussie Nick Revell (139) scored a second successive century for the Leeds side. Shoaib Rehman (49no) was leading Scarcroft’s chase when the rain arrived on 93-3.

Elsewhere, Church Fenton thrashed Old Leodiensians by seven wickets after Thomas Dean took 5-21 to bowl Leos out for only 87.

In Division Two, South Milford went clear at the top with a simple nine-wicket win over Crossgates, chasing down 124.

Lawrence White (4-40) and Steven Winspear (4-20) ripped the heart out of Gates’ batting before Paul Hebden’s 83 eased them home.

Thorner Mexborough responded from a crushing first loss with a 44-run win over Saxton. Steve Hills’ 5-20 was in vain for Saxton as they failed to chase down 194-9.

Cameron Sanderson’s impeccable spell (6-27) bowled Rufforth to victory over Kirk Hammerton. Sanderson’s super six ousted Hammerton for 102 before captain Ed White led Rufforth to a seven-wicket win with a quick-fire 32no.

Hillam and Monk Fryston gave Long Marston a lesson of life in Division Two as Jeremy McFarlane (78no), Paul Dalby (57) and Olly Baron (47no) set up a 51-run win, defending 226-4.

Elsewhere, rain brought an early end to East Keswick’s clash against Headingley Bramhope and Ledsham against St Chad’s A.