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Rawdon climb into prime promotion position
Addingham skipper James-Henry Johnson chips a return catch to Horsforth bowler Mark McEneaney for a duck
Rawdon took full advantage of Knaresborough’s shock 75-run Aire-Wharfe League defeat by Colton to climb above their rivals into second place in a tense five-way battle for promotion from Division Two.
That will give them every confidence of clinching top-flight cricket next season for, while they will finish the campaign with two games against sides in the lower half of the table, the other four have at least one match against another contender.
It was not all plain sailing for Rawdon, who struggled against Bardsey’s opening attack and limped to 51-5 before Ryan Gladwin (75) and Andrew Doidge (71) saved them with a sixth-wicket stand of 138.
Anthony Gilks added 45 to help post a 262 total, before Josh Hobson (3-18) and John Hughes (5-52) dismissed the second-bottom visitors for 132.
Opener Julian Thornhill hit 92 of Calverley’s 196-9 but an opening stand of 171 between Jonathan Hughes (105) and Alex Bailey (68) made sure Ilkley had a comfortable afternoon.
Not so fourth-placed Tong Park Esholt. With Nadeem Hanif (5-40) restricting Adel to 106, it should have been straightforward – but they lost five wickets on the way to victory, Khalid Rehmann top-scoring with 48.
Thackley, in fifth place, kept alive their slim hopes of going up with a six-wicket victory over North Leeds. Mahir Ali (5-60) and Nasser Jamal (3-43) bowled out the visitors for 182 and Majid Khan, with 96 in 91 balls, led the successful run chase.
At the other end of the table, Bolton Villas still need three points to be sure of staying up after a losing draw against Green Lane.
Phil Atkinson (82) and Lee Bramham (63no) starred in Lane’s 234-9 and a defiant 53 from Lee Margerison helped Villas hang on for two points on 179-8.
Otley boosted their chances of taking runners-up spot in Division One by taking four points off Bilton, who now only have a three-point lead over them.
Stewart Smith hit 120, including 16 fours and three sixes, and Matt O’Grady added 50 in Otley’s 267-8. Bilton lost three quick wickets when they reached 150 and were still 20 short of victory at the close on 248-7.
But Nick Brook (3-32) and Ed Brown, who followed up a top score of 45 with 3-40, had other ideas. Having reached 116-3, Guiseley lost five wickets in 16 balls without scoring and were finally dismissed for 155.
Neil Spragg (93no), John Akrigg (78) and Chris Baines (47) helped Steeton to a seasonal-best 318-6 before Stephen Pearson (3-49) and James Emmott (5-46) dismissed Collingham for 216.
Just a year after finishing rock bottom of the league, Skipton clinched the Division Three title with a five-wicket win over New Rover.
Graham Summersgill (50) and Steve Carling (52no) led the successful chase of Rover’s 156 (Andrew Fergie 4-28).
Ricky Palacio (72) top-scored in Addingham’s 166, with Mark McEneaney picking up 4-44. With Mike Barber taking 5-46, Horsforth were struggling until Ian Stephens (68no) and Andy Robinson (40no) came to the rescue with an unbeaten seventh-wicket stand of 71.
Jamie Hudson (65no) and Bernard Hughes (5-19) starred in Olicanian’s seven-wicket win against Silsden, while half-centuries from Gareth Lee (52) and Kyle Smith (53) edged Menston (200-8) past Hall Park’s 198-8, in which Aaron Chapman hit 56 and Ally Walshaw 42 not out.