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Promotion contest now a three-way battle
Guiseley opener Harrison Durkin survives a near miss off Follifoot bowler Alex Fox on his way to a top score of 43
Thackley and Tong Park Esholt could not do enough to stay in the Division Two promotion race which will now be a shoot-out between three teams in the final round of Aire-Wharfe League matches on Saturday.
With other results going against them, Thackley were unable to help themselves but their four-point draw at leaders Ilkley denied the home side the chance of clinching promotion.
Paul Naylor (57) and Luke Holroyd (61) put on 93 as Thackley set a target of 187-7, before Nasser Jamal (3-34) and Mahir Ali (3-33) restricted Ilkley to 151-8 (Will Spivey 40).
Ilkley conclude by facing third-placed Knaresborough, who stayed in contention with a last-gasp win by four wickets at North Leeds (206-9).
Sandwiched between them are Rawdon, who looked the most convincing of the trio in seeing off Green Lane by six wickets.
Andrew Doidge picked up 5-34 in Lane’s 130, which included 62 from Adeel Ashraf. Doidge then hit an unbeaten 51 and with George Myers (42no) saw Rawdon to victory.
Their last game is against Bolton Villas, who still need three points to be sure of staying up after they were defeated by Colton, while Bardsey beat Adel (200-7) with one wicket and one run to spare.
Three wickets each from Mike Oldfield and Sam Lawrence kept Colton to 205-9 but Villas never looked like matching that and were dismissed for 138.
They must hope that Bardsey’s final opponents, already-relegated Calverley, put up a better display than they did at Tong Park Esholt, where veteran Mick Scott skittled them for 52.
Scott’s 10.2 overs, including six maidens, brought him figures of 7-16 and he was assisted in the rout by Nadeem Hanif (3-35), before openers Ross Todd and Danny Groom eased their way to a ten-wicket victory.
Division One champions Beckwithshaw made hard work of overcoming Pool (209-7) by four wickets but still passed the 100-point mark for the season, while Bilton remain in second spot after beating Burley.
Neil Davis (4-63) and Ed Brown (5-37) caused Bilton to collapse from 181-2 to 206 all out but Burley found batting no easier.
Sajad Ali’s 5-54 included a hat-trick and, despite a fighting seventh-wicket stand of 56 between Nick Brook (43) and Davies (37), Burley fell well short on 155.
That leaves Otley as the only side able to deny Bilton runners-up spot after they beat Collingham by four wickets.
Collingham looked set for a big score but a tight 15-over spell from James Davies, which included five maidens, helped restrict them to 229-8.
Otley openers Ben Morley (72) and Stewart Smith (47) put on a century and 51 in 38 balls from Andy Rhodes made sure they took full points with six wickets down.
Steeton lost four wickets for four runs in the 90s on the way to 132 as Tom Pratt (4-26) gave Ben Rhydding a comfortable afternoon. Robbie Oldham scored 52 not out as they eased home by six wickets in 23.5 overs.
Dave Pennett (40no) and Chris Wain (34) helped Guiseley recover from a middle-order collapse to 186-7 but, despite the efforts of Tallan Wright (4-36) and Wain (4-54), second-bottom Follifoot won by two wickets.
Andrew Wear smashed 18 fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 117 as bottom club Harden raced to 246-5, their best score of the season. But Kirkstall (248-6) just managed to overhaul them, with Matthew Webb hitting 103.
Horsforth’s hopes of promotion from Division Three came to an end when they were bowled out for 131 in reply to Illingworth’s 146, while Upper Wharfedale beat Woodhouse (150) by six wickets to make sure they go up.
Ricky Palacio (61) starred in Addingham’s 169, Jonathan Postle and Ally Walshaw picking up four wickets each, before Steve Phillips hit an unbeaten 108 to clinch a nine-wicket win for Hall Park.
Chris Wheeler scored 107 of Olicanian’s 196-7 but they still went down by six wickets at New Rover.