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New boys Ben Rhydding beaten on last ball
8:52am Thursday 17th May 2012 in Sport
Buy this photo » Guiseley's Chris Waine took 4-44
Division One new boys Ben Rhydding are finding life tough in the top flight.
But they will be encouraged that they took Guiseley to the final ball of Saturday’s match before Joe Reed scampered two runs to secure a two-wicket win for the Nethermoor side.
Ben Rhydding were indebted to Robbie Miller (42) for helping them to reach a modest score of 141 as Chris Waine took 4-44.
Guiseley’s reply was dominated by opener Josh Nelson who made a crucial 70.
While Ben Rhydding are struggling near the foot of the table, the second promoted club Steeton are leading the way.
Their latest win, by two wickets at Otley, was their toughest test so far.
Sam Smith hit a half-century in Otley’s 158-9 as spinner Andrew Luxton took 4-46 off 11 overs.
Things seemed to be going the home side’s way, with Ricky Halloran (4-30) and Josh Atkinson (3-28) causing the Steeton batting problems.
They were struggling at 43-4 until Mark Taylor (45) joined Aussie David Wildsmith (54) and the pair put on 60 for the fifth wicket and set up the win.
Nick Brook took 4-8 and smashed an unbeaten 71 as Burley defeated Follifoot by five wickets.
Rawdon had to settle for four points at Bardsey and lost their place at the top of Division Two to Harden who defeated Knaresborough by 85 runs.
Ryan Gladwin is proving to be a good signing for Rawdon.
He continued his good form by making an unbeaten 135 as he and Mark Stringer (87) helped their side to a massive 305-4.
Bardsey were undaunted by the challenge facing them and buoyed by a brilliant 153 not out from Tom Clayton they got within nine of victory before running out of overs.
Runs were in short supply for the derby clash at Ilkley where Jeremy Batty followed up last week’s five-wicket haul with 6-16 He was backed by Henry Wilson (3-19) as Olicanian were dismissed for 83 despite an unbeaten 42 from Matt Webb.
Alex Bailey (37no) and Danny Bott (37) clinched Ilkley’s first win since their promotion.
Green Lane looked in trouble when when they were bowled out for for 96, but Mike Ellis (3-19) and Adil Ashraf (5-16) skittled out Pool for 90 to snatch a six-run win.
Tong Park Esholt, who had their shock Waddilove Cup preliminary round win over Bilton erased after playing an ineligible player, beat New Rover by 81 runs in Division Three.
Horsforth are second in the table after Matthew Wain- wright’s 5-27 helped them to a two-wicket win over Silsden.
Hall Park’s new signings Mike Tidmas (3-25) and Darren Burger (4-40) restricted Men- ston to 165 with Chris Harris (39) emerging as the top scorer.
Hall Park were happy to hang on for two points at 134-9 despite 42 from Adam Walshaw.
There was rare joy for Alwoodley as they dismissed Addingham for 57 to secure a 126-run win.