Pressure eases on Harden, Tong Park and Skipton

Wharfedale Observer: Burley's Richard Brook drops on one knee to try and hit Ben Rhydding's Tom Pratt over square leg

5:47pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

ON A day when the bottom six in Division Two of the Aire-Wharfe League were up against fellow strugglers, Harden, Skipton and Tong Park Esholt pulled off vital wins while sending their defeated opponents deeper into trouble.

Guiseley are not on the Wain

Wharfedale Observer: Andrew Foulds goes on the attack on his way to 91 for Steeton

5:06pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

CHRIS Wain produced a stunning spell of bowling to put relegation-threatened Guiseley on the way to victory and end the five-match winning run of third-placed Beckwithshaw in Aire-Wharfe League Division One.

Ben Rhydding look to grab survival lifeline at Pool

Wharfedale Observer: Ben Rhydding's Charlie Swallow took 4-23 against Pool earlier this season

9:20am Monday 11th August 2014

BEN Rhydding’s hopes of escaping relegation from Aire-Wharfe League Division One could hinge on what happens at Pool tomorrow.

Otley prepare for crucial double test from Burley and Collingham

Wharfedale Observer: Jamie Pickering scored 158 not out for Otley in their 370-4

5:30pm Thursday 7th August 2014

AIRE-WHARFE Division One leaders Otley can take a giant step towards their dream of a league and cup double when they play hosts at Cross Green to two massive games this weekend.

Otley look to home in on Waddilove Cup win

Wharfedale Observer: James Davies has been instrumental in Otley's title challenge

8:17am Thursday 7th August 2014

OTLEY will be emerging from the away dressing room for Sunday’s Waddilove Cup final – even though it is being played on their Cross Green ground.

Otley look to home in on Waddilove Cup win

Wharfedale Observer: James Davies has been instrumental in Otley's title challenge

8:17am Thursday 7th August 2014

OTLEY will be emerging from the away dressing room for Sunday’s Waddilove Cup final – even though it is being played on their Cross Green ground.

Calypso cricket speeds leaders Horsforth to victory

Wharfedale Observer: Mahir Ali, better known for his bowling, thrashed 95 off 67 balls for runaway Division Three leaders Horsforth

5:54pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

MAHIR Ali went on a run spree as Horsforth defied the rain to crush Bardsey and extend their lead at the top of Aire-Wharfe League Division Three to 27 points over Illingworth and 43 over third-placed New Rover.

Thackley get better of Bolton Villas to climb out of Aire-Wharfe League relegation zone

Wharfedale Observer: Bowling for Olicanian is Sohaib Hashmir

11:16am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THERE was much more than local bragging rights at stake in the latest Aire-Wharfe League meeting between Bolton Villas and Thackley, the sides in the Division Two relegation spots.

Rawdon gain ground before the rain

Wharfedale Observer: Henry Wilson bowling for Ilkley in the gloom at Rawdon

3:07pm Thursday 24th July 2014

ON A day when the rain washed out many Aire-Wharfe League fixtures and prevented all but one match from finishing, the new bonus-points system meant there was still plenty at stake in the overs that could be played.

Hester heroics sees Otley set up final fling in Waddilove Cup

Wharfedale Observer: Pudsey St Lawrence and Bradford & Bingley call off their match due to the weather

2:23pm Thursday 24th July 2014

STEETON have been beaten in a high-scoring Birtwhistle Cup semi-final.

Burley boys picked for Bunbury Festival

Wharfedale Observer: Harry Brook in action for Burley against Otley

8:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

BURLEY’S Harry Brook and Kyme Tahirkheli have been selected to play for the North of England in this year’s Bunbury Festival at Oakham School.

Brook shines as Burley nick third T20 title after thrilling clash with Ilkley

Wharfedale Observer: Batting for Burley Nick brook watched by wicket keeper John Goldthorpe.

6:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

ILKLEY’S first appearance in the T20 TB Cup final saw them make Burley fight all the way for their third title.

Johnson's ton inspires Addingham but there is no Waddilove Cup upset this time

Wharfedale Observer: Batting for Burley is Nick Brook.

9:54am Thursday 3rd July 2014

THERE was Aire-Wharfe League heartache for Third Division Addingham, who came close to a second Waddilove Cup giant-killing feat after a brilliant century from Johnny Johnson put them on the way to setting Adel a target of 232-6.

Otley are ahead on tiebreak

Wharfedale Observer: Pool's Sam Wilkinson bowls to Burley batsman Ed Brown

9:43am Thursday 3rd July 2014

A CENTURY opening stand between Josh Atkinson and Ben Morley put Otley on the way to a convincing win over Rawdon and sent them back to the top of Aire-Wharfe League Division One.

Ilkley and Burley book places in last four of TB T20 Cup

9:44am Thursday 26th June 2014

ILKLEY and Burley are the first two clubs to book semi-final spots in the TB T20 Cup after maintaining their winning run.

Batting is proving a real bonus for Burley in Aire-Wharfe League championship race

Wharfedale Observer: Steeton batsman Peter Best is bowled

6:47pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

BURLEY picked up maximum bonus points for the second week in a row and edged ahead of Otley at the top of Aire-Wharfe League DIVISION ONE at the season’s halfway point, even though Otley have won one more game.

Doubts seep in as Aire-Wharfe formbook is thrown away

Wharfedale Observer: Rawdon's George Myers appeals for a dismissal during their victory last weekend against Ben Rhydding

3:32pm Thursday 19th June 2014

In the lead up to the opening overs, there may well be a few moments of uncertainty around Aire-Wharfe League grounds tomorrow (Saturday) as the season reaches its halfway point.

Brook punishes Kirkstall as Burley power to season's best score

Wharfedale Observer: Bilton's Vick Craven,catching out Ilkley's Paul Dover.

6:42pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

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Addingham defeat Rawdon in big Waddilove Cup upset

Wharfedale Observer: Guiseley's outfield resembled a pond after heavy rain forced the match against Ilkley to be cancelled

11:47am Thursday 12th June 2014

IT may not quite be up there with Hereford knocking Newcastle out of the FA Cup but Addingham’s victory over Rawdon certainly took the Aire Wharfe by surprise.

Burley and Rawdon tails up for crunch clash

Wharfedale Observer: TOP DOGS: James Wilcock celebrates a wicket for Otley – the only unbeaten team in Division One – against Ben Rhydding

9:00pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Burley and Rawdon have had mixed starts to the season but go into Saturday’s Aire-Wharfe League meeting on the back of good wins.

Promoted Rawdon again keep their nerve

Wharfedale Observer: Charlie Swallow kicks up the dust as he looks to square drive for Ben Rhydding against Otley

6:30pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Tailenders Shane Franklin and Anthony Gilks clinched an Aire-Wharfe League victory for Rawdon over Bilton with just four balls to spare.

Jackson is definitely a bonus for Guiseley

Wharfedale Observer: Guiseley's Brian Jackson is scoring at almost a run a ball

5:00pm Thursday 29th May 2014

South African Brian Jackson could have strolled the last couple of runs to give Guiseley victory over Rawdon in the Aire-Wharfe League on Monday - instead he smashed his seventh six in a sparkling unbeaten 109.

Otley sink Pool to extend their lead

Wharfedale Observer: Rawdon's George Myers is bowler by Guiseley's Chris Wain

12:41pm Thursday 29th May 2014

Otley stretched their lead at the top of Division One by taking full bonus points in crushing Pool.

Otley raring to maintain their unbeaten tag

Wharfedale Observer: Otley celebrate last weekend after James Davies takes a wicket against Ilkley

5:00pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

A rare bank holiday Aire-Wharfe League programme, to make way for a free ‘Le Tour’ weekend, means two games in three days and an opportunity to make a mark on the tables as a third of the season is complete.

Steeton stunned by six of the best by Franklin

Wharfedale Observer: Otley players celebrate after James Wilcox trapped David Pennett of Ilkley lbw for a golden duck

6:10pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

It could be some time before Steeton work out how they got mugged by Rawdon and threw away an Aire-Wharfe League win that would have seen them take over top spot in Division One.

Ilkley opener Hughes makes 189 as he shares cup opening stand of 307

Wharfedale Observer: Jamie Pickering scored 158 not out for Otley in their 370-4

6:40pm Monday 19th May 2014

Aire-Wharfe League Waddilove Cup records tumbled as Ilkley relished the sun on their backs at Knaresborough, where more than 500 runs were scored to delight onlookers..

Tension in the air for Otley v Ilkley derby

Wharfedale Observer: Otley bowler James Davis in full cry

5:00pm Thursday 15th May 2014

Having shaken off the early-season ring rustiness, Aire-Wharfe League teams now face two tough weeks of double headers.

Bonus-point kings Steeton must be at their best

Wharfedale Observer: Steeton celebrate a wickdet against Ben Rhydding last weekend

7:51pm Thursday 8th May 2014

Steeton have made full use of the Aire-Wharfe League's new bonus-points system, picking up all but three of the 30 available in the first three matches, and they will need to maintain that standard on Saturday when they travel to Beckwithshaw.

Ollie is a smash hit as Horsforth show early promotion intentions

Wharfedale Observer: Jonny Moore bowling for Ben Rhydding against Steeton

6:40pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

Ollie Hardaker produced the performance of the day in the Aire-Wharfe League, smashing 13 fours and 11 sixes on his way to 160 as Horsforth continued to show their determination to win promotion from Division Three.

Brown is up to the challenge as he inspires Burley to victory

Wharfedale Observer: Otley celebrate the dismissal of Guiseley's Brian Jackson

12:00pm Thursday 1st May 2014

On a day when runs were generally hard to come by, Burley and Steeton produced over 450 between them in an intriguing tussle in Aire-Wharfe League Division One.

Otley set to test new-look Guiseley's credentials

Wharfedale Observer: Local cricket

9:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Two sides who have hit the ground running clash on Saturday when Otley entertain Guiseley.

Steeton are maximum men to lead way in top flight

Wharfedale Observer: Moin Ali bowling for Horsforth in their Division Three victory over Woodhouse

5:30pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Steeton find themselves leading Aire-Wharfe League Division One after the season opener, one of only two clubs to pick up the full 20 points available under the new scoring system.

Aire-Wharfe Cricket League prospects

Wharfedale Observer: David Pennett has moved from Guiseley to Ilkley

8:26am Thursday 17th April 2014

A look at the key moves in the Aire-Wharfe League

Pool cricketer Tom Lester tours St Lucia with the Army

Wharfedale Observer: Tom Lester is in Army squad

11:07am Thursday 13th February 2014

Pool cricketer Tom Lester, who also plays friendlies for the Hawks, has been selected to play for the British Army on their two-week tour of St Lucia at the end of the month.

Waddilove Cup holders Burley are handed away tie against Silsden

9:25am Thursday 9th January 2014

Waddilove Cup holders Burley have been given an easy draw on paper as they start their defence.

Yorkshire's Sayers quits first-class game

Wharfedale Observer: Joe Sayers scored 25 fifites and nine hundreds for Yorkshire

1:11pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

Yorkshire batsman Joe Sayers has announced his retirement from first-class cricket.

Prolific opener Graham Wolfenden is named as Otley's player of the year

Wharfedale Observer: Graham Wolfenden hit five centuries

11:06am Thursday 12th December 2013

Graham Wolfenden’s outstanding season with the bat has seen him named as Otley’s player of the year.

Aire-Wharfe clubs vote for introduction of new bonus point scheme for 2014

Wharfedale Observer: Teams will be playing for bonus points

9:16am Thursday 5th December 2013

The Aire-Wharfe League clubs will be playing for bonus points next season.

Silsden and Woodhouse re-elected to Aire-Wharfe League

Wharfedale Observer: Silsden Cricket Club received 30 votes out of a possible 31 in favour of their re-election

4:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Silsden have been comprehensively re-elected to the Aire-Wharfe League.

Glee for promoted duo Ilkley and Rawdon on final day

Wharfedale Observer: Andrew Doidge contemplates a near miss on his way to a five-wicket haul for Rawdon against Bolton Villas

4:10pm Tuesday 17th September 2013

Ilkley and Rawdon secured promotion to the Aire-Wharfe League top flight and Bolton Villas narrowly escaped relegation as events in Division Two dominated the final day of the season.

Nerves are certain to be jangling for Ilkley

Wharfedale Observer: Adil Ashraf hits out on his way to 62 for Green Lane against Rawdon last weekend. Picture: www.caughitinactioncollection.co.uk

4:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013

Three issues remain to be resolved on Saturday's final day of the Aire-Wharfe League season, and all eyes will be on the three matches that will decide who is promoted from Division Two and who joins Calverley in dropping into Division Three.

Ilkley and Rawdon battle for promotion

Wharfedale Observer: Guiseley's Harrison Durkin tries to cut a ball from Follifoot's Alex Fox

9:50am Thursday 12th September 2013

The Aire-Wharfe League Division Two promotion race is set for a dramatic finale. Ilkley, Rawdon and Knaresborough are fighting it out for the top two places.

Ilkley on verge of ending long top-flight absence

Wharfedale Observer: PROLIFIC: Batsman Jonathan Hughes has spearheaded Ilkley’s charge at the top of the order with Alex Bailey

4:34pm Thursday 5th September 2013

Ilkley will clinch promotion from Division Two of the Aire-Wharfe League if they can beat Thackley on Saturday - and Rawdon could also make sure of joining them in Division One if other results go their way.

Rawdon take advantage of slip up

Wharfedale Observer: Addingham skipper JH Johnson is caught and bowled by Mark McEneaney

8:24am Thursday 5th September 2013

Rawdon took full advantage of Knaresborough’s shock defeat by Colton to climb above their opponents into second place in a tense, five-way battle for promotion from Division Two.

No repeat of cup heroics as beaten Burley drop to fourth

Wharfedale Observer: Ben Rhydding's Lewis Bolton turns to run for another single during their easy victory over Pool

1:30pm Thursday 29th August 2013

Beckwithshaw inflicted a crushing defeat on Burley to claim the Aire-Wharfe League championship for the first time since 2009.

Villas need a winning run to avoid relegation

Wharfedale Observer: Dylan Budge in action for Horsforth at home to Skipton last Saturday

6:00pm Thursday 22nd August 2013

Bolton Villas need to recapture their mid-season form if they are to avoid being sucked into demotion, and they have to start at Bardsey on Saturday.

Guiseley win Birtwhistle Cup again

Wharfedale Observer: Guiseley’s triumphant team, from left, Jake Dennett (scorer), Louis Barker (12th man), Rob Atkinson, Rob Butterfield, Harry Naylor, Joe Reed, Josh Findlay, Nick Fraser (Capt), Steve Dickinson, Tom Woodley, Bradley Reeve, Harry Nicholson, David Whittaker

11:31am Thursday 22nd August 2013

Guiseley continued their domination of the Birtwhistle Cup as they lifted the trophy for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

Otley beat the rain and sink Harden

Wharfedale Observer: The Horsforth fielders show their frustration as Skipton's Stephen Carling has a narrow escape

12:06pm Thursday 22nd August 2013

Aire-Wharfe League Otley were one of only two teams to secure victory as rain was the big winner on Saturday.

Burley nick dramatic cup final win

Wharfedale Observer: SAME AGAIN: Nick Brook starred for Burley at Follifoot earlier this season and is hoping for a repeat on Saturday

1:46pm Thursday 15th August 2013

Underdogs Burley turned the tables on Division One leaders Beckwithshaw to win a low-scoring Waddilove Cup final.

Tension will be running high at Rawdon

Wharfedale Observer: Stewart Smith stands and delivers for Otley at home to Pool last Saturday

4:20pm Thursday 15th August 2013

With only five more games – 30 more points – to go in the Aire-Wharfe League, it is time to see who holds their nerve and who blinks.






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