Green Lane face last-game battle to avoid the drop

Wharfedale Observer: Fast bowler Jason Wright in action for Ben Rhydding against Tong Park Esholt Fast bowler Jason Wright in action for Ben Rhydding against Tong Park Esholt

Green Lane’s Division One status is hanging by a thread after their 80-run defeat by Bilton pushed them into the second relegation spot.

Once again their brittle batting cracked under pressure as they were bowled out for 81 in reply to Bilton’s 161, Istikhar Hussain took 4-33 to give Green Lane hope, but only Davin Charleston (35no) of the batsmen rose to the challenge.

Green Lane go into their final game at Collingham one point adrift of Adel who also have an away game at Beckwithshaw.

Green Lane know they need a big performance if they are to avoid joining already relegated Rawdon in Division Two next season.

Rawdon suffered an eight-wicket defeat against Kirkstall Educational who took their points tally to 57 from the last 60.

Kirkstall dismissed Rawdon for 114 with only Jeremy Batty (40) showing resistance, then knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets.

Kirkstall will round off their programme on Saturday against newly-crowned champions Thackley.

Their deadly duo of Mahir Ali and Nasser Jamal turned round a tricky position to clinch victory over Follifoot and their club’s first championship.

Ali and skipper Leon Harber have led the way as Thackley, who joined the league in 2000, won promotion from Division Three in 2008 and then to the top flight 12 months later.

And now, after only two seasons in Division One, they have walked off with the title with a week to spare.

Adding Jamal to the attack last season gave Thackley an extra edge to compete at the top level, and he and Ali have picked up more than 50 wickets each on the way to the championship.

Harber has again been their most consistent batsman and his 48 was vital in Thackley’s modest 147 – a total that looked as though it might not be enough and lead to a showdown with second-placed Kirkstall on the final day of the campaign.

But then Ali (6-83) and Jamal (4-36) got to work and dismissed Follifoot for 140 to let the celebrations began.

David Brook (65) and Shane Etherington (5-34) were the stars as Burley beat Beckwithshaw by seven wickets, while Guiseley and Otley produced something of a run feast.

Dean Russ smashed 22 boundaries and a six in his 171, Charlie Best weighing in with a half-century in Guiseley’s 321-6.

It was a massive ask, especially with Chris Wain picking his way to five wickets, and, despite the efforts of Matt O’Grady (54) and Andy Rhodes (42), Otley were bowled out for 242, a total that mean these two sides have scored 1,051 runs between them in their two encounters this season.

A 7-19 spell from Alex Miller skittled Tong Park Esholt out for 82 – a total Ben Rhydding passed with nine wickets to spare. The win moved already-promoted, Ben Rhydding to within two points of Division Two leaders Steeton, who could only manage four points against Harden.

Shane McNamara (73), John Akrigg (74) and Mark Taylor (55no) top-scored in Steeton’s 251-6 but Richard Wear (41) and Jordan Mackenzie (62no) forced a draw.

While Ben Rhydding are celebrating their second-successive promotion, Menston – the side who came up with them – are relegation after being beaten by Calverley.

Gareth Lee (5-11) and Andrew Alred (4-34) dismissed Menston for 106, a total the visitors passed with six wickets to spare.

Umer Yaqoob picked up five wickets in Olicanian’s 261-9, Alastair Long top-scoring with 97. But Bolton Villas’ batting couldn’t match the bowling and they were dismissed for 110.

Second-placed Colton took four points off Division Three leaders Bardsey, which allowed third-placed Ilkley to move to within three points after they beat Silsden.

Richard Harrison (5-32) and Andrew Wheeler (3-66) bowled out Silsden for 156, with Waqas Ahmed (67) and Craig Thornton (52) the main contributors.

Fortunately for Ilkley they managed to gain extra overs and they were into the 55th over before clinching the win.

Jake Bezzant (56) and Wheeler (46) were the top scorers with Zarshad Khan picking up 6-51.

Despite scoring 216, Peter Kempton getting a half-century, Hall Park lost at Woodhouse and will have to apply for re-election.

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