Green Lane relegated from the top flight after losing run

Wharfedale Observer: Pool’s Callum Braddock edges a catch to Steeton wicketkeeper Dominic Bennett Pool’s Callum Braddock edges a catch to Steeton wicketkeeper Dominic Bennett

Green Lane’s Division One tenure came to an end as they lost by one run at Collimgham while fellow strugglers Adel defeated Beckwithshaw.

It was a bitter blow for a side that had been as high as second at the end of May when they beat champions-to-be Thackley.

Dean Russ finished off a fine season for Guiseley by scoring 57 in a victory at Bilton. That took him past the 1,257 season total of Murray Goodwin, ironically scored for Bilton in 1994, and into the Aire-Wharfe record books with the third-highest season aggregate.

Burley skipper Mark Harrison took 5-26 and Ryan Cooper hit 82 not out in their two-wicket win over Follifoot.

There was no final flourish for bottom team Rawdon as they suffered a seven-wicket defeat against Otley.

With both sides already relegated from Division Two, Tong Park Esholt and Menston produced an entertaining end of term match.

Park used ten bowlers as Menston scored 304-5. Kyle Smith led the way with an unbeaten 102 while John Storey (98) was also in good form. Menston used eight bowlers and Park were dismissed for 191 with Gareth Wilkinson making 73 not out.

Ben Rhydding are the new Division Two champions after a dramatic final day which saw Steeton lose for the first time this season at Pool and blow their title chance.

Steeton and Ben Rhydding had known for a couple of weeks that they will be playing in Division One next season but there was still the matter of the title to be decided.

Steeton had led the table since May 14 but, having dropped points in the last two weeks, went into their final match at Pool leading their rivals by just two points.

John Best removed Pool’s top three quickly during a spell of 6-61 but then Callum Braddock 73 and the experienced John Goldthorp (56) guided Pool to 217-9.

Shane McNamara led the reply but was trapped lbw on 48, just 21 runs short of 1,000 for the season, and after that only Mark Taylor (38) and Andy Luxton (30) got into double figures as Steeton were dismissed for 152.

Ben Rhydding, only promoted from Division Three last season, seized their chance. Redmond Bolton (76) top-scored in their 189-8 before skipper Nick Smith (4-10) helped dismiss North Leeds for just 101 to clinch a seventh straight win and the title.

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