Guiseley are not on the Wain

Guiseley are not on the Wain

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

Andrew Foulds evades a bouncer during Steeton's83-run win over Kirkstall

John Akrigg attacks during his innings of 70 for Steeton

Kirkstall Educational bowler Tom Webb spills a sharp caught and bowled attempt at Steeton

First published in Sport Craven Herald: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Sports Reporter

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.

Beckwithshaw were going along steadily at 55-2 but then lost four wickets in 13 balls without adding to their score, three of those falling to Wain.

He rounded off his 10.3-over spell with the final two wickets to end with 6-13 and Beckwithshaw stunned at just 91 – a total Guiseley passed comfortably, Brian Jackson hitting 64 not out in 47 balls.

Meanwhile Otley were increasing their lead at the top with a 96-run win over second-placed Burley.

Otley had Andy Rhodes (41), James Wilcock (32) and Ricky Halloran (24no) – their seven, eight and nine batsmen – to thank for a late rally that took them to 238-9 and the full five batting points.

Apart from Danny Bryan (52), Burley found the going much harder and the defeat sees them 27 points behind Otley with five games to go.

Guiseley’s win was as vital to them as it was devastating to Beckwithshaw because three of the four clubs below them in the fight to avoid the drop also won, and only 19 points separate seventh-placed Kirkstall from Ben Rhydding at the bottom.

Andrew Foulds (91), John Akrigg (70) and Jonny Stander (52no) starred as Steeton raced to 285-6 before keeping Kirkstall in trouble by bowling them out for 202, Stephen Pearson taking 4-36.

Rawdon edged closer to safety after Conor McInerney (6-17) and Shane Franklin (3-21) bowled out Collingham for 70 to set up a six-wicket win and send their opponents into the bottom two in place of Pool, who had a comfortable victory over Ilkley.

At one time, Ben Rhydding looked certain to go down but two wins in a row, the latest against Bilton, has put them within eight points of safety.

Half-centuries from Charlie Swallow and Robbie Oldham took them to 213-7 before Swallow (4-52) and Alex Miller (3-36) dismissed the home side for 178.

There’s plenty of tension at the bottom of Division Two, although defeat by fellow strugglers Upper Wharfedale makes Bolton Villas hot favourites to be one of the two going down.

The five sides above them are separated by only seven points. Richard Nichols hit 67 to help Skipton to a fourth batting bonus but defeat by promotion-chasing Colton saw them drop into the bottom two.

Harden are only a point better off after losing at Green Lane. The looked set fair when Phil Leng (5-29) helped dismiss Lane for 111 but Michael Ellis (4-5), Chris Spivey (3-40) and Neil Britton (3-13) skittled out Harden for 75.

Tong Park Esholt are still in the mix after going down at Knaresborough, despite a half-century from Ajanthe Weerapuli, but Thackley eased their concerns with a win at second-placed North Leeds.

Luke Holroyd (66) top-scored in Thackley’s 242-9 before the home side had their last man run out on the final available ball trying for the three runs that would have won them the match.

Horsforth continue to dominate Division Three, Mark Gilliver hitting an unbeaten 121 in their 237-6 before Andy Robinson took 5-44 to dismiss Calverley for 77, 45 of them coming from Jamie Chapman.

Addingham made it five wins in a row with a victory that dented New Rover’s promotion hopes, Ricky Palacio (4-21) and Johnny Johnson (42) leading the way.

Gulsheraz Ahmed (100) and Muhammad Waqas (58) top-scored in Silsden’s 243-9 but the Parker brothers clinched victory for Menston.

Edward hit 66 and Charley followed up a four-wicket haul with a half-century.

Syed Hashmi (7-33), Chris Wheeler (57no) and Sajad Ijaz (48no) starred in Olicanian’s win at Alwoodley.

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