SATURDAY saw a top of the table clash, albeit an early one, between Upper Wharfedale and Burton Leonard who had both secured maximum points in their opening two games.

Taking the field first, the Rams got off to a fantastic start in the second over of the day when Elliot Stockton’s first ball of the season clean bowled the Burton Leonard opener. This was the first of four batsmen whose stumps were rattled by Stockton on his way to figures of 5-28.

At the other end, Damar Graham took a while to find his radar but did so in dramatic fashion when a hooping inswinger yorker cleaned up the Burton Leonard number three.

At 30-2, The Burton Leonard batsmen had to dig and build a partnership, however as they did the Rams bowlers managed bring the run rate to a near standstill.

The pressure finally told and Stockton picked up two wickets in two balls, the second a sharp caught behind; the resultant hat trick ball narrowly missed the outside edge much to the chagrin of the vocal home support.

Tom Baines entered the fray as first change and bowled a metronomic spell of 2-3 from 8 overs. Spin wizard James Stephenson also spun out a couple of wickets before Stockton returned to mop

up the tail and complete his five wicket haul. Burton Leonard were all out for just 89.

The Wharfedale chase didn’t get off to the best start with David Whitfield falling in the first over. There was a a slight wobble when 33-1 quickly turned into 36-4.

However, Callum Lockett (21*) and Damar Graham (22*) saw the Rams home with no further hiccups (aided somewhat by a sizeable extras tally) chasing the target of 90 in just 9.5 overs resulting in a 6 wicket win.

The seconds also continued their marvellous form with a ten wicket win against Burnt Yates who were bowled out for just 80.

Wickets were shared around with one each for openers Harry Peace and Dan Stockdale. Dave Stockdale picked up where he left off in week one with two

wickets whilst Tom Eggleston opened his Rams account with 3-7. Ollie Metcalfe wrapped up the Burnt Yates innings with figures of 1-6 from four balls.

Martin Chisnall (45*) then continued his blossoming opening partnership with Dylan Canny (27*) to knock off the meagre total and secure another 20 points.