SKIPTON have scored 200 for the third time in four completed matches - and in the other one they knocked off 198 - in Division Two of the Aire-Wharfe League.

They won the first three of those matches, but on this occasion, they lost a thriller by two wickets at home to Shadwell off the last ball in a match containing 523 runs.

The visitors looked unlikely winners when they needed 21 off the final over, bowled by Mohid Shafiq.

But the eight-ball over contained a no ball, a wide, four byes and a six, with the last delivery being hit for four to give Shadwell a remarkable victory.

Skipton elected to bat and, for the second straight week, were given a superb start by Shahid Nadeem (37) and Joe Birks in a partnership of 87.

Birks, who finished on 130, then added 156 for the third wicket with his equally in-form skipper Gary Owens (77 not out) to ensure the hosts finished on 261-4.

Skipton, who drop a place to eighth, must have been feeling good eating their tea, but Shadwell are not second for nothing and recovered from 162-7 to snatch victory in that memorable final over.

Meanwhile, Steeton’s position in the Premier Division is looking increasingly dire, and they are 42 points from safety after losing at Pool, coupled with third-from-bottom Tong Park Esholt winning in the final over at Burley.

Pool made 245-8 after opting to bat, opener Logan Duval scoring 108 as only Steve Pearson (3-50) and Ewan Johnston (3-39) both kept the run rate down and took wickets.

Steve Pearson's three wickets were not enough to help his side beat Pool.Steve Pearson's three wickets were not enough to help his side beat Pool. (Image: John Heald.)

Steeton were then dismissed for 176 in a patchy scorecard, with overseas player Tremaine Dowrich scoring 74 as an opener, but only Paul Quinlan (57) backing him up properly.