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Silsden slip to Horsforth in crunch clash
SILSDEN couldn’t overcome a strong Horsforth side despite a good effort with the ball as the Division Three pace-setters met at Keighley Road.
The home side won the toss and opted to bowl first. After claiming the first scalp with 26 on the board, the Cobbydalers began to pick up wickets at regular intervals on a deck that was offering variable bounce for the bowlers.
Spinner Gulsheraz Ahmed (5-43) and seamer Iqbal Khan did much of the damage, while David Wynn grafted hard for 1-49. However, Horsforth number four Mark McEneaney’s 47 did much to set his side a competitive 155 all out.
Silsden’s batsmen never really got going in the run chase as all -rounder McEneany again proved to be the thorn in the side, picking up the wickets of the top four.
Muhammad Waqas dug in for a gutsy 20 but the fact this was the innings top score told its own story as Silsden crashed to 90 all out, leaving them third in the league standings.
Mahir Ali (3-19) and Larry Edward (3-21) also produced key contributions for Horsforth.
A fantastic first-team debut from Josh Gill could not prevent Steeton from losing at Pool in Division One.
He took 5-65 from 14 overs, while James Emmott was in miserly form with the ball, his 15 overs only costing 35 runs as he collected three wickets. That saw Steeton bowl Pool out for 182.
In reply, Steeton’s top-order batsmen all made starts, but were unable to convert them into sizeable contributions.
They were reduced to 55-5 before Oliver Gledhill (31) and Emmott (46no) pushed the visitors towards their target, only for them to fall just short on 166 all out.
Tailenders Shane Franklin and Anthony Gilks clinched victory for Rawdon over Bilton with just four balls to spare.
Newly promoted Rawdon have been involved in a number of tight matches this season but in recent weeks they have started to win most of them and are beginning to look more comfortable in Division One.
The successful pursuit of Bilton’s 200-8 was masterminded by opener Conor McInerney who was seventh man out, just one short of his century.
Upper Wharfedale had a day to forget after being bowled out for just 89 as they lost their clash with North Leeds by ten wickets.
Skipton’s total of 123 proved insufficient as they lost by seven-wickets to Tong Park Esholt. Kier Nelson top scored for Skipton while Andrew Rushton took 3-41.Harden climbed out of the Division Two bottom two after ninth pair Matthew Topham and Phil Leng saw them past Colton’s 131 with an unbeaten stand of 33.
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