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Week 3 Preview


In Division 1 the three teams with maximum points so far all face tough away matches in their bids to make it three wins from three as Pool face up with Bilton, Beckwithshaw travel to last season’s double champions Collingham and Guiseley take on Otley. Pool will hope for more runs from Inglis who smashed 146 last week before the Pool bowlers shared around the wickets. Elsewhere Ben Rhydding will hope to continue winning ways after a close fought win over Bilton last time out, they may find it tough going though against a Kirkstall side fresh from a 5-1 win over Collingham last week where they hit the defending champions for 255 before restricting them to under 200.In perhaps the tie of the round though Harden will host Follifoot with both sides firmly rooted in the bottom two after two early season losses each. With neither side posting over 153 so far this season a nervy low-scoring affair might be in order. The final match in the top tier of AWSCL sees Steeton take on Burley with much to play for if either side doesn’t want a gap to open up between the top half of the table.


It is a similar story in Division 2 with two sides boosting maximum points and two sides facing the other end of the spectrum with no points from the opening round of matches. Colton will want to make it two wins in two when they welcome early table toppers Adel who snuck past Rawdon last week by the narrow margin of 13 runs. The other unbeaten side Green Lane travel to Knaresborough who added six points to the two they mustered in their opening day match when they beat Bardsey comfortably last time out with useful batting contributions from Sundberg (68*) and Beasley (51).  Bardsey will want a similar batting performance but a change in luck with the ball this week against a North Leeds side that have won one and lost one in an inconsistent start to their season.  Ahmed’s 64 for Bolton Villas last week in a 7 wicket win over Calverley will give the Villas confidence that they can quickly move up the table when they face Thackley who like themselves and five other sides in Division 2 have one win and one loss in their 2013 accounts. Another of those sides is Ilkley who will host Tong Park Esholt who are just above the bottom two on four points. Ilkley will be hoping for a better batting display whilst Tong Park will want more from the bowlers as both sides faced differing performances with similar results last week as both were comfortable beaten in the end.


Division 3 is wide open this season with sides adjusting to early season conditions in vastly different ways. Upper Wharfedale, relegated from Division 2 last year will be desperate to get their 2013 bandwagon rolling with a win away at New Rover who will want to forget last week’s trip to Addingham where they were soundly beaten by 8 wickets on posting 62. Palacio’s superb bowling return of 8.3 overs 5 maidens 5 wickets for only 3 runs will ensure that Addingham start top of the table as they take on Illingworth who got their first points on the board against Menston last weekend. Hall Park, firmly alongside Upper Wharfedale on no points will want to dish out similar punishment on Olicanian’s to their Horsforth rivals who last week battled their way to 141 mainly thanks to an unbeaten 68 from McEneaney before bowling out their hosts for 91. Horsforth will this week play host to Alwoodley who narrowly missed out on relection last season condemning Horsforth to the bottom two on the last game of the season. Alwoodley travel to Horsforth on the back of one point against New Rover but a smashing win last week against Upper Wharfedale so will be filled with confidence.  The other ties this week are Menston vs Woodhouse and Skipton taking on neighbours and early division leaders Silsden who followed up a great win first week with another against Hall Park last time out. With both of these sides boasting 100% wins so far something has to give.



Division 1 in the 2XI brings us some great fixtures this week as four sides are level on 12 points at the top. Defending champions Guiseley who overcame Steeton with commanding ease face another of the level top sides in Otley at home in a fixture both sides will be keen to lay down a marker for the rest of the season in. Otley managed to bowl out Beckwithshaw last week for 89 having posted 172-8 thanks to some miserly bowling from Dobson (4-42) Gray (2-5) and Huntley 3-2)  Beckwithshaw will hope batting is easier this week as they face North Leeds who bounced back from an opening day defeat to beat Tong Park Esholt. Esholt will play at home against Ilkley this week as they look to open their account against a side boasting two wins from two. Ilkley’s Bott will be hoping for more runs after his match winning 74* last week against Bilton. Bilton will hope that they can get back on track with an away win over Adel who were themselves beaten last week by 4 wickets at the hands of Rawdon. Harden will hope they can prove a harder test for Rawdon on the back of their win over OIicanian. Oli’s will want to want to bounce back immediately when they play Steeton away.  The final tie of the round is unbeaten


Division 2 as so many of our division are at this stage of the season is wide open.  Joint leaders Kirkstall face a home game against Ben Rhydding who could only muster a point last week against New Rover where the home side’s new signing Feltblower enjoyed his home debut with a half century and some wickets to round off a decent performance. Feltblower and his teammates fresh from promotion last season and an unbeaten start this season will this week take on an away trip at Pool, who beat Follifoot last week to banish the memories of being hammered by ten wickets the week before. The other promoted side from Division 3 were Horsforth who have also started well with two wins from two matches as they snuck past relegated Burley last week in a low scoring affair. They will this week play Follifoot who will want to bounce back. Woodhouse will play Collingham who have lost both games so far this season and find themselves joint bottom with Thackley who have also lost both games who this week travel to Burley. Green Lane look to have found their Division 2 feet after a good win against Thackley last week and will look to push for more points against Knaresborough who got their first points of 2013 last week against Woodhouse.


In the Division 3 there are four teams who have started off 2013 season with a bang; Calverley, Colton and Menston have 2 wins from 2 with Hall Park narrowly trailing with 11 points from the first two games. In contrast, Addingham, Illingworth and just like their first team Upper Wharfedale have no points.  Calverley face a trip to Alwoodley who boasts one win and one loss as Bardsey who share the same start host Menston. Both the away sides will fancy their chances of extending their winning run to three games in those fixtures. Especially if both line ups can share the runs around as they have been doing so far. Menston will be particularly confident with Pothecary in their side after his match winning 7 wickets against Illingworth last week. Illingworth will want to forget about Pothecary with a home game against Addingham who in stark contrast to their 1XI who have 100% win record so far have 100% loss record with two sets of 0 points. Hall Park will travel to Bolton Villas in good form hoping that they can break into the promotion places after their openers (Pickles 74 & Rose 79) put on 118 for the first wicket against Silsden in a 5 point win last week. Unlucky 2012 third place side Colton will aim to make it three wins from three against Upper Wharfedale. The derby tie between Silsden and Skipton is last by now means least.



With two games for most over the bank holiday period and no teams breaking away at the top of either conference this could prove to be a pivotal weekend for 3XI across the AWSCL.

With a full round of matches on Sunday Adel will play their first of two home games over the bank holiday against Bilton, Knaresborough will hope to take another six points when they face Follifoot at home and North Leeds will want more of a game than they got first week when they bowled out Knaresborough for 35 when they play Green Lane, themselves first week winners against Follifoot. The final tie of the round will be a short trip for Horsforth who amassed a huge 314-3 against Bilton in the first game with Budge (180*) travel to Rawdon.

In conference B Olicanian travel to Ben Rhydding, Ilkley host Burley after the former’s thrilling game against Thackley the week before where only 5 runs separated the sides. Thackley (208-7 Swaine 73) who will no doubt feel unlucky for not chasing down Ilkley’s 212 (Wheeler 78) face a second away trip in as many weeks to Otley. The final tie of the round is Steeton vs Guiseley.

In the second game of the weekend in Conference A Horsforth travel to Adel, Follifoot host North Leeds with Rawdon facing a tough but tasty away trip to Bilton.

There will be no Conference B games on Bank Holliday Monday.