Under 11s League Report week 7
Gargrave tallied a useful 268-2 which proved too many for Bradley who made 203-4. Matthew Beckwith led the North Craven boys with 15 and Georgina Smith added 14 to put the match beyond the reach of the visitors. Two days later league leaders Skipton crashed to the upwardly-mobile Gargrave team by 5 runs. Despite 15 from James Otulakowski and 12 from Angus McCabe the table toppers succumbed to the power of the Smiths, Georgina with 11 and Jonah with 10. Gargrave move up to third place whilst Skipton after their second defeat eye Oakworth Sharks with perhaps a feeling of soon to arrive menace. Keighley put up a spirited show against Oxenhope just losing by 17 runs. A Kazam scored 12 as did Tom Addison and Connor Mahon foe the winners who made 245-2
The u-11 Cobbydale derby went to home club Silsden by 76 runs. Ben Shepherd was again in the runs with 16 and Ben Appleyard also made double figures in their 216-6. The Silsden bowlers dominated the plucky young Steeton side in their first season. The promotion battle took a turn towards South Craven as Glusburn completed a narrow double over fellow challengers Denholme. At Denholme the margin was just 2 runs despite 44 runs from the home last three batsmen (Joseph Jagger 17). Not for the first time wicket loss proved decisive. At Glusburn the margin widened to 8 runs thanks to Alex Horsfield 12 and Nick Firth 10 and late boundaries for Sammy Warriner and Nathan Parker. A super tight bowling display from Settle won them the match at Cowling after a 206-5 posting. The fast developing young Cowling side tallied 195-5 in a spirited response.
Once again a stealthy approach to batting from the Sharks had them swimming with 242-4, Ben Howell again to the fore. Searching for victims at Bradley though proved more taxing and only 2 were gobbled up . Bradley though did find run scoring a pain and ended on 209-2, William Greenwood scoring 10 of them. The Sharks now sit atop the Division ahead of Skipton on run rate. Later in the week Bradley faced Skipton and came away pointless again. Skipton batsman George Sutcliffe played a wonderful second innings, after an earlier 17 from Angus McCabe, a season's best of 37 (nine 4s), only 2 short of the record. Not surprisingly Bradley (C Downs 11) found keeping pace with that sort of hitting somewhat difficult and their 228-2 was well short of the Skipton 274-3. Gargarve kept Champions Earby in the relegation slot with a 49 run win. Joseph Metcalfe 11 and George Beckwith led a competent batting performance to 254-2. Whilst Luke Hipgarve made 13, Earby lost wickets making 205-5.