ILKLEY go head to head with Bilton twice over the weekend in matches which could define their Aire-Wharfe League season.

Tomorrow the sides meet in Division One with Ilkley needing points to keep them clear of North Leeds, Colton and Collingham, the three sides who look set to make up the relegation battle.

Then on Sunday, the teams must do it all over again in the semi-final of the Waddilove Cup.

Ilkley were the first of the current Aire-Wharfe sides to lift the trophy, beating Burley in 1938 after being runners-up to Yeadon in the first two years of the competition.

But this, their 24th semi-final, is their first since 1989 when they last won the trophy and their opponents will start as hot favourites, having bowled out Ilkley for just 85 when they met earlier in the season.

The other tie sees Burley also make their 24th semi-final appearance when they entertain Beckwithshaw.

Burley have the best recent cup record – lifting the trophy three years out of four from 2010 and in the last four twice since then.

Unbeaten league leaders Beckwithshaw will present a formidable obstacle but Burley have been in outstanding cup form this year, scoring more than 1,000 runs in their three matches so far.

And they have tested Beckwithshaw more than most, Jason Wright (100) and Daniel Reeves (75no) taking them to 233-6 before their league encounter had to be abandoned.

Before they can think about the cup, however, Burley need to concentrate on beating struggling North Leeds in the league tomorrow and getting their title challenge back on track after last week’s defeat by Otley.

Even with that win, Otley are 36 points behind the leaders and while they should have no problems against relegation-threatened Colton, they will be hoping that Pool can pull something out of the bag to dent Beckwithshaw’s charge.

After two defeats Guiseley need to re-find their form at Collingham while Horsforth seek to make it five wins in a row when they entertain Rawdon.

With the help of Steeton beating Division Two leaders Adel last week, Ben Rhydding have moved within nine points of their rivals.

They won’t be expecting rock-bottom Thackley to do them the same favour tomorrow so it is vital they take full points in a potentially tricky match against Kirkstall.

Skipton are in danger of being cast adrift at the bottom with Thackley and desperately need points but will find Steeton in confident mood after Craig Walton’s century helped them to that upset last week.

With only one win in their last six matches, Hall Park are not out of danger but will fancy their chances against inconsistent Calverley while Addingham, who could still be dragged into the dog-fight, have a tricky match against Follifoot.

Tong Park Esholt’s bowling could give them the edge in their middle of the table clash with Leeds Modernians.

Olicanian will expect to maintain their lead in Division Three but will be aware that New Rover have shown signs of finding their scoring form in recent matches.

Saltaire face a similar problem at Alwoodley, who have shown they are capable of building an innings despite their lowly position.

Green Lane, with Waleed Akhtar already past 400 runs for the season, should have no problems with St Chads Broomfield who, after a promising start, have struggled to establish themselves in the league.

Bolton Villas find themselves in the uncomfortable position of having only Alwoodley below them and won’t find it easy to improve that against surprise promotion hopefuls Bardsey.