Cleckheaton are the new leaders of the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division. They took over at the top after beating Pudsey St Lawrence by eight wickets while leaders Woodlands lost by 40 runs at Lightcliffe.
Cleckheaton, who have never won the title before, were indebted to overseas all-rounder Ammar Mahmood, who took five for 34 with his left-arm spinners while Yorkshire pace bowler Iain Wardlaw took three for 52 as the home side were bowled out for 182, squandering the good work of Callum Goldthorp (67) and opener Adam Waite (51), who shared a second wicket stand of 76.
In-form opener Tim Jackson led the way with 84 while skipper John Wood and and Mahmood each made 43 as Cleckheaton reached their target with five overs to spare.
Alex Stead (94) and former Yorkshire batsman, skipper Chris Taylor (64) shared a second stand of 154 in Lightcliffe’s total of 253 for five while in-form, 19-year-old, Oliver Robinson added 58 not out late in the innings. Simon Mason led Woodlands’ challenge with 102, including five sixes, but found little support from his team-mates as the reigning champions were bowled out for 213.
Morley climbed off the bottom of the table after their second win in a row. David Paynter made exactly 100 in their 62-run win over Manningham Mills. Paynter, who hit one six and 12 fours, shared a decisive third wicket stand of 141 with overseas player Kashif Naveed (68) as Morley reached their highest score of the season – 240 for five. Gulsheraz Ahmed stood firm with an undefeated 60 after M ills lost early wickets, but they were restricted to 178 for nine with James McNichol (3-15) and Nathan Bromby (3-45) each taking three wickets.
Morley moved 10 points clear of Baildon, who lost by 82 runs at home to Hanging Heaton. Once again Baildon’s batting was found wanting. They were bowled out for a below par 148 in 37 overs with Gharib Razak (45) and Vaibhav Naik (35) their top scorers as leg spinner Mark Lawson took five for 29 and pace man David Stiff four for 34. Former Yorkshire all-rounder Gary Fellows then hit 82 not out, including one six and 11 fours, as he led Hanging Heaton to a comfortable win.
Saltaire are three points above the relegation places after losing by six wickets at home to Pudsey Congs. Adeel Nazir top scored with 37 while overseas player Khuram Shahzad was given out for handling the ball after making 36 as Saltaire were bowled out for 167, pace bowler Eugene Burzler taking four for 34. Callum Geldart made 49 and Nick Lindley 43 not out as Congs reached their target in 33 overs.
Bradford and Bingley suffered another heavy as their batsmen failed for the second match in a row. After being shot out for a mere 64 against Morley the week before, they could muster only 71 at East Bierley as they slumped to a 169-run defeat. Tabbi Bhatti (57) and skipper Kez Ahmed (53) both scored half centuries while Gavin Hamilton made 40 in Bierley’s 240. From 42 for one, Bingley lost four wickets for three runs and there was no way back from there as overseas left arm pace bowler Waqas Maqsood (four for 23) and off spinner Ahmed (four for 12) each took four wickets.
The top three sides in the Second Division all won. Leaders Farsley cruised to an eight-wicket win over Bowling Old Lane with opener Andrew Duckworth making 101 not out, second placed Spen Victoria beat Idle by eight wickets after bowling them out for 61 and third placed New Farnley beat Undercliffe by 149 runs.
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