Cleckheaton caused an upset in the JCT 600 Bradford League when they beat leaders Bradford & Bingley away by four wickets, writes David Markham.
The win lifted them off the bottom of the First Division table while Bingley saw their lead cut to two points as a result of this defeat.
Yorkshire pace bowler James Lee took four for 75 and his opening partner Iain Wardlaw two for 36 as Bingley were bowled out for 207.
The home side were indebted to a sixth stand of 80 between Sri Lankan Naweed Ghany and David Clow after they were left struggling at 89 for five, but once Ghany was out for 79 wickets fell steadily.
Skipper, the former Lancashire and Durham player John Wood promoted himself in the order to get Cleckheaton off to a fast start and the move worked perfectly. Wood made 50 out of 77, leaving fellow opener Mark Cummins to play the anchor role and he was unbeaten on 74 not out as Cleckheaton timed their run chase to perfection.
Second placed Farsley beat neighbours Pudsey St Lawrence in a high scoring match at Red Lane following a perfectly timed run chase.
The three wicket win enabled Farsley to cut Bradford & Bingley’s lead at the top of the First Division to two points while this was St Lawrence’s third defeat in a row.
Skipper Ian Philliskirk led the run chase after St Lawrence had posted a challenging 252-4. Philliskirk came to wicket after Farsley lost Andrew Duckworth at seven and took part in two big stands – 94 with Stephen Simpson (41) for the second wicket and 88 with the prolific Lorenzo Ingram (49) for the third.
He was fourth out at 202 having made 89 and Farsley lost three more wickets before hitting the winning runs with four balls to spare.
Earlier, Mark Robertshaw (83) and Adam Waite put on 61 for St Lawrence’s first wicket and Gareth Clough (36 not out) and Chris Marsden (45) kept the momentum going with a fourth wicket stand of 81.
East Bierley moved into third place after a 55-run win at Hanging Heaton. Former Yorkshire player Ismail Dawood was top scorer with 80 against his former club while Gharib Razak made 56. Last season’s Second Division champions were then bowled out for 156 with Dawood’s younger brother Imran making 36.
After losing their first two matches, Woodlands have won four in a row to move into fourth place. Their latest win came at the expense of Baildon, who dropped into bottom place as a result of their fifth defeat of the season.
It was not straightforward for the home side, however. For, after openers Sam Frankland (71) and Scott Richardson (40) put on 74 for the first wicket, Woodlands collapsed to 110-8 before Adam Goldthorpe led a partial rescue with 46 not out to lift them to 164. Richard Atkins (4-65) and slow left arm bowling Mushtaq Ahmed (4-24) each took four wickets.
Skipper Pieter Swanepoel then took 5-47 as Baildon slid to a 75-run defeat after being bowled out for a mere 89.
Gomersal are next to the bottom after a five wicket home defeat against Manningham Mills. Ben Platt was top scorer with 59 as Gomersal were restricted to 173 with overseas player Imran Khalid taking 4-43, Iqbal Khan 3-33 and Zeeshan Qasim 3-39.
Khalid then completed a fine all-round performance by making 65 while Mohammed Altaf scored 47 not out as Mills reached their target with 8.2 overs to spare.
Defending champions Pudsey Congs slipped to a 45-run home defeat against Undercliffe.
Yorkshire’s Callum Geldart continued his impressive form with 84 while Narwaz Sardar scored 59 not out as Undercliffe totalled 244-5.
Former Saltaire bowlers Tom Hudson with 4-56 and Yassir Abbas 3-66 then bowled out Congs for 199 with only Barbar Butt with 67 showing much resistance.
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