Cleckheaton Close In On Title
Cleckheaton took another step towards retaining the JCT 600 Bradford League championship when they beat Lightcliffe by 58 runs.
This means they need only 16 points to retain the title while, at the other end of the table, bottom two clubs, Morley and Yeadon look certain to be playing Second Division cricket next season.
Left-arm spinner Andrew Deegan produced a match-winning performance, taking seven for 22 in Cleckheaton’s win over Lightcliffe.
The highlight of the Cleckheaton innings was an explosive knock from overseas player Tanzeel Altaf, who smashed an unbeaten 55 from 26 balls with six sixes and two fours. He was supported by Mally Nicholson (37) while off spinner Josh Wheatley took six for 88.
Lightcliffe’s overseas player Suleman Khan top scored with 61, but received insufficient support as they were bowled out for 152.
Second placed Woodlands are 25 points behind after a 55-run win at East Bierley. Scott Richardson (5-13) and Chris Brice (5-15) each took five wickets to bowl out Bierley for 92 with former Woodlands batsman Dan Shuffe contributing nearly half his team’s total with 42.
Earlier, Woodlands had been bowled out for 142 with skipper Pieter Swanepoel top scoring with 31. Richard Atkins was Bierley’s most successful bowler, taking four for 29.
Outstanding bowling performances from pace man Jack Hartley (5-37) and slow left-arm spinner Noman Ali (4-2) enabled Bingley to gain a five-wicket win at third placed Hanging Heaton. The home side were bowled out for a mere 81 and Bingley eased to victory following an opening stand of 51 by Scott Etherington (28) and Charlie Best (24).
Pudsey St Lawrence ended their run of three successive defeats with a seven-wicket win at Morley, who were bowled out for just 74 with Craig Wiseman taking three for 10.
St Lawrence lost early wickets in pursuit of their modest target before skipper James Smith scored an unbeaten 58 with three sixes and six fours.
Bottom club Yeadon lost by 30 runs in a match reduced to 25 overs at Pudsey Congs. Skipper Gareth Phillips top scored with 73 as Congs reached 179 for seven. Despite contributions from Oliver Stephenson (43), Damon Gormley (34 not out) and Tariq Mehboob (34), Yeadon were restricted to 149 for five in reply.
New Farnley share fourth place with St Lawrence after their nine-wicket win over Farsley. Matthew Green top scored with 32 as Farsley struggled to 114 for seven in 38 overs before Lee Goddard hastened New Farnley to their target in 18.2 overs with 57 from 38 balls, including one six and six fours.
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