Skipper John Wood and Scotland’s former Yorkshire pace bowler Iain Wardlaw shared nine wickets as Cleckheaton maintained their 11-point lead at the top of the JCT600 Bradford League First Division after shooting out Bradford & Bingley for 67 in only 19.1 overs to set up a 91-run win at Wagon Lane.
Wood (5-20) and Wardlaw (4-28) reduced Bingley to 39 for nine at one stage until a last-wicket stand of 28 between Jack Hartley and Matthew Simpson saved them from further humiliation.
At the halfway stage, Bingley looked set for victory after bowling out the visitors for 158 with left-arm spinner Noman Ali taking five for 32 and Chris Thompson three for 47 as only opener Tim Jackson (48) and James Lee (32) made an impression, but their modest total proved beyond for Bingley who slipped to a fourth successive league defeat in completed matches.
Second-placed Woodlands returned to winning ways, but were made to work hard for their 17-run victory at next to bottom Yeadon. Fortunately for them, overseas player Sarfraz Ahmed produced a match-winning bowling performance of six for 41 as Yeadon were restricted to 179 for eight.
Opener Sam Frankland (40) and Simon Mason (32) were Woodlands' top scorers in their total of 196. Yeadon's New Zealander Elliott Herd was unlucky to be on the losing side after producing a fine all-round performance, taking four for 73 and following that up with his team’s top score of 73.
Pudsey St Lawrence are only one point behind in third place after collecting maximum 20 points from their 115-run home win over Hanging Heaton. Opener Mark Robertshaw scored a superb 158 not out, including two sixes and 21 fours as St Lawrence totalled a formidable 294 for four.
Robertshaw shared a second wicket stand of 133 with teenager Callum Goldthorp (44) before skipper James Smith struck five sixes and five fours in making a quickfire 60.
Skipper Gary Fellows (45) and David Paynter (36) were Hanging Heaton’s top scorers, but received little support as the visitors collapsed from 104 for two to 139 all out. Spinners Chris Marsden (4-37) and Tom Hudson (4-51) each took four wickets.
Another batsman in fine form was Alex Stead, whose sparkling innings of 152, including nine sixes and 13 fours, set up Lightcliffe’s 79-run win over Morley. Stead was joined in two partnerships of 102 by Michael Brooke (55) for the second wicket and Suleman Khan (28) for the fourth wicket.
Opener Matthew West scored 94 as Morley replied with 201 for nine, spinners Chris Greenwood (3-21), Suleman Khan (3-49) and Danny Ahmed (3-62) each taking thee wickets.
Nick Walker helped New Farnley to an 80-run win at his old club East Bierley. Walker top scored with 55 in New Farnley’s total of 165 and followed up that valuable innings with three for 17 as he and leg-spinner Mark Lawson (5-18) bowled out Bierley for a mere 85. Spinners Luke Jarvis (4-61) and Kez Ahmed (3-17) were Bierley’s best bowlers.
Bottom club Pudsey Congs went down by six wickets at Farsley after being bowled out for 91 with South African pace bowler Graham Hume taking five for 34 and Chris Henry four for 21.
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