Cleckheaton Still Favourites Despite Loss
Cleckheaton suffered a four-wicket defeat at East Bierley in the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division, but it did not materially affect their strong position at the top of the table.
They remain favourites to win the championship as title rivals, defending champions Woodlands, also lost by two wickets at Manningham Mills, the winning runs coming with five balls to spare.
Cleckheaton were bowled out for 208 in exactly 50 overs with in-form opener Tim Jackson top scoring with 54 while Ian Nicholson made 49 and James Lee 48 with Yasir Abbas Bierley's best bowler with six for 45. Opener Tabbi Bhatti led Bierley's challenge with 58 and they won with 11 balls to spare.
Woodlands' totalled 203 for nine with Grant Soames top scoring with 74. Mills owed much to skipper Adam Patel (64) and overseas player Noman Ali (74) who put on 116 for the fourth wicket and, although they then lost three wickets for three runs, their lower order batsmen saw them home.
Pudsey St Lawrence took advantage of Woodlands' defeat to leap frog into second place after a nine-wicket home win over local rivals Pudsey Congs, but they are 30 points behind Cleckheaton with only four matches to play.
Callum Geldart (75) and Nick Lindley (59) gave Congs a great start with an opening stand of 122, but wickets fell steadily after that and they were all out for 218 with Tom Hudson (5-56) and James Smith (5-60) each taking five wickets.
Openers Adam Waite with 113 not out and skipper Mark Robertshaw 74 set them on the road to an easy win with a first wicket stand of 162.
Baildon and Saltaire remain anchored at the bottom after their latest defeats. Next to the bottom Baildon - 32 points adrift of safety - lost at home to Lightcliffe by nine wickets.
Second team opener Rhys Jowett scored 100, including four sixes and eight fours and shared a first wicket stand of 183 with Chris Taylor 85 not out as the visitors chased down Baildon's total of 216 for seven to win with two overs to spare. Saltaire lost by 39 runs at Morley after being bowled out for 106.
In the other Division One match, Hanging Heaton repeated their Priestley Cup semi-final win by beating Bradford & Bingley by six wickets, wicket keeper Charlie Best top scoring for Bingley with 76 in their total of 167 before David Stiff led Hanging Heaton to victory with 62 not out.
Spen Victoria cut Farsley's lead in the Second Division to 21 points after taking 20 points from their 143-run win over neighbours Gomersal, Michael Halmshaw (99), Tosh Baker (60) and Dan Shuffe (59) their leading scorers in their total of 284 for four.
Farsley were limited to 15 points from a six-wicket home win over fourth placed Yeadon after bowling out the visitors for 120 while third-placed New Farnley enjoyed a 10-wicket win at bottom club Great Horton, taking only 16 balls to overtake Horton's paltry 49, Nicholas Johnson taking seven for 22.
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