East Bierley took a big step toward ensuring their safety in the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division after a surprise 41-run win over leaders Cleckheaton while the two other clubs in danger of relegation, Morley and Yeadon both lost.
The results leave Bierley 18 points ahead of Morley with bottom club Yeadon a further eight points behind.
Left-arm spinner Luke Jarvis produced a match winning bowling performance, exploiting helpful conditions by taking six for 12 as Cleckheaton were bowled out for 112 in reply to Bierley’s 153 for nine while Richard Atkins took three for 35.
Stand-in opener Neil Gill batted through Bierley’s innings, scoring 69 not out as they also found batting far from easy. Spinner Andrew Deegan with four for 28 and pace man Iain Wardlaw three for 61 were Cleckheaton’s main wicket-takers.
Second placed Woodlands’ 33-run win at Farsley means Cleckheaton’s lead at the top has been cut to 22 points with four matches to play.
Woodlands made a challenging 245 for eight thanks to a third wicket stand of 132 between Simon Mason (82) and Logan Weston (52). Former Yorkshire batsman Joe Sayers led Farsley’s reply with 80 and received good support from Ian Philliskirk (42) and skipper Mark Harrison (35), but they finished short on 212 for seven.
Pudsey Congs won the Pudsey derby, inflicting a second defeat in a row on their local rivals St Lawrence.
Congs restricted St Lawrence to 163, of which skipper James Smith made 58 as pace bowler James Pearson took four for 48 and left-arm spinner Glenn Roberts three for 41 before cruising to victory with Callum Geldart scoring 76 and Adam Patel 41 not out.
Alex Stead and overseas all-rounder Suleman Khan were the match-winners as Lightcliffe gained an outstanding six-wicket win in a high scoring home game against Hanging Heaton.
Khan took seven for 46 with his left-arm spinners as Hanging Heaton totalled 248 for nine, skipper Gary Fellows top scoring with 87 while David Paynter (42), Nick Connolly (38) and David Stiff (37) gave good support.
It looked a formidable task for Lightcliffe, but they rose to the challenge thanks to a superb innings from Stead, who struck four sixes and 14 fours in an unbeaten 125, sharing a third-wicket stand of 137 with Khan, who made 80 as they won with 28 balls to spare.
Ian Fisher produced a match-winning performance to help New Farnley to beat Yeadon by 19 runs.
Lee Goddard dominated New Farnley’s innings scoring 88 out of his side’s total of 211 for eight.
Yeadon made a determined effort to win led by Oliver Stephenson (67), but were restricted to 192 for nine with Fisher taking six for 26.
Morley’s hopes of avoiding relegation were dealt another blow as they went down by 91 runs at Bradford & Bingley.
Overseas all-rounder Noman Ali top scored with 72 in Bingley’s total of 227 for nine before Morley’s batting problems were again exposed as they were bowled out for 136 with Ali (3-28), Jack Hartley (3-41) and Harry Smallwood (3-41) each taking three wickets.
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