Two players, Farsley all-rounder Lorenzo Ingram and Lightcliffe batsman Chris Taylor passed 1,000 runs for the season on a day when Baildon and Gomersal edged closer towards relegation from the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division. By David Markham.
Ingram, who began the day needing 93 to reach the coveted landmark, played a leading part in third placed Farsley’s 52-run home win over Undercliffe after hitting an unbeaten 114 – his fourth century of the season – with six sixes and nine fours.
His fourth wicket stand of 133 with skipper Ian Philliskirk (77) laid the foundation for Farsley’s 288-4 while Joe Greaves made 40.
Ingram then completed an outstanding all-round performance by taking 5-37 as Undercliffe were restricted to 236-9 with Zarak Khan (64) and Matthew Bottomley (48) their top scorers.
Woodlands have a 29 point lead at the top of the table after a 27-run home win over Manningham Mills in a low scoring match. They owed a huge debt to opener Scott Richardson, who made a remarkable 99 out of their modest total of 134 before falling to Mills’ overseas player Imran Khalid, who took 7-29 with his spinners.
It hardly seemed to be a winning score, but Mills fared even worse as they were bowled out for 107 with skipper Pieter Swanepoel taking 4-34 and slow left armer Chris Brice 4-30.
Nearest challengers Cleckheaton gained maximum points after thrashing Hanging Heaton by 120 runs. Tim Jackson with 98 not out and Marcus Walmsley 74 shared a third wicket stand of 158 as Cleckheaton totalled 240-4. The Wood brothers Ian (3-11) and skipper John (3-40) each took three wickets as the home side were bowled out for 120.
Fourth placed East Bierley beat Pudsey Congs by four wickets. They restricted the defending champions to 187-9 with Kez Ahmed (4-38) and Chris Elstub (4-43) each taking four wickets before winning with 4-2 overs to spare as Andrew Rennison made 51 and Thomas Owens 34. Adam Patel (45) and Glenn Roberts (39 not out) were Congs’ top scorers.
Baildon and Gomersal moved closer to relegation after both suffered defeats. Baildon restricted Bradford & Bingley to 163-9 on pitch taking spin. Tabbi Bhatti (4-35) and slow left armer Mushtaq Ahmed (4-39) each took four wickets while opener Scott Etherington top scored with 55 for Bingley while former Baildon skipper Simon Davies made 30.
Baildon were then bowled out for 84 with paceman Chris Thompson producing a match winning 7-42 and leg spinner Naweed Ghany 3-27.
This result leaves next to the bottom Baildon 42 points adrift of safety while bottom club Gomersal are 20 points further back following a six wicket defeat at Pudsey St Lawrence. They were bowled out for 128 with medium pace bowler Gareth Clough taking 5-32 and off spinner Steve Watts 4-13. Mark Robertshaw then led St Lawrence to victory with 73 not out.
Taylor reached 1,000 runs for the fourth time as Lightcliffe went back to the top of the Second Division after beating Spen Victoria by 167 runs. The win enabled Lightcliffe to leapfrog Saltaire, who went down to their first defeat in ten matches at Great Horton.
Taylor, who began the day on 972 runs, hit 102 not out and shared a second wicket stand of 152 with Alex Stead (87) as Lightcliffe totalled 237-2. They then bowled out Spen for a mere 60.
Saltaire, who trail Lightcliffe by 12 points, but have a match in hand, went down by eight wickets at Great Horton after being bowled out for 94. Suleman Khan led the home side to victory with 65 not out.
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