Defending champions Pudsey Congs ended Woodlands’ nine-match winning run, their lead at the top of the JCT 600 Bradford League Division One cut from 22 to 13 points. By David Markham
Left arm spinner Glenn Roberts produced a match winning performance by taking 6-41 to help Congs beat the leaders for the second time this season.
Andrew Bairstow (47), Barbar Butt (46) and Roberts (34 not out) were the leading scorers as Congs totalled 210-8 before restricting Woodlands to 153-9 in reply.
Skipper Pieter Swanepoel, who had earlier taken three wickets, was Woodlands’ top scorer with 34, but they could not break the stranglehold that Roberts and his fellow bowlers imposed as they went down by 48 runs.
Cleckheaton moved into second place with a 14-run home win over Pudsey St Lawrence. Skipper John Wood, the former Lancashire and Durham player gave Cleckheaton a positive start in a first wicket stand of 108 with Mark Cummins (38) before he was bowled three short of his century, his 97 containing four sixes and 12 fours. After he was out James Lee, recently released by Yorkshire, picked up the tempo, scoring 54 in 39 balls, including three sixes and five fours as Cleckheaton closed on a challenging 260-8.
St Lawrence were going well in reply before left arm spinner Mark Cummins turned the game Cleckheaton’s way with 5-18.
Opener Adam Waite held the innings together with an impressive 114, including three sixes and 13 fours and received good support from David Hester (41) and Chris Marsden (33) before St Lawrence slid from 180-3 to 246 all out.
Farsley dropped from second to third after they lost by same margin at Bradford & Bingley – a result that ended Bingley’s four match losing run.
Skipper Phil Slater held the innings together with 83 Bingley recovered from 114-5 to take maximum batting points with 227-9.
Captain Ian Philliskirk (69) and Joe Greaves (62) led Farsley’s challenge, sharing a second wicket stand of 99, but they lost wicket steadily after that and were bowled out for 213, 14 runs short, with Richard McCarthy taking 4-43 and Chris Thompson 3-46.
East Bierley, whose players wore black armbands kin memory of club stalwart, Les Hudson, who died last week aged 83, gained a comfortable six wicket home win over bottom club Gomersal – a result that leaves them 44 points adrift of safety.
Overseas pace bowler Muhammad Azhar Ullah with 4-21 and Durham paceman Mitch Claydon 3-21 were the chief wicket takers as Gomersal were bowled out for 146, Greg Pickles top scoring with 41.
Bierley then raced to victory in 21.3 overs with skipper Lee Goddard hitting 11 fours and one six in his 54.
Another club in relegation trouble are next to the bottom Baildon, who suffered a 158-run defeat at Undercliffe to leave them 39 points behind the safety mark.
Yorkshire second team left hander Callum Geldart hit five sixes and 11 fours in his 110, sharing an opening stand of 162 with Matthew Bottomley (65) as Undercliffe totalled 262-8. Slow left arm bowler Mushtaq Ahmed with 4-77 and Sri Lankan paceman Dehiwalage Perera 3-58 were Baildon’s chief wicket takers.
The 2009 champions then crashed to 104 all out with Yassir Abbas taking 4-26 and Yorkshire’s Moin Ashraf 3-21 with only Richard Atkins (35) showing much resistance.
Manningham Mills came out on top by two wickets in a tense, low scoring match at Hanging Heaton. Overseas spinner Imran Khalid produced outstanding figures of 8-36 as Hanging Heaton were bowled out for 117, of which opener Rob McFarlane made 49. The home side made Mills battle hard for victory, but Masood Ahmed led them home with an unbeaten 58.
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