Chris Thompson scored a spectacular 125 not out off only 74 balls as Bradford & Bingley extended their winning run to three matches in the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division with an 83-run win over fourth-placed Farsley.
Thompson smashed 11 sixes and eight fours as he shared an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 187 with overseas player Noman Ali (63 not out) to enable Bingley to post the day’s highest score of 308 for five.
Farsley, who had won their previous three matches under new skipper Mark Harrison, were in contention as Harrison (65) and former Yorkshire batsman Joe Sayers (87) put on 134 for the third wicket. However, once Sayers was fourth out at 195 – the first of Thompson’s five victims – the innings subsided as the visitors were dismissed for 225 with Thompson completing a superb all-round performance with five for 25 in five overs while slow left armer Ali took three for 55
Leaders Cleckheaton slipped up against an improving Pudsey Congs, who won their fourth match out of five, beating the reigning champions by 28 runs.
Barbar Butt (95 not out) and Mumtada Akhtar (47 not out) enabled Congs to reach 252 for five before bowling out Cleckheaton for 204 with slow left-arm bowler Glenn Roberts taking five for 37.
However, they remain 24 points clear at the top because second placed Woodlands lost by 19 runs at Hanging Heaton and had to settle for six bonus points. Unusually, Woodlands’ bowlers made little impact on a strong Hanging Heaton batting line-up, gaining only one bowling point as the home side made 262 for three.
Nick Connolly (60) and Joe Fraser (47) laid the foundations before David Paynter (74 not out) and Ben Elvidge (41 not out) launched a late assault with an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 78.
Opener Duncan Snell (84) and Logan Weston (83) led Woodlands’ victory bid, but they fell short on 243 for seven with Connolly taking four for 33 and David Stiff three for 50.
Third-placed Pudsey St Lawrence moved to within two points of Woodlands with a seven wicket win over bottom club Yeadon. Off-spinner Steve Watts took five for 41 as Yeadon were restricted to 157 for nine.
Oliver Stephenson (44) and Elliott Herd (37) gave Yeadon a promising start, but they lost seven wickets for 54 and their final total posed few problems for St Lawrence as teenager Callum Goldthorp (56) and wicket-keeper Matthew Duce (46 not out) led them home with an unbroken stand of 63.
Alex Stead scored his second century in four matches as Lightcliffe beat East Bierley by 109 runs. Stead hit nine sixes and 10 fours in a superb innings of 146, dominating a third-wicket stand of 158 with Josh Wheatley (24) after second-team captain and opener Michael Brooke made a valuable 49 to enable Lightcliffe to reach 254 for five.
Slow left-arm bowler Suleman Khan took four for 28 as Bierley were dismissed for 145 with only opener Mark Gill (46) and Kez Ahmed (36) showing much resistance.
Bierley find themselves next to the bottom of the table after this defeat as Morley climbed one point above them despite a two wicket home defeat in a tense finish. Opener Matthew West top scored with 67 supported by Colin Nuthall (35 not out) as Morley were restricted to 177 for seven.
Opener Scott Richardson led the way for New Farnley with 78 and, at 125 for one, the visitors were cruising, but they slipped to 172 for eight before edging home with two wickets and four balls to spare as off-spinner David Nebard took three wickets.
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