Skipper John Wood hit a superb century as Cleckheaton maintained their 13 point lead over defending champions Woodlands in the JCT 600 Bradford League with a 91-run home win over over Hanging Heaton.
The former Lancashire and Durham player hit four sixes and 14 fours as he made 136, sharing an opening stand of 127 with Tim Jackson (47) as Cleckheaton amassed a formidable 292 for eight.
Gary Fellows did his best to give the Priestley Cup finalists a good start, but once he was out for 52 their hopes faded and they were all out for 201 with the only other significant contributions coming from David Stiff 37 and Mark Lawson 35.
Spinners Andrew Deegan with four for 58 and Ammar Mahmood three for 35 put the seal on Cleckheaton’s 12th win in 15 games, earning them a maximum 20 points.
Woodlands also gained 20 points from their 148-run home win over Pudsey Congs. Highlight of their total of 260 for five was an unbeaten 154 from Simon Mason, who hit six sixes and 21 fours. Congs lost early wickets and never recovered as they were bowled out for 112 with the accurate Sarfraz Ahmed taking three for 15.
Morley’s revival continued with a four wicket win at Pudsey St Lawrence. Once bottom of the table, Morley have now won four matches in a row. Overseas players Kashif Naveed was the match winner, scoring 79 not out, including four sixes and eight fours as Morley overtook St Lawrence’s score of 214 for five with 10 balls to spare. Skipper and opener Mark Robertshaw top scored with 82 for St Lawrence while James Smith and Callum Goldthorp both made 32 as Naveed took three for 65 with slow left-arm spinners.
The Aire Valley relegation battle between Saltaire and Bradford & Bingley at Roberts Park ended in a three-wicket win for the visitors. Saltaire were bowled out for 140 on a dry pitch with off spinner Alex Atkinson taking three for 35 and fellow spinner Harry Smallwood two for 44.
Opener and skipper Phil Slater got Bingley off to a flying start with 33 out of 44. Chris Thompson (26) and David Clow put them on the winning track with a sixth wicket stand of 40 after Bingley had lost three wickets for three runs. Although both were out with the winning line in sight the result was never in doubt.
This defeat leaves Saltaire bottom of the table while neighbours moved off the bottom with a tense one wicket home win over Manningham Mills. Tom Webb took four for 31 as Mills were bowled out for 143 with Shabban Raheem top scoring with 37.
It seemed to be a modest total, but Baildon struggled in reply and, when their eighth wicket fell at 116 with 32 still needed the result was in the balance, but overseas player Sohail Raz guided them to victory with an unbeaten 39. Farhan Khan with five for 37 and Zeeshan Qasim (3-32) bowled well for Mills, but their efforts were in vain.
Opener Mark Gill passed 12,000 Bradford League runs as East Bierley beat Lightcliffe away by two wickets with two balls to spare. Chasing the home side’s total of 196 for nine, Gill provided a solid base for the innings with 51 before Andrew Rennison led them to victory with a match winning 77 not out. Earlier, opener Charlie Roebuck top scored with 56 for Lightcliffe while Bierley skipper Kez Ahmed took three for 38.
Second Division leaders Farsley lost their second match of the season, going down by 61 runs at home to Keighley despite 102 from Joe Greaves. Greaves lacked support as Farsley were dismissed for 191 in reply to Keighley’s 252 for nine.
Despite their defeat, Farsley still lead the division by 35 points because second placed Spen Victoria suffered their second successive defeat against fellow promotion contenders Yeadon.
Yeadon are only six points behind Spen and one adrift of New Farnley, who beat Hartshead Moor by 74 runs.
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