Cleckheaton Maintain 25-Point Lead

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Cleckheaton remain the team to beat at the top
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Reigning champions Cleckheaton maintained their 25-point lead at the top of the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division with an impressive 80-run win at New Farnley.

Despite being without regular openers Tim Jackson and Andy Gorrod, they amassed the day’s highest score - 310 for seven - before bowling out the home side for 230.

Second team captain Chris Dobson, opening the innings, made 44 and shared a second-wicket stand of 104 with Ian Nicholson (60) to give the innings a sound foundation before James Lee (67) and Mally Nicholson (64) increased the tempo during a fifth-wicket stand of 125.

Cleckheaton’s huge score proved to be beyond New Farnley - without skipper Mark Lawson - but they gained the maximum five batting points thanks to Joe Bedford (57), Dave McCallum (54) and Rishi Limbechaya (47). Overseas leg-spinner Tanzeel Altaf (4-60) and Scotland’s former Yorkshire seam bowler Iain Wardlaw (4-69) each took four wickets.

Second placed Woodlands stay 25 points behind the leaders after they also picked up a maximum 20 points from their 67-run win at Pudsey Congs.

They owed much to a fine all-round performance from Cumberland player Logan Weston, who rescued their innings with 134, including 10 fours after they were struggling at 17 for three. Weston and captain Pieter Swanepoel (43) put on 115 for the fourth wicket to enable Woodlands to reach 225 for eight as Australian pace bowler James Pearson, who made the early breakthrough, finished with four for 69.

Opener Callum Geldart helped Congs to make a promising start with 57, but once he was out Congs’ hopes disappeared and they were bowled out for 158 with Weston taking three wickets with his off-spin while teenage pace bowler Elliott Richardson also took three wickets.  .      

Third-placed Pudsey St Lawrence, who began the day two points behind second-placed Woodlands, are now six points adrift after Woodlands gained 20 points from their 67-run win at Pudsey Congs while St Lawrence had to settle for 16 points from their six-wicket win at Lightcliffe.

Off-spinner Steve Watts took five for 29 as the home side were bowled out for 136, of which Yorkshire’s recently released seamer Oliver Robinson made 46 and Suleman Khan 34. St Lawrence cruised to victory with openers Adam Waite making 42 and Mark Robertshaw 37.

Two bowlers took seven wickets at East Bierley, where visitors Bradford & Bingley won by 142 runs.
Bierley’s left-arm spinner Luke Jarvis took seven for 81 as Bingley made 258 for nine with Noman Ali (74 not out) and skipper Phil Slater (69) their top scorers.

Then Matthew Simpson achieved his second seven-wicket haul of the season with some hostile fast bowling, taking seven for 49 as an under-strength Bierley team were dismissed for 116 in only 19.4 overs.

At one stage they were 29 for seven before Richard Atkins (45 not out) and Muhammed Irshad (35) showed some resistance.

However, the four bowling points that Bierley gained enabled them to climb out of the bottom two at the expense of Morley, who lost by 104 runs at home to Hanging Heaton.

David Paynter made 54 not out against his old club and was well supported by Gary Fellows (49), David Stiff (37 not out) as well as Nick Connolly and Ben Elvidge, who each made 33 in Hanging Heaton’s total of 222 for four.

Another player who did well against his former club was Ian Philliskirk, who scored 103, including three sixes and 16 fours to help Farsley beat bottom club Yeadon by eight wickets.

Philliskirk shared a second wicket stand of 192 with Barrie Frankland who made 88 not out as Farsley passed Yeadon’s total of 205 for six in 31.2 overs.

There were celebrations at Windhill as the Second Division’s bottom club won their first match of the season at the 17th attempt. It was a close affair, Windhill making 240 for nine before beating Bowling Old Lane by three runs after bowling them out for 237 with five balls left.

© Cricket World 2014

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