THERE was plenty at stake in the Bradford League Division One derby at Oxford Road, involving teams at opposite ends of the table.
Cleckheaton earned a 57 run victory to keep the pressure on leaders Woodlands. Defeat leaves Gomersal bottom, 48 points adrift of third-bottom Hanging Heaton.
The difference between the sides was Cleckheaton captain John Wood. He opened the innings with a terrific 93. It brings his tally of runs to 286 in his last four league innings. He shared an opening partnership of 65 with Mark Cummins (13), Wood reached his half century off 44 deliveries.
Tim Jackson (39) shared a promising third wicket partnership of 73 as Cleckheaton took charge of the match.
Gomersal clawed their way back through Ben Platt (3-90) and Adam Greenwood (2-75) but the visitors had another weapon in their armoury in James Lee, who came in at number six to give the innings a boost. He finished unbeaten on 52 having faced 34 deliveries, helping Cleckheaton to establish a formidable total of 264-6.
Gomersal made a reasonable start with Adam Greenwood (29) and Andrew Gorrod (17) both falling to Lee (2-39).
Greenwood’s dismissal with the score on 44 signalled a downturn in Gomersal’s fortunes as they sank to 54-5.
However 16-year-old Jack Seddon lifted spirits as he struck five sixes and seven fours on his way to 63 off 55 balls. But with his dismissal on 199-8 Gomersal were restricted to 207-8.
Spinner Andrew Deegan did the damage for Cleckheaton to finish with fine figures of 3-53 supported by Ahsan Zia with an economical 2-25.
Hanging Heaton were challenging Woodlands for the title three weeks ago but a string of three defeats has seen them plummet to third bottom.
Having elected to bat there was no stopping Woodlands’ openers Scott Richardson (snr) and Sam Frankland who set a platform of 119 for the first wicket before Frankland strayed out of his crease and was stumped by Alan Mynett off the bowling of Umar Rehman having made 49.
It merely seemed to spur Richardson eased his way to 107, his second century in three innings. He struck three sixes and nine fours before he was the third wicket to fall with the score on 267. He put on 82 with Simon Mason (53) for the second wicket. Woodlands momentum continued through Sarfraz Ahmed put the icing on the cake with a cameo innings of 52 off 27 balls and including six sixes and eight fours to help Woodlands to reach 293-4.
Heaton’s Ryan Senior took 2-64.
Heaton’s reply was spasmodic with openers Mark Lawson (19) and Imran Dawood (11) not being allowed to settle.
Nick Bresnan tried to get things moving with 21. Mark Inwood, batting at number eight kept Heaton in the hunt with a dogged 56 but they were bowled out for 156 in just 33 overs.
Pieter Swanepoel and Richard Spittlehouse produced the same tidy figures of 3-34 with Scott Richardson taking 2-42.
East Bierley earned a fiery six run victory at Pudsey St Lawrence.
The home side appeared to be heading for defeat when David Stiff (17) was dismissed to leave Pudsey 106-7, chasing Bierley’s 238-6, Iain Priestley and Andrew Parratt turned things around with a ninth wicket stand of 93. Priestley, who came in at number eight was unbeaten on 95 and Parratt 24not out, but their efforts were in vain as they were restricted to 232-8 in their 50 overs.
Luke Jarvis was in fine form taking 4-22 while Kez Ahmed contributed 4-73.
Earlier Bierley’s opening pair of Gavin Hamilton and Gharib Razak put on 140. Hamilton the senior partner made 78 while Razak struck a well-crafted 70. James Petty made 43. Bierley are up to fifth place.
In Division Two Spen Victoria are third bottom following a six run defeat against Bowling Old Lane.
Batting first Old Lane were given a boost by Mubtada Akthar who top-scored with 60.
Spen’s bowlers stuck to their task Joel Pollard claimed 3-42, and Mahboob Hussain 2-48 and Robert Warriner 2-39 with Craig Woodhead returning a fine haul of 2-20 as Old Lane were bowled out for 172 in 47.3 overs.
Spen responded positively after an early setback saw them floundering at 2-11.
Captain, Tosh Baker, led the charge with a useful 25 before handing on to George Deegan who dug in for his fine 55.
Sean Raven added 21 but it wasn’t enough and Spen were restricted to 166 even with the benefit of 52 overs. Mohammed Hanif secured victory for Old Lane with his 4-39.
Hartshead Moor had no answer to the all round strength of second-placed Saltaire at Roberts Park.
The home side batted first and set a challenging target of 232-6 with the impetus coming from Farhan Khan 68 and Fahid Rehman with 69. Jonathan Gould was the pick of the Moor bowlers with 4-50.
Moor’s batting was not strong enough, despite some promising batting from Simon North (25), Jamie Priestley (28) and top scorer number 10 batsman Martin Riley who made 31.
Saltaire’s Mansha Khan, Ijaz Khan and Azar Sharif each took three wickets to reduce Moor to 160 all out.