Bierley beat Heaton to move up to third place

Luke Jarvis claimed 5-31 to help East Bierley record their first win of the season in JCT600 Bradford League Division One.
Luke Jarvis claimed 5-31 to help East Bierley record their first win of the season in JCT600 Bradford League Division One.

East Bierley moved up to third place in JCT600 Bradford League Division One after beating Hanging Heaton in one of only two games to be completed last Saturday.

Bierley are nine points behind new leaders Pudsey St Lawrence, who overcame New Farnley in the only other top flight game to be concluded.

East Bierley made a useful 214-6 in a match reduced to 40 overs per side as openers James Ford (47) and Mark Gill (36) produced a first-wicket stand of 86.

Richard Atkins (43), Neil Gill (43no) and Danish Hussain (35) all chipped in with useful runs, while left-arm spinner Ben Elvidge (4-56) again proved to be Hanging Heaton’s most effective bowler.

Hanging Heaton captain Gary Fellows made 63 in reply but as the visitors chased quick runs in the gathering gloom, wickets began to fall.

Left-arm spinner Luke Jarvis took 5-31 and new overseas player Haziq Tareen 3-41 as Heaton were bowled out for 191 and Bierley recorded a first win of the season.

Champions Cleckheaton looked to be batting themselves into a strong position before the weather halted their clash with Lightcliffe.

Opener Tim Jackson followed up his century against Pudsey Congs with an unbeaten 69 from a total of 145-2.

Woodlands captain Pieter Swanepoel took 4-33 and Chris Brice 3-18 as they dismissed promoted Saltaire for 108 before the weather prevented the home side from starting their reply.

St Lawrence moved five points clear of previous leaders Bradford and Bingley following a five-wicket win over New Farnley.

Yorkshire wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd made 72 on his debut but Farnley slipped from 156-4 to 190 all out as leg spinner Tom Hudson claimed 6-37.

Lawrence opener Adam Waite (69) and wicketkeeper Matthew Duce (33) guided them to victory.

Leaders Bradford & Bingley managed just 5.3 overs against Undercliffe who were 23-1 when rain stopped play.

Scholes are the only team in the Bradford League with a 100 per cent record after the opening three matches.

The league newcomers dodged the showers for a second successive week and were the only side to secure victory, as they defeated Idle and move 24 points clear at the top of Division Two.

Former Hunslet Nelson spinner Danny Cross took 6-41 as Idle were restricted to 126-9 in 48 overs at Cavendish Road.

Captain James Stansfield, pictured above, continued his good start to the season with 42 as Scholes eased to their target.

Morley are second but saw their game against Bankfoot abandoned after just two overs without a run being scored.

Although play was possible in the four remaining matches all of them ended up being abandoned due to rain.

Hartshead Moor would have been fancying their chances of pushing for victory when they dismissed Windhill for 147, but the rain prevented them from starting their reply.

Daniel Squire (3-45) and Andy Parratt (3-37) were the main wicket takers while Ahsan Tanveer (45) and Sajjad Khan (33) were Windhill’s top scorers.

Gomersal’s Joel Pollard claimed 3-46 as Yeadon reached 129-5 from 33 overs with Damon Gormley (47) and Jake Wray (37) the main Yeadon contributors before play was halted.

Bowling Old Lane made a brisk start against Spen Victoria as Tahir Khan made 58 of their 120-3, while Baildon were 148-4 against Brighouse when rain stopped play.