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Hopton’s impressive success over Keighley offers hope to promotion rivals

Tosh Baker in action for Spen Victoria on his way to scoring 24 in the narrow defeat to Altofts.
Tosh Baker in action for Spen Victoria on his way to scoring 24 in the narrow defeat to Altofts.

Hopton Mills recorded a stunning 29-run win over Allrounder Bradford League Championship Two leaders Keighley last Saturday.

Victory saw Mills mov

Victory saw Mills move out of the relegation zone and they are now 13 points clear of Spen Victoria, while it also boosted the hopes of Wakefield St Michael’s and Birstall.

Hopton opener Chris Scott led the way with 91 and was ably supported by Umer Abbas (76) as they posted 283-7.

Paul Quinlan (47no), Hammy Shahzad (39) and Richard Gould (33) led Keighley’s reply but they were dismissed for 254 as Mick Carroll claimed 5-54.

Wakefield St Michael’s are just four points behind Keighley after a dramatic one-wicket win over Buttershaw St Paul’s.

An unbroken last-wicket stand of 56 between Mark Atkinson (95no) and Chris Thornton (23no) enabled St Michael’s to overhaul Buttershaw’s score of 238 with a boundary from the final ball of the game.

Birstall are 12 points behind the leaders after a three-wicket win over Northowram Fields.

Ajantha Weerappuli (68) and John Lister (54) led the way as Northowram posted 269-8, with Ryan Gray claiming 5-58.

Rishy Limbechaya continued his good form with an unbeaten 96 to steer Birstall home after openers Ian Carradice (39) and Eric Austin (35) set the platform.

Spen Victoria slipped back into the relegation zone after they were edged out by two wickets in a low scoring game at home to Altofts.

Josh Fell top scored with 35 but Spen were restricted to 130-9 as Danny Eden (3-40) and Tom Glover (3-38) impressed.

Altofts were reduced to 77-8 in reply but Glover (25no) and Eden (22no) saw their side home with an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 54.

Liversedge are 20 points adrift at the foot of the table after a five-wicket defeat to Carlton.

Alan Sumner (64), Asif Yousaf (35) and Mark Hydes (34) contributed to Liversedge’s total of 215 all out, which saw as Armaan Hussain (4-54) and Usman Shakar (3-33) shine.

Opener Steve Cooper hit 95 in reply, while Scott Douglas (46) and Daniel White (32) supported in the successful run chase.