Cleckheaton still going strong at summit

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SKIPPER John Wood and Scotland's former Yorkshire pace bowler Iain Wardlaw shared nine wickets as Cleckheaton maintained their 11-point lead at the top of Division One in the JCT600 Bradford League.

Cleck shot out Bradford & Bingley for a paltry 67 in only 19.1 overs to set up a 91-run win at Wagon Lane.

Wood (5-20) and Wardlaw (4-28) reduced Bingley to 39-9 at one stage until a last-wicket stand of 28 between Jack Hartley and Matthew Simpson saved them further humiliation.

At the halfway stage, Bingley looked set for victory after bowling out the visitors for 158, with left-arm spinner Noman Ali taking 5-32 and Chris Thompson 3-47 as only opener Tim Jackson (48) and James Lee (32) made an impression.

But their modest total proved too many runs for Bingley, who slipped to a fourth successive league defeat in completed matches.

Second-placed Woodlands returned to winning ways but were made to work hard for their 17-run victory at next-to-bottom Yeadon.

Fortunately for them, overseas player Sarfraz Ahmed produced a match-winning bowling performance of 6-41 as Yeadon were restricted to 179-8.

Opener Sam Frankland (40) and Simon Mason (32) were Woodlands' top scorers in their total of 196.

Yeadon's New Zealander Elliott Herd was unlucky to be on the losing side after producing a fine all-round performance, taking 4-73 and following that up with his team's top score of 73.

Pudsey St Lawrence are only one point behind in third after collecting a maximum from their 115-run home win over Hanging Heaton.

Opener Mark Robertshaw scored a superb 158 not out, including two sixes and 21 fours, as St Lawrence totalled a formidable 294-4.

Robertshaw shared a second-wicket stand of 133 with teenager Callum Goldthorp (44) before skipper James Smith struck five sixes and five fours in making a quickfire 60.

Skipper Gary Fellows (45) and David Paynter (36) were Hanging Heaton's top scorers but received little support as the visitors collapsed from 104-2 to 139 all out. Spinners Chris Marsden (4-37) and Tom Hudson (4-51) led the bowling.

Another batsman in fine form was Alex Stead, whose sparkling innings of 152 – including nine sixes and 13 fours – set up Lightcliffe's 79-run win over Morley. Stead was joined in two partnerships of 102 by Michael Brooke (55) for the second wicket and Suleman Khan (28) for the fourth.

Opener Matthew West scored 94 as Morley replied with 201-9, spinners Chris Greenwood (3-21), Suleman Khan (3-49) and Danny Ahmed (3-62) doing the damage.

Nick Walker helped New Farnley to an 80-run win at his old club East Bierley. Walker top-scored with 55 in Farnley's 165 and followed up that valuable innings with 3-17 as he and leg spinner Mark Lawson (5-18) bowled out Bierley for a mere 85. Spinners Luke Jarvis (4-61) and Kez Ahmed (3-17) were Bierley's best bowlers.

The top three clubs in Division Two – Undercliffe, Saltaire and Keighley – all won.

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