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Bradley Goodaire beats the rain to boost Thackley promotion hopes
Skipton batsman Stephen Carling slips on the wet surface while compiling 40 against Horsforth before rain won the day
This was one of only two matches completed – Otley beat Harden in the other – and puts Thackley within eight points of second-placed Ilkley with four games to go, three of which are against promotion rivals.
On a day when it was a race to beat the rain, Thackley’s deadly attack of Mahir Ali and Nasser Jamal set up the win by dismissing Colton for 124 in 36.5 overs. Ali finished with 4-41, while Jamal’s 3-35 took him to 52 victims for the season.
Majid Khan (28) gave Thackley a solid start before Goodaire blasted nine fours and a six as he and Luke Holroyd clinched victory.
Otley made short work of Harden, whose relegation from Division One was all but sealed when they were dismissed for 100 by Ricky Halloran (4-37) and John Brough (3-10).
Josh Atkinson (51no) and Stewart Smith (30no) saw Otley home after Richard Wear had grabbed a couple of early wickets.
Elsewhere, some superb personal displays could not make up for the frustration of having to settle for a single point – especially for teams who looked as though they were on the way to victory.
Ilkley hit 258-5 in their clash with Rawdon, the side just behind them in the Division Two promotion race, and had the home side at 29-1 when play was called off.
Will Spivey (50) and Jonathan Hughes (86) put on 115 for Ilkley’s first wicket and Harry Nielsen hit six fours and five sixes in his 86 not out.
Despite being as good as relegated, Calverley produced their third-best innings of the season, reaching 248-8 against leaders Knaresborough. Alastair Long (90) and Scott Driscoll (69no) were the main contributors.
Andrew Bourne top-scored with 64 in Tong Park Esholt’s 229-7 at Bolton Villas, who were relieved to hear that fast-improving relegation rivals Bardsey had been thwarted when in with a chance of overhauling Green Lane’s 178 (Phil Atkinson 77).
Guiseley appeared to have Division One leaders Beckwithshaw on the back foot when they restricted them to 175-7. But they did not find runs any easier to come by and only managed to get to 98-5 thanks to a determined 38 not out from Dave Pennett.
Mark McEneaney (3-66) and Andy Robinson (4-50) put Horsforth on top when they reduced Skipton to 89-6. But Ben Holderness (49no) and Faisal Hussain (20no) put on 67 to get them to 219-8 and Hussain then removed the first two Horsforth batsmen with only two on the board.
Denis Rock and James Carlill each picked up three wickets in New Rover’s 229-7 but Hall Park’s reply hardly had time to get started.
Silsden were quite relieved to see the rain after a 5-7 spell from Woodhouse bowler Asim Allam dismissed them for 101, Simon Cox top scoring with 36.
Woodhouse smashed 19 off the first two overs of their response but then the game was called off.