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Queensbury in touch to nick spot in top two
Third-placed Queensbury collected 12 points at bottom side Bridgeholme to retain hopes of clinching promotion from Division One of the Foster’s Halifax League.
Southowram remain firm favourites to go up alongside current leaders Sowerby St Peter’s as they need just three more points from their final match at Bridgeholme.
But Queensbury kept them on their toes with a 20-run victory, although it was far from plain sailing after slipping from 123-2 to 161 all out (Saj Mahmood 7-76).
Bridgeholme’s openers then put on 53 before slow bowlers Gurdev Singh (5-47) and Amjad Ali (4-56) turned the tables.
Oxenhope were unable to do Queensbury a favour as they lost by two wickets to Southowram after narrowly failing to defend a 230 total, which included an unbeaten 67 by Tom Tetley. Dean Crossley struck a decisive century in reply.
In the Premier Division, Jer Lane have a 15-point lead with two rounds of fixtures left after Andrew Pinfield’s unbeaten 104 helped them to a six-wicket win at Sowerby Bridge.
Lane, with the Parish Cup already in the locker, had to settle for nine points rather than 12 after Bridge’s last pair defied them in posting 188-9.
Pinfield’s masterful knock included 13 fours and six sixes as the visitors crossed the winning line with 17 balls to spare.
In the frantic scramble to beat the drop, Clayton are 13 points adrift at the bottom after being rolled over for 100 (Ben Harris 4-20) in reply to hosts Thornton’s 209. Thornton share second place with Blackley.
Low Moor recovered from 19-4 to reach 144-7 thanks to captain Nick Wood’s 89 not out. Wood then claimed three wickets as Chapel slumped to 115 all out from 62-2.
Shelf lost to Stones, who racked up 282-4 courtesy of Michael Taylor (131no) before Joseph Akroyd bagged 8-71 as the ten-man visitors replied with 201 (Lee Crowther 61).