Rishi Limbechaya continued his run of good form in the JCT600 Bradford League second-team competition as New Farnley retained top spot with a 39-run Division One win at Yeadon.
Limbechaya (63) top-scored in Farnley’s 165-6 total in a Bank Holiday Monday match reduced to 30 overs a side and then took 3-32 as Yeadon were restricted to 126-8.
New Farnley are 14 points ahead of East Bierley, who beat lowly Baildon by 110 runs to secure a maximum 20 points.
Experienced pair Matt Anderson (82) and Steve Simpson (79) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 139 as they helped Bierley to 235-9. Baildon then tumbled to 125 all out as Ross Monaghan produced an impressive return of 7-42.
Defending champions Morley were made to pay for not batting out their overs as they suffered a two-wicket defeat at Bradford & Bingley. They gifted their rivals an additional eight overs and the Wagon Lane side needed 6.4 of them before securing victory.
Adam Larkin was the mainstay of the Morley innings with an unbeaten 54 but he lacked support against Ryan Norris (5-28). Ben Chrispin’s battling 61 was then crucial for B&B as they edged to their target.
Ryan Lumb (4-27) took a hat-trick for Farsley, which helped his side to a six-wicket win over Woodlands (175-9) courtesy of Stuart Kirk (71).
Bottom team Keighley suffered a one-wicket defeat against Pudsey Congs. Alex Towler (5-32) tried his best to defend his side’s modest 117 (Qasim Khan 5-19) but his efforts could not quite save the day.
Michael Brooke, who topped the divisional batting averages last season, made 61 but could not spare Lightcliffe (175-7) from a seven-wicket defeat against Hanging Heaton as Steve Bourne (67) and Oliver Newton (52no) spearheaded the reply.
Division Two leaders Undercliffe are now 25 points clear after a 20-point maximum haul for their 170-run win over Idle.
A fine 104 from Zafran Ghaffar was built on by Adnan Mahmood (69) in a total of 249-7. Idle were never in the hunt as they were rolled over for just 79.
Former Kiwi Test batsman Tony Blain was another century-maker as his 102 helped Gomersal beat Cleckheaton by 82 runs and take second place.
Blain shared in a second-wicket stand of 118 with Phil Carter (61) before left-arm spinner Matthew Hirst claimed 6-31 as Cleckheaton were dismissed for 115.
Spen Victoria secured a narrow six-run win in a tight finish at Bowling Old Lane, who were restricted to 158-9 when they replied to the visitors’ 164-8 (Oliver Webster 78no).
Saltaire judged their run chase well as they overhauled a challenging Brighouse score of 234-7 (Zabir Ashraf 68no) to secure a three-wicket victory thanks to James Scott (75) and Humare Amjad (72).
Bankfoot (242-5 – Muhammad Abbas 79) earned maximum points as they defeated Hartshead Moor by 87 runs.
Bottom team Great Horton (Haseeb Rehman 67no) recorded their first win as they eased home by five wickets against Windhill, who were dismissed for 109 (Sarfraz Ahmed 5-20).