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Run feast as Jer Lane thrash Blackley
Foster's Halifax League Premier Division champions Jer Lane, who thrashed 2013 runners-up Blackley by 186 runs, are still ten points behind Sowerby Bridge.
Lane made light of potentially tricky batting conditions to post a memorable 338-2.
Andrew Pinfield clubbed 102 as he and Raqeeb Younas piled on 144 for the first wicket.
Jordan Laban joined Younas and blitzed 104 runs, including 12 fours and seven sixes, before being the only other wicket to fall.
Younas went on to make an unbeaten 101 as the Blackley bowlers were made to toil.
Blackley’s hopes headed south as they limped to 90-5 before being put out of their misery at 152, Simon Collins picking up 5-16 from ten overs.
Division One leaders Queensbury secured a routine victory over Luddenden Foot to strengthen their grip.
A great opening spell from Queensbury’s bowlers saw Joel Metcalfe send Foot’s three top-line batsmen back with only six runs on the board. He finished with 4-36 from ten overs.
The only two batsmen to make decent contributions were skipper Gareth Swain (21) and Ian Baldwin with a spirited 37, which included five sixes as they limped to 119 all out.
Queensbury scored steadily, but Tom Hosker threatened to spoil the party as he picked up 8-64. In the end it was the visitors who prevailed thanks in part to Joshua Dougall’s 95 batting at No 5.
Low Moor beat Outlane by seven wickets, with man of the match Nick Wood picking up 7-54 in 16 overs and then contributing an unbeaten 33 with the bat.
Oxenhope opened up a gap in second place following their 94-run success over third-placed Northowram Hedge Top.
Lewis Hopkinson (76no) and Joe Ousey’s 46 helped lift Oxenhope’s total to a decent 282-8.
Chris Conroy opened the reply with a smart 60 and, after Northowram lost two cheap wickets, Oli Hemingway also chipped in with 60.
However, Duncan Tetley (4-49) and Ben Addison (3-38) stifled any hopes of a home victory.
Bridgeholme won the clash of Division Two’s leading lights with an eight-wicket win over previously unbeaten Cullingworth.
Bridgeholme have responded well after suffering relegation last season and gave their hopes of a swift return a timely boost over the league newcomers.
Nazkat Ali and Saj Mahmood put the skids under Cullingworth as they picked up four wickets each, the visitors eventually being sent back for a meagre 81.
Bridgeholme lost two wickets but they were almost halfway towards their target and Yasir Mahmood (17no) and James Hudson (24no) guided their side to victory.
Shelf’s poor start continued - although they ran Old Crossleyans close before slipping to a one- wicket defeat.
Steve Priestley’s 24 was the best as Shelf struggled to 137, Richard Dixon weeding out four wickets at the cost of 45 runs.
Richard Ramsden provided a similar service with the ball for Shelf on the way to figures of 4-63 and in a tense finale it was Crossleyans’ last pair that guided them through.
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