CLECKHEATON made it to 50 overs for the first time all season and captain Mally Nicholson says tight wins are the best kind.

The victory will be even sweeter considering it came against Bradford Premier League heavyweights Hanging Heaton.

Cleck got the win after making 247-9 and then bowling their hosts out just two runs short of the target.

But, it wasn't all plain sailing and Nicholson was happy to snatch the points as the all-too familiar jaws of defeat were seemingly closing when Cleck lost their second wicket with just 120 runs on the board.

The captain said: "We thought we were probably out of it at 120-9.

"But our 11 came in and we started whacking it all over. It's always better to win a tight game like that.

"We deserved to win, to be fair.

"Nick Walker played well and Azeem Rafiq's been good since he started batting.

"Our fielding was good and we're betting well."

The victory keeps Cleck well within touching distance of the top-flight's early pace-setters at the halfway stage.

Nicholson said: "That's where we want to be.

"Anyone can beat anyone, it's a pretty open league and anyone on their day can beat anyone.

"Hopefully now we can kick on and get in that top three, top four."

While the sixth-placed side are just four points off, they are also only five above Townville who Cleck visit this weekend.

Nicholson is hoping his team can build on last week's success and make the 50 over mark again.

He added: "It's a big game for us and we want to get as many points from that as we can.

"If we play like we did Saturday, I can't see any problem.

"It's the first time we've batted 50 overs as well.

"We said it through the week how much of a difference it makes.

"It means those coming in later in the order can make an impact."

New Farnley also needed all their batting entourage to beat bottom-placed Methley at home last time out.

After getting their first victory since May, Farnley would have hoped to be able to build some momentum, but they face a daunting trip to runaway leaders Woodlands.

Second-placed title-holders Pudsey St Lawrence have an easier prospect, as they travel to play Methley who are still in search of their first win.

Both Hanging Heaton in third and Bradford & Bingley just below sit level on points in the table.

The former arguably have the tougher task of the two, hosting fifth-placed Farsley who had won their last five before missing out against Woodlands.

Bradford & Bingley conversely play at Lightcliffe who only managed 93 runs last time out.

Finally, there's a crunch clash in the fight to avoid relegation, when Wrenthorpe host Undercliffe who both boast the same record and are only separated by bonus points.