BANKFOOT were made to fight hard for their two-wicket win over Gomersal which keeps them at the top of Championship One.

Once again, their skipper James Lee (4-31) and spinner Andrew Stothart (4-38) impressed with the ball as Gomersal were bowled out for 126. Liam Fletcher (41) was top scorer.

Bankfoot didn’t find runs any easier to come by when they batted. Robert Warriner (3-30) and Chris Rhodes (3-31) kept their side in the hunt, but Arsaam Malik (36no) ensured that Bankfoot edged home.

Second-placed Batley continued their run of good form with a six-wicket win over Ossett. Roheil Hussain made 53 as Batley overhauled their opponents’ disappointing score of 122.

Tariq Hussain (4-15) helped Batley dismiss Ossett cheaply with only Jack McGahan (31) making an impression with the bat.

Morley’s slow bowler David Nebard (6-34) sent East Bierley spinning to defeat at South View Road. The home side were bowled out for 97 as they went down to a 147-run defeat.

Morley, who had been soundly beaten by Batley in their previous game, never looked like losing after making 244-9.

Henry Rush (77no) and Reggie Thomas (67) led the way while skipper Matt Baxter (39) also made valuable runs. Muhammad Hafeez (4-60) and Umar Farooq (3-75) were the pick of the bowlers.

Hartshead Moor are now up to fourth in the table after their seven-wicket win over Baildon. Overseas player Ali Shan (73no) and Mohammad Khan (53no) shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 113 as they guided their side past Baildon’s score of 193-6. Opener Chris Wynd (51) was the third batsman to make a half-century for Hartshead Moor.

Baildon, who have seen their promotion hopes diminish in recent weeks, saw skipper Jonny Reynolds (71) and Mohammad Khuzaifa (52no) make half-centuries when they batted first. Josh Tingle (3-53) and Iain Wardlaw (3-28) were Moor’s best bowlers.

Keighley are another side dropping back after a bright start to the campaign, They suffered a 49-run defeat at the hand of Wakefield St Michael’s who have climbed out of the bottom two for the first time this season.

Martin Atkinson (70) and Imran Mahboob (68no) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 131 for the fourth wicket which helped their side post a challenging 256-4.

Skipper Paul Quinlan took 3-53 for Keighley and followed up with a top score of 46 as they were dismissed for 207 in reply. Alex Antoine (45) was the only other batsman to make an impression as Ollie Lightfoot (3-54) and Alex Mumford (3-25) secured victory for St Michael’s.

Chris Doey continued his good form with the ball by taking 6-40 as Pudsey Congs beat relegation-threatened Scholes by 20 runs. Even an unbeaten 57 from Shahid Rehman could not save Scholes as they were bowled out for 125

Two youngsters caught the eye during the Congs innings of 145. Vikram Sharma impressed for Vonmgs with 44 while spinner Jade Roberts took 5-35 for Scholes.