THREE teams are battling it out for the two promotion places and two Finals Day places in Division Two of the Bradford & District Cricket Evening League.

Great Horton Park Chapel are favourites to claim one of those places as they sit proudly undefeated at the top on 17 points ahead of Thornton (15 points) and Shelf (13 points).

Park Chapel notched their seventh win of the season with a six-wicket victory over Muff Field at their Ewart Street home.

Tasif Ahmed (20 no) top-scored for the visiting Sunnybank side as they were restricted to 82-8 from their 16 overs as Alex Kennedy was the pick of the Park Chapel bowlers with 5-29.

Chris Brown (28) then top-scored for the table toppers as they eased home on 86-4, albeit with only five balls to spare.

Thornton maintained the pressure on Park Chapel in a closer affair against Bradshaw. Thornton made an impressive 137-7 from just 16 overs thanks to contributions from opener Scott Richardson (33) and Bradley Weatherhead (24) despite the best efforts of Scott Moody (4-31). The Halifax outfit came within nine runs of upsetting the form book as they battled back from 59-4 to 129-6 thanks to opener Matthew Crowther (54no) & Kieran Rodger (26no).

Third-placed Shelf got back to winning ways by posting the joint highest score with 188-2 from just 16 overs against Cross Roads & Daisy Hill at Busy Lane who were without their star overseas Alex Antoine.

A depleted Cross Roads were put to the sword as Mussaver Shah (54) retired and Younis Bismillah (17) put on 76 for the first wicket in just 5.2 overs.

This start, complemented by a solid 49no from Abu Dawood and a belligerent 30no from Asad Abbas, which included 23 off the last over, bowled by Windhill legend Matthew Holmes, saw Shelf finish on a colossal 188-2.

Cross Roads offered little in reply, with Ian Clayton (33no) being the only highlight as the hosts finished on 94-5.

In Division One, it was business as usual for undefeated leaders Ciroc as they brushed aside Denholme at the Karmand Centre.

Tight bowling saw the visitors struggle to 64-6 with the only significant contribution coming from Andy Wear (22). Ciroc took just 8.4 overs to seal victory on 65-2 thanks to overseas Mehran Ibrahim (23no) and opener Bilal Ejaz (23).

Crossflatts retain second spot following a four-wicket success at Ryshworth Park against Bradford League side Undercliffe.

Undercliffe’s overseas Khalid Usman (36) and pinch hitter Zeeshan Qasim (30no) lifted the visitors to 116-4. Jordan Powell (32) top scored for Flatts as they took the points ending on 117-6 with two overs to spare as Usman completed a fine all-round performance by taking 3-17.

Third-placed Greenfield were joint top scorers of the day, equalling Shelf’s 188 from 16 overs, but for the loss of seven wickets (Deron Greaves 51no, Ajmal Shahzad 32no, Jack Seddon 3-30) at fourth-placed Buttershaw St Paul’s.

Opener Jordan Laban was able to resume his innings when St Paul’s were all out, eventually ending on 70no with Kevin McDermott also not out (47) as the home side fell short of their target by 30, finishing on 150-9 as Mohammad Faisal took 5-14.

The final game in Division One saw John Breare edge away from the relegation zone with victory against Raja’s side at Bradford Park Avenue.

The side from Westfield Lane scored 112-4 from 17 overs thanks mainly to a third wicket partnership of 62 between Alex West (40) and Tommy Henderson (35).

Raja’s fragile batting was again exposed as they collapsed from 45-3 to 56 all out from just 14.2 overs as Chris Coates took 4-9 and Alex West 3-5.

Tonight’s fixtures: Division One – Crossflatts v Ciroc, Denholme v Buttershaw St Paul’s, Greenfield v Raja’s & Undercliffe v John Breare. Division Two – Muff Field v Cross Roads & Daisy Hill, Shelf v Bradshaw and Thornton v Great Horton Park Chapel.