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Reigning champions go storming on

Reigning champions go storming on

Even the rain could not stop champions Hanging Heaton from extending their lead in the premier Division to 73 points.

After restricting Yeadon to 95-6 in 30 overs, Danny Clifton (50) and Chris Goodair (38no) powered them to a nine-wicket win.

Oliver Burdass (50) and Tom Audsley (37no) helped Morley to defeat Batley by four wickets after being set a revised target of 153 in 40 overs. Vakas Mirza took 3-59 for Batley.

Skipper Andrew Kirkwood impressed with 5-45 when Batley made 198 in 49.3 overs batting first. Zahoor Hassan (44) and Saqib Talib (36) were the best of the home side’s batsmen.

The only other top flight game to get completed saw East Bierley ease their relegation worries with an eight-wicket win over Bankfoot.

James Higgins took 5-39 as Bankfoot made 85-7 in 23 overs before skipper Ross Monaghan (52no) led his side to victory.

Gomersal had reached 27-0 in nine overs when their match with Woodlands was abandoned while rain halted play at Lightcliffe with the home side 38-1 against Bowling Old Lane.

The match between Pudsey St Lawrence and New Farnley was cancelled due to Covid-19 precautions.

Division One

Leaders Jer Lane strengthened their hold on top spot by storming to a 10-wicket win over Great Preston.

Arslaan Mahmood (4-28) and Nasir Chowdrey (4-22) bowled out Great Preston for just 60 before opener Dean Hans raced to 51 not out to wrap up another 20 points.

Jer Lane have a 32-point lead over Farsley who beat Bradford & Bingley by four wickets at Wagon Lane.

The home side were restricted to 122-7 in 33 overs as Ryan Blackburn took 4-38. Lewis Brown (38) and Jack Sharp (30) were the top scorers. Andrew Sims hit 46 as Farsley claimed victory.

Northowram Fields eased their relegation worries by bowling out fellow strugglers Keighley for just 30 as they claimed an emphatic 226-run win. Skipper Jason Smith was in devastating form with 8-12.

Lewis Moore (75) and Callum Phillipson (70) shared 140 for the second wicket while George Bickle added 50 in a total of 256-5.

Cleckheaton skipper Elliot Hallas made an unbeaten 55 in his side’s 183-6 before the match with Pudsey Congs was abandoned and there was no play in the match between Baildon and Carlton.

East Ardsley boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation with a 13-run win over Methley. Ben Smith took 6-49 as they dismissed their opponents for 139, Charlie Winter making 50.

Rain had left Methley with a revised target of 153 from 38 overs after East Ardsley had made 178-9. Jake Alleston (58) and Ashley Chapman (32) led the way as Robert Clegg impressed with 6-43 for Methley.

Division Two

Hartshead Moor won the battle of the top two by 81 runs to cut Townville’s lead in Division Two to seven points.

Bowlers Adil Ladak (5-17) and Joe Bowman (4-60) impressed Townville, who were chasing a revised target of 162 from 41 overs, were bowled out for 80. Charlie Sykes (38) was the only batsman to provide resistance.

Hartshead Moor owed their total of 175-8 to the contributions of Martin Ellis (43), Will Gough (36) and Bowman (36). Alfie McMillan posed the main threat with 5-61.

Third place Hopton Mills defeated bottom team Adwalton by nine wickets and are 21 points behind Hartshead Moor having played a game more.

Ben Haigh took 5-6 as Adwalton were dismissed for 60 while Richard Fenwick made an unbeaten 32 to steer Hopton Mills to victory.

Second bottom Wrenthorpe also struggled with the bat as they were bowled out for 75 in their four wicket defeat by Birstall. Alex Drake (5-39) and Lee Peters (3-30) were the pick of the Birstall bowlers. Patrick Green with 31 and 4-23 was unable to save Wrenthorpe from defeat.

Bradley Wood (69no) and Myles Wood (37) steered Ossett to an eight-wicket win over Sandal after their bowlers had dismissed the visitors for 117. Will Henshall (49) and Usman Ilyas (30) provided the bulk of the runs as Bradley Wood picked up 3-19.

Consistent batting from Krishan Patel (39), Lawrence Morton (37), Nick McMahon (34no) and Ahsan Ahmed (31) helped Wakefield St Michael’s to overhaul Liversedge’s 153-5 and record a six-wicket win.

Amjid Jamshad (41no) and Fakir Laher (35) were the pick of the Liversedge batsmen as Shahroze Bukhari picked up 3-43.

Undercliffe had reached 53-1 when their encounter with Altofts was abandoned.

Division Three

Hunslet Nelson have established a 13-point lead after winning the only game to reach a conclusion in Division Three.

Thomas Brooke-Mawson (4-20) and Sulaimaan Shah (4-13) bowled out bottom team Crossbank Methodists for 57 to set up a 10-wicket win. Archie Haddon steered them to their modest target with 40 not out.

Gildersome & Farnley Hill were struggling at 87-6 against Spen Victoria while East Leeds were 77-4 against Crossflatts when the rain came.

There was no play in the division’s remaining three games.

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