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Three-way fight to top East Section

Three-way fight to top East Section

29 Aug 2020

Just three matches managed to survive the rain as the battle for places in the finals of the four League Cups continues.

Bradford & Bingley are already confirmed as winners of the Premier West Section, but they looked set for a tough challenge in their final game when rain ended the clash with Lightcliffe.

Jonathan Wilson (83) and Rhys Jowett (77) looked to have put bottom team Lightcliffe in a strong position at 206-6 after 38 overs when play was abandoned.

The West Section game between Bankfoot and East Bierley was much briefer, with Bankfoot making 30-1 in the 12 overs of play.

Who wins the East Section is still up in the air with Gomersal, Pudsey St Lawrence and Batley fighting it out for the right to face Bradford & Bingley in the final.

Batley have both their rivals so have their destiny in their own hands, but St Lawrence and Gomersal will be determined to stake their own claims.

Gomersal currently lead the table with 49 points, two ahead of St Lawrence and seven in front of Batley.

Gomersal took over top spot after picking up five points from their abandoned game with New Farnley. Their opponents were 120-4 after 30 overs when play was halted.

Pudsey Congs were confirmed as Division One East winners after their final game with second-placed Carlton was abandoned.  The Wakefield side were 53-1 after 18 overs when the heavens opened.

Northowram Fields still lead the way in the West Section but may feel relieved that their game with Cleckheaton was brought to an early end as they were struggling at 104-8 after Jonathan Whiteoak took 3-25.

A comfortable nine-wicket win over Keighley saw Northowram Fields on Sunday saw them establish a 33-point lead over Baildon who have two games to play. The Jenny Laners need to take 34 points from their matches with Cleckheaton and Keighley to pipou them to a place in the final,

Josh Dodd (5-10) and Andrew Gardner (3-11) impressed as Keighley were bowled out for 47. James Norcliffe made 33 as Northowram Fields knocked off the runs in 6.2 overs.

Sandal secured top spot in Division Two’s East Section with a seven-wicket win over Oulton. Chris Gibson impressed again with an unbeaten 87m while Will Henshall made 43no as they overhauled a total of 150.

Will Pickard’s knock of 69 was the highlight of the Oulton innings while Lee Geldard (3-15) and Kamran Hussain (3-28) were the pick of Oulton’s bowlers.

Sandal were pushed all the way by Wakefield St Michael’s who finished a point behind them after a nine-wicket win over Wrenthorpe. Adrian Miller took 5-10 as Wrenthorpe perished for 63, and Ashley Hale made an unbeaten 36 in the successful run chase.

Aamir Najeeb took 3-5 as Townville had Altofts struggling at 96-7 before the weather intervened.

Hartshead Moor have a slender four-point lead over Ossett in the West Section with one game to play. They looked to be heading for victory when they reduced Hopton Mills to 55-8 before the rain halted their progress. Ossett had Liversedge wobbling on 77-4 when their game also came to an early end.

Adwalton defeated Hunslet Nelson by 14 runs in Division Three West Section after their match was reduced to a comparison of scores after 12 overs due to rain.

Adwalton had Made 156-6 in 30 overs with Tom Davidson making 55 not out, but rain reduced Hunslet Nelson’s target to 61. Tight bowling restricted them to 46-4.

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