Hartshorne maintains Horbury’s title push

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IT was a tale of two centuries in Division B with Josh Hartshorne (101no) striking the one that matters to help leaders Horbury Bridge B to victory over their Calder Grove B rivals.

Thomas Buxton showed his wares with an unbeaten 102 in Grove’s card of 163-6, only for Hartshorne to take centre stage and see Bridge home at a canter at 165-1.

Flockton B (74) were hammered by Birchencliffe B (238) on a dismal afternoon, while Denby Grange B were no match for Nortonthorpe B (151-7), disintegrating to just 58 all out.

In the Premier, Abdul Ghaffar struck a splendid 108 not out as frontrunners Heckmondwike and Carlinghow (237-7) saw their bandwagon continue with a 20-point haul against Higham, skittled for just 70.

Scott Walker’s 52 couldn’t stop lowly Denby Grange (111) being brushed aside by Almondburians (113-1).

Liam Newton reached exactly 100 as Netherton (325-9) produced a powerhouse display with bat and ball to crush Bradley and Coline, back in the changing rooms for just 95.

Section A action saw Andrew Callaghan (58) and Graham Hirst (4-46) catch the eye for Flockton (200-9), but it was Mount B’s day, the victors replying with 201-7.

High-flying Heckmondwike and Carlinghow B (270-9) also maintained their fine season, with a strong performance against Calder Grove A, all out for one shy of three figures.

Opener David Pickett top-scored with 85 for the winners.

Sam Perkin (72) and Chris Driver (59) helped Horbury Bridge (221) account for Holmbridge (126).

Ralph Middlebrook.

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