Pontefract League: St Chad’s wrap up the title after seventh win on spin

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ST Chad’s Broomfield have won the Pontefract League’s Division One title for the second time in six seasons.

They made certain of finishing top by stretching their winning run to seven matches by beating Garforth Parish Church on Saturday.

Matthew Stevens (33) and Howard Johnson (32no) led Chad’s to a six-wicket win after Rahul Sidhartha (3-15) and Atiq Khan (3-38) dismissed Garforth for 96.

Chad’s are 13 points clear of closest rivals Kirk Deighton who lost by two wickets at Sicklinghall.

Bilton in Ainsty missed a chance to climb above Deighton to second place when they were beaten at Barwick in Elmet.

Matt Prosser (70no and 3-43) was outstanding for Barwick and his fellow Australian Tom Reece (72no and 2-39) shone for Bilton.

Ben Doyle (66no) and Richard Stephens (35) guided Scarcroft to a nine-wicket win at bottom side Scholes who were bowled out for 103 by Shoaib Rehman (4-20), Doyle (3-28) and Ghulam Hussain (2-28).

Ben Turner, batting at number eight, top-scored with 78 in Shadwell’s total of 196-9 at Old Leodiensians who managed only 123.

Arvindshetty Nijampure’s unbeaten 42 guided last year’s champions Wetherby to a two-wicket win against Church Fenton whose defeat was hard on Stephen Wragg (50no).

Division Two champions Hillam-Monk Fryston slipped to their third defeat in four matches when they lost by eight runs to Thorner Mexborough, despite 88 by Robert Edwards.

Headingley-Bramhope bagged their sixth straight victory at Rufforth. Stephen Gilks (4-26) and Harish Krishnesh (3-36) toppled Rufforth for 118 after Matt Williams (108), Ian Rogers (68) and Jack Mason (41no) had led Headingley to 268-4.

Chasing Long Marston’s 226-6, Ledsham fell 51 runs short, despite half centuries by Peter Boothroyd and Johnny Smales.

Openers Brian Bowes and Howard Collier hit half-centuries as Meanwood sealed the Division Three championship with a 17-run success at Kirk Deighton A.

Crompark and Kippax are vying for the Division Four title on the final day.

Leaders Crompark, who visit Wetherby A, are four points clear of Kippax, who host Church Fenton A.

Kippax kept alive their title hopes when Zuber Patel (6-9) gave them the edge at Long Marston A and Crompark lost to East Keswick A.

Up for the cup: L-r, Gary Hetherington, Steve Patterson, Steve Cavanagh and Ryan Hall.

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