Bradford League: Undercliffe down as Farsley pull off escape

Farsley's Ian Philliskirk.
Farsley's Ian Philliskirk.
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Although, strictly speaking, the emotion was more relief Farsley were celebrating at the weekend after saving their top-flight skins on a dramatic final day.

Yorkshire duo James Wainman (5-22) and Neil Laidlaw (4-45) bowled Farsley to victory as they defended a modest score of 141 to skittle New Farsley for a paltry 71.

It enabled the Red Laners to stay up by the narrowest of margins, just a solitary point, with the fall guys being Undercliffe – who lost by 116 runs to Hanging Heaton, whose stalwart John Carruthers was playing his final match.

That upshot was that Farsley sealed a remarkable Great Escape after heading into the final day 12 points adrift of safety.

Expressing his relief at his side staving off the drop, Farsley chairman David Storr, who will relinquish his duties for a role as first-team manager next season, said: “It was just some sort of freak ‘get out of jail’ card which we played.

“There was always a chance that we knew that New Farnley wouldn’t have been as strong as normal. But having said that, I did speak to the guys before hand and said: ‘Look, we’ve always got a chance if we play to the last second of the match.’

“My concern was that 141 all out with 10 overs left only got us one batting point and meant the maximum number of points we could get was 16. I thought it was going to be light.

“But stranger things have happened and in a very difficult season when we have had bad luck throughout with injuries and in general, we had all the luck on the last day to be fair.

“Although that shouldn’t take away from our bowling performance. We did bowl extremely well on a difficult surface.”

Morley were crowned as Division Two champions despite suffering a nail-biting one-wicket defeat at Baildon.

They secured the two points they needed before Baildon edged past their total of 198-7 with ten balls to spare, Ben Jenkinson taking 4-32.

Morley’s total owed much to the efforts of veteran Colin Nuthall (46no) and skipper Matt Baxter (37).

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