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).

Dan Wilbor (46) knocks the ball for four as Carlton won their Jack Hampshire Cup encounter with visitors Oulton by eight wickets. PIC: Steve Riding

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