Bradford League: Cleck’ sting Bees to boost top-flight bid for survival

Cleckheaton's John Wood.
Cleckheaton's John Wood.

CLECKHEATON BOOSTED their ECB Premier League survival hopes with a key seven-wicket victory over Bradford & Bingley.

On a weekend when fellow strugglers Bierley, Pudsey Congs and Batley all lost, the Moorenders cashed in to move 16 points clear of second-from-bottom Bierley.

Lightcliffe's Kashif Naved.

Lightcliffe's Kashif Naved.

Just three points separate bottom-placed Congs and third-from-bottom Batley, with the final weekend’s fixtures seeing all of the relegation candidates play home matches.

Congs welcome New Farnley, while Bierley host B&B. Cleck entertain Lightcliffe and Batley are at home to Woodlands.

Cleck captain John Wood shone with the ball to help his side dismiss B&B for 129, taking 4-41 – well supported by Qaisar Ashraf (3-30).

An unbroken stand of 95 between Andy Gorrod (57no) and Mally Nicholson (48no) saw Cleck home, in reply.

Batley suffered an 183-run trouncing at the hands of New Farnley, for whom Lee Goddard struck an outstanding 123 in their innings of 280-8.

Batley were then dismissed for 97, with Andrew Brewster (5-32) and Richard Atkins (3-33) doing the bulk of the damage.

Congs went down by 22 runs to Lightcliffe, but did have the consolation of bagging eight bonus points.

Opening, Lightcliffe hit 251-7 with captain Matt Baxter (69) and Kashif Naveed (46) putting on 107 for the fifth wicket.

Congs finished on 229-9, with Mubtada Akhtar (68) and Ifran Ahmed (54) in good order. Naveed sealed a fine afternoon with excellent figures of 6-45.

Pudsey St Lawrence saw off Townville by 57 runs with Chris Marsden taking a stingy 4-8.

Jonathan Booth (68) and Richie Bresnan (6-47) impressed for Townville.

It is shaping up to an intriguing finalé to the promotion race from Championship One, with Methley suffering a jolt.

Wrenthorpe were the big beneficiaries after their big 220-run win over Gomersal, a game which saw Wrens’ Adam Patel dismissed for 99.

Scholes lead the way at the summit and they are seven points clear of Methley, whose advantage over Wrens was cut to ten points after their defeat to Undercliffe.

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