Wins make it a profitable Bank Holiday for Morley

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it WAS the most profitable of Bank Holiday weekends for Morley, who signalled their intentions to return to the top-flight with two victories.

The upshot is that Matt Baxter’s side are 22 points clear at the Division Two summit, with their latest win coming against Yeadon on Monday.

The Scatcherd Lane outfit were handed a scare along the way, with Yeadon just falling short at 191-7 in reply to the hosts’ 203.

Batting first, Morley were indebted to a third-wicket stand worth 111 between Baxter (73) and George Robson (43), while Richard Jubb hit an invaluable 35 not out at the death, with Michael Hunter taking 5-44 for Yeadon.

James Todd top-scored with a fine 78 in the chase, supported by Oliver Stephenson (41), but teenage spinner Jak Murphy’s 4-51 applied the brakes.

On Saturday, Morley (112-3) were far too strong for Scholes (109) with Ben Jenkinson (4-18) and Nathan Bromby (4-26) wreaking havoc.

Scholes (151-2) got back on track on Monday with a comfortable derby victory over Hartshead Moor (148), who slumped to their second dispiriting weekend defeat.

In the runs for the victors were Atif Zaidi (60no) and Kasir Maroof (64), who put on 132 for the second wicket to see the New Popplewell Lane men home.

Farad Ul-Haq (61) proved the only crumb for Moor.

Gomersal had a mixed weekend after following up a derby success over Spen Victoria with a hefty nine-wicket loss on Monday at Baildon, who leapfrogged them into third spot.

Earlier, an excellent ton from Graham Hilton (103no) had helped Gomersal (232-3) see off Spen (227-7) by seven wickets, with Hilton putting on 155 for the third wicket with Jonathan Boynton (84).

Spen fared better on Monday with an eight-wicket win over Idle (107) to go fifth.

Contributions arrived from Sofian Khan (41no), Mahboob Hussain (3-17) and Alex Leadbeater (4-34).

Oliver Halliday (5-28) and Jake Wray (64) helped Yeadon (169-8) sink Baildon (159) on Saturday.

England's Joe Root walks off after being dismissed on day four at the WACA. Picture date: Sunday December 17, 2017. See PA story CRICKET Australia. Photo credit should read: Jason O'Brien/PA.

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