Local cricket round-up: Cleckheaton make hay while the sun almost shines...

The Bradford Premier was hit hard by the weather and only Cleckheaton could squeeze a win in the top flight.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 5:58 pm
Kavundu Kulasekara of Morley keeps his back foot down as Methley wicketkeeper Eitan Litvin attempts a stumping. Picture: Steve Riding.

The bottom-of-the-table side used two bowlers in dismissing Bradford & Bingley for 112, with Iain Wardlaw taking 5-56 and Harvey Booth 5-46.

However, rain then meant a Duckworth, Lewis Stern-adjusted target of 100 in 29 overs and, chiefly thanks to opener Kris Ward (26), Cleckheaton won by seven wickets with four overs to spare.

The most finely-balanced game that was ruined by the weather was at Townville, who were dismissed for 67 (David Stiff 5-33, James Byrne 4-28) before having Hanging Heaton at 20-3.

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The umpires bring the players off for rain at Morley with the home side batting at 12-2 against Methley. The game never resumed. Picture: Steve Riding.

All other games in the Bradford League started briefly but were unable to finish owing to persistent rain.

At Morley the home side reached 12-2 against Methley, while Batley struggled to 14-3 at Pudsey St Lawrence before the rains hit.

Elsewhere, New Farnley reached 51-1 against Wrenthorpe and only 4.1 overs were possible at Woodlands as Farsley scored 8-0.

Saltaire’s positive cricket again paid dividends at Addingham in the Aire-Wharfe League in a game that finished long after many others.

Yasir Ali, right, celebrates after dismissing Morley batsman Henry Rush first ball after trapping Jack Rowett LBW. The rains then came and Yasir will have to wait till next Saturday against New Farnley to bowl his hat-trick ball. Picture: Steve Riding.

Richard Atkins (57) and Ted Haggas (55) helped the home side score a competitive 205-6, and that looked huge when the visitors were reduced to 6-3.

The in-form Jibrael Malik turned the match around with 102 not out off 88 balls, including seven fours and nine sixes.

If the match had run its course, Saltaire may well still have been tested but rain at the end reduced their target to 177 off 35 overs, and Saltaire had already scored 180, giving the Division One leaders a five-wicket win.

The only other result in Division One saw Collingham and Linton claim a weather-affected six-wicket home victory against North Leeds.

Collingham's teenage wicketkeeper/batsman Daniel Kilby who scored 50 from 45 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes to help his side get the revised total of 115 off 28 overs after North Leeds made 151. Picture: Steve Riding.

The visitors posted 151-7 in their 43 overs with Farhan Khan top scoring on 38 while David Syers took 4-33.

In reply, Collingham and Linton reached their revised total of 115 off just 17.1 overs at 118-4 with Daniel Kilby hitting 50 and Ed Hayhurst 44.

David Syers of Collingham in action against North Leeds. Picture: Steve Riding.
Charlie Swallow of Collingham who held his nerve and was 10 not out in the victory against North Leeds. Picture: Steve Riding.