Palpable relief as Morley end a six-match losing streak

THE RELIEF for everyone connected with Morley Cricket Club will have been palpable on Saturday evening.

Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 5:00 am
Morley in action at East Bierley at the weekend.

The Scatcherd Lane outfit ended a torrid six-match winless streak in the ECB Bradford Premier League with a much-needed 26-run success at East Bierley – although it was far from straightforward en route to their first league win since May 21.

Morley recovered from a wretched 28-6 to muster 121, thanks to key lower-order contributions from Richard Jubb (32), Luke Heinemann (28) and Nathan Bromby (26) – and their efforts reaped a bigger dividend later on.

Bierley toiled against the top-class spin of Kashif Naveed (4-15) and Dave Nebard (4-27) and were dismissed for 96 with Morley having cut the gap between themselves and Pudsey Congs and Bierley to just two points.

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And, as it stands, just 11 points separate Cleckheaton, in sixth, from Morley.

Elsewhere, upwardly-mobile Farsley opened up proceedings at the top of the table, ensuring second-placed Hanging Heaton were unable to capitalise on leaders Pudsey St Lawrence’s defeat to New Farnley, as the Tewits went down by eight runs in a cracker.

The Red Laners were indebted to accomplished strokeplay from captain Arthur Price (75) and on-song Ryan Cooper, who hit a swashbuckling unbeaten 85 in their card of 233-8.

Replying, Heaton, who lost Gary Fellows at the start of the innings, were behind the eight-ball and despite a fine 73 from Ismail Dawood, they fell short at 225, with Adam Ahmed taking a super 4-14 in a pivotal spell of bowling.

The win means Farsley now trail Hanging Heaton by 14 points.

Cleckheaton (186-6) cast aside their toils to claim a relieving four-wicket win at Lightcliffe (183-3), with wicket-keeper Mally Nicholson (68no) seeing them home.

Inconsistent Congs (171) remain in trouble after a 12-run loss to Bradford and Bingley (183-8), while Elliott Richardson (4-34), Chris Brice (4-39) and Sam Frankland (44) helped Woodlands (100-4) sink Scholes (99-9).

Defeat was tough on James Stansfield (38 and 3-25), with Scholes now 35 points behind Morley.

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MORE powerhouse stuff enabled runaway Championship B frontrunners Townville to make it 11 wins from 11 at the expense of Gomersal.

Opening, Townville made an imposing 261-8 declared, with Jack Hughes (81) leading the way, well supported by Conor Harvey (61) and Tim Walton (53).

Gomersal mustered 213-9 in reply, with Adam Greenwood (67) and Richard Wear (50) in the runs.

Wrenthorpe (225-6) are 52 points back in second place on the league ladder after their 67-run win over Brighouse (158-9), with Darryl Hendricks (86) impressing.

Ashton Blakey (65) and Eddie Walmsley (4-27) helped third-placed Methley (244-6) easily account for basement boys Hartshead Moor (109).

Championship leaders Batley took the derby bragging rights in Championship A as they continue to lead the way at the top of the table.

Kashif Tubb (64) top-scored in their opening card of 177 against Birstall, who were then back in the showers for 81 – Tariq Hussain bagging 4-32.

Yeadon (111) are second following a 20-run triumph in a low-scoring affair with Hunslet Nelson, with Damon Gormley taking 5-19.

In the wickets for Hunslet were Chris Anderson (5-24) and Max Chappel (4-29).

High-flying Harrogate and York both triumphed in the ECB Yorkshire Premier North, with Yorkshire Academy also triumphing.