Derby triumph boosts Cleck’s league title bid

Cleckheaton v Woodlands Bradford League sat 22nd june 2013'Ian Wood of Cleckheaton
Cleckheaton v Woodlands Bradford League sat 22nd june 2013'Ian Wood of Cleckheaton
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Cleckheaton have thrown the JCT600 Bradford League Division One title race wide open following victory over Woodlands last Saturday.

Woodlands would have felt confident of extending their lead at the top after posting 235-8, with Scott Richardson hitting a brilliant 124 including seven sixes and 13 fours.

However, Richardson was upstaged as Cleckheaton opener Tim Jackson hit a magnificent unbeaten 127 to set up Cleckheaton’s eight-wicket win.

Jackson, who leads the Division One batting averages at the halfway point of the season, struck four sixes and 17 fours and shared an unbroken third-wicket stand of 173 with Ian Nicholson, who ended 83 not out as Cleckheaton closed the gap on Woodlands to 11 points.

East Bierley had a 10-run win in a low scoring game at Morley to move sixth.

Bierley were bowled out for just 115 as David Paynter (4-23) and Kashif Naveed (4-28) shone but captain Kez Ahmed took control in reply and his 5-25 helped dismiss Morley for 105 to leave them bottom.

Hanging Heaton suffered an 87-run defeat to Pudsey Congs, who made 210-7 despite Dan Busfield’s 4-41.

David Stiff (49) and Gary Fellows (30) made useful runs in reply but Heaton were bowled out for 123 as Edward Walmsley claimed 7-29 from 15 overs.

Spen Victoria have opened up a 27-point lead over third placed New Farnley in the Division Two promotion race.

Spen overcame Brighouse by five wickets last Saturday, while New Farnley lost to leaders Farsley.

Rob Burton’s 6-22 helped Spen dismiss Brighouse for 72 before they completed a five-wicket win to leave them eight points behind Farsley.

Hartshead Moor had a comfortable six-wicket win over Windhill to move 10th in Division Two.

Martin Riley took 6-32 as the home side were dismissed for 91 before Hartshead eased to victory with Keegan Moodley making 30.

Gomersal suffered a 39-run defeat to Undercliffe as Ben Heritage made 116 not out in his side’s 232-4 .

Adam Greenwood (54) and Richard Gould (37) shone in Gomersal’s 193.