Cleckheaton look for quick response against Congs

DESPITE the rain disrupted programme last week the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League produced a surprising number of completed games - though some clubs must have been left wishing for more rain after disappointing defeats.

Cleckheaton go into tomorrow’s game at Pudsey Congs desperate to put their defeat at home to leaders Pudsey St Lawrence behind them.

St Lawrence hit 283-4 in their 50 overs and Cleckheaton were never in the hunt as Richie Lamb took 5-31 in 13 overs to bowl out Cleck for just 124 in reply.

There was better luck for Hanging Heaton as they took just 26 overs to clean up Morley for 51 after making 159-9 in their 50 overs.

Muhammed Rameez took 6-9 off seven overs in the Morley reply and that win keeps Hanging Heaton second in the table ahead of their Priestley Cup rehearsal at Bingley tomorrow.

Scholes were beaten by four wickets at Bingley in their last game, after making just 106, and they will need to do better at New Farnley tomorrow if they are pull away from the foot of the Premier Division table.

It is beginning to look like a one horse race in Championship B as Townville extended their lead over Wrenthorpe to 33 points with their 82 run win over Hopton Mills and third placed Gomersal are a further 20 points behind after a surprise derby defeat at the hands of Spen Victoria at Oxford Road.

Townville are looking to widen that gap further when they take on Wrenthorpe tomorrow and Gomersal are looking to stay in the race at Bowling Old Lane.

But at the other end of the table Hopton Mills, hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone, now go to Altofts while bottom club Hartshead Moor are in a relegation scrap at Brighouse.

In Championship A Batley, the surprise early season package, came down to earth with a bump after being surprised themselves by a nine run defeat at home to Hunslet Nelson in a decidedly low scoring encounter.

Batley looked in control when they shot out Hunslet Nelson for only 72, Muhammed Shahnawaz taking 5-22, but Will Stiff then turned it around for the visitors when he also took 5-22 to leave Batley all out for 63. Despite their defeat Batley remain in top spot but will have a game in hand after tomorrow as they have a free week.

Liversedge, who were free last week, return to action at home to second-placed Undercliffe while Ossett are at home to bottom club Idle and Birstall are at Saltaire.

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