Batley lead way after extending winning run

Hartshead Moors Simon Richardson is bowled by Jordan Sleightholme as Wrenthorpe dismissed the home side for just 48. See story below.
Hartshead Moors Simon Richardson is bowled by Jordan Sleightholme as Wrenthorpe dismissed the home side for just 48. See story below.

Batley recorded a fourth straight victory over Baildon last Saturday and lead the way in All Rounder Bradford League Championship A.

Aqsad Ali (4-33) and Muhammad Tahir (4-39) impressed with the ball as Baildon were restricted to 168-9.

Captain Simon Bailey (47) and Jonny Reynolds (35) led the way for Baildon, but Batley eased home thanks to Ali (39no) and Tariq Hussain (38) and are 11 points clear of Saltaire, who defeated Idle by 131 runs as former Cleckheaton overseas player Tanzeel Altaf top scored with 99 and then claimed 3-19.

Liversedge slipped to a five-wicket defeat against Yeadon, who are third after recording a third win of the season.

Alan Sumner led the way with 47 but Liversedge were restricted to 173-9 in the face of good bowling from Michael Hunter (3-42) and Oliver Halliday (3-44).

Opener Jake Wray (53) and the experienced Damon Gormley (48no) helped Yeadon overhaul Liversedge’s total with five wickets in hand.

Yeadon’s James Goldthorp become the 39th batsman to pass 10,000 Bradford League runs during his innings of 26.

Liversedge are seventh in the early season standings but the four teams below them all have a game in hand.

Birstall are one of four clubs still seeking their first win after suffering a one-wicket defeat in a nail-biting finish against Hunslet Nelson.

Alexander Debs (59) and Nick Kaye (52no) helped take Birstall to 194-8, but Nelson timed their run chase well and won with an over to spare thanks to the efforts of Christopher Anderson, who top scored with 65, Andrew McIntosh (44) and Suleman Mohammed (33no).

Kamran Khan (3-19) and Debs (3-55) tried their hardest but Birstall were pipped at the post, although there are still three teams below them.

Ossett are one of those sides after they also suffered a third straight defeat at the hands of fourth placed Undercliffe.

Experienced left-armer Craig Wiseman delivered a match-winning performance as Undercliffe secured an eight-run win over 10-man Ossett.

Toby Thorpe (81), Gulsheraz Ahmed (60) and Michael Loubser (33) helped Undercliffe post 225-8, which earned them maximum batting points despite the best efforts of Khalid Usman (5-56).

Undercliffe wrapped up a 20-point success by claiming the last Ossett wicket with one ball to spare after the visitors had made a brave bid to secure their first success of the season.

Khalid Usman (55), Shabir Rashid (44),Tamoor Saghir (33) and Javid Umarji (31) led the way for Ossett but Wiseman claimed 5-72 and was supported by young spinner Amir Hussain (3-55) to complete Undercliffe’s second win of the season.