Spen crush Idle to maintain promotion charge

Bradford League Division Two'Spen Victoria v Hartshead Moor. Spen's Tosh Barker

Bradford League Division Two'Spen Victoria v Hartshead Moor. Spen's Tosh Barker

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Spen Victoria maintained their excellent form in JCT600 Bradford League Division Two after inflicting a crushing eight-wicket defeat on Idle last Saturday.

Spen remain second but are now 16 points behind Farsley, while third placed New Farnley have closed the gap on them to 24 points.

That is because Spen were unable to pick up any batting bonus points after skittling Idle for just 61 with Ben Platt (4-15) and Rob Burton (3-19) doing the damage before Tosh Baker (29no) and Matthew West (26) eased them home in 11.4 overs but they had to settle for 15 points.

Farsley picked up 19 points from an eight-wicket win over Bowling Old Lane, while Farnley went one better, with a maximum 20 point haul following a 149-run success over Undercliffe.

Hartshead Moor inflicted a 15th straight defeat on Great Horton as they eased to a nine-wicket win.

Will Smith picked up 5-50, and Adnan Raza Ali 3-26 as Horton were all out for 155.

Graham Hilton 66no and Will Smith 60no shared a 147-run unbroken second-wicket stand to steer Hartshead to a comfortable win, which gives them a boost ahead of this week’s derby with Spen.

Gomersal slipped to a 16-run defeat at the hands of Brighouse.

Zahir Hussain (57) and Muhammad Khurshid (32) helped Brighouse post 211.

James Russell threatened to win it for Gomersal, making 41 not out, after Adam Greenwood (37), Andrew Gorrod (32) and Greg Pickles (33) had all made decent starts but the home side finished short on 195-9.