Woodlands edged out — Bierley pile on agony for Heaton

WOODLANDS suffered an agonising one-wicket defeat to Pudsey Congs in Bradford League Division One last Saturday.

Chris Brice top scored with 73 not out and Simon Mason made 44 as Woodlands reached 201-8, with Eugene Burzler (4-58) and Edward Walmsley (3-54) shining for Congs, who reached 191-9 going into the final over.

Last-wicket pair Barney Gibson and Mushy Shah scrambled 11 runs to seal a win which virtually guarantees Congs’ first division survival.

East Bierley piled misery on third-bottom Hanging Heaton with a 92-run derby win.

Bierley were in trouble at 18-3 before Richard Atkins (71) and Nick Walker (33) saw them to a challenging 198-9.

Spinners Kez Ahmed (5-25) and Luke Jarvis (3-22) helped dismiss Heaton for 109, with the last four wickets falling for no runs.

Bierley are third, five points behind Cleckheaton, who won a thriller against Manningham Mills.

Cleckheaton were dismissed for 162 despite a top score of 34 by opener Tim Jackson and Mills looked to be on course for victory having reached 158-7 only for the last three wickets to fall for three runs.

James Lee (4-28) had Masood Gulsheraz Ahmed caught by Ian Wood to seal a one-run win.

Yorkshire’s Iain Wardlaw (3-46) and Andrew Deegan (3-43) also bowled well for Cleckheaton, who are 33 points behind leaders Woodlands with three games remaining.

Gomersal are fourth in Division One after stunning leaders Baildon with an 85-run win last Saturday before dismissing local rivals Hartshead Moor for 59 on their way to a four-wicket win on Sunday.

Spen Victoria lost to title chasing Morley and Baildon over the weekend, while Hartshead went down to second placed Yeadon last Saturday.