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Batley edge to victory over Championship strugglers

Hartshead Moor batsman Martin Ellis attempts to avoid a short pitched delivery  during last Saturday's Bradford League Championship One clash against Hunslet Nelson.
Hartshead Moor batsman Martin Ellis attempts to avoid a short pitched delivery during last Saturday's Bradford League Championship One clash against Hunslet Nelson.

Batley edged to a two-wicket win over Allrounder Bradford League Championship One strugglers Yeadon last Saturday.

Batley approach the halfway point in their season having won five and lost five of their 10 matches and they lie eighth, while Yeadon are facing a real battle against relegation as the bottom side are 26 points off safety.

Yeadon opener James Todd (53) and Damon Gormley (53no) showed the battling qualities their side will need to get out of trouble, but a total of 172-8 was not enough to overcome Batley, who had Muhammad Shahnawaz (3-55) as the pick of their bowlers.

Naik Zada (44) and Naveed Zamarund (46) ensured that Batley edged home despite James Massheder claiming 4-32.

Hartshead Moor suffered a 70-run defeat against a Hunslet Nelson side who were promoted alongside them from Championship Two last season.

Iain Wardlaw claimed 4-48 as Nelson were bowled out for 164, with Harry Duke making a battling 75 but Hartshead slumped to 94 all out in reply as Mark Murphy claimed 4-33 and Will Stiff (3-27).

Gomersal have also won five and lost five after they suffered an agonising one-wicket defeat to Bankfoot

Richard Wear’s unbeaten 80 was the highlight of Gomersal’s 252-7 which also included useful additions from Graham Hilton (39) and Jonathan Boynton (34).

Bankfoot opener Hisan Ahmed guided them to their target of 253 with an unbeaten 97 and received good support from Arsaam Malik (39) as spinner Chris Rhodes (5-91) threatened to win it for Gomersal.

Ossett are still searching for their first win after they suffered a 157-run defeat to high flying Morley, which leaves them second-bottom, 23 points off safety.

Morley’s Henry Rush made a maiden Bradford League century.

His unbeaten knock of 105 included a six and 12 fours and he shared in two century partnerships.

Overseas player Sanga Cooray joined Rush in adding 145 for the third wicket before holing out for 95.

Reggie Thomas (62no) added an unbroken 117 for the fourth wicket with Rush as Morley posted 295-3.

Ossett are a side low on confidence and it showed as they were bowled out for 138.

Paul Malone (43) offered the only substantial resistance to opening bowlers Matthew Dowse (4-36) and Nathan Bromby (4-41).

Mehran Ibrahim (139no) and Jordan Sleightholme (110) were in terrific form as they both hit centuries as Wrenthorpe posted 339-4 in their 121-run win at Pudsey Congs.

Vikram Sharma (67) and Mubtada Akhtar (60) shone in reply but Congs were dismissed for 218.

Wrenthorpe remain 14 points behind leaders Undercliffe, who defeated Baildon by 129 runs.

Opener Jack Holland hit 101 for the table-toppers which set the tone for Undercliffe’s total of 284-6 and Baildon were dismissed for 155 in reply.