Spen dodge showers to secure fine derby triumph

Arsham Malik of Gomersal goes on the attack before rain stopped play against Methley.
Arsham Malik of Gomersal goes on the attack before rain stopped play against Methley.

Spen Victoria dodged the rain showers to record an eight-wicket derby victory over Hartshead Moor in Bradford League Championship B.

Spen’s New Zealander Nic Montgomery made an unbeaten 86 and shared a second-wicket stand of 132 with captain Ollie Davison (50), as they overhauled the Hartshead Moor score of 152-6.

Opener Craig Field (80no) top scored for Hartshead, who are languishing at the bottom of the table. Brad Davis took 3-35 for Spen Victoria.

Townville stole a march on their promotion rivals as they recorded a comprehensive 117-run win over Brighouse.

Promotion rivals Methley were thwarted by the rain. Opponents Gomersal were 27-1 in 11 overs when play was halted.

Hopton Mills were 12-0 against Wrenthorpe and Altofts were 19-1 after ten overs against Bowling Old Lane when both matches were abandoned.

Bankfoot made 199 against Carlton, who were 34-1 after six overs when rain stopped play.

Liversedge suffered a 40-run defeat to Idle in the only Championship A match to see a result.

Idle opener Mohammed Rafiq made 98 from 87 balls, with three sixes and 10 fours and helped his side to 141-5 in the 30 over a side contest.

William Atkin (3-29) was pick of the Liversedge bowlers but they were restricted to 101-9 in reply as Altaf Mohammad picked up 3-25, despite Paul Marlow (38) top scoring.

Leaders Batley looked to be on course for a fifth win when rain halted their pursuit of Yeadon’s 146-9 with them on 120-5.

Scott Price (36) top scored for Yeadon as Muhammed Hafeez and Tariq Hussain both returned figures of 3-42.

Tariq Mehboob (37) and Asif Ayub (28no) helped their side to 120-5 in 19 overs before rain halted the run chase.

Birstall’s New Zealander Alexander Debs took 5-47 before their game at Ossett was washed out with the home side 111-7 after 23 overs.

Shabir Rashid made 33 and Harvey Anderson (32) before play was halted.

Hunslet Nelson’s 22-year-old Australian Chris Anderson struck a brilliant 119 in his side’s 167-7 at Saltaire, who were 24-2 from nine overs when the rain hit.

Crossbank Methodists earned a second win the Conference against Oulton.

Crossbank made 120-7 in their 20-over contest with Frederik Ras hitting 38 before Oulton were restricted to 109-5.