Going clear at the top

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EVEN with several players missing Badger Hill managed a win which left them clear at the top of the table.

Badger Hill were put into bat and were soon one wicket down after opener Allan Bottomley was superbly caught.

John Norman was run out after pulling up with a hamstring injury for a patient 25.

With Roberts and Swift soon going afterwards, Alan Dolley joined David Bottomley and the pair put on vital runs with Dolley playing some elegant strokes before man of the match David Bottomley went for a classy 67.

Dolley soon followed after a quickfire 38, with the Badgers finishing on 179-9 off 45 overs.

Excellent bowling from Ambler (three for 20) and Swift kept pressure on the visitors, resulting with them being stranded at one point on three for three.

With the visitors losing wickets at regular intervals, it required the middle to end order to fight back which they did with Manning and Atkinson sharing a partnership until aggressive inswing bowling from Keith Wilson (three for 27) made the breakthrough.

Newcomer Dolley chipped in with some tight bowling, when a run out ended the visitors’ innings on 112.

The win leaves the Badgers 11 points clear of second place and 12 points clear of third, with the rest out of touch in Section C of the Arrow Self Drive Huddersfield Central League.

l BADGER Hill’s second string saw their hopes of promotion dwindle as they fell to a four-wicket defeat at Woodfield Park.

Batting first the Badgers could only muster 128 all out with a side weakened by holidays and work commitments,

Dave Miller top scored with 29, playing his first game since early June, after he has been out following a knee operation.

With only 128 to defend the Badgers had to be at their best in the field and soon had the hosts wobbling at 48 for five, but a stand of 60 between Edward Heald and James Buckley put paid to Badgers’ chances.

Richard Poole was the pick of the Badgers’ bowlers with five for 60 off his 12 overs.

Badgers promotion fate now lies with others as they need Heckmondwike to lose one of their remaining games or they need to beat top of the table Mount who visit Dewsbury Road on Saturday and hope Mount lose one of their remaining fixtures.