Hartshead Moor only team to avoid rain

Only Hartshead Moor’s 2nd X1 completed a fixture for our local sides last Saturday as heavy showers swept in across lunchtime.

Lightcliffe’s 2nd X1 came pretty close at Hanging Heaton in a reduced overs game but for both teams at Brighouse, Rastrick’s two sides, those at Scholes and the first teams of Lightcliffe and Hartshead the ‘No Play’ signs were well and truly posted.

Bottom-club Saltaire in the JCT600 Bradford League Division One pulled off a remarkable win over Pudsey Congs which was bad news for 
Lightcliffe, Farsley and Undercliffe.

Salts responded to Pudsey’s 128-6 in 24 overs to overhaul the score with four wickets in tact and pick up 14 valuable points.

In the much-awaited Division Two top-of-the-table clash the umpires and players held on with fingers crossed but in the end it was just three points each for the abandonment with Morley still top on 258 points, Scholes in second place on 243 and Baildon in third on 218 with six games to go.

Scholes’ second team remain inthird place in their division on 226 points as they look for promotion in their first season in the Bradford League and without their 
suspended skipper Neil Kellett.

East Bierley are top on 239 and in second place are Saltaire with 232 points.

In the Hartshead Moor 2nd X1 v Bowling Old Lane game, the Highmoor Lane boys batted first and in 25 overs hit a very commendable 173-5, with Jack Baldwin (35(), Lawrence Brooke (28) and Christopher Swift on 66.

Bowling Old Lane’s batsmen were never in the hunt, part from Rashid Ramzan who carried his bat for 61.

Callum Williams (3-21) and Martin Ellis (3-25) ensured their side won by 67 runs.

In Division Two, Baildon kept their promotion hopes alive with a thrilling five-wicket win.

They chased down hosts Yeadon’s score of 115-4 with one ball to spare in a game reduced to 22 overs per side.

Bankfoot recorded an 84-run win over Windhill in the only other completed match in Division Two.