Bierley hold nerve to seal important victory

Cleckheaton batsman Mohammad Zaman in action during his sides Priestley Cup game against Woodlands last Sunday. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Cleckheaton batsman Mohammad Zaman in action during his sides Priestley Cup game against Woodlands last Sunday. Picture: Paul Butterfield

East Bierley claimed a seven-run win at Lightcliffe last Saturday to move 13 points clear of the Allrounder Bradford League Premier Division relegation zone. Bierley made a promising start but although opener Neil Gill (31) top scored, they were bowled out for 151 as Suleman Khan (4-46) sparked the collapse.

Lightcliffe found batting equally tricky against the teasing spin of Luke Jarvis (5-36) and the accuracy of opening bowler Tuseif Arshad (3-26).

While captain Alex Stead was at the wicket it looked as if Lightcliffe may edge home but when he was ninth out for a well-made 70, Bierley took full advantage to seal a fourth win of the season which takes them up to eighth in the table.

Pudsey Congs produced a commanding performance against an out-of-sorts Cleckheaton.

The Congs score of 272-5 featured good knocks from Callum Geldart (65), Nick Lindley (47), Jonathon Donnelly (47no), captain Gareth Phillips (46) and Andrew Bairstow (42).

Cleckheaton captain John Wood (39) and wicketkeeper Mally Nicholson (37) were the only batsmen to make an impression as their side were dismissed for 169 in reply.

Geldart (3-21) and Donnelly (3-37) were the best of the Congs bowlers.

Scholes were edged out in a tense finish against New Farnley.

Scholes looked as if they were going to pull off their third win of the season when they reduced New Farnley to 8-4 as Yassir Ali (3-28) claimed three early wickets.

At that point the Scholes score of 150-8 looked a long way off, but Mark Lawson (51) and Lee Goddard (43) turned things around before James Stansfield (3-50) caused more anxiety in the home camp.

It needed an unbeaten 21 from Dave McCallum to see Farnley home but there is hope that Scholes can get out of trouble.

Opener Kasir Maroof (38) was the main contributor in the Scholes innings while Muhammad Bilal (3-32) was pick of the Farnley bowling.

Inconsistent Woodlands suffered a five-wicket defeat away to Farsley as they slipped further behind the Bradford Premier leaders.

Only captain Tim Jackson (41) posted a reasonable score in a disappointing total of 142-8 as Chris Henry (3-24) and spinner Mark Harrison (3-31) kept them in check.

Farsley eased to their target with opener James Pickles making 52 and wicketkeeper Dan Hodgson (39). Spinner Chris Brice (3-46) was the only bowler to threaten for Woodlands.