Gomersal secure victory to maintain pressure near top

Hopton Mills batsman Chris Scott plays a forward defensive during his innings of 48 against Spen Victoria in Championship Two.
Hopton Mills batsman Chris Scott plays a forward defensive during his innings of 48 against Spen Victoria in Championship Two.

Gomersal maintained pressure on the top three sides in Allrounder Bradford League Championship One after recording a four-wicket win over Hunslet Nelson last Saturday.

Gomersal’s fifth win of the season leaves them 14 points behind new leaders Wrenthorpe and 13 off Undercliffe, who they visit on Saturday.

Richard Wear bowled a tight spell, conceding just 31 runs from his 15 overs and he also picked up four wickets and was ably supported by Chris Rhodes (3-37) as Hunslet Nelson were restricted to 154-9 from their 50 overs.

Wicketkeeper Harry Duke (42) and Andrew McIntosh (30) were the leading Nelson run scorers, while the last pair of Ollie Maitland (16no) and Glen Thompson (5no) survived 61 balls between them to deny Gomersal maximum bowling points.

Captain Graham Hilton led the reply with 41 at the top of the Gomersal innings, while Jonathan Boynton finished 37 not out as Gomersal secured victory despite losing six wickets on the way.

Wrenthorpe moved top after they collected a maximum 20 points for a resounding 226-run win over Batley, who slip to eighth place.

Opener Jordan Sleightholme produced a fine innings of 119 which contained 17 fours.

Michael Donnelly (36) joined him in an opening stand of 99 as Wrenthorpe built a total of 272-7, with Roheil Hussain (3-44) pick of the Batley bowling.

Batley had no answer to in-form Ewais Ejaz (7-25) and Jonathan Rudge (3-20) as they were dismissed for just 46 in reply.

Undercliffe are a point behind Wrenthorpe after collecting 19 points from their four-wicket win over bottom-team Ossett.

Paul Malone (47) and Ian Philliskirk (40) battled hard for Ossett but they were bowled out for 160 as left-armer Craig Wiseman returned figures of 4-36.

Michael Kelsey, promoted to opener, seized his opportunity with 58 as Undercliffe passed the Ossett score in 39.2 overs.

Hartshead Moor claimed their second win of the season to move out of the bottom two as they inflicted a 71-run defeat on Baildon.

Opener Craig Field led the Moor innings with 77, while Ali Shan (49) supported as they posted 213-6.

Baildon lost wickets at regular intervals in reply and although Mounam Ejaz top scored with a patient innings of 51, they were bowled out for 141 as Muhammad Khan claimed 3-34, while Iain Wardlaw, Josh Tingle and Danny Squire picked up two wickets apiece.

Third-placed Morley were made to work hard for a four-run win over Pudsey Congs at Scatcherd Lane.

Reggie Thomas (76) top scored in Morley’s 230-9 and although Congs opener James Ford made a fine 94 in reply, they fell short on 226-8.

Bankfoot captain James Lee produced the day’s best bowling as he claimed 8-26 as his side bowled out Yeadon for 93 to complete a 102-run win.

Jawad Waheed (53) had earlier top scored in Bankfoot’s total of 195-8.