ILLINGWORTH retained fifth place in Division Three of the Aire/Wharfe League with a 53-run home win in a contest of fluctuating fortunes against Skipton.
Inserted on a damp, green wicket, Illingworth got off to the worst possible start with overseas man Sean Stevenson falling to the second ball of the day. Calum Cook and Richard Farrell Smith repaired some of the damage with a solid 54 run partnership before Cook ran himself out on 20.
Farrell Smith followed shortly after for 30 and worse was to follow as the homesters slumped to 76 for five by the halfway stage. Veryan Brooksby and Alex Ledger came to the rescue with a magnificent 147 partnership for the sixth wicket - only 29 short of the club’s all time record - with Brooksby crashing to an exciting 104 off just 64 balls with eight sixes and Ledger giving great support with 52.
A dash for runs saw Illingworth lose four more wickets for just 14 runs but they were well satisfied with a formidable total of 237 for nine.
On a drying wicket Skipton raced to 112 for two after 25 overs but then lost five wickets for 23 runs and in the end had to hang on for two points as Brooksby picked up four for 44 and Sean Stevenson two for 39.
ELLAND are second in the Huddersfield League’s top flight, four points behind Kirkburton, after a 10-wicket romp against Hall Bower on Saturday.
The visitors collapsed from 61 for two to 100 all out and again it was the slow bowling combination of Lorenzo Ingram and Chris Goulden - who both took three for 16 - which did the damage.
Niall Lockley (51 no) and his skipper Paul Winrow (48 no) then knocked off the runs in 20.3 overs.
Barkisland are through but Rastrick bowed out of the Oddfellows Cup in the first round.
Darren Robinson’s Barkisland won by three wickets at Meltham, producing a fine batting display to overhaul their fellow Championship side’s total of 232 for five.
Dan Sykes (50), Ben Westbrook (40), James Taylor 34no, and Jacob Travis (34) all contributed well in a successful run chase.
Rastrick’s disappointing start to the season continued with a four-wicket home defeat to section-higher Emley Clarence.
Tom Owen made 58 and Kamran Hussain 42 not out in a total of 185 for five and Rastrick made a bold bid to defend their total but a decent stand from the seventh wicket pair settled things in Emley’s favour.
LIGHTCLIFFE and Brighouse let strong positions slip and were both beaten in the Bradford League.
Promoted Lightcliffe were unable to prevent Division One leaders Woodlands making it five wins in a row with an 86-run success.
Jonathan Wilson’s side looked in the driving seat when Yorkshire’s Moin Ashraf (three for 27) reduced the high-profile visitors to 60 for five but the experienced Tim Orrell made 52 not out and Chris Bruice (37) helped lift the total to 183 for eight.
Openers Alex Lees and Chris Taylor were out for ducks and number three Alex Stead for four as Lightcliffe immediately hit trouble with the bat.
They slumped to 38 for six in the face of fine bowling from three-wicket pair Sarfraz Ahmed and Pieter Swanepoel and it took a battling unbeaten 31 from Wilson to give them a little respectability, the skipper running out of partners with the total on 97.
Brighouse blew a great chance to climb from second bottom in Division Two when they were bowled out for 52 in reply to visitors Keighley’s 90.
Umar Salim took four wickets for two to polish off Keighley’s innings, cashing in on the earlier good work of Aleem Ladak (three for 28) and Dan Dunkerley (two for 49).
However, the home reply was lamentable with the notable exception of opener Dominic Walsh (44), who was ninth out. The next highest score was the extras on four and six players were out for ducks.
A RAIN stoppage during Mirfield PC’s reply wasn’t enough to save Northowram Fields from an away defeat in the Central Yorkshire League’s top flight.
The Rams didn’t get enough runs on a small ground, top three Jacob Waterson (49), Tom Marsden (36) and Robert Larner (27) showing the way to a total of 189.
Zafar Khan gave the visitors hope with a couple of early wickets but an unbeaten 72 from Sri Lankan Tharanka Gunarathne carried the home side to a five wicket win.
AN unbeaten 64 from Pakistani ace Qaiser Abbas helped Todmorden win Friday’s Lancashire League Twenty/20 match against Colne.
South African Shadley van Schalkwyk made 51 in a total of 130 for six but that proved inadequate with Abbas adding 79 for the third wicket with Matthew Brierley (33) before ex-Halifax League player Paul Senior (17 not out) helped Abbas complete the task.