Elland falter in closing stages

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Elland surrendered top spot in the Huddersfield League’s Premier Division when they stalled late on at Shepley on Saturday.

The Hullen Edge men looked almost certain to win when they needed just nine to win off the final two overs with eight wickets in hand.

However, they scored only six from the final 12 deliveries to lose a 20 overs per side contest by two runs.

Shepley made 166 for six, thanks mainly to a lovely knock from ex-Elland player Greg Wood, who hit 11 fours and six sixes.

In reply, skipper Paul Winrow made 76 not out and West Indian Lorenzo Ingram 55 but Elland were unable to complete the task and fell five points behind Hoylandswaine at the top.

Winrow’s side were returning to Shepley today (Sunday) for the Sykes Cup semi-final.

Barkisland were beaten at Holmfirth in the Frank Platt Conference after failing to keep host club batsmen Santner (94) and Alexander (64) in check.

That pair helped Holmfirth to 236 for seven and Barkisland had to settle for a point by making 187 for six with 64 not out from captain Darren Robinson, 37 from Ben Westbrook and 33 from David Weston.

RAIN prevented an exciting finish to Lightcliffe’s match at Saltaire in Division One of the Bradford League.

The home side needed 40 off seven overs, with seven wickets in hand, to overhaul Lightcliffe’s 182 for eight.

Yorkshire’s Alex Lees spearheaded the visitors’ effort with the bat, making 70. Lightcliffe were 39 for three but Suleman Khan made 23 and skipper Jonathan Wilson 43 not out to help post a decent total.

Saltaire were 68 for three but Fahid Rehman (39 no) and Nawaz Sardar (42 no) had put on 75 to make Saltaire favourites before play was halted.

Brighouse were without a fixture in Division Two.

OPENING bowler Paul Bower and long-serving Chris Thompson took two wickets each for Northowram Fields at New Farnley.

The home side were 103 for five, after being 47 without loss, when the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division contest was abandoned.

Fifth-placed Todmorden increased the gap between themselves and the team directly below them in the Lancashire League, Ramsbottom, to 27 points with a six-wicket win over those rivals at Centre Vale Park.

Andrew Sutcliffe’s side, who were completing a double over their opponents, limited Ramsbottom to 127 for eight off 35 overs.

Qaiser Abbas proved himself a match-winner once more, taking four for 38 off 17 overs and then hitting an unbeaten 62.

Simon Newbitt made 48 before being run out but with seven runs required off six balls, Abbas finished it in style with successive sixes.

ILLINGWORTH’S home Aire/Wharfe League match at home to Colton was washed out.

It was their fourth successive cancellation and fifth in 12 games this season.

A Chairman and President’s lunch, hosted by Stuart Thompson and Andrew Smith, took place to thank the club’s sponsors and vice presidents and acknowledge the work of the club’s tea ladies and many other volunteers.