Fox’s six gets Elland over the winning line

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Elland made it back-to-back wins at the start of the Huddersfield League season with a second thrilling win, this time by four wickets at home to Holmfirth.

Sean Fox, the Hullen Edge club’s Aussie/South African who has an Irish passport, hit a winning six as Holmfirth’s 197 for five was overhauled with seven balls to spare.

Rashid hit 85 to leave the home side with plenty on their plates, spinner Chris Goulden taken three for 62.

Elland shrugged off the loss of Niall Lockley without a run on the board and Paul Winrow (33) and Greg Finn (41) helped the score to 100 for two.

A mini collapse left Elland on 127 for six but Fox made an unbeaten 68 and found a willing partner in Jack Hendy (35 no) in a match-winning 71-run stand.

Elland’s overseas player Rahul Bakshi is due to arrive on Tuesday.

Barkisland were unable to follow up the previous Saturday’s win over champions Hoylandswaine, losing by 43 runs at home to Shepley.

Skipper Darren Robinson maintained his fine form with the ball, taking four for 40, but brothers Greg and Dan Wood made 56 and 47 respectively as Shepley totalled 231 for seven.

Newly arrived West Indian Lorenzo Ingram made 63 not out and teamed up with Matthew Steers (54 no) to good effect but the loss of early wickets had left the hosts with too much to do and they finished on 188 for five.

Lightcliffe lost by five wickets at Woodlands in the battle of last year’s top two in the Bradford League.

Visiting skipper Chris Taylor elected to bat but he, Charlie Roebuck and Dave Hester departed to the home seamers by the time the visitors had put 48 on the board.

Alex Stead raised hopes with 61 and Suleman Khan (21), Jonathan Wilson (21) and Oliver Robinson (19) chipped in but left-arm spinner Chris Brice took the last six wickets as Lightcliffe folded from 127 for four to 161 all out.

A 58-run opening stand between Scott Richardson (43) and Sam Frankland (21) gave Woodlands a good start in pursuit before Moin Ashraf and spinner Josh Wheatley gave Lightcliffe a glimmer of hope by reducing Woodlands to 115 for five.

However, that was as good as it got for the visitors, Grant Soames (35no) and Usman Salim (22 no) finishing matters.

Brighouse have just Idle below them in Division Two after losing by 42 runs against Gomersal.

Their new skipper Umar Salim led from the front with 70 against his former club as Brighouse made 192 for nine in response to Gomersal’s 241 for three.

Brighouse had been on the back foot from the start following a 99-run opening stand between Andy Gorrod (48) and Jonathan Boynton (61).

Illingworth put a poor first Aire/Wharfe League performance of the season at Skipton behind them with a 36-run home win over Menston in Division Three.

Sent in to bat, long-serving Alex Ledger showed the way with 47 as the Jammy Green men recovered from 73 for five to 170 all out in the final over.

Menston laid solid foundations in their reply with a 72-run opening stand but they faltered badly in the face of good bowling from Luke Brooksby (four in 30) in particular and finished on 134 for eight.

Skipper Robert Larner’s second successive half-century was in vain for Northowram Fields, who lost by 112 runs at Townville.

South African all-rounder Kylinn Vardhan made 108 for the hosts and youngster Ward 72 not out but it was 54 off 28 balls from Nick Bresnan - brother of Tim - which really hurt the visitors.

Those runs sent the total spiralling to 296 for four.

Larner (73), Aussie Jeremy Smith (34) and Ben Grech (24) helped the visitors to 144 for two but the middle order struggled again and the Rams were dismissed for 184.