Illingworth rally to beat Menston

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Illingworth got their Aire/Wharfe League Division Three promotion push back on track with an outstanding 13-run home win against second placed Menston.

They did it the hard way, fighting back from 72 for seven after being inserted on yet another wicket which favoured the bowlers.

Menston, with two quality left arm spinners in their line up and ex-Wrenthorpe star John Storey conceding only 18 runs in his 15 overs, looked to have a stranglehold on the game.

However, overseas man Sean Stevenson (71) and James Lawton (43) showed great character with a 88-run partnership for the eighth wicket to achieve an unlikely 165.

Alex Ledger (three for 40) and Jamie Moorhouse (two for 40) led the way with the ball as Menston were limited to 152 for six in reply, Illingworth staying joint third in the table.

ELLAND had another setback when they went down by 15 runs in a low-scoring Huddersfield League top section contest at Delph and Dobcross.

The home side made 125 with the wickets shared between four bowlers but Elland managed on 110 in reply and slipped to third place in the Premier Division, nine points off the lead.

Opening bowler Arron Lilley (seven for 55) did most of the damage when Elland replied.

The Hullen Edge men lost openers Niall Lockley and skipper Paul Winrow with one on the board and then West Indian ace Lorenzo Ingram with the total of six.

Number five Simon Wheelwright hit 54 but Ibbi Younas (17) was the only other visiting player to make double figures as Elland slid to defeat.

Barkisland won their top of the table match at Thongsbridge in the Frank Platt Championship.

Spinner Matthew Steers took six for 41 and skipper Darren Robinson three for 35 as Thongsbridge were dismissed for 144.

The visitors reached their target for the loss of seven wickets with Gary Colman making 42 and Robinson 26.

Victory takes Barkisland one point ahead of their rivals at the summit.

LIGHTCLIFFE claimed a big scalp when they won by six wickets at Pudsey Congs in Division One of the Bradford League.

Congs have been champions of six occasions in recent years but they are struggling this season and their bowling attack was weakened with overseas paceman Muhammed Naved not turning his arm and spinner Glenn Roberts absent.

Lightcliffe took full advantage at the Britannia Ground, their top order batting solidly to chase down their 158 target.

Alex Lees (40) and Chris Taylor (32) put on 74 for the first wicket and although both departed in quick succession to off spinner Edward Walmsley, Alex Stead (35 no) and Charlie Roebuck (27 no) finished the job.

Earlier, spinners Suleman Khan (four for 36) and Josh Wheatley (four for 42) had sent Congs sliding from 96 for one to 157 for nine.

Brighouse looks to have a chance of beating derby rivals Hartshead Moor when Will Smith (four for 12) and Kamran Khan (four for 37) claimed the last eight visiting wickets after Aleem Ladak had accounted for ex-Triangle pair Nathan Madden and Reece Jennison early on.

Moor were all out for 145 in 45 overs but Brighouse, after a 33-run opening stand between Dominic Walsh (17) and Matthew Senior (16), subsided to 80 all out.

Will Smith’s departure for 20 - one of six victims for young left-armer George Saville - was the final straw.

NORTHOWRAM Fields’ poor run in the top section of the Central Yorkshire League went on with a 66-run home defeat by Townville.

The visitors from Castleford dominated for much of the contest before some excellent late striking from Zafar Khan and Josh Bennett salvaged a point for the Rams.

Ex-county player Tim Walton (93) and talented youngster Jonathan Booth (77) put on 169 for the first wicket against a toothless home attack.

Wickets eventually tumbled to Bennett (four for 70) and Khan (three for 65) in Townville’s chase for late runs, the visitors finishing on 272 for nine.

Robert Larner (21), Tom Marsden (30) and Jacob Waterson (30) helped Northowram to 80 for one but the the rot set in. At 120 for seven it looked all over but Khan hit 36 off 39 balls and Bennett 38 not out off 25 to lift the total to 206

Todmorden professional Qaiser Abbas had another superb match to beat hosts Colne almost single-handed in the Lancashire League.

Abbas turned in season’s best figures of eight for 16 to shatter Colne for 74, home pro Shadley van Schalkwyk making 26. James Morgan took his 300th Lancashire League wicket for Tod when he removed Matt Wilson.

South African van Schalkwyk quickly dismissed Simon Newbitt (3) and Stuart Priestley (7) but Ben Sutcliffe (16 not out) and Abbas (38 not out) completed a quick win for third-placed Tod in the 16th over.