Clayton bowler Mitesh Mistry brought a dramatic conclusion to his side’s home match with SBCI on a sun-kissed day’s play in the Foster’s Halifax League.
Champions SBCI, with two wickets left, needed just one run from the last two deliveries of the game to overtake Clayton’s total of 204.
However, returning opening bowler Mistry produced two superb yorkers to bowl Robin Hanson and then last man Ollie Benson and force the top section’s first tie of the season.
Earlier, home skipper Jason Slator had made an unbeaten 87 and helped ensure his side batted out the 45 overs, with nine down, to deny foot-of-the-table rivals SBCI a chance of 12 points.
SBCI charged to 68 for one off a dozen overs but four-wicket slow bowler Nick Bickers helped apply the brakes and the visitors needed 12 off the last two overs.
The penultimate over bowled by Sam Wilson went for five but a boundary and two singles off the first three balls of the final over left the scores level.
After a “dot ball”, Mistry hit the stumps twice to the dismay of Simon Wood, unbeaten in his 40s at the non-striker’s end.
Although the game was tied, Clayton took eight points to SBCI’s seven but both finishing the day occupying the relegation berths after Bradshaw climbed the table with a shock 48-run home win over leaders Jer Lane.
Experienced left hander Steve Beck opened the Bradshaw innings and made 104, putting on 80 for the first wicket with Richard Moore (34).
West Indian spinner Junior Williams revelled in the sunshine, dismissing the top seven Bradshaw batsmen for 59 off 16 overs. However, his teammates struggled with the ball and Bradshaw posted 240 for eight.
Predictably, slow bowler Simon Collins bowled through at one end when Lane replied and he took five for 55 off 20.5 overs with Josh Dougall (four for 51) providing excellent back-up as Lane were dismissed for 192.
The visitors were 18 for three and then 53 for five after Williams had departed for 32.
Andrew Pinfield, dropped down the order, made 66 and added 107 in partnership with Nasir Choudrey (31) but Lane needed quick runs and were all out for 192.
Lane were losing for the second week running but again the damage to their position was limited because the three teams immediately below them - Blackley, Thornton and Triangle - also lost.
Blackley were unable to defend a score of 205 for nine at home to Booth, who won by four wickets with four overs to spare.
Chris Shannon took four for 29 for the visitors and Nigel Horsfall (34 no) and John Potkins (21 no) finished matters after Robert Laycock had made 52.
The running out of Josh Hutchinson for 89 was crucial in Thornton’s 21-run home defeat by Mytholmroyd.
Royd’s late order batsmen, with Tom Greenwood (54) to the fore, did a fine job in getting their side’s total up to 241 and that proved enough with Adie Gawthrope taking another five wickets.
Triangle were beaten at Copley where Mark Baldwin (50) and Peter Hoyle (40 no) led the way to a useful home total of 263 for seven.
Four wickets for skipper James Clarke and three for evergreen Richard Thorpe ensured Triangle only managed 214 in response.
Warley started the day just about Sowerby Bridge and widened the gap to seven points by chasing down the visitors’ 275 for seven total to win by four wickets.
Usman Saghir took four wickets for the hosts but batsmen generally had the upper hand with Tim Helliwell (84), Dan Wheelwright (51 no) and Paul Smith (48) doing best for Bridge and Michael Midwood (71) and Shazad Hassan (61 no) for Warley.
Points (after 12 games): Jer Lane 105, Blackley 95, Thornton 95, Copley 93, Triangle 90, Booth 86, Mytholmroyd 84, Warley 77, Bradshaw 70, Sowerby Bridge 70, SBCI 67, Clayton 65.
A stand of 115 between Ian Gledhill (85) and Matthew Jones (42) helped Division One leaders Southowram overhaul hosts Bridgeholme’s 242 for nine total.
They won by three wickets and head the table by an 11-point margin.
Young James Hudson (93) and Y.Mahmood (54) had added 121 for Bridgeholme’s third wicket to ensure it was no cakewalk for the Rams.
Queensbury went second when they knocked off the 191 they needed to beat visitors Outlane by six wickets and Sowerby SP only totalled 119 at home to Old Crossleyans, who completed a five-wicket win.
Opener Josh Fleetwood’s 103 was in vain for Oxenhope at Northowram Hedge Top.
He was last out, bowled by James Fearnley (four 40) after hitting the previous ball for six.
Oxenhope made 252 in reply to Northowram’s lofty 290 for seven, Ollie Hemingway (79), Raz Saghir (51) and skipper Nick Hall (47) making the visiting bowlers toil.
Points: Southowram 113, Queensbury 102, Sowerby SP 100, Northowram HT 82, Old Crossleyans 69, Oxenhope 68, Bridgeholme 65, Outlane 62.
There were some outstanding individual performances in Division Two, notable from Wibsey Park Chapel’s Matthew Jordan, Stainland’s Ryan Severn and Stones’ Tom Whiteley.
Jordan was one opening bowler who didn’t sweat for no reward in the sunshine, taking nine for 16 off 14.1 overs to dismiss visitors Greetland for 71. His side won by eight wickets.
Severn and Whiteley scored centuries in the same game at Stainland but it was Whiteley who was left celebrating victory for Stones.
Stainland were in dire straits at nine for four but Severn changed all that with a whirlwind knock of 149, which included 16 fours and 11 sixes.
Stainland made 273 but crucially gave Stones five overs and the Ripponden side took full advantage with Whiteley batting through to make 126 not out.
He and Steve Heptinstall (69) put on 160 for the first wicket and Michael Taylor (43) played his part in a six wicket win with seven balls to spare.
Wibsey share second spot with Luddenden Foot, who always looked capable of overhauling Denholme Clough’s 192 all out once Chris Roy (62) and Richard Pinder (47) had put on 94 for the first wicket. Foot also won by six wickets.
Augustinians picked up 12 valuable points at Shelf where S.Khan was their match-winner with 97 and four wickets.
Fahmeed Hussain (76) and Khan put on 121 for the third wicket to pave the way for a total of 294 for eight and although Jack Hartley and Nick Patefield each hit 60, the home side were limited to 242.
Runaway leaders Low Moor only made 171 at home to Old Town with Charlie Holdsworth’s 48 the top contribution but they dismissed Town for 153 in reply thanks to four wickets apiece for Nick Wood and Bradley Williamson.
Points: Low Moor 134, Luddenden Foot 114, Wibsey PC 114, Stones 95, Stainland 89, Shelf 87, Greetland 61, Old Town 60, Augustinians 45, Denholme Clough 37.