Nine-wicket Chris sees Barkisland to safety

Chris Greenwood took nine wickets for Barkisland
Chris Greenwood took nine wickets for Barkisland
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Barkisland clinched Huddersfield League top-section safety in style on Saturday but Northowram Fields made their exit from the Central Yorkshire League’s Premier Division.

Darren Robinson’s Barkisland thrashed troubled visitors Marsden A by 10 wickets thanks to a superb bowling performance from the much-travelled Chris Greenwood.

The spinner took nine for 32 in 19 overs to send Marsden packing for 63, with Jonny Whiteoak dismissing the number eight batsmen to deny Greenwood a chance of all 10.

Former SBCI pair Alex Kaye (29 no) and Jamie Summerscales (31 no) then knocked off the runs in 7.1 overs to enable Barkisland to start planning for second successive season in the Premier.

Northowram Fields have been up against it from the word go this season and a seven-wicket defeat away to Ossett, who also needed the points near the bottom, sealed their fate.

Ossett had Yorkshire’s Richard Pyrah in their ranks and when he quickly trapped Robert Larner and Aussie Jeremy Smith leg before and Dru Patel was run out, the visitors were seven for three.

The Rams battled for almost 45 overs to make 100, Ben Grech top scoring with 35 off 98 balls, and the early dismissal of the Ossett openers gave them hope.

However, third wicket pair Pyrah (38 no) and Aussie Joe Finnigan (35) virtually settled matters.

Elland stay third in the Huddersfield League’s top section in spite of a 44-run defeat at Honley.

Chris Goulden’s good form late in the season continued with seven for 58 as Honley totalled 164 but Elland slumped from 51 for one to 120 all out in reply.

The main focus at Hullen Edge next weekend will be on the seconds, who must win to avoid relegation.

Lightcliffe finished their Priestley Cup-winning season in the Bradford League on a high with an exciting one-wicket win at home to Pudsey St Lawrence.

The visitors were chasing Cleckheaton in the title race and their hopes were raised when Mark Robertshaw (59) and Adam Waite (46) put on 112.

Pudsey slipped to 154 for six but James Smith (61) and Steve Watts (27) lifted the total to a useful 232 for eight.

Lightcliffe’s innings mirrored that of their visitors. Openers Charlie Roebuck (59) and Chris Taylor (42) put on 86 but Lightcliffe looked up against it at 173 for eight until Mahmood Rasool hit 29 off 14 balls.

Their ninth wicket fell at 227 but old hand Mark Horne (30 no) teamed up with youngster Daanyaal Ahmed (2 no) to complete victory and ensure Cleckheaton were champions.

Lightcliffe have finished sixth, level on points with Pudsey Congs, while Brighouse have ended a much-improved season in Division Two in 10th place.

Brighouse were unable to bow out in style, losing by six wickets at Spen Victoria with Zafar Zadoon (35) and Sadaqat Zaman (three for 20) their top performers.

Illingworth beat visitors Horsforth in Division Three of the Aire/Wharfe League, bowling out the visitors for 131 after making 146 themselves.