Victories for Elland and Northowram

Elland stretched their lead at the top of the Huddersfield League’s Premier Division to three points with a nail-biting one-wicket win at Kirkburton on Saturday.

A boundary from last man Adrian Finn off former Hullen Edge player Greg Buckley saw the visitors past their hosts’ total of 131 all out.

It was a familiar tale in the field for Elland with slow bowlers Lorenzo Ingram and Chris Goulden continuing to add to their rich wickets hauls so far this season.

Kirkburton were 56 for one until overseas ace Ingram (five for 45) and ex-Copley captain Goulden (three for 23) set to work.

A 57-run opening stand between Niall Lockley (34) and skipper Paul Winrow (22) looked to have put Elland on the way to an easy win.

Ingram made 27 and Simon Whjeelwright 21 but the rest fell cheaply to Olly Davidson (six for 34) and Buckley (three for 41) and the visitors were relieved to scramble home.

Northowram Fields came off for rain in the second over of their Central Yorkshire League top flight game at Batley but it proved worth their while hanging around.

The Rams eventually registered a tense two-wicket win and moved up to seventh in the Premier with the only maximum points haul of the day in the section.

Mustafa Bhatti (50) and Fawad Maqsood (62) took the early honours for Batley with an opening stand of 110 but slow bowlers Chris Thompson and Mark Gilliver took three wickets apiece and Josh Bennett two to dismiss the hosts for 182 in the 46th over.

Robert Larner, back in an opening slot, spearheaded the Rams’ reply with 68. However, it took an unbeaten 39 from last year’s junior captain Ben Grech - who had scored 70 not out for the team in a Twenty/20 win over Buttershaw in midweek - to clinch victory.

Todmorden went down to runaway Lancashire League leaders Lowerhouse for the second time in seven days.

The game at Liverpool Road got under way on time and Lowerhouse made 190 for seven, pro Francois Haasbroek showing the way with 63 after openers Ben Heap (44) and Jonny Whitehead (36) had defied the early efforts of the Tod bowlers.

Todmorden’s overseas man Qaiser Abbas put in his usual lengthy stint, taking five for 59 off 24.3 overs.

The visitors were given a revised target of 151 off 36 overs but had no answer to medium pacer Joe Hawke, who dismissed them for 82 with six for 34.

Elliott Gilford (30) again batted well but only opener Simon Newbitt (15) and the extras (14) also made a double-figure contribution.

The first team games involving Lightcliffe and Brighouse in the Bradford League, Illingworth in the Aire/Wharfe League and Barkisland in the Huddersfield League were washed out.