Nightmare final over for Rams

Walsden's Jamie Shackleton bowls at the Tod T/20 on Saturday
Walsden's Jamie Shackleton bowls at the Tod T/20 on Saturday

Northowram Fields’ hopes of beating the drop in the Premier Division of the Central Yorkshire League look remote after an astonishing finale in their basement battle at Altofts.

The Rams looked sure to register a third successive win when number 10 Chris Thompson hit a six to tie the scores at 182 with seven balls remaining.

However, Eden bowled a superb final over for the hosts and Dru Patel (52 no) was unable to score the single the Rams needed, resulting in a tie.

News that third-from-bottom Batley had snatched an unlikely victory over Ossett capped a bad finish to the day for the Rams.

Earlier, Altofts had moved to 124 for one before four wickets each for Zafar Khan and Jason Smith had raised the visitors’ hopes.

Robert Larner (52) and Patel spearheaded the reply, only for it go horribly wrong at the end.

Walsden won Saturday’s Todmorden T20 Cricket Festival, beating the host club by five wickets in the final.

In the semi-finals, Todmorden beat fellow Lancashire League side Bacup while Walsden knocked out Central Lancashire League rivals Littleborough.

Tod, meanwhile, have announced they won’t be re-signing Geeth Alwis for next year even though the Sri Lankan has scored 1042 runs at 61.3 and 61 wickets at 18.6 so far.

Lightcliffe suffered no hangover from their Priestley Cup final win the previous Sunday, beating Manningham Mills by six wickets in the top section of the Bradford League.

Overseas player Suleman Khan was in top form, the left arm spinner taking four for 63 as Mills made 212 for seven, which included 89 from Zarak Khan, and following up with 88 not out as he and Alex Stead (66) clinched victory.

Brighouse struggled with the bat at home to Yeadon in Division Two and suffered a six-wicket loss.

Sadaqat Zaman’s 40 helped them post 126, after they had been 74 for seven, but opener Damon Gormsley’s unbeaten 68 sealed an easy win for the visitors.

Barkisland have still work to do to clinch safety in the Premier Division of the Huddersfield League.

They crashed by 158 runs at Delph and Dobcross and one of the two sides below them, Marsden, picked up six points against Hall Bower to cut the deficit to two points.

Spinner Chris Greenwood took eight for 85 but Zahoor Irfan (79) and Luke Hargreaves (60 no) spurred Delph to 268.

Barkisland mustered only 110 in reply. Lorenzo Ingram made 42 but the tail folded quickly around Jake Finch (25 no).

Paul Winrow hit another century for Elland, who picked up a handy five points at home to Skelmanthorpe in the battle for the runners-up spot behind Shepley.

Winrow made 113 in Elland’s 238 for four and the visitors were limited to 214 for seven in reply.

Illingworth’s promotion chances came to an end after a second successive defeat in Division Three of the Airedale and Wharfedale League.

Aussie Matthew Battle and James Lawton carried on their good form, putting on 70 for the first wicket, after the visitors had won the toss against Upper Wharfedale at Grassington.

Three wickets fell in quick succession though, and despite a number of starts from batters in the middle order, no one bettered Battle’s effort of 40 and Illingworth ended on below par 170.

Jamie Moorhouse helped Illingworth get off to a brilliant start with a wicket in the first over and Michael Bright followed with the prized wicket of Aussie Bobby Wilson, and at 37 for 2 it was game on.

However, Callum Lockett followed up his four wickets with a quick-fire 46 and home captain James Freebury hit five successive maximums as Upper Wharfedale raced to a victory that sees them still in pole position to join Skipton as the two teams getting promoted.