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Bradley plunge to foot of table
12:46pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
Buy this photo » James Heseltine, above, took 5-44 and hit 47 but was still on the losing side for Bradley,
The Division One championship may have been won but relegation will be decided in the last round of matches at the weekend.
With Cullingworth moving to the Halifax League next season, only one side will be demoted, and four teams are fighting to avoid that last place.
Bottom side Foulridge did themselves a power of good by beating Haworth by three wickets at Noyna in a low-scoring game.
The Bronte side made 112-9, with Gary Binns top-scoring with 33.
Foulridge were wobbling at 79-6 but Andy Dutton steadied the ship with 58, and the winning runs came in the 29th over, despite Jamie Rowell taking 3-32.
Bradley dropped to bottom spot after they went down by 48 runs at Haworth Road.
The Baildon Bottom club posted 182-9, James Heseltine taking 5-44, but the Matthews Lane side replied with 134, with Heseltine hitting 47.
One point above Bradley are Embsay, who must be kicking themselves after losing by one wicket at Cullingworth.
The Shires Laners made a modest 129 as Phil Poole took 7-55. After a bright start of 39 for the first wicket, the Royd Terrace side crumpled to 91-9.
Then Graham Rankin (55no) and Dave Robinson (3no) put on 40 for the last wicket to snatch the points.
Thornton are a point in front of Embsay, and level with Foul-ridge. They battled bravely at Booth Bridge Lane before going down by 25 runs in a high-scoring game against Crossflatts.
The Ryshworth Park side made 225-7 on the back of a fine knock of 93 by R Ayub, helped by 42 from Amer Ayub.
The hosts’ skipper Dave Sco-thern made 62 and Paul Ellis 56 before they closed on 200-8, Amer Ayub finishing with 4-23.
Champions Oakworth were at Bingley Congs and restricted them to 163-7 as Chris Hemsley made 44, Matt Roberts 32no and Chris Dibb 30.
The Cure Hill side galloped home in 30 overs by three wickets. Jack Hainsworth scored 67 and Adam Smith 35no.
Barrowford were too strong for Ingrow St John’s, winning by 68 runs at Bull Holme.
On Sunday, Haworth Road’s openers Mohammed Zahid (96) and Danny Pearson (60) put on 142 for the first wicket at home to Oakworth in their 224-8, Rick Linden claiming 6-48 off nine overs. Then Gareth Marshall hit 93no and Linden 25no as the Cure Hill side closed on 193-8.
Bingley Congs’ short journey proved fruitful as they beat Crossflatts by six wickets. R Ayub made 59 for the hosts as Alex Bradbury took 4-15. Andy Copping (43) led the reply.
Division Two Leaders Cowling nipped down the road to Glusburn and lost by 49 runs. The Park Field side made 187-9, with Jack Baker top-scoring with 36, and R Mc-Cullough (12no) and A Cairns (21no) putting on a crucial 35 for the last wickets.
Graham Rishton took 3-19 and Mar-tyn Dalby 3-59, and Rishton then made 47 as Mark Pickles took 4-62 and Nick Williamson 4-68 to have the Keighley Road side back in the hut for 138.
Riddlesden took advantage of that slip-up to leapfrog Cowling into top spot.
M Zulfiqar (7-43) and M Qadeer (3-38) saw visitors Barrowford B off for 141, and the Grange Road side lost six wickets reaching their target with S Mah-mood scoring 37.
Mark Day (50), Jonathan Green (35), Shabaz Ahmed (31) and Stephen Butt-erfield (30) helped Long Lee to 199-9 down the hill at Airedale as Lee Rick-erby took 4-61. In reply, the Bradford Road side were knocked over for just 68, with Matt Stowell taking 4-13 off seven overs.
Sean (68) and Lee Humphreys (60) put on 130 for the third wicket, which helped Ingrow to 209-7 at Sutton, with David Snowden taking 4-26 and Ben Bolland 3-57.
In the Royd Hill side’s reply, no batsman reached double figures as the innings closed on a paltry 34. Dale Hoyle (6-12) and Chris Herbert (4-16) were the destroyers in chief.
Wilsden’s alarming loss of form continued as they crashed by seven wickets at Oakworth II. Jack Ellis took 7-41 to hustle the Windy Grove side out for 83, but the Cure Hill side were 4-2 before recovering thanks to Steve Powell (50) and Drew Duffy (34no) to take the spoils.
A partnership of 113 for the fifth wicket by Toby Priestley (73) and Richard Taylor (46) helped Denholme post 229-8 at home to Pendle Forest. Only A Waheed, with 32, offered much resistance as the Fence side were dismissed for 89, with Matt Wear taking 3-13 and Ryan Judson 3-30.
On Sunday, Oakworth II were in action at home to Ingrow and made 205-6, with Matty Lee scoring an impressive 84 as Jake Hoyle took 3-52.
In the Hainworth side’s reply of 186, Alan Broadley top-scored with 43 as Ollie Stell claimed 4-40.
Cowling saw off Pendle Forest at Keighley Road and, in doing so, jumped back to the top of the table and ended Glusburn’s outside chance of promotion. Rishton hit a superb 111no which helped the hosts to 205-7. The Fence side were back in the hut for 147, with Steve Richardson taking 4-63 and Dalby 3-42.
Embsay’s seven-wicket defeat at home to Gargrave on Sunday ended their hopes of promotion and confirmed that Sandy Lane will join champions Chatburn in Division Two next season.
The Shires Lane side made 155, with ‘Mr Extras’ top-scoring with 30 as John Beckwith took 4-41.
The latter then blasted 62 in an opening partnership of 77 which set up the comfortable win, with Will Smith making 39no.
Chatburn maintained their eight- point lead at the top on Saturday after beating third-placed Embsay II by six wickets at Shires Lane, while second-placed Sandy Lane encountered few problems in seeing off Haworth West End at Penistone Park. A Blackburn hit a superb 98 to get the Greenwood Park side to 171 but perhaps Charlie Shimmin should have been introduced to the attack sooner than he was because in 5.5 overs he took 6-12.
The hosts were then knocked over for 81 with Luke Ellis getting 4-27.
Cononley made 160-9 at Bradford & Bingley III, with Tom Starkey scoring 51 and Andrew Starkey 35 as Zak Critchlow took 4-16. Then S Brookes (5-29) and Joel Grainger (3-14) helped dismiss the Wagon Lane side for 139.
Ingrow St John’s encountered few problems in beating Gargrave by sev-en wickets at Street Lane but Wilsden II and Haworth Road II conceded against Eldwick & Gilstead and Crossflatts respectively.
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