Waite and Fellows buck trend with bat

Division Two leaders Farsley were the day’s only winners as they beat Idle by seven wickets while all the other first team games were abandoned due to rain.

Off spinner Mark Harrison 
(4-22) and overseas player James Pearson (3-30) helped dismiss Idle for 117, then Joe Greaves smashed 69 off 41 balls with four sixes and eight fours, as he and Harrison (36) shared a second-wicket stand of 110 to steer their side towards their target.

The win extends their lead to 20 points over new boys New Farnley who bowled out Brighouse for 128 thanks to Nadeem Hussain (3-33) and Nick Walker (3-29), but the rain prevented them from starting their reply.

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Cleckheaton hold a 26-point lead in Division One as they chase the title. Skipper John Wood made 60 out of their 157-4 in the only play that was possible at Lightcliffe. Pudsey St Lawrence managed to close the gap by four by picking up five batting points and a bowling point at Bradford & Bingley where opener Adam Waite made one of the day’s two centuries in the top flight.

Waite made 103 – an innings which contained one six and 15 fours – and shared a second-wicket stand of 139 with Callam Goldthorp (67). Skipper Mark Robertshaw (41) and James Smith (37no) helped swell the score to 262-3.

Leg spinner Tom Hudson took 3-9 as Bradford & Bingley were reduced to 43-3 before play was abandoned.

The second century maker was former Yorkshire batsman Gary Fellows. His 102, with two sixes and 16 fours, helped his side to 266-4 against bottom team Saltaire. Jamie Sykes (72) joined him in a second-wicket stand of 140. Saltaire are 40 points from safety.

Baildon restricted Pudsey Congs to 154-7 in what play was possible.

Woodlands were bowled out for 110 as Morley’s opening bowlers Matthew Dowse (4-25) and, Nathan Bromby (3-43) struck.

Nicky Rushworth (70), Neil Gill (59) and Waqas Maqsood (45) helped East Bierley to 242 against Manningham Mills despite the efforts of Zeeshan Qasim (4-57) and Wasim Qasim (4-64).