Rain rules out Morley’s bid to climb Premier

Morley's James McNichol.
Morley's James McNichol.

Morley were left frustrated in their attempt to climb the All Rounder Bradford League’s Premier Division when their home game with Pudsey Congs was abandoned last Saturday.

Congs looked in a good position when the rain came, but ended up with nine points to Morley’s seven, leaving the Scatcherd Lane side second from bottom.

James McNichol was in good form for Morley again as he hit his second half-century in successive matches and went on to make 56, including hitting five boundaries.

He was involved in a fourth wicket partnership of 71 with overseas star Kashif Naveed (35), but Morley’s innings faded and they were all out for 186 from their full 50 overs.

Off spinner Josh Wheatley impressed for Pudsey as he returned figures of 5-44 as the skies started to darken and a few rumbles of thunder were evident over Scatcherd Lane.

Just 21 overs were possible in a rain-interrupted start after the tea interval, but there was just enough time for each team to pick up a further bonus point each as the visitors made 125-2.

It was a similar story over at the Britannia Ground in the Premier Second XI game where Pudsey Congs made 211-8 with their captain James Lindley-Dawe (46) top scoring and Morley were left frustrated as the tail-enders made valid contributions. Only 18.3 overs were possible after the tea interval as the weather intervened when the visitors were on 66-3 at the time. Jak Murphy was not out on 25 and Sam Medley 21 not out.

Morley’s third team did complete their game as they beat Cookridge C by seven wickets in the Dales Council Division C.

Tom Bolton (5-10) ripped through the Cookridge middle and late order as the visitors could only post 42 from 22.4 overs.

Andrew Kirkwood’s side wasted no time in knocking off the runs with latest signing Tom Medley (23 not out) top scoring following his transfer from Londesborough Park.

This Saturday Morley’s first team travels to play East Bierley, who are three places above them with the seconds at home to East Bierley. Both games start at 1pm.