Under 13s League Report week 10:
In a match of six retirements the Oxenhope innings of 118-0 looked a likely winner thanks to 25s from Spencer Mawer, Liam Humphreys and Liam Walsh. From there the Oxenhope weakness in bowling came through as Bradley chased the 119 with all their capability. Chris Rudden banged in 28 and with 25s for Matthew Price and Jack Beetham the contest become mighty close. Young tail enders Robbie Smith and Jack Andrews tried their best to bridge the final gap but they fell short by 2 runs with Bradley very creditably on 116-4. An Embsay score of 82-6 looked vulnerable to a Pendle Forest side which had been flying high in recent weeks. Nick Woodhead 30 had tested the Red Rose bowlers and Jack Wilkinson in particular had responded with 3-8. After that it was plain sailing for Embsay as all their bowlers went through the Pendle batting for 48, Thomas Kennedy the pick with 3-4.
The battle of the top two eventually went to leaders Oakworth, who now need just one point from their 3 remaining matches to clinch the Brook Taverner Championship. The Oaks innings was spearheaded by form man Ben Fothergill with 27 and with 24 apiece for Matty Lee and Lewis Wrathall a 118-2 total was compiled. A good start from the Stags (Dan Ellison-Bates 21) was let down by the middle order but when Sam Shepherd added a late 20 the prospect of a win emerged. Despite some indifferent fielding and bowling Oaks hung on to hunt down all the Stags for 99.
Wharfedale Rams stayed ahead of Haworth after a low scoring match on a bowlers' wicket. The Rams Keeper Will Perryer ended top scorer with just 13 in a 64 all out total. However Haworth fared no better and their knock concluded with 46-7 being severely confined by John Stephenson's bowling 3-5. Silsden proved no match for high flyers Haworth West End who made 100-4 led by Harry Sherlock 24 and Carlton Beanland 21. Jack Roberts did make 20 for the losers who tailed off at 69-7.