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Leaders Thorpe Green held by New Millers

Winter League

A review of Divisions 1 & 2 results from matches played on 4 January

Division 1 leaders Thorpe Green were held to a 4-4 draw by third-placed New Millers to lose the top spot to reigning Champions Lower Hopton. It didn't help that all four of those points lost were on the back of 20-21 defeats. A 6-2 win for Lower Hopton over Lindley Lib 'A' was sufficient to give them a one-point lead and move clear at the top.

There were two drawn matches in the top division as Meltham and Kirkheaton Con shared the points with a one-point aggregate advantage (53-52) saving the day for the Cons and ensuring that the two teams remain in 6th and 7th places and locked together on 38 points.

Clayton West beat bottom-of-the-table Lindley BC 'A' 6-2 to move into third place which means that there are only 4 points between 3rd and 7th so the fortunes can change very dramatically on the back of one good result. Meanwhile, the top two continue their own routine of alternating the lead. The penultimate week of the season sees the two big guns facing each other which increasingly bears the marks of a Championship decider.

Division 2 leaders Lindley BC 'B' were held to a 4-4 draw by Denby Dale courtesy of a 54-51 aggregate advantage salvaging two points to share the spoils. This saw their lead at the top reduced to 8 points as Lowerhouses 'A' clocked up another win by beating Milnsbridge 'A' 6-2 and emerged as the main threat to the title hopes of the Daisy Lea Lane side, This being the first of four January fixtures for the Lindley BC team to manage without their two top bowlers. If Lowerhouses continue to gain two points a week catch-up then things are about to become very interesting.

Only two points separate the mid-table quartet of teams who are 8 points off the promotion places and also 8 points off the relegation places. Lockwood Con currently heads that group of four after a first win in seven in a 6-2 victory over Rastrick 'A'. Jackson Bridge continue to chip into the points difference leaving them in the relegation places and a 6-2 win over Springwood 'A' extended their unbeaten run to five matches. The mid-table foursome have every right to fear that run of form which has put them all within reach of the improving Jackson Bridge team.

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