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 First Teams Review
Updated: Sunday, August 21, 2016 1:00
LEAGUE CREST SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

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The weather may have taken a turn for the worst but the title race continues to hot up with Pudsey St Lawrence returning to the summit.

They were on Cloud Nine after dodging the showers to defeat East Bierley by eight wickets while previous leaders Hanging Heaton and third-placed Farsley were both feeling decidely under the weather after seeing their hopes of victorories washed away as their games were abandoned.

With three matches to go, St Lawrence have 264 points and lead by two from Hanging Heaton, with Farsley a further 14 adrift, It promises to be a cracking finale to the season with St Lawrence facing games against Cleckheaton at home, Morley away, and Bradford & Bingley at home.

Hanging Heaton tackle Morley and Bradford & Bingley at home before visiting Heavy Woollen Cup winners New Farnley on the final day. Farsley have away games at Lightcliffe and Woodlands before entertaining bottom team Scholes in their final fixture.

St Lawrence must have been relieved that they weren't facing a much tougher target than the 133 that East Bierley set them after being put in to bat.

East Bierley looked ti be going well while Fahid Rehman (64) and Danish Hussain (32) were together, but once they were parted, the home side lost their last eight wickets for just 38 runs to be all out for 132. Spinners Steve Watts
(4-26) and Chris Marsden (4-31) turned the game around.

There were three rain breaks in the St Lawrence innings before an unbroken third-wicket stand between Mark Robertshaw (53no) and Barrie Frankland (53no) saw them home.

The early finish enabled St Lawrence to keep an eye on events down the road at Moorend where Hanging Heaton found the combination of the determined home side and the weather a source of frustrations.

A fourth-wicket stand of 99 between back-to-form Chris Holliday (74) and in-form Ian Nicholson (55no) enabled Cleckheaton to make 202-9 in 47 overs after a delayed start.

Left-arm spinner Muhammed Rameez became the first Premier Dovosopn bowler to pass 50 league wickets for the season when he picked up 6-32 to take his tally to 54.

With the rain clouds threatening, Hanging Heaton knew they had to score briskly. Skipper Gary Fellows set the tone with 47, but the interventions for rain and the fine bowling of Sam Wilson (5-57) saw them slip to 158-8 when play was finally abandoned which meant they had to settle for nine points.

Farsley saw their hopes of victory over New Farnley disappear down the drain. Skipper James Price was in superb form and became the division's leading runscorer as he made 144. The South African hit six sixes and 18 fours as he took his tally for the season to 869.

Adam Ahmed (47) shared an opening stand of 117 with Price as Fasley built a total of 247-8 against an attack in which off spinner Dave McCallum (5-72) was the most successful.

New Farnley lost wickets steadily and were 143-7 when play was finally brought to a halt. Lee Goddard (47) and James Middlebrook (34) were their top scorers while Chris Henry (4-37) and Mark Harrison (3-34) were the pick of the Farsley bowlers.

Pudsey Congs are up to eighth after they recorded a suprsingly comfortable eight-wicket win over Lightcliffe. Off spinner Josh Wheatley, playing against his old club, took 4-24 as Lightcliffe were dismissed for just 108.

Opener Nick Lindley hit an unbeaten 51 for Congs but had to play the supporting role in an unbroken third-wicket stand of 51 by Callum Geldart. He made 43 not out from 32 balls with three sixes and three fours.

Woodlands found the going tough when they batted first against Bradford & Bingley. Only big-hitting Sarfraz Ahmed (41) made an impression as they were bowled out for 111. Yassir Abbas impressed with 4-9, while Noman Ali (3-30) and Scott Etherington (3-43) gave good support.

Bradford & Bingley didn'ts find the going any easier and were wobbling at 51-4 when rain brought a halt to play just 14.1 overs into their innings.

The basement battle between Scholes and Morley was another match to be abandoned. Scholes, who had already beaten Morley in the league and Priestley Cup this season, made a challenging 245-5 when they batted first.

Opener Kasir Maroof was again in good form as he made his second century of the season. The left hander made 101, hitting four sixes and 11 fours.

Maroof was joined in a second-wicket stand of 154 by Irfan Amjad (74), before overseas player Rizwan Ahmed upped the tempo with eight fours in his 50.

The weather restricted Morley's reply to 27 overs. Openers James McNichol(74no) and Henry Rush (44) shared a stand of 100 in a total of 131-3.

Championship A

Yeadon closed the gap on Batleyin the title race to 13 points after recording a seven-wicket win over Birstall on a day when the leaders were thwarted by the weather.

Max Maciver again proved what a useful addition he has been this season with 3-27 as Birstall were restricted to
145-7 in 44 overs. Alexander Debs (37) and David Fozard 933no) proved to be the top scorers.

Yeadon cruised to victory thanks to the efforts of Zach Wheatley 944no) and Damon Gormley (32no). With a game in hand on Batley, things are looking good for Yeadon.

Overseas player Jessie Dinnie top scored with a determined 67 as Liversedge made 155-7 in the full 50 overs at Batley. Aqsad Ali was the best of the home bowlers with 3-32. Batley had only reached 36-2 in 18.2 overs when play was brought to a premature end.

Third-placed Undercliffe managed to beat the weather as they defeated bottom team Idle by five wickets. Gulsheraz Ahmed (44no) steered them home despite the efforts of Tom Johnson (4-42) as they chased down their opponents' score of 138. Overseas player Michael Loubser (5-39) impressed for Undercliffe and was backed up by Zeeshan Qasim (3-24). Stefan Mather's 33 wasthe top score for Idle.

Jack Hampshire winners Ossett were struggling against Baildon when rain brought an early end at Jenny Lane. Osett were tottering on 56-4 as they replied to Baildon's 139-8. Jonny Reynolds made 36 for Baildon while skipper Charlie Orme (3-38) was the best of the Ossett bowlers.

Keighley looked to be in a good position to push for victory when rain had the final say. Benjamin Hastgie's fine 87 and Luke Chapman's 51 enabled them to post a challenging 194-4 in 42 overs against Hunslet Nelson. The visitors were 98-5 in reply when play was abandoned.

Championship B

Not even the threat of bad weather could prevent runaway leaders Townville storming to their 17th win in 18 games this season.

They bowled out Hartshead Moor for 101 with Jack Hughes taking 3-19 and stormed to a nine-wicket victory in just 8.5 overs. Big-hitting Conor Harvey, promoted to opener, smashed three sixes and eight fours as he made 55 from 22 balls, while Jonathan Booth made an unbeaten 45 which took his tally of league runs to 879 - the highest in all the divisions.

All-rounder Marcus Walmsley was again in outstanding form for third-placed Methley as they recorded a six-wicket win over Altofts. He took 5-25 as Altofts were bowled out for 180 and followed up[ with 67 as Methley cruised to their target. Skipper Grant Soames finished unbeaten on 36.

Bankfoot and Bowling Old Lane were the division's only other winners. Bankfoot beat Brighouse by eight wickets and Old Lane overcame Spen Victoria by 48 runs

Indian spinner Marupuri Suresh took 5-23 and Kamran Siddique (3-13) as Brighouse were dismissed for 108. Their top scorer was Mohammed Zahid with 37. Bankfoot sped to victory in 12.1 overs with Nahim Ashraf leading the way with 54 and Shoukat Ali chipping in with an unbeaten 33.

Adal Islam showed no mercy for his old Spen Vixctoria colleagues by taking 5-57 as he helped Old Lane to bowl out their opponents for 100 runs and secure a 48-run success. Sadaqat Zaman (43no) and Ahsan Butt (37) were the key figures in Old Lane's 148. The best of the Spen bowlers were Liam Grant (3-27) and Alex Leadbeater (3-35).

Ashley Mackereth was dismissed just short of a deserved century as he made 97 in Hopton Mills' score of 214 in their abandoned game with Carlton. Laouren Steenkamp (35) and Umar Abbas (34) helped swell the score against some good bowling from spinner Will Smith (5-67) and Colin Theron (3-45).

Smith was also in form with the bat and made 62 as he and Chris Wynd (42) helped their side to 170-5 before rain wrecked the possibility of a good finish. Steenkamp took 4-33 for Mills.

It was a pity that a match that featured two centuries should be denied a fitting finish by the weather, Gomersal's Jonathan Boynton made a stunning 144 in their total of 293-5 and Wrenthorpe's Luke Patel was unbeaten on 103 in his side's 215-4 when play was cut short.

Boynton struck four sixes and 19 fours and was joined in a third-wicket alliance of 154 by skipper Graham Hilton (84).

Patel, who stroked 16 fours, was joined in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 118by James Glynn (53no) as Wrenthorpe finished on 215-4.

Conference

Second-placed Buttershaw St Paul's bounced back from their Jack Hampshire final defeat by Ossett to score a thumping 153-run win over bottom side Rodley.

Former Yorkshire and Northamptonshire all rounder Tosh Baker was the key figure for Saints. Baker, who struck two sixes and 16 fours in his 106, hkelped his side to a score of 245-8, He followed up with 3-24 as Rodley crumbled to 92 all out.

Baker was joined in a seventh-wicket partnership of 110 by Dharmesh Mistry (54no), while Daniel Pritchett (40) was top scorer for Rodley. St Paul's are now just six points behind leaders Northowram Fields and have two games in hand.

Northowram Fields were indebted to Zafar Khan (90no) and Ben Grech (53no) for seeing them to a three-wicket win at Adwalton. The pair shared an unbroken eight-wicket stand of 122 which enabled their side to overhaul the Adwalton total of 265-6.

Matthew Donohue's 84 and 72 from James Pearson helped ASdwalton to their challenging total, while Josh Bennett Kear was the best of the Fields bowlers with 4-57.

Third-placed Great Preston proved too good for Gildersome as they recorded a nine-wicket victory. Lee Russell took 6-26 as they bowled out their lowl opponents for 75, while Danusha Ranasinghe hit 51 as Great Preston knocked off the runs in just 7.5 overs.

Three wickets apiece from Ashley Pearson (3-16) and Adam Pearson (3-43) ebnabled East Ardsley to bowl out Wakefield St Michael's for 130 and secure a 94-run win.Liam Ineson (38) and Mark Atkinson (37) were unable to save Saints from defeat when they replied to an East Ardsley total of 224-6 which was built around the contributions of Louie Hurley (68no), Ashley Battye (42) and Tom Daniels (35no).

An unbeaten 64 from Jonathan Henshaw enabled Oulton to secure a narrow two-wicket win over East Leeds. Their success was set up by David Flint (5-53) as East Lleeds were bowled out for 165.

The only abandoned game was the one between Heckmondwike & Carlinghow and Crossbank Methodists. The home side made 193 thanks largely to Paul Cooper (63) and Saad Hashmi (40) as Louis Bentley picked up 5-49. Crossbank were 67-4 when play was washed out.


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