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Transfers: All the moves as they happen
 First Teams Review
Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2016 0:56
Chris Brice
It's a swing and a miss as Woodlands batsman Chris Brice is bowled by Joe Greaves of Pudsey Congs
Picture: Richard Kosmala


Premier Division

Gary Fellows and Nick Connolly confirmed their status as the league's most prolific opening partnership as they helped leaders Hanging Heaton to a nine-wicket win over Lightcliffe.

They shared a first-wicket stand of 131 - their fourth century partnership in 15 matches - which enabled their side to avenge their early-season defeat at Lightcliffe.

Fellows took his tally of league runs to 695 with a knock of 85, while Connolly finished unbeaten on 82 as Lightcliffe's score of 214 was chased down with 8.3 overs to spare.

Lightcliffe failed to capitalise on the determined efforts of their openers Alex Stead (84) and Ian Philliskirk (49). Stead had to retire hurt on 24 but later returned to play another good innings for his side.

Fellows, who started his cricketing career as a junior at Lightcliffe, took 4-43 with his medium pace and was backed up by spinner Muhammed Rameez (3-57).

Mark Robertshaw's first century of the season and an explosive innings from skipper James Smith saw second-placed

Sarfraz Ahmed
Sarfraz Ahmed holes out for Woodlands
Picture: Richard Kosmala
Not out
Pudsey Congs Nick Lindley has an appeal rejected
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Pudsey St Lawrence ended their three-match losing streak with a 172-run win over bottom-team Scholes.

Robertshaw, who topped the league batting averages in each of the past two seasons, made an unbeaten 106, his first century of the campaign. The left-hander hit 13 fours, but the real fireworks were provided by Smith.

He blasted seven sixes and four fours while making 73 from just 42 balls and that enabled his side tpo post a score of

Scholes lost two wickets without a run on the board and were dismissed for 109. Leg spinner Tom Hudson took 5-21 as St Lawrence wrapped up victory. Riozwan Ahmed top scored with 30 for Scholes.

With Morley defeating Bradford & Bingley by six wickets and Pudsey Congs beating Woodlands by five runs, East Bierley slipped into the bottom two after a 23-run defeat at third-placed Farsley.

South African opener James Price once again led from the front with a fine innings of 75 which helped Farsley to a total of 224-9. Danish Hussain (4-49) and Luke Jarvis (3-63) worked hard with the ball for East Bierley who were bowled out for 201 in reply.

Farsley looked on course for a more emphatic win when they reduced their visitors to 97-6, but Bjorn Taylor hit a spirited 48 before Matthew Lumb (32) and Jarvis (32) shared a ninth-wicket stand of 51.

East Bierley have 126 points, the same total as Bradford & Bingley, but they have won one game fewer than the Wagon Lane side who were bowled out for 102 by Morley. Opening bowler Matthew Dowse (4-26) did the early damage before James McNichol mopped up the tail with 3-9.. Opener Jack Edgar (43) played the only innings of note.

Despite the efforts of Yassir Abbas (3-44), Bradford & Bingley had insufficient runs on the board and Morley eased to victory with 32.1 overs to spare. Matthew Baxter saw them home with an unbeaten 34.

Pudsey Congs marked the return of their 51-year-old batsman Babar Butt after a season with Kirkstall Educational in the Aire-Wharfe League, with a hard-earned five-run win over Woodlands.

Joe Greaves proved to be their match winner with a decisive spell of 4-35 as Woodlands lost wickets and momentum after an opening stand of 107 between Sam Frankland (58) and skipper Tim Jackson (57) looked to have given them the perfect foundation to overhaul the Congs total of 203-8. Greaves also took a steepling catch to dismiss dangerman Sarfraz Ahmed.

Opener Callum Geldart was the key figure in the Cngs innings with a knock of 65. The bowling honours were shared for Woodlands by spinner Kez Ahmed (3-44) and Sarfraz (3-48).

Lee Goddard continued his purple patch of form for New Farnley by following up his unbeaten 151 in last week's win over East Bierley with a knock of 81 not out as he helped his side defeat Cleckheaton by six wickets.

Goddard was jpoined in a third-wicket stand of 122 by Mark Lawson as New Farnley recovered from the loss of two early wicket sto pass the Cleckheaton score of 161 with 25 overs to spare.

James Lee's knock of 59 was the highlight of a disappointing Cleckheaton innings in which they lost wickets regularly to the bowling of Mohammed Bilal (4-40) and James Middlebrook

James Smith
Master blaster James Smith on his way to 73 from 42 balls for Pudsey St Lawrence Picture: Neil Allinson


Championship A

Batley now have a 17-point lead at the top after they defeated Baildon by 20 runs as second-placed Yeadon suffered a
seven-wicket defeat at Liversedge.

Opener Aqeel Mukhtar hit his second century in successive games to set Batley on their way to a total of 195-8. Mukhtar hit 11 fours as he batted throughout his side's entire innings of 195-8 to make 103 not out. Tariq Mehboob (41) provided the main support against an attack in which left-arm spinner Mushtaq Ahmed took 4-42.

Baildon's reply was led by Jonny Reynolds (38) and Mounam Ejaz (38no) but they were restricted to 175-9 by some accurate bowling from Aqsad Ali (4-31).

Openers Jessie Dinnie (74) and Mark Hydes (62no) shared a first-wicket stand of 125 as Liversedge eased past Yeadon's 176-7 with 7.5 overs in hand. Zach Wheatley top scored with 59 not out for Yeadon as Wasim Khaliq picked up 3-40.

Fourth-placed Osset maintained their good run of form by inflicting a second-successive defeat on Undercliffe, the team immediately above them in the table..

Shabir Rashid proved to be the star of the show with a sparkling 122 not out. He laced his innings with seven sixes and 12 fours and capitalised on the brisk start given to his side by opener Harvey Anderson (46) as Ossett posted a score of 257-7. Spinner Amir Hussain was the best of the Undercliffe bowlers with 4-47.

Undercliffe were unable to generate sufficient momentum to threaten the Ossett total. They lost wickets regularly with only Toby Thorpe (52) making an impression as Raheel Ahmed (3-27), Khalid Usman (3-36) and ASnderson (3-63) bowled Ossett to victory.

Birstall appear to have found the winning habit. They followed uo last week's victory at Undercliffe with an eight-wicket home success against Hunslet Nelson.

The victory was set up by the bowling of Alexander Debs (5-42) and Alexander Drake (4-30) as Hunslet Nelson's brittle batting cracked and they were dismissed for 99. Craig Wood made an unbeaten 48 to ensure that Birstall won with ease.

Idle were sent spinning to defeat at Roberts Park where Saltaire's spinners Tanzeel Altaf (4-29) and Ijaz Khan (4-40) held the key to their side's four-wicket win.

Khalid Mehmood (49) and Simon Curry (30no) ensured that Idle posted a score of 156 which Saltaire cruised past in just 26.3 overs thanks to Amjid Hussain (44) and Adeel Ashraf (48no).

Championship B

Townville proved that last week's defeat was jiust a temporary blip as they returned to winning ways with an emphatic eight-wicket victory at Altofts.

Australian Matthew Bremner hit an unbeaten 65 and Jonathan Booth (63) in an opening stand of 112 which enabled Townville to overhaul the Altofts score of 176 all out.

Kiwi Matt Holstein hit a defiant 63 for Altofts as they found the going tlough against Jack Hughes (4-38) and Conor Harvey (4-46).

Skipper Grant Soames took a match-winning 5-19 with his off spin as Methley bowled out Spen Victoria for 151 to secure a 118-run win. Peter Jackson made top score of 52 for the losers.

Openers Hamid Khan (91) and Marcus Walmsley (40) got their side off to a good start before Ashton Blakey (65) joined Khan in a second-wicket stand of 129 which helped their side to a total of 206-9.

Overseas player Darryl Hendricks made a fine 81 as Wrenthorpe took just 18.5 overs to pass Hartshead Moor's total of 136 and secure an eight-wicket win.

Hartshead Moor's batsmen, with the exception of Craig Field (45) and Joe Bowman (30) struggled to come to terms with the bowling of Greg Wood (5-28) and Matthew Race (4-40).

Bowling Old Lane followed up their win over Townville with a nine-wicket success against Hopton Mills. Thiey dsmissed Mills for just 62 with Adal Islam claiming an impressive 6-27 and Sadaqat Zaman (4-33). Islam followed up with an unbeaten 31 as Old Lane reached their target in just ten overs.

Indian spinner Marupuri Suresh took 4-47 as Banfoot bowled out Gomersal for 146 to secure a 60-run win. George Senior (33) was the top scorer for Gomersal who had earlier found former Yorkshire batsman Neil Nicholson in good form for Bankfoot. The left hander made 55 while spinners Adam Greenwood (3-24) and Chris Rhodes (3-55) proved to be the most effective Gomersal bowlers.

Farrukh Alam was in the thick of the action as Carlton inflicted a 61-run defeat on Brighouse. Alam made 47 in a total of 220-5 and followed up with 4-43 as Brighouse were dismissed for 159. Alam was well supported with the bat by Tom Taylor (48no), Stephen Cooper (44) and Ismail Patel (42no)

Tosh Baker
Buttershaw St Paul's batsman Tosh Baker sweeps for four during his century against Crossbank Methodists
Picture: Mike Popplewell


The battle for the league table is hotting up as Great Preston and Buttershaw St Paul's took advantage of Northowram Fields' inactivity to close the gap at the top.

Great Preston closed to within seven points of the leaders with a 130-run win over Oulton which was inspired by a stunning all-round performance from Australian Jackson Freeman.

Tosh Baker
Tosh Baker salutes his century against Crossbank
Picture: Mike Popplewell
Gary Wainwright
Gary Wainwright batting for Buttershaw St Paul's
Picture: Mike Popplewell

The opening batsmanstruck two sixes and 15 fours in a superb innings of 117 which helped his side to a score of
229-9 despite the efforts of Garry Dawber 4-59.

Freeman followed up his batting exploits with a devastating spell of bowling which earned him the day's best figures of 7-47 as Oulton were rolled over for 99.

Another batsman to make a century was Buttershaw St Paul's former Yorkshire and Northamptonshire player Tosh Baker. He smashed five sixes and 11 fours in an unbeaten 112 and shared in a third-wicket partnership of 133 with Gary Wainwright (95).

The St Paul's total of 256-4 proved too daunting for Crossbank who were bowled out for 154. Christian Duncan (65no) and James Coulborn (45) top scored as. Ben Platt picked up 4-32 with his left-arm spin while Baker took 3-57.

The day's highest score was the 333 made by Heckmondwike & Carlinghow as they reguistered a 101-run win at Adwalton.

They also had a century maker with Khurram Shehzad making his 102 off just 51 balls. He hammered nine sixes and eight fours. Matthew Crowther (51), Usman Qureshi (40) and Maqsood Hashmi (40) joined in the run spree while Vinit Patel did well to emerge with figures of 4-58,

Adwalton at least had the consolation of bagging maximum bonus points after hitting 232-9 in replky. Chris Curtis (56no) and Ben Garner (50) led the way. The best of the Heckmondwike bowlers was Paul Cooper (3-70).

Syed Shah Bukhari produced a fine spell of 6-49 which enabled Azaad to dismiss East Ardsley for 144 and wrap up a 31-run win. Mohammad Hamid (60) and Tom Daniels (34) battled hard for East Ardsley but their efforts could not stave off defeat. Bukhari had earlier made 33 to proide support for Imran Mahboob (54) in his side's total of 175. Dave Kibler returned the impressive figures of 5-25 for East Ardsley.

Allan Olbison was in the wickets again with 5-44 as East Leeds bowled out Gildersome for 157 to complete an 84-run win, despite the efforts of Haseeb Hasmi (71no). East Leeds made 241-9 in their innings with James Watling (73) and Kirti Tandel (50) leading the way. Hashmi was also Gildersome's best bowler with 4-36.

Wakefield St Michael's had their batsmen to thank for their 60-run win over Rodley. Mark Atkinson (76), Ryan Wilby (49no) and James Cooper (44) enabled them to post a total of 260-6. Second-bottom Rodley made 200-8 with Robert Young (59) and Callum Postle (38) leading the way. The best of the St Michael's bowlers were Joseph Finnigan (3-39) and Michael Halloran (3-57).



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