|David Stiff pulls a big six on his way to a rapid 62 which was a key factor in Hanging Heaton's win
Picture: Richard Kosmala
David Stiff and Muhammed Rameez were the toast of their Hanging Heaton team-mates after inspiring their side's 20-run win over Pudsey St Lawrence in the top-of-the-table battle.
The two all-rounders changed the course of the game with both bat and ball as Hanging Heaton extended their lead over the defending champions to 20 points.
The leaders were in deep trouble at 118-6 when former Yorkshire player Ismail Dawood departed for 46, but former St Lawrence man Stiff and overseas professional Rameez soon changed the complexion of the game.
They launched a ferocious counter attack which saw them put on 99 for their seventh wicket from just 67 balls. The St Lawrence bowlers wilted and their fielding became sloppy with crucial catches being dropped.
Stiff smashed six sixes and a four as he made 62 from 52 balls while Rameez made 45 not out from just 29 deliveries. The eventual total of 230-7 exceeded even Hanging Heaton's expectations.
St Lawrence started their reply well with opener Adam Waite (73) and Mark Robertshaw (33) sharing a stand of 70 before Stiff made the breakthrough by dismissing the latter.
Stiff went on to take (3-59) while Rameez - the division's leading wicket taker - took his tally for the season to 44 with 3-44 and Tom Chippendale picked up 3-52 as St Lawrence lost their way. A late 33 from Matthew Duce couldn't save St Lawrence from their fourth defeat in five games.
Cleckheaton could yet have a big say in the destiny of the league title judging by their convincing 115-run win over third-placed Farsley. The champions of 2013 and 2014 have both Hanging Heaton and Pudsey St Lawrence to play in the final six weeks of the season and the top two will not find the going easy if John Wood's men repeat this kind of performance.
Opener Wood set the tone with a hard-hit 61 which contained six sixes. Ian Nicholson (53) continued the good work before an unbeaten 43 from James Lee enabled Cleckheaton to post a total of 242-9. Young spinner Adam Ahmed
(4-39) again did well for Farsley.
The Farsley reply was disappointing. They lost early wickets and subsided to 127 all out as Sam Wilson (3-22) and Andrew Deegan (3-41) impressed. The tiop scorer for Farsley was Dan Hodgson (34).
|Adam Waite hits a four during his knock of 73 for Pudsey St Lawrence
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The battle to avoid the drop has intensifed as Pudsey Congs slipped back into the relegation positions after suffering an 83-run defeat at the hands of bottom team Scholes on an afternoon that saw fellow strugglers East Bierley and Bradford & Bingley record wins over Woodlands and Lightcliffe respectively
With Morley losing by 61 runs to New Farnley, there are now just nine points separating eighth-placed Lightcliffe (144) from Pudsey Congs (135). Scholes, despite their victory, remain 31 points adrift.
Former Pudsey St Lawrence player Kasir Maroof was the star with the bat while Yassir Ali shone with the ball as Scholes showed tthat they won't go down without a fight.
Maroof struck six sixes and seven fours in a fine knock of 107 which enabled his side to post a challenging 252-8. Joe Greaves (3-64) was the best of the Cong' bowlers.
Ali ensured that Congs were never in the hunt as he ripped out the top order while returning figures of 6-45. Josh Wheatley (44) and Gareth Phillips (37) provided the only sustained resistances as Congs were dismissed for 130-8.
When East Bierley, who started the day second bottom, were restricted to 147-6 at Woodlands, few would have fancied their chances of victory, but seamers Tuseif Arshad (4-20) and Matthew Lumb (3-49) found conditions to their liking and bowled out the home side for 101 to secured a 46-run success.
Bradford & Bingley bounced back from their disappointing defeat against Morley with a 68-run victory over Lightcliffe. The key to their success was a superb knock of 128 by opener Charlie Best. He struck five sixes and 11 fours and along with fellow opener Jack Edgar (42), helped his side to a challenging score of 235-8.
Lightcliffe, who were without their captain and consistent opening batsman Alex Stead, were dismissed for 167 as Ryan Norris (6-58) and Noman Ali (4-57) impressed. Suleman Khan (45) and Philliskirk (40) were the main contributors for Lightcliffe, who are no caught up in the relegation dogfight.
Morley's hopes of easing their fears of an immediate return to Division Two were shattered by near-neighbours New Farnley who recorded a 61-run win at Scatcherd Lane.
Left-arm paceman Mohammed Bilal produced a devastating burst of 6-16 as Morley lost their last eight wickets for 34 to be all out for 138 in reply to New Farnley's 199-9. Bilal ensured that the home side couldn't capitalise on a first Bradford Premier League half-century from opener Henry Rush (53).
New Farnley's total owed much to the efforts of opener Simon Lambert (72) and Qasim Khan (48) as Kashif Naveed
(3-38) and James McNichol (3-48) proved to be the best of Morley's bowlers.
|Hanging Heaton's Tom Chippendale lets fly to St Lawrence opener Mark Robertshaw Picture: Richard Kosmala
Yeadon boosted their promotion hope by defeating leaders Batley by 42 runs to reduce their lead to just four points.
Veteran spinner Damon Gormey was the match winner for Yeadon with 5-13 as Batley were dismissed for 139 when replying to the home side's 181-9.
Aqsad Ali's 53 and Asif Ayub' (35) steadied the Batley innings after the loss of two early wickets, but once they were parted the innings declined.
Yeadon's innings was built around the efforts of Max Maciver (51), Oliver Halliday (49) and Taine Jolley (33no). The pick of the Batley bowlers were Muhammed Shahnawaz (3-35) and Tariq Hussain (3-39).
Saltaire are up to third after they became the latest side to expose Hunslet Nelson's fragile batting while securing a nine-wicket win. Nelson were dismissed for just 62 as leg spinner Tanzeel Altaf (4-17) and Adeel Ashraf (3-22) got to work. Daniel Calverley top scored with 30 on an afternoon Nelson will want to forget.
Keighley recorded only their second win of the season as they defeated Undercliffe by one wicket. Maaiz Khan (35) and skipper Alex Towler (26no) ensured they edged past the home side's total of 142, despite some good bowling from Michael Loubser (4-35) and Amir Hussain (4-43)
Former Keighley player Gulsheraz Ahmed (40) was top scorer for Undercliffe as they found the going tough against Matthew Haines (5-49).
Birstall continued their improvement with an 82-run win over Jack Hampshire Cup finalists Ossett. Kamran Khan (5-19) and Saif Ur-Rehman (3-39) helped Birstall to bowl out their rivals for 79. Ian Carradice (59) and Nick Kaye (34) were the men who enabled Birstall to post a score of 161. Spinner Harvey Anderson (4-43) and Charles Orme (3-26) were among the wickets for Ossett.
There was still no joy for bottom team Idle as they went down to a 52-run defeat against Liversedge. The visitors made 187-5 with Paul Marlow hitting an unbeaten 48 and Jessie Dinnie (38). Idle showed better form with the bat than of late but were still bow;led out for 135. Altaf Mohammad (41) and Tom Johnson (34) were their top scorers. Simon Kay (3-32) and Wasim Khaliq (3-36) were the pickl of the Liversedge bowlers.
Leaders Townville racked up 391-5, the highest score of the season, as they thrashed lowly Brighouse by 284 runs.
Their innings featured a third-wicket stand of 262 betweem Jack Hughes (169), and opener Jonathan Booth (141) which was only 14 runs short of the all-time league record held by the Brighlouse pair of Mark Gilliver and Haroon Rashid.
Hughes made his stunning 169 from just 106 balls with eight sixes and 20 fours, while Ward's innings was punctuated with thrtee sixes and 18 fours. Allem Ladak took 3-62 for Brighouse whoe were shot out for 107 in reply with Alex Page taking 5-23 and Jack Hughes (3-20).
Second-placed Wrenthorpe also collected maximum points as they defeated Hoptpn Mills by 103 runs. Greg Wood (61), Darryl Hendricks (48), Jordan Sleightholme (38) and James Smith (37no) enabled them to reach 255-8 beforte dismissing their opponents for 152. Michael Carroll top scored with 47 as Matthew Race (3-18) and Jonathan Rudge (3-38) wrapped up victory
Good bowling from Arsslan Ijaz (4-17) and Sadaqat Zaman (3-37) enabled Bowling Old Lane to bowl out Altofts for 155 on their way to a six-wicket win. Kieron Holliday (4-54) took all the Old Lane wickets to fall in their successful run chase.
Bottom team Hartshead Moor haven't had much to cheer this season but their 113-run win over Spen Victoria will have boosted their spirits. Opener Craig Field set the tone for the afternoon by hitting 16 fours in a fine knock of 113. He was joined in a first-wicket stand of 124 by former Spen Victoria player James Hardcastle (71) as Hartshaed Moor made
When Spen batted they struggled against the bowling of in-form Danny Squire (6-43) and were all out for 146. Lawrence Davis top scored with 38.
Bankfoot's Shoukat Ali was another player to hit a century. He made an unbeaten 107 from just 72 balls as his side defeated Carlton by 40 runs. Ali smashed nine sixes and seven fours to enable his side to build on opener Micky Hurtchins' knock of 68 and post a total of 242-6.
Chris Wynd (55) led a spirited Carlton respionse of 202 but Indian spinner Marupuri Suresh (3-43) and Ali (3-30) ensured that Bankfoot emerged with maximum points.
Shoail Raz (5-32) and Ben Waite (3-31) filled the void left by the early departure of overseas player Samuel Mofokeng by setting up their side;s six-wicket win at Gomersal. Their efforts helped Methley dismiss the home side for 159, Jack Seddon top scoring with 37, before Ashton Blakey's unbeaten 69 saw them to their target.
|Sohail Raz was in good form for Methley as he claimed 5-32 in their win at Gomersal. Picture: Mike Popplewell
Leaders Northowram Fields had to survive a scare before securing a 13-run win over Oulton which keeps them the top of the table.
Opener Majid Jahangir (41) was the only batsman to look at ease as his side plunged to 81-8. Only a spirited 21 from John Lister lifted them to 132 as Joseph Sykes (6-36) and Matthew Boucher (3-50) posed problems.
Oulton also found runscoring difficult and were bowled out for 119 with Jonathan Lee taking 4-19 and Zafar Khan (3-27)
Buttershaw St Paul's enjoyed another run spree as they defeated Gildersome by 221 runs. Evergreen Gary Wainwright led the way with 168, a fine innings containing eight sixes and 21 fours. He was joined in a second wicket stand of 159 by Kevin McDermott (83) and a third wicket alliance of 144 with Tosh Baker (97no)
Buttershaw's total of 371-4 left Gildersome with little chance and they were bowled out for 150. Liam Pearson top scored with 45 as Pritesh Mistry (4-26) and Dharmesh Mistry (3-38) got among the wickets.
Third-placed Great Preston had an afternoon to forget as they were skittled out for just 52 as they suffered a nine-wicket defeat at the hands of Wakefield St Michael's. Michael Halloran (6-20) and Joseph Finnigan (4-32) shared the wickets as Great Preston collapsed.
League chief executive Mark Heald took 4-7 as East Ardsley bowled out Adwalton for 131 to secure a 134-run win over the bottom team.
East Ardsley made 265-8 when they batted first with Haseen Bashir (64no), Luke Sandy (59) and Scott Mullins (40) leading the way.
James Watling (5-26) and Kirti Tandel (3-34) helped bowl out Azaad for 145 to secure a 54-run win for East Leeds. Imran Maboob made 48 for Azaad while the top scorers in an East Leeds total of 199-8 were Tom Chapman (58) and Chris Canning (37).
Usman Qureshi was again in good touch for Heckmondwike & Carlinghoiw. He made 177, an innings containing five sixes and 12 fours, as he dominated his side's total of 178 in a 68-run win over Rodley. Robert Young (4-43) and Alex Williams (4-40) were the pickl of the Rodley bowlers.
In reply, Rodley were dismissed for 110 as Paul Cooper (3-25), Adnaan Rawat (3-25) and Jonathan Elstub (3-31) wrapped up victory for Heckmondwike & Carlinghow.