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Transfers: All the moves as they happen
 First Teams Review
Updated: Saturday, July 2, 2016 8:37
John Wood
Cleckheaton skipper John Wood durinmg his innings of 62 against East Bierley Picture: Mike Popplewell



Premier Division.

Race to Abu DhabiThe rain was the big winner with all six games in the top flight being abandoned after storms swept across the area.

It means that there is no change at either end of the table after a frustrating afternoon which saw the matches start in warm sunshine before being washed out.

Runs were hard to come by at Wagon Lane where Bradford & Bingley struggled to 123-5 in 42.5 overs against leaders Pudsey St Lawrence before play was finally halted. David Clow's unbeaten 60 was the highlight.

St Lawrence picked up five points and remain 26 ahead of Hanging Heaton who collected a similar haul from their home game with New Farnley.

Hanging Heaton is often a venue that avoids the worst of the weather but not this time. Visitors New Farnley were
89-1 at the mid-point of their innings when the heavens opened.

When play resumed, former Hanging Heaton skipper Mark Lawson hit four sixes and four fours in a knock of 61 as his side looked to score quick runs and build on the efforts of opener Simon Lambert (48). They had reached 150-5 from 36 overs when play was abandoned.

Bottom-team Scholes saw their home match with Farsley abandoned when they had reached 150-4 from 37.4 overs. Opener Kasir Maroof continued his recent good form with an unbeaten 66, while overseas player Rizwan Ahmed scored 33 before a storm left the ground looking more like a giant boating lake as large puddles formed on the outfield.

Opener James McNichol hit his second half-century in successive matches as Morley made 186 from their full 50 overs against fellow strugglers Pudsey Congs. McNichol made 56 while overseas player Kashif Naveed chipped in with 35. Off spinner Josh Wheatley impressed for Congs as he returned figures of 5-44.

Just 21 overs were possible in a rain-interrupted Congs innings. There was just enough time for each team to pick up a further bonus point each as Congs scored 125-2. Skipper Gareth Phillips made an undefeated 38 for Congs.

Morley, who have not won in their last six matches, picked up eight points from the match and closed the gap on
third-bottom Bradford & Bingley to two points.

The Woodlands bowlers had Lightcliffe in trouble at 113-7 before play was abandoned. Overseas player Sarfraz Ahmed, who is in his 16th and final season with the club, took 4-31, while left-arm spinner Chris Brice had miserely figures of 2-18 from his 15 overs.

Cleckheaton were struggling at 135-6 when their match with East Bierley came to a premature end. Skipper John Wood, who hit two sixes and nine fours in his 62, was the only batsman to look at ease for a side that hasn't won any of its last five league games.

Craig Wood
Birstall opener Craig Wood edges a catch to Liversedge wicketkeeper Matthew Butler Picture: Mike Popplewell


Championship A

Undercliffe's batsmen were in a hurry in their match with leaders Batley. Opener Jonny Barton set the tone as he made 75 from 35 balls with five sixes and six fours.

Overseas player Michael Loubser continued the good work with 57 from 41 balls, an innings which saw him hit six sixes and a solitary four, as Undercliffe made 244-6 from 41 overs and declared. After a break for rain, Batley made 26-1 in seven overs before the weather brought an early end to the game..

Yeadon were another of the promotion-chasing teams to declare after their game was delayed due to rain. They scored 210-8 in 45.3 overs, thanks largely to opener James Todd's 85 and 40 from Steve Simpson. Baildon skipper Simon Bailey (5-71) profited as Yeadon lost wickets in pursuit of quick runs. A further downpour prevented Baildon from replying.

Birstall were in sight of only their second win of the season when their home encounter with Liversedge was abandoned. Saif Ur-Rehman (6-58) had produced the day's best bowling display to reduce Liversedge to 115-8.

Matthew Dyson led the way with 50 while Ian Carradice (35) and Craig Wood (34) provided the bulk of Birstall's 166. Graeme Winn (4-42) and Simon Kay (3-39) were the best of the Liversedge bowlers.

Sioraj Hussain
Batley's Siraj Hussain is bowled by Graeme Winn of Liversedge Picture: Mike Popplewell

Khalid Mehmood's 52 was the highlight of Idle's 142-8 in the 47 overs play that was possible in their home game with Keighley.

It was a similar picture at Roberts Park where Ossett reached 141-9 in 47.2 overs before the rain came and washed away any prospect of further play. Raheel Ahmed (40) and Harvey Anderson (32) were the top scorers.

Championship B

Not even the weather could stop unbeaten leaders Townville as they stormed to a nine-wicket win over Spen Victoria to record their tenth win in ten games.

Nadim Hussain (4-24) and Jack Hughes (3-1) skittled out Spen Victoria for 78 before big-hitting Conor Harvey smashed 54 from just 24 balls to speed his side towards victory. Harvey's innings contained three sixes and eight fours.

Townville now have a 53-point lead because second-placed Wrenthorpe were frustrated by the weather.

Overseas player Darryl Hendricks top scored with 77 in a Wrenthorpe total of 176. Callum Nuttall (5-63) and Matt Holstein (3-30) bowled well for Altofts who were 5-1 when play was brought to an early end.

Methley closed to within five points of Wrenthorpe as they defeated Bowling Old Lane by seven wickets. Opener Hamid Khan, back after a hand injury, made an unbeaten 50 and Harry Anderson (45) as Methley chased down Bowling Old Lane's total of 130 in 24.5 overs.

Overseas paceman Samuel Mofokeng (4-48) and spinner Edward Walmsley (3-19) had been the key figures in restricting Old Lane to a chaseable total in which Bilal Ejaz made 41.

The match between Bankfoot and Hartshead Moor was abandoned at Highmoor Lane with the visitors on 189-2 after 44 overs. Former Yorkshire player Neil Nicholson (60no) and Shoukat Ali (63no) shared an unbroken third-wicket stand of 108 before the rain struck.

The fixture between Brighouse and Hopton Mills suffered a similar fate. Veteran Maz Bhatti (35) and Awaise Hussain (32) helped Brighouse to 140-6 before play was called off after 38 overs play.

George Senior made 53 and was supported by Graham Hilton (37) and Richard Wear (36) as Gomersal made 227-8 in 46.5 overs before their game with Carlton was washed out.


Ben Grech hit an unbeaten 120 as Northowram Fields defeated Wakefield St Michael's by 169 runs to take over top spot.

They edged a [point ahead of Great Preston after collecting a maximum 20 points for their emphatic win which was set up by the efforts of Ben Grech and Dru Patel (61no) who shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 179 which helped their side to a total of 263-3.

Grech punctuated his innoings with 16 fours and his good woirk was backed up by Northowram's bowlers Jonathan Lee (4-10) and Zafar Khan (3-43) as St Michael's were bowled out for 94.

Great Preston dropped to second despite beating Rodley by four wickets. James Marston took 3-32 and Lee Russell
(3-35) as Rodley were dismissed for 140. Dave Illingworth (31) and Marston (30no) steered Great Preston to their target.

Rodley are now bottom after being leap-frogged by East Leeds who defeated Crossbank Methodists by ten wickets. Allan Olbison took 6-33 as Rodley were dismissed for 103, then John Gomersall (48no) and Naseem Aslam (49no) steered their side to victory with an undefeated opening stand of 106.

Third-placed Buttershaw St Paul's looked in danger of defeat when they were dismissed for just 79 as Oulton's Jonathan Anson (4-18) and Joseph Sykes (3-29) posed problems. The home side also found batting difficult and were 57-6 when play was fionally called off. Spinner Ben Platt picked up 4-16 for St Paul's.

Gildersome were just 11 runs from victory when their home game with Adwalton was abandoned. Joel Barnett (59) and Mark Simpson (54no) helped them to 133-3 in 19 overs as they replied to Adwalton's 143. Ben Garner (36) was top scorer for Adwalton while Martin Morley (4-38) and Liam Pearson 94-44) took the bowling honours for Gildersome.
Usman Queshi's unbeaten 50 had guided Heckmondwike & Carlinghow to 109-4 when their match with Azaad was abandoned after 26.4 overs of play.


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