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 Priestley Cup First Round Review
Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 8:18
LEAGUE CREST SUNDAY, MAY 15
Jake Wray
Yeadon wicketkeeper Jake Wray took a league record eight catches in an innings in the win over Farsley

 

There were two record-breaking performance and two big upsets during one of the most eventful first rounds in the 111-year history of the Priestley Cup.

Bradford & Bingley's Noman Ali became the first player ever to hit six sixes in one over in the competition as the holders defeated Liversedge while Yeadon wicketkeeper Jake Wray set a new record for the most catches in an innings as he took eight as his side toppled Premier Division Farsley by 20 runs.

The other Championship side to knockout Premier Division oppositrion were Methley who beat East Bierley by three wickets.

Opener James Todd made an unbeaten 118 - one of seven centuries on the day - as Yeadon recovered from 18-3 to post a total of 208-9. Todd struck four sixes and 12 fours.

Farsley’s reply got off to a disastrous start as Matthew Green and skipper Mark Harrison were both dismissed without a run on the board in an eventful first over from Oliver Halliday (3-28).

Ryan Cooper, a cup winner with Bradford & Bingley last season, battled gamely to keep his club in the competition with a determined innings of 104.  He his four sixes and nine fours but only overseas player Arthur Price (36) looked likely to offer prolonged assistance.

Overseas player Samuel Mofokeng was the toast of Methley after his 5-29 set up their hard-earned triumph over East Bierley. Robert Barker (36) top scored for East Bierley in a total of 190 which Methley overcame with 4.2 overs to spare.

Methley skipper Grant Soames, who lists East Bierley among his former clubs, played an important innings of 49 while Sohail Raz’s unbeaten 36 ensured there were no late slip ups. Spinner Luke Jarvis (3-28) was again the pick of the East Bierley bowlers.

There was last-ball drama as Woodlands edged a two-wicket win over their Premier Division rivals New Farnley and avenged their Heavy Woollen Cup exit seven days earlier.

Cumberland batsman Logan Weston (53) and wicketkeeper Greg Finn (51) helped Woodlands chase down New Farnley’s 231-9.

All-rounders Richard Atkins (67) and James Middlebrook (51) were the main contributors for New Farnley as left-arm paceman Sarfraz Ahmed took 4-53.

There was also a close finish in the all-Premier Division clash at Scatcherd Lane which saw Scholes defeat Morley by five runs to record their first win of the season.

A last-wicket stand of 59 between Nathan Bromby (42) and Matthew Dowse (18no) took Morley from 85-9 to within touching distance of Scholes’ 149 before Bromby was trapped lbw by Christian Jackson with two overs to go.
The key figures for Scholes were Irfan Amjad and James Harding. Amjad held his side’s innings together with a resolute 64, while Harding ripped through Morley’s top order with a stunning spell of 6-36. The best of Morley’s bowlers was new boy Henry Rush (4-22).

League champions Pudsey St Lawrence eased into the second round with an eight-wicket win over Bowling Old Lane. Openers Adam Waite (94no) and Mark Robertshaw (60) put on 134 as their side passed Old Lane’s 215 with 7.4 overs to spare.

Abid Alishan (42) and Zeeshan Haider (39) were the key contributors for Old Lane against a bowling attack in which Richie Lamb (3-33) and Chris Marsden (3-38) had most success.

Liversedge’s Paul Marlow marked their debut in the competition by making a battling 105 not out, but it wasn’t enough to save them from an 86-run defeat against holders Bradford & Bingley.

Marlow hit two sixes and 17 fours as he and Mark Hydes (41) enabled their side to make 222-9 in reply to their hosts 308. Hamzah Iqbal (4-41) and Jack Edgar (3-36) were the most successful Bingley bowlers.

A fourth-wicket partnership of 115 between top scorer Charlie Best (94) and Noman Ali (67) was a key factor for Bradford & Bingley. Ali’s 35-ball innings was certainly explosive. The overseas player became the first batsman to hit six sixes in an over in the Priestley Cup as he took a maximum 36 off left arm spinner Matthew Barnes. In all he hit seven sixes and three fours. Off spinner Stephen Lane took 3-45 for Liversedge.

Last year's beaten finalists Lightcliffe are safely through to the next round after a nine-wicket win over Hartshead Moor. An unbroken second-wicket stand of 112 between skipper Alex Stead (71no) and Ian Philliskirk (50no) saw them breeze past Hartshead Moor's 181-6. Overseas player Liam Muggeridge (63) and opener James Hardcastle (51) made half centuries for Hartshead Moort.

Skipper John Wood was another man in a hurry as he smashed 81 from just 59 balls as Cleckheaton cruised to a seven-wicket win over Altofts.

Wood struck six sixes and eight fours as he and the in-form Chris Holliday (76no) ensured the Premier Division side did not slip up against their Championship B opponents.

Cleckheaton passed Altofts highly-respectable total of 213-8 with 18 overs to spare. Dominic Richardson’s 66 was the highlight of the home side’s innings.

Townville continued their impressive start to the season with a crushing 213-run win over Bankfoot. The match showed just how quickly cricketing fortunes can change.

Just 24 hours after being dismissed for a second-ball duck against Altofts, opener Kieran Ward made a fine 104. He struck a six and 13 fours as Townville compiled 304-3. Fellow opener Jonathan Booth (50) and Matthew Bremner (43) carried on the good work before the in-form Jack Hughes put the Bankfoot bowlers to the sword with a blistering 88 not out from just 48 deliveries. Hughes peppered the boundaries with four sixes and ten fours. Bankfoot’s suffering wasn’t over. Nadim Hussain took 6-31 as they were dismissed for just 91.

Hanging Heaton skipper Gary Fellows hit his second century of the weekend as his side bounced back from their first league defeat of the season at Lightcliffe with a resounding seven-wicket win at Pudsey Congs.

Fellows made an unbeaten 124 which included a six and 15 fours and he was joined in a second-wicket stand of 113 by Richard Foster (50) as the Pudsey Congs total of 254-9 was passed with six overs to spare.

The experienced Andrew Bairstow top scored with 86 for Congs while Joe Greaves (40) and Luke Holroyd (30) gave valuable support.

The highest individual score of the day was the 141 made by Carlton’s Farrukh Alam in their 89-run win over Spen Victoria. He scored 108 of his runs in boundaries as he hit no fewer than 12 sixes and nine fours in a brutal 107-ball innings. Tom Taylor (47) and Chris Wynd (34) helped swell the total to 297-8.

Evan Edwards (59) and Alex Leadbeater (46) ensured that Spen Victoria made a respectable 208 in reply as Gary Cloe picked up 3-4.

Batley’s Muhammad Shahnawaz took an impressive 6-22 as they continued their impressive start to the season with a 21-run win over Saltaire.

Overseas player Tanzeel Altaf made 51 for Saltaire but could not save his side from defeat against a Batley side who successfully defended a modest score of 145. Tariq Mehboob top scored with 46.

Wrenthorpe’s overseas player Darryl Hendricks was another player to register a century. His 103 enabled his side to beat Brighouse by 127 runs and progress to the second round.

Skipper Andrew Bourke (54), Jonathan Rudge (39no) and Jordan Sleightholme (38) helped Wrenthorpe to 298. Danyaal Ahmed was the pick of the Brighouse bowlers with 3-56 and followed up by top scoring with 74 as his side were bowled out for 171. James Glynn took 4-33 and Mark Bentley 3-37).

Idle’s troubled start to the season continued as they suffered a resounding nine-wicket defeat to Undercliffe who passed their total of 170 in just 27.3 overs. An unbroken second-wicket stand of 127 between Gulsheraz Ahmed (83no) and Toby Thorpe (51no) took Undercliffe to victory.

Apart from Kyle Hart (42), the Idle batsmen struggled as Craig Wiseman (5-40) took his second
five-wicket haul of the weekend.

Experienced left-arm spinner Mushtaq Ahmed took 5-21 as Baildon dismissed Birstall for 133 to record a 56-run success. Ahmed was backed up by Australian Blake Glen (3-27). Siraj Hussain (35) top scored for Birstall while Green was Baildon’s top contributor with 34. Kamran Khan took 3-9 for Birstall.


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