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 First Teams Review
Updated: Monday, June 20, 2016 23:37
LEAGUE CREST MONDAY, MAY 30
Suleman Khan
Lightcliffe's Suleman Khan hit a sparkling century in their defeat by New Farnley
Picture: Mike Baker

 

 

Premier Division

 

Race to Abu DhabiBottom team Scholes pulled off the shock result of the season as they defeated Cleckheaton by four wickets to register their first win.

And on a day of surprises, East Bierley beat second-placed Hanging Heaton by 57 runs to climb out of the relegation positions

Overseas player Rizwan Ahmed made an unbeaten 81 as Premier Division new boys Scholes chased down Cleckheaton's 226 with two balls to spare.

Third-placed Cleckheaton were made to pay a heavy price for not batting out their overs, The extra over Scholes received proved crucial to the outcome of the match.

Ahmed struck four sixes and seven fours as he built on the earlier work of Danny Cross (37) and Yasser Ali (30) to secure a much-needed win for his side.

Nobody will have been more pleased with the result than the Scholes captain James Stansfield who is a former Cleckheaton player. He played a big part in his team's success by taking 4-49 to spark a collapse in the Cleckheaton middle order,

They looked to be powering their way to a big total as skipper John Wood made a typically aggressive 68 and Chris Holliday (43) until Scholes hit back. From 115-1 the home side plunged to 156-7 and only a defiant innings of 70 not out from Muhammad Zaman enabled them to claim maximum batting points.

Scholes remain bottom of the table but the win will do their confidence the world of good. No doubt they will be hoping to follow the example of fellow strugglers East Bierley who completed a Bank Holiday double with their triumph over Hanging Heaton.

Matthew Lumb played a key role with both bat and ball as East Bierley recovered from a terrible start to overcome the side that started the day in second place.

Lumb arrived at the wicket with his side deep in trouble at 76-6 and played with good sense to make an unbeaten 41. He was well supported by Tom Ormondroyd (29) in a crucial stand of 68 for the seventh wicket which helped East Bierley towards their eventual total of 155-9. Dan Busfield (3-32) and Mohammad Rameez (3-30) were the pick of the Hanging Heaton bowlers.

The normally powerful Hanging Heaton batting line-up had no answer to Lumb (4-37) and his new-ball partner Tuseif Arshad (2-21) as they plunged to 40-6.East Bierley were in no mood to let such a strong position slip and Awais Ijaz (3-7) mopped up the tail as Hanging Heaton were dismissed for 98.

Pudsey Congs dropped into the bottom two after losing a rousing derby to Pudsey St Lawrence by 18 runs. The highlight of the match was a sparkling innings of 128 not out by the St Lawrence opener Adam Waite.

Waite punctuated his innings with two sixes and 15 fours and gained good support from Chris Marsden (43) as St Lawrence made a challenging 247-3.

Congs made a bold attempt to go for the runs with skipper Gareth Phillips (48), Callum Geldart (46) and Josh Wheatley (35) keeping their side in the hunt. Their challenge was only extinguished in the closing overs when wickets were sacrificed in the pursuit of quick runs. Young Charlie Parker, playing in his first derby, picked up 3-31 in the closing stages as his side bounced back from Saturday's defeat at Lightcliffe to go 18 points clear at the top.

In-form Farsley share second place with Cleckheaton after defeating lowly Bradford & Bingley by 26 runs in a match which saw their South African captain Arthur Price score his maiden Bradford Premier League century.

Price struck 13 fours in his 109 as he anchored the Farsley innings. Dan Hodgson and Greg Pickles both chipped in with 30 as the Red Lane side made 218-8. Matthew Walker (3-56) and Yassir Abbas (3-59) were the most successful Bradford & Bingley bowlers.

Despite useful contributions from Hamza Iqbal (51), David Clow (41no) and Scott Etherington (37), Bradford & Bingley were dismissed for 192 with Mustafa Rafique taking 4-29 and Chris Henry (3-58).

Suleman Khan's second century of the season couldn't save Lightcliffe from a 22-run defeat at New Farnley. The overseas player scored 102 of his 120 in boundaries with seven sixes and ten fours.

Crucially he lacked support with only tailender Jonathan Whiteoak (31) looking likely to build on his fine innings in the face of a match-winning spell of bowling from Muhammad Bilal (6-68) as they fell short of New Farnley's 235-9.

Big-hitting Nick Walker led the way with a rousing knock of 95 which contained four sixes and 11 fours. He revived his side with help from Lee Goddard (34) after Rob Burton (3-33) had posed early problems.

Woodlands returned to winning ways and made it a blank holiday for Morley as they recorded a comfortable eight-wicket win.

Morley, who started the weekend in second place, were again hampered by the absence of their injured overseas player Kashif Naveed.

Last season's Division Two champions quickly found themselves deep in trouble at 37-5 when they batted first. It was due to the determined efforts of Luke Heinemann (57) and former Woodlands player Nathan Bromby (34) that they managed to post a total of 170. Chris Brice was the pick of the bowlers with 4-26.

Woodlands were never in danger as their openers Sam Frankland (76) and skipper Tim Jackson (37) shared a stand of 110.

 


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