|Pudsey St Lawrence have won The All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premioer League Premier Division title
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Pudsey St Lawrence were crowned champions for the second-successive season after beating Bradford & Bingley by 88 runs in their final game.
They finished four points ahead of Hanging Heaton who defeated New Farnley by 60 runs.
It means that St Lawrence will now face Great Ayton from the North Yorkshire & South Durham League at Headingley next Saturday in the inaugural Yorkshire Premier League Championship Play-off.
Victory in that match will earn the winners a trip to Abu Dhabi to play in the day-night final on October 27.
There were more than a few nervous spectators around the Tofts Road ground when Bradford & Bingley were 134-3 with 17 overs to go in reply to the home side’s 245-7.
But anxiety gave way to delight when Bradford & Bingley collapsed to 157 all out. Left-armer Charlie Parker rounded off his debut season by taking 3-5.
Yassir Abbas (46) and Jack Edgar (41) were the top scorers for Bradford & Bingley who certainly made the champions work for their win.
Barrie Frankland (65), opener Adam Waite (55), skipper James Smith (44) and Chris Marsden (36) were the men who made sure St Lawrence earned maximum batting points.
Second-placed Hanging Heaton certainly did all they could on the final day. Like St Lawrence they gained a maximum 20 points.
Batting first they made 230-5 with opener Nick Connolly leading the way. On a day of near misses for Hanging Heaton, Connolly finished on 99 not out, an innings which included two sixes and 11 fours. Rob McFarlane marked his return to the first team with 54.
There were half centuries for Lee Goddard (53) and James Middlebrook (50) as New Farnley were bowled out for 170. David Stiff took the bowling honours with 5-34 while Muhammed Rameez rounded off his impressive first season with 5-43.
Bottom team Scholes finished on a high as they defeated third-placed Farsley by five runs. The win was a reward for the way they have battled throughout the campaign.
The victory was set up by a solid batting effort. Openers Kasir Maroof (49) and Rizwan Ahmed (42) set the tone while Yasir Ali (38) and Christian Jackson (37) chipped in with valuable runs.
Despite the determined efforts of Greg Pickles (56) and young Matthew Revis (55) Farsley were all out for 234.
Morley saw their last chance of climbing out of the relegation positions disappear as they suffered a 93-run defeat at Pudsey Congs.
Morley might have fancied their chances when they reduced their opponents to 17-3, but the complexion of the match was transformed by a rapid fourth-wicket stand of 123 between Callum Geldart and Andrew Bairstow.
Geldart finished the season how he started it with a century. He made 105 from just 71 balls with six sixes and 13 fours.
Bairstow, playing his last innings before retiring, made 46 as the Congs posted a total of 266-9. Overseas player Kashif Naveed, playing his final game for Morley, took 3-35.
Morley never threatened to challenge the Congs score as young bowler Jamie Allen impressed with 6-55. Henry Rush (32) was top contributor to a total of 173.
East Bierley, the team Morley were hoping to catch, suffered a 48-run defeat at the hands of Cleckheaton.
Mohammad Zaman hit an impressive 114 not out for Cleckheaton and shared an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 162 with in-form Ian Nicholson (62no). They came together with their side in trouble at 81-5. Zaman led the way with five sixes and 14 fours.
East Bierley faltered against the bowling of Sam Wilson (4-52) as they were dismissed for 195. Fahid Rehman was their top scorer with 53 while Danish Hussain made 38.
Priestley Cup winners Woodlands rounded off their campaign with an 11-run success at Lightcliffe. Captain Tim Jackson led the way with 55 as Woodlands made 190-8, then his counterpart Alex Stead led the Lightcliffe reply.
Stead made a superb 94 but his efforts couldn’t save his side as spinner Chris Brice (4-34) and Kez Ahmed (4-44) ensured a winning finish for Woodlands.
The battle for the Championship A title and a place in the Premier Division for next season is going down to the wire.
Leaders Batley are 11 points ahead of Yeadon after both teams record victories which sets up a thrilling final day.
Batley, who have led for much of the season, beat Saltaire by 68 runs while Yeadon maintained their challenge by beating Undercliffe by three wickets.
Now the focus is on next Saturday’s games when Batley entertain Undercliffe and Yeadon visit their old rivals Baildon.
Batley showed no real sign of nerves as they made 195-8 before dismissing Saltaire for 127. Aqsad Ali shone with the ball as he took 5-23.
The Batley total owed much to the efforts of Aqeel Mukhtar (60) as Salman Khan (3-45) and Michael Eglin (3-61) plugged away for Saltaire.
Yeadon’s victory owed much to the performances of three of their younger players. Spinner James Massheder sparkled with 6-38 and was backed up by Max Mciver (4-36) as Undercliffe were all out for 126, Jonathan Hughes making 40.
Yeadon lost early wickets and were 40-4 before Mciver steadied the ship with a fine 60 and Ryan Heptinstall chipped in with 37no.Openeing bowlers Zeeshan Qasim (3-31) and Craig Wiseman (3-33) were the best Undercliffe bowlers.
Birstall moved into the top six with a 46-run win over Baildon. Their total of 197-8 was built around the knocks of Ian Carradice (47), Alexander Debs (45) and Craig Wood (34). Spinners Simon Bailey (3-21) and Mushtaq Ahmed (3-55) were the best of the Baildon bowlers.
Jonny Reynolds made an unbeaten 61 for the Jenny Lane side but he lacked support as they were bowled out for 141. Nick Kaye (4-25) and Craig Wood (3-34) were Birstall’s most successful bowlers.
Skipper Charlie Orme (4-49) and spinner Khalid Usman (3-37) bowled Ossett to a 106-run win at Keighley.
The home side were dismissed for 147 when they replied to Ossett’s 253-9, which featured an unbeaten 55 from Nadim Latif and good contributions from Shabir Rashid (40) and Imran Patel (39).
Kiwi Chris Anderson hit 89 and Harry Duke and unbeaten 57 as Hunslet Nelson secured a seven-wicket win at Liversedge. The home side were restricted to 170-8 with Paul Marlow making 47. The best Nelson bowlers were skipper Will Stiff (3-38) and Patrick Hinchliffe (3-48).
|Townville received the Championship B trophy before their victory at Methley
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Australian Matthew Bremner hit an unbeaten century as champions Townville celebrated receiving the trophy with a convincing eight-wicket win over their old rivals Methley.
Bremner struck threesixes and 13 fours as he shared in an undefeated third-wicket stand of 141 which enabled Townville to pass the Methley score of 201 with 14.1 overs to spare. Opener Jonathan Booth becamne the first player to make 1,000 runs this season during his knock of 17.
Methley had started their innings at a furious pace with Marcus Walmsley (58) and Ashton Blakey (51) taking the attack to the bowlers.
The home side were 113-2 in the 17th over but their innings declined as Conor Harvey (4-64) and spinner Hughes (3-29) got to work.
Second-placed Wrenthorpe went down to a surprise two-wicket defeat at Spen Victoria. The home side chased down Wrenthorpe's total of 221-8 with just five balls to spare .Skipper Oliver Davison (63) and George Deegan (55) led the way.
The highlight of the Wrenthorpe innings was James Glynn's i05 which contained a six and 14 fours. Chris Leaf (39) and skipper Andrew Bourke (36) provided the main support against the persevering Rob Warriner (3-56) and Bradley Davis (3-53).
Overseas player Marupuri Suresh took 4-9 as Bankfoot skittle Altofts out for 66 on their way to an eight-wicket win. Only Matthew Holstein (33no) offered any resistance.
The bottom two, Brighouse and Hartshead Moor, both suffered defeats. Bowling Old Lane scored 268-6 as they defeated Brighouse by 89 runs. Ahsan Butt (75no), Adal Islam (70), and Amjid Hussain (42) led the way. Brighouse were restricted to 179-9 as Fahad Khan picked up 4-62.
Former Yorkshire star Richard Pyrah made a rare appearance for Hartshead Moor but could not save them from another loss. Pyrah top scored with 42 and Martin Ellis made 38 as Hartshead Moor were dismissed for 137 in reply.Colin Theron took 5-38 for Carlton. Half centuries from Chris Wynd (58) and Arman Hussain (53) were the main contributions to Carlton's 224-9.
Left-armer James Russell took 5-33 and Josh Fell (3-52) as Gomersal bowled out Hoptonm <Mills for 122 on their way to a seven-wicket win. Arsaam Malik led the Gomersal reply with 64.
|Buttershaw St Paul's the Conference champions Picture: ©The All Rounder Cricket Bradfgord Premier League
Buttershaw St Paul's secured the Conference title with a crushing eight-wicket win at Azaad after bowling out their opponents for just 78.Skipper James Sawyer (3-15), Dharmesh Mistry (3-12) and Ben Platt (3-26) did the damage.
Kevin McDermott was undefeated on 33 when St Paul's reached their victory target in 16.3 overs.
Northowram Fields, who didn't have a game, will be promoted with them. That is because the Halifax League champions Booth do not wish to take up the opportunity of a place in the new Championship Two next season.
An unbroken third-wicket partnership[ of 168 between William Harrison (98no) and David Bradbrook (78no) enabled Oulton to chase down a Gildersome score of 223 and win by eight wickets.
The Gildersome total had been built around the efforts of Shawn Nyamusa (53) and Haseeb Hashmi (49) while David Flint (3-50) and Garry Dawber (3-63 were the best of the Oulton bowlers.
James Watling (49no) and John Dyson (48) enabled East Leeds to secure a seven-wicket victory over Wakefield St Michael's. They enabled their side to cash in on the good work with the ball by Thomas Chapman (5-37) and Allan Olbison (3-35).
Veteran spinner Mark Heald (4-30) and Ashley Pearson (3-45) bowled East Ardsley to a 69-run win at Heckmondwike & Carlinghow. Paul Cooper (49) and skipper Chris Allen (34) were Heckmondwike's top scorers in a total of 156.
East Ardsley made 225 when they batted first. Louie Hurley led the way with 52 while Cooper (4-52) was the best of the Heckmondwike bowlers.
Crossbank Methodists had James Lord (65no) and Simon Denton (44) to thank as they made 193-7 in their 84-run win over bottom team Rodley.Louis Bentley took 4-13 as Rodley were dismissed for 109.