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Ton-up Connolly leads Ossett to the top

Ton-up Connolly leads Ossett to the top

Premier Division
Ossett v Hanging Heaton
Skipper Nick Connolly made his second century in successive games as Ossett went to the top of the Premier Division with an 18-run win over his former club. They are one point ahead of New Farnley who they play at the Barry Jackson Ground tomorrow.
Connolly’s 111 included 17 fours as was the cornerstone of his side’s total of 260-5. He received good support first from fellow opener Marcus Walmsley (35) and then by Paul Malone (53) as they shared a stand of 104 for the third wicket.

Hanging Heaton quickly slipped to 8-2 but Adam Patel (84) and Callum Geldart (66) came together to add 151 as Hanging Heaton sensed the possibility of chasing down the home side’s score. Callum Bethel (39) tried to maintain the momentum as wickets fell around him as Mubtada Akhtar (5-50) helped Ossett dismiss their visitors for 242 in 47 overs to claim a maximum 20 points.
Bankfoot v New Farnley
New Farnley, who started the day as leaders, decided to bowl first after winning the toss at Wickets Close and restricted their host to159-9. Subhan Ammar (39) and James Lee (34) leading the way against a tidy New Farnley attack.

Openers Lee Goddard (49) and Aidan Langley (34) gave the New Farnley innings early impetus before Adam Waite (40no) guided them to their fifth victory of the season.

Batley v Woodlands
Champions Woodlands survived a scare before securing a three-wicket win in a low-scoring encounter at Mount Pleasant. They slipped to 72-7 in reply to Batley’s score of 102 as Raza Hassan (4-38) and Yasir Ali (3-26) posed real problems, but Tom Clee (21no) dashed Batley’s hopes of a first win by steering Woodlands to their target.

The victory was set up by fine bowling from Muhammad Bilal who found conditions to his liking when Woodlands won the toss and opted to bowl. He took 6-35 as only Yasir Ali (36no) and Nikash Khan (32) managed double figures.

Methley v Pudsey St Lawrence
Leg spinner Archie Scott took 6-35 as Pudsey S Lawrence bowled out Methley for 172 to complete a
28-run win at Little Church Lane. It was the Saints’ fifth straight win and saw them climb above their rivals in the league table.

Opener Alex Cree (58) again battled hard for Methley while James Wainman made 38, but Scott and Charlie Parker (3-37) ensured that the visitors emerged victorious. Earlier, Harry Cullingford (49) and Josh Priestley (46) had helped St Lawrence to make 200 despite good bowling from Wainman (4-33).

Cleckheaton v Townville
Conor Harvey took a hat-trick to trigger a dramatic Cleckheaton collapse which saw them lose their last seven wickets as Townville claimed a three-wicket win at Moorend. Harvey, who finished with 6-50, removed top scorer Kris Ward (90), skipper Mally Nicholson (35) and Toby Booth as the home side plunged from 162-3 to 172 all out.
Townville looked to be cruising to victory while opener Abdul Wahid (50) and Harry Warwick (41) were at the wicket, but new signing Hashim Wajid caused the visitors a few nervous moments by taking 4-44. The result leaves Cleckheaton still seeking their first win.

Farsley v Bradford & Bingley
Australian Corey Miller made a sparkling 120 as Bradford & Bingley defeated Farsley by four wickets after rain led to them being set a DLS target of 239 from 46 overs. Thanks to Miller, who struck three sixes and 13 fours, the Wagon Lane side got home with two balls to spare. His main support came from Lachlan Doidge (37) during a third wicket stand of 106. Will Means (4-65) was the pick of the home bowlers as his side slipped to their fourth straight league defeat.
Earlier, Farsley recovered from 28-3 to make 259-8 with Ryan Cooper – playing against his old club – making 93 and Dan Revis (70) during a fourth wicket alliance of 134. Yasi Abbas led the Bradford & Bingley bowling effort with 4-47.


Premier Division Stats of the day
Top team total: 
260-5 Ossett v Hanging Heaton
Top individual score: 111 Nick Connolly (Ossett v Hanging Heaton)
Best Bowling figures: 6-35 Archie Scott (Pudsey St Lawrence v Methley)

Premier Division Stats of the season
Top team total:
 342-7 Methley v Ossett
Top individual score: 164 Jason Marshall (Methley v Ossett)
Best Bowling figures: 6-19 Joe Pocklington (Farsley v Bankfoot)

Division One
Birstall 191-4 v Baildon 189
Jaymish Patel (6-56) held the key to Birstall’s six-wicket wicket win. His bowling contributed greatly to the visitors being dismissed for 189 despite the efforts of Kevin McDermott (43) Jonny Reynolds (38) and Will Kelly (30).
Birstall were guided to their victory target by Matthew Dyson (81no) Brandon Silverwood (48). They achieved their goal with 6.3 overs to spare. The win moves them up to fifth place and they can go third tomorrow when they entertain second-bottom Morley.

East Bierley v Keighley
Left-arm spinner Danny Cross produced Division One’s best bowling figures of 7-40 as East Bierley scored a thrilling one-wicket win at South View Road. Cross checked the visitors’ progress after Billy Whitford (47) and Noah McFadyen (42) looked to have provided the foundation for a bigger total than the 180 their side finished with. New overseas player Nisar Ahmad took 3-63 on debut.
Sam Gatenby (50), Andy Duckworth (30) and new overseas player Ahmad (30) led the way in the East Bierley innings as McFadyen (4-61) posed the main threat. In the end, East Bierley were thankful that their normal opener Matthew West – batting down at number nine – got them over the line for a much-needed win.


Jer Lane v Undercliffe
Quadratullah Azizi, above, produced a stunning individual performance as Jer Lane maintained their impressive 100 per cent record with a two-wicket win which was achieved with two balls to spare. Set a DLS target of 230 from 40 overs after rain caused the loss of 10 overs, the leaders looked to be floundering at 147-7, despite 78 from Deron Greaves, when Azizi arrived at the wicket and changed the course of the match by blasting an unbeaten 76 from 32 balls. His innings contained seven sixes and six fours and in the final over he hit a four and a six from successive balls to finish the contest.
Azizi didn’t just impress with the bat. The former Brighouse all-rounder took 5-63 as Undercliffe were dismissed for 236 after electing to bat first. There were half centuries for Nick Smith (61), Oliver Hardaker (56) and Danish Hussain (53) but even they were not enough as Jer Lane showed again, they are a side on a mission.

Morley v Pudsey Congs
Overseas player Yohan Mendis (65no) and Rishi Chopra (40) helped guide Pudsey Congs to a six-wicket win which lifted them up to third in the table. They ensured that the Morley score of 154 was overhauled with 6.4 overs to spare at Scatcherd Lane.

Morley skipper Matt Baxter, who promoted himself to opener, top scored with 66, but lacked support as spinner Sam Wisniewski picked up 4-48. The result leaves Morley in 11th place and hoping for a much-needed boost when they visit Birstall tomorrow.

Gomersal v Carlton
Jonathan Rudge took 6-29 as second place Carlton bowled out Gomersal for 106 to return to winnings ways with a 150-run victory. Andy Gorrod (41) was the only Gomersal batsman to make an impression.
Carlton recovered from having both their openers dismissed for ducks by Gomersal’s overseas player Lwandiswa Zuma (4-65) to post a score of 256. Dan Ford (61) and Nick Busby (43) sparked the revival before big-hitting Farrouk Alam Provided the finishing flourish with a breezy 75 which contained five sixes and eight fours. Nick Schofield finished with 3-54 for Gomersal.


Wrenthorpe v East Ardsley
Spinner Daanyaal Ahmed produced his best figures of the season of 6-35 as East Ardsley finally registered their first win of the season by beating bottom side Wrenthorpe by eight wickets. Adal Islam (71) battled hard and opener Mohammad Usman made 33 but the home side’s score of 165 proved to be inadequate.

Muhammad Tariq ensured that East Ardsley didn’t miss out on the chance to bag a maximum 20 points by making an unbeaten 80. James Van der Merwe provided support with 37.

Division One Stats of the day
Top team total: 256 Carlton v Gomersal
Top individual score: 81no Matthew Dyson (Birstall v Baildon)
Best Bowling figures: 7-40 Danny Cross (East Bierley v Keighley)

Division One Stats of the season
Top team total:
 345-2 Keighley v Morley
Top individual score: 160 Kevin McDermott (Baildon v Morley)
Best Bowling figures:
 7-40 Danny Cross (East Bierley v Keighley)

Division Two
Yeadon v Sandal
Adeel Ashraf hit a fine century as Yeadon recorded a 12-run win which moves them up to fourth place, just one point behind Sandal. Ashraf stroked two sixes and 15 fours as he made exactly 100, while Muhammad Khan (38) and Gareth Lee (35) helped their side to a total of 213 against a bowling attack in which Sam Noden (4-42) and Zaeem Zulfqar (3-50) enjoyed the most success.

Sandal fell behind the required rate despite Matthew Westwood making 58, Karl Hewitt (33) and Leighton Shuttleworth (32) as they finished on 201-6. Spinner Lee took 4-76.

Lightcliffe v Hunslet Nelson
Leaders Lightcliffe capitalised on their decision to put Hunslet Nelson in as they dismissed their visitors for 69 on their way to a nine-wicket win. Jonathan Whiteoak (3-28) did the early damage before Peter Dobson (4-10) got in on the action. Evan Edwards was 29 not out when Lightcliffe secured a victory which gives them a 25-point lead over second place Northowram Fields.

Crossflatts v Bowling Old Lane
Hazrat Abbas and Imran Malik both made 84 as they shared a third wicket partnership of 120 which helped Old Lane to make 267-7 in their rain affect clash at Crossflatts.
The home side were given a DLS target of 249 from 47 overs but despite the efforts of Joe Hicks (60), Dom Bennett (37) and James Powell (35) they finished on 237-8 as Shahzaib Khan picked up 4-32 and Gurdev Singh (4-71).

Great Preston v Northowram Fields
Great Preston’s decision to bat first backfired as they were bowled out for 110 with Sam Gardner (5-45) and Jason Smith (3-24) posing problems for the home batters. Second place Northowram Fields eased to a five-wicket win with in-form opener Kyle Welsh finishing 47 not out.

Hopton Mills v Buttershaw St Paul’s

The Hopton Mills batsmen were in good form as they compiled a total of 268-4 in their 143-run win. Imran Patel (90no) and Sohail Hussain (80) added 114 for the fourth wicket before Umar Abbas hit a brisk unbeaten 52. St Paul’s never looked like challenging the home side’s score and were bowled out for 125 with Abbas impressing with 5-52 and Usman Maqsood picking up 3-24.

Wakefield St Michael’s v Hartshead Moor
Bottom side Hartshead Moor were bowled out for just 79 as they slipped to a disappointing five-wicket defeat. Only Hasnat Yousaf and Danny Squire made double figures as Lee Gelderd (4-27) and Conor Andrews (3-12) found conditions to their liking.
Opener Latif Mangalarapu (36) ensured that St Michael’s secured the victory despite the efforts of Squire (3-35). The result leaves Hartshead Moor 17 points adrift of second bottom Hunslet Nelson.

Division Two Stats of the day
Top team total: 
267-7 Bowling Old Lane v Crossflatts
Top individual score: 100 Adeel Ashraf (Yeadon v Sandal)
Best Bowling figures: 5-45 Sam Gardner (Northowram Fields v Great Preston)

Division Two Stats of the season

Top team total: 353-4 Buttershaw St Paul's v Northowram Fields
Top individual score: 139 Kurt Chalker (Hunslet Nelson v Hopton Mills)
Best Bowling figures: 6-30 Umar Abbas (Hopton Mills v Bowling Old Lane)

Division Three

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v Adwalton
Owais Hussain led the way with 114 as Heckmondwike & Carlinghow made Adwalton regret their decision to ask them to bat first by making the day’s highest score of 303-6. Hussain hit three sixes and 14 fours and was backed up by Hamza Shahzad (41) and Usman Qureshi (32). Anas Imtiaz picked up three wickets for the visitors, but they cost him 96 runs.
Adwalton, who were previously unbeaten, made 227-7 to lose by 76 runs, a result that saw them lose the leadership to Liversedge. In-form Matty Waller (88) top scored for Adwalton while Wasim Khaliq (4-48) was the best of the home bowlers.


Gildersome & Farnley Hill v Liversedge
Parvaise Khan produced an impressive all-round performance which propelled Liversedge to a eight-wicket win and enabled them to take over the leadership of Division Three. Khan, who topped both the batting and bowling averages for Brighouse last season, took 5-33 as the home side were bowled out for 142, Josh Sturgess top scoring with 63.
Khan followed up with an unbeaten 60 as he and Imran Dawood (58) put on 102 for the first wicket as Liversedge eased to victory.

Scholes v East Leeds
Fourth place Scholes dismissed East Leeds for just 99 as they romped to a seven-wicket win. Zahid Tarvas (48) was the only batsman to make an impression as Mahleb Mahmood picked up 5-14. Hamza Khan and Christian Jackson were both 29 not out when Scholes reached their target.


Windhill & Daisy Hill v Spen Victoria

Paolo Girardi is proving to be a good capture for Spen Victoria. The former Kirkheaton player took 5-33 as his side bowled out Windhill & Daisy Hill for 123 to complete a 54-run win which has lifted them to fifth in the table. Abid Awain (3-38) gave him good support as only Shoaib Iqbal (40) threatened to spoil their good work.
Amjid Tariq (36), Bilal Ejaz (35) and Girardi (32) were the main contributors to Spen’s total of 177 while the best home bowler was veteran Maz Bhatti (4-51).


Altofts v Crossbank Methodists

Alfie Oliver (5-28) and Craig Wood (4-19) showed no mercy for Crossbank Methodists as they bowled them out for 75. Opener Andrew Wood (29no) helped Altofts complete a five-wicket win.


Brighouse v Rodley

The Brighouse batsmen led the way in their 123-run win. Rameez Khan (65) Nasir Mehmood (64 and Zain Jamsed (47) helped them post 271-8 despite Jacques Moss taking 4-76. Khan followed up his half century by taking 3-33 as Rodley were bowled out for 148.

Division Three Stats of the day
Top team total: 303-8 Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v Adwalton
Top individual score: 114 Owais Hussain (Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v Adwalton)
Best Bowling figures: 5-14 Mahleb Mahmood (Scholes v East Leeds)

Division Three Stats of the season
Top team total:
 375-7 Brighouse v Crossbank Methodists
Top individual score: 137no Gul Hussain (Brighouse v Crossbank Methodists)
Best Bowling figures: 8-30 Greg Keywood (Scholes v Gildersome & Farnley Hill)

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