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Lawson makes his mark with new ball

Lawson makes his mark with new ball


New Farnley regain leadership on 125 points after nine-wicket win over Ossett who drop from first to fifth.

  • Woodlands are second five points behind after defeating Methley by six wickets
  • Townville and Pudsey St Lawrence are both a further seven points back after defeating Batley and Bankfoot respectively
  • There’s a first win for Cleckheaton who defeat Bradford & Bingley by 36 runs

Farsley hit the day’s highest score as they beat Hanging Heaton

Birstall go third in Division One with win over Morley

Premier Division

New Farnley v Ossett
New Farnley roared back to the top of the Premier Division with an emphatic nine-wicket win over an Ossett side that started the day as leaders and finished it in fifth place.
Mark Lawson, who had missed Saturday’s seven-wicket win at Bankfoot through illness, marked his return to action by opening the bowling and taking 5-23 as the visitors were dismissed for 72 after being put in to bat.

Ossett, who had won five of their previous six games, were soon in trouble at 18-5, and only Mubtada Akhtar (23) and Sam Storr (18) reached double figures.
New Farnley skipper Lee Goddard was unbeaten on 32 when his side reached their victory target in 12.3 overs.


Mark Robertshaw was in good form for Pudsey St Lawrence against Bankfoot Picture: Ray Spencer

Charlie Best attacks the Bankfoot bowling during his fine knock Picture: Ray Spencer

Charlie Best salutes his century for Pudsey St Lawrence. Picture: Ray Spencer
Pudsey St Lawrence v Bankfoot

Charlie Best, top picture, hit a century and Charlie Parker picked up six wickets as St Lawrence defeated Bankfoot by 128 runs they record their sixth successive Premier Division win at Tofts Road. Best provided the platform for victory by making an unbeaten 106, an innings containing two sixes and 10 fours. He was joined in an opening stand of 139 with Mark Robertshaw (79) while Josh Priestley chipped in with 35 as the home side posted a score of 267-4. Seif Hussain picked up three wickets for Bankfoot, but they cost him 92 runs.
Bankfoot were soon in trouble when they batted as left-armer Parker produced his best performance of the season. He returned figures of 6-31 as the visitors were dismissed for 139.

Next up for St Lawrence, who are fourth, is a trip to table topping New Farnley on Saturday.


Charlie Parker impressed with figures of 6-31. Picture: Ray Spencer

Woodlands v Methley
Tom Clee produced his second important contribution of the weekend to guide second place Woodlands to a six-wicket win. He hit an unbeaten 50 as the champions defeated Methley by six wickets to record their second win of the weekend.

Tim Jackson also made 50 while Sam Frankland scored 37 as Methley’s total of 178 was overhauled. Cameron Sharp was the best of the visitors’ bowlers with 3-44.
Former Woodlands batter Jordan Laban top scored with 62 for the visitors while Tom Chippendale made 30. The leg spin of Brad Schmulian again proved to be a useful weapon in the Woodlands bowling armoury as he picked up 4-46.

Townville v Batley
After losing their first two games of the season by narrow margins, Townville have now won five on the trot and occupy third place in the table. Their latest victory was by six wickets against a Batley side still searching for their first win.
Anwar Ul-Haq (43), Kasir Maroof (37) and Mohammad Bhoola (31) battled hard but Batley’s total of 192-9 was not enough to hold off the Castleford side. Conor Harvey (4-45) and Jack Hughes (4-60) were the most successful bowlers while Tom Brook yielded just 15 runs from 11 miserly overs.
Harry Clewett’s unbeaten 70 and Jonny Booth’s 39 ensured that Townville reached their target with 9.5 overs to spare. Yasir Ali was the best of the Batley bowlers with 3-64.

Bradford & Bingley v Cleckheaton
Overseas player Yousaf Baber dazzled with an unbeaten 147 as Cleckheaton defeated Bradford & Bingley by 36 runs to record their first win of the season. The Moorend side remain in the bottom two but only by virtue of an inferior run rate to Hanging Heaton who also have 49 points.
The talented Pakistani hit two sixes and 16 fours as he helped his side recover from 22-2 to compile their highest total of the season of 265-3. Baber also featured in two big partnerships. He added 119 for the third wickets with Richard Pyrah (41), and an unbroken 124 for the fourth wicket with skipper Mally Nicholson (53no).
Bradford & Bingley captain Ed Brown (82) and Australian Corey Miller (54) led the home side’s reply of 229 which faltered in the face of fine bowling from former Yorkshire and Scotland seamer Iain Wardlaw (5-41).

Hanging Heaton v Farsley
Farsley ended their run of four defeats with a convincing 141-run at Bennett Lane as they piled up the day’s biggest score of 307-7.

Consistent opener Chris Beech (84) led the way and was backed up by Ryan Cooper (52), Jonathan Read (3)5 and Jack Timby (31). Callum Geldart was the most successful bowler with 3-62.

Young Tom Lindsay showed what a powerful hitter he is by striking five sixes and eight fours while making top score of 81 as Hanging Heaton were bowled out for 166. Farsley skipper Matthew Lumb (5-44) and James Rogers (3-21) did the damage as the Red Lane side bagged 20 points.

Premier Division Stats of the day
Top team total: 307-7 Farsley v Hanging Heaton
Top individual score: 147no Yusaf Baber (Cleckheaton v Bradford & Bingley)
Best Bowling figures: 6-31 Archie Scott (Pudsey St Lawrence v Bankfoot)
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 v Morley
Birstall moved up to third place after bagging 19 points for a five-wicket win over their near-neighbours.
Brandon Silverwood (48), Brad Lay (39), James Mistry (32) and Nick Kaye (32no) enabled Birstall to chase down the Morley score of 202-8. Spinner David Nebard picked up 3-42 but could not halt the Birstall victory charge.
Morley slipped to 50-5 when they batted first but wicketkeeper Liam Thomas (68) and Joel Murnan (39) added 102 for the sixth wicket to give their side a lift. When Nebard added a useful 35 the visitors were able to bag a fourth batting point. Ryan Gray (3-30) and Jaymish Patel (3-49) were the pick of the bowlers.


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