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Ravat's ton powers Batley to victory

Ravat's ton powers Batley to victory

Imran Ravat hit a century as Batley completed a thrilling run chase to beat Woodlands by two wickets in the Premier Division.

Ravat, who struck six sixes and nine fours, was supported by Saqif Ridwan (72) in a second wicket stand of 144 while Mohammad Al Hayat chipped in with 48 as the home side’s score of 298-9 was passed with seven balls to spare despite the efforts of Shamas Zahir (4-44).

Opener Nicky Rushworth (92), Josh Griffin (86) and Jack Bleazard (43) were the main contributors for Woodlands when they batted first.

In contrast to the 602 runs at Albert Terrace, 18 wickets fell for just 91 runs as Hanging Heaton edged a two-wicket win over Pudsey St Lawrence at Tofts Road.

St Lawrence were skittled out for just 44 with Finnley Morgan taking 4-6 and Ghulam Hussain (3-25). Hanging Heaton didn’t find batting any easier as Jordan Moore (4-17) and Adam Frost (4-21) posed problems, but the visitors just scraped home.

New Farnley defeated East Bierley by 116 in a repeat of the 2019 Priestley Shield final. The New Farnley score of 305-3 was built around two big partnerships. Mark Lawson (83) and Joe Pyrah (48) added 141 for the second wicket before Tom Lilley (67no) and Chris Sowden (61no) put together an unbroken 119 for the fourth wicket. East Bierley’s 189-9 was dominated by a battling 103 from Harrison Kelly, who hit two sixes and ten fours.

Another batsman to make a century was Lightcliffe’s opener Michael Brooke, pictured. He made 103 and was joined in a second wicket alliance of 150 by Rhys Jowett (69) while Evan Edwards chipped in with 37 to swell their side’s score to 278-5 in the 131-run win over Yeadon.

Marcus Kelly (4-58) took the bowling honours as Yeadon’s largely youthful line up was bowled out for 142. The experienced Andrew Pickering (38) top scored while his son Simeon made 32.

Bowling Old Lane recorded their second win when they overcame Gomersal by 39 runs. Old Lane’s total of 253-9 featured contributions from Naeem Khan (52), Khalil Ur Rehman 50, Umar Zahoor (44) and Umar Zubair (37no),

Daniel Grant (63) and Lewis Edmond (39) top scored in Gomersal’s 214 while Fahad Khan (3-32) and Saad Khan (3-34) were the best of the Old Lane bowlers.

Morley registered their first win by defeating promoted Bankfoot by four wickets at Scatcherd Lane. Their triumph was set up by bowlers Jack Hepworth (4-23) and Richard Winn (4-32) as the visitors were dismissed for 126, Hamza Khan top scoring with 40.

Division One
Bradford & Bingley, Great Preston and Pudsey Congs all recorded their second wins of the campaign and are the early pacesetters.

Lewis Brown (75), Jack Sharp (49no) and Phil Broadley (35) helped Bradford & Bingley to 208-3 in their 31-run win over Northowram Fields. Jake Phillips (4-31) proved to be their key bowler as Northowram Fields, despite 57 from Lewis Moore, were dismissed for 177.

Great Preston made the division’s highest score of 313-6 as they overcame Methley by 179 runs. Alastair Firth (81), Jamie Wills (66) and Richard White (34) led the way while Joe Schofield took 4-42 as Methley were bowled out for 134. Vinnie Banks (49) and Charlie Winter (44) were the top scorers for the losers.

Young opener Bilal Butt made an unbeaten 43 to guide Pudsey Congs to a four-wicket victory against Keighley. He made sure his side staved off the threat posed by Harry Barker (4-27) as they overhauled Keighley’s 101-9. Vas Rajagopolan (3-12) and Adam Patrick (3-33) were the most-successful Congs bowlers.

East Ardsley opener Oliver Appleyard hit a six and 15 fours while making 106 to set his side on course for a 73-run win over Cleckheaton.  He was joined in a second wicket stand of 178 by Daniel McTiernan (74) as a total of 256-4 was posted.

Kayne Whitehead and Richard Noble both made 48 as their side made 183-8. The best of the East Ardsley bowlers was Tom Heald with 4-61.

Haroon Mahmood (5-47) and Raja Khan (3-29) helped bowl out Carlton for 135 as Jer Lane secured a three-wicket win. Dean Hans made 54 in the successful run chase. Simon Parker (37) and Lee Hurst (3-28) were the best performers for Carlton.

George Barker (82) and Simon McDermott (41) helped Baildon to 239-9 in their 137-run victory over Farsley despite the efforts of Richard Sutcliffe (4-36) and Richard Weaver (3-52). Baildon’s win was sealed when Haris Hussain (4-14) and Stefan Mather (4-28) helped dismiss Farsley for 102.

Division Two

Hartshead Moor are the early leaders after defeating Wrenthorpe by seven wickets to record their second win of the season.

Wrenthorpe were restricted to 152-9 despite the knocks of 53 by Aaron Dyer and Joe Wigglesworth (33). Robert Swift (3-54) was the best Hartshead Moor bowler while Joe Bowman (41), Andrew Croft (35) and Laurence Brooke (32no) ensured they had no alarms reaching their victory target.

Townville are two points behind Hartshead Moor after their six-wicket win over Ossett. Charlie Sykes (74) and Kieran Samuels (37) ensured they eased past their opponents’ score of 143. Michael Edwards made a determined 58 for Ossett as Fin Walton (3-15) and Luke Slater (3-58) posed the main threat.

Liversedge batsman Rayan Shahzad suffered the frustration of scoring a century and ending up on the losing side. He hit 17 fours, but his side were bowled out for 180 to lose by 16 runs against Hopton Mills.

Phil Scott took 5-27 and ensured that Mills built on the earlier work of Richard Fenwick (57) and Faraz Ahmed (45) which enabled them to make 196-9. The best of the Liversedge bowlers was Jaideep Dhangar with 4-63.

Half centuries from Sam Isles (65no) and Brandon Silverwood (55) helped Birstall to 227-7 as they defeated Wakefield St Michael’s by 77 runs. Luke Otley’s unbeaten 49 was the top scorer in the St Michael’s total of 150-8. Daniel Marlowe (4-54) was the best of the Birstall bowlers.

Sandal had a comfortable six-wicket win over Altofts after bowling their rivals out for 90. The bowling honours were shared by Sufi Rafi (3-12), Richard Gibson (3-14) and Jamie Pease (3-36). Chris Gibson made 37 in the successful run chase.

Tom Marshall (5-27) and Andrew Ingham (3-22) helped Adwalton bowl out Undercliffe for 86 on their way to a six-wicket victory.

Division Three
Crossflatts maintained their winning start to their first season in the league by pulling off a one-wicket win over Rodley with four balls to spare.

Oliver Garth (43) was one of seven players to make double figure scores as Rodley’s 214-7 was chased down despite the efforts of Sam Middleton (3-38) and Gary Sagar (3-43).

Sagar was extremely unfortunate to be on the losing side after hitting an unbeaten 115 when his side batted first. His innings contained 15 fours and he was the one player to dominate a bowling attack in which Mark Pennington took 3-51.

Another player to suffer the anguish of seeing his side lose after scoring a century was Christian Duncan of Crossbank Methodists. He struck a six and 18 fours while making 108 during an opening stand of 158 with Tyler Woodhouse (51no) which helped Crossbank Methodists to make 223-4.

Scholes paced their reply well and half centuries from Nick Firth (65) and Andrew Spencer (50) as them home with five wickets down.

Crossflatts are one point behind Buttershaw St Paul’s who are the early leaders after their 167-run victory over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow. Ben Maddison (73) and Harrison Whittaker (66) helped St Paul’s to make 289.

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow found the going tough against Pritesh Lad (6-17) and Pritesh Mistry (4-51) and were all out for 122.

Brighouse piled up the division’s highest score of 339-5 on their way to a 162-run win at Gildersome & Farnley Hill. Sohail Akram led the way with an unbeaten 106 while Muhammad Bajwa (69) and Shahid Farooq (51) added to the suffering of the Gildersome & Farnley Hill bowlers.

Mark Hinchcliffe (50) and John Crowther (40no) were the top scorers as Gildersome & Farnley Hill replied with 177-8. The best Brighouse bowler was Masroor Ahmed (4-43).

Thomas Brooke-Mawson (5-14) and Daniel Brooke-Mawson (4-43) bowled out East Leeds for 95 to secure a 78-run for Hunslet Nelson. Hassan Mushtaq dominated the East Leeds innings with 74.

Conor McPherson (59) and Dan Calverley (36) top scored in Nelson’s 173 while Shamoon Mushtaq (3-31) and Daanish Sadique (3-47) were the best East Leeds bowlers.

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