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Batley win adds twist to title battle

Batley win adds twist to title battle

Premier Division
Jer Lane v Batley

Batley added a late twist to the Premier Division title race when they inflicted a seven-run defeat on leaders Jer Lane.
With second place Woodlands pocketing a maximum 20 points their lead has been cut to just six points ahead of Saturday’s final round of fixtures. Jer Lane complete their programme at home to Pudsey Congs while Woodlands are away to relegated East Bierley.
Batley were bowled out for 176 with 176 Ijy Dar (4-35) and Haroon Mahmood (4-61) among the wickets.
Jer Lane looked to be on track for victory until Haris Butt (52) and Miraj Khan (38) were dismissed. Their lower order crumbled with the last five wickets going down for 30 runs as Hamzah Hafeez (4-31) and Raja Immi (3-55) as Batley secured victory.

Woodlands v Gomersal
Woodlands showed no mercy for the nine men of Gomersal as they powered to a 184-run win.
Cieran Garner (99), Nicky Rushworth (57) and Josh Griffin (50no) led the way as Woodlands made309. Jordan Bloom (5-62) and Ryan Kitson (3-71) proved the best of the Gomersal bowlers.
Skipper Craig Woodhead (31) top scored as Gomersal were bowled out for 125 with Josh Griffin taking 4-44. The result means Gomersal must win their final game at home to New Farnley and hope that Morley do not pick up six points against Hanging Heaton if they are to avoid relegation.

Morley v East Bierley
Harish Krishnesh hit the final ball of the game for four to secure a two-wicket win for Morley which puts them in touching distance of safety and confirmed East Bierley’s relegation to Division One.
Krishnesh finished unbeaten on 46 and was joined in an unbroken ninth wicket stand of 37 by skipper Andrew Kirkwood as East Bierley’s total of  228-9 was overhauled.
Ben Richardson (51) and Aryan Singh (37) were the other key figures in the successful run chase after Ross Monaghan (3-54) had posed early problems.
Tom Hoyle (68), Hamza Saeed (54) and Nick Firth (45) helped  East Bierley claim maximum batting points despite the efforts of Chris Blakeney (4-54).

Bowling Old Lane v Pudsey St Lawrence
There was also a close finish at Birch Lane where Pudsey St Lawrence secured a nail-biting three run win.
Their total of 171, which featured an unbeaten 73 from David Heslop and 52 from Brian Devine (52) looked modest after Zeeshan Haider (5-43) and Umar Zubair (3-4) got to work.
St Lawrence quickly reduced their opponents to 14-4 before Naeem Khan (65) sparked a revival.
Only three runs were needed for victory when he was the ninth man out, a victim of Oliver Whyte (4-28). St Lawrence quickly took the last wicket to secure the win. Joshua Allinson (3-47) was the other key bowler for St Lawrence.

Pudsey Congs v New Farnley
Pudsey Congs secured their first win of the weekend when they defeated third place New Farnley by four wickets. Skipper Adam Patrick (39) helped them chase down the visitors’ score of 163-9.
Ed Denton was the best of the New Farnley bowlers with 3-29 on a day when his side failed to make the most of batting first. Max Chaplin (38), Jonny Phillips (35) and Andrew Langley (34no) were their main contributors as Vas Rajagopalan (4-34) and Liam Stanhope (3-35) led the home bowling effort.

Bowling Old Lane v Pudsey Congs
Congs made it two victories in two days as they overcame Bowling Old Lane by five wickets. Ross Kettlewell (5-51) and Babar Butt (3-22) helped dismiss the home side for 141, Faizan Haider top scoring with 32.
Congs slipped to 75-5 in reply before Butt (37no) and Joe Stolarski (30no) steered their side home with an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 70.

Hanging Heaton v Bankfoot
Bankfoot were another side to record two wins over the weekend. The first came when Saqib Asghar (80), Mohammed Sudase (56) and Samad Rahman (45) enabled them to chase down a Hanging Heaton score of 241-8 to win by four wickets.
Will Rich (72) and Bobby McFarlane (56) were the top scorers for the 2021 champions as Samad Rahman (3-68) and Sudase (3-75) took the bowling honours for Bankfoot.

Bankfoot v New Farnley
Samad Rahman (57no) hit the winning runs with three balls to spare as Bankfoot recorded their second win successive days and made it a blank weekend for New Farnley.
Abu Hurairah Senior (53) also played a big part in the pursuit of New Farnley’s total of 211. Spinner Sam Barraclough took 4-73 but could not save his side from defeat.
Rahman had earlier made his mark with the ball as he picked up 4-29 and was backed up by Mohammad Addas (3-54). New Farnley’s innings had started brightly through Joe Pyrah (45) and Jonny Phillips (37) before falling away.

Premier Division Stats of the day
Top team total: 309 Woodlands v Gomersal
Top individual score: 99 Cieran Garner (Woodlands v Gomersal)
Best Bowling figures: 5-43 Zeeshan Haider (Bowling Old Lane v Pudsey St Lawrence.
Season’s top stats
Top team total: 345-7 Jer Lane v Morley
Top individual score: 174no Miraj Khan (Jer Lane v Batley)
Best Bowling figures: 7-32 Haroon Mahmood (Jer Lane v Morley)

Division One
Bradford & Bingley v Baildon

Baildon have set up a thrilling finish to the battle for the second promotion spot after defeating Bradford & Bingley by 14 runs. It means that just one point covers the three teams fighting to join Farsley in the Premier Division next season.
Lightcliffe, who beat Carlton by five wickets, are second by virtue of having secured one more win than Bradford & Bingley who are level with them n 304 points. Baildon have 303 going into the last round of fixtures.
Lightcliffe have a home game against relegated Hartshead Moor while Bradford & Bingley are away to Cleckheaton and Baildon visit Yeadon.
Veteran leg spinner Jamie Abbott held the key to Baildon’s win at Wagon Lane with 6-43 as Bradford & Bingley were dismissed for 78 despite 66 from Matthew Swallow.
Baildon’s total of 192 featured 61 by Stefan Mather and 41 from George Barker. Archie Barraclough (4-42), James Dobson (3-26) and Reece Cockshott (3-64) shared the wickets.

Carlton v Lightcliffe
Lightcliffe moved into pole position for a swift return to the top flight thanks to skipper David Knight. He hit 80 and was joined in a fifth wicket stand of 105 by Finn Brookes (38no) as Lightcliffe built on the work of opener Michael Brooke (48) to chase down the Carlton score of 235-8.
Simon Parker (83) and Michael Hodgkins (76) were the main contributors for Carlton as Ryan Beeforth (5-94) and Conor Butterworth (3-42) led the Lightclife bowling effort.

Farsley v Methley

Andrew Sims produced a fine all-round performance as champions Farsley defeated Methley by three wickets. After taking 6-28 as Methley were dismissed for 134, Sims made 62 as his side secured victory. Jake McCaffrey (42) top scored for Methley.

Cleckheaton v Great Preston
Craig Blackburn made an unbeaten 88 as Cleckheaton cruised to a nine-wicket victory over relegated Great Preston. Matty Illingworth (68) top scores in Great Preston’s score of 138

East Ardsley v Yeadon
Yeadon were quite literally blown away as Steve Blow (7-22) produced the division’s best bowling figures of the day to secure a 168-run win for East Ardsley. Yead, despite an unbeaten 45 from Patrick Parker, were bowled out for 88 in reply to their opponents’ score of 256-7. Tom Daniels (65), Matt Redgwick (45no) and Ashley Chapman (43) led the way for the homes side while Kamran Khan (3-45) was the best of Yeadon’s bowlers.

Townville v Hartshead Moor
Openers Steve Walton (53no) and Kieran Samuels (34) helped Townville secure an eight-wicket win over relegated Hartshead Moor. Spinner Niall Charles picked up 3-20 as the visitors were bowled out for 121, Dave Baldwin making 31.

Division One Stats of the day
Top team total:
256-7 East Ardsley v Yeadon
Top individual score: 88no Craig Blackburn (Cleckheaton v Great Preston)
Best Bowling figures: 7-22 Steve Blow (East Ardsley v Yeadon)
Season’s top stats
Top team total: 444 Bradford & Bingley v Great Preston
Top individual score: 221 Matthew Swallow (Bradford & Bingley v Great Preston)
Best Bowling figures: 8-23 Elliot Hallas (Cleckheaton v Baildon)

Brighouse celebrate after receiving the Division Two championship Picture: Ray Spencer

Division Two
Brighouse v Altofts
Altofts defeated champions Brighouse by 93 runs to boost their hopes of sneaking into the second promotion place. They have 283 points and are 12 behind second place Undercliffe who they entertain at the Clive Jackson Ground on Saturday.
Their match winner was Jaymes Hollingworth who returned superb figures of 7-38 as Brighouse were bowled out for 75 with Muhammad Bajwa scoring 32.
Sam Dennison (64) and Steven Rigby (39) top scored in the Altofts total of 168. Omar Malik (3-29) and Mohammed Imran (3-47) were the best of the Brighouse bowlers.

Undercliffe v Keighley
Undercliffe maintained their hold on second place with a seven-wicket win at Intake Road. Absar Hussain (99) and Craig Brook (43no) helped their side chase down the visitors’ total of 215. Jamie Wilmshurst (90), Lucas Keslinke (32) and Awais Khan 931no) were the top scorers for Keighley.

Northowram Fields v Ossett
Fourth place Northowram Fields recorded their 14th win of the season as they overcame Ossett by 114 runs. James Norcliffe (83) and Steve Elliott (35) helped Northowram Fields post a score of 271-6 before dismissing Ossett for 157 with Todd Reeday taking 3-49.
Buttershaw St Paul’s v Liversedge
Relegated Buttershaw St Paul’s picked up only their fourth win of the season as they defeated Liversedge by 23 runs. Dylan Silson (95) and Clark Bolton (37) helped St Paul’s make 225-9 despite the work of Riyaz Motala (5-49) and Reuben Shuttleworth (3-35).
Jacob Lonsdale (82no) and Joe Shuttleworth (35) led the Liversedge response of 202 but Dan Bolland (4-49) and Scott Smith (4-64) helped secure victory for St Paul’s.

Sandal v Birstall
Sandal skipper Ian Shuttleworth made an unbeaten 92 to steer his side to a two-wicket win. Shuttleworth ensured that Sandal overhauled Birstall’s score of 170. Daniel Pauley (38) and Aamir Malik (33) were the best of the Birstall bowlers as Richard Gibson (4-42) and Phil Yeadon (3-46) posed the main threat.


Hopton Mills v Wakefield St Michael’s
Stephen Bland (57) and Arshad Ali (55no) steered Hopton Mills to a nine-wicket win after Phil Scott had helped them bowl out bottom side for 119 with Phil Scott taking 3-16.

Division Two Stats of the day
Top team total:
271-6 Northowram Fields v Ossett
Top individual score: 99 Absar Hussain (Undercliffe v Keighley)
Best Bowling figures: 7-38 Jaymes Hollingworth (Altofts v Brighouse)
Season’s top stats:

Top team total: 396-6 Liversedge v Buttershaw St Paul’s
Top individual score: 182 Will Atkin (Liversedge v Buttershaw St Paul’s)
Best Bowling figures: 9-33 Zafar Mahmood (Brighouse v Keighley)

Division Three
Hunslet Nelson v Adwalton

Hunslet Nelson boosted their promotion challenge with two victories. It means they go into the final game four points behind leaders East Leeds, but they know they cannot afford to slip up as Crossflatts and Heckmondwike & Carlinghow could still pip them.
The final day fixtures see Hunslet nelson visit Scholes, Heckmondwike & Carlinghow host East Leeds and Crossflatts host Adwalton.
Chris Allan provided the inspiration for Saturday’s 224-run win over Adwalton. He hit 131 not out – his second century of the season – which included four sixes and 20 fours.
Jamal Khojani (94) shared a second wicket stand of 176 as Hunslet Nelson scored 282-2 before bowling out Adwalton for 58. Jason Warriner (4-24) and Joshua Morris (4-27) did much of the damage

Hunslet Nelson v Rodley
Nelson were made to battle hard for their seven-run win over a determined Rodley side on Sunday. Alex Rose (5-54
) proved to be the key bowler as Rodley were restricted to 188-8 in reply to Nelson’s score of 195-6. Luis Sugden (59) and John Waterfield (51) top scored for the visitors.
Hunslet nelson bult their total around the solid efforts of Joe Smith (48), Omar Aziz (39), Freddie Halls (34) and Chris Allen (32). Waterfield picked up 3-32.

East Leeds v Gildersome & Farnley Hill
Shaan Ahmed blasted six sixes and 14 fours while making 101 as leaders East Leeds piled up 323 in their 195-run win over Gildersome & Farnley Hill. Ahmed was joined in a fifth wicket stand of 159 by Rajab Ali (73). David Farrell (3-81) and Kavan Patel (3-60) were the pick of the Gildersome & Farnley Hill bowlers.
Shamoon Mushtaq (5-28) proved to be the best of the East Leeds attack as Gildersome & Farnley Hill were bowled out for 128, Kavan Patel making 36.

Crossflatts v Wrenthorpe
James Powell made 117 as Crossflatts maintained their promotion challenge with a 172-run win. Powell hit 20 fours and was supported by Tom Greenwood (46) and Lee Bailey (41) in a total of 292-6. Powell followed up with 3-16 as Wrenthorpe were dismissed for 120.

Rodley v Spen Victoria

Louis Jackson (4-33) and Razeb Raja (3-26) bowled out Rodley for 91 as Spen Victoria secured a 51-run win. Jerome Austin (47) and Mohammad Hussain (37) top scored in Spen’s 142.
Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v Windhill & Daisy Hill
Heckmondwike & Carlinghow made light work of defeating Windhill & Daisy Hill by nine wickets. Imran Akhtar (5-13) and Javed Iqbal (4-26) bowled out the visitors for 91
. Taimoor Aziz (45) and Saleem Akhtar (30no) steered their side to victory.

Crossbank Methodists v Scholes
Sam Anderson (5-48) and Simon Copland (3-24) helped Crossbank Methodists complete an 18-run win. Muhammed Awais (59) and David Townsend (44) led the Scholes reply but their side were bowled out for 184.
Dan Winner (61), and Joseph Hampshaw (42) helped Crossbank to make 202 when they batted first. Richard West (3-27) and Finley Townsend (3-53) were the best of the Scholes bowlers.

Division Three Stats of the day
Top team total: 
323 East Leeds v Gildersome & Farnley Hill
Top individual score:
 131no Chris Allan (Hunslet Nelson v Adwalton)
Best Bowling figures: 5-13 Imran Akhtar (Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v Windhill & Daisy Hill)
Season’s top stats
Top team total: 373-6 Crossflatts v Adwalton
Top individual score: 181no Peter Jackson (Spen Victoria v Wrenthorpe)
Best Bowling figures: 8-30 Kavan Patel (Gildersome & Farnley Hill v Spen Victoria)

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