Ashley Free's Second Teams Review August 18

Ashley Free's Second Teams Review August 18

19 Aug 2018


Woodlands took a huge step towards winning the Premier Division title as they completed a double victory to open a 30-point lead at the top.

On Saturday they won by six wickets at Pudsey Congs as they successfully chased down 118. On Sunday at Gomersal they chased down the home side’s 236-5 in which Jordan Bloom (77), Tony Blain (56) were the top scorers.

Liam Brearley made an unbeaten 116 supported by Thomas Clee with 73 as Woodlands romped to victory.

Pudsey St Lawrence are second after victories over Hanging Heaton and their Priestley Shield final opponents Bowling Old Lane.

Skipper Jordan Moore took 5-39 as they dismissed Hanging Heaton for 114. Saints slumped to 50-6 but managed to secure a three-wicket win.

Andy Parratt (3-38) and Archie Scott (3-7) helped Saints to bowl out Old Lane for 92. Zubair Najeeb top scored with a battling 32. St Lawrence had their problems and were 53-6 before edging home without further loss.

New Farnley are up to third as they too completed a double. Firstly, they defeated Yeadon away by 69 runs as Craig Russell (57) helped them to 221-8 before the home side replied with 152, despite 51 from Simeon Pickering.

They followed up with a crushing 214-run win at Lightcliffe. Batting first Jack Rowett (104) and Joe Suggitt (78) helped New Farnley to 290-6 before Nick Johnson took 5-32 as the home side stuttered to 76 all out.

Hanging Heaton returned to winning ways on Sunday as they returned from Pudsey Congs with a hard-fought 13-run win.

Batting first, Heaton made 179 all out after collapsing from 121-2 but Adeel Hafeez replied with 5-32 as Congs were bowled out for 166.

Bottom side Ossett had a disastrous time as they fell to two heavy defeats. Firstly, to Bowling Old Lane by nine wickets as Adam Zahid took 5-29 as they were bowled out for just 91. T

Things got even worse on Sunday as they were dismissed for just 20 at East Bierley with Ross Monaghan taking 5-3 as they were humbled by 10 wickets.

The bowling performance capped off a brilliant weekend for Monaghan as the day before he’d been in the runs scoring 125 in his side’s 313-7 at Lightcliffe with Rob Barker supporting with a 51-ball unbeaten 73.

The home side replied with 179 with Barker capping a fine all-round performance with 5-37. Lightcliffe’s double defeat now leaves them second bottom and favourites to join Ossett in Championship One.

Batley also had a winless weekend as they failed on Saturday to defend 206 which was made thanks to a blistering 82 from Bilal Abbas before captain Matthew Barnes scored 55 to guide Gomersal to a five-wicket win.

On Sunday they were beaten heavily by eight wickets at Yeadon after being bowled out for just 69.

Championship One

Baildon are the new leaders after they defeated now relegated Wakefield St Michael’s away but were pushed hard by the bottom side.

St Michael’s posted a challenging 194-7 with captain Lawrence Morton scoring a valuable 60, a score which could have been even higher had it not been for an excellent 11 over spell of 4-25 from teenage spinner Seif Hussain.

The chase was paced perfectly with skipper Darren Wilson anchoring the innings with 54 as his side got over the line by five wickets with two overs to spare.

Farsley sacrificed top spot as they were defeated at strugglers Methley by 43 runs who themselves are now out of the relegation places.

Youngster Alex Cree scored 54 in his side’s 213-6 which proved too much for the previous table toppers despite the best efforts of captain Ryan Blackburn (78) and Vishal Shaw (50).

Morley are now second and one point ahead of Farsley and 10 behind Baildon after their narrow three-wicket win at Undercliffe.

Undercliffe were bowled out in their final over for 186 with Asfaq Patel taking 6-54, Ryan Dowse scored 65 in the reply to help his team home for the loss of seven wickets.

Wrenthorpe now find themselves in the second relegation place after a narrow 14-run defeat at nine-man East Ardsley.

Matthew Redgwick was in fine form for Ardsley scoring 94 of his team’s 207 with Joe Wigglesworth taking 5-46. The reply was spirited but fell short with the final wicket falling on 193.

Cleckheaton continued their impressive form with a 44-run win at home to Bankfoot. Batting first Cleckheaton achieved maximum batting points in their 226-9 despite Samad Rahman’s impressive 6-37. In reply Bankfoot fought hard but were eventually bowled out for 182.

Bradford & Bingley won the closest match in the division overcoming Carlton by one wicket at Wagon Lane. Batting first the visitor’s struggled to 135 and crucially gave Bingley four extra overs which proved vital as the final pair of James Wilmshurst and Craig Cockshott steered their side to victory.

Championship Two

Keighley had another comfortable victory and bar an almighty collapse will be playing in Championship One next season after returning from Brighouse with a 93-run win and maximum points.

Batting first, Keighley made an impressive 233-8 with Azeem Hussain making an unbeaten 56. The reply started horrendously as the home side slid to 14-5 but despite some resistance from Raees Hassan (61) the innings closed on 140.

Northowram Fields are favourites to join Keighley in Championship One after a 26-run home win over promotion rivals Altofts.

Fields made 228-8 with opener James Norcliffe top scoring with 62 but were pegged back by an excellent spell of bowling of 6-36 by Paul Denison.

Altofts got off to the worst possible start as they slipped to 9-3 and 51-5, before captain Bradley Barber played a sensational innings as he made a 71 ball 91 but his dismissal was the final nail in the coffin as now third-placed Tofts were bowled out for 202.

Birstall are still in the hunt for promotion as they defeated troubled Scholes away by seven wickets. Ten-man Scholes, who were without several regulars who were playing in the first team were bowled out for 73 with Lee Peters taking 5-37. Opener Miraj Khan then scored an unbeaten 50 to see his team to the win.

Great Preston are only just behind Birstall in fifth as they returned from Liversedge with a 44-run victory. Michael Wade scored an excellent 117 in Preston’s 214 as Mark Goodall took 6-58. Jonny Trevitt replied with 70 for the home side but couldn’t prevent Liversedge from being bowled out for 170.

Hopton Mills had a comfortable 8 wicket home victory over Townville chasing down a paltry 100 after Zaaid Sajwal took 5-26, Arshad Ali scoring a 33 ball 51 in the reply.

Bottom side Azaad lost again, this time by seven wickets at home to Spen Victoria. Spen’s opening bowler Jonathan Elstub had an unforgettable day as he returned incredible figures of 8-7 as the home side were dismissed for just 65.


Jer Lane have almost two feet in Championship Two after a 61-run win at home to bottom side Windhill & Daisy Hill.

The table toppers reached 277 thanks to Thomas Harrison’s 71-ball 110 and 67 from Jonathan Waddington despite Owen Wilson’s 5-52. Gary Hopkins scored an excellent 85 in the reply but the visitors were bowled out for 216.

Oulton are still second but only by 11 points after a surprise one-wicket loss at Hunslet Nelson. Jonathan Landels scored 59 but Oulton were restricted to 179 batting first. Ddespite wickets falling regularly Nelson got home with nine wickets down off the final ball of the match.

Adwalton gave themselves a chance of overtaking Oulton as they defeated a determined Gildersome & Farnley Hill side by two wickets at home.

Sufiyan Zaman (73) and Rian Hoey (55) guided the visitors to a decent 239-7 before Will Cutt scored a quick-fire 55 in the Adwalton reply. Wickets then fell regularly and at 180-8 the game looked up however Simon Bagnell had other ideas as his blistering unbeaten 98 from just 63 balls saw the home with one ball to spare.

Buttershaw St Paul’s are not far behind in fourth as they won by 55 runs at Sandal. St Paul’s made 196 batting first as Dru Patel (75) and Luke Barker (52) passed half centuries. The Sandal reply could never really get going as they closed on 141-9.

East Leeds defeated Heckmondwike & Carlinghow at home by 31 runs in a high-scoring encounter. The home side stacked up 289-7 from their 40 overs as Rajab Ali scored 120 including nine sixes and Mohammed Junaid made 57. Mark Symmons then replied with a quick-fire 75, however despite being 107-0 the reply ended with away side being bowled out for 258.

Gary Sagar will have had mixed emotions as his Rodley side overcame Crossbank Methodists by eight wickets. His 4-49 helped restrict Crossbank to 152-6 but he will have been cursing at not reaching three figures as he ended on 99 not out in the successful run chase.