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Aussie Miller sparkles as Bradford & Bingley tie

Aussie Miller sparkles as Bradford & Bingley tie

Australian Corey Miller made a superb 130 as bottom side Bradford & Bingley tied with second place New Farnley in a thrilling Premier Division encounter.

Miller struck three sixes and 15 fours as he led the pursuit of the home side’s 265-8. His attractive stroke play put the heat on the bowlers as the sun made a welcome appearance.

Yorkshire opener Will Luxton (48) also made valuable runs but was overshadowed by the sparkling play of the left-hander Miller.

It says much for the character of the Bradford & Bingley side that they carried on the good work after Miller’s dismissal. They scored 46 from the final four overs with 14 of those coming from the final six balls bowled by spinner Adam Ahmed.

After Ed Brown had taken a four and single from the first two balls, Lachlan Doidge hit a six and followed up by taking a one.

When Brown failed to score from the penultimate delivery, three were needed for the visitors to record their first win. The skipper could only manage two and though a first win had eluded his side they surely will take a lot of positives from the game.

New Farnley now haven’t won in their last three games and that could prove costly to their title hopes. Opener Aidan Langley made 78, his highest score of the season, while a hobbling Usman Arshad smashed five sixes in his 77. Yasir Abbas (3-73) was the pick of the bowlers for Bradford & Bingley while spinner Harry Killoran picked up 3-68 for New Farnley.

Yorkshire wicketkeeper Harry Duke, above,  was a man on a mission. He produced a sparkling innings of 136 which helped Farsley post a total of 309 in their 176-run win at Hanging Heaton.

Duke’s innings contained five sixes and 13 fours as he set about the home bowling. Ben Wright (49) and Joe Pocklington (36) joined in the fun as Max Chappell (4-45) provided the main threat.

Left arm spinner Pocklington took his haul of wickets for the season to 18 with 4-36 as Hanging Heaton were bowled out for 133, skipper Callum Geldart making 41.

Jer Lane are now fifth in the table after Kyme Tahirkheli, above, made an unbeaten 108 as they defeated Pudsey St Lawrence by 24 runs at Tofts Road.

Tahirkheli found the conditions to his liking as he made his first century for his new club. His knock was punctuated with six sixes and six fours and helped Jer Lane to a score of 236-7. Josh Dracup (3-59) was the most successful bowler for Saints.

Barrie Frankland (52) and Harry Cullingford (48) were the main contributors as St Lawrence were dismissed for 212. Overseas player Israr Ullah took 4-67.

Skipper Brad Schmulian, above, hit his first century of the season as Woodlands made 315-7 on their way to a crushing 205-run win over Methley which takes them 23 points clear at the top.

His 106 contained 19 fours and was backed up by the efforts of Tom Clee (57), Sam Frankland (51) and Greg Finn (39). Spinner Josh Sullivan took three wickets for Methley, but they cost him 117 runs.

Methley were quickly in trouble against Muhammad Bilal (4-35) and Elliot Richardson (4-45) as they crumbled to 110 all out. Skipper James Wainman was last man out for 34.

Townville have moved level on points with New Farnley after easing to a seven-wicket win at Pudsey Congs. Jack Hughes (3-38) and Conor Harvey (3-55) set up their latest victory by restricting the home side to a total of 158. Wicketkeeper Josh Bennett made a battling 52 but lacked support. Opener Jonny Booth (72no) ensured Townville had no alarms knocking off the runs.

Pakistan paceman Junaid Khan (4-44) and Archie Houghton (3-46) were the key figures as Ossett chalked up their second successive win. They joined forces as Bankfoot, despite 50 from Hamza Iqbal, were bowled out for 142. Ossett eased to a four-wicket win despite James Lee taking 4-26.

Division One

It is incredibly tight at the top of Division One with just eight points covering the top six teams. Morley are the new leaders after their 56-run at East Ardsley.

They have 67 points and are one ahead of East Bierley who were the only one of the top six to lose as they went down to a 79-run defeat against sixth place Batley.

Morley owed their win to the contributions of Christian Silkstone (48), Joe Finnigan (44), Liam Thomas (40) and Harvey Winn (34) as they compiled a score of 240-9. The best of the home bowlers was Oliver Appleyard (3-57).

East Ardsley finished on 184-7 in reply with Ashley Pearson (37no) and Suraj Singh (34) being their top scorers as Morley skipper Matthew Dowse picked up 3-49.

Cleckheaton returned to winnings ways after two successive defeats as they recorded an emphatic nine-wicket triumph over Baildon.

Waleed Akhtar continued his fine start to the season by hitting an unbeaten 101 with 17 fours as he shared an opening stand of 134 with Mally Nicholson (52) which helped Cleckheaton overhaul their opponents’ score of 192-7. Joel Newlove (44), Will Kelly (41) and James Ford (38) provided the bulk of the runs.

Australian Fergus McKenna is proving to be a great acquisition for Gomersal. He made an outstanding 174 – his second century of the season – to help his side post 336-8 in their 78-run win over Carlton. Seven sixes and 18 fours flowed from McKenna’s bat and he was backed up by Lewis Edmond (38).

Carlton made a spirited 258-8 but never ever threatened to challenge the home side’s total. Steve Cooper (86no), Dan White (67) and Wasim Khaliq (37) all battled hard as Rob Warriner (3-37) and Chris Rhodes (3-63) proved to be the best of the bowlers.

Nasir Jamal (6-34) and Nasir Totakhil (4-30) joined forces to bowl out East Bierley for 131 as Batley showed they are determined to have a big say in the promotion battle.

Adam Hussain (57), Kasir Maroof (33) and Totakhil (31) helped them build a score of 210 as spinner Danny Cross (4-45) proved to be Bierley’s main threat.

An unbroken seventh wicket stand of 106 between Zeeshan Qasim (62) and George Myers (58no) powered Undercliffe for a four-wicket victory over Yeadon at Intake Road.

Mohammad Khan (60) and Gulsheraz Ahmed (59) had earlier guided Yeadon to 210-5 against a bowling attack in which Abdullah Khan (3-37) and Jude Roberts (3-59) enjoyed the most success. Like Batley, Undercliffe have a game in hand on the teams above them.

Yeadon bounced back from the loss with a nine-run win over Baildon on Sunday. Istikhar Hassan took 6-31 as  the Jenny Lane side lost their last seven wickets for 20 runs as they were dismissed for 149 in reply to Yeadon's modest total of 158.

Baildon collapse came after Jonny Reynolds (51) and Will Kelly (30) appeared to have put them in a strong position to overhaul a Yeadon total in which Shahzaib Sayeed made 32 as Umar Zahoor (6-38) posed problems.

Sandal remain at the foot of the table after a 75-run defeat at Birstall. Rishi Limbechaya (96), Harry Pearson (79) and Brandon Silverwood (52) led the home side to 300-5. Sandal were all out for 225 with Matthew Westwood making 64 and Kasun Madushanka (31) as Waqas Khan (4-31) and Andrew Robertson (3-29) returned tidy figures.

Division Two
Hartshead Moor lead Division Two on net run rate from Bowling Old Lane after bagging 20 points for a convincing nine-wicket win over Crossflatts.

Moin Hussain (4-8) and Leo Montiet (3-17) helped skittle out Crossflatts for 83 before skipper Chris Wynd (31no) guided his side to their victory target.

Bowling Old Lane overcame Wrenthorpe by 63 runs with Hisan Ahmed (70) and Imran Malik (54) helping them to 215 before Abdullah Ijaz (3-21) helped dismiss their opponents for 152. There were two performances of note for Wrenthorpe, Ben Brown took 4-54 and Mustafa Bhatti scored 41.

Hopton Mills are just four points back after their 67-run win over Buttershaw St Paul’s. Solid contributions from Will Cutt (49), Jabari Mills (42), Raheel Ahmed (34) and Gary Senior (33) led to Mills making 232 as Adam Wainwright (3-33) and Amer Ayoub (3-55) posed the main threat.

St Paul’s were bowled out for 165 with Jonathan Burston scoring 33 as Jabari Mills (4-28) and Touseef Haider (3-60) enjoyed success with the ball.

Rob Edmond (89no), Niall Lockley (55) and Jordan Pickles (37no) enabled Lightcliffe to chase down a Liversedge score of 243 to win by six wickets. Parvaise Khan (87), Mounam Ejaz (56) and Bryson Nicholls (42) were the top scorers for Liversedge while Isaac Dikgale (3-43) and Peter Dobson (3-90) were Lightcliffe’s most successful bowlers.

Spinner Daanyaal Ahmed impressed with 6-40 as Keighley bowled out Northowram Fields for 186 on their way to an eight-wicket win. Johandre Barnard (81), Zahir Shah (58no) and Raees Hussain (37no) powered Keighley to their victory target. Barnard and Shah shared a stand of 133 for the second wicket.

Hunslet Nelson bounced back from being bowled out for 30 last week to defeat Heckmondwike & Carlinghow by one wicket. Andy McIntosh made 45 as they edged past their rivals’ score of 142 despite the efforts of Surender Singh (3-31) and Muhammad Shahnawaz (3-34).

Shahnawaz had earlier top scored with 63 for Heckmondwike & Carlinghow as they struggled against the bowling of spinners Matthew Varley (4-26) and Sam Thewlis (3-40).

Division Three

Altofts recover from 11-4 to post the season’s highest score of 401 as they defeated leaders Spen Victoria by 197 runs.

Their total included a league record sixth wicket stand of 277 between Jacques Porter and Saif Tahir, below, who both hit centuries.

Porter made a stunning 181, an innings packed with six sixes and 21 fours, while Tahir hammered 11 sixes and 10 fours while racing to 139. Chris Allen and Jonathan Elstub both took three wickets but they came at respective costs of 77 and 103 runs.

Spen, who remain top of the table, were dismissed for 204 with Corey Roebuck scoring 52 and Allen 33 as Elliot Carter sealed Altofts’ win with 5-37.

Adwalton were also defeated. They went down by six runs to third place Scholes after being bowled out for 133 with Mahleb Mahmood taking 4-36. Scholes had earlier made 139 with James Coulbourn (4-59) and Imran Patel (3-21) the best of the Adwalton bowlers.

Scholes replaced Adwalton in second place on Sunday and closed to within two points of Spen Victoria on Sunday after defeating East Leeds by eight wickets. Mahleb Mahmood took 5-38 and Hamza Khan (3-16) as East Leeds were bowled out for 114. Scholed knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets with Josh Fell making 34.

James Conlon made a fine 122 for Great Preston but ended up a loser. He hit three sixes and 18 fours to dominate his side’s total of 238, but Wakefield St Michael’s, who were boosted by Syed Bukhari taking 4-59, hit back to win by three wickets.

Lulit Mangalarapu (93) and Shamsullah Dost (56) shared a second wicket stand of 139 as St Michael’s held off the threat of Luke Kane (4-59).

Gavin Harrison made 47 as Crossbank Methodists overhauled a Windhill & Daisy Hill total of 181 to win by four wickets. Ahsan Tanveer (69) and Sajjad Ijaz (35) were the top scorer for the losers as Lewis Lockwood claimed 3-38.

Gildersome & Farnley Hill built a match-winning score of 229 around the contributions of Nasir Shah (50), Muhammad Shah (40), Adam Campion (35) and Jack Bradford (35no) as they overcame East Leeds by 105 with Sayed Salman taking 3-19.


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