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Bankfoot mark return of Park Avenue with victory

Bankfoot mark return of Park Avenue with victory

Bankfoot marked the return of Bradford Premier League cricket to the famous Park Avenue ground by recording a 23-run win over newly promoted Jer Lane.

Overseas player Farman Safi, above, impressed on his debut by making 63 as Bankfoot scored 141 before bowling out their opponents for 118.

Mohammed Jamal, above, and Cosmond Walters, below, bowling for Jer Lane  Pictures: Ray Spencer

Safi was the only batsman in the match to master the conditions as Mohammed Jamal (3-24) and Cosmond Walters (3-27) provided the main threat.

Jer Lane’s batting never really fired with Walters (34) their top scorer as they slipped to their second successive defeat. Bankfoot skipper James Lee with 3-32 was the pick of the Bankfoot bowlers.

Pudsey Congs registered their first win since returning to the top flight as they overcame Ossett by four wickets in a low-scoring encounter.

Ossett crumbled to 95 all out when they batted first. Matthew Race (38) was their top scorer as Sam Wisniewski (3-16) and Jamie Allen (3-29) returned good figures. Congs lost six wickets knocking off the runs – two when the scores were level.

The result leaves Ossett at the bottom of the early table with three points – the same total at Pudsey St Lawrence who went down to their second defeat by six wickets against champions Woodlands.

Kieran Collins is proving a more than useful stand in for the absent Muhammad Bilal. He made 76 not out – his second half century in successive games – as he shared an unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 120 with opener Tim Jackson (67no) as Woodlands overhauled the St Lawrence score of 161-9.

Barrie Frankland (53no) and Mark Robertshaw (42) were the best of the St Lawrence batsmen as off spinner Kez Ahmed (5-32) posed problems.

Woodlands have 38 points and sit one behind their title rivals from last season New Farnley who made 301-4 after being put in to bat as they defeated Hanging Heaton by 185 runs.

Skipper Lee Goddard set the tone with 86 and was joined in a second wicket stand of 124 with Steve Bullen (61) before their New Zealand recruit Cam Fletcher continued his fine start with 68.

Hanging Heaton faltered against the leg spin of Jack Dyson (5-38) as they were dismissed for116, Jordell Rollin making 36.

Methley were boosted by the presence of Worcestershire all-rounder Matthew Waite who played a big part in their 148-run win at Farsley. He made 85 to help his side post a score of 237-7 and his haul of 3-18 included the wicket of his former Yorkshire colleague Matthew Revis who he bowled second ball.

Waite, who recently made his maiden first class century against Derbyshire, built on the work of Yorkshire Academy batsman Alex Cree (59) as the main threat came from left arm spinner Joe Pocklington (5-44). Methley, who are four points behind leaders New Farnley, bowled out Farsley for 89 as they registered their second win.

Townville got off the mark with an 18-run win over Bradford & Bingley. Skipper Jack Hughes (43) and Jonny Booth (37) top scored in their total of 142 as young spinner Reece Cockshott impressed with 5-19. Bradford & Bingley were bowled out for 124.

Division One

Fergus McKenna hit 111 from just 71 balls as Gomersal defeated East Ardsley by 83 runs in a high-scoring encounter at Oxford Road.

His innings contained nine sixes and six fours as he capitalised on an opening partnership of 118 between Richard Wear (75) and Graham Hilton (62).

East Ardsley responded with 251-9 as former Bowling Old Lane player Zeeshan Haider smashed an unbeaten 62 after Suraj Singh (45) and James Van Der Merwe (32) made good contributions. Chris Rhodes (4-55) and Ibrar Younis (3-49) took the bowling honours.

Cleckheaton recorded their second win to lead the early table. They defeated East Bierley with James Stansfield (4-58) and Mohammed Ahmed (3-27) ensuring they defended their score of 151. Nisar Ahmad top scored with 31 in East Bierley’s 139 after earlier taking 4-34 with the ball. Waleed Akhtar and Ethan Lee both scored 40 for Cleckheaton.

Undercliffe launched their promotion bid with a crushing eight-wicket win at Carlton. Zeeshan Qasim (4-58) and Mohammed Ahmed (3-27) skittled out the home side for 107. Opener Oliver Hardaker was unbeaten on 57 when Undercliffe reached their victory target.

Umar Farooq hit an unbeaten 60 as Batley chased down a Birstall score of 194-4 to record a four-wicket win. Rishy Limbachaya (60no) and Eric Austin (59no) provided the bulk of Birstall’s runs.

Yeadon came out on top in the battle of the promoted sides as they defeated Sandal by 82 runs at Barnsley Road. Their success was set up by the batting of Pasindu Thirimadura (80) and Gulsheraz Ahmed (62) as they posted a score of 225-7.

Kasun Madushanka made 54 on his Sandal debut but his team slipped to 143 all out as Adeel Ashraf (3-32) and Andrew Robinson (3-32) led the Yeadon bowling.

Baildon registered their first win after dismissing Morley for 104 on their way to an eight-wicket win.  Umar Zahoor took 3-23 while skipper Kevin McDermott made an unbeaten 52 as the Jenny laners strolled to victory.

Division Two

Quadratullah Azizi smashed an unbeaten 120 from just 49 balls as Liversedge’s batsmen went on a run spree in their 143-run win over Crossflatts.

Azizi hammered 15 sixes and three fours as he overshadowed the earlier scoring feats of Parvaise Khan who scored 115 from 73 balls with eight sixes and 13 fours.

Azizi and overseas player Bryson Nicholls (54no) shared an unbroken stand of 182 for the sixth wicket as Liversedge posted a mammoth 387-5.

Ben Chrispin top scored with 65 as Crossflatts replied with 244.Khan was the best of the bowlers with 4-35.

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow, who were promoted with Liversedge last season, lead the table after defeating Keighley by 116 runs to register their second win.

Opener Wajid Hussain led the way with an unbeaten 139, an innings containing 11 sixes and six fours. He added 122 for the third wicket with Surender Singh (73) as Heckmondwike & Carlinghow compiled a total of 278-8. Spinner Daanyaal Ahmed (4-45) was the pick of the bowlers.

Only Johandra Barnard (56) made an impression as Keighley were bowled out for 162 with Singh taking5-27.

Moin Hussain impressed with 5-13 from his 15 overs as he helped Hartshead Moor to a six-wicket win over Northowram Fields. Thanks to Hussain, Northowram Fields were restricted to 165-9 with the 39 extras conceded by Hartshead Moor being the top contribution to their score. Opener Chris Wynd (62) and Chris Swift (46) led the successful run chase.

Usman Maqsood (5-49) and Touseef Haider (4-28) helped Hopton Mills dismiss Hunslet Nelson for 156 as they secured a 48-run win. Alistair Finn (36) and Andy McIntosh (34) top scored for Nelson.

Connor Heywood (61) and Chris Scott (42) led the way as Mills made 204 batting first. Spinner Matthew Varley (5-67) was Nelson’s best bowler.

Alex Stead hit an unbeaten half century as Lightcliffe opened their account with a three-wicket win at Wrenthorpe. Stead ensured they edged past a modest Wrenthorpe score of 119, Ben Brown making 40 as Peter Dobson picked up 4-18.

Bowling Old Lane won their local tussle with Buttershaw St Paul's by 44 runs. Tahir Khan (39) and Farhan Hussain (36) helped Old Lane made 204-9 before dismissing their rivals for 160 with Abullah Ijaz taking five wickets. Henry Dibb (3-61) and Zafar Jahoon (3-61) were the best of the St Paul's bowlers.

Division Three

Mohammed Shah produced the season’s best bowling figures of 9-29 as Gildersome & Farnley Hill bowled out Wakefield St Michael’s for 63 to set up a comfortable eight-wicket win.Scholes won a thriller against Altofts by just four runs in what many people consider to be a battle between two of the promotion favourites.

Christian Jackson (46) and Adam Wood (42) helped Scholes make 206-7 as Seif Tahir (3-54) and Jacques Porter (3-60) proved to be the best of the bowlers. Porter made 41 for Altofts as they were bowled out for 202, Reece Drake taking 3-19.

Spen Victoria chased down a Crossbank Methodists score of 190-9 to record a three-wicket win. Opener Corey Roebuck (69) and Paolo Girardi (38no) led the way. Crossbank’s total was built around the efforts of Michael Fisher (73). Jonathan Elstub was their best bowler with 3-26.

Once again there were major problems with Play Cricket. This has led to us being unable to provide details for Great Preston v Windhill & Daisy Hill. When we have the information, the review will be updated.

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