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Blistering Brook smashes 36-ball century

Blistering Brook smashes 36-ball century


Tom Brook, pictured, will not forget his Gordon Rigg Priestley Cup debut after smashing a 36-ball century for Townville in their 33-run win over Farsley.

The close season signing from Huddersfield League side Scholes peppered the boundary with 12 sixes and four fours.

He raced to his 50 from 22 balls and then took just 14 more deliveries to reach three figures. His ferocious onslaught saw him take 29 runs from the 48th over which was bowled by Will Means.

Townville scored 107 runs from the last five overs of their innings to finish on 318-8 as the Farsley bowlers were made to suffer.

Before Brook took centre stage, skipper Jack Hughes (64) and Harry Clewett (45) had given the innings stability after the early loss of openers Jonny Booth and Abdul Wahid.

Farsley knew it would take a special effort to chase down such a big score, but they didn’t let their heads drop and put up a good effort before being all out for 285.

In-form opener Chris Beech hit five sixes and 10 fours while making a fine 11 while Ryan Cooper, who had earlier had the misfortune to run into Brook’s onslaught as his nine overs saw him return figures of 2-102, made 71.

The day’s highest individual score was made by Hanging Heaton opener Callum Geldart who scored 119 not out as his team romped to a nine-wicket win over Undercliffe.

Geldart struck four sixes and 11 fours and was joined in an opening stand of 100 with Josh Wheatley (34) as Undercliffe’s total of 174 was surpassed. Wheatley took 5-28 with his off spin – the best figures of the day – as Undercliffe were unable to capitalise on the efforts of Danish Hussain (48) and Bailey Worcester (33).

The day’s fourth centurion was East Ardsley opener James Van Der Merwe who scored 104in his side’s 68-run win over East Bierley. He struck one six and 18 fours and helped his side to make 208 before dismissing their opponents for 140.

Openers Sam Gatenby (38) and Matthew West (31) were the only East Bierley batsmen to make an impression as they bowed out of the competition at the first hurdle.

Pudsey St Lawrence’s decision to call up Jordan Moore from the second team proved to be a wise choice as he took 5-42 to secure their comfortable 160-run win over Premier Division rivals Ossett.

St Lawrence dismissed their opponents for 110 after making 270-6 when they batted first. Harry Cullingford (81) top scored and built on the earlier work of Mark Robertshaw (52), Josh Priestley (44) and Charlie Best (37).

The cup provided cheer for Cleckheaton and Morley as they both recorded their first wins of the season. Former Yorkshire all rounder Richard Pyrah took 4-24 and was backed up by Shahrukh Khan 93-34) and Amir Hussain (3-1) as Cleckheaton dismissed Gomersal for 124. Yousaf Baber (35), Ethan Lee (33) and Pyrah (30) helped secure the seven-wicket success.

Even a knock of 75 from Pudsey Congs skipper Richard Jubb could not save his side from defeat against his old club at Scatcherd Lane. They finished on 217-7 as they responded to the home team’s 240-8. Mark Ferguson (40no) provided a late flourish for the visitors, but David Nebard (3-27) helped ensure Morley’s name went into the hat for the second round draw. Wicketkeeper Liam Thomas (33) was Morley’s top scorer.

James Lee made 82 and Hisan Ahmad (53) as Bankfoot made 262-9 in their 110-run win over Birstall. Dave McCallum (3-22) was the pick of the Birstall bowlers while Andrew Robertson (41) top scored in their 152. Afghani spinner Zia Ul Haq Parwani (4-38) and Andy Stothart (3-32) bowled Bankfoot to victory.a

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