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Bradford & Bingley enjoying life at the top

Bradford & Bingley enjoying life at the top

Bradford & Bingley are making the most of being asked to play in the Gordon Rigg Second Teams Premier League Cup.

The Division One club are leading the way in the West Section and are fully justifying their invite to even up the number of clubs playing in the top division competition.

Bowlers Reece Cockshott (4-30) and George Heartfield (3-34) helped bowl out East Bierley for 103 before Phil Broadley (40) helped seal a seven-wicket win to maintain their 100 per cent start.

Bankfoot overcame Lightcliffe by 27 runs in the section’s other game. Steady contributions from Zahar Shah (36), Jordan Trailford (33) and Samid Rahman (31) helped Bankfoot to 152-9.

Lightcliffe were unable to build momentum in their innings with Bruce Lunn (31) proving to be their scorer as they were dismissed for 125. Farhaad Mir was the best of the bowlers with 3-27.

Just like their first team, Batley are leading the way with two wins from two in the East Section. They opened a nine-point lead with a seven-wicket win over New Farnley.

Umar Mirza (67no), Naeem Aslam (40) and Bilal Abbas (42) helped them overhaul New Farnley’s 197 all out. Mark Lawson (66) and Tom Lilley (57) led the way for New Farnley but lacked support. Ali took 4-31 for Batley.

Gomersal moved into second place after a Jordan Bloom century helped them to defeat Pudsey St Lawrence by six wickets. Bloom hit two sixes plus 17 fours in his 103 and shared in an opening stand of 122 with skipper Matthew Barnes (56) as St Lawrence’s 188-7 was overhauled with four overs to spare. On-loan Aaron Day (44) and Adam Frost (40) were the Saints top scorers.

Pudsey Congs went to the top of the Division One league Cup East Section after a 62-run win over Carlton. Bilal Butt (42) and skipper Adam Patrick (34) helped them post 194-8 before dismissing Carlton for 132. Patrick led from the front with 4-29.

Northowram Field lead the West Section after defeating Cleckheaton by 14 runs to register their second win of the campaign.

Charlie Holt-Conway proved to be the star turn with a superb 105, an innings containing five sixes and 12 fours. Richard Noble took 3-35 for Cleckheaton and made 42 as they were restricted to 163-8.

A timely knock of 62 from Ross Todd helped Baildon to make 148 on their way to a 54-run victory over Keighley. Ben Jagger took 2-17 for Keighley which were the same figures returned by Baildon’s Simon McDermott.

Michael Edwards produced an impressive all-round performance for Ossett as they beat Hopton Mills by 118 runs to go top of the West Section in the Division Two League Cup.

Edwards hit five sixes and 13 fours while making a fine 104 in Ossett’s 283-9, a score boosted by Phil Lamb’s 42. Andrew Moorhouse (3-36) was the best of the Mills bowlers while David Mellor (32) top scored in their 164 all out. That man Edwards rounded off his day by taking 3-17.

An unbeaten 50 from James Lunn and good support from Ashraf Karolia (30no) enabled Liversedge to secure a four-wicket win over Hartshead Moor, who made 140-8 batting first. Jonathan Ward was the mainstay of their innings with 59.

Altofts compiled the day’s highest score of 337-2 as they scored a mammoth 270-run win over Wrenthorpe.

Joe Ellam led the way with an impressive 133 not out, an innings punctuated with three sixes and 20 fours. He was joined in an unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 165 by Woodlands loanee Jak Murphy (62no).

Sandal are top of the section after a four-wicket win over Wakefield St Michael’s. Chris Gibson was unbeaten on 33 when victory was achieved. Alex Hale (50) and Hanif Mahboob (35) dominated the St Michael’s score of 132.

Lee Dobson’s 84 helped Townville to 183 then Alfie McMillan took 3-23 as Oulton were restricted to 93-9 to seal a 90-run win.

Crossbank Methodists chalked up their second straight win to head the West Section of the Division Three League Cup. Skipper Simon Copland (30) and Mark Rushton (30no) helped them overhaul the Buttershaw St Paul’s score of 129 with two overs to spare. Patrick McGrath made 36 for Saints while K Rowan took 5-14.

Neil Kellett (74) and Majid Khan (54) steered Scholes to a four-wicket win over Adwalton. Simon Denton made 91 of Adwalton’s 198 as 12-year-old Ayan Zafar returned the day’s best bowling figures of 6-27 from two spells of four overs. He is clearly one to watch for the future.


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