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Bradford & Bingley increase lead at the top

Bradford & Bingley increase lead at the top

Bradford & Bingley opened an 18-point lead in the Gordon Rigg Second Teams Premier Division League Cup with a 38-run win at Bankfoot.

Opener Warren Allit (82) and Matthew Keeton (71no) guided their side to 247-7 before Bankfoot were restricted to 209-9, Amir Afsar scoring 43.

Lightcliffe’s promising young all-rounder Thomas Burton made 55 but could not save his side from a 46-run defeat against East Bierley.

James Higgins took 4-21 as Lightcliffe were dismissed for 134 in response to the home side’s 180-9. Skipper Ross Monaghan top scored with 50.

Pudsey St Lawrence were given a helping hand by a New Farnley substitute as they won a thrilling game by four runs to go top of the East Section.

When one of the St Lawrence players was injured while fielding, New Farnley offered the services. 12-year-old Alexander Holt.

Their sporting gesture was to backfire when Holt took a fine catch at third man to dismiss Craig Russell for 49. It ended a decisive partnership between Russell and Mark Lawson (71) which threatened to turn the game the home side’s way as they replied to a score of 205-7.

After Russell’s departure St Lawrence managed to claw back control as New Farnley finished on 201-8. Earlier, opener Brian Devine (44) and Adam Frost (43) led the way for Saints as Mark Lawson (4-35) proved to be the pick of the New Farnley bowlers.

Teenage opener Bilal Butt hit a maiden Bradford Premier League century as Division One East Section leaders Pudsey Congs powered to a 195-run win over Methley.

Butt struck 19 fours and was backed up by Ross Kettlewell (40) as Congs made 293-8 despite the determined efforts of Mylo Hill (5-47). Methley plunged to 13-4 and even a determined 51 could not prevent them being bowled out for 98. Josh Chapman impressed with 6-14.

East Ardsley recorded their first win by defeating Carlton by 55 runs. Richard Butcher took 3-11 as Carlton were skittled out for 88 replying to a score of 143. Michael Hodgkins took 3-21 for Carlton.

Sandal were powered to a six-wicket win over Townville in Division Two East by an unbroken third wicket stand of 99 between Scott Fairbrass (53no) and Will Henshall (57no). Sandal, who had slipped to 18-3 in reply to Townville’s 142-9 have gone one point ahead of their rivals after their triumph.

Charlie Sykes (33) and Steve Walton (31) battled away for Townville but a total of 142-9 proved insufficient against in-form Sandal.

Ossett head the West Section after a 22-run win over Birstall. Joe Hitch (58) and Leigh Learrie (31no) helped Ossett to 200-7, a total which proved too challenging for Birstall to overcome despite Noah Chapman’s battling 84. Birstall finished on 178-6 with Conor Andrews taking 3-26.

Liversedge opener Mahmadbhai Makda made an impressive 129 not out to help his side chase down Hopton Mills’ score of 192-7 and record an eight-wicket win. Makda’s innings contained 24 fours and he was supported by Jonny Trevitt (35).

Zaid Sajwal, who hit six sixes and five fours in an unbeaten 70 and Anthony Westerby (42), were the top scored for Mills.

Centuries from Ban Garner (108) and Matty Lyles (106) powered Division Three East leaders Adwalton to a 19-run win over Gildersome & Farnley Hill.

Lyles struck one six and 18 fours while Garner hit two sixes and 17 fours as they added 194 for the second wicket in an Adwalton score of 245.

One player who did not deserve to be on the losing side was Mick O’Halloran. After taking 5-34 with the ball, he clobbered six sixes and 11 fours in breezy innings of 87. With Dominic Clay making 50, Gildersome & Farnley Hill finished with 226. Chris Blakeney (4-28) was the best Adwalton bowler.

Shabir Ellahi’s 53 helped Scholes to 166-8 as they defeated Hunslet Nelson by 23 runs. Conor McPherson (37) top scored for the losers.

Rob Medcalf could hardly have made a better start to his loan spell with Spen Victoria. The Woodlands all-rounder hit an unbeaten 113, an innings laced with seven sixes and 12 fours, as Spen defeated West Section leaders Crossbank Methodists by 123 runs.

Skipper Peter Jackson (44) and Alex Leadbeater (37) gave good support in a total of 241-6. Crossbank were dismissed for 118 despite 52 from James Lord as Liam Grant picked up 4-20.

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