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Club by club review of the season so far

Club by club review of the season so far

9 Jun 2019

With a third of the season gone Alan Birkinshaw looks at how the teams have been performing.

Premier Division

1 Woodlands 123 points
They have achieved the consistency their rivals have been unable to match with six straight win before the abandonment of their match at Bradford & Bingley. They have the division's top two runs corers in Tim Jackson 310 and Brad Schmulian 294 while left-arm spinner Chris Brice is leading wicket taker with 27. New Zealander Schmulian has provided stability to a batting line-up that has proved brittle in the past. Woodlands already have a handy 31-point lead and Cieran Garner is well placed to emulate Pudsey St Lawrence's Chris Marsden who guided his side to the title in his first season as captain.
Most runs: Tim Jackson 310, Brad Schmulian 294
Most wickets: Chris Brice 27

2 Hanging Heaton 92pts
The 2017 champions haven't been at their best but will take consolation from the fact they occupy second place despite having suffered two defeats already. Skipper Gary Fellows has yet to find his best form with 107 in seven innings and if he clicks into top gear it will give his side the lift they need. One of the big plusses has been the form of left-armer Josh Holling since being given the new ball. He has 16 wickets at 13.94.
Most runs: Ben Kohler Cadmore 204, Nick Connolly 203.
Most wickets: Josh Holling 15.

3 Pudsey St Lawrence 88pts
Injury to skipper Chris Marsden will be a handicap to a side striving to rebuild after the loss of three members of last year's title-winning side, Tom Hudson, Charlie Parker and Adam Waite. They have again turned to youth and given talented youngsters Archie Scott, Harry Cullingford and Josh Dracup their chance. Leg spinner Scott is their leading wicket taker with 18 wickets at 12.78. apiece but has only managed 54 runs in six innings as Mark Robertshaw's new opening partner. St Lawrence know that patience is required and are to be commended for putting faith in the players they nurture in their junior set up.
Most runs: Mark Robertshaw 231
Most wickets: Archie Scott 18

4 Bradford & Bingley 84pts
Bradford & Bingley have been a much-improved side this season. They have three wins under their belt and their opening bowlers Jack Hartley and Bailey Wightman have been key to their solid start. The batting has room for improvement with overseas player Muhammad Afridi needing better support if Matthew Duce's side are to build on their solid start,
Most runs: Muhammed Afridi 210 
Most wickets: Jack Hartley 17, Bailey Wightman 16.

5 Farsley 84pts
After leaders Woodlands the Red Laners have the best current form with four straight wins. The upturn has owed much to the form of Yorkshire spinners James Logan and Josh Poysden. Leg spinner Poysden has 16 wickets at 8.50 apiece, while Logan has bettered his figures with 17 wickets at 6.82 in the three games he has played since recovering from a broken thumb. With overseas player Pat Kruger having now arrived they could have big influence on the destiny of the title as they Woodlands and Hanging Heaton away on June 29 and July 6 respectively
Most runs: Ryan Cooper 169 Chris Beech 142.
Most wickets: James Logan 17 Josh Poysden 16

6 Cleckheaton 79pts
Cleckheaton seem to make a habit of slow starts to a campaign and have continued the trend this time. On their day they have the ability to beat the best teams but inconsistency has dogged their efforts so far. Former Yorkshire off spinner Azeem Rafiq has impressed with 21 wickets at 16.29 but their young opening bowlers Jonathan Whiteoak and Josh Thurwell have struggled to make an impact with the new ball.  The experienced duo of John Wood and Nick Walker have proved to be their most reliable batsmen.
Most runs: John Wood 174, Nick Walker 171
Most wickets: Azeem Rafiq 21

7 Townville 71 pts
Townville's form has stabilised after a shaky start. Opening batsman Jonathan Booth and all-rounders Jack Hughes and Conor Harvey continue to be key to their team's fortunes, Harry Warwick, a close season signing from Grimsby, has shown promise at number three. Townville's tenacity and determination will continue to serve them well.
Most runs: Jonathan Booth 203 Harry Warwick 199
Most  wickets: Jack Hughes 13.

8 New Farnley 68pts
The 2018 runners up have failed to live up to pre-season expectations. Tipped as title contenders they have already lost three times which has been a big surprise. The absence through injury of opening bowler Andrew Brewster and the unavailability of former England seamer Ajmal Shahzad, - now coaching the MCC young cricketers at Lord's - has proved a huge handicap. It has put a big burden on the shoulders of Alex Lilley who has taken 19 wickets. The emergence of young left-arm spinner Sam Barraclough has been a plus along with the form of former Farsley batsman Dan Hodgson. When they are at full strength they will surely climb the table and  trouble the top teams when they play them.
Most runs: Dan Hodgson 181 Lee Goddard 161
Most wickets: Alex Lilley 19 

9 Wrenthorpe 67pts

After winning two of their first three games newly promoted Wrenthorpe have since suffered four defeats. They knew that the going would be tough after losing their prolific opening bowling pair of Awais Ejaz and Jonathan Rudge. New opener Irfan Amjad has shown promise while overseas player Khalil Khan has been their best bowler. Wrenthorpe knew life would be tough in the Premier Division and they must arrest their slide if they are to retain their top-flight place.
Most runs: Irfan Amjad 182
Most wickets: Khalil Khan 17

10 Lightcliffe 65pts
Their surprise three-wicket win at Hanging Heaton lifted them out of the bottom two and should be a source of encouragement for the remainder of the season. The batting of Yassir Abbas has been a big bonus this season and his knock was key to the victory at Bennett Lane. Abbas is usually noted for his bowling exploits, but his batting has brought him 184 runs to date. Newcomer Christian Silkstone is Lightcliffe's top scorer while overseas player Suleman Khan has already taken 32 wickets.  Both will be key is Lightcliffe fight to preserve their Premier Division status along with opener Alex Stead.
Most runs: Christian Silkstone 213 Yassir Abbas 184
Most wickets: Suleman Khan 21

11 Undercliffe 62pts
Last season's Championship One title winners have dropped back into the bottom two despite two wins over the Whitsun weekend. The late arrival of influential overseas player Khalid Usman was a handicap for a team trying to find its feet in the Premier Division. They are going to rely heavily on the efforts of key players Usman, Simon Lambert and opening bowlers Craig Wiseman and Zeeshan Qasim if they are to climb the table.
Most runs: Simon Lambert 212
Most wickets: Craig Wiseman 10

12 Methley 41 pts
Few people would have predicted that |Methley would find themselves 21 points adrift at the bottom of the table after the enterprising cricket they played in 2018. The limited availability of their new captain Jarred Warner, currently on loan with Sussex from Yorkshire, and home-grown county player Matthew Waite have contributed t to their dismal start to the season. Another factor has been the form of overseas player Sudara Udagedara who has only taken six wickets in seven matches. Methley have match winners in Adam Patel, Grant Soames, and Marcus Walmsley and the trio will be key if they are to pull themselves out of the mire.
Most runs: Adal Islam 157
Most wickets: Marcus Walmsley 7

Championship One
1 Keighley 103pts

The 2018 Championship Two winners have started well with five wins and they have achieved that success without their experienced batsman Richard Gould who has not played so far this season. The youthful outfit have produced some fine performances. Overseas player Alex Antone has proved a good signing with 133 runs and 16 wickets.
Most runs: Louis Horsfield 186 Alex Antoine 16 wickets and scored 133

2 Baildon 100pts
Australian Blair Oakley and Simon Bailey, above, have been in outstanding form with bat and ball for revitalised Baildon. Oakley has scored 260 runs and taken 16 wickets while Bailey has notched 195 runs and picked up 14 wickets. The pair have been backed up with the bat by Jack Hainworth and in the bowling department by left-arm spinner Mushtaq Ahmed who now has 996 Bradford League wickets
Most runs: Blair Oakley 230, Simon Bailey 195
Most wickets: Blair Oakley 16, Simon Bailey 14

3 East Bierley 90pts
After a slow start East Bierley have romped up the table following the arrival of overseas player Ompal Boken and the signing of experienced run getter Gulsheraz Ahmed. Boken has made his presence felt with bat and ball while Ahmed confirmed his standing as one of the league's most-prolific runscorers  with 178 runs in two innings following his move from Undercliffe. Current form suggest they will be pushing hard for an immediate return to the Premier Division.
Most runs: Ompal Boken 250, Gulsheraz Ahmed 78
Most wickets: Tawkal Zadran 15, Ompal Boken 10

4 Bankfoot 88pts
Skipper James Lee is the outstanding all-rounder in the division and is key to his team's success. He has made 311 runs at the top of the order and picked up 15 wickets with the ball. Experienced spinner Andrew Stothart has also impressed in the first part of the season. Consistency will be key if Bankfoot are to build on a promising start.
Most runs: James Lee 311
Most wickets: Andrew Stothart 16, James Lee 15

5 Morley 85 pts
Morley's progress has been dogged by inconsistency. This is reflected most in their batting where openers James McNichol and Matt Baxter have been the best performers. The bowling has held the key to Morley's three wins - two of them have been by 10 wickets - with paceman Matthew Dowse 17 wickets and new Sri Lankan spinner Akash Senerathna 15, leading the way. The Scatcherd Lane side will be hoping that their shock Priestley Cup win over Bradford & Bingley will give them a lift for a promotion push.
Most runs: James McNichol 203, Matt Baxter 154
Most wickets: Matthew Dowse 17, Akash Senerathna 15

6 Pudsey Congs77pts
Yasir Ali has proved a great addition with 246 runs and 17 wickets since his transfer from Scholes. Skipper James Ford will be looking for his side to kick on and he will be extremely pleased with the form of young spinner Sam Wisniewski who has 15 wickets at 13.60.
Most runs: Yasir Ali 246, James Ford 138
Most wickets: Yasir Ali 17, Sam Wasniewski 15

7 Batley 76pts 
Batley occupy a comfortable mid-table position and are handily placed to put pressure on those above them if they can put together a winning run. Sami Ullah has proved to be a consistent runscorer with 255 so far but the over-dependence on Muhammad Shahnawaz in the bowling department is something Batley need to address.
Most runs: Sami Ullah 255, Owaise Hussain 151
Most wickets: Muhammad Shahnawaz 20 

8 Gomersal 63pts
Gomersal have only recorded two wins so far and it is their lack of strong support for skipper Richard Wear with the ball which has hampered them to date. The batting has been good with new signing Callum Flynn leading the way with 250 runs. Gomersal can climb the table if their bowlers can make a bigger impact.
Most runs: Callum Flynn 250, Jonathan Boynton 174
Most wickets: Richard Wear 20

9 Hartshead Moor 60pts
Skipper Adam Greenwood has been his side's most consistent batsman with 253 runs, but Mohammad Khan is the only other batsman to pass 100 runs for the season. Overseas player Ali Shan has struggled in his second season with just 95 runs. The lack of runs from the batsmen has made things tough for Hartshead Moor. There is a plenty of experience in their line-up and they will be hoping it will be key to pulling them away from the lower reaches.
Most runs: Adam Greenwood 253
Most wickets: Iain Wardlaw 14

10 Ossett 59pts
Ossett are another side who have been short on runs. Jack McGahan 140 and Matthew Varley 124 are the only batsmen to pass 100 runs. Skipper Dan Busfield is his team’s top wicket-taker but he will be aware that his team have to pick up their game if they are to stay away from the relegation positions.
Most runs: Jack McGahan 140, Matthew Varley 124
Most wickets: Dan Busfield 13

11 Wakefield St Michael's 55pts
St Michael's have found the going tough since winning promotion, but they have shown signs of finding their feet in recent weeks. Mitchell Forsyth 178, Ayaz Seedat 158 and Mark Atkinson 136. They are the batsmen St Michael’s will be counting on as they look for the wins they need to climb out of the bottom two. Olliver Lightfoot has been their best bowler.
Most runs: Mitchel Forsyth 178
Most wickets: Oliver Lightfoot 11

12 Scholes 37pts
These are tough times for Scholes as they battled under their experienced captain Craig Wood to try and stave off a second relegation. Without a win so far, Scholes are 18 points adrift of Wakefield St Michael's and 22 from safety. Wood's side have been encouraged by the form of teenaged spinner Jude Roberts who has two five-wicket hauls to his name.
Most runs: Craig Wood 140, Shahid Rehman 129S, Saif Tahir 123.
Most wickets: Jude Roberts 17.

Championship Two
1 Yeadon 127pts
Yeadon are trying to bounce back after last season’s relegation. After losing their first game at Carlton they have posted six wins. The batting of Samad Hammed 268a Gareth Lee 202, Tom Lindsay 182 and. Robert Smith 160 has played a big part in taking them to the top. Young spinner James Massheder has shown good form with the ball.
Most runs: Samad Hammed 268a Gareth Lee 202, Tom Lindsay 182 and. Robert Smith 160
Most wickets: James Massheder 13, Paul Machell 12 Gareth Lee 12

2 Carlton 116pts
Carlton's players have been making the headlines this season. Jonathan Rudge 3s again the league’s leading wicket taker with 31 - a figure including two eight-wicket hauls. But even he was put in the shade by the record-breaking exploits of Dominican Kershaski John Lewis, above, who made an all-time league best score of 237 not out against Jer Lane. He now has 321 runs and just heads team-mate Daniel White in the runscoring stakes. With a game in hand on Yeadon, Carlton are well placed to push for promotion.
Most runs: Kershaski John Lewis 321, Daniel White 302, Daniel Ford 195
Most wickets: Jonathan Rudge 31

3 Hunslet Nelson 92pts
Nelson are striving to return to Championship One at the first attempt. The bowling of Glen Thompson and Danny Cross will be crucial to those hopes as will the batting of Patrick Hinchliffe and Andrew McIntosh. They have featured in a number of low-scoring games and need to continue to come out on top in these contests.
Most runs: Patrick Hinchliffe 183, Andrew McIntosh 169
Most wickets: Glen Thompson 17, Danny Cross 17

4 Buttershaw St Paul's 90pts
Jonathan Crossland is the league's top runscorer with 404 after hitting two successive centuries. His runs and those of Kevin McDermott have been key to St Paul's good start. If the bowlers can follow their example. they will remain firmly involved in the promotion race.
Most runs: Jonathan Crossland 404, Kevin McDermott 221
Most wickets: Ben Platt 13, Kamran Siddique 13.

5 Birstall 89pts
Runs at the top of the order from veteran Eric Austin and talented youngster Josh Haynes have been the key ingredients for Birstall so far this season. Haynes, the 2018 Gordon Bowers Young Cricketer of the Yeart, has also taken 14 wickets with his left-arm spin. 
Most runs: Eric Austin 270 Josh Haynes 243
Most wickets: Josh Haynes 14

6 East Ardsley 83pts
Overseas player James Van der Merwe has proved a big hit with bat and ball for East Ardsley. The former East Leeds and Ossett player has scored 259 runs as well as taking 13 wickets. Van der Merwe has been backed up by Joshua Wild 169 while the ageless David Battye continues to be a model of economy with the ball.
Most runs: James Van der Merwe 259, Joshua Wild 169
Most wickets: James Van der Merwe 13

7 Spen Victoria 80pts
After starting the season with two wins Spen have suffered four defeats. Their batting has relied heavily on Sam Gatenby 306 and Bilal Ejaz 231 as no other player has reached 100 runs. It is a similar story in the bowling where Abid Awan has 25 wickets and is easily their most-successful player. More players need to step up if Spen are to avoid sliding down the table.
Most runs: Sam Gatenby 306, Bilal Ejaz 231
Most wickets: Abid Awain 25

8 Jer Lane 78pts
Newly-promoted Jer Lane are another side dropping back after a good start. Overseas paceman Hazrat Shah has impressed with 17 wickets in a side which relies on the experience of men like Amjid Khan and Imran Mirza. Jer Lane are ambitious and will be hoping to start climbing the table again
Most runs: Imran Mirza 133 Amjid Khan 130
Most wickets: Hazrat Shah 17 Amjid Khan 13

9 Hopton Mills 77pts
Mills have been dogged by inconsistency this season. On their day they are a match for anybody and are capable of posting challenging scores on their home ground. Mark Ashton has shown good form to score 198 runs while all-rounder Umar Abbas has chipped in with wickets and runs.
Most runs: Mark Ashton 198 Umar Abbas 168
Most wickets: Michael Carroll 16 Abbas 15

10 Bowling Old Lane 73pts
The Jack Hampshire Cup holders are surprisingly down in tenth place. They have repeatedly shown they have strength in their batting but their bowlers have yet to make a big impression. Skipper Farakh Hussain is one of the league's most destructive batsmen and will be hoping his side can start climbing the table.
Most runs: Farakh Hussain 262 Ahsan Butt 199 Ayyaz Akram 146
Most wickets: Arslan Mahmood 13

11 Northowram Fields 70pts
Northowram Fields are slowly finding their form after a sluggiish start to the season. Opening bowler Sam Gardner has the ability to build on his 18 wicket haul while the team will be looking for their batsmen to find the  sort of form which will enable them to push into the top half of the table.
Most runs: Dean Crossley 146 Jacob Slator 133
Most wickets: Sam Gardner 18 Josh Bennett-Kear 10

12 Altofts 59pts
It has been a tough start to the season for Altofts who are missing the explosive batting of Farroukh Alam who joined Undercliffe in the close season. The recent departure of skipper Kieran Holliday to Carlton was a further blow for a side fighting to avoid relegation.
Most runs: Sam Huitema 185
Most wickets: Jamie Hopper 11wkts

13 Liversedge 58pts
Liversedge have been a team on the up in recent weeks with their batsmen compiling some impressive scorers. Winter recruit Sohail Hussain from Brighouse has already scored 352 runs including 150 against Bowling Old Lane. If the Liversedge bowlers can find some form as escape from relegation is a distinct possibility.
Most runs: Sohail Hussain 352,Asad Mahmood 188, Graeme Winn 186
Most wickets: Graeme Winn 10

14 Adwalton 42pts
Newly-promoted Adwalton are still searching for a first win despite producing a number of battling performances. The loss of key players Ryan Robinson, Gareth Lee and Tom Lindsay to Yeadon was a big blow but young wicketkeper-batsman Josh Bennett continues to enhance his reputation despite his team’s struggles.

Most runs: Josh Bennett 244 Matt Donohoe 183
Most wickets: Ghulam Hussain 15 Shoaib Rehman 10.



1 Sandal 102pts
Sandal have been setting the pace in the race for the one promotion place. Matthew Westwood has set the tone for his side's batting while paceman Sam Noden and Australian Ryan Bishop Perrett have provided crucial wickets for ambitious Sandal.
Most runs: Matthew Westwood 192, Danny Riley 131, Kristian Shuttleworth 127
Most wickets: Sam Noden 18, Ryan Bishop Perrett 16 

2 Great Preston 95pts
Great Preston are seven points behind Sandal having played a game more, but they are determined to push the leaders all the way in the title race. James Marston, back from a season at East Ardsley, has made 207 runs while new Australian all-rounder Tyson Freeman has scored 186 runs and taken 15 wickets.
Most Runs: James Marston 207 Dan Ranasinghe 198 Tyson Freeman 186 Kieron Thurston 179
Most wickets: Cullum Jordan 18 Tyson Freeman 15

3 Gildersome & Daisy Hill 66pts
Gildersome & Farnley Hill have looked a much-improved outfit this season and their batting has been particularly good. That was clear from the first game when Reece Thompson, above, and skipper Richard Bedford both hit centuries.
Most runs: Reece Thompson 180 
Most wickets: Chris Harris 10 

4 Brighouse 63pts
Brighouse are finding their feet in the Conference following relegation last season. Tanvir Bashir has proved to be their top scorer, but the bowlers need to make a bigger impact if Brighouse are to close the gap on the top two.
Most runs: Tanvir Bashir 216 Tokir Bashir 135
Most wickets: Wajid Hussain 9

5 East Leeds 59pts
East Leeds have only lost once in six game and will be hoping they can produce the run of wins that would push them closer to the leading teams, Zahid Tarvas has been the best of their batsman.
Most runs: Zahid Tarvas 163 Gary Bettison 130  
Most wickets: William Storey 9

6 Windhill & Daisy Hill 56pts
The signing of the experienced all-rounder Tabbi Bhatti has been a big boost for Windhill & Daisy Hill. He is currently their top scoring batsman and joint top wicklet-taker. Windhill will be hoping he can inspire  them to further victories as the season unfolds.
Most runs: Tabbi Bhatti 232,
Most wickets: Shoaib Iqbal 10, Tabbi Bhatti 10

7 Rodley 53pts
Rodley in seventh place despite their batsmen consistently struggling for runs. They will need to improve both their runscoring and wicket taking if they are to maintain their current position
Most runs: Gary Sagar 95
Most wickets: Ryan Callis 12

8 Oulton 51pts
The individual statistics suggest Oulton should have more than one win to their name. Matt Boucher and Jonathan Henshaw have been consistent runs scorers while Jack Andrews has bowled well. The ingredients look to be there for Oulton to start climbing the table.
Most runs: Matt Boucher 221 Jonathan Henshaw 220
Most wickets: Jack Andrews 15

9 Crossbank Methodists 41pts
Crossbank Methodists have found the going tough with just one win so far. They know that an upturn in form is needed if this is not to become a season of continued struggle.
Most runs: James Coulborn 109
Most wickets: Imran Patel 11

10 Heckmondwike & Carlinghow -3pts 
It is still a case of negative equity for Heckmondwike & Carlinghow who were hit with a 20-point deduction when their second team forfeited a match earlier in the season.
Most runs: Adnaan Rawat 87
Most wickets: Usman Qureshi 5