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Congs go for a Burton at Lightcliffe

Congs go for a Burton at Lightcliffe

27 Apr 2019

Lightcliffe were the only winners in the Second Teams Premier Division on a day when the other five matches were abandoned during the second innings.

Rob Burton proved to be the match-winner for Lightcliffe by hammering an unbeaten 82 in their 89-run win over Pudsey Congs.

Lightcliffe made 180-7 against a Congs attack in which Adam Patrick (3-28) returned the best figures.

Congs struggled against the bowling of Shoaib Hassan (3-11) and Finley Hill (3-21) as they were dismissed for 91.

Champions Woodlands were pressing for victory over the 2017 title winners New Farnley when rain intervened. Kieran Collins blasted an unbeaten 82 and veteran Nicky Rushworth hit 46 as Woodlands reached 208-4.

New Farnley were struggling at 88-4 when play was abandoned. Opener Joe Suggitt battled hard for his unbeaten 52.

Hanging Heaton were going nicely at 95-3 in reply to East Bierley’s 141 when the rain washed out play. New signing Craig Russell from New Farnley was unbeaten on 44 at the time.

Dan Abbott (48) and Ross Monaghan (35) were the main contributors for East Bierley while James Byrne (3-24) and evergreen John Carruthers (3-40) were the best of the Hanging Heaton bowlers.

Priestley Shield holders Bowling Old Lane had Baildon in deep trouble at 53-7 when their game was abandoned. Old Lane made 175 in their innings with Adeel Nazir making 60 and Mohammed Yasir (38).

Newly-promoted Morley made 171 against Batley who were 48-0 when their match was abandoned. Only one innings was possible at Yeadon where Darren Lyons scored 34 in their total of 137. Adam Frost sent a cold chill through the home batting line up with 5-37 while Josh Dracup took 3-24. Rain prevented a St Lawrence reply.

Championship One

Undercliffe will want to forget their opening day defeat by Ossett in a hurry after being bowled out for just 27 to lose by 160 runs.

Six extras was the top contribution to an innings that was ripped apart by Tom Hosley (4-2) and Finnley Morgan (3-8).

Ossett had built their total of 187-8 around the contributions of Chris Hosley (51) and Richard Fenwick (44).

Matthew Hirst (6-48) sent Farsley spinning to a 39-run defeat against Gomersal. The Red lane side were bowled out for 150 with Adam Slater (35) top scoring.

Gomersal had earlier recovered from 52-7 to post 189-9, thanks to skipper Matthew Barnes (58) and Adam Ives (41). Richard Sutcliffe was the best Farsley bowler with 5-35.

Methley’s young side pulled off a four-wicket win over Carlton. Some fine bowling from Mohammed Usman (6-43) and Jake Smartt (3-19) restricted Carlton to 90. Brett Cutter (42) was the only batsman to make an impression.

Heinz Petzold took 3-13 for Carlton but could not prevent Methley from easing to their target.

Matthew Doidge, the man who led Pudsey Congs to five-successive Bradford League title wins from 2000-2004, made his debut for Bradford & Bingley and was dismissed by league chief executive Mark Heald for a duck.

George Heartfield (83) and Zaid Saleen (37) took the batting honours as Bradford & Bingley reached 193-9. East Ardsley had been reduced to 92-6, with young Lachlan Doidge picking up 3-23, before the weather intervened.

Ahtasham Raza’s 66 was the highlight of Keighley’s 148-4 before Bankfoot’s reply was washed out at 50-2.

Championship Two

An unbeaten 97 from Miraj Khan enabled Birstall to secure a six-wicket win in their match at Wrenthorpe.

He enabled his side to chase down Wrenthorpe’s 189-3 declared which featured a superb third-wicket stand of 146 between Paul Marshall (89) and Nathan Ellis (72no).

Just like their first team, newly-promoted Jer Lane wasted no time registering their first win. Haseeb Younas took 5-10 and Absar Hassan (5-28) as Townville were dismissed for 48 to seal a 133-run win.

Jer Lane’s total of 181-9 was built around half-centuries from Mohammad Rehman (60) and Umar Dawood (59). Ian Jones was the best Townville bowler with 4-31.

Great Preston’s late-order batsman made decisive contributions in their 62-run win over Oulton.

Andy Clark (54) and Sam Holmes (44) helped their side add 101 for the last two wickets and boost their total to 227.

Daniel Henshaw (4-31) and Alan Winn (3-35) were the pick of the bowlers for Oulton who were dismissed for 165 in reply. Robert Henshaw (40) and Daniel Henshaw (34) were the top contributors.

Elliot Carter produced a fine all-round performance to help Altofts defeat Brighouse by three wickets. He took 5-32 and was backed up by Jaymes Hollingworth (3-17) as Brighouse were dismissed for 121. Carter followed up by hitting an unbeaten 53 which enabled his side to stave off the threat of Abdul Hamid (4-38) to reach their target.

Marshall Grieve picked up 4-22 as Hartshead Moor bowled out Hopton Mills for 113 before edging to a four-wicket win. Louis Brooke (42no) led the successful reply.

Ashley Hale made an unbeaten 73 and took 4-17 to help Wakefield St Michael’s to a 47-run win over Scholes. John Holland (52) also made a half-century as St Michael’s made 225-3 before dismissing their rivals for 178. Majid Khan (79) and Richard West (36) were Scholes’ two top scorers.

The match between Spen Victoria and Liversedge was abandoned without a ball being bowled.


Joshua Goose made sure that Sandal’s season took off on the right note with a seven-wicket win over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow.

Goose took 5-30 as Heckmondwike & Carlinghow were bowled out for 103. Will Henshall also picked up 3-9 while Ilyas Hashmi (53) battled in vain.

Sandal reached their target thanks to the contributions of Leighton Shuttleworth (44) and Scott Fairbrass (37).

Gildersome & Farnley Hill were made to work hard for their two-wicket win over Rodley. Daniel Dobson (54) was the one batsman to make his mark as Rodley were bowled out for 118, with David Farrell taking 3-30.

Sulfyan Zaman (46) and Martin Morley (30) ensured that Gildersome secured their win despite the efforts of Gary Sagar (3-24).

James Curtis of Adwalton produced figures of 6-47 in his side’s abandoned match with Buttershaw St Paul’s.

Despite Curtis’s efforts, Saints made 198-8 with Andrew Pinfield scoring 60 and Jack Wilson (43). Adwalton were 121-6 when the weather brought an early end.

The best bowling of the day was produced by Shamoon Mushtaq of East Leeds. He took 6-36 against Windhill & Daisy Hill and followed up with an unbeaten 42 for good measure.

Craig Marshall’s unbeaten 50 was the highlight of Windhill & Daisy Hill’s 126-7, while Rajat Ali (45) led the way as East Leeds reached 102-5 before rain had the final word.