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Cree masterminds thrilling Methley win

Cree masterminds thrilling Methley win


Ossett v Methley
Teenage opener Alex Cree hit the Premier Division’s highest individual score of the season as he guided Methley to a dramatic two wicket win over Ossett with two balls to spare.
Cree made 169 not out and finished the game off by scoring all the last 30 runs his side need to overhaul Ossett’s score of 276-8 from 15 balls. Fittingly, Cree crowned his magnificent knock by hitting his fifth six to complete a remarkable turnaround.
Cree, who also struck 19 fours, rescued his side from the depths of 55-5. Tom Chippendale (41) helped him add 92 for the sixth wicket, but 131 were still needed when the Methley skipper departed.
With help from the tail, Cree managed to steer his side home despite the efforts of Marcus Walmsley (5-67) who had taken the first five Methley wickets.
Ossett’s innings featured half centuries from George Hadfield (59) and Nick Connolly (51), as well as useful contributions from Mattie  Race (35) and  Paul Malone (34). Gordon Thomson (3-56) and James Wainman (3-82) were Methley’s best bowlers.

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Marcus Walmsley took the first five Methley wickets. Picture: Ray Spencer

Hanging Heaton v Woodlands

Woodlands all-rounder Tom Clee showed his increasing importance to the defending champions as he hit career best score of 141 in their 90-run win at Bennett Lane.
Clee gave a powerful demonstration of stroke play as he notched up 12 sixes and eight fours.
Clee’s hitting was the highlight of a third wicket stand of 202 with opener Tim Jackson who struck one six and 14 fours while making a fine 110. Woodlands went on to post a score of 343-6 which is the highest in the Premier Division this season. It was a tough afternoon for the Hanging Heaton bowlers with Mustafa Rafique (3-88) and Tom Lindsay (3-57) sharing the wickets to fall.
Callum Bethel (47), Shahban Raheem (32), Callum Geldart (31) and Mustafa Rafique (30no) were the main contributors as Hanging Heaton were dismissed for 253, Muhammad Bilal taking 3-43.
The result means Woodlands remain 13 points behind leaders New Farnley.

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Tom Clee celebrates after completing his century Picture: Richard Kosmala

Tim Jackson acknowledges the applause for his ton Picture: Richard Kosmala
Cleckheaton v New Farnley

Adam Waite continued his rich vein of form with a superb innings of 120 as league leaders New Farnley returned to winning ways with a 136-run win over relegation-threatened Cleckheaton.
Waite’s knock contained two sixes and 13 fours as he ensured his side gained maximum batting points with a total of 239-8 on a slow wicket where runscoring was not easy.
Cleckheaton’s 15-year-old leg spin bowler Ibrahim Ahmed performed well as he took 4-86 and it was fitting that he was the bowler who finally brought Waite’s innings to an end when he had him stumped by skipper Mally Nicholson.
Cleckheaton found the going tough when they batted. Left arm spinner Gurman Randhawa (4-17) and paceman Liam Guthrie (3-32) posed the main threat as they were bowled out for 103.

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Farsley v Pudsey St Lawrence
On an afternoon where the batsmen enjoyed themselves in the sun it was good to see a bowler bucking the trend at Red Lane with Charlie Parker producing a match-winning display.
The left-arm opening bowler took 6-64 as Farsley were bowled out for 122. His victims included the Yorkshire wicketkeeper Harry Duke for just one. Dan Revis (32) proved to be the top scorer.
Josh Priestley (50) and Archie Scott (46no) ensured that St Lawrence had few alarms as they cruised to a seven-wicket win.

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Bradford & Bingley v Townville
Jack Hughes was in good all-round form as he led fourth place Townville to a 64-run win over Bradford & Bingley at Wagon Lane.
Hughes top scored with 70 and was backed up by Harry Warwick (45) and Abdul Wahid (34) as Townville made 235-8 against a bowling attack in which Yasir Abbas (3-55) and Bradley Reeve (3-46) were the most successful members.
Bradford & Bingley were bowled out for 171 with Hughes picking up 3-35 with his left arm spin. Jack Luxton (34) proved to be the top scorer.

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Premier Division Stats of the day
Top team total:
 343-6 Woodlands v Hanging Heaton
Top individual score: 169no Alex Cree (Methley v Ossett)
Best Bowling figures:
 6-64 Charlie Parker (Pudsey St Lawrence v Farsley)
Premier Division Stats of the season
Top team total: 343-6 Woodlands v Hanging Heaton
Top individual score:
 169no Alex Cree (Methley v Ossett)
Best Bowling figures: 9-54 Zia Ul Haq Parwani (Bankfoot v Townville)

Division One
Morley v Keighley
Morley boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation with a rousing nine-wicket win over Keighley which lifted them out of the bottom two.
Slow bowlers David Nebard (5-54) and Joel Murnan (4-25) held the key to their side’s success. Once Noah McFadyen (41) and Billy Whitford (37) were parted the Keighley innings stalled and they were bowled out for 152.
Morley were powered towards their victory target by an opening stand of 139 between in-form Jack Rowett (75no) and skipper Matt Baxter (63).
The win lifted Morley above Baildon and East Ardsley in the table.

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Carlton v East Ardsley
Carlton boosted their promotion prospects and added to East Ardsley’s relegation fears as they pulled off a six-wicket win.
Their Dominican batsman Kershaski John Lewis took his tally of league runs for the season to 857 as he made 93 during a third wicket partnership of 166 with Brett Cullen (56) as East Ardsley’s score of 205 was chased down.
Defeat was hard on East Ardsley batsman James Van Der Merwe who scored 103 and shared in a partnership of 142 for the third wicket with Oliver Appleyard (39). Van der Merwe’s century included 18 fours while Nick Busby (3-34) was the most successful Carlton bowler.
Carlton are now 36 points adrift of leaders Jer Lane but are crucially 33 better off than third place Undercliffe.

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Wrenthorpe v Birstall
Eric Austin showed no mercy for his former club by hitting a century as Birstall inflicted a 13th straight defeat on Wrenthorpe.
Austin made 135 not out, an innings containing 23 fours, and was joined by Dominic Cleghorn (119no) in an unbroken third wicket stand of 212 as Birstall notched up 317-2. Cleghorn’s innings included two sixes and 14 fours
Sam Johnson (50) and Daud Waheed (59) helped Wrenthorpe to achieve maximum batting points as they finished on 231-8 to loses by 86 runs. Henry Pearson (3-25), and David McCallum (3-56) were the best of the Birstall bowlers.

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Jer Lane v Baildon
Leaders Jer Lane picked up maximum points for the 12th time in 13 games as they breezed to an eight-wicket win over struggling Baildon.
Despite a battling innings of 80 from opener James Ford, Baildon were bowled out for 141 with Cosmond Walters taking 4-21.
Jer Lane were guided to their victory target by Abubakar Dawood (53no) and Miraj Khan (48).

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Pudsey Congs v Undercliffe
Undercliffe moved above Pudsey Congs into third place after defeating them by four wickets. Skipper Bailey Worcester (43) and Nick Smith (34) enabled them to overhaul the home side’s score of 150-9.
Callum Oliver (34) and Rishi Chopra (34) proved to be the top scorers for Congs while Alex Myers (3-32) proved to be Undercliffe’s best bowler.

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Gomersal v East Bierley
Overseas fast bowler Nisar Ahmad took 7-39 to secure a 34-run win for East Bierley at Oxford Road.
Thanks to the impressive Ahmad, Gomersal were bowled out for 133 with only Richard Wear (41) making an impression as they replied to an East Bierley score of 167 which featured contributions from Danny Cross (41), Sam Gatenby (38) and Adam Brown (37). Spinners Jonathan Boynton (4-51) and Daniel Syme (3-17) had most success for Gomersal.

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Division One Stats of the day
Top team total:
 317-2 Birstall v Wrenthorpe
Top individual score: 135no Eric Austin (Birstall v Wrenthorpe)
Best Bowling figures: 7-39 Nisar Ahmad (East Bierley v Gomersal)
Division One Stats of the season
Top team total: 398-7 Gomersal v Wrenthorpe

Top individual score: 160 Kevin McDermott (Baildon v Morley)
Best Bowling figures
: 7-39 Nisar Ahmad (East Bierley v Gomersal)
Division Two
Yeadon v Wakefield St Michael’s
Sri Lankan opener Pasindu Thirimadura hit his third century of the season as leaders Yeadon trounced bottom team Wakefield St Michael’s by 320 runs.
Thirimadura punctuated his innings of 115 with two sixes and 16 fours as the visitors were made to suffer in the sun. Adeel Ashraf (89) joined him to add 139 for the fifth wicket before Muhammad Khan weighed in with 72.
St Michael’s skipper Joe Finnigan took (5-90) and his performance was the only high spot for his team because they crashed to 37 all out in reply as Ashraf picked up 5-19.

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Sandal v Northowram Fields
Second place Sandal kept their promotion push on track as they chased down a Northowram Fields score of 227-8 to win by three wickets with 6.5 overs to spare.
Danny Riley (58), Leighton Shuttleworth (52) and Matthew Westwood (32) helped their side to victory while Josh Dodd (3-32) was the best visiting bowler.
Kyle Welsh took his tally of league runs to 622 as he dominated the Northowram Fields innings with an unbeaten 108. Welsh hit three sixes and 14 fours but only Farhan Hussain (37) provided support. Michael Carroll was the pick of the Sandal bowlers with 3-36.

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Great Preston v Lightcliffe
South African batsman Isaac Dikgale struck an unbeaten 82 as Lightcliffe boosted their promotion challenge with an eight-wicket win.
Dikgale shared an opening stand of 140 with Alex Stead (54) as Lightcliffe made light work of chasing down Great Preston’s 145.
Captain Oli Baron (59) again led the way for Great Preston but lacked back up from his colleagues. Jamil Aslam (3-35) and Tom Burton (3-57) took the bowling honours for Lightcliffe.

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Hopton Mills v Hartshead Moor
Even a half century from former Yorkshire captain and coach Andrew Gale could not save Hartshead Moor from a 69-run defeat which leaves them rooted in the bottom two.
Hopton Mills turned the heat on their rivals by making 320-8 when they batted first. Umar Abbas led the way as he blasted 11 sixes and five fours while making 109 from just 63 balls. Mark Ashton made 54 while Qaser Hameed (41) helped Abbas add 127 for the fifth wicket. Daniel Squire toiled hard for his 4-72.
Gale led the Hartshead Moor reply with Hasnat Yousaf (39) and Squire (34) chipping in with useful runs, but they were bowled out for 251 as Sana Khan (4-56) and that man Abbas (3-78) posed the main threat.

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Division Two Stats of the day

Top team total
: 320-8 Hopton Mills v Hartshead Moor
Top individual score: 115 Pasindu Thirimadura (Yeadon v Wakefield St Michael’)
Best Bowling figures: 5-19 Adeel Ashraf (Yeadon v Wakefield St Michael’s)
Division Two Stats of the season
Top team total: 353-4 Buttershaw St Paul's v Northowram Fields
Top individual score: 152 Isaac Dikgala (Lightcliffe v Hopton Mills)

Best Bowling figures: 8-24 Hazrat Abbas (Bowling Old Lane v Hartshead Moor)

Division Three

Liversedge v Brighouse
Liversedge notched their 12th win from 13 games as they overcame Brighouse by 58 runs.
The leaders looked to be in trouble when they slipped to 108-7 before their number nine batsman Bradley Drake hit an unbeaten 57 which helped them to a total of 202. Asif Amir (44) proved to be the top scorer for Brighouse as they subsided to 144 all out.

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Adwalton v Rodley
Adwalton are 27 points behind leaders Liversedge after their 35-run win over Rodley. They overcame the challenge posed by Daniel Hill (6-30) to make 267. Openers Will Cutt (80) and Matt Donohoe (59) led the way.
Jacques Moss (66) led a spirited Rodley reply of 232. Gary Sagar (39), and Bailey Wilson (30) chipped in as Donohoe (3-54) proved to be the most successful Adwalton bowler.

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Scholes v Windhill & Daisy Hill
Scholes kept their promotion challenge going with a four-wicket win at new Popplewell Lane. Christian Jackson (44), Joe Duffy (36) and Robert Smith (35), enabled them to chase down the visitors’ score of 210-9. Mohammed Waseem (4-64) posed the biggest threat.
Shoaib Iqbal (40) was the top scorer in the Windhill innings while Duffy (3-29) proved to be the best of the Scholes bowlers.

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Altofts v Gildersome & Farnley Hill
Saif Tahir produced a fine individual performance with bat and ball as Altofts cruised to a seven-wicket victory.
Tahir first made his mark on the game by taking 5-21 as Gildersome & Farnley Hill were dismissed for 124. Craig Wood (3-30) provided good support as only Josh Sturgess (36) made an impression for Gildersome & Farnley Hill.
Tahir was determined to continue his excellent work when Altofts replied. He hammered an unbeaten 66 from 34 balls to speed them to their target.

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Division Three Stats of the day
Top team total: 
267 Adwalton v Rodley
Top individual score: 80 Will Cutt (Adwalton v Rodley)
Best Bowling figures: 6-30 Daniel Hill (Rodley v Adwalton)
Division Three Stats of the season

Top team total: 431-9 Spen Victoria v Adwalton
Top individual score: 195 Matthew Donohoe (Adwalton v Spen Victoria)
Best Bowling figures: 8-30 Greg Keywood (Scholes v Gildersome & Farnley Hill)

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