Dan Hodgson made the highest individual score in this season’s Gordon Rigg T20 Group A Cup competition as he helped New Farnley to their first win.
Hodgson hit 104 not out from 54 balls with three sixes and 15 fours as he helped his side to a 98-run win over Hartshead Moor.
Steve Bullen (75no) shared an unbroken third wicket stand of 173 with Hodgson after Hartshead Moor had reduced New Farnley to 17-2.
After a steady start they increased the tempo and took 62 from the last three overs with 28 of then coming from the final six balls bowled by Joe Bowman as Hodgson went from 76 to 104 with two sixes and four fours.
The depleted Hartshead Moor side slipped to 3-3 before Richard Ferry (34) played some bold shots before his side were dismissed for 92 with young leg spinner Jack Dyson taking four wickets.
The victory saw New Farnley go to the top of the Pool Two table because East Bierley, who had beaten them in their opening Pool Two game, suffered a 54-run defeat against Bankfoot. It means New Farnley have 27 points, East Bierley 22, and Bankfoot, who have only played one game, 20
Hisan Ahmad (46no), Jawad Waheed (41no) and Hamzah Iqbal (40) helped Bankfoot to 171-3, a score East Bierley never looked like challenging despite 41 from big Ben Walter. Skipper James Lee (3-22) and Seif Hussain (3-25) ensured a maximum-points haul for Bankfoot.
There were two thrilling games in Pool Three with Birstall recovering from 27-4 to defeat Farsley and Morley beating Pudsey Congs by three runs.
The key to Birstall’s win was an unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 125 between skipper Nick Kaye (69no) and wicketkeeper Chris Becker (54no) enabled them to chase down Farsley’s 151-9 with three balls to spare.
Farsley’s innings was given a flying start by skipper Matthew Lumb who promoted himself to opener. He blasted seven sixes and four fours in his 62 while Chris Beech (36) and Jamie Blackburn (32) added useful runs before Brandon Silverwood struck to take 5-11.
There is just no keeping Morley’s Sri Lankan all-rounder Kavindu Kulasekara out of the action. He made an unbeaten 64no and was supported by fellow opener Christian Silkstone in a score of 125-2.
It was another Sri Lanka, the Pudsey Congs overseas player Pramud Hettiwatte (37) who led their reply, but Morley’s bowlers stuck to their task and the challenge of scoring 15 from the final over proved too much for them.
Despite their defeats, Farsley 25 points and Congs 24, lead the way from Morley 22 in the early Pool Three standings.
Holders Hanging Heaton went to the top of Pool Four after David Stiff took 6-17 to secure an 88-run win over Ossett who were bowled out for 90.
Skipper Ben Kohler-Cadmore set the tone for Hanging Heaton’s win by scoring 79 as they compiled a total of 178-6. Spinner Matthew Varley took 3-24.
Methley are second after a 30-run win at Carlton. Gharib Nawaz and Jason Marshall both made 30 in their score of 138-6. Despite the efforts of Arman Hussain (30) and Daniel White (30), Carlton could only manage 108-6 as Charlie McMurran picked up 3-18.
Group B Cup
Holders Northowram Fields started their defence of the Group B Cup with an emphatic 10-wicket win over Rodley.
They bowled out their opponents for just 60 with Sam Gardner (3-17) and Farahan Hussain (3-13) making it a tough night for Rodley. Opener Ben Grech was unbeaten on 36 when Northowram Fields reached their victory target.
The 2019 winners Jer Lane, who are in Pool 3 with Northowram Fields, had a comfortable 120-run win over Windhill & Daisy Hill.
Osama Ahmad followed up his recent Jack Hampshire Cup heroics by blasting six sixes and five fours while making 69 in his side’s total of 203-7. Haseeb Rehman (36) was the next highest scorer as Parwinder Singh took 3-48.
Bobby Khan proved to be the best of the Jer Lane’s bowlers with 4-28 as they bowled out Windhill for 83.
East Ardsley’s 219-6 was the highest score of the night as they overcame Hopton Mills in Pool Two by 102 runs. Jonathan McGregor (54) and Simon Tucker (44) led the way with the bat while Ashley Pearson took 3-9 as Mills were restricted to 117-6, John Bowett getting 46 not out.
Heckmondwike & Carlinghow registered a comfortable 84-run win over Gildersome & Farnley Hill after bowling out their rivals for 57 with Razeb Raja taking 3-4 and Chris Allen (3-23).
Khurram Shahzad top scored with 58 in Heckmondwike & Carlinghow’s 141 all out. Martin Morley (4-26) and Jordan Edmondson (3-17) were the best of the Gildersome & Farnley Hill bowlers.
Sandal’s Sam Noden produced the best bowling figures in the opening night’s Group B Cup games with 5-15 as last year’s beaten finalists restricted Hunslet Nelson to 104-9 to secure a 20-run win in Pool One.
Jamie Pease (3-21) gave good support to Noden as Sandal made sure they defended their score of 124-4 which featured 46 from Matthew Westwood.
Oli Baron’s knock of 55 helped Great Preston make 154-6 on their way toa 46-run win over Wakefield St Michael’s.
Zaeem Zulfqar took 3-13 for St Michael’s while Joe Schofield (3-17) and Stuart Ruddick (3-18) were the pick of the Great Preston bowlers.