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Double delight for Woodlands skipper

Double delight for Woodlands skipper

Cieran Garner won’t forget his first season as captain in a hurry after leading Woodlands to a Premier Division championship and Priestley Cup double.

His team secured their seventh league title with an 81-run win over Undercliffe at Intake Road – the ground where they lifted the cup three weeks earlier.

Opener Tim Jackson played the lead role while Brad Schmulian (33) and Sam Frankland (32) both chipped in with valuable runs as they posted a score of 223-6.

Derbyshire off spinner Mark Watt (3-81) was the most successful Undercliffe bowler and chipped in with 35 as his side were bowled out for 152. Opener Simon Lambert top scored with 55 but could not prevent Woodlands from securing their 13th win of the season.

Townville climbed into second place and are look set for their highest Premier Division finish after a thrilling one-wicket win over the 2018 champions Pudsey St Lawrence.

Harry Warwick hit an unbeaten 69 to guide them past the St Lawrence score of 176-9 with one ball to spare. Alex Page (33) chipped in with valuable runs after spinners Archie Scott (4-52) and returning skipper Chris Marsden (3-31) threated to turn the game the home side’s way.

Harry Cullingford (56) top scored in the Saints innings while overseas player Imran Rafique (5-27) was the pick of the Townville bowlers.

Lightcliffe will need to win their last two game at home to Methley and away at Pudsey St Lawrence and rely on other results going their way after their four-wicket defeat by second-bottom Wrenthorpe.

The win was a welcome boost for Wrenthorpe in their bid to stay in the top-flight for a second season and they have their overseas player Khalil Khan to thank for their latest win.

After taking 3-8 to support the efforts of Ollie Kilburn (3-21) as Lightcliffe were bowled out for 112, Khan rescued his side from 7-3 with a superb inning of 70. Ibrar Younis took 3-27 in the Wrenthorpe innings.

The result puts Wrenthorpe on 163 points, 24 ahead of Lightcliffe and within striking distance of Methley and Undercliffe on 169 and 170 respectively.

Methley continued their great escape with a five-wicket win over a Farsley signed weakened by the absence of overseas player Pat Kruger and their two Yorkshire players Josh Poysden and James Logan.

In contrast, Methley were boosted by the presence of their Yorkshire duo of Matthew Waite and Jared Warner, who is currently on loan at Sussex.

Warner took 4-36 as Farsley were restricted to 161-8, James Pickles making their top score of 40. Jordan Laban (53) and Waite (31) helped Methley stave off the threat of paceman Matthew Simpson (3-50) to record another important win.

Charlie Parker celebrates his fifth wicket against Cleckheaton. Picture: Ray Spencer

Charlie Parker, above, made an unbeaten 43 with the bat and followed up with 5-30 as New Farnley recorded a 39-run win at Cleckheaton.

Alex Lilley (55) and Adam Waite (35) were the other main contributors to the visitors’ score of 193-6 at Moorend.

Toby Thorpe battled hard to make an unbeaten 63 for Cleckheaton who finished on 154-9 after Parker’s intervention with the ball.

Alex Lilley hits a six during his half-century for New Farnley Picture: Ray Spencer

Championship One

Bankfoot inflicted a second successive defeat on leaders Batley and blew the Championship One title race wide open.

They triumphed by three wickets and with Morley bagging a maximum 20 points for their 91-run win over Scholes, there are just 12 points covering the top three teams.

Table-topping Batley have 232 but Morley 225 and Bankfoot 220 are ready to pounce if they slip up again in the remaining two games.

Only Kasir Maroof (47no) made an impression as the Bankfoot attack, led by skipper James Lee (3-43), restricted Batley to a score of 144-9.

Bankfoot were guided to victory by Arsaam Malik (47), Hamzah Iqbal (33) and Hisan Ahmad (33).

Morley opener James McNichol made a fine 102, one six and 10 fours, as Morley compiled a score of 241-5 at Scholes. Henry Rush (51) and skipper Matt Baxter (32) helped make it a tough time for the Scholes bowlers.

Opener Mohammed Rafique (71) battled hard for Scholes but could bot prevent his side from being bowled out for 150 as their second-successive relegation was confirmed. Oliver Halliday (3-8) and Rush (3-11were the pick of the Morley attack.

Wakefield St Michael’s gave their hopes of avoiding relegation a huge lift as they defeated East Bierley by seven wickets to close the gap between themselves and their rivals to 10 points.

After bowling out East Bierley for 137 with Zaeem Zulfqar taking 4-22 and Ollie Lightfoot (3-54), St Michael’s made a cracking start to their reply with Zulfar (43) and Ayaz Seedat (59) putting on 99 for the first wicket. It was the perfect foundation for a successful run chase.

Hartshead Moor’s batting crumbled for the second game in a row as they were dismissed for just 64 in their eight-wicket defeat by Ossett.

Opening bowlers Mushy Rafique (6-22) and Dan Busfield (3-12) ripped through the Hartshead Moor innings to set up another win for their side.

Australian Blair Oakley produced another fine all-round performance to guide Baildon to a 44-run win over Keighley.

Oakley top scored with 61 and was backed up by Mounam Ejaz (36) as the threat of Alex Antoine (7-49) was countered in a Baildon score of 202-8.

Richard Gould (45), Luke Chapman (37) and Nathan Storton (34) were the main contributors to Keighley’s 158-9, but Oakley (3-30) and spinner Mushtaq Ahmed (4-52) ensured they were unable to challenge the Jenny Laners’ total.

Spinners Chris Greenwood (4-31) and Chris Rhodes (3-37) restricted Pudsey Congs to 157-9 as they helped Gomersal to a 19-run win.

An unbeaten 54 from Liam Thomas and a knock of 36 from Richard Wear were the highlights of Gomersal’s 176-5.

Championship Two

Carlton and Birstall secured their promotion to Championship One with comfortable victories.

Leaders Carlton overcame Jer Lane by 41 runs while Birstall eased to a seven-wicket victory over Altofts.

It means that with two games to go, Carlton need 16 points to be assured of going up as champions. They have 303 points to Birstall’s 279, and even if the teams finished level on points they would finish top by virtue of having secured more wins – currently 15-12 in their favour.

Overseas player Kershaski John Lewis was in the runs again with 86 not out for Carlton to take his aggregate in his first Bradford Premier League season to 908.

Jer Lane must be sick at the sight of the talented Dominican because he hammered a league record score of 237no against them earlier in the season.

Daniel Ford (79no) joined John Lewis in an unbroken stand of 159 for the third wicket after Daniel White (64) had laid a good foundation for the eventual total of 276-2.

Jer Lane made a spirited reply of 235-8 with Imran Mirza (77), Raqeeb Younis (49) and David Syme (36no) leading the way. Kieran Holliday (3-60) and Jonathan Rudge (3-67) wrapped up victory for Carlton.

Ryan Gray and Josh Haynes were the key figures in Birstall’s win over Altofts. Gray took 5-48 as Altofts, despite an unbeaten 53 from Danny Eden, were restricted to 155-9.

Haynes ensured that Birstall had no trouble knocking off the runs. The left-handed opener made 74 and was assisted by Brad lay (36no).

Jack Hampshire Cup winners Yeadon looked to have given themselves a chance of victory when their young bowlers James Massheder (4-15) and Tom Lindsay (3-33) helped them bowl out Bowling Old Lane for 128, skipper Farakh Hussain top scoring with 42.

The Yeadon batsmen were unable to take advantage and crumbled to 67 all out to lose by 61 runs. Adam Zahid (5-35) and Zeeshan Haider (4-20) did the damage for Old Lane.

Spen Victoria are fourth after Abid Awain returned stunning figures of 8-48 to secure a 26-run win over Buttershaw St Paul’s.

He ensured that Kevin McDermott’s battling 87 was in vain as St Paul’s finished on 155-9 in reply to the Spen Victoria’s 184-8.

Opener Sam Gatenby (48), Bilal Ejaz (41) and Michael Flathers (38) helped their side counter the threat of their former spinner Ben Platt (6-51).

Bottom team Adwalton kept alive their slim hopes of avoiding relegation alive with a four-wicket win over second-bottom Liversedge.

Vinit Patel set up their win by taking 5-40 as Liversedge were dismissed for 155, Sohail Hussain (53) and Qaiser Hameed (34) proving to be the best of the batsmen.

Adwalton were guided to their target by their young opening batsman Josh Bennett. His unbeaten 72 ensured they collected only their second win of the season. Graham Winn took 3-32 for Liversedge.

Northowram Fields eased themselves out of the relegation places with a six-wicket win over East Ardsley.

Hammy Shahzad (5-19) and Josh Bennett-Keer (3-22) were instrumental in their side bowling out East Ardsley for 140. Jacob Slater’s unbeaten 57 and 46 not out from John Lister saw them home to a much-needed win. Ashley Pearson took 3-27 for East Ardsley.

Hopton Mills dropped into the bottom three – one point adrift of Northowram Fields – after their 47-run defeat by Hunslet Nelson.

Will Stiff (82) and Sam Haigh (39) helped Nelson to make 187-8 against a bowling attack in which Michael Carroll (5-33) and Ashley Mackereth (3-57) were the most successful members.

Hopton Mills were dismissed for 140 as Glen Thompson (3-40) helped wrap up the win for Nelson.


Sandal secured the Conference title and the one promotion place after defeating second-placed Great Preston by 14 runs.

The win took Sandal to 286 points and puts them 43 ahead of Great Preston who have two games to play to the champions’ one.

Good batting from Karl Hewitt (77) and skipper Kristian Shuttleworth (57) helped Sandal to a score of 210-8, but it was the bowling of Ryan Bishop-Perrett that proved to be the decisive factor in their success.

He took 5-56 and was backed up by Sam Noden (3-64) as Great Preston were bowled out for 196. Ollie Baron (55) and Ben Broxup (42) tried their hardest to propel Great Preston to victory, but the Sandal bowlers had the final say.

Tabassum Bhatti took 5-44 and Guarav Patel (4-43) as Windhill & Daisy Hill bowled out East Leeds for 142 to secure a 26-run success.

Tom Chapman (63) battled away for East Leeds but lacked good support as his side replied to Windhill & Daisy Hill’s 168 in which Adam Swaine and Patel both made 34.

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow remain bottom after a six-wicket loss against Oulton. Ahmed Butt (39) and Paul Cooper (34) were the only batsmen to make an impression as Alan Winn (4-27) and Ben Child (3-8) got to work. Matt Boucher (45) helped Oulton to their target.

Mohammed Altaf (4-15) and Ritesh Tandelkar (3-29) helped Brighouse bowl out Rodley for 103 to complete an 80-run win.

Wajid Hussain (51) and Tanvir Bashir (44) helped Brighouse to 183-9 when they batted first. Gary Sagar picked up 4-46 for Rodley.

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