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First Team Review August 19

First Team Review August 19

 

Mark Robertshaw became the first batsman to reach 1,000 runs for the season with his second century of the weekend for Pudsey St Lawrence.

He followed up his stunning 162 not out against Hanging Heaton on Saturday with 126 as his team defeated Bradford & Bingley by 20 runs.

The victory edged them one point ahead of New Farnley in the Premier Division title race ahead of Saturday’s clash between the two sides at Tofts Road.

Robertshaw hit four sixes and 12 fours as he took his tally for the season to 1,012 and helped his side to post a score of 233-7. James Smith chipped in with 34 while young spinner Bradley Reeve took 3-59 for Bradford &Bingley.

Ed Brown (73) and Jack Edgar (37) helped Bradford & Bingley to a spirited 213-9, but could not prevent spinner Steve Watts wrapping up another 19 points for Pudsey St Lawrence.

New Farnley, who started the day level with St Lawrence, gained 18 points for their four-wicket win over Lightcliffe.

Former Yorkshire and England seamer Ajmal Shahzad impressed with 5-34 as Lightcliffe were bowled out for 141. Overseas player Suleman Khan (54) and tail ender Sam Gardner (36) proved to be the top scorers.

Half-centuries from Yorkshire player Andrew Hodd (55) and skipper Lee Goddard (54no) ensured that New Farnley reached their target.

Third-placed Methley were awarded 17 points after troubled Scholes forfeited their game and collected another 20-point penalty which plunges them to the bottom of the table.

Woodlands scored a crushing 202-run win over Farsley in the rehearsal for next Sunday’s Priestley Cup final at Undercliffe.

Opener Sam Frankland hit his second century in three matches as he hit 125 to set his side on course for a total of 306-7.

Frankland struck three sixes and 15 fours and was joined in a fourth-wicket stand of 150 with young Jack McGahan (79). Skipper Tim Jackson (39) also made a useful contribution.

Farsley’s weakened side were pun out for 104 with Chris Brice (5-17) taking his second five-wicket haul of the weekend. Dan Hodgson (32) top scored for Farsley.

The Woodlands total wasn’t the biggest of the day. That honour fell to Hanging Heaton who made 345-6 as they defeated Cleckheaton by 226-8.

Skipper Gary Fellows missed out narrowly on a century for the second time this weekend with 96 and he was joined in a second-wicket stand of 136 by Joe Fraser (57).

Ishmail Dawood (39) and Callum Geldart (34) carried on the good work before a furious late assault from James Keen (49no) and David Stiff (46no) pushed the total to daunting proportions.

Keen’s runs came off 38 balls but that looked pedestrian in comparison Stiff’s 18-ball cameo.

The Cleckheaton reply of 226-8 was again dominated by opener Nick Lindley. He followed up his century against Woodlands on Saturday with 91. John Wood (32) was the next highest scorer.

East Bierley are finally off the bottom but now have to win at Cleckheaton on Saturday to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

Their hopes of victory against Townville were shattered by Richie Bresnan. The seamer took 6-30 and skipper Connor Harvey chipped in with 3-39 as East Bierley were dismissed for 106. An unbeaten 42 from Harry Clewett saw Townville to a six-wicket triumph.

Top picture: Mark Robertshaw hit his second ton of the weekend to pass 1,000 runs