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First Teams Review September 15

First Teams Review September 15

15 Sep 2018

Undercliffe pipped Wrenthorpe to the Championship One title on a thrilling final day to the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League season.

Wrenthorpe struck the first blow in the see-saw battle for top spot when they bowled out Baildon for157 before easing to a seven-wicket win.

That left Undercliffe knowing they needed 19 points from their match with Bankfoot to become champions. They went one better and pocketed a maximum 20 as they defeated Bankfoot by 21 runs.

All-rounder Zeeshan Qasim and batsman Fahid Rehman proved to be the key performers for Undercliffe.

Rehman made an unbeaten 99 which was the cornerstone of Undercliffe’s 235-5. While Qasim followed up an unbeaten 62 by taking 4-64 as Bankfoot were all out for 214.

Skipper Scott Etherington chipped in with 3-41 while Adam Wainwright (38) was top scorer for Bankfoot whose skipper James Lee took his tally of wickets for the season to 62 with 4-47.

 Undercliffe finished the season with 369 points which was two more than Wrenthorpe who did all they could on the final day.

The division’s top two wicket takers, Jonathan Rudge (4-47) and Awais Ejaz (3-56) took their respective tallies to 76 and 65.

Simon Bailey battled hard for his 63 while George Barker made 36, but Baildon’s total of 157 was overhauled as Luke Patel (77no) and James Glynn (36) powered their side towards their target.

Hunslet Nelson will be returning to Championship Two after just one season after their 39-run defeat at third-placed Morley.

The result left them on 193 points, four behind Ossett who suffered a three-run defeat at Batley.

Nobody tried harder than skipper Will Stiff to keep Nelson afloat. He took 4-56 as Morley were bowled out for 201 and followed up with an unbeaten 37 as his side were dismissed for 162.

His opposite number Oliver Halliday had a fine match. He top scored with 67 and picked up 3-9 in the Nelson innings to back up the efforts of Matthew Dowse (4-49).

Ossett bowler Joe Finnigan produced the day’s best figures of 7-43 and still ended up on the losing side. Only Muhammad Tahir (42) and Mohammad Shahnawaz (37) made an impact for Batley as they were all out for 131

Ossett were unable to cash in on the performance of Finnigan as they were dismissed for 128. James Van der Merwe (39) and Jon Sadler (31) were the main contributors as Musa Ahmed picked up 3-13.

Hartshead Moor ended their season on a winning not after defeating Gomersal by six wickets.

Former Yorkshire and Scotland seamer Iain Wardlaw picked up 5-47 as Gomersal were restricted to 164-9.

Joe Bowman top scored with 58 while opener Craig Field (44) and Mohammad Khan(38no) helped Hartshead Moor to their target.

Bottom team Yeadon signed off with a win ss they defeated Pudsey Congs by five wickets. An unbeaten 64 from Ryan Heptinstall saw Yeadon pass the Congs total.

Jonathan Donnelly (3-39) was the best of the Congs bowlers while James Massheder had earlier taken 3-28 for Yeadon. Mushy Raffique for Congs.

Keighley's Paul Quinlan with the Championship Two trophy

Championship Two

There was a thrilling finish to the Championship Two title battle with Keighley taking the trophy by a single point.

They started the day in second place and made short work of their game at Northowram Fields as they romped to a 10-wicket win.

Skipper Paul Quinlan took 5-23 as Northowram Fields were skittled out for just 52. Only John Lister with 14 made double figures.

Experienced opener Richard Gould hit an unbeaten 46 as Keighley romped to their target in just 8.1 overs.

The result earned them a maximum 20 points and left and left Wakefield St Michael’s requiring 10 points from their encounter at Hopton Mills to take top spot.

It was a target they were unable to achieve as they went down to an agonising 22-run defeat. They were bowled out for 203 in pursuit of the home side’s 225-9.

Charity Cooray (53), Ayaz Seedat (52) and Ollie Lightfoot (39) tried their hardest to get their side over the line, but the Mills bowlers Umar Abbas (3-69) and Ashley Mackareth (3-49) had other ideas.

Mackareth had earlier top scored with 48, while Gary Senior (47) and Mark Ashton (45) helped Mills to maximum batting points.

The result left Wakefield St Michael’s, who have clinched a second-successive promotion, a point behind Keighley.

Third-placed Buttershaw St Paul’s suffered a three-run defeat against a Brighouse side who have made a strong finish to the season.

Openers Deron Greaves (81) and Chris Wynd (59) gave Brighouse a great start with an opening stand of 133, while Sohail Hussain chipped in with 33 as Brighouse made 220 all out. Left-arm spinner Ben Platt impressed with 5-63 for St Paul’s while Brandon Waddington took 3-12.

The St Paul’s reply was dominated by Amer Ayoub (92), but once he was out, Abid Awain (4-88) and Greaves (3-32) wrapped up victory for Brighouse.

Arman Hussain was in fine all-round form for Carlton as they rounded off their season with a four-wicket win over Birstall.

Hussain took 6-45 as Birstall, despite 36 from James Misty, were bowled out for 132. Hussain followed up with an unbeaten 49 as he an opener Daniel White (49) ensured a Carlton win. Peter Gregersen was the best Birstall bowler with 3-35.

Veteran bowler David Battye impressed with 5-11 as East Ardsley bowled out Liversedge for 94 to round off their campaign with a 103-run win.

Jake Alleston (60) was instrumental in guiding East Ardsley to 197-9 when they batted first. Samir Farooq (5-24) and James Lunn (4-52) took the bowling honours for Liversedge.


Jer Lane crowned their first season in the league by securing the Conference title with a 123-run over East Leeds.

The win saw them finish with 338 points and they will be joined in Championship Two next season by Adwalton.

They secured their promotion with a 42-run win over Oulton which enabled them to finish three points ahead of Azaad who defeated Great Preston by 73 runs.

Raqeeb Younis took his tally of runs to 890 with 63 as he and Nahim Ashraf (44) helped Jer Lane make 228.

East Leeds were bowled out for 105 in their reply with Jacob Naylor (38) top scoring. Gudev Singh was again the pick of the bowlers with 4-15, while Nasir Chowdrey (4-34) and Kieran Rogers (3-25) gave him good support.

Adwalton looked in danger of blowing their promotion chance when they slipped to 56-5 against Oulton. Paul Bennett (41) and Chris Priestley (35) were responsible for leading the recovery as Joseph Sykes picked up 4-37.

Matthew Boucher made a defiant 51 from Oulton as they were dismissed for 155. Vinit Patel (4-46) and Tom Lindsay (4-30) did the damage.

Azaad did all they could on the final day but it wasn’t quite good enough. Nobody battled harder than opener Zaeem Zulfqar who his 16 fours while making 100. Richard White was the pick of the Great Preston bowlers with 4-49.

Imran Mahboob (3-24), Waheed Ahmed (3-26) and Kashif Najan (3-37) did all the hard word as Azaad bowled out Great Preston for 148. Stuart Ruddick top scored with 48.

The individual performance of the day came from Crossbank Methodists’ South African batsman Paul Saur. He struck a stunning 204 from 102 balls with an incredible 17 sixes and 18 fours.

Anthony Henry-Wilde (45) and Reuben Shuttleworth (43) helped push their side’s total to 359-6 – the best of the day – in a 241-run win over bottom team Windhill & Daisy Hill.

Mohammad Malik (43) was the top scorer as Windhill & Daisy Hill were rolled over for 118. James Abbott was the best of the bowlers with 3-33.

Gildersome & Farnley Hill were another side to enjoy a last-day run feats. They made 342-6 as they crushed Rodley by 246 runs.

Skipper Richard Bedford got the innings off to a good start with 63, but the real fireworks came in a sixth-wicket stand of 197 between Michael O’Halloran and Chris Harris.

O’Halloran made a sparkling 119 from just 57 balls as he hit eight sixes and 13 fours, while Harris made 85 not out.

Lachlan Roche (41) provided the only resistance as Rodley were dismissed for 100 with Jordan Edmondson taking 5-4.

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow’s Umar Quereshi might have been wishing that the season would go on a bit longer after scoring 98 and taking 7-35 in their 131-run win over Sandal.

Paul Cooper (78) and Javed Iqbal (32) supported Qureshi as their side made 252. Sufyaan Raf (3-51), Sam Noden (3-55) and Lee Geldard (3-56) led the Sandal attack.

Sandal, despite Karl Hewitt’s (35) could only muster 121 in reply.