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Gale goes down a storm on debut

Gale goes down a storm on debut

Today's Highlights

  • Former Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale returned to action and marked his debut with a century for Hartshead Moor as Division Two's bottom team turned the tables on promotion-chasing Northowram Fields.
  • In the Premier Division there was a first win for bottom team Batley against Farsley.  There were also wins for New Farnley, Woodlands, Ossett, Bradford & Bingley and Hanging Heaton.
  • Jer Lane still haven't dropped a point in Division One After recording their ninth 20-point haul at Gomersal with a mammoth score of 382-4
  • Sandal are the new leaders in Division Two while Liversedge are pulling clear in Division Three

Premier Division
New Farnley v Townville

Leaders New Farnley survived some nervy moments before recording a three-wicket win in a low-scoring encounter at the Barry Jackson Ground.
It looked as if they were on their way to a comfortable win when they dismissed Townville for 105 with Mark Lawson taking 3-19 and Alex Lilley (3-24). Opener Jonny Booth (35) was the only batsman to get going.
Opener Aidan Langley (38) gave the New Farnley innings a positive start, but the complexion of the game changer dramatically once Townville skipper Jack Hughes introduced himself to the attack with his left arm spin.
Hughes immediately posed problems and took 7-28 as New Farnley’s innings began to unravel. In the end they were indebted to Dan Hodgson (22no) for seeing them to victory.


Pudsey St Lawrence v Woodlands
Champions Woodlands reduced the gap between themselves and leaders New Farnley to 14 points as they defeated St Lawrence by 110-runs to bag a maximum 20 points.
Opener Sam Frankland (46) and Tim Jackson (43) built a firm foundation on which Tom Clee (68) and skipper Brad Schmulian (48) capitalised as a total of 273-8 was posted. Opening bowler Charlie Parker’s perseverance brought him figures of 5-75.
St Lawrence were soon in trouble when they batted with Elliot Richardson claiming the wickets of Mark Robertshaw and Charlie Best. Josh Priestley (34), Archie Scott (34) and Luke Patel (32) all got starts but were unable to go on and make the significant contribution their side needed. Off spinner Kex Ahmed was the most successful bowler with 3-24.

Batley v Farsley
Bottom team Batley recorded their first win of the season as they defeat Farsley by seven wickets. Yasir Ali hit an unbeaten 83 and opener Nikash Khan (59) as they eased past the visitors’ total of 170.
Dan Revis (50) and Jonathan Read (40) were the top scorers for Farsley who were dismissed for 170 when they batted first. Raza Hassan was the pick of the bowlers with 4-41 as Batley secured which will give them a well-deserved boost and takes them within a point of Cleckheaton.


Callum Gedart raises his bat to salute his century for Hanging heaton. Picture; Richard Kosmala

Methley v Hanging Heaton
Callum Geldart hit a sparkling 110 as Hanging Heaton chased down a Methley total of 260-8 to record their second successive victory to pull further away from the relegation positions.
Geldart struck four sixes plus 12 fours and shared in a decisive second wicket partnership of 178 with opener Nick Lindley (70) as Hanging Heaton triumphed by five wickets.
Defeat was tough on Methley all-rounder James Wainman who scored an unbeaten 100 and took 3-41. Wainman punctuated his innings with five sixes and 11 fours as he took the attack to the bowlers. Eitan Litvin (39) and Jason Marshall (38) were the next highest scores as Mustafa Rafique (3-67) proved to be Hanging Heaton’s best bowler.

Bankfoot v Bradford & Bingley
Hamzah Iqbal hit his maiden Premier Division century, but it was not enough to save Bankfoot from a 44-run defeat at Wickets Close. Iqbal made 109 and shared in a seventh wicket stand of 143 with Seif Hussain (36) after Yasir Abbas (4-56) and Jack Luxton (3-38) had reduced their side to 44-6. Iqbal attacked strongly as he struck five sixes and 13 fours and his efforts helped boost his side’s total to 209 which earned them four batting points.
Matthew Swallow, promoted to Bradford & Bingley’s first teams after his recent prolific form for the second string, top scored with 72, while captain Ed Brown (57) and Jacob Slator (32) helped their side to post a total of 253. Spinners Zia Ul Haq Parwani (4-70), and Hussain (3-60) were the pick of the home bowlers.

Ossett v Cleckheaton
Cleckheaton remain rooted in the bottom two after going down to a five-wicket defeat. Richard Pyrah made 40 against his old club and skipper Mally Nicholson (36) but a total of 176 was insufficient.
Spinner Mattie Race returned his best figures for Ossett of 5-41 and former Cleckheaton player Marcus Walmsley
(3-43). Despite losing early wickets, including that of prolific opener Nick Connolly, the home side were powered to victory by Mubtada Akhtar (42no), Sajith Warnakulasuriya (40) and Sam Storr (37).


Premier Division Stats of the day
Top team total: 
273-8 Woodlands v Pudsey St Lawrence
Top individual score: 110 Callum Geldart (Hanging Heaton v Methley)
Best Bowling figures: 7-28 Jack Hughes (Townville v New Farnley)
Premier Division Stats of the season
Top team total: 342-7 Methley v Ossett
Top individual score: 164 Jason Marshall (Methley v Ossett)
Best Bowling figures: 9-54 Zia Ul Haq Parwani (Bankfoot v Townville)

Division One
Gomersal v Jer Lane

Jer Lane continued their perfect start to the season as they recorded their ninth 20-point maximum with a 114-run win in a high-scoring encounter at Gomersal.
Their latest win was set up by their powerful batting. Abubakar Dawood (50), Abdul Rehman (73) and Raqeeb Younis (40) provided the platform which enabled Deron Greaves (99no) and Cosmond Walters (81no) to launch a furious late assault in an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 163  
which saw Jer Lane post a mammoth 382-4. Greaves was particularly explosive with nine sixes and six fours in an innings of just 33 balls.
Gomersal made a great start to their reply. Liam Fletcher (97) and Richard Wear (52) putting on 149, but once they were parted the wickets tumbled. Joel Pollard made a bright 34 before his side were all out for 268, Mohammed Jamal taking 4-72.

Baildon v Undercliffe

A fourth wicket stand of 158 between Jack McGahan (86no) and skipper Bailey Worcester (82) enabled Undercliffe to record a five-wicket win at Jenny Lane. They ensured their side overhauled Baildon’s 202-8 with 19.3 overs to spare to move up to second place.
The home side’s innings was dominated by opener James Ford. He made an unbeaten 101 which contained two sixes and 11 fours while Jonny Reynolds chipped in with 48. Paceman Zeeshan Qasim, Division One’s top wicket taker, bagged 5-74.


East Bierley v Carlton
There was a dramatic finish at South View Road with East Bierley edging home by one-wicket with three balls to spare against Carlton thanks to their last wicket pair of Danny cross and Jack Hebden.
Overseas player Nisar Ahmad held the key to their success by top scoring with 51 in the East Bierley reply after taking 5-47 when the visitors were dismissed for 246.
Harvey Lockwood (36), and Ben Walter (36) gave support to Ahmad against a Carlton attach in which Jonathan Rudge (3-51), Farrouk Alam (3-81) and Kieron Holliday (3-53) shared  the wickets
The Carlton innings featured half centuries from Kershaski John Lewis (71), Daniel Ford (52) and Nick Busby (50no).


Birstall v Pudsey Congs
There was also a nail-biting finish at Birstall where the home side scrambled a one-wicket win over fellow promotion chasers Pudsey Congs.
Slow bowlers Dave McCallum (4-43) and Juned Delair (3-44) helped restrict Congs to 159-9 when they batted first. Joshua Bennett (40no), Callum Oliver (33) and Sam Wisniewski (31) were the main contributors.
Adam Eustace (58) and McCallum (33) led the Birstall reply which found the going increasingly tough as spinner Sam Wisniewski (5-56) got to work. They needed an unbeaten 18  from Jaymish Patel to see them over the winning line.


Wrenthorpe v Morley
Spinner David Nebard took 5-42 as Morley inflicted more misery on bottom team Wrenthorpe as they defeated them by eight wickets to ease their own relegation worries.
Adal Islam (51) was again the only Wrenthorpe batsman to make an impression as they tumbled for 154 all out. It was a comfortable target for Morley and they were never in any danger as openers Matt Baxter (57) and Jack Rowett (49) put on 106. James McNichol (31no) completed the job of seeing Morley to only their second league win of the season.


Keighley v East Ardsley

East Ardsley eased their relegation fears with a hard-earned 13-run win at Lawkholme Lane. Their success owed much to the work of their batsmen who helped them post a total of 225 to secure maximum batting points.
Muhammad Tariq (75) and James Van der Merwe (53) were backed up by Dan McTiernan (37) as leg spinner James Massheder returned figures of 5-65.
Australian Noah McFadyen (32) and Nathan Storton (32) both got starts for Keighley while Ben Hemsley top scored with 38, but their side fell short of their target as they finished on 212-9. Spinner Daanyaal Ahmed picked up 3-61.


Division One Stats of the day
Top team total: 382-4 Jer Lane v Gomersal
Top individual score: 99no Deron Greaves (Jer Lane v Gomersal)
Best Bowling figures: 5-42 David Nebard (Morley v Wrenthorpe)
Division One Stats of the season
Top team total: 382-4 Jer Lane v Gomersal
Top individual score: 160 Kevin McDermott (Baildon v Morley)
Best Bowling figures: 7-40 Danny Cross (East Bierley v Keighley)

Division Two
Pace bowler Josh Marsden picked up five wickets for Hartshead Moor Picture: Ray Spencer

Hartshead Moor v Northowram Fields
Former Yorkshire captain and coach Andrew Gale returned to cricketing action with a century on his debut for bottom team Hartshead Moor as they defeated a Northowram Fields side that started the day as leaders by 57 runs.
Gale made 116, an innings containing three sixes and 10 fours, which enabled Hartshead Moor to make 285-7, their highest score of the season. After skipper Chris Wynd had made 32 at the start of the innings Gale took centre stage. The left hander was joined in a third wicket stand of 142 by Hasnat Yousaf (69) as Sam Gardner (3-78) posed the main threat.
Young paceman Josh Marsden (5-42) and off spinner Lewis Lomax (3-65) ensured Gale made a winning start as Northowram Fields, despite 67 from Ben Grech and 42 by Richard Gould, were bowled out for 22.


Wakefield St Michael’s v Sandal
Sandal are the new leaders of Division Two after continuing their run of good form with a 130-run win in their local derby clash at Wakefield St Michael’s.
Skipper Kristian Shuttleworth (55), Leighton Shuttleworth (49), Matthew Westwood (49) and Ashley Mackereth (33), helped them build a total of 268-8 despite the efforts of Joe Finnigan (4-53). Overseas player Lalit Mangalarapu (45) top scored as St Michael’s were bowled out for 138. Brandon Hewlett (3-33) and Zaeem Zulfqar (3-11) were the best of the bowlers.


Yeadon v Crossflatts
Centuries from Sri Lankan Pasindu Thirimadura (126) and Gareth Lee (100) powered Yeadon to an eight-wicket win which has lifted them to third in the promotion race.
Thirimadura struck two sixes and 17 fours while Lee picked up 13 fours as they shared an opening stand of 210 which provided the impetus for their side to chase down a challenging Crossflatts score of 272-6.
South African Ruan Van Rooyen impressed again for Crossflatts with 94 while opener Joe Hicks (64) continued his good form, but their efforts were not enough to stave off a defeat which leaves their side sitting in 11th place and in danger of relegation.

Lightcliffe v Buttershaw St Paul’s
Amer Ayoub took 5-38 as Buttershaw St Paul’s inflicted a third straight league defeat on a Lightcliffe side that has dropped to fourth place.
Lightcliffe were all out for 133 to lose by 69 runs to a St Paul’s side that scored 202-8 in their innings. Paul Carroll (35no), Jonathan Burston (33) and Ayoub (31) led the way while Rob Burton (3-50) and Peter Dobson (3-61) were the best of the home bowlers.


Great Preston v Hopton Mills
Chris Scott (59) and Sohail Hussain (39) enabled Hopton Mills to overhaul a Great Preston total of 236 to record a four-wicket win.
Oliver Newton (50), Sam Wright (47) and David Illingworth (46) provided the bulk of Great Preston’s runs as Sohail Hussain (4-46) and Usman Maqsood (3-62) posed the main threat.


Hunslet Nelson v Bowling Old Lane
Will Stiff (3-19) and Sam Thewlis (3-42) enabled Hunslet Nelson to dismiss Bowling Old Lane for 147 and secure a 35-run win. Farhan Hussain (45) top scored for the visitors.
Muhammad Iqbal (37) and Stiff (34) helped Nelson to 182-9 in the face of good bowling from Saad Khan (5-45).

Division Two Stats of the day
Top team total: 
285-Hartshead Moor v Northowram Fields
Top individual score: 126 Pasindu Thirimadura (Yeadon v Crossflatts)
Best Bowling figures: 5-38 Amer Ayoub (Buttershaw St Paul’s v Lightcliffe)
Division Two Stats of the season
Top team total:
 353-4 Buttershaw St Paul's v Northowram Fields
Top individual score: 139 Kurt Chalker (Hunslet Nelson v Hopton Mills)
Best Bowling figures: 6-30 Umar Abbas (Hopton Mills v Bowling Old Lane)

Division Three
Liversedge v Rodley

Liversedge have a commanding 42 points lead in Division Three after an emphatic nine-wicket victory over lowly Rodley. Openers Imran Dawood (49no) and Parvaise Khan (41) continued their recent good form as Rodley’s disappointing total of 128 was chased down.
Khan was also in good form with the ball as he returned figures of 4-33 as Rodley were made to struggle. Gary Sagar (39) provided the only significant contribution.

Gildersome & Farnley Hill v Adwalton

Second place Adwalton had James Colbourn (5-18) to thank as they bowled out Gildersome & Farnley Hill for 143 to complete an 82-run win. Gethin Clarke (36) top scored for the home side.
Adwalton’s total of 225-7 owed much to the efforts of Chris Bishop-West 56 and Matty Lyles (37)


Greg Keywood took five wickets as Scholes skittled out Brighouse. Picture: Ray Spencer.

Scholes v Brighouse

Scholes climbed into third place with a crushing seven-wicket win. Bowlers Greg Keywood (5-24) and skipper Josh Fell (4-25) skittled out Brighouse for just 49. Nick Curtis Firth was unbeaten on 22 when Scholls secured victory.

Altofts v Heckmondwike & Carlinghow
Jabari Mills produced a fine all-round performance as Altofts pulled off a 37-run win. He top scored with 65 not and was supported by Craig Wood (51) as his side scored 195. Mills followed up with 3-17 as Heckmondwike & Carlinghow were dismissed for 158.
Sam Beacham (4-56) and Muhammad Shahnawaz (3-43) were the pick of the Heckmondwike & Carlinghow bowlers while Owais Hussain (32) was their top scorer.

Spen Victoria v Crossbank Methodists
Amjid Tariq returned impressive figures of 7-57 to set up a six-wicket win for Spen Victoria. He ran through the Crossbank batting after openers Tyler Woodhouse (36) and Husain Shujjat (38) looked to have given them a foundation for a bigger total than their eventual 136.
Ayyaz Ali (47no) and Alex Leadbeater (44) ensured that Spen Victoria had little trouble reaching their victory target.


Windhill & Daisy Hill v East Leeds
Zahid Tarvaz continued his good form with 59 as East Leeds posted a total of 178-8 despite some good bowling from Zohail Iqbal (5-48).
Windhill & Daisy Hill were bowled out for 134 with Ahsan Tanveer (34) top scoring. James Watling (3-42) helped secure his side’s 44-run win


Division Three Stats of the day
Top team total: 225-7 Adwalton v Gildersome & Farnley Hill
Top individual score: 65 Jabari Mills (Altofts v Heckmondwike & Carlinghow)
Best Bowling figures: 7-57 Amjid Tariq (Spen Victoria v Crossbank Methodists)
Division Three Stats of the season
Top team total:
 375-7 Brighouse v Crossbank Methodists
Top individual score: 137no Gul Hussain (Brighouse v Crossbank Methodists)
Best Bowling figures: 8-30 Greg Keywood (Scholes v Gildersome & Farnley Hill)

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