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Hussain smashes century off 39 balls

Hussain smashes century off 39 balls

Farakh Hussain, pictured above, smashed a century in just 39 balls for Jer Lane in their 96-run Division Two run win at Hopton Mills.

The big-hitting left hander hit 14 sixes and five fours while scoring the fastest hundred since the formation of the Bradford Premier League in 2016.

Hussain's performance was the individual highlight of a day that saw the battle for honours hot up in all four first team divisions.

New Farnley and Townville both took advantage of champions Woodlands again being sidelined - their match with Farsley being postponed due to Covid-19 - by recording wins.

Leaders New Farnley bagged 18 points from a six-wicket victory at Wrenthorpe, while Townville picked up 19 for their four-wicket triumph at Hanging Heaton.

Opening bowlers Andrew Brewster (5-39) and Alex Lilley (3-37) impressed as New Farnley dismissed Wrenthorpe for just 82. Skipper Sam Storr (38no) was the only batsman to challenge the dominance of the bowlers.

Lee Goddard (42) top scored in the New Farnley reply but his side may live to regret the careless ways in which they lost four wickets which cost them two precious points.

Townville captain Jack Hughes led from the front with a fine innings of 95 as his side chased down the 203-8 made by a weakened Hanging Heaton side which was without the services of key batsmen Nick Connolly, Joe Fraser and Callum Geldart.

David Stiff (3-33) was the pick of the Hanging Heaton bowlers but could not deny tenacious Townville another important win.

Hanging Heaton were indebted to bowler James Byrne for getting them past 200. He hit six sixes and nine fours in an unbeaten 82. He dominated an unbroken stand of 77 for the ninth wicket with Simon Woodhead who only made one. Skipper Ben Kohler-Cadmore (58) was the only one of the early order batsmen to challenge the accurate Townville attack.

Townville now have 228 points and are five behind New Farnley have played a game less. Third-place Woodlands have 212 points and have played two games less than the leaders and one fewer than Townville.

An unbeaten 59 from Yasir Ali proved decisive as Methley edged home by two wickets against second bottom Morley. He ensured his side overhauled the visitors' total of 178 while Jordan Laban chipped in with a useful 36. David Nebard (3-57) and James McNichol (3-31) were the pick of the Morley bowlers.

Henry Rush (41) and skipper Matt Baxter (31) were the main contributors for Morley as Tom Chippendale picked up 3-34. Morley picked up six points and have cut the gap to Wrenthorpe to just two having played one game less that their relegation rivals.

Batley remain stuck to the bottom after a 39-run loss at home to Pudsey St Lawrence. James Smith (74) and Josh Priestley (41) were backed up by Harry Cullingford (30) as the Saints posted 219 despite the efforts of Zafar Gafoor (4-40).

Mohammed Bhoola (48no) and Adnan Mahmood (45) were top scorers for Batley as they were dismissed for 180 with the bowing honours going to Archie Scott (4-68) and Priestley (3-15).

Bradford & Bingley recovered from 25-3 to make 221 as they defeated Cleckheaton by 54 runs. Wicketkeeper Matthew Duce (86) and skipper Ed Brown (60) led the rival against an attack led by the impressive Harvey Booth (6-68).

Cleckheaton could only muster 167 in response as Bradley Reeve (3-16), Yasir Abbas (3-48) and Jack Hartley (3-55) got to work. Toby Booth (34) and Amir Hussain (30) proved to be the top scorers.

Division One

Bankfoot and Ossett remain tied at the top of Division One after both earned maximum points for wins over Birstall and East Bierley respectively.

The Bankfoot batsmen set up their latest triumph with skipper James Lee (61) and Hisan Ahmad (54) setting the tone with an opening stand of 104. Their work was built on by Jawad Waheed (51) and Usman Shakir (30) as a total of 273-9 was posted.

Brad Lay (3-37) and Juned Delair (3-45) were the pick of the bowlers for Birstall, who now find themselves 25 points behind the joint leaders after crumbling to 113 all out. Spinners Seif Hussain (4-44) and Andy Stothart (3-14) sealed a 160-run win for Bankfoot.

Ossett's four-wicket victory featured a fine unbeaten 82 from opener Marcus Walmsley and a ferocious 65 from big-hitting Sajith Warnahulasuriya as they chased down East Bierley's 239. Reece Clark (3-47) proved to be the best of the home side's bowlers.

Defeat was tough on East Bierley opener Matthew West who is eight sixes and six fours while making 104. Wicketkeeper Harvey Lockwood (41) provided the main support as Walmsley (4-77) and Dan Busfield (3-51) posed the main threat.

There is just no stopping Carlton. After failing to win any of their first nine games they have now reeled off six straight victories to climb to fifth.

Their latest success saw them overcome keighley by 62 runs. Jonathan Rudge continued his fine form by top scoring with 50 in a total of 213-9 before taking 3-53 as Keighley were bowled out for 151. Farrouk Alam (36) and Kieron Holliday (31) gave him support with the bat while Nick Busby (3-49) backed him up with the ball. Paul Quinlan (4-66) and Ben Hemsley (3-48) were Keighley's best bowlers.

Hartshead Moor gave their hopes of avoiding relegation a boost with a five-wicket win over Baildon. Iqbal Khan (39) and Dave McCallum (36no) helped them to pass the Baildon score of 134-9. Skipper Dwayne Heke (44) top scored for the Jenny Laners as McCallum picked up 3-44 with his off spin. Joel Fothergill (3-38) was Baildon's most successful bowler.

Hartshead Moor are now just two points behind Gomersal who suffered a nine-wcket defeat against Undercliffe. Opener Oliver Hardaker impressed again for the Intake Road side with a sizzling 172 not out as he and Billy Whitford shared an opening stand of 228. 

Hardaker smashed ten sixes and 22 fours as Gomersal's total of 229-6 was overhauled in just 29.4 overs. His stroke play overshadowed the 116 made by Andy Gorrod for the home side. Adam Greenwood (55) gave him good support as Whitford picked up 3-40) for Undercliffe.

A third-wicket stand of 115 between Sri Lankan Pamud Hettiwatte (69) and skipper Richard Jubb (51) enabled Pudsey Congs to continue their good form with a six-wicket win over Lightcliffe.

Openers Subhaan Ammar (68) and Alex Stead (46) saw their good work built on by Jonathan Wilson (36) and Jonathan Whiteoak (36), but the Lightcliffe bowlers were unable to defend a total of 210-7. Spinner Rishi Chopra picked up 3-66.

Farakh Hussain salutes his team-mates after reacing his century Picture: Ray Spencer

Division Two
Farakh Hussain was a man in a hurry as he powered leaders Jer Lane to a 96-run win at Hopton Mills with a sensational 39-ball century.

He reached three figures with the game only 10.4 overs old and when he was finally out for 108 he had hit 14 sixes and five fours which meant that all but four of his runs had come in boundaries.

Although Soheil Hussain (4-39) and Ashley Mackereth (3-29) were able to slow the scoring rate, Ibrar Younis (43no) and Amaan Ishaq (33) still managed to take their side's score to 253.

Osama Ahmad posed problems for Hopton Mills with his pace bowling Picture: Ray Spencer

Hopton Mills struggled against the opening attack of Osama Ahmad (6-49) and Amjid Khan (3-17) as they slumped to 66-8. Michael Carroll, right, gave the Mills score a welcome boost with 59 before they were all out for 157.

Northowram Fields boosted their promotion challenge by moving into second place with an eight-wicket in over bottom side Spen Victoria. Wicketkeeper Kyle Welsh sealed their latest success with an unbeaten 106, an innings containing three sixes and 12 fours, as Spen Victoria's 221-9 was passed for the loss of two wickets.

Joe Hough (5-57) had earlier impressed with the ball as Spen Victoria made 221-9. Muhammad Ullah (56) and Amjad Tariq (47no) were their top scorers.

Sandal and Buttershaw St Paul's both saw their promotion hopes suffer setbacks. Sandal lost by seven wickets against East Ardsley while Buttershaw St Paul's went down by 117 runs to Bowling Old Lane.

Brandon Hewlett must be wondering how he came to end up on the losing side. He made a stunning 137 for Sandal which saw him pepper the boundaries with 11 sixes and 12 fours while sharing in a fifth wicket stand of 184 with skipper Kristian Shuttleworth (72) which rescued his side from 7-4.

Hewlett and Shuttleworth helped Sandal post 246-9 against a bowling attack in which Adam Pearson (5-62) and Scott Bland (3-21) impressed.

East Ardsley were given a good start by Josh Wild (48) and Peter Bowles (37), but it was the unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 133 between Gary Jennings (66no) and Louie Hurley (82no) which powered them to victory.

Buttershaw St Paul's were bowled out for 101 as Zeeshan Haider (4-35) and Adam Zahid (3-39) sealed a 117-run win for Bowling Old Lane.

Ahsan Aishan (76) and Haider (50) helped them post 218 as Michael Flathers (3-30), Zafar Jadoon (3-58) and Amer Ayoub (3-63) shared the wickets.

Gulsheraz Ahmed continued his good form for Yeadon by making an unbeaten 116 as they scored 292-7 in their 111-run win over relegation-threatened Scholes.

The experienced Ahmed struck three sixes and 13 fours and was supported by Asif Ayub (36) and Ismail Patel (31). Scholes were dismissed for 181 with skipper Gareth Lee (4-44) and Nadeem Hanif (4-29) leading the way for Yeadon.

Hunslet Nelson are now 30 points clear of second-bottom Scholes after their two-wicket win over Wakefield St Michael's. Jack Scanlon (56) and skipper Will Stiff (49no) played key knocks as St Michael's score of 199 was overhauled.

Adil Mehmood (83) was again in good form for St Michael's while Daniel Brooke-Mawson (4-16) and Alistair Finn (4-28) led the Nelson bowling effort.

Division Three

Leaders Crossflatts compiled the day's highest score of 315 as they defeated Adwalton by 167 runs to extend their lead to 24 points.

Wth regular openers Josh Brooksbank and Joe Hicks absent, Mohammad Shahnawaz was pushed up to the top of the order and responded with 47. Joe Greenwood (68) and skipper Dom Bennett (59) carried on the good work while adding 108 for the third wicket before Brannan Law weighed in with a breezy 53.

Umar Bashir took 5-41 for Adwalton who were dismissed for 148 when they replied. Matthew Donohoe and Will Cutt both made 35 but Shahnawaz (4-73) and Mayank Singh (3-54) ensured Crossflatts bagged another 20-point mazimum.

Opener Shahzaib Khan made 71 as second place Brighouse scored 217 in their 102-run win over Altofts. Joshua Hen-Boisen (3-61) was the best of the Altofts bowlers while Dominic Richardson (41) and Hayden Bagoly (35) proved to be their top scorers as Owaise Mehmood (3-16) and Masroor Ahmed (3-16) sealed Brighouse's victory.

Great Preston maintained their promotion challenge but were made to work hard for their eight-run win over Crossbank Methodists. Skipper Oli Baron led from the front with top score of 39 and 5-52 as his side defended a modest score of 137. Imran Patel (5-36) and Muhammad Shah (4-39) were the pick of the Crossbank Methodsts' bowlers.

An opening stand of 155 between Dean Atkinson (68) and Chris Cannings (52no) powered East Leeds to a nine-wicket victory against bottom team Rodley.

Louie Stronach (60) top scored in Rodley's 155 as Kirti Tandel (3-37) and Zahid Tarvas (3-59) provided the main threat with the ball.

Adam Clarke (5-44) helped Liversedge to bowl out Windhill & Daisy Hill for 90 as they secured a commanding 153-run win. Asad Mahmood (67), Mathew Gibson (64) and Shoaib Rehman (38) helped Liversedge to make 243-7 despite Shoaib Iqbal taking 4-50.

Gildersome & Farnley Hill continued their good recent form with a six-wicket success against Heckmondwike & Carlinghow. Rian Hoey (43) and Tom Lindsay (36) helped them chase down their opponents' score of 164.

Adnan Butt (35) top scored for Heckmondwike & Carlinghow while Lindsay (3-23) and Mick O'Halloran (3-54) proved to be the best of the bowlers for Gildersome & Farnley Hill.


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