Ben Walter produced an astonishing display of hitting as he powered East Bierley to a remarkable one-wicket win over Wakefield Thornes.
Walter hit 22 sixes and 14 fours in a 113-ball innings of 227 not out which enabled his side to chase down a Wakefield Thornes score of 340-6 with 10.3 overs to spare in a run-laden Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup first round clash.
Such was the ferocity of Walter’s assault on the bowling that he totally dominated an unbroken last-wicket stand of 80 with Reece Clark whose contribution was four.
It was fitting given the nature of his innings that he sealed victory by smashing two huge sixes. Wakefield Thornes simply wilted under the onslaught in a match that produced 681 runs.
Walter’s performance overshadowed the super innings played by Byron Boshoff of 142. He put on 165 for the first wicket with James Wolfenden (69) and few would have predicted the eventual outcome while they were at the wicket.
Hanging Heaton produced an impressive performance to secure an emphatic 10 wicket win over holders Shepley.
Openers Gary Fellows (88no) and Nick Connolly (56no) took just 24 overs to overhaul Shepley’s score of 151.
Hanging Heaton, who won the competition in 2018, were indebted to James Byrne (4-36) and David Stiff (4-46) for keeping the visitors’ talented batting line-up in check. Opener Danny Wood (32) was their top scorer.
Five-times winners Wrenthorpe were another high-profile first round casualty. They suffered a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Birstall.
Mark Kingham (45) was their only batsman to make an impression as they were bowled out for 120 with Alex Drake taking 3-48.
Salt was rubbed into Wrenthorpe’s wounds when their former opener Eric Austin scored 37 as Birstall eased to their target.
Woodlands were set on course for a crushing 175-run win over Shelley by an opening stand of 230 between Tim Jackson, who hit a fine 102, and Sam Frankland (90). They provided the foundations for a total of 325-7. Shelley were never in the hunt and were bowled out for 150 with Elliot Richardson taking 3-36.
Huddersfield Leaguers Scholes had skipper Bradley Birkhead to thank for their two-wicket win at Cleckheaton. He made a well-judged 109 to enable them to chase down their host’s score of 232-9 in which Ethan Lee made 81.
Farsley’s young batsman Dan Revis was another player to score a century. He made 104 as his side scored 306-8 on their way to a 195-run win over Skelmanthorpe. Ryan Cooper (47) and Adam Ahmed (38) gave him support while Farsley were assisted by 63 extras, 40 of which were wides.
Paul Cummins (41) top scored for Skelmanthorpe who lost wickets at regular intervals to Cooper 5-18 and Adam Ahmed (3-28).
Skipper Jack Hughes made 101 not out and shared an unbroken stand of 115 with Conor Harvey (63no) as the 2019 beaten finalist Townville chased down a Methley total of 238-6 to win by six wickets. Defeat was tough on Methley batsman Jason Marshall who made 110.
New Farnley, winners in 2016, overcame Barkisland by six wickets with skipper Lee Goddard following up his century on Saturday with an unbeaten 89.
Barkisland’s total of 140, which included 51 from opener Ben Heritage, was passed in just 22.3 overs. Spinners Gurman Randhawa (4-20) and Lewis Lomax (3-18) were the best of the new Farnley bowlers.
Opener Chris Holliday (94) and SP Singh (79) put on 132 for the first wicket as Hoylandswaine chased down an Ossett score of 230 to secure a seven-wicket win. Harvey Anderson top scored with a battling 53 for Ossett as former Pudsey Congs and East Bierley paceman Muhammad Azharullah took 3-31.
Will Street produced a fine all-round performance as Treeton overpowered the surprise 2019 semi-finalists Buttershaw St Paul’s by 244 runs. He scored 73 in an imposing total of 323 and followed up with 5-12 as St Paul’s crumbled to 79 all out. Skipper Sam Drury (95), Liam Johnson (41) and Viraj Bhosale (40) were also in the runs for the Yorkshire Southern Premier League side.
Sandal secured a comfortable nine-wicket win at Crossbank Methodists on their debut in the competition. Lee Geldard (4-16) and Sam Noden (3-31) did good work with the ball as the home side were bowled out for 120. Danny Riley (47), Karl Hewitt (44) and Chris Gibson (34no) knocked off the runs with little fuss.
Barnsley Woolley Miners were the day’s quickest winners. Ali Jahangir took 5-16 as Wickersley Old Village were skittled out for 85 with only Nathan Taylor (43) making an impression. Barnsley Woolley Miners knocked off the runs for the loss of just three wickets.
A second-wicket stand of 110 between Peter Hadfield (59) and Callum Higgins (58) helped Elsecar to overhaul South Kirkby Collieries’ score of 151 to secure a six-wicket win. Oliver Blackburn (4-40) and Saqib Hussain (3-22) were the pick of the Elsecar bowlers.
Matthew Rees produced the day’s best bowling figures of 6-42 as Castleford dismissed Kirkburton for 119 to complete a 40-run win. Roscoe Tahtill (58) top scored for Kirkburton while Liam Hyde (41) top scored for Castleford.