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Khan stars as Old Lane go top

Khan stars as Old Lane go top


Bowling Old Lane are the new leaders of the Premier Division after defeating Morley by four wickets on a day when rain again caused major disruption.

The man they must thank for their victory is Saad Khan who returned the impressive figures of 8-44 as Morley were dismissed for 87.

Old Lane slipped to 6-3 in reply but Faizan Haider (31no0 saw them home despite the efforts of jack Hepworth (3-28).

The only other winners in the top flight were Pudsey St Lawrence. They edged home by two wickets after dismissing Batley for 138. Adam Frost (4-26) and Jordan Moore (3-35) did much of the damage while Batley's top scorer was their number 10 Vakas Mirza with 51.

Mirza followed up with 4-36 as he and Saqib Talib (4-52) gave St Lawrence a few anxious moments before reaching their target. David Hespop was their top scorer with 41.

All the other matches in the division were abandoned before the first innings was completed. Previous leaders Hanging Heaton were 45-2 against Lightcliffe when the rain intervened.

Gomersal were 70-2 against New Farnley with Jordan Bloom making 47, while East Bierley were 13-2 against Yeadon and Bankfoot 21-2 versus Woodlands where play was curtailed.

Division One

Keighley were the only winners in Division One as they secured a three-wicket win over Carlton to lift themselves out of the bottom two.

Adam Qurban made 39 as they overhauled the Carlton score of 122. Gareth Rawlinson (45) top scored for Carlton while Mohammad Abbas (3-37) was the best of the Keighley bowlers.

Two good individual performances which went unrewarded due to the weather were George Heartfield’s 6-27 as Bradford & Bingley reduced Cleckheaton to 68-7 and George Barker’s 75 not out for Baildon in their 187-5 at Methley. Barker was joined in a second wicket stand of 105 by Chris Reynolds (43).

Northowram Fields made 183 against Great Preston before play was abandoned. Steve Elliott (33) led the way with the bat while Joe Schofield (4-41) was the best Great Preston bowler.

Jer Lane had made 75-2 in 15 overs against Farsley and Pudsey Congs 25-2 against East Ardsley before play was abandoned.

Division Two

The most play in any of the six games in Division Two was the 41.4 overs at Wrenthorpe where the home side made 191-5 against Undercliffe.

Skipper Nathan Ellis opened the batting and made 84 but his efforts went to waste as the game fell victim to the rain.

Townville found the going tough at Sandal where they struggled to 116-8. Tim Walton made 34 while Jamie Pease (4-48) posed the main threat with the ball before play was abandoned.

There was little action of note in the remaining four games. Hartshead Moor were 62-4 against Liversedge, Ossett 12-1 versus Adwalton, Hopton Mills 23-0 v Birstall and Altofts 22-1 at Wakefield St Michael’s.

Division Three

Jonathan Elstub produced a match-winning performance for Spen Victoria in the only game to reach a positive conclusion in Division Three.

After top scoring with 28 in Spen Victoria’s 118-7, Elstub took 6-9 as Crossbank lost their last eight wickets for three runs to be bowled out for 49. The collapse followed the dismissal of top scorer Joe Hampshaw (24).

All the remaining five games in the division were abandoned before the first innings was concluded. It was indicative of a rain-affected day that the most overs bowled in any of the remaining games was at Heckmondwike & Carlinghow were visitors Gildersome & Farnley Hill reached 67-4.

Windhill & Daisy Hill scored 87-2 in 17.3 overs against Buttershaw St Paul’s, Rodley 57-1 versus East Leeds in 16 overs, Crossflatts 41-1 at Scholes in 15.3 overs while Brighouse were 20-1 after 9.1 overs when their clash with Hunslet Nelson was abandoned.

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