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Kiwi Schmulian polishes off Cleckheaton

Kiwi Schmulian polishes off Cleckheaton

22 Jun 2019

New Zealander Brad Schmulian produced an outstanding all-round display to propel Premier Division leaders Woodlands to an emphatic eight-wicket win over Cleckheaton.

Schmulian took 7-33 with his leg spin and followed up with an unbeaten 64 as his side breezed past their near-neighbours’ score of 140 in just 23.5 overs.

His performance indicated that Woodlands have an overseas player of real pedigree who is making a huge contribution in their push for honours.

Former Cleckheaton opener Tim Jackson (48) joined Schmulian in a second-wicket partnership of 113 which propelled their side to victory.

Cleckheaton, who chose to bat first after winning the toss, lost their last seven-wickets for just 12 runs after opener Azeem Rafiq (53) and John Wood (32) had been dismissed.

Woodlands are now 35 points ahead of Hanging Heaton who recorded a 57-run win at second-bottom Undercliffe.

A second-wicket stand of 140 between skipper Gary Fellows (78) and Joe Fraser (62) was built on by former Undercliffe batsman Callum Geldart (75no) and Ishmail Dawood (36) as the visitors posted a total of 296-5.

A first Premier Division half-century from Farrouk Alam (81no) and another good knock from Simon Lambert (50) ensured Undercliffe had the consolation of bagging maximum batting points as they finished on 239-6.

Pudsey St Lawrence have 114 points and are three adrift of Hanging Heaton after their narrow 10-run win over lowly Wrenthorpe.

Opener Mark Robertshaw (66), Charlie Best (56) and Harry Cullingford (35) helped St Lawrence to 234-7 when they batted first. Former Pudsey Congs player Jonathan Donnelly (3-44) was the best of the Wrenthorpe bowlers.

Luke Patel (57) led the spirited Wrenthorpe reply which included useful contributions from Will Bates (42) and James Glynn (35).

Leg spinner Archie Scott was again the most successful member of the St Lawrence attack with 4-61 while Richie Lamb took 3-36.

Bradford & Bingley and Farsley are level on 104 points after both recorded wins. Bradford & Bingley were made to work hard for their four-wicket victory over Townville in a low-scoring encounter, while Farsley continued their good form with a 29-run success against struggling New Farnley.

The batsmen found runs hard to come by at Wagon Lane where visitors Townville were bowled out for 117. Opening bowler Bailey Wightman (3-32) made the early breakthroughs before left-arm spinner Bradley Reeve capitalised on his good work with 5-41. Only Richie Bresnan (36) threatened to break the dominance of the bowlers.

Bradford & Bingley looked to be coasting to victory as Yorkshire batsman Harry Brook raced to 51, before being stumped off spinner Jack Hughes (3-32).

After Brook’s departure Bradford & Bingley slipped to 70-5 and needed a patient innings from Ed Brown (37) to get over the line.

The Yorkshire pair of James Logan and James Poysden were key figures for Farsley as they inflicted a fourth defeat of the season on New Farnley, who are only six points above the relegation positions.

Logan top scored with 74 as he helped his side to a total of 175-9 after they opted to bat first at Red Lane. Left-arm spinner Luke Jarvis continued his good form with 4-28 while debut-making Charlie Parker picked up 3-37.

Former Farsley batsman Dan Hodgson dominated the New Farnley reply with a determined innings of 80, but he lacked support as his side were bowled out for 146. Leg spinner Josh Poysden posed the main threat with 4-42.

Lightcliffe are up to sixth after defeating Methley by three wickets in a tight encounter. Overseas player Suleman Khan (48no) steered his side home as they passed Methley’s total of 210-9 with eight balls to spare.

Opener Alex Stead (42) was the other key contributor as Lightcliffe recorded their third win of the campaign and inflicted more pain their bottom-of-the-table rivals.

Methley still haven’t won a league game this season and are 20 points adrift of Undercliffe after their latest loss.

There was at least the pleasing sight of fit-again Yorkshire all-rounder Matthew Waite back in action and he marked his return with his side’s top score of 64.

The experienced duo of Rob Burton (4-34) and Khan (3-50) were the key bowlers for Lightcliffe, while Grant Soames (3-42) had the most success for Methley.

            Pictures - Top: Callum Geldart hits out for Hanging Heaton
            Middle: Undercliffe's Farrouk Alam on his way to 81 not out
            Above: Hanging Heaton batsman Joe Fraser unleashes a drive
All pictures by Ray Spencer

Championship One

The Championship One promotion race has been blasted wide open with just 13 points covering the top six teams after the top three teams were all beaten.

Keighley went down by seven wickets against Batley, Baildon suffered a 73-run defeat against Gomersal and East Bierley suffered an eight-wicket loss against Bankfoot.

Morley made the most of the slip ups to go second – one point behind Keighley – after a three-wicket win at Pudsey Congs – while Batley and Bankfoot are now fifth and sixth 11 and 13 points respectively off top spot.

Unbeaten half-centuries from Sami Ullah (54no) and Faisal Javed (53no) enabled Batley to overhaul Keighley’s modest score of 150. Jonathan Wilkinson (42) and Max Davidson (37) were the only batsmen to make an impression as the leaders struggled against a bowling attack in which Tariq Hussain took 4-41.

Baildon’s batsmen also struggled as Gomersal skipper Richard Wear (6-39) and spinner Chris Rhodes (4-19) bowled them out for 108.

Gomersal, who elected to bat first, were indebted to Callum Flynn (73) for guiding them to a total of 181. Australian Blair Oakley impressed again with Baildon with 5-28 while veteran spinner Mushtaq Ahmed moved on to 999 Bradford League wickets with 3-33.

Skipper James Lee produced another outstanding all-round performance as Bankfoot proved too good for East Bierley.

Lee took 4-39 as he and former East Bierley spinner Andrew Stothart (3-50) helped bowl out the home side for 208 at South View Road. Tahseen Suleman (37), Tawkal Zadran (34) and Ompal Boken (33) were the main contributors.

Lee followed up his bowling efforts with a knock of 71 which was backed up by Hisan Ahmad (63no) and Hamzah Iqbal (36).

Reggie Thomas (68) made his highest score of the season as Morley chased down a Pudsey Congs score of 166 with 4.4 overs to spare.

The win was set up by Sri Lankan spinner Akash Senarathne who took 5-45. Vikram Sharma (32) top scored for Congs while their best bowler was Yasir Ali (3-50).

Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan made a winning debut with Hartshead Moor as they defeated Wakefield St Michael’s by 35 runs.

Bresnan made 22 with the bat before picking up 3-41 as Hartshead Moor bowled out St Michael’s for 148 to seal their victory. Former Yorkshire seamer Iain Wardlaw shared the new ball and took 3-22.

Mitchel Forsyth battled hard to hold the St Michael’s innings together and made 80 before being bowled by Bresnan.

Mohammad Khan (66) helped Hartshead Moor to make 183 when they batted first. Imran Mahboob included the wicket of Bresnan in his haul of 4-18.

Hammad Khan (5-37) and Josh Fell (4-52) bowled out Ossett for 97 as bottom team Scholes finally celebrated their first win of the season by 81 runs.

Neil Kellett (54) top scored as Scholes made 178-9 on their way to a victory that tales them to within five points of both Wakefield St Michael’s and Ossett.

Championship Two

Carlton’s deadly duo of Kershaski John Lewis and Jonathan Rudge impressed again as they inspired their promotion-chasing side to a 136-run win over Liversedge.

John Lewis, who recently hit a league record score of 237 not out against Jer Lane, smashed an unbeaten 142 and is now the division’s top runs scorer with 463.

The young Dominican batsman scored 102 of his runs in boundaries as he hit nine sixes and 12 fours in his 93-ball knock.

Daniel Ford (41) shared a third-wicket stand of 144 with John Lewis as Carlton made 262-4 before dismissing Liversedge for 126.

Left-armer Jonathan Rudge was again the chief destroyer with 6-23 to take his haul of wickets for the season to 39. Only Graeme Winn (50no) stood firm against the deadly Rudge.

Carlton earned the maximum 20 points and closed the gap on leaders Yeadon to 14 and have a game in hand.

Yeadon picked up 17 points for their 44-run win over Northowram Fields. Rob Smith (53) top scored as they made 152. Farhan Hussain (5-48) and Josh Bennett-Kear (4-37) restricted them to just two batting points.

Andrew Robinson (3-18), Gareth Lee (3-25) and James Massheder (3-39) joined forces as Northowram Field were bowled out for 108.

Third-placed Hunslet Nelson bowled out bottom team Adwalton for 84 on their way to a six-wicket win. Umar Shakir (41) scored almost half his side’s runs as Alex Rose picked up 3-33. Andrew McIntosh made 33 as Nelson eased to victory.

Birstall moved level on points with Hunslet Nelson after a resounding 187-run win over Hopton Mills.

Two century partnerships powered Birstall to an impressive 317-9. Brad Lay led the way with 93 and was joined in a fifth-wicket stand of 111 with Ashley Burton (71) before adding 104 for the sixth wicket with Matthew Dyson (46)

Umar Abbas (3-47) and Ashley Mackereth (3-104) were the main wicket takers for the under-fire Hopton Mills bowling attack.

James Russell (3-23) and Josh Haynes (3-24) added to Hopton Mills’ disappointing afternoon as they helped their side bowl them out for 130.

All-rounder Bilal Ejaz produced a match-winning performance which enabled Spen Victoria to beat his former club Bowling Old Lane by four wickets.

After taking 3-32 as Old Lane were bowled out for 215, Ejaz held the Spen reply together with an unbeaten 66 which saw them home with a little help from Mohammad Dar (30no).

The Old Lane innings was dominated by the contributions of Arslan Mahmood (76) and Ahsan Butt (66) which rescued their side from 22-4. Together they added 106 for the fifth wicket and enabled their side to post a respectable score. Abid Awain took his tally of wickets for the season to 31 for Spen with 3-52.

Buttershaw St Paul’s and Jer Lane are two teams travelling in opposite directions at the moment. St Paul’s are up to fifth after their seven-wicket win while Jer Lane are now 11th.

An unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 138 between Jack Seddon (84no) and Amer Ayoub (79no) enables St Paul’s to breeze past Jer Lane’s score of 192.

Imran Mirza (42) and Jonny Lister (38) were the top scorers for Jer Lane who have faded since their bright start to the season. Left-arm spinner Ben Platt took 4-24 for St Paul’s.

Evergreen bowler David Battye took 4-45 and was backed up by Louie Hurley (3-41) as East Ardsley bowled out Altofts for 137 on their way to a four-wicket win. Ismail Patel was the top scorer with 33.

East Ardsley were guided to their victory target by Peter Bowles (49) and Ashley Pearson (44no).


Sandal continue to set the pace in the Conference but their lead has been cut to 14 points.

They gained 19 points for their comfortable seven-wicket win over Crossbank Methodists while second-placed Great Preston bagged the maximum 20 for their 183-run victory over Rodley.

Opening bowler Sam Noden (4-44) and Lee Geldard (3-32) helped Sandal bowl out Crossbank for just 113 as only Christian Duncan (41) offered real resistance. Matthew Westwood (39no) and Brandon Hewlett (36no) saw them to their target.

Great Preston dominated their match with Rodley from the moment they batted first. Dan Rannsinghe (80) and Ollie Baron (46) helped them build a score of 235.

Rodley crumbled to 52 all out in reply as Jacob Wright (3-25), Lee Russell (3-5) and Luke Kane (3-0) got to work.

Gethin Clarke (53), Liam Pearson (41) and Adam Campion (38) helped Gildersome & Farnley Hill to make 212 in their 53-run win over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow.

Syed Shah-Bukhari (5-71) proved to be the best of the Heckmondwike & Carlinghow bowlers while Umar Qureshi top scored with 50no as they were bowled out for 159, Martin Morley took the Gildersome & Farnley Hill bowling honours with 4-28.

Fourth-placed Brighouse are seven points behind Gildersome & Farnley Hill after their 54-run win over Windhill & Daisy Hill.

Quadratullah Azizi (34) and Mohammad Altaf (33) top scored in a Brighouse total of 165 which their bowlers defended by dismissing their rivals for 111. Ritesh Tandelkar (4-24) led the way while Adam Swaine (38) top scored for Windhill.

Ryan Healey’s innings of 85 and 46 from Jonathan Garner helped Oulton to 213 in their 24-run win over East Leeds. Tom Chapman (3-46) was the pick of the bowlers for East Leeds while Jonathan Watling (46) and Daniel Lawrence (45) top scored in their side’s 189 all out. Jack Andrews picked up 4-81 for Oulton.