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Lawson makes his mark against champions

Lawson makes his mark against champions

Mark Lawson put a big dent in Woodlands’ hopes of retaining their Premier Division title with a match-winning performance for New Farnley against the club he left last season.

The former Yorkshire leg spinner top scored with 71 as New Farnley made 256-4 and followed up with 6-30 as the champions were dismissed for 143.

The 113-run win has taken New Farnley above Woodlands into second place, 12 points behind leaders Hanging Heaton and three ahead of Woodlands.

Openers Joe Suggitt (51) and Max Law (51) gave New Farnley a great start when they batted first and they never looked back.

Jak Murphy (3-88) was the most-successful Woodlands bowler while Rob Medcalf (36) was their top scorer.

Mick Horner hit 59 as Hanging Heaton eased to a seven-wicket win after bowling out East Bierley for 104.

Morley continued their good progress since winning promotion with a three-wicket win at Batley. Once again it was the evergreen Richard Winn who played the lead role.

After taking 3-22 and sharing the bowling plaudits with Harish Krishnesh (3-52) as Batley were bowled out for 179, Winn hit an unbeaten 57 and was backed up again by Krishnesh (39) as victory was achieved.

Bottom team Pudsey Congs lost out by four runs in a tight finish against Lightcliffe. Replying to their opponents’ score of 183-9, Congs were bowled out for 189. Sabir Mahmood (43) and Mark Ferguson (37) battled hard, but Max Gardner (5-38) and Marcus Kelly (3-36) edged it for Lightcliffe.

The experienced duo of Michael Brooke (63) and Rhys Jowett (51) provided the bulk of the runs for Lightcliffe.

Haris Hussain impressed with 7-29 as Baildon bowled out struggling Bowling Old Lane for 81 to secure a 77-run win. James Butterfield (38) and Danny Bailey (33) were top scorers in Baildon’s 158. Ahsan Alishan took 4-37 and Saad Khan(3-39) for Old Lane.

Yeadon eased their relegation fears with a 50-run win over Pudsey St Lawrence. Steady accumulation from Dave Machell (40), Mahboob Hussain (36) and Tom Johnson (30) enabled Yeadon to build a score of 222. Henry Scott (3-25) and Chris Heald (3-37) were the best of the bowlers.

St Lawrence, in need of points to avoid relegation, made 172-9 in their innings with Brian Devine making 57 and Adam Frost (35). Nick Darfield was Yeadon’s best bowler with 3-45.

Championship One
Experience campaigners Warren Allitt (63no) and Matthew Doidge (33no) guided leaders Bradford & Bingley home in their five-wicket win over East Ardsley.

They ensured that their side overhauled an East Ardsley score of 159-7 which included 49 from Jake Alleston. Ashley Battye (31) and James Stott (30no) made useful additions as Reece Cockshott took 3-44.

Paul Wookey produced a match-winning performance for second-placed Gomersal as they defeated Farsley by five wickets.

He took 4-48 as Farsley were bowled out for 160 and top scored with 50 as Gomersal eased to victory.

Haroon Mahmood was unlucky to finish on the losing side after scoring 62 not out and taking 4-51 for the Red Laners.

Bankfoot are third after bowling out bottom team Keighley for 97 on their way to an eight-wicket win. Skipper Nigel Hanson took 4-10 as Keighley crumbles while Muhammed Addas was unbeaten on 30 when victory was achieved.

Northowram Fields have dropped back to fourth after a 53-run defeat against Cleckheaton. Richard Noble (80no), Alex Midgley (61) and Chris Dobson (34) helped Cleckheaton to make 234-5 before dismissing their rivals for 181. James Norcliffe made 36 for Northowram Fields while skipper Elliot Hallas took 3-26 for the winners.

There was a tense finish at Carlton where visitors Methley edge home by one wicket in a nail-biting encounter,

Joe Bingle (5-37) tried his hardest to turn the game Carlton’s way, but Richard Smartt (30no) ensured Methley squeezed past Carlton’s total of 143, in which Clark Harrison made 43. The best of the Methley bowlers were Mohammad Usman (4-32) and Ben Waite (3-29).

Abu Hurairah struck three sixes and 14 fours as he made an impressive 115 not for Undercliffe in their 54-run win over Ossett. Steven Adams (38no) and Myles Robinson (30) helped swell the score to 263-5. Luke Watson (3-70) was the best of the Ossett bowlers.

Ossett made a spirited reply but were dismissed for 209. Finnley Morgan (81) and Phil Lamb (51) made half-centuries but skipper Robinson (5-30) ensure Undercliffe emerged with the win. Amaan Ali chipped in with 3-15.

Championship Two

David Illingworth was in good all-round form as leaders Great Preston defeated Wrenthorpe by seven wickets.

Illingworth took 5-35 as Wrenthorpe were bowled out for 139 and followed up by making an unbeaten 51 as Danny Harwood (55no) joined him in securing their side’s latest win. Haseen Bashir (36) and Pat Green (36) were top scorers for Wrenthorpe.

Jer Lane are eight points behind Great Preston after their 72-run win over Altofts, despite having to withstand a fine individual performance from Jaymes Hollingsworth.

He took 7-65 as Jer Lane made 225 and hit 40 as his side were bowled out for 153 in their reply. Mohammed Rehman (95), Umar Dawood (40) and Javed Iqbal (32) powered Jer Lane to maximum batting points, while Dawood (4-17) and Nisar Chowdrey (3-46) were responsible for most of their side’s bowling success.

Hartshead Moor had a comfortable seven-wicket win over Scholes in their derby clash. They bowled out their neighbours for just 84 with Chris Hill taking 6-20 and Marshall Grieve (3-35) before easing to victory.

Shoaib Baig (6-35) and Lee Peters (4-34) helped Birstall bowl out Hopton Mills for 119 to complete a 91-run win. Ahmed Faraz (40) and Arshad Ali (33) provided the bulk of the runs.

Birstall’s score of 210-8 featured good knocks from Malcolm Ellis (69), Sean Twohig (48no) and Miraj Khan (40).

Kieran Samuels hit an unbeaten 82 to steer Townville to a six-wicket win over Liversedge. He ensured his side capitalised on the earlier good work of Luke Slater (6-40) and Lee Dobson (3-37) in dismissing Liversedge for 187, a score that owed much to Alan Sumner’s knock of 88.

Spen Victoria are propping up the table after a 91-run defeat by Oulton. Alan Winn took 6-13 as Spen Victoria perished for 85 when replying to Oulton’s 166.

Mark Elliott (37) was the top scorer for Oulton while leg spinner Alex Leadbeater took 6-54 for Spen Victoria.


Table-topping Buttershaw St Paul’s have a six-point lead despite suffering a five-wicket defeat against third-placed Adwalton.

Sandip Patel made 77 not out and Jack Wilson (40) as Buttershaw St Paul’s made 183-6, but it wasn’t enough to see off their determined rivals.

Matt Lyles (72) and James Curtis (36) helped Adwalton to secure a victory which leaves them just 18 points behind their rivals.

St Paul’s managed to retain the leadership because second-placed Sandal suffered a 39-run defeat against improving Heckmondwike & Carlinghow.

Saad Hashmi (36) and Mark Symmons (35) helped Heckmondwike & Carlinghow to make 146-8, a score they successfully defended by bowling out their rivals for 107.

Ilyas Hashmi (5-20) and Brian Hill (4-21) did the damage as only Chris Hale (36) and Colin Hale (31) made an impression.

Gildersome & Farnley Hill openers Dominic Clay (79no) and Dale Breakwell (30no) powered their side to a 10-wicket win over Windhill & Daisy Hill. Rian Hoey set up the triumph by taking 4-30 as Windhill & Daisy Hill were dismissed for 114. Craig Marshall top scored with 32 not out.

Sam Thewlis (5-36) and Kasim Rehman (3-16) helped East Leeds bowl out Rodley for 149 to complete a 69-run win. Daniel Hill (61) was the only batsman to get going.

Dan Thewlis (55) and Raqib Ali (39) helped East Leeds make 218-8 when they batted first.  Rasheed Holmes (3-37) and Simon Raistrick (3-52) were the pick of the bowlers.

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