Lightcliffe keep pressure on Woodlands

Lightcliffe keep pressure on Woodlands

Champions Woodlands have Lightcliffe breathing down their necks at the top of the Second Teams Premier Division.

Woodlands currently lead the way by three points after beating disappointing Bowling Old Lane by 150 runs, but Lightcliffe remain on their tail after a close-fought five-run win over New Farnley.

A fourth-wicket stand of 127 between Kieran Collins (71) and Tom Clee (63) helped Woodlands to make 234-4 despite some spirited bowling from Abu-Bakar Siddiq (4-67). Old Lane were bowled out for 84.

Rhys Jowett hit 90 and Alex Tait (42) as Lightcliffe posted 217 against New Farnley. The Villagers were made to fight for their win as Mark Lawson (62), Josh Marsden (35) and Chris Sowden (33) led the spirited New Farnley reply.

Former New Farnley stalwart Craig Russell (82) and Jamie Baulk (40) helped Hanging Heaton to make 217-9 on their way to a 103-run win over Morley. Richard Winn dominated Morley's disappointing total of 114 with a robust 72. He had earlier taken 3-60.

Anthony Gilks fine 114 for Yeadon was ultimately to prove to be in vain after rain wrecked  his side's hopes of a much-needed win. Kieran Hangogue (54) supported Gilks as a total of 255-7. Baildon struggled to 65-6  as weather prevented a positive result.

Tahseen Suleman (79), Tom Hoyle (50) and Ross Monaghan (42) showed encouraging form with the bat as East Bierley made 259-7 in their weather-affected draw with Pudsey St Lawrence. Jack Gaunt made 53 as Saints reached 171-5.

Half-centuries for Keegan Moodley (60), Bilal Butt (58) and Mark Ferguson (50no) helped Pudsey Congs to 238-6. Batley were 185-7 when the sides had to settle for a weather-affected draw, Umar Mirza hit 71 for Batley while Josh Chapman took 5-54 spearheading the Congs attack.

Championship One

Bankfoot skipper Nigel Hanson, pictured, returned the stunning figures of 8-25 as his side recovered from being bowled out for 77 to secure a dramatic tie at East Ardsley.

The visitors looked to be heading for defeat when Scott Mullins (4-20) and Richard Butcher (3-34) found conditions to their liking, but Hanson had other ideas when he got the ball in his hand.

Northowram Field have joined Gomersal at the top after beating them by 104 runs. Lewis Moore (69) and James Norcliffe (55) helped Northowram Fields to make 186 despite the efforts of Matthew Barnes (4-33), Matthew Hirst (3-30) and Ryan Kitson (3-57).

Gomersal struggled when they batted and were bowled out for just 84. The boiwling honours for Northowram Fields went to Todd Reeday (4-24).

Ossett made it a doubly disappointing day for Keighley as they followed the example of their first team and inflicted defeat on the Lawkholme Lane club.

Robert Gledhill (4-14), Conor Andrews (3-30) and Finnley Morgan (3-40) shared the wickets as Keighley were bowled out for 103. Chris Hosley was unbeaten on 63 when Ossett wrapped up a nine-wicket win.

Young Lachlan Doidge hit an unbeaten 70 to steer Bradford & Bingley to a six-wicket win over Cleckheaton. Ethan Lee top scored with 42 in Cleckheaton's 129-8.

Mohammad Abdyu Wahab took 6-62 for Undercliffe as they bowled out Methley for 197 in their weather-affected draw. He checked the home side's progresss afteropeners Robert Clegg (48) and Alex Cree (46) put on 96.

Will Hayton made 61 as Carlton scored 149-9 against Farsley who repliked with 102-3 in their weather-curtailed innings.

Championship Two

If you were looking for outstanding individual performances in Championship Two the place to be was Wrenthorpe.

The match produced three centuries and a six-wicket haul as Hopton Mills secured a six-wicket win.

Two of the hundreds were made by Wrenthorpe's Mustafa Bhatti (101) and Patrick Green (100) who shared a fifth-wicket stand of 179, but despite helping their side to 266-9, they could not save their side from defeat.

Ahmed Faraz took 6-44 for Mills and the good work was carried on by opener Arshad Ali when Mills batted. He led the successful run chase with an unmbeaten 112 and gained valuable support from Zaaid Sajwal and Neil Harrison who both scored 43.

Jer Lane have an 11-point lead after securing a five-wicket win over Scholes. Nabbil Khan took 4-47 and Absar Hussain (3-49) as Scholes were bowled out for 150. Nasir Chowdrey (59) steered the leaders to victory.

Experienced batsman Jonathan Trevitt made 57 to steer Liversedge to a three-wicket win after restricting Wakefield St Michael's to 135-9.

Mohammed Maroof was another player to roll back the years and help his side to victory. Maroof took 4-22 as Spen Victoria bowled out Brighouse for 123 to secure a 15-run win. Opener Tom Loker (39) was top scorer for Spen.

Hartshead Moor quite literally made swift work of polishing off Oulton. Rob Swift impressed with 5-9 and Marshall Grieve took 4-49 as Moor bowled out their opponents for 72 to seale a 173-run.

Andrew Croft (43), Jack Baldwin (41no) and Grieve (41) helped Hartshead moor to 245-7 when they batted first.

Second-placed Great Preston were thwarted by the weather. After making 211-9 with Andrew Clark hitting 94no, rain struck and there was only time for Altofts to reach 65-3.

David Tomlinson (98) and Lee Dobson (50) shared a second-wicket stand of 114 as Townville scored 231-4 against Birtsall who made 72-5 in a truncated reply.


Bowlers Phil Yeadon (4-28) and Richard Gibson (3-30) helped leaders Sandal to bowl out Hunslet Nelson for 116 on their way to a five-wicket win.

Chris Hale and Colin Hale both made 38 as Sandal recovered from 28-3 to win with some ease.

Half-centuries from Kames Blackbrow (68) and Sam Thewlis (61) enabled East Leeds to chase down a Gildersome & Farnley Hill score of 172 to win by six wickets. Josh Sturgess made 44 for Gildersome & Farnley Hill while skipper Shamoon Mushtaq took 4-53 for East Leeds.

Patrick McGrath made a valuable 42 to help Buttershaw St Paul's edge a two-wicket win over Crossbank Methodists. Alan Firth made 49 in Crossbank's 153-9 as Jack Wilson took 4-25.

An unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 117 between Darren Saville (73no) and Ryan Holdsworth (49no) helped Windhill & Daisy Hill to make 180-5 on their way to a 26-run win over Rodley. Opener Joe Metcalfe was top scorer with 59 in Rodley's 154-9.