Woodlands' Cieran Garner hits the winning runs against Pudsey St Lawrence
Review: Alan Birkinshaw
Pictures: Ray Spencer (Woodlands v Pudsey St Lawrence) Richard Kosmala (Hanging Heaton v Lightcliffe)
It was a day of thrilling finishes in the Premier Division with Lightcliffe and Cleckheaton both winning in the final over while leaders Woodlands extended their advantage at the top to 31 points with victory over Pudsey St Lawrence.
Lightcliffe hauled themselves out of the bottom two with a stunning two-wicket win at Hanging Heaton where they chased down a total of 277-8 to win by two wickets with two balls to spare.
Yasir Abbas, above, smashed 73 from 64 balls and was joined in a crucial eight-wicket stand of 63 with Rob Burton (22no). Christian Silkstone (48) and David Knight (43) also made important contributions before Abbas cut loose, hitting two sixes and nine fours.
Hanging Heaton skipper Gary Fellows hit 51 – his first half-century of the season – while Callum Bethel (above 47 and David Stiff (41) gave late impetus to their side’s innings. Off spinner Josh Wheatley took 4-86 for Lightcliffe.
Hanging Heaton, who started the day level on points with defending champions Pudsey St Lawrence, actually took sole possession of second place despite their defeat. That was because the Saint went down to a four-wicket defeat at Woodlands.
St Lawrence were made to pay for not batting out their overs as they were bowled out for 173 with 15 balls still remaining. That failing was highlighted when Woodlands achieved victory with 13 balls to spare.
Opener Mark Robertshaw (56) top scored for St Lawrence on an afternoon when his colleagues were unable to up the tempo against spinners Chris Brice (3-38) and Brad Schmulian (3-40).
Woodlands judged their run chase perfection with Liam Collins (42) and Brad Schmulian (34)
There was an even tighter finish at Moorend where Cleckheaton beat bottom-of-the-table Methley by two wickets with one ball to spare.
Methley looked to be well placed to secure their first win when they reduced Cleckheaton to 66-6, with former Cleckheaton all-rounder Marcus Walmsley (3-28) and Sohail Raz (3-36) posing problems.
The complexion of the game was changed by a seventh-wicket stand of 102 between Nick Walker (63) and Toby Thorpe (32) which enabled the home side to edge past Methley’s score of 178.
Methley’s innings saw opener Adal Islam (43), Jake Smartt (33) and Raz provide the bulk of their runs as former Durham and Lancashire paceman John Wood took 4-18 and Craig Fletcher (4-43).
Bradford & Bingley returned to winning ways with a 47-run win over out-of-sorts New Farnley. Even a last-wicket stand of 53 between Alex Lilley (49no) and Luke Jarvis (20) c last season’s runners up couldn’t save their side from their third defeat of the season.
Lilley and Jarvis came together with their side’s innings in tatters at 97-9 and they did at least enable to help their side to a more respectable 150. Off spinner Bradley Reeve took 4-31 as Bradford & Bingley comfortably defended their score of 197-9.
Opener Callam Goldthorp (72) and Kyme Tahirkeli (46) led the way for Bradford & Bingley as Jarvis (6-30) posed the main threat with his left-arm spin.
Farsley made it four wins in a row and ended Undercliffe’s recent revival as they triumphed by 35 runs.
Yorkshire spinner James Logan took his haul of wickets to 17 in the three matches he has played since returning from injury with 5-42 as Undercliffe were bowled out of 134 in reply to Farsley’s 169.
Opener Simon Lambert continued his good run of form with 70 but lacked support from his Undercliffe colleagues.
Farsley’s innings was anchored by opener Chris Beech (63) as Sunny Matharu (5-26) proved to be the best of the Undercliffe bowlers as his side dropped into the bottom two.
Townville beat their old Central Yorkshire League rivals Wrenthorpe by 14 runs. Jonathan Booth (68) and Imran Rafique (38) led the way as Townville made 220-9 against a Wrenthorpe attack in which Khalil Khan took 3-46 and James Glynn (3-40).
Will Bates hit an unbeaten 71 for Wrenthorpe but ran out of partners as his side were bowled out for 206. Spinner Jack Hughes took 3-24.
Mark Robertshaw top scored for Pudsey St Lawrence
Baildon stay at the top of Championship One proved to be a short one as their 27-run defeat at East Bierley enabled Keighley to regain the leadership with a 56-run win over Scholes.
Improving East Bierley are now up to third on 87 points, 10 adrift of Baildon and 13 behind Keighley.
Experienced batsman Gulsheraz Ahmed is proving to be a shrewd signing for East Bierley. He struck seven sixes and 11 fours on his way to a superb 120 which helped his side post a challenging 262-7.
Overseas player Ompal Boken (53) continued his good form and shared in a fourth-wicket partnership of 119 with Ahmed.
Australian Blair Oakley (3-78) and Haris Mohammed (3-51) were the best of the bowlers for Baidlon, who made 235 all out in their reply.
Opener Jack Hainsworth (73) and skipper Jonny Reynolds (50) both batted well but Tawkal Zadran and Boken both took 4-72 to seal Bierley’s win.
Any worries Keighley had after being bowled out for 134 were brushed away as they responded by dismissing struggling Scholes for 78.
Young Jude Roberts took his second five-wicket haul of the season for Scholes as he returned figures of 5-43, but Alex Antoine (5-13) and James Rogers (3-18) struck back for Keighley.
Skipper James Lee produced another match-winning performance as Bankfoot scored a convincing 110-run victory over Pudsey Congs.
Lee dominated his side’s score of 200 with a powerful knock of 110. Four sixes and 10 fours flowed from his bat as he kept the pressure on a Congs attack in which Ryan Heptinstall took 4-76, Yasir Ali (3-23) and Sam Wisniewski (3-36).
The former Yorkshire paceman followed up his batting exploits by taking 4-18 as he and spinner Andrew Stothart (4-28) sent Congs tumbling to 90 all out.
A fourth-wicket stand of 127 between Mohammed Khan (80) and Adam Greenwood (75) helped Hartshead Moor to secure a welcome five-wicket win over Gomersal.
For skipper Greenwood the victory was particularly satisfying as he has played much of his senior cricket at Gomersal.
Hartshead Moor chased down a Gomersal score of 190-9 which owed much to Callum Flynn’s 79. Josh Tingle impressed with ball as he returned figures of 5-45.
Another lowly side to secure a much-needed triumph were Wakefield St Michael’s. Ollie Lightfoot took 7-33 as they skittled out Batley for 71 on their way to a seven-wicket victory.
Morley returned to winning ways with their second 10-wicket success of the season. This time their victims were Ossett who they rolled over for just 69. Spinner Akash Senarathna took 3-0.
Opener James McNichol (33no) and Matthew Baxter (31no) sped Morley to their meagre target.
It was a bumper day for the batsman in Championship Two with five players scoring centuries as the runs flowed.
There were 746 runs in the game between Liversedge and Bowling Old Lane with three batsmen making tons.
Pride of place went to Sohail Hussain with the day’s highest individual score of 150 in Liversedge’s daunting total of 378-3.
Hussain peppered the boundary with 11 sixes and 12 fours and was joined in a third-wicket stan of 146 by Graham Winn who stroked his way to 115. Winn hit four sixes and 12 fours before Asad Mahmood added to the suffering of the Old Lane bowlers with an unbeaten 75 from just 36 balls.
It was to Old Lane’s credit that they didn’t wilt under the challenge of responding to such a big total and they gave the home side a real scare before finishing just 10 runs behind their rivals on 368-5.
The experienced Ahsan Butt led the way with 114 not out, a knock which included a six and 14 fours, and was well supported by skipper Farakh Hussain (76), Ayyaz Akram (62) Arsalan Ijaz (50) and Amjid Hussain (37), but their efforts weren’t quite enough3
During the Old Lane innings Butt shared in a third-wicket stand of 104 with Akram before adding 123 with Hussain for the fourth wicket.
Jonathan Crossland of Buttershaw St Paul’s made his second-successive century to power Buttershaw St Paul’s to a nine-wicket win over Hopton Mills.
Crossland hit five sixes and 15 fours while making 104 not and was joined in an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 150 by opener Kevin McDermott (58) as St Paul’s eased past the Hopton Mills total of 191.
Michael Carroll (49), Mark Ashton (45) and Umar Abbas (39) were the main contributors for Mills while Amer Ayoub took 3-67 for St Paul’s.
The fifth player to reach three figures was Birstall’s Rishy Limbechaya. He smashed six sixes and 11 fours while making 100 as Birstall chased down an Adwalton score of 249 to win by four wickets. Experienced opener Eric Austin was again in good form with 85.
Young opener Josh Bennett (54) top scored for Adwalton who are still seeking their first win. Ben Gundry took 4-47 for Birstall.
On a day when the runs flowed record-breaking Kershaski John Lewis could only make four in his first innings since scoring 237not out for Carlton against Jer Lane.
He wasn’t alone in recording a low score as his side’s match with Altofts saw 20 wickets fall for just 125 runs.
Promotion-chasing Carlton responded to being dismissed for 98 by skittling Altofts out for just 27. Jonathan Rudge (4-12) and Liam Morris (3-14) were backed up by John Lewis (3-0).
Leaders Yeadon had a comfortable seven-wicket win over a Jer Lane side that has faded in recent weeks after a promising start to the campaign.
Sarmad Hameed made an unbeaten 56 and was supported by opener Robert Smith (40) as Yeadon eased home after bowling out their rivals for 153. Only Amjid Khan (46) made an impression as young spinner James Massheder took 3-26.
South African James Van der Merwe produced an impressive spell of 6-32 which helped East Ardsley to dismiss Spen Victoria for 136 on their way to a three-wicket win. Opener Sam Gatenby (58) continued his good form for Spen but lacked support.
East Ardsley made steady progress to their target with Van der Merwe (34) and Oliver Appleyard (33) countering the threat of Adil Ladak (4-32).
Spinner Danny Cross took 6-71 but ended up on the losing side as Hunslet Nelson went down by 31 runs against Northowram Fields.
Billy Campbell’s knock of 59 helped Northowram Fields to 170 before restricting Nelson to 139. Andrew McIntosh made a battling 62 while hammy Shahzad (3-28) and Josh Bennett-Kear (3-41) took the bowling honours.
Leaders Sandal were forced to battle all the way for their nail-biting one-wicket win over Oulton.
Matthew Westwood (59), Ian Suttleworth (39) and Amai Ganjam (34) edged Sandal past Oulton’s total of 208 despite the determined efforts of Joe Andrews (6-37).
Matthew Boucher (42) and Jonathan Henshaw (40) were the top scorers for Oulton while paceman Sam Noden (5-72) was again among the wickets for Sandal.
An unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 159 between Oliver Baron (87no) and James Marston (83no) powered Great Preston to an eight-wicket win over Brighouse.
They chased down the visitors’ total of 239-9 in which Tokir Bashir made 41, Quadratullah Azizi (41) and Mohammad Altaf (39). Baron, who enjoyed a fine individual display, took 6-57.
Gildersome & Farnley Hill are third after bowling out Crossbank Methodists for 50 to secure a 72-run win. Michael O’Halloran (3-9), Chris Harris (3-33) and Liam Pearson (3-0) did the damage.
Stefan James led the way with the bat for Gildersome as he made 61 in their total of 130. Opener Reece Thompson made 35 while Imran Patel (5-36) and Alex Drake (4-42) kept the pressure on the batsmen.
The experienced Tabby Bhatti helped Windhill & Daisy Hill to a six-wicket win over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow.
After taking 3-36 to support the efforts of Shoaib Iqbal (3-33) in bowling out Heckmondwike for 128, Bhatti followed up with 62 to steer his side to their target.