Methley v New Farnley
Leaders New Farnley recovered from a shaky start to post the Premier Division’s highest score of the day of 290-8 on their way to a 178-run win which extends their lead over Woodlands to 17 points.
Alex Lilley might have feared the worst when he won the toss and saw his New Farnley side reduced to 34-3 by James Wainman (3-67), but the stand-in skipper was to be a key figure in a strong recovery.
Lilley led the way with 73 and was backed up by former Methley captain Grant Soames (65) and Dan Hodgson (38).
Methley never got going when they replied. Opener Jason Marshall (34) top scored as they were bowled out for 112. New Farnley’s two leading wicket takers this season Liam Guthrie (4-27) and Gurman Randhawa (3-14) led the way as their side collected a maximum 20 points.
Cleckheaton v Woodlands
Woodlands survived a scare before pulling off a 32-run win in a low-scoring encounter at Moorend.
The champions lost their top three batsmen with just four runs on the board after being put in. They eventually limped to 139 all out with Muhammad Bilal (35) and Elliot Richardson (33) gathering important runs against an attack in which Iain Wardlaw (4-45) and Amir Hussain (3-56) did much of the work
Woodlands are often at their most dangerous when they are in a tight spot and so it proved again. After skipper Brad Schmulian had taken two early wickets, fellow spinners Chris Brice (5-34) and Kez Ahmed (3-18) completed the job of bowling out Cleckheaton for 107.
Cleckheaton’s overseas batsman Yusaf Baber again showed his quality with an unbeaten 59 but lacked support from his colleagues as the last six wickets fell for 25 runs.
Batley v Pudsey St Lawrence
Batley may be bottom of the table but they showed once again that they are going to battle all the way to preserve their Premier Division status. Their 50-run win over Pudsey St Lawrence was only their fourth of the season but they are now just 13 points behind Cleckheaton and 21 adrift of third-from-bottom Hanging Heaton.
Overseas player Raza Hassan (4-44) had a big hand in their success as they restricted Pudsey St Lawrence to 179-6. Luke Patel, promoted to open in the absence of Mark Robertshaw, top scored with 48 while Chris Marsden finished 40 not out.
Batley produced one of their best batting performance after being put in. Muhammad Hafeez (58) and Nikash Khan (31) provided impetus but the key innings came from Yasir Ali who made 61 not out.
Batley 229-4 Muhammad Hafeez (58), Yasir Ali (61no), Nikash Khan (31), Josh Dracup (3-41)
PSL179-6 Luke Patel (48), Chris Marsden (40no),, Raza Hassan (4-44) 4thy win
Hanging Heaton v Bradford & Bingley
Jack Hartley and Matthew Duce were the key figures as Bradford & Bingley cruised to an eight-wicket win which leaves Hanging Heaton hovering just eight points above the relegation positions.
Paceman Hartley justified skipper Ed Brown’s decision to bowl first by taking 5-38 as Hanging Heaton were dismissed for 154. The home side never fully recovered from being reduced to 11-3 despite the efforts of Callum Bethel (48).
Bradford & Bingley had no trouble knocking off the runs. Wicketkeeper Duce clearly enjoyed his promotion to opener as he blasted 80 from 69 balls. He was joined in a second wicket stand of 132 by Australian Corey Miller who finished 55no as victory was achieved in 23.4 overs.
Ossett v Bankfoot
Ossett skipper Nick Connolly, (above) passed 1,000 runs for the season as he helped his side secure a 48-run win over Bankfoot. The left-handed opener reached the landmark when he got to 51 in his knock of 63. James Keen (47) and Mattie Race (34) provided support as a total of 226. James Lee posed the main threat with 3-30 but retired from the attack after just 5.5 overs.
Lee was back in the thick of the action when Bankfoot batted. He top scored with 73 as his side were all out for 178. Left arm spinner Mattie Race took 5-33.
Farsley v Townville
Townville climbed above Pudsey St Lawrence into third place when they continued their recent good run with a four-wicket win. Once again Conor Harvey (4-52) and Jack Hughes (3-39) made important contributions with the ball as Farsley made 196-7 when they batted first. Ryan Cooper (36) and Matthew Lumb (36no) were the home side’s top scorers.
Farsley made Townville fight for their win with Will Means taking 4-50, but Hughes (41), Tom Brook (35) and Chris Gray (30no) got their side over the line.
Premier Division Stats of the day
Top team total: 290-8 New Farnley v Methley
Top individual score: 80 Matthew Duce (Bradford & Bingley v Hanging Heaton)
Best Bowling figures: 5-33 Mattie Race (Ossett v Bankfoot)
Premier Division Stats of the season
Top team total: 343-6 Woodlands v Hanging Heaton
Top individual score: 169no Alex Cree (Methley v Ossett)
Best Bowling figures: 9-54 Zia Ul Haq Parwani (Bankfoot v Townville)
Carlton v Pudsey Congs
Jamie Allen took a hat-trick as Pudsey Congs defeated Carlton by six wickets to reduce the gap between themselves and their second-place rivals to 19 points.
Allen removed opener Steve Cooper before dismissing Kershaski John Lewis and Daniel Ford for first ball ducks as he reduced the home side to 19-3. Allen went on to finish with 4-28 with only the efforts of Jonathan Rudge (37no) and Daniel White (31) getting the home side to 155.
Congs were guided to their victory target by opener Callum Oliver (92). His was the only innings of substance in the game and could have a big bearing on his side’s promotion prospects.
Jer Lane v East Ardsley
Jer Lane notched up their 15th win of the season as they breezed to a seven-wicket over an East Ardsley side who have dropped deeper into the relegation mire. Deron Greaves (73) and Abdul Rehman (42no) enabled the leaders to chase down their opponents’ score of 161-6 in just 17.1 overs.
East Ardsley, who were promoted with Jer Lane at the end of last season, had to battle for their runs after being put in. James Van der Merwe (33) and Daniel McTiernan (33no) were their main contributors.
With Carlton losing to Pudsey Congs, Jer Lane now have a 50-point lead.
Morley v Undercliffe
There was a dramatic finish at Scatcherd Lane where a run out from the final ball of the game enabled improving Morley to snatch a one-run win over promotion hopefuls Undercliffe.
Jack McGahan (pictured above, 92) and Nick Smith (49) looked to be winning the game for Undercliffe when they shared a fifth wicket stand of 143, but Morley refused to give up. With young paceman Tinaye Mazonde taking 4-46 they managed to keep the visitors to 206-8 to win by the narrowest of margins.
Overseas player Kavindu Kulasekara made 51 and James McNichol (33) in Morley’s score of 207-8. Spinner Jude Roberts was the best Undercliffe bowler with 3-55.
Gomersal v Birstall
Nick Schofield took the first five wickets during an impressive spell of 5-21 which helped Gomersal dismiss Birstall for 105 on their way to an eight-wicket win. Schofield was backed up by Jonathan Boynton (3-25) as the visitors struggled. Skipper Richard Wear hit 38 as Gomersal knocked off the runs in 18 overs.
East Bierley v Baildon
Baildon moved 40 points clear of the relegation positions after a 49-run win at South View Road.
Jonny Reynolds (93) and Dwayne Heke (63) helped the Jenny Lane side to make 261-9 as they shared a third wicket stand of 126. Danny Cross proved to be the best of the East Bierley bowlers with 4-58.
Umar Zahoor (4-49) and Kevin McDermott (4-44) joined forces as East Bierley were dismissed for 212 with Andrew Duckworth making 45.
Wrenthorpe v Keighley
Billy Whitford hit an unbeaten century as Keighley romped to a 10-wicket win. Whitford struck four sixes and 14 fours as he dominated an unbroken opening stand of 139 with skipper Scott Etherington (29no).
The victory was set up by the bowling of Ijaz Ahmed who took 5-29 as struggling Wrenthorpe were bowled out for 137. Usman Shakir (44) and Kabir Bashir (37) were the only batsmen to make an impression.
Division One Stats of the day
Top team total: 261-9 Baildon v East Bierley
Top individual score: 93 Jonny Reynolds (Baildon v East Bierley)
Best Bowling figures: 5-21 Nick Schofield (Gomersal v Birstall)
Division One Stats of the season
Top team total: 398-7 Gomersal v Wrenthorpe
Top individual score: 162no James Ford (Baildon v Wrenthorpe)
Best Bowling figures: 7-39 Nisar Ahmad (East Bierley v Gomersal)
Yeadon v Lightcliffe
Lightcliffe blew the Division Two promotion race wide open by defeating leaders Yeadon by 10 runs. With Sandal getting a dramatic one-wicket win over Buttershaw St Paul’s it means they are now level on points with Yeadon with Lightcliffe 13 points back in third place.
South African Isaac Dikgale, above, again showed his worth to Lightcliffe by top scoring with 50 as they scored 187 and followed up by taking 3-54 as Yeadon were restricted to 177-9, despite the efforts of Gareth Lee (50) and Gulsheraz Ahmed (35)
Adeel Ashraf (4-46) and Lee (4-53) returned good figures for Yeadon while skipper Rob Burton (3-37) and Dikgale took the bowling honours for Lightcliffe’
Adeel Ashraf took four wickets for Yeadon against Lightcliffe Picture: Ray Spencer
Gareth Lee top scored with 50 for Yeadon Picture: Ray Spencer
Rob Burton took three wickets as he led Lightcliffe to an important win. Picture: Ray Spencer
Sandal v Buttershaw St Paul’s
Sandal pulled level with Yeadon at the top after securing a one-wicket win with four balls to spare. Ashley Mackereth (72) and Keron Persaud (30) enabled them to edge home despite the efforts of Zafar Jadoon (3-36) and Amer Ayoub (55). They were also helped by a five- run penalty imposed on St Paul’s.
St Paul’s scored 239-9 when they batted first with Ayoub (55), Jack Wakeling (40 and Matthew Long (41) leading the way. Michael Carroll (3-43), Sam Noden (3-92) were Sandal’s best bowlers.
Great Preston v Hartshead Moor
Hartshead Moor eased themselves away from the relegation positions with a convincing 69-run win. Their batsmen provide the platform for victory with a total of 307-4 but the player who made sure it was secured was seamer Daniel Squire with figures of 7-55.
Skipper Chris Wynd (96), Hasnat Yousaf (83) and Iqbal Khan (67) were all among the runs for Hartshead Moor after they opted to bat first. Wynd and Khan featured in a second wicket stand of 128 as the Great Preston bowlers were forced to toil.
With Squire finding conditions to his liking, Great Preston plunged to 106-8 before some vigorous batting from tailenders Ben Wilkinson (70) and Daniel Ogden (60) saw 101 runs added for the last two wickets before their side were eventually dismissed for 207.
Crossflatts v Northowram Fields
South African Ruan Van Rooyen took three wickets in his final over to finish with
7-33 as Crossflatts secured a 13-run win which boosts their chances of avoiding relegation back to Division Three.
Thanks to Van Rooyen, Crossflatts were able to defend their modest total of 135. A late contribution of 35 by Jim O’Hara proved crucial after Sam Gardner (4-3) and Joe Hough (3-28) posed problems.
Hopton Mills v Bowling Old Lane
Promotion chasing Hopton Mills missed out on victory when Imran Patel was run out from the final ball and a nail-biting match ended in a tie. Mills needed three runs from the last over from Abdulla Ijaz but could only manage two.
Imran Patel (58), Kashif Talib (47), and Mark Ashton (42) led the pursuit of Old Lane’s 196 all out but saw their side end on 196-8. Paceman Hazrat Abbas (4-44) proved a real threat.
Skipper Imran Malik (50), Farhan Hussain (48) and Abbas (45) top scored for Old Lane in the face of fine bowling form Sana Khan (7-65).
Wakefield St Michael’s v Hunslet Nelson
Hunslet Nelson gave themselves a boost ahead of their appearance in T20 Finals Day on Sunday with a seven-wicket win. Will Stiff set up their victory by taking 5-49 as bottom side St Michael’s were bowled out for 180, Lee Gelderd being the highest scorer with 35
Australian Kurt Chalker (84) and skipper Jack Scanlon (48) shared a second wicket partnership of 101 as Nelson cruised to victory.
Division Two Stats of the day
Top team total: 307-4 Hartshead Moor v Great Preston
Top individual score: 96 Chris Wynd (Hartshead Moor v Great Preston)
Best Bowling figures: 7-33 Ruan Van Rooyen (Crossflatts v Northowram Fields)
Division Two Stats of the season
Top team total: 375-8 Lightcliffe v Wakefield St Michael’s
Top individual score: 152 Isaac Dikgala (Lightcliffe v Hopton Mills)
Best Bowling figures: 8-24 Hazrat Abbas (Bowling Old Lane v Hartshead Moor)
Windhill & Daisy Hill v Liversedge
The day’s only centuries came in the same game. Ian Clayton made 112 for Windhill & Daisy Hill while Imran Dawood scored 108 as leaders Liversedge chased down a score of 230 to win by six wickets.
Clayton’s innings featured six sixes and 13 fours. He was supported by Zoaib Iqbal (45) as James Lunn picked up 3-36.
There were five sixes and 16 fours in Dawood’s innings which was backed up by Shoaib Rehman (60no) as they added 129 for the second wicket.
Scholes v Gildersome & Farnley Hill
Gildersome & Farnley Hill dealt Scholes’ promotion hopes a body blow by chasing down their score of 213 to win by six wickets. Josh Sturgess (63), Chris Harris (46no) and Liam Pearson (42) all made valuable runs.
Earlier, Martin Morley (4-29) and Muhammad Shah (4-72) posed problems for Scholes as they sank to 75-8 before David Young (61no) and Greg Keywood (53) launched a counter attack which produced 138 runs for the last two wickets. Young and Keywood put on 85 for the ninth wicket while last man Mahleb Mahmood helped Young add 53 for the tenth wicket.
East Leeds v Adwalton
Adwalton closed the gap between themselves and Scholes to three points after recovering from 20-5 to record a nervy one-wicket win. Skipper Chris Bishop-West’s (34) and a generous sprinkling of 24 wides enabled them to overhaul the East Leeds score of 119 despite good bowling from Kirti Tandel (4-28) and Zahid Tarvaz (4-52)
Tandel top scored with 50 for East Leeds after they had slipped to 7-4. Thomas Davidson (4-30) and Andrew Ingham (3-26) were the pick of the Adwalton bowler.
Altofts v Spen Victoria
Saif Tahir played a pivotal role as Altofts secured a two-wicket win in a close-fought game at the Clive Jackson ground.
Tahir took 5-37 and was supported by Louis Holt (3-28) as Spen Victoria were bowled out for 156. Only skipper Ollie Davison (49) got going.
When Altofts batted Tahir (39) and Adam Perry (36) helped their side to their victory target despite the efforts Jonathan Elstub (4-51).
Brighouse v Crossbank Methodists
Ismail Nazir took 5-15 as Brighouse bowled out Crossbank Methodists for 110 to win by 119 runs. Zain Jamsed (40) and Asif Amir (40) led the way Amir added 76 for the last wicket with Saqib Mehmood (27no) and the score was boosted by 12 penalty runs for a slow over rate.
Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v Rodley
Heckmondwike & Carlinghow’s batsmen showed little mercy for the Rodley bowlers as they powered their side to 357-6. Nikhil Thakur (81), Wasim Khaliq (73no), Owais Hussain (63), and Fahad Imam (50) led the way. Hussain and Thakur added 124 for the second wicket.
Rodley could only manage 137 in reply with skipper Bailey Wilson (37) top scoring. Chriss Allen picked up 3-35 as Heckmondwike & Carlinghow completed a 220-run win.
Division Three Stats of the day
Top team total: 357-6 Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v Rodley
Top individual score: 112 Ian Clayton (Windhill & Daisy Hill v Liversedge)
Best Bowling figures: 5-37 Saif Tahir (Altofts v Spen Victoria)
Division Three Stats of the season
Top team total: 431-9 Spen Victoria v Adwalton
Top individual score: 195 Matthew Donohoe (Adwalton v Spen Victoria)
Best Bowling figures: 8-30 Greg Keywood (Scholes v Gildersome & Farnley Hill)
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