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Lilley's hat-trick is a winner for holders

Lilley's hat-trick is a winner for holders


Alex Lilley’s hat-trick rescued Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup holders New Farnley from the jaws of defeat and helped them pull off a 26-run win at Broad Oak.

Such an outcome seemed unlikely when the Huddersfield League side reached 160-6 in reply to the visitors’ score of 189, but Lilley had other ideas as he took three wickets in three balls in his final over to turn the second round tie around.

Broad Oak had looked in control while skipper Dominic Finn (63) and Fletcher Coutts (40) were at the wicket, but once they were parted the last seven wickets fell for 20 runs with Lilley taking 3-40 and leg spinner Mark Lawson (3-38).

New Farnley’s innings had followed a similar path. They looked set for a big total while Aidan Langley (70) and Steve Bullen (60) were together, nut once they departed the last eight wickets fell for 53 runs and their side were dismissed with 4.2 over unused. Harvey Anderson (3-36) and Coutts (3-26) were the pick of the home bowlers.

Elsewhere there were some big-name casualties with Yorkshire Premier League play-off winners Castleford, Huddersfield League champions Hoylandswaine and past winners Hanging Heaton all bowing out.

Castleford were beaten by Bradford & Bingley whose teenage bowlers Lachlan Doidge (5-23) and Reece Cockshott (3-31) helped bowl them out for 142 as their side secured a 135-run win.

The platform for victory was set by new Australian batsman Corey Miller. He hit two sixes and 11 fours while making a superb 107 and was supported by England under-19 batsman Will Luxton (58). Useful additions from Doidge (35) and skipper Ed Brown (30) took Bradford & Bingley to a total of 277-7. Mattie Rees (3-39) and Jack Young (3-63) were Castleford’s best bowlers.

Hoylandswaine were toppled by their Huddersfield league rivals Scholes who chased down a total of 290 to win by six wickets.

Yorkshire’s Ben Birkhead showed his class with an unbeaten 119 – seven sixes and nine fours – and was joined in an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 155 by Jack Shelley (74no).

Hoylandswaine’s innings featured a fine innings of 101 from opener Farqan Shafiq, who struck six sixes and 11 fours. Arron Lilley (40) was the next highest scorer as Louis Brook (3-53) and Sculley (3-74) proved to be the pick of the bowlers.

Another Yorkshire player in good form was Will Fraine. He made 84 and was supported by Tim Taylor (43) as Honley defeated Hanging Heaton by three wickets. They overhauled the visitors’ total of 237 which included 52 from Josh Wheatley 37 not out by James Byrne and 40 by Ben Kohler-Cadmore (40). Simon Kelly took 3-27 for Honley while Wheatley (4-46) was the best of the Hanging Heaton bowlers.

Methley’s Yorkshire all-rounder Matthew Waite made the day’s highest individual score. He scored 150in a total of 289-5 against Kirkburton while Eitan Litwin (61) and James Wainman (42no) added useful runs. (Unfortunately, details of Kirkburton’s reply have not yet been uploaded).

The 2019 runners up Townville had a comfortable eight-wicket win at Birstall. Conor Harvey took 4-15 as Birstall were dismissed for 101. Matthew Dyson (35) and Nick Kaye (30) scored the bulk of the runs. Jonny Booth was unbeaten on 43 when Townville achieved victory.

Batley chased down Ossett’s score of 218-5 to register an encouraging five-wicket win. Naveed Arif (53no) and Nikash Khan (45) despite the efforts of spinner Max Chappell 3-45. Defeat was tough on Ossett skipper Nick Connolly who made 105 when his side batted first, Paul Malone (35) and George Hadfield (32) provided the main support.

Imran Mahboob took 4-12 as Wakefield Thorned bowled out Skelmanthorpe for 103 on their way to a convincing nine-wicket win. Allan Greenwood (39) top scored for Skelmanthorpe while James Wolfenden (43no) and Joe Billings (34no) saw Thornes to victory.

Crowther Cup

Undercliffe pulled off a surprise 125-run win over New Farnley in the first round of the Solly Sports Crowther Cup.

After Amaan Ali (43no) and Craig Brook (30) had helped them make 201-9, Usman Fareed impressed with
6-21 as New Farnley were bowled out for 76.

Last year’s beaten finalists Woodlands also fell at the first hurdle. Gareth Kilburn (4-23) and Ryan Gibson (3-21) bowled them out for 94 before Nick Lowe (47no) guided Cawthorne to a nine-wicket win.

Nathan Swift made 116 and William Nicholson (79) as Barnsley Woolley Miners made 243-6 before bowling out Batley for 134 to seal a 109-run win. Asim Qayyum (52) and Raja Immi (39) top scored for Batley who were unable to counter the bowling of Oliver Bennett (6-9).

Ryan Blackburn took 4-18 and made 39 as Farsley overcame Townville by eight wickets. Andrew Sims (3-20) and Richard Sutcliffe (3-24) gave Blackburn good support as Townville were dismissed for 112, Steve Walton making 35 and Jack Sykes (32). Blackburn and Mohammad Atif (33no) steered Farsley to victory.

Half centuries from Shabir Rashid (53) and Josh Holmes (52) were backed up by Faisal Irfan (43) and Luke Potter (38) as Hoylandswaine made 250 in their 13-run win over Wakefield Thornes. The best of the bowlers were Rob Stephenson (3-50) and George Harrison (3-51).

Adam Nasar (82), Ayaz Masood (43) and Harrison (38) led the Thornes response of 237. Bandulla Don finished with 3-28 for Hoylandswaine.

Kirkburton emerged as 115-run winners in their all-Huddersfield League clash with Scholes. Tom Cliffe (67), Junaid Ahmed (51) and Joe Sayer (37no) helped them post 269-4 before bowling out Scholes for 154. Jordan Spencer top scored with 75 while Minaj Patel (3-12) and Ahmed (3-17) took the bowling honours.

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