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Methley win makes it a scramble to avoid relegation

Methley win makes it a scramble to avoid relegation

Methley blew the Premier Division relegation battle wide open with a thrilling two-run win over Cleckheaton on a day when the three teams immediately above them all lost.

Lightcliffe went down by 49 runs against Hanging Heaton, Wrenthorpe were bowled out for just 32 as they lost by 224 runs against Townville and Undercliffe suffered a seven-wicket loss in a 25-overs-per-side contest against Farsley.

It means that there is just 18 points between ninth-placed Undercliffe and bottom team Methley with four games to play.

Yorkshire all-rounder Matthew Waite (5-46) and former Undercliffe spinner Amir Hussain (4-53) took the bowling honours, but just as important to Methley’s nail-biting win was the 37 made by their young wicketkeeper Josh Neal.

He arrived at the crease with his side floundering at 98-7 and made a crucial contribution which helped his side to post a total of 166.

Former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq (4-35) and Josh Thurwell (3-35) were the best of the bowlers for Cleckheaton, who also found run scoring difficult when they batted.

Opener Nick Lindley made a battling 42 before Nick Walker (49) threatened to win the game for Cleckheaton before becoming a victim of Waite with six runs needed.

Methley secured 17 points for their win and are now just four behind Lightcliffe who were unable to repeat the surprise win they recorded over Hanging Heaton earlier in the season.

They hoped their decision to put Hanging Beaton in would pay dividends, but opener Nick Connolly had other ideas as he compiled an unbeaten 86 which helped his side to make 166-9 after being put into bat.

 Overseas player Suleman Khan (3-51) posed the main threat for Lightcliffe so it was no surprise when fellow left-arm spinner Callum Bethel (5-29) proved to be Hanging Heaton’s most-successful bowler.

David Stiff (3-29) was also among the wickets as Lightcliffe, despite 37 from Rob Burton and Alex Stead’s (35), were bowled out for 117.

Wrenthorpe had an afternoon to forget against their old rivals Townville. Richie Bresnan, younger brother of Yorkshire all-rounder Tim, was the chief destroyer with 6-17, while his new-ball partner Conor Harvey bowled eight over without conceding a run a he picked up three wickets.

Last man Ollie Kilburn (11) and eight extras spared Wrenthorpe from even greater embarrassment as five of their batsmen registered ducks in a dismal total of 32.

Half-centuries from overseas player Imran Rafique (74) and Harry Warwick (55) were backed up by an unbeaten 35 from Harvey as Townville – who are now fourth in the table – made 256-7 when they batted first.

Only overseas player Khalid Usman (48no) looked at ease as Undercliffe’s batsmen struggled after being put into bat. Pat Kruger (3-35) was the best Farsley bowler while opener Chris Beech (37) and Ryan Cooper (30no) ensured their side reached their target with 11 balls to spare.

The results mean Undercliffe are 14 points above second-bottom Lightcliffe while Wrenthorpe are just 10 clear of the relegation places.

Things are looking  clear cut at the top where Woodlands took another big step towards a league and Priestley Cup double with a comfortable 71-run win over defending champions Pudsey St Lawrence.

New Zealander Brad Schmulian, the Premier Divisions top runscorer, added a furth 54 to his tally as he and skipper Cieran Garner helped their side to recover from the early loss of openers Sam Frankland and Tim Jackson to post a score of 179-9. Leg spinner Archie Scott (4-57) was again the most-successful Saints bowler.

Only opener Charlie Best (30) looked like posing a threat as spinner Chris Brice picked up 5-30 as St Lawrence wilted to 108 all out.

Woodlands have a 29-point lead and a game in hand on Bradford & Bingley who suffered a 42-run defeat at the hands of New Farnley.

Off spinner Dave McCallum bounced back from his Priestley Cup final mauling by the Woodlands batsmen to taken 5-59 as Bradford & Bingley were restricted to 183-9 in reply to New Farnley’s

Opener Callam Goldthorp (39) and Patrick Dixon (45) were the top scorers for Bradford & Bingley while New Farnley built their total around the efforts of skipper Lee Goddard (50), Steve Bullen (48) and Alex Lilley (33). Paceman Jack Hartley (3-53) and spinner Bradley Reeve (3-47) were the pick of the Bradford & Bingley bowlers.

Championship One

Batley extended their lead to 36 points with a three-wicket win over Wakefield St Michael’s on a day when their two closest challengers faltered again.

All-rounder Yasir Ali dealt a body blow to Bankfoot’s hopes of a top-two finish as he inspired Pudsey Congs to a six-wicket win.

Ali took 5-32 as Bankfoot were bowled out for 93 and followed up with an unbeaten 49 as he guided his side safely to their victory target.

Morley, despite losing by nine runs to Ossett, have actually climbed above Bankfoot bit now have Baildon, Pudsey Congs and Hartshead Moor all within striking distance after they all won. It means there is just14 points between second-placed Morley and Hartshead Moor in sixth place.

Iain Wardlaw and Danny Squire were in devastating form as Hartshead Moor bowled out Gomersal for just 22 to secure an 86-run win.

The new-ball pair quickly reduced Gomersal to 9-6 and didn’t ease up. Former Yorkshire and Scotland seamer Wardlaw took 6-11 and Squire (4-8). The biggest contribution to the Gomersal score was the six extras Hartshead Moor conceded.

Hartshead Moor had struggled for runs in their innings, but a battling 45 from opener Chris Wynd helped them to 109 which proved more than enough for victory. Spinner Chris Rhodes (3-29) and seamer Robert Warriner (4-30) were the pick of the Gomersal bowlers.

Baildon re-ignited their challenge with a five-wicket win over an East Bierley side now flirting with relegation danger.

Lack of runs was again their problems as veteran spinner Mushtaq Ahmed (4-23) helped restrict them to 142-8, Shabir Rashid top scoring with 48.

Baildon were guided to victory by their consistent Australian all-rounder Blair Oakley who made an unbeaten 58.

Baildon are now fourth in the table, three points behind Bankfoot and four adrift of Morley going into the final four games of the season.

Leaders Batley were again indebted to their overseas batsman Sami Ullah as they took another step towards promotion with a hard-earned three-wicket win over lowly Wakefield St Michael’s.

Ullah struck an unbeaten 88 and guided his side past the St Michael’s total of 150-8 despite the efforts of Junaid Delair (3-34).

The St Michael’s innings was given a sound foundation by skipper Mark Atkinson (52) and fellow opener Mitch Forsyth (39), but their colleagues found the going much tougher once Mohammed Bhoola (5-46) was introduced to the attack.

New Zealander Izaiah Lange struck a fine century as Ossett stunned Morley as they pulled off a nine-run win in a nail-biting game.

Lange hit four sixes and 13 fours while making 109 to rescue his side from 2-2. Jack McGahan (35) gave him good support as Ossett recovered to make 234-9.

Morley looked to be heading for victory as skipper Matt Baxter (98) and James McNichol (65) shared an opening stand of 171, but once they were parted Ossett hit back.

Joe Finnigan (3-52) and Max Chappell (3-56) struck crucial blows as Morley’s progress stalled as they finished on 225-8.

Bottom-team Scholes were unable to cope with the bowling of Alex Antoine (5-10) and James Rogers (4-25) as they were bowled out for 68 against a Keighley side relishing the conditions as they secured a much-needed seven-wicket win.

Championship Two

Carlton need just 19 points from their last flour matches to be sure of winning promotion to Championship One.

A century from Daniel White and another five-wicket haul for Jonathan Rudge were the key ingredients of their 124-run win over Hopton Mills.

White struck four sixes and seven fours while making 103 and gained support from Daniel Ford (42) in a total of 214-9. Mills never looked matching that score as they were bowled out for 90 with Rudge taking 5-33.

Another century maker was Birstall’s experienced batsman Eric Austin. He helped them take another big step towards promotion by making an unbeaten 101 in a six-wicket win over Bowling Old Lane.

Ten fours and five sixes flowed from Austin’s bat as he and skipper Nick Kaye (40no) shared an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 97 which propelled their side past the home side’s score of 190-6.

Skipper Farakh Hussain blasted 61 from just 28 balls for Old Lane in a match reduced to 28 overs per side after a delayed start. Amjid Hussain (46) and Ahsan Butt (38) were provided the platform for their skipper’s late assault.

Yeadon fading promotion challenge suffered another setback as they went down to a five-wicket defeat at home to Jer Lane in a 34 over contest.

Abubakar Dawood (56), Tom Watson (42) and Raqeeb Younis (39no) led the charge as Jer Lane chased down Yeadon’s score of 204-6 with eight balls to spare.

Yeadon’s overseas player Sarmad Hameed made an unbeaten 89 and Gareth Lee scored 33 against an attack led by Hazrat Shah (3-32).

Altofts lifted themselves out of the bottom three and boosted their hopes of retaining a place in Championship Two with a 66-run win over Buttershaw St Paul’s.

Ismail Patel produced a match-winning spell of 6-27 as St Paul’s, despite 43 from Jack Seddon, were bowled out for 113 replying to an Altofts total of 179. Azhar Sharif top scored with 57 for Altofts while Jordan Carter hit an unbeaten 33. The best of the St Paul’s bowlers was spinner Ben Platt (4-62).

Skipper Bilal Ejaz impressed with bat and ball as Spen Victoria halted their run of poor results with a 38-run win over bottom side Adwalton.

Ejaz was the cornerstone of his side’s score of 202-9 with a well-made 92 and was supported by George Deegan (32) as Vinit Patel (4-37) and Usman Shakir (4-40) plugged away.

Patel (37), Josh Bennett (34) and Will Cutt (30no) made useful contributions but Ejaz (4-43) and Michael Flathers (3-41) helped bowl out Adwalton for 166.

Northowram Fields dropped into the bottom three after suffering a 48-run defeat against Hunslet Nelson. Left-arm spinner Danny Cross (4-32) and Will Stiff (3-30) helped bowl out Northowram Fields for 137 when they replied to a total of 185-8.

Kyle Welsh (37) top scored for Northowram Fields while Jack Scanlon (37) and Gary Close (30) were Nelson’s chief contributors.

Liversedge remain second bottom with work to do after suffering a 21-run defeat at the hands of improving East Ardsley.

Louie Hurley impressed with 6-29 and was backed up by evergreen David Battye (3-32) as Liversedge were bowled out for 151 in reply to east Ardsley’s 172-9.

Skipper Will Atkin, who had earlier taken 4-46, battled hard to make 46, but could not save his side from defeat. Richard Vigars (40) and Jake Alleston (39) led the way in the East Ardsley innings.


Leaders Sandal avenged their only defeat of the season as they beat third-placed Gildersome & Farnley Hill by 91 runs.

Skipper Kristian Shuttleworth led the way with 58 and was backed up by Sam Noden (31no) as Sandal made 180-7.

Noden advanced his claims to be considered an all-rounder by taking 5-26 as he and Ryan Bishop-Perrett (
3-35) joined forced to dismiss previously unbeaten Gildersome & Farnley Hill for 89.

Sandal have a 32-point lead but have played one game more than Great Preston who defeated Brighouse by 59 runs.

Australian Tyson Freeman is certainly proving to be a big hit for Great Preston. He hit four sixes and 12 fours while making 109 out of his side’s score of 220-8. Ollie Baron (50) gave him good support.

Tokir Bashir (36no) top scored as Brighouse were dismissed for 161 as Jacob Wright picked up 4-52.

Crossbank Methodists defended a modest total of 113 as they defeated Heckmondwike & Carlinghow by the slender margin of five runs in the clash between the bottom two teams

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow would have been eyeing a win when Javed Iqbal (6-28) and Paul Cooper (3-38) helped dismiss the home side, but Crossbank had other ideas.

Louis Bentley (5-30) and Imran Patel (3-39) hit back and, despite 36 from Usman Qureshi, bowled out the visitors for 108.

There was also a close game at Oulton as the home side overcame Rodley by 11 runs in another low-scoring encounter.

Daniel Hill (5-45) and Lachlan Roche (3-36) restricted Oulton to 115, but Rodley could only manage 94 in reply. Rob Young battled hard for his 47 before Joe Sykes (4-31) helped secure as Oulton win.

Top picture: Nick Connolly hits out for Hanging Heaton against Lightcliffe. Picture: Ray Spencer


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