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Mirza hits century as Batley set the pace in Premier Division

Mirza hits century as Batley set the pace in Premier Division

Umar Mirza hit a century as Batley went to the top of the Second Teams Premier Division by recording their third straight win on Sunday.

Mirza’s 101, which included two sixes and nine fours, enabled Batley to make 197 as they overcame Bowling Old Lane by 67 runs.

Haseeb Hashmi (35) gave useful support as Asad Nasir (4-48) and Muhammad Sudase (3-42) posed the main threat.

Bankfoot were bowled out for 130 as Umaid Sajjad (4-30) and Hashmi (3-17) led the way. Muhammad Abbas (37) was top scorer.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Batley had won their derby clash with Hanging Heaton by two wickets after reaching a DLS target of 141 from 35 overs with13 balls to spare.

Victory was in doubt when they slipped to 7-3 and 70-6 as Benn Raynor (6-44) kept them under pressure. Batley were indebted to Vakas Mirza (38) and Zahid Mahmood (32) for reviving their fortunes.

Hanging Heaton were bowled out for 159 as the in-form Sajjad impressed with 7-40. Bradley Wood with 59 was the top scorer.

 early leaders of the Second Teams Premier Division after recording their third straight win.

Their latest success was a two-wicket victory over near neighbours Hanging Heaton after chasing down a DLS target of 141 from 35 overs with 13 balls to spare.

Promoted Farsley are second after edging home by three wickets against Bankfoot at Red Lane. After bowling out the visitors for 106, Adam Slater taking 4-25 and Andrew Sims (3-33), Farsley were set a target of 103 from 39 overs. For Bankfoot, Mohammed Abbas (34) and Samad Rehman (32) provided the bulk of their side’s runs.

Half centuries from Matty Long (81) and Nathan Bromby (54) powered Woodlands to 194-9 before the weather intervened and rivals Lightcliffe were required toscore144 in 28 overs. They finished on 134-7 to lose by nine runs despite the efforts of Evan Edwards (54no) and Michael Brooke (31). Cieran Garner was the best of the bowlers with 3-45.

Morley had a nail-biting one wicket win over Pudsey Congs despite struggling to achieve a DLS target of 81 in 38 overs. Josh Chapman (4-29) and Adam Patrick (3-16) took advantage of the helpful bowling conditions much as the Morley pair of Harish Krishnesh (4-30) and Gordon Thomson (3-15) had done earlier when Congs were dismissed for 91.

Champions Jer Lane chased down a Bowling Old Lane score of 129 to win by eight wickets with Umar Dawood making 80 and Adnan Mahmood (32no). Fahad Khan (48no) top scored with 48 no for Old Lane as Haroon Mahmood picked up 5-42.

It has been a disappointing start to the season for New Farnley who have lost their first three games. A 32-run defeat against Pudsey St Lawrence was followed by a one-wicket loss on Sunday against Bowling Old Lane.

St Lawrence made 223 thanks to David Heslop (77) as spinners Alex Holt (4-39) and Sam Barraclough (3-70) were the most successful bowlers.

New Farnley were set a target of 177 from 32 overs but could only manage 144-9 with Jake Heaton scoring 34. Michael Wright continued his good start for Saints with 4-35 while Ricky Priestley (3-43) was the other main wicket taker.

Skipper Andy Langley (50) and Dominic Edwards (32) helped New Farnley to recover from an early collapse against Saad Khan (5-40) to make 147. Old Lane edged home with nine wickets down thanks to Awais Kurshid (36) and Adam Zahid (38). Barraclough (5-37) and Kai Watson (3-31) were the main wicket takers.

Division One

Elliot Hallas took 7-47 as Cleckheaton bowled out Bradford & Bingley for 167 to secure a 14-run win at Wagon Lane. Lewis Brown (49), James Swallow (48) and Matthew Keeton (33) were the main contributors for the home side. Babar Malik (42) and Shahid Rehman (38) helped Cleckheaton to 181-9 when they batted first.

An unbroken fourth wicket stand of 97 between Dan Abbott (50no) and Rob Barker (40no) guided East Bierley to a seven-0wicket win over Gomersal. They capitalised on opener Ross Monaghan’s knock of 50 as Gomersal’s total of 152 was overhauled. Joel Pollard (43) top scored for Gomersal as Wayne Robinson picked up 3-19.

Skipper Simon McDermott scored 64 as Baildon made 156 in their 37-run win over Undercliffe.  James Smith (3-34) was the pick of the Undercliffe bowlers while Stefan Mather (3-20) and Haris Hussain (3-42) led the way as the Jer Laners bowled out their rivals for 119.

Carlton’s William Hayton returned figures of 5-52 as they bowled out Townville for 167 before rain forced the abandonment of their game. Nash Charles (36) top scored.

Yeadon v East Ardsley was abandoned due to rain while Brighouse forfeited their encounter with Methley.

Division Two
Hartshead Moor opener Craig Field blasted a sparkling 166 as his side scored 349-6 in their match with Hopton Mills which was abandoned before a result could be achieved.

Field hit 11 sixes and 17 fours as he set about the bowling. He was joined in a third wicket stand of 167 by Nick Ward (51) while Sam Middleton (49) and Daniel Squire (48) joined in the run spree. Mills were 26-3 after 12 overs when play was abandoned.

The wet weather led to all the remaining matches being abandoned at a similar stage. The game which came closest to achieving an outcome was the clash between the promoted pair Hunslet Nelson and East Leeds.

Nelson were bowled out for 140 with Jamal Khojani (40) and Matthew Nixon (38) leading the way as Rajab Ali (7-46) provided a constant threat.

East Leeds, who had a target` of 127 in 40 overs were clinging on at 91-9 when play was called off after 19.3 overs. Glen Thompson (4-34) and Daniel Brooke-Mawson (4-16) bowled their side to the brink of victory.

Altofts were another side who saw a victory chance washed away. Jaymes Hollingworth took 4-22 as Birstall were dismissed for 89. Altofts were 50-2 when play was halted.

Sandal skipper Ian Shuttleworth made 67 and John Bowett (49) as Sandal scored 183-8 before the clash with Keighley ended abruptly.

Northowram Fields struggled to 128-9 and Ossett responded with 25-0 before the rain struck. Brad Patefield top scored with 34 while Ossett’s best bowlers were Luke Watson (3-43) and Oliver Whyte (3-43).

Luke Kane (3-19) and Sam Holmes (3-21) helped Great Preston bowl out Liversedge for 118. Riyaz Motala made 33 for Liversedge who had reduced Great Preston to 21-2 when the rain came.

Division Three

Crossbank Methodists recorded their first win of the season after achieving a DLS target of 189 in 25 overs to defeat Adwalton by three wickets.

Joseph Hampshaw (85) and Theo Hanson (64no) steered Crossbank to victory in a match where Adwalton scored 250-7 before rain intervened. The total was built around the efforts of Chris Priestley (86no), Chris Curtis (51) and Adam Holroyd (50). Hampshaw picked up 3-65.

Skipper Ryan Hutchinson scored 40 not out and Alec Coupe (34) as Wakefield St Michael’s made 160 in their 45-run win over Buttershaw St Paul’s. Robert Taylor (3-33) helped St Michael’s bowl out Buttershaw St Paul’s for 115.

Leaders Spen Victoria were closing in on victory when their match with Gildersome & Farnley Hill was abandoned after 19 overs with them 68-3 in reply to the home side’s 116. Rian Hoey scored 61 as Yusuf Kayat claimed 3-31.

Hasan Malik (49), Parwinder Singh (39) and Shoaib Iqbal (34) guided Windhill & Daisy Hill to 187. Alfie Holden took 4-34 for Wrenthorpe who were 23-0 when play was abandoned.

Asad Ejaz made 63 as Heckmondwike & Carlinghow reached 205-8 against Scholes before the weather had the last word.

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