Morley shock Bradford & Bingley and records tumble

Morley shock Bradford & Bingley and records tumble

2 Jun 2019

Morley pulled off the biggest shock as they defeated Bradford & Bingley by 24 runs in the second round of the Priestley Cup on a day when two all-time competition record partnerships were beaten.

Seam bowlers Matthew Dowse (3-21) and Oliver Halliday (3-27) played key roles as the Championship One side bowled out their Premier Division opponents for 128. Only skipper Matthew Duce (44) threatened to halt an upset as the wickets tumbled.

Morley had made 152 when they batted first. Opener James McNichol (67) provided them with a sound platform but his colleagues didn’t fully capitalise as they lost their last seven wickets for 43 to be 152 all out.

Bailey Wightman (3-23) and Ed Brown (3-28) proved to be the best of the bowlers for Bradford & Bingley who saw their hopes of chasing down Morley’s score shattered as they quickly plunged to 25-5.

Two more Championship One sides in the hat for Monday’s third round draw are Baildon and East Bierley who beat Batley and Pudsey Congs respectively.

The tie between Baildon and Batley at Jenny Lane produced 617 runs with three batsmen notching centuries as the home side recorded a 35-run win.

Australian Blair Oakley continued his good form for the home side with an unbeaten 121, a knock containing four sixes and 12 fours. Skipper Jonny Reynolds joined Oakley in a fourth-wicket partnership worth 211 as he made a fine 106. Their stand beat the previous competition record o 199 which was et by Mark Fell (123no) and Tony Page (68no) for Yorkshire Bank against Idle.

Batley seemed undaunted by Baildon’s total of 326-5 as opener Kasir Maroof unleashed an array of attacking strokes in a superb innings of 151. He struck seven sixes and 10 fours, but despite his efforts his side finished on 291-9

Pudsey Congs skipper James Ford was another century maker to end up on the losing side. He scored exactly 100 but could not save his side from a second defeat in two days at the hands of East Bierley.

Ford hit 12 fours as he provided the impetus for Congs to make 274-8 – a score which East Bierley only overhauled with one wicket in hand and one ball to spare.

Overseas player Ompal Boken again impressed with 84 while Gulsheraz Ahmed added 40 before Tahseen Suleman (60no) provided the late assault which saw his side home.

Scholes may be bottom of Championship One but they certainly put up a good fight against Pudsey St Lawrence before a century from Mark Robertshaw sentenced them to a seven-wicket defeat.

Scholes made a challenging 272 and gave St Lawrence’s bowlers plenty to think about. Opener Muhmmad Rafiq set the tone for the innings with 55 and his work was built on by Shahid Rehman who hit eight sixes and four fours while making 85. An unbeaten 36 from Adam Wood helped swell the total as Josh Dracup (3-55) proved to be the most-successful bowler.

St Lawrence attacked from the start of their innings and put the Scholes bowlers under pressure. Robertshaw led the way with another important innings of 124. He struck six sixes and 15 fours as well as sharing in a second-wicket stand worth 142 with Charlie Best (80no).

Their partnership was bettered by the New Farnley pair of Alex Baldwin and Dan Hodgson who both hit centuries in their 49-run win at Wrenthorpe. They came together with their side on 2-1 and built an alliance worth 233 runs which bettered the previous Priestley Cup record of 210 held by New Zealand Test batsman Mark Greatbatch(114) and Nick Tubbs (82) for Yeadon against Yorkshire Bank.

Baldwin, promoted to open, rose to the challenge with a fine 118 – his first Priestley Cup ton – while Hodgson continued his fine early-season form with 102. Baldwin hit two sixes and 14 fours while Hodgson struck eight fours as New Farnley made 310-4.

Wrenthorpe made a spirited reply with Irfan Amjad (74), Khalil Khan (41), Luke Patel (40) and James Glynn (39) but the regular loss of wickets meant they finished on 261-9. Young spinner Sam Barraclough picked up 3-54.

The Woodlands openers Sam Frankland (116) and Tim Jackson (101) shared a first-wicket stand of 219 as the holders compiled a score of 283-4 on their way to a crushing 225-run win over Gomersal.

Frankland struck four sixes and 12 fours while Jackson’s innings contained one six and 10 fours. After a rain break delayed their reply, Gomersal were skittle out for just 58. Off spinner Kez Ahmed (4-27) and paceman Elliot Richardson (3-7) were the chief destroyers.

There was a welcome win for Premier Division strugglers Methley as they cruised to an eight-wicket win over Championship One outfit Ossett.

Jordan Laban (55no) and Adam Patel (45no) shared an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 84 as they guided their side past Ossett total of 157 in just 22.1 overs.

Former Woodlands youngster Jack McGahan (44) and Matthew Varley (32) were the top scorers for Ossett as Amir Hussain (3-20) and Sudara Udagedara (3-18) took the bowling honours.

Championship One leaders Keighley suffered a 10-wicket defeat at the hands of Hanging Heaton. They had no answer to the spin of Callum Bethel (6-19) as they were bowled out for just 115.

Hanging Heaton’s opening pair of Gary Fellows (50no) and Nick Connolly (40no) took just 15.5 overs to seal their side’s place in round three. During his innings Fellows passed 8,000 runs in all competitions for his club and is only the fourth person to achieve the feat,


Review: Alan Birkinshaw Top picture: Callum Bethel celebrates Above: Gary Fellows  Pictures; Richard Kosmala