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New Farnley cut down Woodlands

New Farnley cut down Woodlands

New Farnley inflicted a first Premier Division defeat of the season on leaders Woodlands and breathed new life into the title race.

With second-placed Pudsey St Lawrence edging a two-wicket win at Methley the gap between the top two has been cut to 25 points.

Woodlands’ decision to bat first backfired dramatically as New Farnley’s left-arm seamers Alex Lilley (5-15) and Charlie Parker (4-27) found conditions to their liking as the home side were bowled out for just 68 in only 22.3 overs.

New Farnley cruised to victory in 16.3 overs to secure an easy eight-wicket success which suggests they could be finding the sort of form that eluded them in the first half of the season.

Pudsey St Lawrence were made to fight all the way for their victory over a Methley side that remains without a win at the bottom of the table.

Jordan Laban top scored with 53 in Methley’s total of 146 as spinners Steve Watts (4-33) and Archie Scott (3-50) enjoyed the most success for St Lawrence.

What had seemed a modest total assumed greater proportions when Methley’s Yorkshire bowlers Jarred Warner and Matthew Waite reduced St Lawrence to 39-5.

A determined innings of 32 from young Josh Priestley proved vital as St Lawrence recovered to win with eight wickets down. Warner finished with 3-28.

Bradford & Bingley skipper Matthew Duce, above,  claimed his 600th Bradford League wicketkeeping victim during his side’s four-wicket win at Lightcliffe which keeps them in third place.

Duce reached the landmark when he caught Ibrar Younis off the bowling of left-arm spinner Bradley Reeve (4-33) as Lightcliffe were bowled out for 178.

Overseas player Suleman Khan top scored with 75 while skipper Ian Philliskirk was given out for obstructing the field.

A second-wicket stand of 101 between Kyme Tahirkeli (pictured below, 68) and Callam Goldthorp (41) helped Bradford & Bingley on their way to victory, despite Khan taking 4-45.

Undercliffe climbed out of the relegation positions after an emphatic 10-wicket win over Wrenthorpe who have now dropped into the bottom two.

Overseas spinner Khalid Usman took 5-53 and Scott Etherington (3-44) as Wrenthorpe were bowled out for 143. Skipper Jordan Sleightholme was the top scorer with 43.

Undercliffe’s openers Simon Lambert (87no) and Jack Holland (42no) powered their side to victory with an unbeaten stand of 144.

Jonathan Whiteoak produced his season’s best figures of 6-38 as Cleckheaton skittled out Townville for 73 on their way to a six-wicket win. Azeem Rafiq made 39 as Cleckheaton wrapped up their second win in a row.

Farsley returned to winning ways with a hard-earned five-run win at Hanging Heaton, a success which owed much to the batting of their lower order. Ben Morley's battling 52  was the the only score of note as they slipped to 131-8 before skipper Matthew Lumb led a recovery which saw the last two wickets add 92 runs as a total of 223-9 was posted.

Lumb made an unbeaten 56 and was well supported by Paul Nicholson and Matthew Simpson and the runs they gathered proved crucial to the outcome. Josh Holling took 3-45 and Tom Chippendale (3-52) were the best of the Hanging Heaton bowlers.

Their good work was then built on by Yorkshire leg spinner Josh Poysden (4-61) and overseas player Pat Kruger (3-60) as Hanging Heaton, despite a fine 97 from skipper Gary Fellows and 37 from Ishmail Dawood, suffered their second successive defeat.

Pictures: Ray Spencer
Top: Matthew Duce catches Lightcliffe's Ibrar Younis to claim his 600th league victim
Second: Matthew Duce celebrated his 60th victim
Third: Kyme Tahirkeli on his way to 68 for Bradford & Bingley
Fourth: Lightcliffe's Suleman Khan sweeps during his knock of 75

Championship One

Championship One

Bankfoot strengthened their hold on top spot after a topsy-turvy day which saw five of the top seven lose while four of the bottom five recorded wins.

The leaders were again indebted to their experienced bowlers James Lee (4-26) and Andrew Stothart (4-32) as Keighley were restricted to 121-9 when they batted first. Skipper Paul Quinlan (48no) was the only batsman to challenge the dominance of the bowlers. Hamzah Khan made 38 as Bankfoot bagged another victory.

They now have 149 points and are seven ahead of Batley who leap-frogged Morley into second place after beating them by 122 runs.

An opening stand of 122 between Owais Hussain (62) and Roheil Hussain (55) helped propel Batley to a score of 233-8. Kasir Maroof (35) also added useful runs as spinners Dave Nebard (3-48) and Akash Senerathna (3-39) proved to be Morley’s best bowlers.

Morley’s batting crumbled against Mohammad Shahnawaz (5-34) and Mohammed Bhoola (4-19) as they were dismissed for 111.

East Bierley, Baildon and Hartshead Moor were the other sides in the top half to suffer defeats at the hands of teams at the other end of the table.

Gomersal’s left-arm spinner Chris Rhodes produced a devastating spell of 8-28 as his side bowled out East Bierley for 119 to secure a 28-run win.

Securing a victory seemed a long shot when Gomersal were reduced to 39-6, but Lewis Edmond (44) led the recover in successive half-century stands with Liam Thomas (37) and Joel Pollard (20) which enabled his side to make 147. Umar Farroq impressed for east Bierley with 6-33.

Ossett boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation with a five-wicket win over a Baildon side that has faltered in recent weeks.

Mushy Rafique (4-28) and Matt Varley (4-27) joined forces as Baildon crumbled to 104 all out. Overseas player Isiah Lange hit an unbeaten 56 as Ossett reached their victory target. Left-arm spinner Mushtaq Ahmed took 3-34 for Baildon.

An unbeaten 87 from Pudsey Congs’ teenage batsman Vikram Sharm and a return of 5-43 from opening bowler Chris Doey, were the key ingredients to their five-run win over Hartshead Moor.

Sharma ensured that Congs posted a challenging score of 183-8 despite the efforts of spinner Mohammad Khan (6-44).

It was Khan (62) who threatened to take Hartshead moor to victory, but Congs stuck to their task and claimed 18 valuable points.

Wakefield St Michael’s scored a crushing167-run win over Scholes in the battle of the bottom two. Imran Mahboob continued the fine form he showed in last Sunday’s T20 Finals Day with 73 while Zaeem Zulfqar weighed in with 57 in a total of 241-7.

Scholes struggled in reply and were all out for just 74 as Mahboob picked up 3-17 and Juned Delair (3-13).

Championship Two

Carlton have gone 15 points clear at the top of Championship Two after securing a 125-run win over East Ardsley.

They took advantage of the fact that previous leaders Yeadon were without a game to hit the front in the promotion race.

They had a huge scare in the opening overs of the match when their two leading runscorers Daniel White (0) and Kershaski John Lewis (2) were run out.

But is a measure of the strength of the Carlton side that they recovered to make 258-5 with Steve Cooper hitting a superb 129, an innings containing 22 fours. Arman Hussain (43no) helped swell the total in the closing over.

Louie Hurley (3-62) was the best of the East Ardsley bowlers and he followed up by top scoring with 48 as his side were bowled out for 133. Joshua Wild (33) was the other main contributor as Kieran Holliday chipped in with 4-13.

Birstall are now just eight points behind second-placed Yeadon after maintaining their promotion push with a 212-run win over Hopton Mills.

Australian Ashley Burton (70no), Eric Austin (63), Rishy Limbechaya (41) and Nick Kaye (36) helped Birstall to 282-6. Mills were rolled over for just 70 with left-armer James Russell taking 4-14. The best individual performance for the losers came from Michael Carrooll (4-61).

There was an amazing game at Adwalton where visitors Spen Victoria won by two wickets in an encounter that produced 711 runs.

Peter Jackson scored a career-best 155 not out which enabled his side to chase down Adwalton’s score of 354-7 to win with four balls to spare.

Jackson struck 10 sixes and 14 fours and was backed up by Liam Grant (47), George Deegan (44) and Sam Gatenby (43) as Spen retained their hold on fourth place despite the efforts of Vinit Patel (4-71). Jackson shared a vital third-wicket stand of 115 with Grant.

Adwalton, fresh from their first win of the season last week, set the tone for the match with Umar Shakir (95), James Sherrin (85no), Matt Donohoe (77) and Patel (51) all making it a tough afternoon for the Spen bowlers.

Donohoe and Patel added 109 for the fourth wickets while Shakir and Sherrin shared a seventh-wicket stand of 143.

Bowling Old Lane dropped into the bottom three after suffering a 99-run defeat at the hand of Buttershaw St Paul’s.

Jonathan Burston (86) and James Crossland (77) put on 128 for the second wicket before ben Platt blasted an unbeaten 68 which swelled the total to 263-6.

Ahsan Butt made an unbeaten 82 for Old lane but lacked effective support as his side were dismissed for 164. Platt completed a fine individual performance by taking 5-35.

Opener Tahir Khan made a fine 102 as Jer Lane halted their slide with a 61-run win over Altofts. Khan struck 19 fours and was backed up by Imran Mirza (35). Ismail Patel (5-38) was the pick of the Altofts bowlers,

Amjid Khan produced a crucial spell of 6-34 as Jer Lane dismissed Altofts for 157. Sam Huitema was again their top scorer with 32.

Todd Reeday (6-11) and Josh Bennett Kear (4-41) bowled out Liversedge for 103 to secure a five-run win for Northowram Fields in a low-scoring encounter.

Asad Mahmood (61) tried his hardest to get Liversedge home but the Northowram Fields bowlers frustrated his efforts.

The Northowram Fields batsmen had found runs hard to come by when they batted first. James Lunn (4-13) and Ben Ford (3-20) were the pick of the Liversedge attack.

Centuries from Tyson Freeman and Ben Broxup powered Great Preston to a 121-run win over Oulton which has taken them one point ahead at the top of the Conference.

Freeman (137no) and Broxop (103) shared a stunning fifth-wicket stand of 219 after coming together with their side in trouble at 42-4.

Australian Freeman smashed six sixes and 11 fours while Broxup struck three sixes and 11 fours as Great Preston ran up a total of 282-5.

Ben Child hit 15 fours while making 73 in the Oulton reply of 161. Jacob Wright *3-22) and Lee Russell (3-22) sealed a 20-point maximum for Great Preston.

Sandal’s Australian bowler Ryan Bishop Perrett took 6-32 as they bowled out Heckmondwike & Carlinghow for 103 before romping to a seven-wicket win. Matt Crowther (42) top scored for Heckmondwike & Carlinghow while Karl Hewitt led the way with 36 in Sandal’s reply.

Third-placed Gildersome & Farnley Hills chased down a Windhill & Daisy Hill total of 229-6 to secure a one-wicket win with 11 balls to spare.

Reece Thompson (84) and Josh Potter (60) led the victory charge despite some good bowling from Muhammad Awai (5-43) and Gaurav Patel (3-48).

Windhill & Daisy Hill had built their total around the contributions of Matthew Marshall (48no), Maz Bhatti (39no), Patel (36) and Adam Swaine (33).

Rodley are up to fifth after a comfortable 89-run win over East Leeds. Skipper Rob Young (95) and fellow opener Gary Sagar (41) set the tone as their side made 224-8. Banaras Hussain (3-26) was the best East Leeds bowlers while Garry Bettison (42) top scored in their reply of 135. Lachlan Roche (4-39) and Sagar (3-24) helped seal Rodley’s win.