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New Farnley look for double weekend tonic

New Farnley look for double weekend tonic


New Farnley swept aside Methley last week to take over the Premier Division leadership. Top class seam bowling by Dan Houghton (2-25) and Alex Lilley (4-25) blew away the top order of Methley as they capitulated to 96 all-out. Only Alex Cree with 45 could occupy the crease for any length of time.

Methley’s skipper Tom Chippendale battled with the new ball to take all three New Farnley’s wickets to fall, but in reality it was a lost cause.

In second place with the same points are Ossett who cemented their challenge with a six-wicket win over Bankfoot. Ossett’s skipper Nick Connolly was again in the runs with an unbeaten 102.

Bankfoot fought gamely, and the batting points earned, largely by Zia Ul Haq Parwani (58), could yet prove vital for Bankfoot.

Woodlands are in third place, but had to work hard for their four-wicket win at Albert Terrace against bottom side Cleckheaton.

Kris Ward (66) and Yousaf Babar (72) helped to give Cleck a very competitive 230-6, but at one point it looked like it could have been in excess of 250.

Woodlands lost wickets, but were grateful to Tim Jackson (66no) who anchored the innings and Mohammad Bilal (53) who hurried the score along. Bilal had a fine all round match, taking 4-49 in the Cleckheaton innings.

Woodlands will be in good heart after last Sunday’s ECB Royal London National Clubs Championship nine-wicket win over Wakefield Thornes at Albert Terrace.

After five matches it’s incredibly tight at the top with New Farnley (86), Ossett (86) and Woodlands (83) occupying the top three.

Townville might have lost their opening two matches, but they are now making great strides in joining the title chasers.

Their latest victims were Farsley who very nearly pulled off a fine run-chase. Townville scored 263-6 after the in-form Jonny Booth (107) and Abdul Wahid (69) had made hay in the sun.

Farsley got to within three runs of the target at 260-6, despite no batter recording a half-century.

On the same points as Townville are Pudsey St Lawrence, who beat Batley by 111-runs after Mark Robertshaw had dominated the Saints batting with an innings of 112. Leg spinner Archie Scott made sure Batley would get nowhere close after taking a fine 4-28.

Hanging Heaton enjoyed their first win of the season when they beat Bradford & Bingley by 16-runs in a high scoring encounter.

Callum Geldart (70) and Ben Kohler-Cadmore (100no) helped to set a big score of 270-7 for the Wagon Laners to chase.

Jacob Slator was up to the challenge scoring 97 runs and giving his side a platform for victory. However, it proved to be too much of a challenge despite a hard hitting 54 not out from skipper Ed Brown.

There is not an obvious match of the day this week, but it will be interesting to see if Methley can get back on track with a victory over Pudsey St Lawrence.

The leaders New Farnley will be expected to triumph at Bankfoot, while the ominously emerging Townville will be looking for another win at Cleckheaton.

The Moorenders badly need that first win to prevent them from becoming a little adrift at the bottom. However, they will need a complete performance to topple the buoyant Townville side.

Third place Woodlands need to maintain the pressure on New Farnley by winning at Batley who are now ensconced in the bottom two with Cleckheaton,

Farsley and Bradford & Bingley appear to be far more competitive this season, but such is the strength of the division that they are both in the bottom half of the table. This will probably change for one of them after their clash at Red Lane.

There is a double weekend league programme for the Premier League with fixtures on the Sunday.

The stand-out games are probably New Farnley v Ossett and Woodlands v Methley because both games affect the top of the league. Having previously seen Gloucestershire’s Jared Warner and Kent’s James Logan depart, the Methley squad was further reduced this week when Matthew Waite signed a two-week loan deal with Worcester.

However, Bradford & Bingley v Cleckheaton and Hanging Heaton v Farsley have some fine individual cricketers doing battle, including several with county associations.

It will be tough for Batley at Townville, and similarly Bankfoot at Pudsey St Lawrence.This will complete the first seven fixtures of the season which equates to a third of the way through.

Saturday, May 21
Premier: Ossett v Hanging Heaton, Farsley v Bradford & Bingley, Cleckheaton v Townville, Batley v Woodlands, Methley v Pudsey St Lawrence, Bankfoot v New Farnley.

Sunday May 22
Premier: New Farnley v Ossett, Pudsey St Lawrence v Bankfoot, Woodlands v Methley, Townville v Batley, Bradford & Bingley v Cleckheaton, Hanging Heaton v Farsley.

 

Division One

There is just no stopping Jer Lane who now sit at the top of the table with a 15-point lead after five maximum 20-point wins.

Abubakar Dawood (70) and Raqeeb Younis (59) were the major scorers in Jer Lane’s 254-8 score against East Ardsley, while the tireless seamer Amjid Khan (3-35) was largely instrumental in the reply being 97-runs short.

Pudsey Congs upset second place Carlton with a thrilling victory from the final ball of the game. Ryan Heptinstall scrambled a single as Pudsey Congs secured a tight one-run which brought Carlton’s unbeaten start to an end. This also allowed the Congs to get to fourth, and only a handful of points behind the top three.

Carlton’s 169-9 was distinctly under par after Adam Pearson had picked up 4-41 for Congs. Undercliffe have improved their position after a run-laden win against Morley.

South African Byron Boshoff made 106 not out as Undercliffe made 300-4 after fine support from Jack McGahan (81) and Ollie Hardaker (60). Morley made a spirited effort but could score no more than 241-6.

The worrying aspect for Morley is their concessions of three 300 scores to the opposition this season. However, the form of Christian Silkstone, who scored a hard hitting 80 not out, will give heart to the Morley side.

The top three standings now look like thi s - Jer lane (100), Carlton (85) and Undercliffe (80).

Birstall had a good win against Gomersal after setting a score of 196. Brandon Silverwood (58) and Dave McCallum (41) were the chief run-getters for Birstall who were effectively losing the match when Gomersal’s  Andy Gorrod (57) and Connor Reed (55) were at the crease.

However, Gomersal lost their the last eight wickets for 39 runs after Juned Delair (6-40) and Dave McCallum (3-42) had done their stuff with the ball.

Baildon have turned their season round of late, and their latest victory was against East Bierley. Kevin McDermott hit his second century of the season as Baildon recorded a 31-run win at Jenny Lane.

East Bierley’s strength was clear to see as Alex Midgley (56), Harvey Lockwood (50) and Michael Flathers (34) helped the score along to 266. But, it is their lack of penetration with the ball that has seen them slide down to ninth.

Keighley had a welcome win against bottom side Wrenthorpe. Their 99-run victory was built around good performances from. Simon Bailey (80), Paul Quinlan (66), Billy Whitford (5-57) and Australian Noah McFadyen (3-40).

No doubt that the big match in this division this weekend is at Jer Lane, where the all-conquering home side have their stiffest task yet in Undercliffe.

It will also be a big test for Undercliffe who have invested in a side with the potential to get promoted. It will be vital that Boshoff and Hardaker have a good day with the bat for Undercliffe, while Jer Lane will have Farakh Hussain, above, primed to make an explosive start against one of his old clubs. However, Jer Lane has a tendency to get runs down the order and early wickets will not deter them.

Second place Carlton could have their hands full at Gomersal who are good on home soil, while Pudsey Congs have a chance to keep in touch at the top with a visit to Morley.

Baildon won’t find it easy at Birstall despite the great form of Kevin McDermott, while Keighley have a chance at East Bierley who going through an indifferent spell.

The bottom two are Wrenthorpe and East Ardsley who clash at Bragg Lane End knowing that the losers could well be sucked into a relegation fight, despite the early stage of the season.

Division One: Gomersal v Carlton, Morley v Pudsey Congs, Jer Lane v Undercliffe, Wrenthorpe v East Ardsley, East Bierley v Keighley, Birstall v Baildon.

Division Two

Lightcliffe have still a healthy cushion at the top, despite having to settle for a tie with Yeadon last week. In a thriller that went down to the last ball, Lightcliffe could not quite surpass Yeadon’s 185. Gulsheraz Ahmed (49) and Gareth Lee (3-34) were the Yeadon players to extend Lightcliffe and prove that they themselves could be promotion candidates.

For Lightcliffe, seamer Jonathan Whiteoak is at the top of the bowling standings in the division with 17 wickets.

Buttershaw St Paul’s are second after their heavyweight clash with Sandal. They were impressive in chasing Sandal’s testing total of 269-8 with Gary Wainwright (58), Atta ur Rehman (53no) and Zafar Jadoon (40) all contributing well.

Sandal had their own good performers in Kristian Shuttleworth (67), Ashley Mackereth (53), Sam Noden (47) and Zaeem Zulfqar (4-57) who will all be key to their side’s challenge this season.

Great Preston are now fourth after defeating Hartshead Moor by the large margin of 157-runs. Their powerful batting won the day after Oli Baron (88), James Gahan (57no) and James Conlon (48) had pushed the score to 305-6. Hartshead Moor are now bottom and are in danger of being embroiled in a long relegation fight.

Northowram Fields are on a roll with their prolific batting coming to the fore yet again. Crossflatts managed a decent total of 224, but this was reached with comfort in a seven wicket Fields victory. Kyle Welsh hit his second successive league century to put him top of the batting standings after five matches.

For Crossflatts, former Saltaire players Joe Hicks (66) and Tinashe Gomwe (40) were the best of their batsmen.

Bowling Old Lane are now in one of the relegation positions after being well beaten by Hopton Mills. The 107-run win was built around solid batting from Sohail Hussain (79), Imran Patel (58) and Sana Ulla Khan (46no), and the seam bowling of Umar Abbas took 6-30.

The mid-table battle between Hunslet Nelson v Wakefield St Michael’s went the way of the home side who won by 34 runs. For Hunslet Nelson, Joe Smith (79) and Sam Thewlis (43 & 3-40) were the stars on the day.

This weekend the Great Preston v Northowram Fields game appears to be the match of the day - two form sides with excellent batting, and both on the fringe of the top three.

The leaders Lightcliffe have a home match with mid-table Hunslet Nelson, while third place Sandal have a tricky encounter at Yeadon.

Hopton Mills host Northowram Fields who’s prolific batsmen might well relish the short boundaries on the scenic ground.

Crossflatts will hope to be back on track against Bowling Old Lane who need to get some wins on board.

Hartshead Moor are another side that needs to get the winning habit, but it won’t be easy at Wakefield St Michael’s.

Division Two: Yeadon v Sandal, Hopton Mills v Buttershaw St Paul's, Crossflatts v Bowling Old Lane, Great Preston v Northowram Fields, Wakefield St Michael's v Hartshead Moor, Lightcliffe v Hunslet Nelson.

Division Three

There is just no stopping Adwalton (97pts) and Liversedge (94pts) at the top, and Heckmondwike & Carlinghow (83pts) are right on their heels.

Adwalton defeated East Leeds to the tune of 190-runs after a virtuoso performance from Anas Imtiaz who scored 65 runs, and took 5-31 with the ball. Tom Davidson had another fine bowling analysis of 5-37, which brings him to the top of the division’s bowlers with 17 wickets.

Liversedge also had a commanding win when they picked up maximum points for a 164-run win over Windhill & Daisy Hill. Wajid Hussain was the top scorer with 71.

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow also had a big win when they beat Rodley by 146-runs.The Heckmondwike batting was consistent down the order in a score of 255, while Sam Beacham excelled with the ball with
6-33.

Scholes are still hovering just behind the top three after a convincing 114-run win over Gildersome & Farnley Hill. Greg Keywood took the honours with a fine 8-30 bowling analysis. Jordan Edmondson took 5-39 for Gildersome & Farnley Hill.

Spen Victoria are now on the march, and they have risen to fifth place after a remarkable all-round performance from Paolo Giraldi against Altofts. He took 5-41 and scored a vital 43 not out in his side’s two-wicket win.

Brighouse are another side hitting much needed form, after they scored a massive 375-7 in their 113-run win over bottom side Crossbank Methodists. Gul Hussain made an unbeaten 137 which included ten sixes and 12 fours.

The best match on paper this weekend is the Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v Adwalton clash, which sees third v top. This will be a test of Heckmondwike’s promotion credentials.

Second place Liversedge will be expected to prevail at Gildersome & Farnley Hill, while Scholes could make up ground on the top three after their home match with East Leeds.

Brighouse will be hoping to maintain their form against Rodley to get into the top half of the table.

Altofts should beat Crossbank Methodists to gain points on the upper echelon team of the league. They were strongly fancied pre-season and could yet be a threat to the current promotion pack.

Spen Victoria have an excellent opportunity to keep rising in the league table, with an away fixture with Crossbank Methodists.

Division Three: Scholes v East Leeds, Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v Adwalton, Brighouse v Rodley, Altofts v Crossbank Methodists, c v Spen Victoria, Gildersome & Farnley Hill v Liversedge.

 

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