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Ossett add new twist to championship race

Ossett add new twist to championship race

Premier Division
Ossett v New Farnley

Ossett blasted the Premier Division title race wide open as they defeated table topping New Farnley by 11 runs. Spinner Mattie Race (4-26) and opening bowler Mubtada Akhtar (4-28) sparked a dramatic collapse which saw the leaders lose their last five wickets for just nine runs.
New Farnley looked to be cruising to victory while Adam Waite (52) and Steve Bullen (34) were at the crease, but once they were parted the innings went into free fall.
Ossett, who were under the leadership of former New Farnley player Dan Busfield after Nick Connolly’s decision to relinquish the captaincy, gave him the best possible start to his second spell at the helm.
After winning the toss Busfield elected to bat and thanks to a patient innings of 83 from Marcus Walmsley and  46 from James Keen, they managed to make 179 against a lack lustre New Farnley side. Spinner Gurman Randhawa took 3-20 on a day when his side struggled and Ossett made them pay the price.

Methley v Woodlands
Champions Woodlands closed the gap on New Farnley to six points as they recorded a 111-run win over Gordon Rigg Priestley Cup finalists Methley.
Skipper Brad Schmulian led from the front with a superb innings of 130. He hit four sixes and 14 fours as he capitalised on the work of Sam Frankland (58) and his stand-in opening partner Greg Finn (60) to push his side to a total of 331-8. Ben Waite (4-84) and Finley Rooke (3-62) were made to work hard for their wickets.
Opener Jason Marshall dominated the Methley reply as he continued his good form by making an unbeaten 106 as his side were dismissed for 220. Marshall struck three sixes and 15 fours as he carried his bat while Eitan Litvin made 45. That man Schmulian (4-34) and Chris Brice (3-76) were the pick of the Woodlands bowlers.

Bankfoot v Pudsey St Lawrence
Afghani all-round Zia Ul-Haq Parwani took three wickets in four balls to seal Bankfoot’s 13-run win over Pudsey St Lawrence. It gave him figures of 4-50 and capped a fine individual performance from him.
Parwani had top scored with 73 and was backed up by skipper James Lee (59) and Osama Ahmad (45) as Bankfoot made 275-8 after electing to bat first. Archie Scott (3-63) and Josh Dracup (3-66) proved to be the best of the St Lawrence bowlers.
The Saints were given a solid start with openers Mark Robertshaw and Charlie Best both making 48 as they shared a stand of 103. Harry Cullingford chipped in with 37 but Parwani and fellow spinner Seif Hussain (4-85) helped bowl the visitors out for 262.

Batley v Townville
Skipper Jack Hughes (81) and Abdul Wahid (63) enabled Townville to squeeze home by four wickets with four balls to spare against a Batley side who always seem to cause them problems.
Yasir Ali (4-56) bowled well for Batley as they battled to defend their score of 243-6, but Hughes and Wahid – playing against his old club – did enough to enable their side to secure the win.
Batley may be staring relegation in the face but they are certainly putting up a fight. Overseas player Raza Hassan (66), Mohammed Bhoola (56), Muhammad Hafeez (43) and Kasir Maroof (31no) helped them post a challenging score.


Corey Miller guided Bradford & Bingley to a comfortable victory. Picture: Ray Spencer

Cleckheaton v Bradford & Bingley
Cleckheaton sank deeper into the relegation mire as they crashed to an eight-wicket defeat which leaves them rooted in the bottom two, 43 points from safety with just four games to play.
Their decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired as they were bowled out for 115, left arm spinner Bradley Reeve picking up 3-27.
Australian Corey Miller (58) and Jack Luxton (36no) sped Bradford & Bingley to their victory target in just 13,5 overs.


pinner Bradley Reeve took three wickets for Bradford & Bingley Picture: Ray Spencer
Farsley v Hanging Heaton
Spinner Josh Wheatley impressed with 7-61 as Hanging Heaton secured a two-wicket win with eight balls to spare at Red Lane.
Farsley lost their last six wickets for 26 runs as they were bowled out for 202 after choosing to bat first. Stand-in captain Ryan Cooper top scored with 64.
Hanging Heaton didn’t have things all their own way as Dan Revis (4-43) kept Farsley in the hunt until wicketkeeper Shahban Raheem (45no) and Callum Bethel (33) steered their side to their seventh win of the season.

Premier Division Stats of the day
Top team total: 331-8 Woodlands v Methley
Top individual score: 130 Brad Schmulian (Woodlands v Methley)
Best Bowling figures: 7-61 Josh Wheatley (Hanging Heaton v Farsley)
Premier Division Stats of the season
Top team total:
 343-6 Woodlands v Hanging Heaton
Top individual score: 169no Alex Cree (Methley v Ossett)
Best Bowling figures: 9-54 Zia Ul Haq Parwani (Bankfoot v Townville)
Division One
Jer Lane v Pudsey Congs

Jer Lane suffered their second successive defeat after being bowled out for just 85 as promotion rivals Pudsey Congs triumphed by nine wickets.
The leaders are normally a free scoring side but they found the going tough and took 40.3 overs in making their lowest score of the season. Their top scorer was Abdul Rehman (35)
Jamie Allen (4-32) continued his good form while Ryan Heptinstall took 3-14 as Congs took control after putting their opponents in. Sabir Mahmood finished 41 not out as Congs moved to within a point of second place Carlton.

Morley v Carlton
Carlton promotion push suffered another setback as revitalised Morley beat them by five wickets at Scatcherd Lane. Young pace bowler Tinaye Mazonde (4-29) has flourished in recent weeks and was backed up by David Nebard (3-23) as Carlton’s batting crumbled. Only Daniel Ford (62) challenged the home side’s dominance.
Their total of 119 was insufficient to seriously test Morley who were helped to their target by Kavindu Kulasekara (44).

Gomersal v Baildon
Mounam Ejaz blasted an unbeaten 133 from 100 balls for Baildon but ended up on the losing side as Gomersal chased down his side’s score of 280-5 to win with five balls to spare.
Ejaz peppered the boundary with seven sixes and nine fours and was joined in an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 113 by Joel Newlove (45no). Jonny Reynolds (42) and Kevin McDermott (36) had made runs earlier in the innings as Nick Schofield (3-61) posed the main threat.
Gomersal were guided to victory by Jonathan Boynton (81), Connor Reed (60) and Richard Wear (31) despite the efforts of Umar Zahoor (4-97).

Wrenthorpe v Undercliffe
Wrenthorpe’s relegation to Division Two was confirmed as they suffered their 17th straight defeat of the season, going down by nine wickets to Undercliffe.
Opener Sam Johnson (78) was the only batter to make an impression as Jude Roberts (4-66) and Sunny Matharu (3-39) helped bowl them out for 166.
Undercliffe opener Danish Hussain hurried his side to victory with an unbeaten 104, an innings containing six sixes and 10 fours. Byron Boshoff (35no) shared an unbroken stand of 123 with Hussain/

Birstall v Keighley
Opener Billy Whitford struck an unbeaten 136 as he guided Keighley to a five-wicket win with eight balls to spare. Whitford’s knock contained four sixes plus15 fours and he was joined in a second wicket partnership of 122 by Noah McFadyen (49). Nathan Storton (40) also gave good support as Birstall’s score of 280-9 was chased down.
The highlight of Birstall’s innings was a fifth wicket stand of 138 between top scorer Rishy Limbachaya (80) and Nick Kaye (67), Simon Bailey (4-70) was the most successful Keighley bowler.

East Bierley v East Ardsley
East Ardsley have a lot of work to do if they are to avoid an immediate return to Division Two. They are 42 points adrift of safety with five games to play after their 141-run defeat at South View Road.
Skipper Adam Brown (77) took advantage of the earlier good work of openers Sam Gatenby (74) and Alex Midgley (40) as East Bierley compiled a challenging score of 296-8 despite the efforts of Daanyaal Ahmed (3-47) and Ashley Pearson (3-77).
Opener James Van Der Merwe was again the pick of the East Ardsley batsmen with 50 as his side was bowled out for 155.
Division One Stats of the day
Top team total: 
296-8 East Bierley v East Ardsley
Top individual score: 136no Billy Whitford (Keighley v Birstall)
Best Bowling figures: 4-29 Tinaye Mazonde (Morley v Carlton)
Division One Stats of the season
Top team total:
 398-7 Gomersal v Wrenthorpe
Top individual score: 162no James Ford (Baildon v Wrenthorpe)
Best Bowling figures: 7-39 Nisar Ahmad (East Bierley v Gomersal)

Division Two
Lightcliffe v Hartshead Moor

Openers Isaac Dikgale (122) and Alex Stead (116) shared a first wicket stand of 226 as Lightcliffe continued their late push for promotion with a 29-run over Hartshead Moor in a high-scoring encounter.
For South African Dikgale it was his third century in the seven games he has played for the club. He has now scored 584 runs and Lightcliffe will be hoping there are plenty more to come.
Dikgale hit three sixes and 16 fours while Stead’s century features a six and nine fours. With Noah Chapman making 33 not out, Lightcliffe posted a score of 356-4.
Hartshead Moor made a bold response with Hasnat Yousaf hammering nine sixes and five fours while making 126. Chris Wynd (60) and Martin Ellis (44) also made important contributions as plucky Hartshead Moor finished on 327-9.

Hopton Mills v Sandal
Leaders Sandal were made to work hard for their three-wicket victory. Everything looked to be going their way when Sam Noden (5-30) and Zaeem Zulfqar (4-45) bowled out Hopton Mills for 146, Umar Abbas making 31no.
Sana Khan (3-45) and Sohail Hussain (3-49) made Sandal fight hard for their runs. Matthew Westwood (36) top scored as they edged home.

Yeadon v Hunslet Nelson
Second place Yeadon had a comfortable 92-run win over a Hunslet Nelson still hovering just above the relegation positions. Muhammad Khan (58), Pasindu Thirimadura (52) and Seth Pickering (37) helped Yeadon make 233 when they batted first, Alastair Finn (3-48) and Will Siff (3-52), posing the main threat.
Adeel Ashraf (7-40) impressed with the ball as Hunslet Nelson were dismissed for 141. Calverley (40) and Finn (37no) were the top scorers.

Crossflatts v Buttershaw St Paul’s
Crossflatts took another step towards retaining their place in Division Two with a six-wicket win over a Buttershaw St Paul’s side depleted by suspensions. South African Ruan Van Rooyen (5-25) and Wasim Hussain (3-4) impressed as St Paul’s were dismissed for 84. Joe Greenwood made 32 as Crossflatts wrapped up victory while Harris Cunningham took 3-29 for the visitors.


Kyle Welsh made 101 not out to steer Northowram Fields to victory. Picture: Ray Spencer
Wakefield St Michael’s v Northowram Fields

Kyle Welsh hit an unbeaten 101 as Northowram Fields inflicted a nine-wicket defeat on the division’s bottom team. Welsh tore into the bowling as he struck seven sixes and 10 fours to power his team past the St Michael’s score of 145. Chris McHale (52) and Lalit Mangalarapu (37) were their top scorers as Max Gardner picked up 3-54.

Great Preston v Bowling Old Lane
Great Preston’s hopes of avoiding an immediate return to Division Three suffered a blow as they went down to a four-wicket defeat. The result was tough in James Conlon who scored 63 and took 4-55 for Great Preston
Despite Conlon’s half century and 32 from skipper Oli Baron, Great Preston were bowled out for 154 with Shahzaib Khan (3-39) and Gurdev Singh (3-16) among the wickets. Khan followed up with an unbeaten 44 as he steered Old Lane to their
Division Two Stats of the day
Top team total:
356-4 Lightcliffe v Hartshead Moor
Top individual score: 122 Isaac Dikgale (Lightcliffe v Hartshead Moor)
Best Bowling figures: 7-40 Adeel Ashraf (Yeadon v Hunslet Nelson)
Division Two Stats of the season
Top team total: 
375-8 Lightcliffe v Wakefield St Michael’s
Top individual score: 152 Isaac Dikgale (Lightcliffe v Hopton Mills)
Best Bowling figures: 8-24 Hazrat Abbas (Bowling Old Lane v Hartshead Moor)
Division Three
Scholes v Liversedge

Parvaise Khan (5-49) helped table-topping Liversedge bowl out second place Scholes for 140 to secure a 26-run win. The result extends their lead over their rivals to 54 points.
Liversedge had to battle for their 166 when they batted first. Graeme Winn (34) top scored as Joe Duffy (4-16) and Mahleb Mahmood (3-42) posed problems.

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v East Leeds
Heckmondwike & Carlinghow’s promotion push continues to gather momentum following a 135-run win over East Leeds. They are now just seven points behind Scholes having played one game less.
Wajid Hussain set up their latest success by scoring 106, an innings containing six sixes and eight fours. With Khurram Shahzad making 32 not out, Heckmondwike & Carlinghow finished with 255-9 despite the determined efforts of Zahid Tarvaz (3-67) and Wasim Malik (4-72).
East Leeds were never in the hunt as they were bowled out for 120 with Wasim Khaliq taking 5-26. Shayam Khan (34) was the top scorer.

Gildersome & Farnley Hill v Spen Victoria
Gildersome & Farnley Hill skipper Liam Pearson led from the front in his side’s 36-run win  over Spen Victoria. He opened the batting and hit the division’s highest score of the day of 122. Three sixes and 16 fours punctuated his innings which was built on by Mick O’Halloran (57) and Gethin Clarke (31) as a total of 272 was posted.
Jonathan Elstub (4-76) and Junaid Jamshed (3-101) were the most successful bowlers.
Alex Leadbeater (45), Oliver Davison (39), Junaid Jamshed (38 and Paolo Girardi (34 all got starts in a Spen score of 236 but any hopes they had of winning were shattered by Jordan Edmondson (6-68)

Windhill & Daisy Hill v Crossbank Methodists
Shoaib Iqbal led the way with 7-59 as Windhill & Daisy Hill bowled out Crossbank Methodists for 127 to complete a 113-run win. Husnain Shujjat and Lewis Lockwood both made 40 but lacked support as Iqbal and Usman Maroof (3-21) got to work.
Hasan Malik (52) and Ahsan Tanveer (37) were the main contributors to Windhill & Daisy Hill’s 240-9 as Nasir Mahmood picked up3-44..

Altofts v Rodley
An unbroken fourth wicket stand of 132 between Ben Walsh (63no) and Andrew Wood (60no) helped Altofts overhaul a Rodley score of 166 to win by seven wickets.
Robert Young (91) top scored for Rodley who were confronted by good bowling from Saif Tahir (6-45) and Elliott Carter (3-40).

Brighouse v Adwalton
Muhammad Nadeem (46) and Ansar Mahmood (41) enabled Brighouse to scrape home by one wicket despite the efforts of Tom Davidson (5-62) and Nathan Cant (3-29). Adwalton were bowled out for 175 when they batted first. Anas Imtiaz (62) top scored as Asif Amir (5-19) proved to be the best Brighouse bowler.

Division Three Stats of the day
Top team total:
 272 Gildersome & Farnley Hill v Spen Victoria
Top individual score: 122 Liam Pearson (Gildersome & Farnley Hill v Spen Victoria)
Best Bowling figures: 7-59 Shoaib Iqbal (Windhill & Daisy Hill v Crossbank Methodists)
Division Three Stats of the season
Top team total: 431-9 Spen Victoria v Adwalton
Top individual score: 195 Matthew Donohoe (Adwalton v Spen Victoria)
Best Bowling figures: 8-30 Greg Keywood (Scholes v Gildersome & Farnley Hill)

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