Priestley Shield Round Two Review

Priestley Shield Round Two Review

16 Jul 2017

Cieran Garner, pictured, made an unbeaten century as holders Woodlands beat New Farnley by 15 runs in a thrilling tie.

Garner, who led his club to victory over Hanging Heaton in last season's final, made 119 not out as Woodlands compiled a score of 270-4.

Garner his 14 fours and was joined in a first-wicket stand of 129 by Liam Brearley who made 63. Rob Medcalf struck an unbeaten 41 as the Woodlands batsmen dominated the new Farnley bowlers.

New Farnley, who like Woodlands are challenging for the Premier Division title, weren't daunted by the target facing them.

Chris Sowden was again in good form as he made 86 and shared a second-wicket stand of 114 with Aidan Langley (43). Their good work was built on by Reece Thompson (75) as New Farnley fancied their chances.

Woodlands kept their nerve and Tom Clee (3-30) ensured that they secured a home third round tie against Championship Two side Azaad who produced the surprise of the day.

Azaad hammered Premier Division side Morley by 163 runs after compiling a score of 254 before bowling out their rivals for 91.

Zahoor Hussain (80) and Amjad Hussain (76) put on 126 for the third wicket while the one bright spot for Morley was Bobby Dyer's 6-43.

His figures were bettered by Muhammad Abrar (6-20) when Morley capitulated. The experienced Richard Winn (40) showed the only defiance. Muhammad Akram (3-31) gave good support to Abrar.

New Premier Division leaders Hanging Heaton are out of the competition after going down by 15 runs in their derby clash with Batley.

Batley batted first and made 226 with Imran Patel scoring 64 and Vakas Mirza (41). John Carruthers (3-22) and Jamie Baulk (3-41) were the best of the Hanging Heaton bowlers.

Mirza followed up his batting deeds by taking 4-42 as Hanging Heaton were bowled out for 211.  Saqib Talib (3-53) backed him up and helped secure an away tie at Cleckheaton in the third round. James Byrne (42) and Steve Bourne (37) were Hanging Heaton's top scorers.

Cleckheaton bowled out rivals East Ardsley for 181 and knocked off the runs for the loss of just four wickets.

Pudsey St Lawrence, who piled up a record 545-4 in their first round win over Brighouse, were all out for just 93 as they suffered an eight-run defeat at Bowling Old Lane.

St Lawrence looked to be heading for the quarter-finals when Chris Sharkey took 6-16 as they bowled out Old Lane for 101. The Old Lane side had other ideas with Sajid Khan (4-5) helping them earn an away clash at East Bierley on July 30.

Ross Monaghan (82) and Liam Walsh (74) were backed up by Paul Ellis (47) as East Bierley made 298-6 on their way to a 149-run win over Methley, James Higgins took 4-45 as Methley were bowled out for 149. Dave Winter (44) and Josh Neal (39) were the top scorers.

Yeadon, who last won the competition in 2010, will entertain Pudsey Congs in the last of the quarter-final ties.

Yeadon sealed their place with a six-wicket win over Farsley while Congs edged out Bradford & Bingley by just six runs.

Tony Gilks showed no mercy for his old Farsley team-mates by taking 4-43 and scoring 56 for Yeadon.

Tail-ender Richard Sutcliffe (35no) top scored in Farsley's 170-9 as Gilks and Ryan Mooney (3-24) took the bowling honours for Yeadon.

Gilks and Andrew Pickering (43) shared an opening stand of 89 which set Yeadon on their way to victory.

Quarter finals (July 30)
Woodlands v Azaad
Yeadon v Pudsey Congs
Cleckheaton v Batley
East Bierley v Bowling Old Lane