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Rain strikes again and causes havoc

Rain strikes again and causes havoc

James Rogers took four wickets for Keighley against Baidon Picture: Ray Spencer

Rain made another unwelcome appearance and cause widespread disruption across the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League.

But despite the truncated programme, Woodlands managed to extend their lead at the top of the Premier Division by a further two points to 33.

They compiled a score of 265-6 and had Undercliffe in trouble at 10-2 when the heavens opened and the game was abandoned.

The highlight of the Woodlands innings was a second-wicket stand of 136 between opener Sam Frankland (89) and Kiwi Brad Schmulian (78). Craig Wiseman was the pick of the Undercliffe bowlers with 5-95.

Second-placed Hanging Heaton swiftly reduced Bradford & Bingley to 25-4 at Bennett Lane with Tom Chippendale (5-56) doing the early damage.

A fifth-wicket stand of 120 between Ed Brown (59) and Kyme Tahirkeli (55) steadied the ship for Bradford & Bingley as they made 172-9 in 46.5 overs before the rain came. David Stiff picked up 3-39.

A tight finish looked in prospect at New Farnley where the home side were 38-3 after bowling out Cleckheaton for 93 in spin-friendly conditions.

Luke Jarvis continued his good form with 6-15 for New Farnley, while fellow left-arm spinner Andrew Deegan replied with 3-17 for Cleckheaton.

Townville’s attempts to overhaul Pudsey St Lawrence’s score of 113 all out in 10 overs met with disappointment.

Despite the bold efforts of Harry Warwick (43) they finished on 83-7 after Steve Watts (4-22) and Richie Lamb (3-35) ensured there was a steady loss of wickets.

St Lawrence were undone by the spin of Jack Hughes (6-23) when they batted first. Young opener Archie Scott (40) was the only batsman to look at ease.

Farsley also found batting tricky when they took first knock against bottom team Methley. Ryan Cooper (41) and James Logan (41) provided the bulk of their side’s 131-9 before play was halted. Skipper Grant Soames was the pick of the bowlers with 4-19.

Lightccliffe’s batsmen were in form again as they made 224-5 in their 50 overs against Wrenthorpe before play was abandoned. Opener Alex Stead led the way with 52, while Yasir Abbas (47), Christian Silkstone (47no) and Suleman Khan (33) continued the good work.

Keighley's overseas player Alex Antoine Picture: Ray Spencer

Championship One

Leaders Keighley looked on course for victory in their top-of-the table clash with Baildon when their hopes were literally washed down the drain.

They had the Jenny Laners on the rop0es at 58-8 before the rain came and washed out any chance of further play.

James Rogers (4-11) was the man who caused the most problems as Baildon struggled for run in tricky conditions.

Third-placed East Bierley continued their good form with the bat as they made 212-4 in 46.5 overs before their game with lowly Wakefield St Michael’s was abandoned.

Half-centuries from Ibrahim Jiva (77) and in-form Gulsheraz Ahmed (63no) looked to have built a strong position.

An unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 102 between opener Kasir Maroof (81no) and Faisal Javed (47no) was the highlight of Batley’s 178-3 before their match at Bankfoot came to a premature end.

Morley openers James McNichol (75) and Matt Baxter (56) shared a partnership of 139 which helped their side to make 235-6 before play was abandoned.  Oliver Halliday built on their good work with 42.

Hartshead Moor had good reason to curse the weather as their chance of victory at Ossett was washed away.

Iain Wardlaw took 4-30 as the home side were bowled out for 86. But only 10 overs were possible in the Hartshead Moor reply. In that time, they reached 38-1.

Gomersal batsman Jonathan Boynton narrowly missed out on a century in his side’s match with Pudsey Congs. He made 98 as his side scored 160-9 in 45.4 overs.

Championship Two

The wet weather meant that none of the games achieved 50 overs of play as the teams were left reflecting on a dismal outlook.

Leaders Yeadon only managed four overs in their game at Bowling Old Lane while the most play came at Hopton Mills where the home side reached 175-8 in 48 overs against Hunslet Nelson.

Opener Chris Scott (67) and Mark Ashton (67) were the top scorers while spinner Danny Cross (3-60) was the most-successful bowlers

The Birstall bowlers James Russell (5-22) and Saif ur-Rehman impressed as Jer Lane were bowled out for 100, but there was only enough time for Birstall to reach 17-2 before play was abandoned.

Shoaib Rehman made 59 and Vinit Patel (46) as Adwalton made 213 all out against Liversedge. Ben Ford was the pick of the bowlers with 4-56.

Struggling Altofts were going well at Spen Victoria before the rain halted their progress. Australian Sam Huitema made 67 while the best of the Spen Bowlers was again Abid Awain (3-32).

Jonathan McGregor marked his east Ardsley debut following his transfer from Harrogate by scoring an unbeaten 69 as they reached 182-5 in the 41.2 overs of play that was possible. Oliver Appleyard (38) was the other main contributor.

Buttershaw St Paul’s had only batted for 20 overs against Carlton when play was abandoned with their score on 92-2. Kevin McDermott top scored with 44 not out.


Leaders Sandal were fortunate to avoid their first defeat of the season against Windhill & Daisy Hill.

Sandal were in trouble on 85-9 when their match came to a close after losing wickets trying to chase down Windhill's 137 in  21 overs. They batted out the last few overs to ensure they secured the three points in an incomplete match.

Shoaib Iqbal (6-39) and Maz Bhatti (3-20) shared the wickets for Windhill & Daisy Hill while Matt Westwood (38) top scored for Sandal. Sam Noden (3-38) proved to be the best bowler when Windhill & Daisy Hill batted first.


Brighouse were another side frustrated by the rain when they looked to be in a strong position. Naveed Akram (33) helped Brighouse to make 127 before Rikesh Tendelkar (5-15) reduced Gildersome & Farnley Hill to 38-5.

Zahid Tarvas of East Leeds was the day’s only century maker with 112 as they made 104 against Rodley. He hit 10 sixes and six fours to help his side to 194. Lachlan Roche impressed with 5-26 for Rodley who made 11-0 in three overs before the rain arrived.

Syed Shah Bukhari (5-25) and Paul Cooper (3-54) helped Heckmondwike & Carlinghow to bowl out Oulton for 108. There was only enough time for Heckmondwike & Carlinghow to reach 11-0 after three overs.