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Randhawa and Bullen impress in close encounter

Randhawa and Bullen impress in close encounter

New Farnley won the game of the day at Townville by six wickets with five balls to spare as the two sides served up another thrilling Premier Division contest.

Steve Bullen, above, made 62 and new Kiwi Cam Fletcher (39) as their side overhauled the home side’s score of 160-9 which was made from 38 overs after the start was delayed.

Gurman Randhawa was the key bowler for New Farnley Picture: Ray Spencer

New Farnley's overseas player Cam Fletcher made 39 on debut. Picture: Ray Spencer

New Farnley’s victory was set up by their left arm spinner Gurman Randhawa. He took 5-58 to check Townville’s progress after Jack Hughes made 40.

Champions Woodlands opened their campaign with a comfortable 100-run win over promoted Pudsey Congs.

Tom Clee (64) and Kieran Collins (60no) led the way as Woodlands posted a score of 212-6 after being put in to bat.

They steadied the Woodlands ship after slow bowler Ryan Heptinstall (3-35) had claimed the wickets of Tim Jackson, Brad schmulian and Sam Frankland in quick succession.

Congs struggled against the Woodlands attack and were bowled out for 112 with only Josh Bennett (48no) making an impression as Schmulian picked up 3-13 with his leg spin.

Farsley were the only team in the top flight to bag a maximum 20 points as they recorded a nine-wicket win at Ossett.

After skipper Matthew Lumb (4-47) and spinner Joe Pocklington (4-41) had combined to bowl out the home side for 118, new boy Ben Wright steered them home with an unbeaten 66.

Max Chappell leads Hanhing Heaton off after his match-winning display. Picture: Richard Kosmala
Max Chappell had a debut to remember as he claimed 6-38 with his spin bowling as Hanging Heaton defeated Pudsey St Lawrence in a contest reduced to 35 overs per side.

Chappell, a winter recruit from Ossett, helped bowl out the Saints for 161 as they replied to a Hanging Heaton total of 176-3 which was built around the century partnership for the second wicket between skipper Callum Geldart (94) and Nick Lindley (56).

Callum Geldart plays the scoop shot during his innings of 94 Picture: Richard Kosmala


Jer Lane’s top flight debut saw them lose by one-wicket in a nail-biting game at Methley. Their overseas player Ibrar Ullah made 80 out of a total of 200-9 as former Yorkshire spinner Josh Sullivan (4-52) posed the main threat.

Methley edged home with one ball to spare thanks to 60 from opener Alex Cree and a timely unbeaten 40 from Yasir Ali. The pick of the jer Lane bowlers was newcomer Hishaan Khan (4-59).
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Division One

The first century of the season was scored by Morley’s Christian Silkstone. He made 166 from 134 balls as his side recorded the day’s highest score of 311-8 as they defeated Carlton by 184 runs.

Opener Silkstone struck six sixes and 12 fours as he set about a Carlton attack in which Kieran Holliday (3-79) proved to be the most successful member.

Only Daniel Ford (47) looked at ease as Carlton were dismissed for 127 with Morley’s new overseas player Ali Usman taking 3-45.

Cleckheaton got their campaign off to a fine start with an emphatic eight wicket win over Gomersal. Overseas player Yousaf Baber again showed his quality with an unbeaten 70 as he and new skipper Richard Pyrah (48no) hared an unbroken third wicket partnership of 102 after opener Waleed Akhtar launched their pursuit of Gomersal’s 215-5 with 62.

Skipper Richard Wear was the mainstay of the Gomersal innings with 90 while Jonathan Boynton added an unbeaten 34.

Danny Cross was the hero with the b at while overseas player Nisar Ahmad claimed the first hat-trick of the season as East Bierley opened with a 57-run win over Birstall.

Cross made 81 to dominate East Bierley’s total of 124-9 in a contest reduced to 37 overs per side. Birstall’s top order was blown away by Ahmad who finished with the stunning figures of 8-40 as they were bowled out for just 67.

Division Two

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow made a great start to life in Division Two with a 26-run win over a Lightcliffe side that narrowly missed out on promotion last season.

Paul Cooper secured the victory by taking 5-11 as Lightcliffe were dismissed for 111 in reply to Heckmondwike & Carlinghow’s 137. Overseas player Isaac Dikgale (32) could not save the home side from defeat.

Usman Qureshi (37) top scored for the visitors as Rob Burton (5-44) and Andrew Walker (3-60) posed the main threat.

Former Jer Lane opener Abubakar Dawood made a great start with Northowram Fields. He made an unbeaten 83 as his side chased down Wrenthorpe’s score of 178 to win by five wickets. Mustafa Bhatti (82) top scored for Wrenthorpe while Paul Marshall made 38 and Hassan Abbas )37) as Sam Gardner (5-48) led the home attack.

Alistair Finn (4-26) and Matthew Varley (3-35) helped bowl out Hartshead Moor for 84 as Hunslet Nelson secured a 76-run win. Andy McIntosh (39) top scored in their 160-8 while Dan Squire (3-26) was the best of the Hartshead Moor bowlers.

Division Three
Altofts new South African overseas player Jacques Porter marked his debut with an unbeaten 97 from 60 balls which helped them to defeat Windhill & Daisy Hill by seven wickets. Saif Tahir (43) gave him good support as the home side’s 167 was overhauled.

Openers Mohammed Waseem (76) and Khalid Mehmood (49) shared a stand of 123 but their colleagues failed to build on their work.

Adwalton scrambled a two-wicket win in a tight battle with Great Preston. Opener Matt Donohoe made 46 to help the, edge past their opponents' score of 103. James Conlon (4-18) and Chris Aplin (3-39) were the best of the Great Preston bowlers.

Australian Nathan Cant (6-14) impressed for Adwalton as Great Preston found the going tough. Imran Patel
(3-24) provided good support as Great Preston lost their last six wickets for 17 runs.

Chris Allen smashed a quick 42 and Matthew Hammond hit 31 as Spen Victoria overhauled Wakefield St Michael's score of 140-9 to record a four-wicket win in a contest reduced to 32 overs per side.Kashif Najum took 4-29 for St Michael's while James Russell marked his return for Spen with 3-23.

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