Record breakers power Woodlands to victory

Record breakers power Woodlands to victory

4 May 2019

Tim Jackson, left, congratulates Brad Schmulian after putting an all-time league record partnership on the board at Methley. Picture: Stuart Tordof

The Woodlands duo of Brad Schmulian and Tim Jackson set a new all-time Bradford Premier League first team record partnership of 326 as they powered their side to a Premier Division win at Methley.

Their unbroken stand beat the previous highest for any wicket of 304 and bettered the previous best for the second wicket of 295.

Kiwi Schmulian led the way with his maiden century for Woodlands. He scored 153 not out, an innings containing three sixes and 15 fours, while Jackson made 137 not out after striking three sixes and 17 fours.

The previous highest partnership for any wicket was the unbroken 304 set by the Undercliffe openers Mark Gilliver (165no) and Mark Chapman (117no) against Gomersal in 2000.

Schmulian and Jackson also took the second-wicket record away from Lee Goddard (155no) and Gavin Hamilton (127no) who shared an undefeated stand of 295 for East Bierley against Saltaire in 2010.

Woodlands made 329-1 in their 50 overs and an already tough target was made more difficult for Methley when rain reduced their innings by three overs and brought Duckworth Lewis Stern into play.

Jordan Laban (72) and opener Adal Islam (40) shared a second wicket stand of 104 as Methley made 241-7 in 47 overs. Chris Brice finished with 3-62 and fellow spinner Kez Ahmed (3-77).

There was a thrilling game at Tofts Road where Pudsey St Lawrence pipped Bradford & Bingley by three runs.

Barrie Frankland came to the rescue for champions after they were reduced to 79-7 by Bailey Wightman (4-45) and new signing Graham Whiles from Knaresborough with 3-52.

Frankland made a defiant 53 and shared an eighth wicket stand of 81 with Richie Lamb (29) Their efforts helped boost the St Lawrence score to 178-9 after they had been put in to bat.

Their runs proved vital as Bradford & Bingley made a determined push for victory. Overseas player Muhammad Afridi led the chase with 68, but Yorkshire’s Jordan Thompson (4-24) and leg-spinner Archie Scott (4-24) ensured that Saints bowled out the visitors for 175.

Josh Holling took six wickets. Picture: Ray Spencer

New Farnley lost their last seven wickets for 39 runs as they were bowled out for 145 by Hanging Heaton. Left-armer Josh Holling was the chief destroyer with 6-35.

The New Farnley innings looked to be progressing well while Dan Hodgson (45) and skipper Lee Goddard (38) were batting together, but the innings took on a different complexion when they departed.

Dan Hodgson was top scorer for New Farnley Picture: Ray Spencer

Hanging Heaton were given a revised Duckworth Lewis Stern target of 135 when seven overs were lost from their innings. Despite wicketkeeper Ishmail Dawood having to retire hurt with a dislocated thumb, they cruised home by four wickets with Callum Geldart (30) and a limping Ben Kohler-Cadmore (29no) leading the way. There was a third injury worry for Hanging Heaton with all-rounder David Stiff suffering a calf niggle.

A maiden Bradford Premier League century from Christian Silkstone rescued Lightcliffe from 29-5 and helped them post a total of 173 as they defeated Undercliffe by 33 runs. Silkstone struck seven sixes and ten fours as he made his runs from 105 balls.

Undercliffe’s opening attack of Craig Wiseman (4-25) and Zeeshan Qasim (4-39) bowled well and posed problems for the home side. Rob Burton (19) added 75 for the sixth wicket with Silkstone and was the only other Lightcliffe batsman to make double figures.

Undercliffe were undone by the bowling of Yasir Abbas (4-24) as they were bowled out for 140. Opener Michael Kelsey top scored with 35.

Wrenthorpe registered their first win in the Premier Division as they defeated Cleckheaton by three wickets on DLS.

Cleckheaton made 181-9 after being put in at Wrenthorpe. Former skipper John Wood led the way with 50 while Nick Walker (39) and captain Mally Nicholson (38) chipped in with valuable runs. Khalil Khan was the pick of the Wrenthorpe bowlers as he took 4-37 in a tidy 12-over spell.

Opener Irfan Amjad led the way a with 68 not out as Wrenthorpe reached their revised target by scoring 178-7 despite the threat posed by former Yorkshire spin bowler Azeem Rafiq (5-54)

Farsley’s decision to bowl first at Townville looked to have paid off as they dismissed their opponents for 136 in 27.1 overs, but the home side had other ideas as they hit back to bowl out the Red Laners for just 75

Townville had no answer to Chris Beech (5-26) as they lost their last eight wickets for 33 runs. Once Beech removed top scorer Harry Warwick for 46, the floodgates opened.

Farsley’s reply was soon in trouble against Connor Harvey (5-18) and Jack Hughes (3-22) as they crashed to a 61-run defeat.

Championship One

Opener Mubtada Akhtrar hit a century as Pudsey Congs beat Scholes by two wickets to record their second win of the new season.

Akhtar made 105, an innings containing two sixes and nine fours. as Congs successfully chased down their opponents' total of 196-7.

Saif Tahir (50), Shahid Rehman (41) and Siraj Hussain (37) were the main contributors for Scholes who had to combat the bowling of their former player Yasir Ali (4-42).

Batley bowled out Ossett for 97 before romping to an eight-wicket win. Openers Owais Hussain (55) and Kasir Maroof (33) ensured there were no alarms for their side in the run chase.

Ossett’s batting had crumbled against the bowling of Muhammad Shahnawaz (4-28) and Huzaifah Patel (3-27) when they batted first.

Like Batley, Bankfoot also made light work of recording their second win of the campaign. Jawad Waheed took 5-26 and skipper James Lee (3-33) skittled out Gomersal for 88 with only Daniel Grant (41) making an impression.

Bankfoot didn’t find the going any easier, but thanks to skipper Lee (32no) and young Daniel Colehan (32), they got home by three wickets. They shared a decisive sixth wicket stand of 44 after Richard Wear (3-30) had posed early problems.

Keighley had a comfortable nine-wicket win over Wakefield St Michael’s in the battle of the newly-promoted teams.

Steady bowling from skipper Paul Quinlan (3-30) and Alex Antoine (3-27) enabled Keighley to bowl out their rivals for 97. Ayaz Seedat (42) provided the only resistance for St Michael’s.

Keighley were guided to their victory target by Luke Chapman (45no) and Louis Horsfield (40no).

Hartshead Moor are still searching for their first win after a seven-wicket defeat by Baildon. Important contributions from opener Jack Hainsworth (50), Dwayne Heke (38) and Jonny Reynolds (35no) saw them ease past the home side’s total of 130.

Only the experienced Tosh Baker (54) looked at ease as he battled to rescue his side after they slipped to 36-5. Spinner Simon Bailey was the key bowler for Baildon with 4-31.

New boy Ompal Boken marked his debut for East Bierley with an unbeaten 88 which helped his side to 207-9 at Morley after opting to bat first. Boken hit four sixes and four fours while Matthew Dowse (3-37) and Oliver Halliday (3-39) were Morley’s best bowlers.

Delays for rain meant that Morley's innings was reduced to 43 overs and they were clinging on at 159-9 when play was abandoned. Henry Rush (42) and Harvey Lockwood (39). Muhammed Hafeez took 4-31 as East Bierley came close to a first win.

Championship Two

Spen Victoria recovered from 56-8 to record their second win of the season by 54 runs at Northowram Fields.

Such an outcome seemed improbable as Sam Gardner (5-51) and Josh Bennett-Kear (3-27) blew away the top order, but Michael Flathers (42) and Louis Grant (44) had other ideas. The two tail enders added 87 for the ninth wicket and helped push their side’s total up to 164.

Northowram Fields had no answer to Spen’s opening bowler Abid Awain. He took 6-54 to bowl out the home side for 110.

Carlton recorded their second win of the campaign by defeating Birstall by seven wickets. Even a superb 106 from last year’s Gordon Bowers Young Cricketer of the Year Josh Haynes couldn’t save Birstall from defeat.

Haynes struck three sixes and 14 fours but lacked support as his team-mates struggled to master Arman Hussain (6-34).

Carlton had little trouble knocking off the runs once opener Daniel White (94) had provided a good foundation. Daniel Ford completed the job of seeing his side over the line with an unbeaten 48.

Yeadon registered their first win as they overhauled a Buttershaw St Paul's total of 212-8 to win by two wickets with one over to spare.

New boy Tom Lindsay led the chase with 76 while Andrew Robinson scored a timely 45 against a bowling attack spearheaded by Kamran Siddique (3-76) and James Sawyer (3-52).McDermott (41).

Buttershaw St Paul's had built their score around the contributions of James Crossland (55) and Kev  McDermoitt (41). Spinner James Massheder took 3-53 for Yeadon.

Hopton Mills continued their impressive start to the campaign by defeating Altofts by seven wickets. Steady bowling from Michael Carroll (3-12) and Andy Grey (3-31) enabled Mills to bowl out their rivals for 109. They eased to victory with Mark Ashton (39no) as they passed the Altofts score.

Newly-promoted Jer Lane maintained their 100 per cent start with a 49-run win over Liversedge. Raqeeb Younis and Amjid Khan both scored 48 in Jer Lane’s 176-8. Hazrat Shah sealed his side’s win by taking 3-42 as Liversedge were dismissed for 127.

Bowling Old Lane  recorded their first win as they overcame newly-promoted Adwalton by 40 runs. Zeeshan Haider was the main man for Old Lane. He top scored with 71 in their 256-9 and followed up with 3-47 as Adwalton were bowled out for 216. Arslanb Mahmood gave good support with bat and ball, making 56 and taking 3-39. 

Matt Donohoe (71) and James Sherrin (50) led the spirited Adwalton reply. The best of their bowlers was Ghulam Hassan (4-55).

Hunslet Nelson's batsmen were in good form as they compiled a total of 261-4 in their 77-run win over East Ardsley. Patrick Hinchliffe (81no), Andrew McIntosh (57) and Will Stiff (53no) all piled on the agony for East Ardsley's bowlers.

South African opener James Van der Merwe made 75 for East Ardsley and Louie Hurley (35) as Alex Rose (4-49) proved to be the best of the Nelson bowlers,


Oulton opener Jonathan Henshaw was a prime candidate for the unluckiest cricketer of the day after hitting a magnificent 135 and ending up on the losing side.

Henshaw hit two sixes and 24 fours but lacked support as his side were bowled out for 198 to lose by 29 runs against Gildersome & Farnley Hill.

Chris Harris (3-38) and Adam Campion (3-24) were the pick of the Gildersome bowlers. Harris had earlier chipped in with 38 in a Gildersome innings which saw Jack Irwin top score with 57 and Michael O’Halloran score in with 46 down the order. Francis Kinsella took 4-80 for Oulton.

Conference leaders Sandal were a team in a hurry as they dismissed East Leeds for 60 in just 20.5 overs on their way to their third win of the season.

Opening bowler Sam Noden (5-16) and Lee Geldard (4-12) ripped through the East Leeds batting to set up an eight-wicket victory.

Tabby Bhatti showed just why Windhill & Daisy Hill were keen to sign him as he produced a match-winning performance against Crossbank Methodists.

Bhatti, who has played previously with Saltaire, Baildon and East Bierley, made an unbeaten 82 as he and Adam Swaine guided their side to a seven-wicket triumph.

They ensured their side overhauled Crossbank’s 138-9 in which James Coulborn made top score of 46.

Brighouse left Rodley still searching for their first win after beating them by four wickets. Wajid Hussain made 42 in the successful pursuit of Rodley’s 163 all out.

The number 42 was a popular feature of the game. Gary Sagar top scored for Rodley with 42 and the innings also featured 42 extras. Hussain was the best Brighouse bowler with 4-29.