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Just gr-eight for Bilal and Woodlands

Just gr-eight for Bilal and Woodlands

Muhammad Bilal, pictured right, produced the season’s best bowling figures of 8-17 as Premier Division leaders Woodlands extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 112-run win at Methley.

The left-arm opening bowler, pictured right, ran through the Methley batting as they were dismissed for just 72 in reply to the defending champions’ score of 184.

Tim Jackson (39) and skipper Cieran Garner (31) were their top scorers against a bowling attack in which left-arm spinner James Logan took 4-61 and Ben Waite 3-53.

The day’s batting honours belonged to New Farnley skipper Lee Goddard who made 130 in his side’s 125-run win at Morley.

It was Goddard’s third century of the season and he had to show great determination and patience as he countered the threat posed by the Morley attack – something none of his colleagues were able to do.

He mixed sound defence with measured aggression as he hit one six and 11 fours. The only other batsman who looked set was Russ Aucott who made 25 before suffering a serious knee injury which led to the game being held up until an ambulance arrived to take him to hospital.

Goddard was on 98 at the time but the break did little to disturb his concentration as he returned to complete his century before being dismissed in the final over of the innings as New Farnley posted a score of 222-6.

Morley, who have had an encouraging start to the season, lost wickets at regular intervals as they were bowled out for 97. The main wicket takers were spinner Grant Soames (5-25) and Gurman Randhawa (3-21).

Second-place Townville came out on top by seven runs in their clash with Pudsey St Lawrence at Tofts Road.

Townville's overseas opener Athelbert Braithwaite on the attack Picture: Ray Spencer

Pudsey St Lawrence's young batsman Harry Cullingford made 51 Picture: Ray Spencer

The win was achieved by a solid team effort. This was typified by their batting display which saw them post a total of 231-8 without any of their batsmen posting a big score. They did however have four useful contributions from Athelbert Braithwaite (36), Harry Warwick (35), Chris Gray (31) and Conor Harvey (30).  Leg spinner Archie Scott took 3-66 for St Lawrence.

In contrast, the St Lawrence innings saw Mark Robertshaw make 84 and Harry Cullingford (51), but Townville stood up to the challenge and even the late efforts of James Smith (30no) could deny them a hard-earned win. Ritchie Bresnan took 3-49.

Ritchie Bresnan continued his good form by taking three more wickets

Bradford & Bingley were the day’s quickest winners as they made Hanging Heaton regret their decision to bat first on a green Bennett Lane pitch by dismissing them for 122 on their way to a nine-wicket win.

Pacemen Riecko Parker-Cole (4-62) and Jack Hartley (3-31) exploited the conditions and made life tough for the home batsman with Callum Geldart (32) the only one to make an impression.

Charlie Davy (49no) and Arjum Ramkumar (32no) ensured that Bradford & Bingley secured a win which lifts them to eighth in the table while Hanging Heaton, who did not take a single point from the game, have dropped to seventh.

Farsley are up to fourth after their 51-run win over bottom team Batley at Red Lane. Opener Ryan Cooper made 94 – his highest score of the season – and was joined in a second wicket stand of 129 by Jonathan Read (58). With Dan Revis making an unbeaten 42 and Adam Ahmed (34), Farsley reached the day’s highest score of 263-5. Tariq Hussain (3-73) was the most successful Batley bowler.

The visitors, who are still looking for their first and are 26 points adrift at the foot of the table, made a spirited 212-7. Abdul Wahid (36), Mohammad Bhoola (33) and Saqif Ridwan (31no). Revis picked up 3-46 with his off spin.

Wrenthorpe climbed out of the bottom two at the expense of Cleckheaton who they defeated by seven wickets.

Overseas player Khalil Khan made an unbeaten 63 – his highest score of the campaign – and was well supported by Sam Wigglesworth (43) and Matthew Race (31no) as they overhauled Cleckheaton’s 182.

Skipper Mally Nicholson (74) and Nick Lindley (33) were their top scorers while Mustafa Rafique (3-47) and Matthew Race (3-46) proved to be Wrenthorpe’s best bowlers.

Top picture: Pudsey St Lawrence opener Mark Robertshaw Picture: Ray Spencer

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