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Woodlands go top on day of surprises

Woodlands go top on day of surprises

Woodlands are the new leaders of the Premier Division after securing a 33-run win at Hanging Heaton which enabled them to capitalise on New Farnley’s first defeat of the season.

They went down by 39 runs to Methley who are now third in the table while Morley pulled off another big shock as they defeated Pudsey St Lawrence by four runs in a tense finish at Tofts Road.

Elsewhere, Townville climbed to fourth with a 12-run victory at Wrenthorpe, Farsley overcame Cleckheaton by 48 runs, and Bradford & Bingley lifted themselves out of the relegation positions with a 70-run win at bottom team Batley.

Methley were indebted to Jordan Laban (pictured top, 69) and Yassir Ali (45no) for enabling them to post a score of 191 despite losing their first two wickets with just four runs on the board. Spinners Grant Soames (3-50) and Gurnam Randhawa (3-43) posed the main threat.

New Farnley slipped to 6-3 and 18-4 in their reply with skipper Tom Chippendale claiming the prized wicket of his opposite number Lee Goddard for a duck.

Dan Hodgson tried to repair the damage with 38, but his former Farsley team-mate James Logan (pictured below, 3-43) ensured that Methley did not let New Farnley off the hook as they were dismissed for 152.

An unbroken eighth wicket stand of 83 between Tom Clee (41no) and Scott Richardson (33no) proved crucial to Woodlands’ win at Hanging Heaton.

They came together with their side in trouble at 99-7 after left-arm spinner Callum Bethel (3-73) had sparked a collapse following the dismissal of opener Sam Frankland for 38.

Woodlands’ score of 182-7 soon took on a more challenging look as the home side slipped to 9-3. Skipper Ben Kohler-Cadmore restored some order to the innings with a determined knock of 50, while James Byrne made a spirited 40 before Hanging Heaton were all out for 149. Scott Richardson capped a valuable individual performance with 3-19.

Morley’s Sri Lankan all-rounder Kavindu Kulasekara, left, is making a habit of producing match-winning performances against top teams.

Just three weeks after taking 8-34 as his side beat Hanging Heaton by three runs, Kulasekara was at it again with decisive contributions with bat and ball as they came out on top in another tight finish.

He hit 62 as Morley made 216-6 after being put in to bat and followed up with 4-48 as St Lawrence finished on 212-9.

Henry Rush (54) joined Kulasekara in a third wicket stand of 108 which provided the impetus for Morley to post what proved to be a winning score. Josh Priestley (3-56) was the most successful Saints bowler.

St Lawrence looked to be heading for a heavy defeat when they were reduced to 83-6, but James Smith was in no mood to give up the fight. He made 47 and along with Charlie Parker (46) gave his side hope of victory until both fell in quick succession.

The last-wicket pair of Josh Dracup and Jude Roberts needed to score 14 from the final over which was bowled by James McNichol. They were only able to scramble nine as Morley held on for another important win.

Townville had to survive a late onslaught from Wrenthorpe’s eighth wicket pair of Matthew Race and skipper Sam Storr as they climbed to fourth place with a 12-run win.

Such a close finish looked unlikely when Wrenthorpe were reduced to 89-6 in reply to Townville’s 220 by Ritchie Bresnan (4-41) and Conor Harvey (3-59), but Race and Storr decided attack was the best form of defence.

Both batsmen peppered the boundary with Race hitting eight sixes and five fours in his 90, while Storr truck fours sixes and six fours while making 63. Their efforts enabled Wrenthorpe to finish on 208.

Townville’s total was built around the contributions of Harvey (38) and overseas player Athelbert Braithwaite (32) as they made 220.

Cleckheaton slipped back into the relegation positions after their defeat at Farsley and Bradford &Bingley’s victory over Batley.

Yorkshire opener Matthew Revis marked his seasonal debut for Farsley with a fine innings of 95 which, along with Adam Ahmed’s unbeaten 35, saw his side made 195-6.

Cleckheaton looked to be heading for victory while Harvey Booth (43) and Ethan Lee (35) were at the wicket, but once they were parted the last eight wickets fell for 43 runs. Middlesex second teamer Max John (4-38) and skipper Matthew Lumb (4-39) did much of the damage as Cleckheaton were dismissed for 147.

Left-arm spinner Bradley Reeve proved to be Bradford & Bingley’s match winner with 6-25 as Batley were bowled out for 100 to secure a 70-run win for the Wagon Laners. Sufyan Patel (42) was the only Batley batsman to look at ease.

Opener Kyme Tahirkheli (43) top scored for Bradford & Bingley while Reiko Parker-Cole, Matthew Swallow and Yasir Abbas all scored 31. Mohammed Bhoola took 3-55 for Batley.

Yassir Ali hits out for Methley in their win over New Farnley Picture: Ray Spencer

Division One

The weather again caused disruption to the programme. Four of the Premier Division games were reduced overs contests, but that was minor compared to the pain inflicted by the rain in Division One where the matches involving the top three sides were all abandoned.

Leaders Birstall’s visit to Pudsey Congs, second place Gomersal’s home encounter with Lightcliffe and East Bierley’s clash at Carlton were all called off without a ball being bowled as was the match between Hartshead Moor and Undercliffe.

This presented the opportunity for the winners of the clash between Bankfoot and Ossett to take advantage of their promotion rivals being sidelined.

In the end it was Ossett who boosted their challenge with a two-wicket win which earned them a maximum 20 points which saw them climb above Gomersal and East Bierley into second place.

Once again their match winner was big-hitting Sajith Warnakulasuriya who followed up his recent Priestley Cup heroics against Cleckheaton by blasting an unbeaten 81 from just 34 balls. He struck 10 sixes and two fours as Bankfoot's 193 all out total was overhauled. Rishin Patabedige (34) and James Keen (31) were the other main contributors for Ossett.

Bankfoot's total owed much to the efforts of Usman Shakir who made 81 against an attack in which five bowlers all took two wickets. The win puts Ossett nine points behind leaders Birstall.

Jonny Reynolds continued his fine form by hitting an unbeaten century as Baildon defeated Keighley by 41 runs to register their first win of the campaign.

Reynolds hit five sixes and seven fours in his 100 not out and was joined in a second wicket stand of 115 by opener Kevin McDermott (59) which helped the Jenny Lane side to make 219-4. Paul Quinlan was Keighley's best bowler with 3-63.

Keighley were bowled out for 178 with McDermott taking 4-43, Muhammed Shakoor 3-56 and Dwayne Heke (3-32). Raees Hussain was top scorer for Keighley with 34.

Division Two

It is all change at the top of Division Two with East Ardsley and Buttershaw St Paul’s climbing above previous leaders Jer Lane and Northowram Fields.

With Jer Lane’s match at Sandal being abandoned without a ball being bowled and Northowram Fields suffering their first defeat of the season by two runs at Bowling Old Lane, East Ardsley and Buttershaw St Paul’s took full advantage with wins over the bottom two.

East Ardsley took over the leadership after a five-wicket win at Spen Victoria, while Buttershaw St Paul’s went second with a nine-wicket victory against Hunslet Nelson.

Louie Hurley took 3-34 as East Ardsley restricted Spen Victoria to 166-9 in a 42 overs per side contest. Amjad Tariq (39) top scored for Spen and was also their best bowler with 3-44 but could not stop East Ardsley racing to their target with 16.1 overs to spare.

Hunslet Nelson’s batting struggles continued as they were bowled out for 92 by a Buttershaw St Paul’s side who had defeated them in the Jack Hampshire Cup last Sunday.

Zafar Jadoon sparked Nelson’s latest collapse with 5-25 while Michael Hatton hit an unbeaten 47 to steer Buttershaw St aul’s to victory.

Northowram Fields lost their unbeaten record in a nail-biting finish to their 27 overs per side clash with Bowling Old Lane. Responding to the home side’s 147-9, they needed 13 from the last over, a target that came down to three from the last ball after Farhan Hussain hit the fifth six of his unbeaten 62 from Hazrat Abbas’s fifth delivery.

Abbas kept his nerve and when Joe Hough was run out from the final ball, Old Lane had won by two runs. Northowram finished on 145-8, with Abbas the pick of the home bowlers with 3-55. Adam Wainwright (35) was the other main contributor for Northowram Fields.

Old Lane’s top scorer was Zeeshan Haider with 30, while Sam Foster (3-56) took the bowling honours for Northowram Fields.

Craig Wood and new overseas player Ali Rafiq inspired Scholes to a 36-run win at Wakefield St Michael’s.

Wood opened the batting and hit 74 before Rafiq marked his debut by top scoring with 80 in a total of 239-7. Wood followed up with 3-11 as St Michael’s, despite an unbeaten 87 from Marcus Leyshon, were bowled out for 203. Mohammed Akif (3-61) was the other main wicket taker for Scholes while Syed Bukhari picked up 3-43 for St Michael’s.

The match between Hopton Mills and Yeadon was abandoned due to a waterlogged ground.

Division Three

Parvaise Khan hit his second century of the season as Brighouse regained the Division Three leadership with a 124-run win over Adwalton.

Khan struck six sixes and eight fours while making 102 and was joined in a stand of 141 for the third wicket of 141 with Shahzaib Khan (62) as Brighouse scored 216-7 in 35 overs before dismissing Adwalton for 92. Owaise Mehmood was the best Brighouse bowlers with 4-16.

The win enabled them to take advantage of the fact that East Leeds, who started the day sitting on top of the table, had their home game with Gildersome & Farnley Hill abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Crossflatts also cashed in on East Leeds’ inactivity by defeating Heckmondwike & Carlinghow by 69 runs to climb above them and claim second place.

Nathan Bradbury (59) and Mohammad Shahnawaz (30) helped Crossflatts to make 199 despite the efforts of Paul Cooper (4-42) and Javed Iqbal (3-32).

Only Usman Qureshi (45) made an impression as Heckmondwike & Carlinghow were dismissed for 130 with Alex Bradbury taking 4-13 and Shahnawaz (3-25).

Rodley notched their second win of the season as they defeated Great Preston by 10 runs. Opener Rob Young set up their success by making 70 in a Rodley score of 201-6. Bailey Wilson (4-46) was then the key performer with the ball as Great Preston, despite the efforts of Ben Broxup (48) and Ian Newton (39), were restricted to 191-8.

Altofts returned to winning ways as they chased down a Liversedge score of 199-8 to record a three-wicket win. Australian Hayden Bagoly (53), Harry Wilkinson (40) and Dominic Richardson (32) were the key figures in the successful run chase.

Liversedge, who are still seeking their first win, built their total around the contributions of Samar Farooq (42no), Shoaid Rehman (38) and Asad Mahmood (34). Elliott Carter was the best Altofts bowler with 3-37.

Windhill & Daisy Hill are one point behind Liversedge at the foot of the table and are still seeking their first win after going down by five wickets to Crossbank Methodists.

Rizwan Abid (36no) and James Colbourn (34no) helped Crossbank to overhaul Windhill & Daisy Hill’s total of 150, despite Byron Greenwood taking 3-35. Adam Swaine (45) and Greenwood (30) were their top scorers as Joel Barnett (4-26) and Imran Patel (3-25) enjoyed success with the ball for Crossbank.

Pictures: Ray Spencer
Report: Alan Birkinshaw

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