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St Lawrence extend lead after close encounter

St Lawrence extend lead after close encounter

Pudsey St Lawrence withstood a late onslaught from New Farnley to strengthen their position at the top of the Gordon Rigg Premier Division League Cup East Section.

The Saints opened an 11-point lead over New Farnley after winning a thrilling encounter at Tofts Road by 14 runs.

When New Farnley slipped to105-6 in reply to the home side’s 241-6 there seemed little prospect of a gripping finish, but seventh-wicket pair Steve Bullen and Alex Lilley soon changed the complexion of the game.

They took the attack to the bowlers with Bullen making 81 – his fourth successive half century – and Lilley blasting six sixes in an unbeaten 69.

The target was reduced to 19 from the final over but leg spinner Archie Scott held his nerve. He restricted New Farnley to four singles before bowling Bullen with his fifth ball.

St Lawrence had built the platform for their victory with a solid batting display spearheaded by their top three of Mark Robertshaw (57), Charlie Best (36) and skipper Chris Marsden (46).

It also proved to be an eventful afternoon in the West Section where Hanging Heaton have displaced Batley at the top after inflicting a first defeat on them.

Despite being without regulars Joe Fraser, Gary Fellows and Tom Chippendale, Hanging Heaton made light of their absence as they ran out 125-run winners.

Callum Geldart acknowledges hius team-mates after completing his century. Picture: Richard Kosmala

Callum Geldart was at his sparkling best when Hanging Heaton batted first. He hit three sixes and 13 fours to help his side post a score of 201. Mohammed Bhoola was the best of the Batley bowlers with 4-49 while Yasir Ali took 3-40.

Batley were soon in trouble when they batted. They plunged to 54-6 and were eventually bowled out for 77 as spinner Josh Wheatley (4-25) and seamer James Byrne (3-7) led the way.

Batley’s defeat saw them drop to third, a point behind Townville who had a comfortable six-wicket win at Wrenthorpe. Muhammad Bilal, on loan from Woodlands, produced a fine all-round display.

After taking 4-23 as he and skipper Jack Hughes (4-22) helped bowl out Wrenthorpe for 103, Bilal smashed four sixes in a rapid 35 not out to speed Townville to their target. Opener Ishmail Dawood laid the foundations for the innings with 38.

Cleckheaton skipper Mally Nicholson made a century which helped his side to secure their first win, an 88-run success which leaves rivals Methley rooted to the bottom of the East Section.

Nicholson hit 11 fours in his 111 and added 155 for the fifth wicket with former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq (67). Jason Marshall (3-19) was the best of the Methley bowlers as Cleckheaton posted a score of 261-8.

Opener Alex Cree (39) and Jordan Laban (38) were the main contributors as Methley were bowled out for 173. Ethan Lee returned his best first team bowling figures of 4-25.

Morley are now the only team on the Premier League Cup who have not registered a win as the competition reaches the halfway point.

Once again, their fragile batting was exposed as they were dismissed for 111 when replying to Bradford & Bingley’s 223-7.

Skipper Ed Brown was again in good nick for Bradford & Bingley with 70 as they compiled a score of 223-7. Billy Whitford, on loan from Undercliffe, chipped in with 40 as Henry Rush (3-54) proved the most successful of the Morley bowlers.

The visitors never got going when they replied with Bradley Reeve (3-11) and George Heartfield (3-41) sentencing them to their fourth defeat.

Pudsey Congs survived the loss of four quick wickets to defeat Hartshead Moor by four wickets and retain the leadership of the Division One West Section.

They slipped to 31-4 before Subhaan Ammar (top picture) made an invaluable 47 not out to steer them past Hartshead Moor’s score of 116-9.

Hartshead Moor were indebted to a ninth wicket stand of 40 between Alex Kennedy (41) and Harry Hepworth which pushed their score into three figures.

Alex Kennedy battled hard for Hartshead Moor at Pudsey Congs. Picture: Ray Spencer

Bankfoot are just seven points behind Congs after a six-wicket win in a rain-affected match at Keighley.

Set a revised target of 127, Bankfoot were powered to their target by opener Hisan Ahmad (73no). Earlier, Ahmad had taken 3-21 as Keighley were restricted to 145-9. Luke Chapman (48) and Nathan Storton (39) were the top scorers.

Gomersal brought East Section leaders East Bierley’s unbeaten run to an end as they inflicted a 78-run defeat on them.

Jonathan Boynton (81no), Liam Fletcher (46) and Graham Hilton (33) helped Gomersal to make 238 as Jack Hebden (3-53) proved to be the most successful bowler.

East Bierley slipped to 24-4 before skipper Adam Brown (50) and Paul Martin (41) gave them hope, but spinner Chris Rhodes killed off any hope for East Bierley with 4-20.

Ossett are second, 11 points behind East Bierley, after a 58-run win over Carlton. Matthew Varley (56no) and opener Harvey Anderson (44) helped Ossett build a score of 205-7. Only opener Daniel White (39) made an impression as Carlton were bowled out for 147.

Opener Karl Hewitt (95) and skipper Kristian Shuttleworth (54) shared a second wicket stand of 124 which provided the platform for Sandal’s score of 275-6 as they defeated Hopton Mills by 88 runs. Sam Scott’s unbeaten 43 helped swell the score.

Hopton Mills made 187-9 with Mark Ashton scoring 33 and they remain bottom of the East Section without a win.

Sandal hold a healthy 16-point lead over Spen Victoria who overcame East Ardsley by four wickets. Rahat Shah took 4-37 as East Ardsley were dismissed for 186 and hit 43 in the successful run chase. Gary Jennings (36) was top scorer for East Ardsley.

Jer Lane made it four wins out of four with a comfortable seven-wicket win over Scholes which maintains their position at the top of the West Section.

Opening bowler Zeeshan Qasim, on loan from Undercliffe, took 3-5 as Scholes were bowled out for 103. Imran Mirza made an unbeaten 47 to sped Jer Lane to their target.

Buttershaw St Paul’s are second, 11 points back, after their 135-run win over Northowram Fields. Another on-loan opening bowler, this time Woodlands’ Elliot Richardson, took 4-33 as he and Kamran Siddique (3-35) helped dismiss Northowram Fields for 98. Joe Hough (36) offered the only resistance.

Buttershaw St Paul’s made 233-9 when they batted first thanks to Jack Wilson (67no) and Paul Carroll (38). Sam Gardner (3-31) was the best of Northowram’s bowlers.

Ahsan Alishan’s unbeaten century provided the impetus for Bowling Old Lane’s 139-run win over Hunslet Nelson. Alishan hit two sixes and 12 four as he helped his side to 251-8, with Sammullah Nasrat contributing 42.

Hunslet Nelson’s innings lacked momentum and they were dismissed for 112. Saad Khan took 3-28 and that man Alishan 3-21.

Altofts have an impressive 30-point lead in the Division Three East Section after defeating East Leeds by six wickets to record their fourth win. Danny Eden impressed with 5-27 and Dominic Richardson chipped in with 3-36 as East Leeds were bowled out for 205, with Zaid Javid making 82. Altofts eased to victory with opener Harry Wilkinson setting the tone with 83.

Great Preston were guided towards their seven-wicket win over Adwalton by a second-wicket partnership of 135 between Oli Baron (73) and Ian Newton (65). They made sure their side had little trouble passing a target of 178. James Gahan was the pick of Great Preston’s bowlers with 4-24.

Rodley dropped to fourth in the table after a 21-run loss to Heckmondwike & Carlinghow. Usman Qureshi (60) and Asad Ejaz (39) helped Heckmondwike & Carlinghow to 163-9, then Javed Iqbal took 4-20 as Rodley were bowled out for 142/

Brighouse continue to set the pace in the West Section after a 25-run win over Crossbank Methodists. Veteran bowler Maz Bhatti (5-21) and Mohammed Waseem (3-25) joined forces to dismiss Crossbank for 11 when they replied to a score of 136. Imran Patel took 3-34 for Crossbank.

Oulton made 232-8 on their way to a 68-run win over Gildersome & Farnley Hill. In-form Ben Child (47no) and Jonathan Henshaw (34) were their top scorers whole Ben Clay (3-68) and Chris Harris (3-52) were the best of Gildersome’s bowlers.

Gethin Clarke (42no), and Harrison Kelly (34) were the main contributors as Gildersome & Farnley Hill finished on 164-9.


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