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Loan star Bilal helps Townville beat Saints

Loan star Bilal helps Townville beat Saints

Townville boosted their challenge for a place in the Gordon Rigg Premier Division League Cup final with a 57-run win over Pudsey St Lawrence on a day when rain badly disrupted the fixture programme.

Such an outcome seemed unlikely when they plunged to 37-6 after being put in to bat, but half centuries from Muhammad Bilal and Conor Harvey completely changed the complexion of the game.

Bilal, who is on loan from Woodlands, smashed fours sixes and eight fours while making 69 from 40 balls and added 96 for the seventh wicket with Harvey, who hit four sixes and four fours in his 57.

Their partnership helped propel Townville to a challenging 188 and just how good a total that was became clear as Pudsey St Lawrence were bowled out for 131.

Skipper Jack Hughes (3-28) ripped out the middle order while fellow spinner Harry Clewett took 3-56 as St Lawrence suffered their first defeat.

Despite the loss, St Lawrence remain 14 points clear at the top of the East Section, but Townville are five points adrift of West Section leaders Hanging Heaton with three games to go after their win in the Inter-Divisional fixture.

Hanging Heaton showed no mercy for struggling Wrenthorpe as they breezed to a 93-run win at Bennett Lane.

Hanging Heaton new boy Sam Drury on the attack Picture: Ray Spencer

Hanging Heaton skipper Ben Kohler-Cadmore on his way to an unbeaten 44 Picture: Ray Spencer

Their batsmen powered their way to 220-5 in just 24 overs thanks to the efforts of Sam Drury (53), Gary Fellows (44) and skipper ben Kohler-Cadmore (44no). Mohammed Suleman (3-45) was the best of the Wrenthorpe bowlers.

Spinner Callum Bethel (4-14) backed up the good work of his side’s batsmen as Wrenthorpe were bowled out for 127.

Wrenthorpe are now bottom of the West Section after Methley defeated Batley by 84 runs to record their first win of the season and climb above them in the table.

Jordan Laban was the key man for Methley who fielded a side packed with youngsters from their second team, Laban made exactly 100, a fine innings punctuated with four sixes and 12 fours,  which enabled Methley to post 202-7 in 31 overs. Mohammed Bhoola took 3-41 for Batley, who stumbled to 188 all out in reply.

Two East Section games, New Farnley v Bradford & Bingley and Morley v Cleckheaton were abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Division One was badly affected by the weather with just the game between West Section leaders Pudsey Congs and Ossett surviving.

The young Congs side seized the opportunity to strengthen their position at the top with a five-wicket victory in a low-scoring game.

Vinit Patel, their closes-season signing from Adwalton, took 3-11 as Ossett were bowled out for 81. Congs did not find the going easy but reached their target in 23.3 overs to establish a 22-point lead.

Congs now have five wins from five games – a record that is matched by the Division Two East Leaders Sandal and Jer Lane who are setting the pace in the West.

Bowlers Zeeshan Zulfqar (5-15) and Juned Delair (3-29) were again in form for Sandal as East Ardsley were bowled out for 132 to seal a 34-run win.

Sandal had built a total of 166-7 when they batted first with Danny Riley (61) and Sam Scott (52no) setting the tone for the innings.

East Ardsley bounced back on Sunday with a 29-run win at Hunslet Nelson. Even a defiant 59 from the home captain Will Stiff couldn't prevent his side from defeat as they were restricted to 138-9 in reply to East Ardsley's 167=8 in a match reduced to 33 overs per side. Gary Jennings (31) and Richard Vigars (30) were the main contributors as that man Stiff picked up 4-16.

The loan pair of Kez Ahmed and Zeeshan Qasim were the key figures as Jer Lane recorded an emphatic 156-run win over Hopton Mills.

Ahmed, more noted for his off-spin bowling for Woodlands, made a superb 115 from 78 balls, an innings which included seven sixes and 13 fours, while Asad Mahmood scored 37 as Jer Lane racked up 232-6 in 25.2 overs.

Hopton Mills raced to 43 in just three overs thanks to Michael Carroll (36), before Qasim – on loan from Undercliffe – took 4-12 to hasten their collapse to 76 all out.

Altofts maintained their 100 per cent record in the Division Three East Section but were made to work hard for their seven-run win by Oulton.

Dominic Richardson held the key to their success after following up his top score of 54 in the Altofts total of 177-4 with 5-47 as Oulton replied with 170.

Liam Webb (46) and Joe Ellam (35) supported Richardson in the Altofts innings, while Matt Boucher (33) top scored for Oulton.

West Section leaders Brighouse extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 115-run win at Rodley.

Sohail Hussain (78) and Parvaise Khan (50) helped Brighouse make 218-6 in 31 overs before Rodley were bowled out for 103. Maz Bhatti (4-26) and Khan (3-33) helped seal Brighouse’s latest success.

Top picture: Hanging Heaton spin bowler Callum Bethel Picture: Ray Spencer

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