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Sajith is a big hit as Ossett knockout Cleckheaton

Sajith is a big hit  as Ossett knockout Cleckheaton

Ossett pulled off the only surprise in the first round of the Gordon Rigg Priestley Cup by knocking Premier Division side Cleckheaton out of the competition.

The Division One outfit won a rain-affected contest by 29 runs and they have their big-hitting batsman Sajith Warnakulasuriya to thank after he bludgeoned 76 from just 30 balls.

Warnakulasuriya hit eight sixes and five fours and capitalised on the work of Joe Finnigan (64) as Ossett posted 214 from 30 overs. Amir Hussain (3-38) and Harvey Booth (3-44) were the most successful bowlers while Iain Wardlaw was the most economical with just 20 runs coming from his 10 overs.

Cleckheaton were set a Duckworth Lewis Stern target of 216 from 34 overs, but despite the efforts of Booth (63) and Nick Lindley (58) they were restricted to 186-8. Max Chappell took 3-25 as Cleckheaton lost wickets in search of quick runs.Although the day failed to produce an upset, there were scares for Premier Division teams New Farnley and Wrenthorpe against Division One opposition.

Lightcliffe reduced Wrenthorpe to 65-7 when chasing 100 to win before an unbroken eighth wicket partnership between Nikash Khan (23no) and Mustafa Bhatti (14no) calmed their nerves and saw them home.

Lightcliffe’s hopes of putting Wrenthorpe under pressure by posting a challenging total after choosing to bat first soon faltered. Alex Stead, pictured, made 39 but lacked any support as his team were dismissed for 99 with Sam Wigglesworth picking up 4-17.

Sam Wigglesworth bowling for Wrenthorpe in their win over Lightcliffe  Picture: Ray Spencer

Carlton gave New Farnley a good run for their money before going down to a four-wicket defeat at Town Street.

Carlton’s talented young batsman Daniel Ford, who is on Yorkshire’s Emerging Players programme, showed his rich promise with an innings of 73 not out which enabled his side to post a score of 158 after choosing to bat first against Premier Division leaders New Farnley.

Ford stood firm as wickets tumbled and paceman Andrew Brewster proved to be the main threat to the Division One side with 5-32.

New Farnley were indebted to Gurnam Randhawa (49no) for getting them home after Kieron Holliday (3-30) and Josh Thurwell (3-34) caused a few flutters.

Tom Clee proved to be the star turn as holders Woodlands cruised into the second round with an emphatic 10-wicket win over Batley.

Clee, who spent last year on loan to Northowram Fields and helped them win the Gordon Rigg Group B T20 Cup, produced an incisive spell of 5-28 as Batley were dismissed for 101. Adnan Mahmood (41) was the only batsman to look at ease.

The Woodlands openers Tim Jackson (54no) and Sam Frankland (42no) powered their side to victory in 15.3 overs.

Batley’s near neighbours Hanging Heaton were also knocked out as they went down to an eight-wicket defeat at Townville.

Harry Warwick hit a match-winning 95 and shared in a first-wicket partnership of 103 with Jonny Booth (36) which enabled Townville to pass the visitors’ score of 184 in 36.3 overs.

David Stiff with 47 from 26 balls and skipper Ben Kohler-Cadmore (41) were the main contributors to the Hanging Heaton total as spinners Harry Clewett (3-34) and Jack Hughes (3-41) posed the main threat.

Morley secured their place in the second round with a 32-run win over Baildon at Scatcherd Lane. Their Sri Lankan all-rounder Kavinda Kulasekara followed up his match-winning 8-34 against Hanging Heaton on Saturday with a decisive performance with the bat. He hit a six and seven fours while making an unbeaten 87 which helped Morley to make 179-7 in 45 overs.

Henry Rush (31) was the next highest scorer while Joel Fothergill (2-12) and Simon Bailey (2-20) both bowled economically for Baildon who were dismissed for 146 after being set a DLS target of 179 from 46 overs. Skipper Dwaynne Heke made 51 while Rush took 3-35 for Morley.

Riecko Parker-Cole proved to be a big hit on his Priestley Cup debut making 91 from just 54 balls to propel Bradford & Bingley to 284 all out at Pudsey Congs on their way to a 166-run win. He smashed five sixes and 11 fours before being dismissed by young Yorkshire spinner Sam Wisniewski with a century in sight.

Parker-Cole launched his assault after skipper Ed Brown (84) and opener Kyme Tahirkheli (37) had given the innings a strong impetus. Despite the big hitting of the Bradford & Bingley batsmen, Ryan Heptinstall still managed to emerge with the day’s best bowling figures of 6-45.

Skipper Richard Jubb made 50 and overseas player Pramud Hettwatte (33) as Congs were dismissed for 166. The pick of the Bradford & Bingley bowlers was teenager Lachlan Doidge who took 4-51 against the club his father Matthew led to five successive league titles between 2000 and 2004.

East Bierley’s openers Matthew West (70no) and Sam Gatenby (55) shared a stand of 113 as they set their side on course for an eight-wicket win at Hartshead Moor.

They managed to overshadow Ben Walter who took 4-40 and Danny Cross (3-26) as Hartshead Moor were dismissed for 173. Opener Martin Ellis top scored with 67 while the home side were boosted by 39 extras.

In the day’s only Jack Hampshire Cup tie, Rodley had a comfortable 60-run win at Altofts. Robert Young and Dan Turbitt both made 63 and Loui Stronach (45) as Rodley made 228-6 before restricting their hosts to 168-4. Joe Plato (56no) and Adam Perry (53no) were the top scorers for Altofts.

The draw for the second round will be made on Monday evening and will be published here at 8pm

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