Second Teams Review September 9

Second Teams Review September 9

New Farnley skipper Richard Bedford lifted the Second Teams Premier Division championship trophy aloft after his side clinched the title on a soggy final day.

They defeated Pudsey Congs by nine-wickets while Woodlands, who started the day one point ahead, were thwarted by the weather as they narrowly failed to pull off a dramatic win.

With rain playing havoc throughout the programme, New Farnley had an army of players and officials mopping up at the Barry jackson Ground and their efforts paid off.

They bowled out Pudsey Congs for just 49 with spinners Will Swift (5-33) and Ian Fisher (3-8) doing the damage. New Farnley raced to victory in 8.4 overs with Reece Thompson making an unbeaten 44.

Minutes after New Farnley had picked up a maximum 20 points for their win they were confirmed as champions when Woodlands only picked up three bowling points as Batley made 170-7 in 37 overs.

Jalil Akbar hit five sixes  and six fours in his 85 for Batley while Tom Clee took 3-24 and Nick Rushworth (3-20).

Woodlands were left with 19 overs to try and knock off the runs, and though they knew their hopes of adding the league title to the Priestley Shield and Crowther Cup they had already won, they gave it a good crack.

They finished on 169-8 after Cieran Garner (41no) and Kieran Collins (35) led the assault on the bowling. Saqib Talib picked up 4-37as Woodlands finished one run behind their rivals' score. As they had not had the same number of overs both teams had to settle for three points for an incomplete games plus bonus points.

Woodlands finished 11 points adrift of New Farnley in the final reckoning after a season where they have achieved a lot.

One other issue to be decided was the second relegation spot. Morley will join Farsley in Championship One next season after their match at Red Lane was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

There was no play either at hanging Heaton v Pudsey St Lawrence, Lightcliffe v Yeadon and Bowling Old Lane v East Bierley.

Championship One
Gomersal were confirmed as champions despite only one over's play being possible in their match with third-place Undercliffe.

They now have 331 points and cannot be caught by Ossett (304) or Undercliffe (302) who are battling for the second promotion spot.

Ossett are at home to Bradford & Bingley in their final game while Undercliffe will be away to East Ardsley.

The only match to be completed was at Idle where the home side defeated Keighley by 61 runs. Opener Sibtain Ali carried his bat for 59 not out as Idle made 131. Jack Rogers (4-39) and Alex Towler (3-41) were keighley's main wicket takers.

Ali followed up his batting exploits by taking 4-16as Keighley were dismissed for 70. Wajid Hussain
(3-17) gave him good support.

Ossett v East Ardsley, Carlton v Methley, Wrenthorpe v Cleckheaton and Bradford & Bingley v Wakefield St Michael's were all abandoned with no play possible.

Championship Two

Bankfoot were confirmed as champions of Championship Two even though their game at Baildon only lasted for 2.3 balls.

The one other match to get started saw Azaad make 58-3 in 13 overs against second-placed Hartshead Moor.

The bowling point that Hartshead Moor earned edged them ahead of Baildon in the race for the second promotion spot.

Hartshead Moor are at home to Hopton Mills in their last game while Baildon complete their programme at Brighouse.

There was no play at Hopton Mills v Birstall, Spen Victoria v Northowram Fields, Altofts v Great Preston and Scholes v Brighouse.

Liversedge beat the weather and defeated Gildersome by eight wickets to take over from Townville at the top of the table with one game to go.

Opener Jonathan Trevitt made 62 not out and Matthew Pickard (46) as Liversedge passed Gildersome's  137-5 from the final ball of their 20 overs, Mohammed Hughes made an unbeaten 51 for Gildersome.

Liversedge will be hoping to clinch the title when they host Oulton next week. Townville, who had their game at Adwalton abandoned without a ball being bowled, are at home to Hunslet Nelson next week.

The only other side to record a win were East Leeds. They defeated Sandal by 52 runs after bowling them out for 91. Sam Thewlis took 4-20 and Shamoon Mushtaq (3-26) as only Amjid Sadiq (31) offered resistance.

Opener Adam Lines (31) top scored for East Leeds in their 143. Sadiq (4-40) was the best of the East Leeds bowlers.

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v Hunslet Nelson, Crossbank Methodists v Oulton, Adwalton v Townville and Windhill & Daisy Hill v Buttershaw St Paul's were abandoned without a ball being bowled.