Pudsey St Lawrence’s youthful side kicked off their Gordon Rigg Group A T20 Cup campaign with a tense four-wicket win at New Farnley.
The Saints chased down the home side’s disappointing total of 140 with one ball to spare in a gripping Pool One encounter.
Wicketkeeper Charlie Best, pictured, proved to be St Lawrence’s match winner with a well-timed knock of 47. He ensured that they didn’t falter or waste the good work of their bowlers.
New Farnley had set off at a rapid rate with skipper Lee Goddard (30) and Ross Aucott (28) sharing an opening stand of 60.
The home side looked set for a score of 180 at that point, but Lawrence’s bowlers had other ideas. They Pudsey Cong gradually turned the screw and the run rate dropped as wickets fell at regular intervals.
Josh Priestley (3-17) was the best of the St Lawrence bowlers as New Farnley faltered and were bowled out for 140.
Skipper Lee Goddard hits out for New Farnley against Pudsey St Lawrence Picture: Ray Spencer
The spectators at New Farnley lapped up the sunshine and the action. Picture: Ray Spencer
St Lawrence’s neighbours Pudsey Congs also chalked up victory in their opening Pool One game with a seven-wicket success at East Bierley.
Jacob Slater made 35 as they overhauled East Bierley’s 123 all out with seven balls to spare. Jack Hebden (42) and Ben Walters (31) were the top scorers for East Bierley as Vinod Patel picked up 3-17 for Congs.
Harry Warwick hit 34 runs in an over while making an unbeaten 60 from just 26 balls to propel Townville to an eight-wicket win at Methley.
Warwick hit the first five balls of an over from Methley's Tinaye Mazonde for six and was just a few feet short of completing a maximum when his shot from the final delivery bounced inside the boundary and went for four.
In all, Warwick hit six sixes and four fours and was well supported by Jonny Booth (36) as the home side’s score of 116 was surpassed in 10.3 overs in the Pool Four clash.
Jonathan Read (34) was the top scorer for Methley while Conor Harvey (3-33) was the pick of the Townville attack.
Carlton made it two wins out of two on the opening weekend of the season by defeating Ossett by five wickets in Pool Four.
Opener Daniel White made an unbeaten 95 from 55 balls, an innings containing five sixes and 11 fours as Carlton overhauled Ossett’s score of 146. Big-hitting Matthew Varley hit six sixes and 10 fours while making top score of 85 for Ossett. William Hayton was the pick of the Carlton bowlers with 4-23.
Bradford & Bingley won their first Pool Two game by six wickets against Keighley at Wagon Lane. Jack McGahan scored 52 and Yasir Abbas (40) as they chased down the visitors’ score of 143-7 to win by six wickets.
Paul Quinlan (46no) and Jonathan Wilkinson (43) were the top scorers for Keighley while Bradley Reeve (3-23) was the best of the Bradford & Bingley bowlers.
Openers Josh Haynes (66) and Graeme Winn (56) share a first wicket stand of 116 which helped Birstall post a score of 189 as they defeated Batley by 15 runs in Pool Three.
Batley looked to be going well at 127-2 after good work by Kasir Maroof (43), Gharib Nawaz (36) and Sufyan Patel (31), but they still fell short of their victory target.