East Bierley and Pudsey Congs pulled off wins over Premier Division outfits in the Gordon Rigg T20 Group A Cup.
Both teams opted to move the games to their opponents’ grounds due to the wet weather and were rewarded with fine victories.
East Bierley chased down New Farnley’s 161-6 to record a five-wicket win with 2.2 overs to spare, while Pudsey Congs bowled out Pudsey St Lawrence for 121 before easing to an eight-wicket triumph.
It is almost impossible to keep East Bierley’s Ben Walter out of the headlines. The man who hit a stunning 227 not out in their dramatic Heavy Woollen Cup win over Wakefield Thornes last month was in the runs again.
Walter hit four sixes and three fours while making 50 and was backed up by Paul Martin (46no) as East Bierley eased home. Former East Bierley player Grant Soames (35) and Aidan Langley (30) top scored for New Farnley, but their side’s total proved insufficient against the young East Bierley outfit.
Pudsey Congs are making something of a habit of beating their neighbours in the T20 Cup. Last year they ended the Saints’ hopes of making the semi-finals by defeating them at Tofts Road and once again they came up with a winning formula.
St Lawrence lost their last nine wickets for just 38 runs as the good work of opener James Smith (57) was fritted away. Sri Lankan Pramud Hettiwatte was the key bowler with 4-24.
Congs were guided to victory by their talented young opening batsman Jacob Slator. He hit two sixes and 10 fours while making an unbeaten 80 as his side bagged a maximum 20 points.
Ed Brown, captain of last year’s beaten finalists Bradford & Bingley, scored the first century of this season’s competition. He struck three sixes and 11 fours while making an unbeaten 102 in his side’s 27-run win over Keighley at Wagon Lane.
Brown was joined in an unbroken second wicket partnership of 170 by Charlie Davy (67no) as Bradford & Bingley made 193-1.
Paul Quinlan led the spirited Keighley reply of 166-8 with a stirring innings of 89. He cleared the ropes seven times as well as hitting five fours.
Farsley also got off to a winning start as they defeated Morley by 11 runs at Red Lane. Dan Revis turned the match in favour of the Red Lane side with 4-15 as their visitors were restricted to 118-9, James McNichol making 31.
Ryan Cooper top scored for Farsley with 37 as they made 129-7 against a Morley attack in which Henry Rush took 2-16 and Kavindu Kulasekara (2-27).
Townville, beaten semi-finalists last year, launched their bid for silverware with a 12-run win at Ossett. Skipper Jack Hughes (41) helped them to 129-7 despite the efforts of Marcus Walmsley (3-26) and Joe Finnigan (2-15).
James Glynn (3-18), Jonny Booth (2-9) and Jack Sykes (2-23) helped their side bowl out Ossett for 117 to seal their win.
The match between Methley and holders Hanging Heaton was abandoned due to the outfield being unfit at Little Church Lane.