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Things are pointing up for Old Lane

Things are pointing up for Old Lane

23 Jun 2019

Bowling Old Lane hauled themselves off the bottom of the Premier Division table with a resounding 181-run win over a youthful Pudsey St Lawrence side.

Old Lane found themselves at the foot of the table after having the maximum 20 points they earned for their win over Hanging Heaton on May 27 removed and a ten-point penalty imposed after playing an ineligible player.

But they responded to the setback in positive style with a victory which earned them a maximum 20 points and took them six points clear of St Lawrence and Pudsey Congs who prop up the table.

Ahsan Alishan (88), Mohammad Yasir (34) and Shahid Alishan (32) powered their side to 280-8 before Abu-Bakar Siddiq demolished the St Lawrence innings by taking 8-55 as they were bowled out for 99.

It was also a miserable afternoon for St Lawrence’s neighbours. Congs were bowled out for just 44 as they suffered a 75-run defeat at fourth-placed Morley.

Joe Stolarski (5-28) and Liam Stanhope (3-31) looked to have done a good job as Congs bowled out Morley for 119, a total which owed much to Gavin Goodlad’s knock of 61, but their batsmen had another afternoon to forget as jack Hepworth picked up 3-21).

Former Morley player Jak Murphy took 4-36 as joint-leaders Woodlands bowled out Batley for 140 to wrap up an 86-run win.

Ebrahim Laher (49) and Adnan Mahmood (33) were the top scorers for Batley who never looked like they could challenge the Woodlands total of 226-5 which was dominated by a fifth-wicket stand of 149 between Tom Clee (78) and Rob Medcalf (72no).

Hanging Heaton, who picked up a 16-point bonus when the result of their game with Old Lane was over-turned, won a low-scoring game with Baildon.

Chris Goodair took 7-21 as Baildon crumbled to 85 all out. Hanging Heaton lost five wickets reaching their victory target.

New Farnley in third place after beating East Bierley by 123 runs. Aidan Langley (66), Tom Lilley (39) and Joe Bedford (30) helped their side to make 222.

Andrew Langley (5-26) and Will swift (3-29) helped their side bowl out East Bierley for 104.

Yeadon gave themselves a little more breathing space in the relegation battle as they defeated Lightcliffe by five wickets. Anthony Gilks took 4-23 as Lightcliffe were restricted to 142-9, Rhys Jowett top scoring with 38. Sam Johnson was unbeaten on 32 when Yeadon sealed victory.

Championship One

It’s all change at the top of Championship One where East Ardsley are the new leaders after their five-wicket win over Methley.

Previous table-toppers Northowram Fields have dropped to third place following their four-wicket defeat by Bradford & Bingley who have moved up to second.

Mark Heald took 5-28 as unbeaten East Ardsley bowled out their opponents for 148, Mohammed Usman top scoring with 63.

Ashley Battye made an unbeaten 51 and Richard Jennings (35) as East Ardsley completed the win that took them to the top.

All-rounder Matthew Keeton did good work with bat and ball as Bradford & Bingley inflicted a second defeat of the season on Northowram Fields.

He took 4-20 as Northowram Fields built a total of 198-9 around the contributions of Lewis Moore (56) and Jason Smith (41) and followed up by top scoring with 55 in the successful run chase in which five-time league championship winning captain Matthew Doidge made 44.

Gomersal’s experienced trio of Javid Umarji (76), Matthew Barnes (56) and Tony Blain (48) enabled their side to post a total of 264-8 in their 93-run win over Undercliffe.

Abu Hurairah (46) and Scott Price (39) were the top scorers in Undercliffe’s reply of 171-9. Ryan Kitson returned figures of 3-23.

The result leaves Undercliffe 13 points adrift at the bottom after Keighley, helped by a spell of 6-13 from James Rogers, beat Cleckheaton by three wickets.

Cleckheaton’s total of 117 proved tricky for Keighley to overhaul and they lost seven wickets in the process as Elliot Hallas picked up 3-22.

Carlton remain in the relegation battle after their four-wicket loss to Ossett. Richard Hosley (44) and Solly Abbas (33no) helped Ossett to chase down the Carlton total of 157 in which Simon Parker made 47 and Oliver Smith (33).

Haroon Iqbal (4-29) and Nigel Hanson (3-35) helped restrict Farsley to 154-9 as Bankfoot secured a three-wicket win. Jamie Hoyland made an unbeaten 71 for Farsley and Haroon Mahmood (40). The top scorer for Bankfoot was Zahir Shah (37).

Championship Two

Second-placed Jer Lane have cut Great Preston’s lead to nine points after defeating them by three wickets.

Richard Young (51) and Richard Atkin (31) were the main contributors as Great Preston made 165. Absar Hussain (3-27) and Mohammed Jamal (3-48) were the pick of the Jer Lane bowlers.

Abubakar Dawood (41) and Umar Dawood (32) ensured that Jer Lane inflicted a first defeat of the season on Great Preston.

Hartshead Moor are just a point behind Jer Lane after their 51-run home win over Altofts. Jaymes Hollingsworth took 5-5 as Hartshead Moor were bowled out for 138, but Altofts could only manage 87 in reply as Jeff Wind (4-27) and Marshall Grieve (3-23) got to work.

Spen Victoria opener Chris Allen hit his second century of the season but could not save his side from a seven-wicket defeat against Wrenthorpe.

Allen hit three sixes and 16 fours while making 125 out of his side’s total of 203, but Mustafa Bhatti responded with and unbeaten 113 containing 16 fours as he and Atta Bashir (46) guided Wrenthorpe to victory.

Wakefield St Michael’s are fourth after just edging a two-wicket win over Townville. Openers John Holland (60) and Lawrence Morton (40) did much of the hard work that enabled their side to overhaul a Townville score of 184-7. Ian Jones (68) and Charlie Sykes (46) were their top scorers.

Oulton’s Alan Winn took 7-53 against Brighouse and ended up on the losing side. Despite his efforts, Brighouse made 195 before bowling out Oulton for just 65 with Abdul Hamid taking 5-25.

Nick Firth made 59 to help Scholes secure a three-wicket win over Liversedge. He ensured that his side capitalised on the earlier good work of Richard West (4-17) and Shabir Ellahi (3-57) as Liversedge were bowled out for 142.

Ashraf Karolia (35), Mark Goodall (35) and Jonathan Trevitt (34) were the top scorers for Liversedge while Andrew Clarke (4-38) was the best of their bowlers.

Phil Scott (4-23) led the way as Hopton Mills bowled out Birstall for 123 on their way to a seven-wicket win. Opener Zulfikar Mohammed (51) was the only batsman to make an impression.

Arshad Ali (42), Zaaid Sajawal (37no) and Paul Moorhouse (30) guided Hopton Mills to victory.


Leaders Buttershaw St Paul’s banked a maximum 20 points as they defeated Rodley by 101 runs.

Luke Barker top scored with 83 as Buttershaw St Paul’s made 251-9 and then took 5-53 as Rodley were bowled out for 150. John McDermott (46) also made valuable runs for the winners.

Daniel Dobson (5-45) was the best of the Rodley bowlers while Dave Hill top scored with 52 in their innings.

Richard Gibson impressed with 6-19 as promotion-chasing Sandal bowled out Crossbank Methodists for 92 to complete a 75-run win. Sandal made 167-5 when they batted first with Chris Gibson (56), Scott Fairbrass (33) and Leighton Shuttleworth (31) leading the way.

Josh Sturgess made a fine 116 which powered Gildersome & Farnley Hill to a nine-wicket win over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow. Sturgess struck two sixes and 18 fours as his side cruised home after restricting their rivals to 164-8 in which Shokat Iqbal made 47.

Ryan Holdsworth led the way for Windhill & Daisy Hill as they defeated Hunslet Nelson by three wickets.

After taking 3-35 as Hunslet Nelson were restricted to 148-7, Paul Mansfield making 59, Holdsworth led the successful run chase with 79.