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Updated: Premier title race hotting up

Updated: Premier title race hotting up

The top three in the absorbing Premier Division title race all recorded victories, but all had differing points returns.

Leaders New Farnley bagged the maximum 20 for their 33-run win over Methley to extend their lead to eight points over Townville who gained 17 for a four-wicket win over Wrenthorpe.

Woodlands, who took 19 from an eight-wicket win over Hanging Heaton are a further 14 points adrift. They have two games in hand on New Farnley and one on Townville.

New Farnley skipper Lee Goddard took his tally of league runs to 874 with 66 as he helped his side to a total of 233-9 against Methley. Aidan Langley (32) and Adam Waite (30) were the next highest scorers as the veteran spinner Mushtaq Ahmed took 3-45 and Yasir Ali (3-51).

Jason Marshall (60) and Eitan Litvin (48) dominated the Methley reply of 200 as Mark Lawson (4-25) helped seal victory for the league leaders.

Jack Hughes (4-23) and Conor Harvey (4-29) were in deadly form as Wrenthorpe were bowled out for just 67, but Townville will have been disappointed to have lost six wickets knocking off the runs as that cost them three bonus points.

Woodlands exacted quick revenge for their Gordon Rigg T20 Group A Cup final defeat by dismissing Hanging Heaton for 91. Muhammad Bilal (4-40) and Chris Brice (3-6) did the damage. Liam Collins was unbeaten on 47 when Woodlands knocked off the runs with just two wickets down.

At the other end of the table just two points cover the bottom three after Wrenthorpe, Morley and Batley all lost.

Morley went down by five wickets to Pudsey St Lawrence while Batley lost their last three wickets for four runs to lose by two against Bradford & Bingley. 

Charlie Parker picked up 5-46 as Morley were dismissed for 171, Henry Rush (42) and Christian Silkstone (37) proving to be the home side's top scorers. St Lawrence were guided to victory by opener Mark Robertshaw (64no) as he countered the threat of Matthew Dowse (3-35).

Batley will be kicking themselves after seeing the chance of a priceless win slip from their grasp after Kasir Maroof (41) looked to have put them in a strong position.

The Bradford & Bingley bowlers Bradley Reeve (4-34), Lachlan Doidge (3-29) and Yasir Abbas (3-40) were key to their side defending a total of 133 in a  Skipper Ed Brown (37) was their top scorer as Zafar Gohar (6-26) impressed for Batley.

Another bowler to take six wickets was Cleckheaton spinner Amir Hussain as he helped his side clinch a 67-run win.. He finished with 6-28 as Farsley lost their last seven wickets for 23 runs to be bowled out for 117. The collapse came after Chris Beech (46) and Jonathan Read (30) were dismissed.

Cleckheaton's total of 184-6 owed much to the efforts of Toby Booth (57) and Nick Lindley (37) as Henry Barrow (3-52) emerged as the pick of the Farsley bowlers.

Cleckheaton were the top flight's other winners as they defeated Farsley by 67 runs.

Division One

Ossett won the battle of the top two with Marcus Walmsley, above, the key figure in their eight wicket win. He took 5-42 as Bankfoot were dismissed for 116 and made 44 not out to see his side home.

Overseas player Azeem Ghumman (39) and Ijaz Ahmed (32) were the only Bankfoot batsmen to challenge the domination of the Ossett bowlers.

Walmsley and overseas player Rishin Patabedige (39no) ensured their were no alarms for Ossett as they reached their target with just two wickets down.

Carlton made it seven wins on the trot as they defeated East Bierley by 88 runs and are now joint fourth with Pudsey Congs who defeated Birstall by 52 runs.

Nick Busby continued his good form by making 85 while opener Daniel White contributed 53 to a Carlton score of 268-8. Jack Hebden, who later top scored with 48 as East Bierley were dismissed for 180, took 4-46 and Danny Cross (3-35). Openers Sam Gatenby (37) and Matthew West (33) were the other main contributors for the losers.

Vinit Patel (69no) and Rishi Chopra (5-35) were the key figures for Pudsey Congs as they dealt another blow to Birstall's fading promotion challenge. Patel smashed five sixes and five fours to build on the work of opener Jacob Slator (39) as a total of 215-7 was posted.

Josh Haynes took 4-77 with his left arm spin before top making 44 as Birstall were bowled out for 163. Skipper Nick Kaye (45) top scored before Chopra and Ryan Heptinstall (4-33) bowled their side to victory.

Lightcliffe remain bottom despite a nail-biting one-wicket win over Gomersal and Hartshead Moor remain in the relegation places after a 99-run defeat by Undercliffe.

The last wicket pair of Finlay Hill and Toby Morley added an unbeaten 23 to enable Lightcliffe to edge past Gomersal's score of 148. Mark Gill top scored with 39 on his second appearance of the season as Daniel Syme (4-14) and Joel Pollard (3-26) exerted pressure.

Gomersal's innings was dominated by opener Graham Hilton who carried his bat for 74no against a bowling attack in which Peter Dobson took 3-28 and Sheroz Akram (3-31).

Gomersal bounced back from the defeat 24 hours later by defeating fellow relegation strugglers Hartshead Moor by 81 runs at Highmoor Lane. Spinner Chris Rhodes (5-37) and Rob Warriner (4-39) bowled out the home side for 89.

Batting first, Gomersal had made 170 with Liam Fletcher scoring 49 as Danny Squire (5-50) and Dave McCallum (3-48) posed the main challenge.

Opener Ollie Hardaker is in a rich vein of form for Undercliffe. He added to his string of fine scores by making 78 as Undercliffe chalked up 204-9 against Hartshead Moor on Saturday despite the efforts of spinner  McCallum (5-33) and Alex Kennedy (3-34). Hartshead Moor's fragile batting was exposed by Zeeshan Qasim (6-27) as they were bowled out for 105.

Baildon returned to winning ways with a 132-run win over Keighley, who are hovering close to the drop zone. Simon Bailey (57), Kevin McDermott (56), Jonny Reynolds (43) and Jack Hainsworth (30) helped the Jenny Laners to 233-8.

Leg spinner James Massheder rook 4-66 for Keighley who were bowled out for 101. Skipper Dwayne Heke (4-33) and Ben Grimmitt (3-7) sparked their demise.

Division Two

Jer Lane recorded the highest league team total since the formation of the Bradford Premier League as they made 466-6 in their 299-run win over Sandal.

Overseas player Cosmond Walters made 220  and was backed up by last week's 39-ball centurion Farakh Hussain (73), Imran Mirza (61) and Ibrar Younis (41). Walters and Mirza put on 223 for the fourth wicket. Walters hit 14 sixes and 22 fours as the Sandal bowlers came under heavy fire

Sandal were bowled out for 167 with Amjid Khan taking 5-39 and Mohammed Jamal (3-37). Sam Noden (36) and Ian Shuttleworth (33) were the top scorers.

Leaders Jer Lane are 23 points ahead of Hopton Mills who beat Yeadon by 62 runs while Bowling Lane are now third after defeating Northowram Fields by two wickets.

 Chris Scott (52), Umar Abbas (44) and Sohail Hussain (41) led Hopton Mills to 218-8. Skipper Gareth Lee took 3-74 and top scored with 59 for Yeadon as they were bowled out for 156. Umar Abbas (5-47) and Sohail Hussain (3-34) securing another important win.

Adam Zahid (4-35) and Gurdev Singh (4-31) played key roles as Bowling Old Lane restricted Northowram Fields to 137-9 despite Kyle Welsh scoring 68. Imran Malik (59) helped Old Lane squeeze home as Joe Hough (5-26) exerted pressure.

Buttershaw St Paul's saw their promotion hopes suffer a setback as Alastair Finn (7-46) inspired reviving Hunslet Nelson to a four-wicket win. Buttershaw St Paul's were bowled out for 156 and Jack Scanlon (30) helped Nelson to their victory target.

Relegation-threatened Scholes went down to an agonising one-wicket defeat against Wakefield St Michael's and bottom team Spen Victoria lost by 33 runs against East Ardsley.

Adil Mehmood (59) and Alex Leyshon (40) were the top scorers as St Michaels' edged past the Scholes score of 166 in which Saif Tahir (49) and Wasim Ishaq (38) led the way. Zaeem Zulfqar took 3-38 for St Michael's.

Daniel McTiernan made 50 and Gary Jennings (40) as East Ardsley made 190 despite the efforts of Muhammad Ullah (4-45) and Amjad Tariq (3-63). Jonathan McGregor picked up 4-36 as Spen Victoria were restricted to 157-9, Tariq top scoring with 38.

Division Three

Crossflatts took another step towards promotion at the first attempt with a 101-run win over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow.

Mohammad Shahnawaz continued to impress at the top of the order with 60, while Ben Crispin (33) and Josh Brooksbank (32) helped build a score of 227. Javed Iqbal (3-48), Waqas Asad (3-56) and Kanhu Pattnayak (3-27) shared the bowling honours.

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow could only manage 126 in reply as Wasim Hassan (4-29) and Mayank Singh (3-17) sealed another victory.

They are 25 points ahead of Great Preston who had a mixed weekend with a 161-run win over Rodley being followed by an 82-run defeat by Altofts.

James Conlon (86), Oliver Newton (45) and Oli Baron (41) helped Great Preston to make 311 against Rodley before bowling out their bottom-of-the-table rivals for 150. Dan Turbit made 63 for Rodley as Luke Cane picked up 4-52.

It was a completely different story for Great Preston when they played their Covid-19 postponed match with Altofts. Their lowly rivals made 243-8 before dismissing Great Preston for 161.

Dominic Richards (59), Elliot Carter (50no) and Louis Holt (40) led the way for Altofts despite the efforts of Great Preston skipper Oli Baron (4-60).. Great Preston faltered against the bowling of Joshua Hen-Boison (5-32) and Elliot Carter (3-21) with only Newton (59) making an impression.

Brighouse, who are three points behind Great Preston, will be relieved that their promotion rivals only took six points from the match. They maintained their challenge with a 42-run win over Adwalton.

Adwalton might have been sensing an upset when they dismissed Brighouse for 129 thanks to Tom Davidson (6-52) and Umar Bashir (3-17). Only opener Shahzaib Khan (33) made an impression, but the Brighouse bowlers quickly hit back. Parvaise Khan (4-25) and Abdullah Ijaz (3-14) helped dismiss Adwalton for 97. Matt Donohoe top scored with 36.

East Leeds had Zahid Tarvas (94no) to thank for their one-wicket win over Gildersome & Farnley Hill. He steered his side home with the help of last man John Steel in an unbroken stand of 38 which enabled them to pass Gildersome & Farnley Hill's score of 199-8.

Tom Lindsay took 4-60 for Gildersome & Farnley Hill while contributions from Gethin Clarke (34), John Crowther (33no) and Chris Harris (32) helped build their side's total when they batted first. James Watling took 4-46 for East Leeds.

Crossbank Methodists were 12 run winners over Windhill & Daisy Hill in a low-scoring encounter. They might have feared the worst when Paul Wookey took 5-30 as they were bowled out for 93, but Imran Patel (5-27) and James Colbourn (3-11) responded by bowling out Windhill & Daisy Hill for 81.

Andy Clarke (4-25) and Asad Mahmood (4-45) helped Liversedge to bowl out Altofts for 148 on their way to a four wicket win. Matthew Gibson (42) and Mahmood (34) top scored in the successful reply.





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